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.
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?
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.
Last week, I told you about where we have been hanging out lately and what we have been doing. If you missed it, you can read more about it here.
I’m back to tell you about where this little family of mine is headed.
Hawaii? Iceland? Nairobi? Bollywood? Mexico? Maybe just to the mall to see Santa? Or the market for milk and bread?
Actually, we are headed down the road in pursuit of a simpler life. A life of intention.
Several years ago, it began by choice. We began evaluating our lifestyle and taking inventory of our choices. We started small and began revising some of our habits. We started by turning off our cable television. It was such an insane waste of time and finances. We were paying close to $200 a month for premium cable service and watching 1 hour of intentional television programming a week. Four hours of television a month was costing us close to $200. We were spending nearly $50 an hour to watch television. I don’t know about you but when we started doing the math we soon realized how insane that was. It wasn’t just the finances though. Television is a huge time suck and nothing but mind bending bubble gum programming for the most part. It has been years since we have had cable and I am pretty certain that we will never go back down that road again.
When we moved into our house a few years ago, we actually never hooked our television up. We went 6-12 months without any television at all. It was only during football season, nearing the Superbowl, that we caved and hooked the TV up to watch the Patriots. I don’t regret the decision at all. It was made with intention to watch TV.
It has been hard to maintain a lifestyle of intention and purpose at times. Many times actually. It is far too easy to be swayed by the sparkle of new shiny objects. Far too easy to compare what I have to what others have. Better yet to compare what I don’t have to what others have. Try that one on for size and then go live with intention.
What started as the pursuit of a simpler life by choice has since become a simpler life by necessity. With a baby, a house and only one income, we are always looking at ways to simplify our lives. To spend less time and money doing and spend more time being and enjoying.
We are in pursuit of a simpler life. We are headed down the road of living with intention. Living authentically. Living with less. Consuming less. Enjoying more.
A sneak peek about a big birthday celebration coming up on the blog this week…someone turned one….