Where do you purchase your holiday cards? Do you send cards out with pictures or without? I like to mail my Christmas cards with one family photo on the front and one family photo on the back. Sending Christmas cards is a great excuse to step in front of the camera with my family. Plus, it’s fun to see the little ones grow with each passing year.

Do you remember my holiday cards from last year? I ordered my cards from for the very first time. I was so impressed! From start to finish the process was easy, fast and perfectly designed. Here’s our card to jog your memory – can you believe Colton was so itty bitty … and bald … and not tan.

If you haven’t done so already, start planning your family photo sessions with a local photographer. Make sure you color coordinate and choose a time when your kids are apt to be on their best behavior (but, really … is there a such time?).

There are a lot of online stationary sites, but what I love most about is their amazing selection, great quality and the “Find it Fast” feature. You upload your photo and instantly see all of their designs mocked up with your photo on them – it looks like this. See Kelsey & Colton?


Let’s talk envelops for a second because this is where you’ll fall in love. Minted has matching envelop designs and recipient addressing (you ready for this?) – FREE for a limited time. Click here to see the designs and more details.

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I partnered with to bring you some of my favorite holiday cards from their website. I’m crushing on the foil stamped cards and the cute designs that are in store! Here are some of my favorite holiday card designs from Minted.

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Shop their whole holiday card store here. Good luck choosing … can you believe it’s almost the holiday season? I say … bring it on (I’m clearly a Christmas geek).

The Mommy Hat: Holiday Photos, Sneak Peek

I’m blessed to know talented people. One of them happens to be a good friend of mine whom I met at a previous job. She is now a mother of two. When she’s not raising a household of boys, she’s a professional photographer. She’s pulling double duty and doing a fabulous job. I booked her company, Session Nine Photography for a holiday family photo shoot.
Here’s a sneak peek …

The Planner Hat: Holiday Cards, Already?

Retailers are always three holidays ahead. Which is why, I have holiday cards on the brain. I’ve been browsing my favorite cards at – who just launched their 2010 Holiday Card Collection. I know what you’re thinking … Stephanie, let’s just get through Halloween first. But, you should really start looking into it. The last 8 months of my life have flown by. Before I know it, it will be Christmas, my baby will be 10 months old, and I will be thinking –  Why didn’t I order these sooner? Which is why, I’m planning ahead.
If you’re a busy mom, you will love this site! Here is one of my favorites.

Holiday Photo Cards
Holiday Photo Cards