The REAL Holiday Card 2015 Edition

Welcome to the yearly edition of “The REAL Holiday Card”.

Forget the lovely professional photos where everyone is clean, looking at the camera, and wearing coordinated (but not matchy-matchy) outfits.  Real life looks more like this:

Card design is "Jovial Holidays" from Tiny Prints.

Card design is “Jovial Greetings” from Tiny Prints.

 

Key to photos:

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Cards from past years are here:

The REAL Holiday Card 2014

The REAL Holiday Card 2013

Here’s hoping your holiday preparations are proceeding as planned!

With love from, The Tartlets

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The Real Christmas Card

The Real Christmas Card

(idea shamelessly lifted from my friend, Ellen)

Anyone with small children (or pets!) knows that getting a good photo of a clean, still and shiny small person/pet is nearly impossible.  If I made my Christmas card using the actual photos I’ve taken over the last year, it would look something like this…
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Clockwise from top left:
  • Blurry memories.  How many of my photos are blurry?  All of them.  Kids don’t sit still.  And if they do, it is only to stare at a television.
  • Pistachio’s ultrasound photo.  Or Skeletor’s.  Or something.  Who the hell can see anything in these?
  • Photos of cute sibling love always end up being of injuries, or other dangerous kid behavior. (Her eyes were fine.)
  • Don’t take my picture! #1
  • Pickle’s Actual “Smile” Face
  • Violent Kid Love.  Hug or choke hold?  You be the judge.
  • Plum’s Actual “Smile” Face
  • Don’t take my picture! #2
(I have left out the entire collection of photos my husband has taken of me and the kids this year.  First of all, there are about 8 photos.  When the kids get older they’re going to wonder where the heck I was during their entire early childhood. Second of all, he tends to take photos when I am grumpy, not expecting a photo shoot, or sans pants. Or all three.  Awesome.  You’re thankful I left these out, trust me.)

 

Note: I found this cute card template on Shutterfly.

Things I Like Thursdays

TIL #1 – Tiny Prints

I have a stationery problem.  I love beautiful stationery with lovely details. My husband still doesn’t know how much I paid for our Save-the-Dates and wedding invites – and he never will (they had to be letterpress, and they had to be on 100% cotton, and I’m sure I’m the only one who would ever have noticed anyway).

Tiny Prints isn’t an artisan letterpress, but they do lovely work at reasonable prices.  Their customer service is great, and the have a great selection.  I’ve used them for Christmas cards, baby announcements, birthday invites, address labels and shower invites.  I’ve never been disappointed.  My sister even used their sister site – wedding paper divas – for her wedding invites and they turned out great.

TIL #2 – Toffee-Topped Brownie Bites from Annie’s Eats

I like Annie’s site.  And I’m kind of awed by her ability to cook and bake delicious things and throw lovely parties while completing her residency and raising 2 teeny kiddos.  (Admission: I didn’t even shower today.)  This is one of my favorites from her site.  It is a crowd pleaser, is great to bring to parties, and really, is pretty easy. Not to mention – these are deliciously delicious.  Check out her site too, it’s got some great stuff!

Beautiful photo by Annie, of Annie's Eats!

Note: Neither Annie nor the folks at Tiny Prints know me.  I just like them.  Kthanksbye.