It's your baby cooing as he listens to a calming lullaby. It's your toddler bouncing up and down, jiving joyously to some upbeat tunes. It's your big kid twirling and playing air guitar to a favorite rock song. It's a legendary family dance party on a Friday night that is better than any evening out with the girls or guys.
There's nothing quite like the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild. There's wonder, hope, adoration and, of course, plenty of smiles. Grandchildren learn so much from their grandparents, and in turn, grandparents find joy in spending time with loved ones who remind them that age is just a number.
Sunday, Sept. 9, is Grandparents Day, which is the perfect time to celebrate this special relationship. Here are some ideas for making the day extra special.
When you open your wallet, you probably see a lot of discount cards. These memberships typically provide extra bonuses, perks and cost savings not available to nonmembers. While you may sign up for some discount programs and simply never use them again, there are others that are so valuable, you'll take advantage of them time and time again. One such program is the JCPenney Portraits Perks Club.
August is family fun month, and as you count down the days to the start of school, it's also a great time to celebrate with loved ones. This 10-point bucket list will guide you to unforgettable summer memories that you'll cherish long after the season ends.
Make homemade treats: Kids love to help in the kitchen and it makes for great family bonding that ends with a sweet treat. Because it's summer, try something like homemade fruit pops or hand-churned ice cream.
When you're part of the military, you dedicate your life to your country. You vow to protect the freedoms everyone enjoys, and your duties may take you halfway around the world. It's a tough job, an important job.
It's also a job that impacts your family.
If you have a spouse, you may not see that person for many months while deployed. If you have kids, you may miss milestone moments and have to connect via letters or phone calls. Your parents, siblings and other loved ones are bound to miss you, and you'll surely miss them.
Big kids are heading back to school and they'll soon get to enjoy many traditions, one of the most timeless being school portraits. For generations, parents have primped their children on picture day in hopes of getting that perfect shot. Prints are ordered and then proudly framed around the house and at the office.
But what about younger kids not yet in school? As you sit at your desk or on your couch looking up at family pictures, does it seem something is missing without your tot's picture next to the photos of your older children?
You're ready to get family pictures taken but this time you crave something different. You want photos that convey your family's love for one another, but also have a unique element or artistic twist. You're willing to go beyond the traditional for something truly different.
To make your next family photos one-of-a-kind, consider these five great ideas:
Looking to add a little pizzazz and personality to your photography? Look no further than thoughtful propping.Props help your photos come alive and offer virtually endless opportunities to customize a look so you get an image you're sure to love. From sports and hobbies to age-appropriate extras that define an image, props can take a photo from average to excellent.