Monday, November 22, 2010

What cards will you be sending this Christmas?

When we first started sending out Christmas cards eight years ago (!) there weren't all that many options.  Most of the layouts were 1 photo, the designs were average at best.  The photo card market has increased in popularity over the years and rightfully so, I remember my mom always including a picture of my sisters and me when mailing out her yearly Christmas cards.  So making a photo card is the perfect solution for the family who wants to share holiday greetings with friends and relatives and include photos of their family.

These days the options are endless and I'm excited because I can't choose just one picture to share with the ones I love.  Shutterfly asked me to tell you about some of the great cards and gifts that they have this year.  The card pictured above is one of my favorites, I love the layout, the colors and the message.  I think our little family will look terrific on the front of it.

And this one here, is fabulous because you can put up 7 to 8 pictures on it and a personalized message from your family.

Shutterfly also has great photo gifts.  Over the past couple of years, we have given my parents and in-laws photo books that were made up of photos from the past year.  They LOVE these and now look forward to getting them year after year.

These coasters would be a great grandparent gift as well.  Way to put pictures of the kids front and center!

Everyone uses calendars and you can add your important dates to the calendar that you create so that no special occasion is ever forgotten.

Shutterfly has great cards and gifts for everyone (especially the hard to shop for) on your list this year.  Head over to their site to see everything they have to offer.

**Disclosure - Shutterfly is providing me with 50 free cards for writing this post about their products.  The above is my honest opinion and experiences regarding their products.**

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The View...

from the front window on this really-nice-play-outside-kind of afternoon:

 A five year old riding on a toddler bike  
while pulling a doll stroller that was holding a pumpkin.

 Here she is again waving when she realized I was taking her picture. 
Yes, she's wearing a dress, purple leopard print leggings and Nikes.

 Her brother is wearing shorts, snow boots and riding her bike
which he claims is his own.  
These three are quite the trio.

 Her younger sister, who has been in constant need of having her nose wiped 
all day long, and stubbornly insists that her name is "Me" not Zoe.

All the while, Shiloh stands inside longing for this time next year 
when she can join the ranks of her bike riding siblings.