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The Ultimate Christmas Card


You can bet year after year, my Christmas card is stamped, addressed and ready to go on December 1st.  I usually start thinking about my plan for my card as early as October.  You see, if you want it to turn out great, you need time to put your plan into action.  It can take me a good week just to figure out what everyone will wear.

However, I always hire a photographer first around October or November.  This time frame will give the photographer ample time to edit the images without the client pressuring her. I also like to strive for several fun scenes for her to shoot, which will give me options when it comes to choosing “the one.”  You want to think about what the kind of look you are going for.  It can be one or even several of the following:

Intimate:  Getting in close with your family with a big hug and zoom in
Active:  Taking a photo of the kids jumping is always a fun one
Creative: Taking a photo of your shadows or a close up of your feet is always creative.. You want to shoot for something out of the ordinary for this look
Photo Booth:  The photo booth had made a huge comeback this past year… Getting a photo booth type image would be super adorable
Using Props: Use anything from strung lights to mini trees, to Santa hats.  Using props is always a hit
Stacking or Getting in Line: always makes a cute family card

Once I choose my look and get the images back from the photographer (could take up to two weeks), I seriously spend days designing different cards online.  I have been using MINTED for the past five years as my go-to design center for all my stationary needs.  I love their huge selection of unique designs from independent artists.  Minted always highlights their artists by including a mini biography for you to read as soon as you open the box.

I can assure you that Minted has found its way into our most personal celebrations.  We have used this company for our annual Christmas card, our many birth announcements and our way-to-familiar, “we MOVED again” card!  By using the finest paper stock, with rich inks and top of the line printing methods, you can tell they obsess over quality and that is why we are repeat customers year after year.




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After Thanksgiving, we love to take all of our Christmas decorations out.  In one of my ten plus boxes you can find over six years of Christmas cards for us to look at.  I could never throw out the adorable Christmas cards that come in the mail.  After all, I know what went into getting it to look so good.  I finally found the ultimate Christmas card solution that doesn’t take up any space.  All you need is a hole puncher and a box of large rings.  You can buy the rings here.  No more hanging hundreds of cards around the house.  People love to flip through it too when they come over.

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I can’t spoil it and let you know what image we chose for our Christmas card this year, but I promise I will post the image after December 1st.  Minted once again, has such a creative array of designs to choose from.  This company has thought about it all.  I love that I am able to upload several images and preview all the cards with a chosen photo.  With one click my photo was displayed on hundreds of cards making my choice that much easier.  I have been such a fan of their instant preview and appreciate the time it saves me as a busy mother of four.

Minted also offers free recipient addressing.  It was worth typing in all of my addresses, now I don’t have to worry about any labels, it’s all done for me.

My holiday card, gives our NYC and NC friends and family a glimpse into our lives.  We live, we play hard, we love, it’s what we do in our day-to-day life.  It’s incredibly important to me to share a memento that depicts our family with those that love us.  Thank you Minted for creating our family cards showing who we are year after year!

You too can save 15% off your order by clicking the Minted ad above.

Here is what I love about my job! Minted has decided to give $100 credit to one CityGirlGoneMom reader.  All you have to do is the following:

  • Follow my Facebook Page and my Instagram Page (I will be checking)
  • Post an awesome family photo on either Facebook or Instagram tagging me in it and use the hashtag #mintedfamilyphoto

Winner will be announced December 1st!

Good Luck!  Comment below, let me know about your Christmas card obsessions and how you approach your yearly card!  Would love to hear from you!



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