Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas

After prepping large amounts of food for days, cooking for hours in the kitchen to get a dozen dishes on the table for Thanksgiving dinner at our home, then playing games with the kids in our was time to switch gears to Christmas! I shopped for a few hours alone (mom's know how exciting this can be!) taking advantage of Black Friday deals....on Saturday evening, ha! Then we spent the rest of the weekend unpacking boxes of Christmas decorations and placing touches of red, green, silver and gold to every nook and cranny of our home.
Mikayla's framed photo above is the back of her first birthday party invitation. See more about it below! I received compensation in exchange for this post, but opinions and adorable baby are 100% mine.

Gold can be found all over the decor and design world lately, and Minted has some of the best foil stamped designs out there! Here are my top holiday gift ideas...

For all the holiday parties you'll be attending in the coming weeks, any hostess would appreciate customized stationery. These are my top four picks: dots | stripes | bars | hello

Grandparents would love this photo artwork...
For your kids, this watercolor artwork would be a beautiful addition to their bedrooms.

For the home, I can't wait to get these watercolor zodiac sign prints for the bedroom my girls share.
And either the IL or US map prints to add to the gallery wall in my family room.

If you are still in need of a holiday card, you know I love Minted's card stock quality and unique stationery designs! I customized a wedding invitation to use for Mikayla's gold, navy and pink first birthday party, and couldn't be more giddy with the thick card stock, scalloped edges, shimmery foil details and quality photo printing on the back. And the beautifully designed recipient address printing on the envelope is icing on the cake!

Don't delay and purchase your Minted holiday cards soon! Through Monday you can get 15% off, free shipping and free recipient addressing with code MERRY. Happy Holidays everyone! I will anxiously be checking the mail everyday to see your beautiful cards!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Birth Announcements...10 months later.

Last year around this time, I posted my 31 on 31 post, where I was 31 weeks pregnant on my 31st birthday. Well, here I am one year later, having just celebrated my 32nd birthday...and I have yet to post anything about Mikayla, who's almost 11 months old now! When Minted approached me to share their products with my readers, I figured it's about time I introduce my second baby girl...10.5 months later! I received compensation in exchange for this review, but opinions and adorable baby are 100% mine.

I narrowed it down and was debating between these birth announcements...
And I finally decided on this one because I love full bleed images on cards where beautiful script stands out against negative space and the color matched perfectly.

As a newborn photographer for Misha Media, I make sure to capture a variety of options with blank space in case parents want newborn birth announcements like these, where the focus is solely on their precious baby and a beautifully designed message.

I love how when designing cards on Minted, you have beautiful fonts to choose from and can drag the different design elements around. I also love how nice and thick their card stock is and the options to write a long message with images. And the icing on the cake is free recipient addressing...also in beautiful fonts! No handwriting of 40+ addresses here! 

Which birth announcement do you like best? What is your go to site/designer for stationery? I have newborns on the mind as I've been photographing quite a few lately! But I better switch gears and pick up the pace on planning Mikayla's first birthday party. It's less than two months away, I can't believe it! Look how big she is now! 
Oh these two, melt our hearts every single day...
 And this little registered for kindergarten!?!!