12/3/16

MINTED. Our 2016 Family Christmas Card + Review

Hi Friends! Last week I shared our Family Photo Session Adventure and to my delight I had more than one descent photo to choose from, which never happens! The Cherry on top - I already have them in hand and I have half of them mailed out already! I know, crazy fast!!  Thanks to MINTED.'s Holiday Card Shop the process of uploading our photo, choosing a design and adding their convenient FREE RECIPIENT ADDRESSING to our order made it a headache free process and took no time at all!

I chose a simple, yet whimsical design from graphic artist, Carolyn Maclaren! She has a beautiful collection of award winning card designs in MINTED's AMAZING Artist Catalog.
MINTED thinks of everything when it comes to a beautiful stationary package. After you work your way through the card design process using their lovely FIND IT FAST tool, you are offered a variety of "add-ons" to fully complete your Christmas Card Suite! From Coordinating envelopes & envelope liners to their FREE RECIPIENT ADDRESSING feature that is also designed to coordinate perfectly with your card design, MINTED leaves no stone unturned as far as customer convenience.




Did I mention their quality? MINTED's thick high quality paper comes in a variety of sizes and formats that allow you to customize and create a Christmas Card unique to your taste and style! I chose to shape our card using the wave-frame silhouette. It adds a fun element to the whimsical theme we went with this year.

With MINTED, your Christmas Card doesn't just stop at photo upload! You get to accessorize your card suite with accents that make your Christmas Card not just another envelope to open, but a holiday treat to display!

Return Address is also an option that makes mailing them a breeze and another weight lifted off your shoulders!




For the past few years, we have used MINTED for all of our stationary needs and couldn't be happier with their easy-to-use website and amazing customer service!

PROMOTION!

Today MINTED is offering all customers 15% OFF of their holiday cards as well as FREE Custom Envelope DESIGN along with FREE RECIPIENT ADDRESSING! It's not too late to surprise your loved ones with a beautiful Christmas Card Treat, so head over now and allow your Holiday Spirit to express it's creative side!

11/30/16

Outdoor Christmas Family Photos

"It's the most wonderful Tiiiiiiiiime, Of The Year!" 

Are you like me and look forward to having your family photos taken, even though you know they are not going to go as planned and will most likely not match the dream image you have in your mind? I usually take our photos myself every year simply because committing to a scheduled session is not in our family's DNA.  We barely remember to make it to our Dr's appointments even after they call the day before to remind us. For some reason though, I get excited about this time as I seem to think it will be an experience filled with sugar plums and rainbows with everyone in the best mood and on their best behavior! 9 times out of 10, it usually ends up with someone crying because they have to sit still for longer than a second or someone not in favor of the outfits I have picked out or someone running around like a chicken with her head cut off because she knows she only has a short amount of time before chaos starts to rain down. With that said, no matter how our family photo experience goes, I treasure these moments together and I find it amazing how every year our photos always seem to beautifully reflect this perfectly imperfect moment in time that I our family will cherish forever!

Here are a few that I was able to capture before the kiddos went wild in the woods! I'm still trying to decide on which one we want to use for our Christmas Card so Stay Tuned!!
"Snapshots render memorable moments in imperfect images" - wikipedia



















Oddly This One is My Favorite!



Here are a few behind-the-scene shots that I couldn't resist sharing! #reallife #familyphotooutakes
1. Setting The Scene 2. My "Haines is Twisting my Finger" Face 3. Haines Not Thrilled About The Ride

11/10/16

MINTED. Christmas Card Roundup + GIVEAWAY!

Is it too soon to start shopping Christmas Cards? I look forward to this time of year for many many reasons! Holidays bring out the best in all of us, in my opinion. It is a time of reflection on our life and to celebrate God's Love for us through the birth of His Son. This time of year brings an extra level of appreciation for family and those closest to us. When I look at our family photo that we take every year, it is a reminder of all that is good in my life. The love I have for my family is just a small taste of the kind of love GOD has for each and every one of us. Now that time of year has come again to take our family photo and I look forward to sending our little sample of love to all of our family and friends this Christmas.

My favorite go-to for all christmas themed stationary is MINTED. After visiting MINTED. a several years ago, I was so impressed with their unique selection and over all user-friendly site , I went from DIYing our Christmas Card to becoming a loyal MINTED. customer. 

I could go on and on with my list of reasons why I am such a fan.  From the impeccable quality of their paper options to the wonderful customer service, their amazing customization system and exclusive artistry gallery allow customers to purchase stationary and art that is unique to their style. You are basically the creator of your own card, without all of the extra Craft Store errand runs!
As I began to look through MINTED's  2016 Holiday Collection it was not hard to find more than several that I absolutely LOVE. I find that my creative side comes out in me at the most odd times. As I'm looking through, I browse their Collection wondering how well they will look with various home decor styles. That's how beautiful these cards are, they essentially make you feel like a home designer looking to find that perfect piece to accent your recipients' home. 
The cherry on top for me though are the extra perks that MINTED. offers to it's customers after you select the perfect card design. From their FREE Recipient Addressing Service with coordinating design to  BUY NOW PERSONALIZE LATER option, MINTED has got you covered when it comes to creating the perfect Christmas card in the most convenient user-friendly way possible! Also, The MINTED's Find It Fast feature is a wonderful way for you to see a sample of your own uploaded photo in any design!  

With so many designs to choose from, I thought I would gather a few that caught my eye. I'm still trying to choose which design and that's not even the most fun part about it, I get to customize to my preferred color, font, shape and wording! If that isn't a fun way to spend an hour or so, I don't know what is! Keep your eye out to see which one we chose! ;)


Folk Art Ornament Card
White Poinsettia & Greens
Heaven Sings - Foil Collection
Charming Gingham
Hand Painted Branches
Water Color Winter - Foil Collection
Rejoice Ornate
Joyous Watercolor Frame
Gilded Woodgrain - Foil Collection
Winter Harvest

Go Tell It On The Mountain
Hand Lettered Merry
Merrier Than Ever
Christmas Love -Foil Collection
Family Fun

Feel free to browse MINTED's beautiful and unique 2016 HOLIDAY Collection, I would love to know your FAVS in the comments below!

To make your virtual shopping trip even more exciting, MINTED is having a Holiday Card Sale going on Now where you will receive 15% off orders of 150+ and 10% off orders of 100+!!
G I V E A W A Y   T I M E!!!!

To get this Holiday Season Started Off on a Cheerful note, MINTED is GIVING AWAY $100 GIFT CARD to THREE Lucky Fawn Over Baby Readers!!! For a chance to win, all you need to do is submit your Information HERE !!!!


**This Giveaway will be open to U.S. residents only and will run through November 19th, 11:59PM PDT!**

GOOD LUCK & GOOD CHEER!
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