Thinking Ahead with Shutterfly

I have some news. Some of you might think it is good news, some not so good news. Here it goes: in just about two more months it will be Christmas. Say What?! Christmas! The Christmas catalogs are already starting to arrive at my house. The three year old has already mastered the refrain of “I want that” towards practically everything she sees. So along with the catalogs comes the thinking of what our Holiday Cards will look this year. We usually try to take a family picture at the local Arboretum every year and use that as the main photo on our card. This year I am thinking of looking at the designs that Shutterfly offers first and perhaps try to coordinate what we will wear to the card that we like best.

Here are some Holiday Cards that I am considering.  Let me know your thoughts: 

Blessed Tidings: I like the simplicity of this one.

Blessed Script: I really like the fonts used here.

Merry Filled Wishes: I like the simple black border.

A couple of things I have noticed as I have been searching through all of the selections of Holiday Cards is not just that I really like simple cards (and the word blessed) but also I am really liking the idea of using black and white photos this year! I think also choosing a card with little or no border takes the pressure off of matching your card to the outfits in the photo you use. Whew.

Why not take a moment and check out all that Shutterfly has to offer for your Holiday Cards needs this year? They have some great special offers going on right now. Just think what a relief it will be to at least have picked out your cards.  Remember … only two more months!

Please let me know what your favorite card is and/or what you think of my choices.

Take Care,


P.S. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shutterfly. Although I will be getting free cards out of the deal, all the opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

Get Thee to the Mailbox! A Tiny Prints Review

Do you still send out Christmas cards?  We do, but I have the sneaky feeling we are in the minority.  I don’t know if it is due to cost or just the fact that everyone already knows what everyone else is already doing due to Facebook or whatever, but the amount of Christmas cards that arrive in our mailbox has been on the decline for the last few years.  I also think it is a generational thing.  My mother has not seen a change in her Christmas card bounty.  Then again she is, and has always been, more popular than me.

Anyway…I do love me some Christmas cards.  Especially ones that have photos.  For this year, I have been perusing the online selections at Tiny Prints.  I love their selection this year!  I swear each year it gets better and better and thus harder for me to settle on just one card.  Here are the choices I am currently mulling over.  Perhaps you can help me choose.

I really like the overall message in this one.
I love the colors in this one.  Will go with our family photo.
How unique would this be? An ornament as a card! Too cool.
See how hard it is?  So many great choices!  I hope that more will be inspired to take the time to send out holiday greetings this year.  It means so much to get that special piece of mail that contains a hand written note and/or photo.  You never grow tired of that thrill.
Full Disclosure:  I was asked to write about Tiny Prints current holiday cards collection in exchange for 50 free cards.  This compensation, while a nice bonus, in no way influenced my opinion of their product.

Sometimes I think they plan these things…

“OK, first I’ll smile..”
“then you smile.”

Plus a visit with the Big Man of the Hour himself!
Note no picture with Miss C.  She cried when even Mommy 
was holding her and standing next to Santa!

Shutterfly & Christmas Cards

Every since we have had our girls we have sent out Christmas photo cards as our annual greeting.   Last year we used Shutterfly and were extremely pleased with the ease of their online ordering and the accuracy of the cards once promptly delivered.

So this year I am again considering Shutterfly and below are some of their Christmas photo cards that have caught my eye:

I really like having the option to put more than one photo on a card.  Another option I am considering are Story Cards.  Here there is ample space to write about your life during the past year thus updating everyone in a way that doesn’t cramp your hand!

Last year, we also used Shutterfly for coffee mugs with pictures of the grandkids as a gift.  I have also used them for photo books.   Another gift idea that I may use in the future is a calendar.

What to get an early start on your Christmas cards?  Shutterfly is currently offering 20% off all holiday cards!  So what are you waiting for?  Go check them out!

P.S.  I wasn’t paid to write this post, but I am getting 50 free cards from Shutterfly.  All opinions are mine and were not presuaded by the free offer.