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You know how it’s actually fun to receive snail mail that isn’t junk? Well, this may be super lame but it’s been even more fun to get snail mail addressed to Kendall and me as a family. It hasn’t happened much, but we’ve gotten “The Price Family” and “The Future Price Family” a couple of times and it really tickled us. Granted, one was a weird invite to a hearing aid conference but it was still kind of exciting!

There are two prime times for snail mail: 1. your birthday and 2. the holidays. I adore Christmas cards. Growing up (and continuing at the Downing household yearly) my mom always kept a basket of cards we received during the holidays. It was always fun to go through them, and there were some I expected every year: card featuring hand-painted winter scenes from my Great Uncle Baird, recreated classic movie scenes from my mom’s friend Reid, cards with pictures of kids I’ve seen grow up through the years… holiday card memories are just part of my Christmas experience!

I’ll admit, I’m not the best at sending out my own. This Christmas, if I send cards, I’m fully intending on using Minted to help me.

First of all, I HATE addressing envelopes because I have probably the worst handwriting of anyone I know. Minted has an address assistant (annnnd I already have all the addresses I’ve collected for wedding invites- we’re using Minted for our wedding too!) This also makes keeping track of those who you want to send mail to super easy.

Here’s a tip for sending cards that I’ve done for previous years- as soon as I receive a Christmas card from someone, I jot their name and address down from their return address label and put them on my list. My mom just rips off the return address labels and ads them to the basket. With the address manager, you can totally skip those steps and just ad the addresses to a virtual address book. Easy peasy and super organized and no bad handwriting involved!

Second of all, the designs are too cute! Minted sourced each one from an emerging independent artist somewhere in the world. You can find the perfect holiday card format to suit your style by taking a look at their original 5″x7″ Holiday Cards, Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards, Letterpress Holiday Cards and more. I think it’s so cool that you can actually “meet” the artists who design your cards as Minted provides little blurbs about each one. (You can see examples with my picks below!)

I am a big fan of photo cards myself, especially if they have a bit of shine from real foil. In a perfect world, Kendall and I would have had professional pictures taken for our Christmas cards this year, but since we’ve basically run out of time, it’s been too hot to put on scarves and boots and cute wintery stuff for said pictures, and we have our awesome engagement pictures, we don’t really need to do another shoot.

I picked out my top three cards from this years holiday collection from Minted, but there are so many different designs to choose from, plus little ways to personalize. Yes, you can ad your photos and names and such, but with many of the cards you can also edit the color scheme, colors of the fonts, or colors of the foil. My absolute favorite card design is Brushes, but I tend to like abstract and arty designs. There’s really something for every taste, whether you want to go traditional, fun, or glam!

Brushes

by Oscar & Emma of Columbus, OH

Karly Depew is the creative talent behind Oscar & Emma. She has a true obsession for luxurious papers, anything with stripes and modern organic home decor. She resides in Ohio with her husband, daughter and twin sons.


 Singalong

by Carolyn MacLaren of Encinitas, CA

I’m so lucky I get to spend my days filled with my two loves — being a designer and a mom to 2 kids (and 1 dog). I am drawn to simple graphic patterns, unexpected color palettes, and fresh typography. My personal style ranges from simple and modern to warm and whimsical, and am constantly inspired from everyday life.


 

Foliage Joyful

by curiouszhi design of London, GB

I am passionate about beautiful design in every aspect of daily life. My design aesthetic is driven by my love of clean typography and whimsical illustrations. When I’m not designing, I can be found playing the piano or experimenting in the kitchen.


Have you thought about holiday cards yet? If not, it’s probably time to start!

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Who doesn’t love a holiday? Whether you love to travel and visit unique destinations all around the world or if you prefer to have a relaxing weekend break with your family, there’s a wanderlusting holidaymaker in all of us. However, the number of holidays you take are probably a little low and you could do with a bit of extra pampering.

So to convince you (or you give you an excuse) to travel more often, here are five reasons why you should treat yourself to a holiday more often.

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Stress-free relaxation

For the first reason, we’re going to talk about stress. How many of us lead busy lives that drain our livelihood? By the time Friday comes around, we’re exhausted, stressed, and so tired that the weekend is over before we know it, and it’s back to working in the office. Let’s melt that stress away and come back on Monday with a big grin on our faces by taking a weekend break. It doesn’t have to be somewhere far away and it doesn’t need to be expensive either!

See more of the city

Admit it, how much do you actually know about your city? There’s nothing wrong with not knowing much at all about the place you live in, but you might be surprised at what you find. There are many ways to explore your city, be it by land, air or even sea. For instance, why not consider yacht rentals to travel around the outskirts of your city? Maybe there are helicopter tours that you can indulge in, or perhaps you could simply travel to the other side of town and book a hotel for the night. You’ll get to experience the nightlife, sights and even meet new people.

Ticking off that bucket list

Everyone has a list of things they want to do before they retire, so why not start knocking those things out as soon as possible? It’s better to live a fulfilling life than one with regret. Even if you don’t have a bucket list, there’s no reason not to start one now so that you can slowly tick off the things you really want to accomplish or see in life.

It’s good for your health

Health experts will always tell you that taking a holiday can help with your health. With less to worry about, clean air to breathe and a bit of light activity such as walking around, your body will have a lot of time to recover from the stressful week you’ve had at work. Treating yourself to regular holidays can also help restore your energy and give your body time to catch up when you’re feeling a little drained from all the overtime you’ve been doing.

Give yourself something to look forward to

Working hard and having no light at the end of the tunnel can be daunting. Planning a holiday for the next week will help you get through a stressful work week and give you something fun to look forward to. Even if it’s just a simple break to the countryside, give yourself a reason to finish your work week and motivate you to power through your tasks.

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When the dust is settled from the proposal and the wedding photos are firmly ensconced in their frames, you settle into a life of marital bliss. One of the most exciting things about any relationship – and particularly a marriage – is the way two families blend together, to the point you can’t even see the joins anymore.

Getting along with your in-laws is a fairly vital part of being in a couple. After all, they’re an important part of your partner’s life, which by default makes them an important part of yours. While it can be a difficult relationship in some instances, for most of us, we begin to see our in-laws as a second set of parents. Then there are the siblings; the sister-in-law we didn’t know was missing from our life until this point, the big brother-in-law we always wanted.

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Wonderful as this is, it can make life trickier when it comes to Christmases and birthdays. Obviously, you’re going to include your in-laws in your gift-giving – in fact, they will rank right up there in importance along with your own blood family. But it can be a tricky time, because what’s an appropriate gift?

If you know your in-laws incredibly well, then this might not be a problem for you. However, in some circumstances, while close, you might not feel that you truly know them as people. Some of that may be lack of time or distance; more and more people don’t live near their parents anymore, so you might have only met them a handful of times. While you can learn about one another and become friends, family even, through online communication and phone calls, it’s difficult to have the exact same level of intimacy.

If you ask your partner, they might have a good gift idea… or they might not. If they do have guidance, then follow it, because they know their parents better than anyone. But if they’re not more forthcoming than “I don’t know… socks maybe?”, then you might need to strike out by yourself.

While there’s no real way of suggesting perfect matches for your specific in-laws, here’s a few guidance ideas that can at the very least spark your imagination.

Play To What You Know

Let’s say that your in-laws like to travel a lot. That gives you a jumping off point for where to find ideas. You could go for a bag for their next weekend away, spruced up as monogrammed gifts at VivandLou.com/bags.html so they can do away with unsightly luggage tags. Or if they love golf or caring for their pets, you can theme a gift around these areas.

Not only does this technique provide them with something useful, but it also shows that you have taken the time to think about them and the things that they enjoy. A couple of free daughter-in-law points for you there!

Photos Always Play Well

Photographs are the gift that keeps on giving, displayed on walls to be enjoyed all year round. You could consider posing for a series of photos just for your in-laws, something special and unique for them to treasure. Alternatively for smaller budgets, find a new frame and choose your favorite photo of you, them, and your partner together. Or you could create a collage – http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/apple/how-to-create-a-photo-collage-1305665 has some great techniques to allow you to do this.

Ask Them!

Depending on how close you are with your in-laws, the best option might just be to ask them. It can even be a bonding moment if you phrase it along the lines of wanting to find something they will definitely love – your concern will be appreciated.

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As much as there are a lot of benefits to a beach holiday, it can leave adventurous travelers like me bored after a few days. After all, sunbathing on the beach can get repetitive after a week. Therefore, you need to do something more exciting to ensure you have a holiday to remember. Here are some easy ways to make your travels much more interesting than just sunbathing on the beach.

photo via Que Sera Sahra

Consider going on a safari

If you are an animal lover, nothing will beat heading out on a safari for your next holiday. Getting to see some of the most amazing animals on the earth in their natural habitat will definitely make for a vacation to remember. And you can go on a safari in many different fantastic countries. For example, you could go to Kenya to enjoy a fantastic safari while enjoying the great weather. Or you might even decide to go to Africa to enjoy the wealth of amazing animals. And then you can explore the amazing country when you are not out on the jeep. Therefore, consider a safari holiday to ensure you have a vacation where you definitely won’t end up bored.

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Go on a city break

Rather than heading on a beach holiday, you should consider going on a city break instead. After all, there’s nothing better than exploring new places and visiting top sights in the area. And you will get to learn all about the history of the area while you are on your city break. To make it more interesting, you could even go to a couple of cities to have an amazing trip. For example, you might want to go to Europe and go to Paris and London which are only a couple of hours train ride apart. And make sure you go on plenty of trips while you are in the city to ensure you see everything it has to offer. You might even want to book something amazing like a helicopter ride or a hot air balloon to ensure you get great views of the city. And you can look online to find out a hot air balloon ride cost to ensure you budget for it.

photo via Blazers & Bubbly

Think about going on a skiing holiday

You might want to consider getting sporty for your next vacation. After all, you aren’t going to get bored if you are active on your travels. You might want to consider skiing as a great activity you can do for your holiday. In fact, millions choose to go skiing every year to ensure they have a fabulous holiday. After all, it’s so thrilling hitting the slopes with your nearest and dearest. And you might become an expert before the end of your trip! Evenings in a chalet with a log fire makes it a great holiday too. If you are going to brave skiing, make sure you read my previous blog post for mistakes you need to avoid.

And don’t rule out heading on a cruise for a holiday that will be memorable. After all, you will be stopping at so many different places with so much to see and do!

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There have been a lot of changes for me this past year and, honestly, I am thankful for all of them. On this day, celebrating at my parents’ home, I am thankful for their unwavering support. Their home is and will always be my home as well. We’re blessed to have plates overflowing and love abound. I’m thankful that my church family at St. John’s Olney welcomes me back, no matter how long I’ve been away. I’m thankful for my new friends that seemingly came out of nowhere that now I can’t imagine my life without. I’m thankful for the dear friends who have been around much longer who make my life so sweet. I’m thankful for the encouragement I’ve received for my blog relaunch.

Most of all, and pardon me for getting sappy, I am so thankful that I found my Kendall. He’s the best friend (and the best roommate) I could have asked for. I love doing life with him and I love that my friends + family all love him just as much. In the 9ish months that we’ve been dating, I think he’s already made such a positive impact on me as a person. He’s always encouraging me to grow and do better, helping me not to sweat the small stuff, but he’s still there for me when I do. He’s survived several meltdowns and has yet to go running scared. I’m thankful for our adventures and our happy little home in Glover Park. I can’t wait to see what this year will bring for us as a couple and as individuals.

My hope for today, in the midst of all that is uncertain in this world, is that we can all find something to be thankful for. I have so much, as I’m sure my readers do as well, material and non-material, and we should all be throwing kindness around like confetti. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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