Tuesday, November 4, 2014

For all your Christmas Card needs-Use Minted!

It's that time of year again! The holiday music has started playing, the Christmas decorations are up at every store you go and  the Christmas movie marathon has begun on the hallmark channel. Toy catalog's have been mailed out and prepping for Christmas have officially begun. One of my favorite things to do in preparation for Christmas is to schedule a family picture session so we can have some new family photo's to put on our yearly Christmas card. Since we live so far away from our families I feel like Christmas cards are a way to connect with those we don't see on a daily basis. It's more than just a Christmas card. It's a way of keeping in touch with our family and friends and connecting with them. I love receiving cards from other's and I display them all around the house as part of our Christmas décor. I always keep a copy of our Christmas card as well and display our collection of cards from years passed. What a fun way to look back on family memories!

A few weeks ago I scheduled our family photo session and as I started planning our  session I also started trying to decide where to get my Christmas cards from this year. Then an email from Minted popped into my news feed and it was fate. A few friends had used Minted last year for their Christmas Cards and Birthday invitations and I was impressed by the quality. They have a great line of Holiday Photo Cards that can be totally customized by you. You can choose whether you want your card to have one photo on it or multiple. You can also choose the shape of the card, the quality or design of paper, the colors, etc. It's awesome. And you can choose a variety of cards, customize them and then receive a proof of your card before you officially order it. That option is perfect for indecisive people like me.

Here are some of my favorite designs I found while browsing the Minted site

This card design totally makes me want to plan Baby number 3 for a December arrival. This card would make the perfect Christmas card/baby announcement. Too cute
Santa for the Stork Holiday Photo Cards
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Painted With Joy Holiday Photo Cards
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Bright Snowflake Spirits Holiday Photo Cards
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Festive Reindeer Christmas Photo Cards
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A Family Affair Christmas Photo Cards
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Love Tree Christmas Photo Cards
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As you can see  I customized this card with pictures of my kiddo's. The caption on this card totally fits my kids!


 
Merry & Bright Hand Lettered Holiday Photo Cards
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I also love that there is a variety of options of Christian Christmas cards as well. Santa Claus,  reindeer and funny Christmas movies are a great addition to the season but we don't want to forget the real meaning of the season. This one I customized as well. Love it



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Christmas Pop Christmas Photo Cards

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Counting Blessings Christmas Photo Cards
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I love this card in lieu of a Christmas letter. What a great way to share and commemorate memories

Countdown List Christmas Photo Cards
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Book of Isaiah Christmas Photo Cards
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Santa's Little Helper Christmas Photo Cards

I could keep sharing all of my favorite's but I will let you go to the website and see all the cute options for yourself

On top of having cards to choose from they have party décor, personalized stationary, gifts  and planners to choose from! And don't forget their coupon codes. They had a holiday sale on cards going on that I noticed while browsing the site. Now I'm counting down the days until I get our pictures taken so I can order my Christmas cards from minted. At least I have a few weeks to narrow down my selection. This will prove to be difficult
 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall fun

October just flew by. I can't believe it's already the 2nd of November and that we are less than 8 weeks away from Christmas!

Fall is my favorite time of year. The change of weather, all the fun activities and of course the holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas

This October the kids and I had no shortage of activities to keep us occupied. We went to numerous pumpkin patches, trunk or treating, Boo at the zoo, and celebrated Ethan's 2nd bday. Whew I'm tired from typing all of that! 

I thought I'd share a few pictures with you all to document all the fun we've had this past month 



I loved creating memories with my kiddos and carrying on traditions that have been started since they were babies. Every year my heart gets more and more full

Although I'm not going to lie, I'm looking forward to a little break from all the fun fall  festivities. Today was the first day in forever we had nothing planned. So we spent the day in our christmas pajamas watching the Christmas movie marathon on the hallmark channel and josh relaxing together. I have no intention on taking down any of our fall/Halloween decor till thanksgiving where we will then just swap out one set of decorations for Christmas decorations. 

I am also enjoying finally having cool weather here in Florida and am envisioning nights spent curled up in bed with a good book. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and started Gone Girl. I've heard mixed reviews and was hesitant to start it due to disliking the author's other books. But I'm giving it a chance. Any other books I should add to my to read list?

I guess that wraps this post up. For those of you still reading, thanks for still being here after a long blogging break!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Here Kitty

Growing up my family were strictly dog people. Despite going through a phase where I wanted a black cat named Salem due to my loving the show Sabrina the Teenage witch I was cured of that desire when my friends fat cat bite me during a sleepover in high school. I swear that cat was evil. 

So when the hubby and I got married we quickly got a dog to add to the mix with a mutual agreement that we would never be cat people. Flash forward 6 years and 2 kids later and things changed

A few weeks ago a friends cat had kittens. She invited the kids and I over to see them and seeing how much Gianna loved them she asked if we wanted one. She also then may have mentioned that if she couldn't find home for them they'd have to go to the shelter. Immediately I said yes. You can ask my husband, he has to keep me away from pet stores or parks during animal adoption day. I would take them all home with me

I asked the hubby who at first was reluctant but seeing a pic of the kids with the kittens he changed his mind. And when she asked if we wanted two we quickly agreed

So Friday we became cat owners to two little sisters. One a cute gray tabby and the other a black tabby. Luna and Salem!
And for the most part they are super easy. They play, sleep and require hardly any litter box training

I'm still eating used to the meowing and claws. My puppies were always wet little things and having never had a car before I can't tell when there playing or irritated!but they love the kids. Ethan walks around hugging them yelling Mine Kittie and gianna holds them like a baby while walking around saying Shh, Shh, Shh.  It's seriously the cutest thing ever
I guess now we are both dog and cat people