Our *holiday* cards and some {giveaway} love from Minted.com…..


I am not ashamed to admit that this year I sent 'Happy New Year' cards.
I did it for a number of reasons - first, I did not have a good
photo that everyone agreed was Christmas card worthy -
Mom's of small children, hear me now……enjoy the days
where YOU and you alone choose the photo YOU like best -
without hearing, "ooh, you CANNOT send THAT photo out, I 
look soooooo gross in that picture"…..

And the second and final reason I sent a New Year's card was 
that I just didn't have my sh*t together……And as the song goes, 
I 'let it go', 'let it go'……

Pictured above is the front of the card that was sent to our peeps on
approximately January 15th.  I love this photo of my girls because 
it sums up their personalities to a 'T'.  My 16 year old
is big hugger, lover, and overall touchy/feel-y girl - her sister, not 
so much…thus the pose!  My 16 year old got her braces off about
a week after this photo was taken…right in time for her
sister to get hers on…next week - cha$ching! 
While I love this photo, I sometimes long for the days when I got
to choose their outfits, hairstyles and had time for a proper
photo shoot…….ah, the good old days!

I was grateful for Minted.com and the fact they had SO
many great New Year's cards to choose from  for all us slackers!


As a HUGE fan of the all the 'minor' holidays - I have promised myself that I
am not going to be behind on my Valentine's Day preparations - In the past
I have order personalized Valentine-themed journals for my girls,
this year Minted has some beautiful options for Valentine's gifts, art and cards!
Minted has been a faithful partner of Forever*Cottage…..I am a HUGE
fan of all their products.  And to help YOU get a head start on your
Valentine's gifts, Minted has graciously offered to give TWO
Forever*Cottage readers a $75 credit to shop Minted!

To Enter:

* Go visit Minted and check out their fabulous
Valentine's Day products.  Then come back here and
let me know which ones are your favorites!

That's it!

I will close the comments on midnight on Sunday, Feb 1st
and announce the winners on Monday!

28 comments on "Our *holiday* cards and some {giveaway} love from Minted.com….."
  1. Oh it is so hard to choose!! I live the confetti ones!! Totally speak my style. I've always wanted to order from minted and winning this would mean I get to order a couple things I've had my eye on!

  2. I love the "glad we're in the same school" Valentine card! These would be great for my daughters freinds.

  3. i love the minted lines. right now i am drawn to the heart of gold art print and that cute arrow fabric♥

  4. I love the compass art print that says : You Lead Me Home :)

  5. I am new to your blog site. I am not a blogger but enjoy reading blogs. A friend sent me to your blog thinking I would like it and I do. I wasn't really sure how to leave a comment as none of the choices seemed to fit me. I like the glitter heart notebook from minted.com.

  6. My Minted Valentine's favorites: 1) Valentine's Day Party Photo Backdrop 2) Heart Snapshot Mix 3) Gold Standard "Heart of" Print 4) Paper Hearts Print 5) Love Print by Max & Bunny 6) Color Block Journal and many many more!

  7. Adorable New Years Cards. I'm having a tough time deciding what I'd choose. I'm in need of some artwork though.....

  8. I love the heart picture collage!!! That would be such a great gift to give :)

  9. I LOVE many of the foil prints and foil lettering on pics, love and xoxo. The planners and notebook are sweet too. My daughter would love one! Thank you for the giveaway. I hope I win! :)

  10. I love the Heart Snapshot mix! I have just discovered your blog and really enjoy it. I lived in the Portland area and am now back home in Seattle but I have great friends and memories there and look forward to any chance to drive down I-5.

  11. I love the Heart Snapshot picture. What a fun idea.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  12. I'm loving all of the Vaentine's Day stuff, but my favorite has to be the Cat's Meow classroom cards. I'm a sucker for anything with a cat on it! <3

  13. How fun to win this!! I really love the photo gifts like the heart shaped collage and I love the limited edition art ( Emily Jeffords fan for one) It would be hard and fun to choose something from Minted - also their seasonal offerings are so great!!

  14. I love the heart made out of xo's. I am always adding that to the end of a message to one of my children and hubby. I think it would be sweet to hang that as a happy reminder in our home of how much and how often I think of them.

  15. I love the School Of Fish Classroom Valentine's Day Cards but my football obsessed son would love the All Star! Classroom Valentine's Day Cards!
    Erika W.

  16. I LOVE the Hello In The New Year! Still hoping to send out New Year's cards. :)

  17. Those journals are adorable and I love the heart shaped picture mix- too cool! I love Minted and your blog!

  18. I love the Heart Party Valentine's Day card and the personalized heart stickers you can use on little packages of candy. Minted is a favorite place for stationery, thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  19. I love their personalized notebook! :)

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  20. You are most definitely NOT a slacker. I think New Year's cards are wonderful, AND people probably have more time to enjoy them in January than in the rush of December.
    Minted...wandered through all the Valentine's things and then found the GIFT WRAP...dangerous territory for this paper lover!I love the Love Wrap line...the paper, the stickers, and the gift tags...AND it has gorgeous lettering on it!

  21. I really like the Beyond Measure Valentine card. Too cute! Thanks for the great giveaway! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

  22. Complete love postcards, I'm a sucker for a good collage! New year's cards are such a nice surprise!!

  23. I love the framed valentines Day prints!

  24. I really LOVE this one it's such a chic version of those paper cut out cards we made with our teacher and mom and friends at home I love it it's so nostalgic to me! http://www.minted.com/product/valentines-day-cards/MIN-PHT-VLD/paper-heart?org=photo

  25. The heart picture collage would work year round! My fav!

  26. I love the "mac and cheese" classroom valentines! So cute!


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