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31, Dec 2013

Yesterday, I shared a little about my holiday hustle dilemma.  You can read more about it here

While I spent a significant amount of time in big box stores scooping up obligatory gift cards for all of the teenagers on my gift list, I was able to choose a few gifts with meaning this year which always makes my holiday season a little brighter.  One of my favorite gifts this year that I gave was a canvas print of babypants.

superfresh babypants

superfresh babypants

superfresh babypants

I used this recent photo from a family photo shoot to order a canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints.  The ordering process was super simple.  I chose a single print option and the modest size of 8×10 with the standard .75 wraparound, although there are multiple sizing and wraparound options available!  I uploaded the image seen above and chose the mirrored wraparound option.   Since this picture was professionally shot, I opted out of any editing or color options offered.  The entire ordering process from start to finish took less than 5 minutes to complete! I ordered at the height of the holiday rush and it took approximately a week turn around for my print to arrive on my doorstep.

I love it!  It is such a perfect gift with so much meaning for my little family.  I hope the recipient enjoys it as much as I enjoyed the process of creating it!

I really enjoyed working with Easy Canvas Printsand am happy to be able to offer my readers a 50% off promo code by using this link: Easy Canvas Prints Promo Codes!  Be sure to check out their site and snag some goodies for yourself or loved ones.   You can also check out their affiliate sites for more custom printing options and ideas at Build A Sign and Allied Shirts.

Are you a gift card, store bought or home made type of gift giver?  What kind of gifts do you favor to receive?

xoxo,

boss lady

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I was provided with a product to review for this post.   As always, all thoughts are my own and I only work with brands whose products I love and can or would purchase with my own money.

30, Dec 2013

I’ve been doing the holiday hustle lately.

Its a lot like Dancing with the Stars.  Except no fancy outfits.  No televised appearances.  No trainer teaching me the steps.  Instead, it was all me, all the time, doing the hustle, fox trot and two step to the sounds of Christmas music, long lines and cash registers ringing.

I love the holidays.  It is by far my favorite time of year.  I love the baking, the wrapping, the holiday music, the lights, the trees, the decorations and the overall magic of the season.  Yes, the magic.  I hope you see and feel it too.

I don’t love the holiday hustle though.  I don’t love the excessive consumption associated with the holidays, whether it is food, alcohol or presents.  This time of year signifies overindulgence.  In fact, it encourages overindulgence.   I spent a little too much time overindulging and feeling stressed by the hustle and “things” and not enough time enjoying the magic.

I did manage to sneak some of the magic in though but next year I hope for more magic….less hustle.

superfresh babypants

superfresh babyknits

superfresh babyknits

superfresh babypants

superfresh babypants

superfresh babypants

superfresh babypants

superfresh babypants

Enjoy the magic.  Enjoy the hustle.  Enjoy the new year.

xoxo,

boss lady

 

15, Dec 2013

Why, hello there.  I have been a bit preoccupied lately.  I hope you are enjoying your holiday season.  I know I am.  This is by my far my favorite time of year!

I have had this holiday bucket list together for awhile but haven’t gotten around to sharing it.  In fact, I have had it for so long that I have already accomplished several of these bucket list items!  I will be back later this week to share some of my adventures.  Many of these are holiday traditions in my house and make the list every year.  Some of them are new and have been added to the annual bucket list.

holiday bucketlist

Do you have a bucketlist?  Do you have family traditions? What’s your favorite part of the season?

xoxo,

boss lady

7, Dec 2013

 

Hey ho, what do ya know?  It’s the holiday season and that means it’s time to send out holiday cards!  For years, I sent out standard boxed cards from your big box stores like Target.  Then I had a baby and it was time to send out the obligatory card with a picture of my baby on the front.  I’m back this year to send out the obligatory card with a family photo on the front…just in case you don’t recognize my kid, you’ll probably recognize me or the baby daddy.

I love the whole process.  The family photo shoot.  Picking out holiday cards.  Stamping envelopes.  Mailing off lovely little cards to be received by loved ones.  Here is a list of some my favorite vendors for holiday stationary!

 

1. Minted

I used Minted last year to send out holiday birth announcements for the baby and was over the moon about them. Minted offers beautiful indie designs, luxurious cardstock, coordinating envelopes with liners, wrap around labels and envelope addressing.   Use code SLED15FS until Monday for 15% off your order.

superfresh babypants christmas

 

2. Pikcal

Pikcal is an incredible environmentally friendly vendor with their own wind turbine.  If that doesn’t knock your sox off, try their free shipping on for size.  All orders ship for free!  Your holiday cards can now be printed on recycled paper with environmentally friendly inks with presses generated by wind turbines and will show up on your doorstep with shipping on Pikcal’s dime.  Awesome, right?  Use coupon code BLOGCARD20 to get an additional 20% off all orders thru the end of the month!

 

 3. Snapfish

Snapfish is running some great specials this week including 50% off all card orders and free shipping with code STAR50. They are also offering 50 holiday cards for $49 with two day shipping in case you are in a pinch to get your holiday cards out!

 

4. Tinyprints

 

Tinyprints is a sister site of Shutterfly but offers better selections with more formats and nicer amenities including printed backs, coordinating envelopes and complimenting address labels.  You can get 25% off your order for the rest of the weekend and still receive your cards by the end of the week.  Use code SW1208 for the rest of the weekend and get yo’self some holiday cheer.

Looking forward to licking envelopes this week and getting papercuts on my tongue.

 

xoxo,

boss lady

 

 

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