fall family photos

It's mid-November ... time to order Christmas cards! We had our annual fall family photos taken a few weeks ago, and there were so many great ones that we had a hard time choosing which one to use for our card this year. They were taken downtown Des Moines for an urban feel. I wanted to show you a few of the runners-up, because I really love them all! (Psst - there's a giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

P.S. Would you guess that Rooney cried for 20 minutes right before these were taken? She wasn't loving her outfit. I bribed her with donuts and gummy worms, and she forgot all about it. :-) I wish my skin recovered that quickly!

I just love that little family of mine. We have used Minted for our Christmas cards for almost 10 years now, so it was a dream come true when they reached out this year to see if we wanted to team up. We typically use an infographic, year-in-review type card. Here are a few of my favorite designs - including a few we have used in past years (click image to view on Minted.com):

This year we went a slightly more simple route and used a foil-pressed card, and added a "year in review" section on the back side. They are due to arrive tomorrow and I can't wait to see them in person. After we get them sent out, I'll be sure to show you the finished product!


Minted is graciously giving away TWO $125 gift cards to use on their site (holiday cards, art prints, home decor - whatever you want)! To enter, just enter your name and email address here (U.S. residents only). Giveaway ends Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 11:59 pm PDT. Good luck!

And, if you are thinking about using Minted for your cards this year, be sure to sign up using this link to get $25 off your first Minted purchase of $100 or more.


*All photos by Shandy Mikkelsen.
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