Tuesday, December 27, 2011

One Born Every Minute

When I look at magazines, I want things. Things like clothes, shoes, and makeup jump off the page and tell me I'll be prettier and happier if I only had them. The models make me feel like my curvy body is lacking.  So, I learned in high school to just stop reading the glossy mags so that I didn't get caught up in negative thoughts. After infertility, baby shows became my new magazines.

While I never particularly cared for the hundreds of baby shows pre-baby making attempting years, I avoided them like the plague when I started infertility treatments. BUT NOW....after having my little love-bug, I find myself slyly drawn to them when I can't find a good movie or show to watch.

Sometimes, its the multiples shows that draw me. Of course, then I want to smack the parents because their shining positive attitudes that nothing will go wrong reeks to me of smugness. I'm sure it's not, but they just haven't had their innocence about conceiving a child shattered. Of course there's nothing wrong with having a multiple--I just thank god that I didn't have a set because my cervix never could have taken that. That makes me a little jealous too.

Other times, it's the I didn't know I was pregnant type of show. Really. Do I even need to comment on this?

Tonight I hit the show "One Born Every Minute." I watched some tonsils as a mom screamed her lungs out. Then I gaped at a quirky woman who shaved her facial area before her kiddo was born. On television! Finally, a couple who had several miscarriages safely delivered a baby girl. Sigh.  There were several moments of jealousy for me like when the baby was placed directly on the mom's chest instead of being whisked away to be examined by a NICU team. But most of all...

I just want to be the one to have another minute.

xoxo

Friday, December 23, 2011

Be merry.

Today I read this post of Michelle's over at My Life After Loss. It brought to life all of the lovely Christmas traditions and experiences that I can't wait to have with E.

Then I read a few blogs of people who are still waiting for their cherub faced baby like the one I get to put asleep every night.

And it all goes back to how I feel damn lucky to have my husband and son sleeping in their warm rooms on this very snowy night.

Be merry.

xoxo

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cheer

It seems like this year I have not been feeling the Christmas cheer. I'm not unhappy about it. I just don't seem to feel the nice warm glow that I usually get from this time of year. After {much} consideration, I have decided this unusual lack of cheer has come from several factors:

1) moving my tree from the family room where we normally hang out to the dining room which you can see from outside our house.
2) not getting xmas PJs for E until this week.
3) working too much on the end of semester homework rush/internship hours
4) not enough xmas music - seriously!

Despite these factors, today I finally felt a little warmth when I created this:


While my *Golden* turkey shirt was too cute, it was also way too expensive for my SAHM sensibility. So instead, I gave it a whirl and tried it myself. You can see that I'm not a professional by any means, but I did manage to get everything sewn on and the bells securely fastened (omg choking hazard!). 


E looved the shirt when I gave it a jingle. It was that smile that finally gave me the Christmas cheer. It also helped that I put him in some cute little holiday PJs. He was not as excited about those. 


Heehee.

xoxo

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My new iphone cover...

Since I am a gadget junky, it's not a total surprise that my son's favorite toy is my iphone. Or should I say, his favorite toy is...granny's iphone, or daddy's iphone, or pretty much anything that has a power button which he can snag without me looking! So while I may tolerate him eating puffs off the floor and letting the dog lick his sippy cup, I don't really appreciate him ingesting massive amounts of phone germs or putting his slobber all over my favorite accessory. Sooooooo, I found this...

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case

It is essentially a lock box kid proof cover disguised as a toy! I unpacked it today and we are both very very happy with my purchase. Is it bad that after a few hours with it, I now want to get my one-year-old his own Ipod Touch to put inside this?

What
am
I
thinking?
#CRAZY MOM

xoxo

Monday, December 19, 2011

Usurped

Photo from Here

I knew this day would come.

I thought I would be fine with it.

But really, it kind of hurt my feelings.

In the first six weeks of life, little E would routinely settle down for the magic wielding wonder-dad. After that, he has been all about mama. Anytime he needed comfort or snuggles, he would want me. Me. Me. Me. While I loooved it, I occasionally wondered how it would be to have a moment to cook dinner without twenty pounds on my hip. I felt a little guilty.

When the moment finally came, it totally caught me by surprise. However, I was glad it was Granny who temporarily usurped my position. Little E squirmed out of my arms, stumbled over to her and threw his arms up. That afternoon, she was the only one he wanted.

Sigh. My baby is growing up.

xoxo

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

little E

Little E has just turned up the volume on his personality lately. The things this kiddo does! He grooves to music, bending his knees and starting to lift up his feet. He's started taking his toys and chucking them over the fence of the play area. What's even better is that it's not just small things that he tosses. The other day he tried lifting up his bumbo. Speaking of his bumbo, it has returned to the regular playing lineup. Check it out!



xoxo

Trash Day

Trash Day in Alaska.
<3 it.

xoxo

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sleds...

Besides my block set that I'm making for little for xmas, I really want to buy ME US him one of these sleds....so I can get OUTSIDE with little E.
Eurobaby Snow Baby Sled $179
Same as above sled with handle extended

Eurosled Snow Tiger $139.99 
can take toddler seat and handle off as needed to become regular sled (2 person)
Infant Toboggan $28.99
most affordable option
We bundled him up in his snowsuit and boots for the first time last weekend which was just hilarious. He loved it! I'm trying to figure out things to get me outside and moving. I figure that pushing or pulling him in a sled or toboggan would make both of us happy. What do you think? Any experience sledding/tobogganing with a one year old?

xoxo



Friday, December 2, 2011

If you need a laugh, you should check out the "25 Funniest Autocorrects of DYAC's First Year." It's raunchy, but I was totally cracking up.

xoxo


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Puppy dog kisses

The video quality might suck, but you can't dispute the fact that this is darn cute.

The key thing we are looking at here is that while he's bending down towards the dog, he's kissing her!

video

Kisses have been a big deal to little E over the last two weeks. His first kisses started with a big open mouth (kind of like a fish). He then progressed to presenting his binky sucking mouth to me. Next came putting his hand to his mouth like he was blowing a kiss. Finally he has started leaning in with a closed mouth and sometimes just presents his forehead. Now he's kissing Sweeptea!

I <3 it. Love it.

xoxo

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Toddler Proof Tree

Step 1: Buy some two dollar stuffed ornaments from Target.
Place them on the bottom of the tree.

Step 2: Elevate your tree by placing it on a table!
Thanks for the idea Auntie D!

Step 3: Get some holiday cheer! :)

Step 4: Knock on wood.

xoxo

Monday, November 28, 2011

So tired.


I wish I was doing this.

xoxo

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Elf

I know the Elf on the Shelf is a great little tradition to start but damn, does the elf have to be so creepy looking?

xoxo

PS. Any suggestions on a lightweight or umbrella stroller?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

School

On Monday, I start a three week stint working off my internship hours so that I can become a principal. I'm not really looking forward to it since 1) I have to leave little E and 2) have a crapload of homework to wrap up for the end of the semester.

Despite my lack of desire to start, I know that I'll enjoy the work once I'm there. I am soooo glad that I have taken the last year and a half to go back to school for yet another credential. I feel like I'm still moving forward career-wise despite not actually working full-time. However even with all of the warm fuzzies I feel about progressing, I am really really sick of school. I hate having the stress hanging over me all of the time because I let it drive me nuts! I really resent anything that takes my focus off of E. The good news is that I'll be done in June. :)

Better go get to it.

xoxo

Friday, November 25, 2011

Moose Crossing!

Today was one of those rare days in Alaska where we had magical moose moments. It all started while I was sitting at the dining room table working on some graphs for my principal internship project. My mother looked up from her computer and saw a brown head and body filling up the window. Behind me was this moose about three feet away from me outside of the window! We dashed for our camera and caught this picture as she ran across my yard.



 She spent most of the day with her baby grazing and then resting in the neighbor's yard.
When the sun was about to set, they got up and trotted back across my yard and into our woods. They were immediately followed by another mama and baby set. I <3 my neighborhood moose!

Even those people who are raised here think it's cool to see moose. It's just one of those magical reminders that humans are not alone in the world.

xoxo

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I love this holiday. It makes me incredibly happy that my family is always together, eating, baking, and generally having a great time. It looks like little E is a fan too...

Last year...2010


This year...2011


The oh so cute turkey T-shirt is made by *Golden* and purchased by my dear sister. The cute pumpkin hat was made by Little Bug Creations.

I am thankful for every day I have as a mom, sister, daughter, and wife. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

xoxo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Really.


Wife puts son to bed.
Son screams bloody murder.
Husband goes in and picks up son.
Husband brings son to couch in living room.
Husband sets son down after he squirms and doesn't want to go to sleep.
Husband asks wife to put son back in bed.
Wife puts son back in bed.
Son whimpers on the way back.
Son screams little heart out.
Husband says, "Mommy is so mean."

Really?

xoxo

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cookie & Milk

Is there anything better than your first cookie? Make that your first chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie baked from scratch by your very own Granny. Yes, today we introduced E to a cookie and milk!

What was that flying saucer?
xoxo

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Present



While I really really <3 Thanksgiving, Christmas is coming which means I need to start planning something special for my boy. With Thanksgiving mostly prepped for, the ideas have started stirring.

My main thing about Christmas is that I don't want little E to become one of those greedy present scarfing kids. Yep. I said it.

So while I don't want to impose severe limits on the grandparents or aunties, I think for my present to him I want to do something simple. My idea for this Christmas is to make him his own blocks with letters, numbers, and family pictures/names. 

I found what looks like a pretty simple tutorial over here at Our Family of Four which I'm going to try out. When I finish, it should look something similar to this, although I think I want to add numbers and letters as well.


What do you think?

xoxo

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Big Mess

Before I had E, as an infertile I wondered how anyone who had hit the jackpot with a beautiful kiddo could get in the dumps like this. Well, shit happens.

It seems like the past few weeks I've just been a big messy ball of sadness, tears, irritation, anger, and of course, puke. After the happiness that E has brought to our lives, this past month felt like a huge slide backwards. I really really don't want to be in that place. I've been taking steps to get out of that funk because I know it's been a doozy. By that I mean I've given myself free reign to feel that way, but with a time limit. However, my time limit has expired. Then I got sick. Then I got sick again. So now it's really time to haul myself out of this! Besides, my favorite holiday is just a few days away.

So, today I'm reveling in the fact that I FEEL BETTER! The relief of not being sick, of just feeling normal, is huge!

So now, I'm hanging with my mom and sister and staying warm! It's been hovering in the negatives here which is COLD!

Be safe and warm!

xoxo


Saturday, November 19, 2011

NaBloPoMo FAIL

So apparently I have failed my NaBloPoMo month of blogging goal. If I had posted, this would have been it.

Thursday

I'm sick. I'm the kind of erupting sick that you don't want me to talk about. Now I'm crawling back to bed.

Friday

Last night was hell. I'm hoping the worst of it is over now. Sigh.

***
Besides the two days of hell, I now have my mom and sister in residence. Enzo is incredibly happy having his Auntie and Granny to play with! Yippee!

xoxo

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Joiner?

When I was in high school, I was a joiner. I was actually queen joiner. My list of extra-curricular activities actually didn't fit in the space allowed on my college applications. When college came, I took the opposite tack and  became a non-joiner. Over time, I have continued on the non-joining path. Then, infertility firmly moved me from being a non-joiner into a downright group-hating-girl.

Motherhood and moving to a new duty station has brought that to a screeching halt. Well, to be fair, my attitude hasn't changed that much, however I have joined TWO moms groups in the last year to simply meet some people. Necessity for sanity.

The first group I joined helped me get out of the house and dive into some Alaskan activities with my kiddo. Thumbs up.
The second group is a huge local MOPS group, that despite the religious affiliation, is not overly pushy on that aspect. Instead I get to talk with other moms twice a month while my son safely plays downstairs. We have an assigned table within the bigger group which makes it more personal. Thumbs up.

Despite the general niceties of both groups, a few things drive me nuts:

a) groups of women often have catty or high schoolish tendencies. Boo.
b) groups of mothers can complain about their kids and ramble on about procreation on a frequent basis. Double-boo

I don't know if it is my infertile scars or group-hating tendencies that makes me back away from fully connecting with these ladies, but I find myself very guarded with them. During the last meeting, a mom-with-no-filter kept going on and on about how easily she gets knocked up. And oh by the way, she doesn't want to get pregnant with her fifth kid now because her husband is deploying. My pissed off angry self thought, "shut up you stupid bitch." I know, that's totally mean. Of course I didn't say anything. Instead, I murmured my goodbyes, turned around, and left quietly crying. I was just so raw from my appointment with the doctor the day before. Yet even from this crappy moment, today something changed within our little group. One of the girls just came over and hugged me with her other friend who told me that last year at the ripe-old-age of 29 she had to have a hysterectomy. Maybe I'm not the only slightly broken down girl there.

Bonding over crappy stuff like this isn't exactly what one hopes for, but hey, it's something.

xoxo

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Back to basics?

My sister forwarded this to me today. It made me chuckle. Is this back to the basics parenting?
A stiff drink will help your child with his anger issues

By: Jemima Lewis



My four-year-old had such a monstrous tantrum the other day that I bought three parenting manuals. Being an anxious middle-class mother, this is what I do when trouble strikes – read books. I have dozens, on everything from water birth to sibling rivalry. I’ve even bought a book on the pointlessness of parenting books.

Much of the advice is hopelessly otherworldly – or at any rate, Californian. I am counselled, for instance, to use something called “reflective listening” to communicate with my “spirited” child. Instead of telling the blighter to stop kicking me and say sorry, I am supposed to help him identify his feelings and negotiate a way down from his “anger mountain”.

“I can see that you are very frustrated,” I should say. “You wish we could stay in the park forever playing Spider-Man versus the Hulk. How can we find a way to make going home easier for you?” So far, my attempts at reflective listening have been met with a look of furrowed curiosity (Mum’s acting weird again), followed by redoubled wailing.

Still, every now and then one comes across a mercifully practical piece of parenting wisdom. The Australian psychologist Steve Biddulph recommends that, as soon as both parents arrive home from work, they should sit down together with a stiff drink. The alcohol, he says, will make them more relaxed – and thus better parents.

This is such a joyously unmodern, generous-spirited piece of advice that it automatically makes me trust everything Mr Biddulph says. In fact, I think it should be the starting point for manuals of every sort. Planning a spot of DIY? Having trouble with your spark plugs? Just relax – it’ll all seem so much easier after a large Martini.

xoxo

Monday, November 14, 2011

Let it Snow!

The first snow hit my house on October 30th.

It kept snowing.


And snowing.


Until my poor dog had snow up to her belly.

It's only November 14!!

xoxo

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Why a haircut?

Oh, can I tell you the response from my friends, family, and blog readers about little E's haircut?

The moaning!
The wailing!
The lamenting!

Okay, I'm totally exaggerating. :) In general though, all of the people who kept BUGGING me about cutting his hair are now bemoaning the fact that I actually cut it.

The main reason for the cut is that the comb-over was simply getting a little too long to swirl correctly. When worn as a  faux-mo(hawk), the ends would start curling instead of staying spiky. In the I'm-growing-naturally-like-a-skunk hair do, the tip of his hair was long enough that it would dangle in between his eyebrows. Not so cute.

So finally did the deed and shaved it the night before my hubby came home from Korea.

I've been assured from my hispanic friends that shaving a baby's head is the way to get a nice thick head of hair. So, I guess we'll see! In the meantime, he looks like a mini-me of his dad. Heehee! <3 my boys

xoxo

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Winners

Thank you to my ten readers who participated in my Shutterfly Giveaway! Here are the winners!!


Kakunaa 
The Voices!

Deb!
I've sent the three of you emails, so let me know if you have any trouble with the codes or if you didn't get the email.

Thanks Shutterfly for your generous promo!

xoxo

Friday, November 11, 2011

Daddy

My dear hubby was shipped to Korea for about twenty days while I was on my trip down south. I was incredibly jealous as I would go there simply to shop and eat. I can eat bibimbap and kalbi for days without getting sick of it! Since it is where my hubby and I met, it also reminds me of some good times!!

Regardless of my petty jealousies, we were super excited when Thursday arrived and we could head to the airport to pick him up. Over snowy roads we traveled the hour to the airport. I parked and went in to wait. Little E had just woken up from  a short nap and spent several minutes standing in one spot and just staring at the all of the airport sights. So when daddy came and threw his arms open for a hug, little E just stared at him! I think it might have hurt daddy's feelings a little bit.

Once little E warmed up to him again, he got his hugs and kisses.

Oh, my boys.

xoxo

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Haircut!!

The hair is gone!

xoxo

One more day to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Alaska


I live in a huge state. :) So, thankfully the storm is really far away from us. However, it's really battering those villages on the coast. Please keep them in mind.

xoxo

PS...Two more days to enter the GIVEAWAY for 25 free Shutterfly cards! You don't have to Twitter or Facebook anything....just become a follower and leave a message on the giveaway post!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Threads

**For those who are coming for the first time, this post is about my lovely friend Fairyeggs who donated her eggs to me for our third IVF cycle. I wrote about how I felt about our relationship after I took my son E to North Carolina to meet her and her family for the first time when he was one.**

Before I went to North Carolina to visit with Fairyeggs, I had a brief moment where I wondered if physically seeing little E would change the wonderful balance we have now. This was a veeeeery brief moment. Our friendship has remained consistent through tornadoes, snowstorms, broken down buses, a car accident, living in different countries, children, and dating boys. Of course we would be just fine! It's only human nature to have a wandering thought or two which is why she had a moment of questioning too.

In reality, we have an even stronger friendship than we did prior to little E.

Now there is something between our families that stretches like a gossamer thread. It's a thread so faintly visible that most people barely perceive it, but you can feel it as it brushes across your face. There are threads that run between me, Fairyeggs, our moms and dads, our sisters, our husbands and our kids. It comes from the shared experience from the start of infertility treatments until now. Since I have always shared what we were going through, my family and hers were there for all of the ups and downs.

When we talked about it over Mexican food and margaritas, we agreed that we don't define E's relationship traditionally. By this I mean that neither of us think she is "mom." Similarly, we don't view her kids as siblings with little E. Yet at the same time, there is this connection which we've decided is more like cousins, but not exactly....? Although he's not really talking yet, we decided to have little E call her by the name that her niece and nephew currently use which I think is ridiculously sweet. The role of auntie fits, but is also not inclusive enough. :)

The feeling I left with from the trip was just an overwhelming feeling of love, acceptance, and family. I personally have no term for the woman who gave me this beautiful incredible baby boy. I'm just really grateful to have her and everyone around her in our lives.

xoxo

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hard to Stop Myself...

While I might have made a decision about baby number two, my heart still jumps at the thought of getting pregnant. It's just hard to stop myself! For example, I was catching up on my blogs when I came across SIF mentioning that Dr. Sher is giving away a free IVF. My instant reaction was, "I could be that person!" Then I laughed at myself.

The same thing happened today when I read about DuoFertility. While it's in FDA trials right now, it's already available in the UK and Europe. Is it bad that I want one?

AND btw, there are four more days to enter my giveaway for 25 free Shutterfly cards! I have three sets to giveaway and only two people entered. Don't make me beg bloggies.

xoxo


Sunday, November 6, 2011

A bracelet

After out trip to Oklahoma, the next leg took us a little further east to North Carolina where Fairyeggs lives. That's right folks, Fairyeggs finally got to actually meet little E! I have a lot to say about this...so much that I've written and discarded about five posts. So, I'm going to try to break it down.

For those of you who weren't following me back then, Fairyeggs is one of my best friends from college who donated her eggs in a cycle which resulted in my amazing boy. Since the DE-IVF cycle, we have seen each other only once back when I was about five months pregnant and still in Missouri. With E's birth and our move to Alaska, getting together before now has simply not been feasible. However before I even planned our trip to see her, I planned something else.

The connection between Fairyeggs and my family is something incredible and really different from the norm. So, on E's birthday, I wanted to get Fairyeggs something to show my appreciation of her gift. I chose to get her a Pandora bracelet with a couple of charms to celebrate what we did to get to this point. With each subsequent year, I plan to give her a new charm to add to her bracelet, just as E will add to our lives each year.

This year, the first charm I chose was a simple silver heart to symbolize the love of our friendship. While most people wouldn't choose love as a representation of friendship, for us I do. I love that girl!! She's proven over and over again how friendship through thick or thin really works. The friendship that we forged in college became the first step of the path that led us to today.

Secondly, I looked for a representation of the cycle. Since neither a needle or a carton of eggs is available as a charm, I chose the Angel of Hope. After the dismal failure at egg retrieval for my second cycle and the subsequent BFN, I was in a pretty dark place. Out of nowhere, she gave me hope. I know, I know--it sounds cheesy! But these types of things, this is why these phrases were made. 

Last I chose the traditional baby carriage as a symbol of E's first year. Simple. Straight forward. But no, I didn't actually have a baby carriage, pram, or bassinet. 

When I gave it to her, she cried. I think she liked it. :)

xoxo

Five more days left to enter my giveaway for 25 free Shutterfly holiday cards! Anyone who is a follower can leave me a message on the giveaway post and you are in! If you aren't a follower, it's simple to become one! Click on the right hand side of the page where it says followers and you'll be on the path!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Meeting Great-Grandma

Recently, little E and I embarked on a multi-stop trip that first took us to Oklahoma where my mom's family mostly lives. One of my cousins recently got married down in the Caribbean and had a lovely reception back at home. So, finally little E got to meet this side of the family. A really important part of the trip was meeting his great-grandma. :) 

She completely won his heart -- just like a man -- through his stomach. For my whole life, she has always made her own fabulous wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. Unlike store bread, this stuff is dense and full of flavor. After his normal breakfast of banana and oatmeal, he would down a whole piece. I don't know where he puts it!

My cousin who got married is a former marine and a die hard OSU fan. While he doesn't know the details of everything we have been through, our struggle to have E has really made E special to him. He would keep photos of him on his phone and show them to his co-workers. :) My cousin decked him out in OSU gear and I made him a tie-onesie in the colors for the reception. 

Besides all of the family fun, the beautiful seventy degree weather gave little E some time to play outside. He was eating it up! 



xoxo

Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! It's easy...become a follower and post a message in the giveaway post!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Moping Day 3

Another day of moping here in Alaska. The eight hours and ten minutes of daylight we have right now just isn't cutting through my funk. In all fairness, it's the combination of everything: the decision, being sick, and the start of winter snow. I give myself the weekend to roll around the muck and physically feel better. 

Of course, I always have my personal ray of sunshine...


xoxo

Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY for 25 free Shutterfly cards!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sick

Thank you so much for your support from my Death of a Dream post. I have to chuckle over the melodramatic title, but then I want to cry because it's true.

I forwarded the post to my husband because he's largely out of contact while in South Korea for a month. As usual he was completely supportive. The same ideas have been percolating in his brain for awhile now. However, it just took me more time and a doctor repeating what I already knew to make it sink in.

To add insult to injury, I woke up last night heaving up the contents of my morose pizza binge. Not fun. I've spent most of the day curled up in a ball in the play area with E. Being sick really detracted from my wallowing time that I have decided to give myself. So annoying.

xoxo

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

GIVEAWAY!! (updated)

Although I didn't grow up celebrating Christmas, now as an adult, one of things I really look forward to in the season is the CARDS! I love receiving the cards with family pictures full of kids, dogs, decorations, and bad matching sweaters! There's just something about seeing my friends and family change over the years. 


My go to place for holiday cards is always Shutterfly. They are a greeting card haven! 


In past years, I have chosen the folded cards because I prefer cardstock compared to photo paper. However, this year I'm leaning towards the flat stationary cards that come in 4x8, 5x5, and 5x7 sizes. The very best part is that you can use both sides of the card for photos and writing. This works for me because I like to add in a little more information than you typically include on a flat card, but I prefer a flat card to a folded card because it's easier to display. This year, I'm going to make this to display my beautiful cards.


Keeping in mind that it costs more to mail square versus rectangular cards, I excluded square cards (and there are some darn cute ones too!) 


Among all of the holiday cheer, I'm in love with the retro or vintage cards like these holiday cards:




At the same time, I've also been contemplating sending out New Year's cards instead of holiday cards so that I can include my family who do not celebrate any holiday. Shutterfly offers some adorable options for these too. My faves are...



Besides the great cards, they have a ton of things to add on to make your cards extra nice and of course easier for you like...

ADDRESS LABELS!!
Shutterfly is generously giving me free cards for taking a look at this year's cards (like that's a hardship!) and also giving you a chance. There are two ways:

A. I have my first giveaway! If you are not already a follower of the blog, become one by clicking follow at the top of the page or onthe right hand side of the page by all the pictures. Then simply leave a comment below and you are in! Three lucky followers will win 25 free cards!! I'll be leaving the giveaway open for one week. 

B. Do you blog? Want a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season? Register here: http://goo.gl/DDw7Q

Which card do you think I should send this year?

xoxo