[Five on Friday] A Little Bit of Everything.

Friday, December 9, 2016

My goodness. (I think I started yesterday's post off with this too? ha!). Boy has it been a week - literally and figuratively. I unintentionally took a week off of everything on the Internet (everything except Instagram because I.just.can't.quit.you.Instagram!) and I'd like to say it felt good to unplug, but I can't really say that. Life took over. I was super stressed. And something had to go. And it did. And to be honest, I felt terrible because I had things I was supposed to post WITH other people, but I literally didn't have the time and couldn't stay awake past 8:01pm every night. I actually texted a couple friends on Monday night saying how terrible I felt that I didn't post my ornament reveal and I HOSTED the exchange and one of them said... I don't think the link up is until next week. And she was right! I was literally losing my mind. I wrote down the date to my own exchange wrong. I'm such a mess. But thankfully this week is over. I took today off work to catch up, get myself a pedicure, and get my house in order (I'll spare you a picture of it's current state). I had big plans to go to Disneyland on Sunday but I think I'm going to opt for a lazy day filled with family instead. However! That being said, I'm SUPER pumped to be going to the Christmas Train tonight with the Macke's. We've been waiting for this night since... probably last year!

But! Before I skip too far ahead here, let's get to this week's five. (Sorry in advance -- this post is long!)

A new speech class.

We've been working for the past couple months to transition Mason into the school district for his services. ABA is fully covered by our insurance so we're not really looking to move that, but mostly his speech services and potentially preschool. We submitted the paperwork to enter the school district before school ended last school year and finally had our assessments and evaluations in September/October/November. I plan to do a whole post on all the details and how it went soon, so I'm not going to go in to too much detail now, but the main result of the whole thing is that he is too high functioning to qualify for the school district preschool, but he did qualify for speech services. A meeting, a week off for Thanksgiving, and another week or so later, and Mason started speech services through the school district on Tuesday. Best parts? For one, it's free and two, he gets group speech again, which I think he will benefit greatly from. Oh and three! He ROCKED it.


As a part of the intake assessment to the school district, Mason had to do a hearing and vision test. He passed the hearing test just fine, but the vision test came back saying "refer". So I contacted his pediatrician and she submitted to the insurance to get us an authorization to go to a pediatric ophthalmologist. The appointment was schedule for this past Tuesday. I normally like for Seth to go with me to appointments, just so we can both be on the same page at the same time, but he had meetings at work, so I was on my own. I knew taking him to speech would be something I could handle, but I DID NOT have high hopes for the ophthalmologist and had really hoped Seth could have been there. Boy could I not have been more wrong. We arrived, checked in, and waited a few minutes to be called back. We went back in to the room to wait for the doctor and I asked if Mason wanted to sit in the big boy chair and wait and he said no. I didn't push it and we played with the toys they had in there. A few minutes later, the doctor comes in and asks Mason to sit in the chair. I knew he wouldn't go on his own, so I sat with him. He did really well reading most of the letters on the screen that she asked him too, but got a little squirmy towards the end. I think he wasn't quite sure what was going to happen and just wanted to get out of there. Based on how he answered the questions, I think the doctor thought he'd for sure need glasses, but they dilated his eyes just to be sure (I knew about this when I made the appointment). THIS is when Mason lost his sh*t. And rightfully so. The doctor warned me that the drops were going to burn and I knew he wouldn't willingly lay down, so together we held his arms down and she put the drops in. He cried for a couple minutes, but then was actually ok. We waited 45 minutes for his eyes to dilate by playing with toys in the waiting room and watching Finding Nemo. The time went by surprisingly fast. We went back in to the room, Mason sat on my lap, and the doctor finished the exam. His eyes aren't bad at all, but he is slightly near sighted (can't see far) and needs glasses. She gave me a couple recommendations on good glasses shops where the people are good with kids and one stood out to me - the one her family goes to. So, off we went. We took a minor pit stop to the mall to pick out some Christmas ornaments (I get yearly ones so we had to get this years) as a small break away from doctors and sitting still, and then we were on our way.

Let me tell you. THIS LADY WAS AMAZING. She made Mason feel so at home that he actually put the glasses on by himself. I literally just sat there in shock as he admired himself in the mirror. I mean, can't you tell how proud he is of himself in that photo above? Goodness, where did my baby go? He has been replaced with a full on BIG KID. Long story short, we tried on a few different pairs, and I ultimately decided on the ones that can withstand full destruction and have the least chance of breaking. We ordered them and they will be in in about a week. So if you see pictures of Mason without glasses for the next week or so, don't be confused :)

Foodie for a Year [a Holiday Dessert]

I completely missed not only posting about but also making our last foodie of the year recipe. I'm super bummed on this one because our last recipe was for dessert and I LOVE dessert. So, since I didn't have time to make a new recipe, I thought I'd share a couple of oldies but goodies. I made both of these the past couple years and brought them to Christmas for dessert and everyone LOVES them. Seriously they are so easy to make, make great last minute desserts, and store well in the fridge for days (if you have enough left over to need to refrigerate!)

White Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark -- recipe here or pin here

Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Bark -- recipe here or pin here

They are both seriously so good. You will not be disappointed!

To see everyone else's recipes in the foodie for a year link up, click here.

Stocking Stuffer Exchange.

Whitney, Jess, and Amy hosted a stocking stuffer exchange and I was super excited to participate. I've never done anything quite like this and was excited to try to come up with some goodies for my partner that would be small enough to fit in a stocking and fit the budget. I was paired with Brittany over at Just Another Day in Paradise and she picked out the most perfect gifts for me! We exchanged a few ideas via email before we went shopping for each other, but then we were pretty much on our own to pick things out. Brittany did great! The candle smells amazing, I got to pick up another one of my favorite holiday drinks - the Chestnut Praline Latte - and I got to eat a few M&Ms before Mason found me and promptly stole the container from me and finished them. lol. Thank you thank you thank you Brittany!!! I loved it all!

To find out what I got her, click here.

To see the other participants in the stocking stuffer exchange, click here.

Mommy and Me Book Exchange.

For once, I'm finally on top of an exchange :) Today is our Secret Santa Mommy and Me book exchange reveal day! My Secret Santa happened to be one of the other hosts of this exchange, Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey! Ashley, Wyatt, and Stella picked out THE most perfect books for Mason and I. They were more than generous and I was so, so excited to see the package from them arrive on my doorstep a few days ago!

First up was a book for me -- The Magnolia Story! This book has been on my wish list ever since I heard about it because, like everyone else, I too love Joanna Gaines. I'm so happy that Fixer Upper is back for another season! Ashley really hit the nail on the head with this one. Now I just need to find some time to read it!

Second were books (yes books!) for Mason. I truly only expected one book, but like I said, they were more than generous, and sent Mason two books. He was seriously over the moon to get to open some presents early and was super excited to see Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes and Mo Willems' Waiting is Not Easy. Mason LOVES Pete the Cat and we don't have any Mo Willems books so these were both PERFECT. We read them both over and over as soon as we opened them.

Thank you so, SO much Ashley, Wyatt, and Stella! We love our books!

Mason and I were partnered with Jamie and her sweet girls and got to play Santa for them. To find out what I got them, click here.

Whew. That's it for today. I think I'm finally caught up and should be back on track next week! Hope everyone has a great weekend! And don't forget to link up with us below if you participated in the book exchange also!

[Holiday Gift Basket Idea Round Up] For the Coffee Lover.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hello everyone! Goodness, I didn't mean to take a week off blogging (and pretty much everything) -- it kind of just... happened. This past weekend was a work event weekend and the week leading up to it is always a bit chaotic, then there's the working 8am-5pm on Saturday and 3:30am-2:30pm on Sunday, and then of course the fog that you're in after not sleeping and then falling asleep at 8:01pm right after you put your kid to bed on Sunday night. I think I've finally recovered and after missing entirely too much, I'm back today to share a little DIY gift basket round up with you all. I promise to fill you in a bit more tomorrow on everything I was supposed to post earlier this week as well as some recent happenings including more details on the picture I posted on Instagram yesterday!

But anyways, enough of that for now. On to gift baskets!

I've partnered with a few other blog friends to bring you a round up of some gift baskets that would be perfect for gift giving this holiday season. No idea what to get the teachers/hostesses/friends/mother-in-laws in your life? Well look no further, we've got you covered.

Hostess Gift Basket - I Love You More Than Carrots
Craft Beer Gift Basket - Ellie & Addie
Coffee Lovers Gift Basket - Chasin' Mason
DIY Money Tree - Seeing All Sides
Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Basket - Running From The Law
Champagne Gift Basket - East Coast Chic
Spa Day Gift Basket - Secrets of a Stay At Home Mom
Kid Craft Gift Basket - The Adventure Starts Here

I'd like to share with you my coffee gift basket. If you've been reading my blog for any period of time or follow me on Instagram, you know that I am a coffee lover or, Starbucks lover, to be exact.

What I just realized about this gift basket is that I used two competing products - Dunkin' Donuts coffee and a Starbucks cup/gift card. What can I say, I'm not picky. Funny enough, I like going to Starbucks more than going to DD but I like DD coffee at home over Starbucks coffee. I know, it makes no sense.

But what's especially great about this coffee lover's gift basket is that it can be TOTALLY customizable! You could totally substitute the DD coffee for Pete's or Starbucks or something completely different. You could totally substitute the Starbucks cup for a mug or a tumbler or a thermos. You could totally substitute the Starbucks gift card for a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf one or even DD or Pete's. And for the candy? The possibilities are endless! You could even add a pack of marshmallows to go with the hot cocoa packets.... or even a small bottle of peppermint schnapps to add a little extra kick :) Or completely switch it up and add your own twist!

Or, if you don't want such a big gift, I made these for Mason's teachers a couple years ago for Teacher Appreciation and they were a huge hit! You could totally send these "gift baskets" in the mail even!

What's your favorite gift basket to make and give for the holidays?

[Want, Need, Wear, Read] A Gift Guide for the Mama + a HUGE $1,000 Stitch Fix Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For some reason, I always feel like answering the question "what would ____ like for Christmas?" is the hardest to answer about myself. I literally could name off a million things that Mason wants and close to at least ten (ha!) things that Seth wants. But for me? I draw a blank. It's silly really. I mean, I should know myself the best, right? Apparently... wrong. So, I got smart this year and started a list on my phone so when people asked, I knew just what to tell them!


If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that this would be a definite winner for me for Christmas - a Starbucks gift card! Seriously, I am addicted to those Chestnut Praline Lattes. I wasn't sure after my first one, but now I'm hooked. It's going to be a sad day when the red cups and the holiday drinks are gone. As long as they don't take away my Peach Green Tea Lemonade, I'll still be a happy girl!

The new iPhone 7 came out a couple months ago and since I wasn't eligible for an upgrade, I tried to ignore it. Well, now, I am eligible for an upgrade and I'm DYING for the new iPhone 7 Plus! I never thought I'd want a Plus because I thought it would be too big, but now I think I need it for the amazing camera. I mean, I don't have a real camera, so the camera portion of the phone is very important to me and I hear the 7 Plus's camera is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the regular 7. So maybe this should be under the need category too? ;)

I'd really love a dutch oven. My mother in law has one and makes the most amazing meals in it and I'd love to recreate them at home so we could have them on days other than Sunday family dinner night. They are super expensive so I guess I wouldn't consider it a need, but I really do want one.


I'm just going to file this as a need - a Target gift card! I mean, what don't I need at Target? The answer is nothing - because I need everything! This would be a definite win if I found one of these in my stocking!

We are in desperate need of new pots and pans. The ones we have have definitely seen better days. These ones get great reviews on Costco's website, but I'm always open to suggestions!

I'm sure this should fall under the want category, but hey, everyone NEEDS waffles, right? Right. As much as Mason LOVES Eggo waffles (the blueberry kind to be exact), I'd love to have a real waffle maker to be able to make waffles on the weekends! No toaster kind for me!


I've been DYING for a Kendra Scott necklace for forever but just couldn't pull the trigger and spend the money. This is kind of a cheat since I already bought it for myself (err, well TWO! Ha.) when they had a Black Friday sale last week, but I was so excited when Meghan helped me find this pendant necklace without the tassel! I mean, I love the tassel, but I feel like the tassel makes it more fancy, and well, I'm just not very fancy, so I was so happy to find out that they still sell the necklace without one! So happy in fact that with their 20% off sale, I bought two. I mean, free shipping and free returns? Why not?

Ok, this is kind of a cheat too (apparently I'm bad at buying myself presents and/or waiting until Christmas!), but I loved my brown Lucky Brand flats so much that when I saw that the black ones went on sale (on Amazon!) I had to buy them! They arrived yesterday and are pure perfection! I know these will get a lot of wear.

If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I love Stitch Fix. I got a gift card for my birthday last year, ordered my first fix, and have been hooked ever since. I mean, the fact that someone can send you jeans that fit PERFECTLY blows my mind and keeps me coming back. I mean, I can't even buy myself jeans that fit this good!

If you haven't tried Stitch Fix yet, I highly suggest you add a gift card to your Christmas wish list! Heck, just a $20 gift card will get you a free styling fee and then you can decide if you want to continue the service after you get your first box. (I was hooked after one box and actually JUST got my first 5/5 (!!!) after switching stylists recently. I can't wait to share that with you soon, but that's a post for another day.) Stitch Fix gift cards make excellent stocking stuffers!


I'll be honest, I'm not a big reader. I don't think this comes as a surprise to most. But, I do love a good cookbook. This Mix and Match Mama Eats Cookbook or the new Skinnytaste Fast and Slow look amazing! Or, even though it would probably take me a year to read the whole thing, I'd love The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines!

Oh! And one more thing... to go along with the wear category (and quite possibly the want and need categories too!),  I'm super excited to be partnering with some other Stitch Fix bloggers to bring you one of the biggest Stitch Fix giveaways yet - a chance to win a $1000 Stitch Fix gift card!

Never tried Stitch Fix before? Why wait! This is the perfect opportunity to get yourself started! Already love Stitch Fix? Then you know just how good this giveaway is!

Enter on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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[The Great Christmas Round Up] 25 Christmas Dessert Recipes

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's finally and officially the most wonderful time of the year! And judging by how much money I spent on Black Friday, pre-Black Friday, and Cyber Monday... it's also the most expensive time of the year as well. But as much as I love shopping (online shopping to be exact), I love being all cozied up in my house, watching Christmas movies, drinking hot chocolate (with lots of marshmallows!) and baking Christmas treats.

Once again Pinterest has sucked me in and I've become a Christmas dessert pinning crazy person.

Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Bark // This one is tried and true! I made it a couple years ago and brought it to Christmas for dessert and people couldn't believe how easy and delicious it was. I seriously emailed out this recipe to at least five people.

White Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark // This one is also tried and true! I made it last year and everyone loved it. This one was just as simple as the Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Bark, but had my favorite extra ingredient in them... Christmas Oreos!

Andes Mint Cookies // Andes Mints. Need I say more? I haven't tried these yet, but they look and sound AMAZING.

Oreo Penguins // These are seriously the cutest! I love Oreos and when you make them in to these cute little penguins, it just makes them THAT much better!

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies // A fun twist on the original sugar cookie -- colorful and with the addition of Christmas sprinkles!

Grinch Cookies // The perfect snack while watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Peppermint Mocha Cookies // The cookie version of one of my favorite holiday Starbucks drinks!

Ugly Sweater Cake // I have NEVER seen anything like this! It would be the perfect addition to an ugly sweater Christmas party!

Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites // I make some awesome strawberries filled with cheesecake for a regular dessert and these are a fun twist on that idea, especially made for Christmas.

Hot Chocolate Fudge // I love fudge and I love hot chocolate and these babies are topped with marshmallows AND made in the microwave. Pure perfection.

Mint Hot Cocoa // If you couldn't tell from all my mint recipes above, I love mint! I also love hot cocoa, so this would be the perfect match. I'm thinking maybe it would be a little something like a peppermint mocha minus the coffee? Perfect for after dinner so it doesn't keep you up all night.

Disney Themed Christmas Cookies // I mean, how cute?! For those Disney lovers in your life, these are perfect for Christmas!

Christmas Light Cupcakes // My pet peeve is when things look so good but the taste doesn't measure up. These cupcakes are perfect because you can make the cake whatever flavor you want it to be and then you just add some vanilla frosting, some frosting gel for the strands, and then M&Ms for the lights. You know the taste will measure up to the cuteness!

Peppermint Brownie Bars // I love brownies and to add a little peppermint to them just makes them so festive!

Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting // Don't like chocolate? These peppermint sugar cookies are a great alternative to brownies!

Pretzel Hugs // Pretzels, Hugs, and M&Ms. Melt. And that's it. Perfection!

Christmas in a Bowl (triffle) // This triffle includes peppermint mousse. I'm sold.

Christmas Crunch // I love popcorn (especially kettle corn!) and anyway to make it fun and festive and kick it up a notch is so fun! I love that this is something that Mason would be able to help with also!

Chocolate Salted Caramel Fudge // I mean. I NEED to make this! I love fudge and I love caramel and the addition of a little salt on top just makes it totally decadent!

Thin Mint Cookie Cups // Have a craving for thin mints when it's not Girl Scout cookie season? Try these!

Grasshopper Cookies // They don't technically sound Christmas-y, but they're green so in my world, it works.

Hershey's Kiss Smores Cookies // They had me at smores! I need to make these too! I'm a sucker for anything smores!

Snowman Cake Pops // Kick the cake pops up a notch and stack them to look like snowmen!

Chocolate Dipped Oreo Snowflakes // If you can't tell by my theme going on here, I love mint and I love Oreos. And the only thing better than double stuffed Oreos? Double stuffed Oreos DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE. Yes. I need to learn how to make these!

Fruit Candy Canes // Want a healthier alternative to all the sweet desserts? These banana and strawberry candy canes fit the bill!

Goodness, all these recipes sound amazing! I'm not usually the one who is in charge of Christmas dessert, but I always try to sneak something in there (since I love festive baking so much!). I don't know how I'm going to decide what to make this year!


[DIY] Beer Advent Calendar.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Last year, on December 1st, I shared how I made my own DIY beer advent calendar for Seth for Christmas. A BUNCH of people shared that they wished that I had shared it earlier so they could do the same for their husbands so I thought I would re-share it again and earlier this year! I would have shared earlier last year, but it was a surprise for Seth and I didn't want him to know about it before he got to open his first beer on December 1st! But now that his advent calendar has come and gone, I can re-share it now without worrying that I'm ruining a surprise!

A little back story on how the beer advent calendar came about... a few weeks before I even had the idea in my head last year, Seth and I were at Costco and we came across a pre-made beer advent calendar. I had never seen or even thought of one of those and I thought it was genius... and perfect for my beer loving husband! I had asked Seth if he would like it but he took a look at the beers in it and decided that he didn't think he would like enough to make it worthwhile. Plus it was pretty expensive, so if he didn't think he would like the beers, I didn't want to try it. BUT when I shared about seeing it in a blog post a few days later,  Desiree casually commented that I should make my own. And an idea was born! I absolutely LOVED her idea and couldn't believe I didn't think of it earlier, so I immediately got to searching Pinterest (because duh) for how to make one. To my surprise, I could barely find anything! How had this not been done before? I was shocked. So, without Pinterest's help (*audible gasp*), I made Seth a beer advent calendar for Christmas!
Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

Going in, I had NO clue how I wanted to make it work, so I did what anyone would do... I headed to Hobby Lobby and hoped for inspiration to pop out at me. And luckily for me, it did! I literally walked around the whole store twice before I landed on this idea. I found this Merry Christmas trunk, googled how tall beer bottles are, and guesstimated that I could fit 24 beer bottles in the trunk. So at 50% off, I picked up the trunk, some crinkle paper for packing purposes, and some Christmas paper. If I were to estimate, I'd say the total came to maybe $15-$18 for these three things.

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar
Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

Then came the actual wrapping of the beer bottles so he couldn't tell what they were. I knew I needed to wrap the main label but then some had additional labels as well as a cap so I had to get creative. 

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

For the top label on the neck of the bottle, I cut a strip of paper and had planned to wrap it around and call it a day. But I ended up not liking how that looked, so I cut a little off and wrapped it a little tighter and liked that look better.

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

To cover the top, I made numbers. These numbers let Seth know which beer to open on which day.

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar
Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar
Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar
Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

And at this point, I was pretty much done! It was pretty easy but was very timely. If I had to guess, I'd say the whole thing probably took 2-3 hours.

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

I put the bottles in the trunk and added some crinkly paper for packing purposes.

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

Chasin' Mason : Beer Advent Calendar

See full, detailed directions on how to make your own Beer Advent Calendar here or pin for later here!

And there you have it! A DIY beer advent calendar! I'm very happy with how it turned out and Seth was SO excited to find out that this was his gift. 

Each day, I let him "open" the beer in the morning so he could see what it was and then put it in the fridge to cool so he could have it with dinner. I didn't really know what I was doing and am definitely no beer expert, but he ended up really liking the beers I chose! I actually had him do a little recap on the beers, so if you need some inspiration, check out this post and see which his favorites were!

Basically, I just went to Total Wine and More (they have a giant single beer selection!), looked in the section for the kinds he likes, and picked top rated, cheap-ish beers. And by cheap-ish, I meant they all cost between $1.99-$3.99 per beer, so if you're trying to plan, total I probably spent about $65 on this gift. 

And overall? It was a HUGE hit!

[$10 at Target] November.

Monday, November 21, 2016

I'm excited to be back again today co-hosting this link up with Becky and some other fabulous ladies!  If you posted today as well, don't forget to link up with us below and then hop around and check out how the rest of my co-hosts (and everyone else!) spent their $10!

For this month's $10 at Target, I went kind of random. You will notice that I went almost all in the food category - or drink, to be more precise. I don't know what prompted me to go that route, but they looked good and I could get a lot for my money! I also randomly added in a new eye lash curler because I needed one and I love the other ELF products, so I hoped I would love this one too!

I was a little unsure of the eye lash curler at first. When I first used it, it seemed to be at a weird angle (or at least a different angle than my current one), so I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But the more I used it, the more I loved it, and I've since thrown away my old one and only use this one now.

The drinks... most were good, but most were also something I probably wouldn't buy everyday. My boss had left a bai drink in the fridge at work when she left to go home so I thought I'd try it. I had heard other people talk about how good they were, so I thought, hey it's free, why not? It was a peach one and it was super good! So when I found these at Target, I thought I'd try them. Most flavors were pretty good, even the bubbly ones, but I don't know that I'd buy them regularly.

The market pantry ones were pretty good and were more just like sparkling, flavored water. All the flavors were good and given how cheap they were and how much I got, I'd say, I'd be interested to get them on occasion when I wanted to switch it up from my normal boring water.

So, how'd I do on my budget?
Since I bought these along with some other items, I don't have a receipt to show, but here's the breakdown.

Bai drinks: $1.89 + $1.99 + $1.99 = $5.87
Market Pantry sparkling waters : 3 x $0.69 = $2.07
CRV for all drinks: (3 x $0.10) + (3 x $0.05) = $0.45
Eye lash curler: $2.00
Tax (8% - only on eye lash curler) : $0.16
Minus RED Card discount : ($0.50)
Total : $10.05

Just barely over budget! I gave myself a pat on the back for this one (lol)!

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Next month, we'll be sharing our hauls on Monday, December 19th. Mark your calendars, get your shopping on, and link up with us on the 19th and show us what you got!

Friday Favorites with Tiny Prints.

Friday, November 18, 2016

I'm SUPER excited to be partnering this year with Tiny Prints for my holiday cards. While I've never used them for my cards before, I've definitely swooned over all their different designs as well as all the different ways you can customize your cards. And this year, I'm super excited that I actually get to have some of these cards for myself.

I know Christmas cards are something that people typically get in the mail and then toss after the holidays are over, but to me, holiday cards are very important. In fact, I actually have last years card in a picture frame on our picture ledge above our TV. Every day I see that card and every day I am still in love with it. Last year I went with a different company and this year I'm excited to see if I can top the love I have for last year's card with this year's card. It's going to be tough -- but I think I can do it! ;)

While I don't plan to show you what our card looks like until after everyone has already received them (no spoilers!), I did want to show you some of the top contenders. From Foil-Stamped Cards (available in gold, silver, rose gold (!!!) and red foil) to Glitter Cards (!!!) to Laser-Cut Cards (with beautiful designs ranging from fun and festive shapes to elegant and graceful motifs) to Ornament Cards (doubling as cheerful d├ęcor on your loved ones’ trees) and even NEW! Personalized Foil Cards – there is definitely something for everyone!

And that's not even all!

For families - get your kids in on the holiday action with kids’ color-in cardsHave a new bundle of joy this season? Announce your little one’s arrival with your holiday card. Beautiful year-in-review formats let you tell the story of your family’s entire year. 

For newlywedsLooking for something to do with all those gorgeous wedding photos? Announce your wedded bliss with a newlywed holiday card collection!

For travelers Show off the year’s adventures with these holiday cards specifically formatted for all those gorgeous travel pics. 

For millennials Make use of all those #selfies in your Insta feed. Their millennial-focused holiday cards are perfect to send to friends, family, roommates and coworkers. Maybe throw in a #tbt or two!

And quite possibly my favorite thing that Tiny Prints does...

Baby2Baby PartnershipTinyPrints is passionate about helping parents celebrate their children as they grow.  That’s why, for the past three years, they’ve partnered with Baby2Baby, an organization that’s provides low-income children with the necessities they deserve. For every birth announcement or holiday card from the Baby2Baby collection purchased, they donate a portion of the proceeds to Baby2Baby.  They’ve also designed an exclusive holidaycard collection and holidayornaments to honor their incredible mission.

With so many options to choose from, how did I pick which ones were for us? Well, it was a hard decision! I've narrowed it down to a few contenders...

Aren't they gorgeous??? Seriously I could go on forever sharing all the different cards that I loved. Some people say that taking the photos is the hard part and the designing the cards is the easy part, but for me, taking the photos was easy, choosing which photos I loved was hard (because I loved them all!) and choosing the card is even harder because there are even more card options that I had picture options. Goodness. And then there's envelope liners and return address labels (and even FREE recipient addressing on any custom envelope!) . The possibilities are endless and the amount of time it took me to decide which cards I wanted seemed to be endless as well. Lucky for me, I use 'Happy Holidays' since we have family that celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah or the decision would have been even harder (since I only had to choose from the 'Happy Holidays' cards rather than both those and 'Merry Christmas')! 

But I think I've finally picked a winner!

As you can probably tell from the examples above, I like the picture on the card to be the star of the show. They definitely have some super intricate cards with beautiful borders and such, but that's just not me. I want my photos to shine through and have some words on there with our holiday wishes.

So, which one did I pick? You'll have to wait until December to find out!

PS As always Tiny Prints is offering free shipping when you spend $49+ with code FREESHIP49!

Disclaimer : I was provided free product from Tiny Prints in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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