Monday, November 19, 2012

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards to the Rescue

Disclosure: This sponsored post was written for Tiny Prints and I was compensated. However, all opinions expressed are completely my own.

I'm not sure about you, but in our house getting the annual  Christmas card ordered is a big accomplishment and sign that the holidays are almost upon us.  While I'm old fashioned and the Christmas season doesn't really start until the day after Thanksgiving, I think I can start to knock a few things off my to do list without the holiday cops being called on me.  Today was a productive day and thanks to Tiny Prints, I was able to create our Holiday Cards.

Their new 2012 holiday cards have been released and there are some wonderful options to choose from.  Tiny Prints site is easy to use and I love that I can select how many pictures I want included and it will narrow down the search of cards for me.  Who has time to waste looking through cards that only have space for one photo when I know I want six this year!  Their collection includes all sorts of designs from traditional to modern, flat to tri-fold, and themes that include, among others, Happy Holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah, and even New Years (makes me think of the year that I didn't get them sent out in time so they turned into New Year's cards).  One new feature they are offering for 2012 is their Premium DoubleThick™ Matte Paper, their most luxurious cardstock yet.

And now...drum roll is the card that I put together to showcase our girls playing in the snow last weekend.  We were in our local mountains celebrating Thanksgiving with our extended family (yes, it was a week and a half early, but it is better than not getting to celebrate it at all!) and a cold storm had dropped some snow the day before.  It's a little early for snow there, but we will take it!  The only other fun/good photos I have are from Halloween or summer pool time...somehow, neither of those seemed fitting for a Christmas card.  (Thanks Uncle A for taking most of these photos!)

Go take a look at their designs and I know you will find the perfect one for your family too!  While you are there, be sure to check out their Special Offers Page for the latest deals.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Announcement: New Family Member

When you have a sun room that looks like this...

And the kids have to climb into and on top of boxes just to reach their climbing structure...

You never know what you will find has moved in...

in addition to a few spiders (luckily no black widows were found)...

and a few silverfish (yucky things that they are)...

we found that this had decided to join our family...

We sure were lucky it was only a strong willed tomato plant!

It took me quite a while to notice it initially when I was cleaning the sun room and it took quite a while longer to get the area cleaned enough to see how it got there.  When I did I was pleasantly surprised that it hadn't done any damage, but had casually climbed through a tiny gap between the screen frame and the window that was open.  I haven't had the heart to cut it off yet, but the plant should be dying soon enough now that fall has finally arrived!

(Oh, and no...our house is a mess, but it isn't normally this bad!  This was everything from the attic and other rooms that had to be moved out when we had a little construction done a couple of months ago.  I wanted to get it organized before putting it away again and that kept falling lower and lower on my priority list.  Finally got to a good chunk of it this past weekend.)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Uplifting Story

I know October has ended, but I'm going to make an earnest effort to continue blogging regularly.  It won't be daily, but hopefully at least a few times a month.  I'll have to highlight some of the insanity that is Angel as well since there is certainly plenty of that going on in our daily lives!

This was a story that Daddy came across today and I thought you would enjoy it.  Stories like this give me hope for Sweet Pea's future and I pray that she has a good set of friends surrounding her that will keep the bullies at bay.  Kids are mean and I don't like thinking about what things might be said and done to her.  We are including her in as many community activities as possible so that the kids get to know her early on in hopes that it will create a bond and an understanding that will save her from some meanness.