It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for CHRISTMAS CARDS! Y’all, seriously, giving and getting Christmas cards is one of my favorite parts of the entire year! The amount of joy I get preparing our cards and opening your cards just can’t be put into words, but I’ll try…remember how you felt as a child on Christmas Eve laying in bed trying to fall asleep…that’s pretty much how I feel every day of December waiting for the mail truck to drive through my neighborhood! #truth
I remember as a child being so excited to get home from school and see what cards we got in the mail that day…but the best was when the mail person was late and I got to open them myself. Even though I didn’t know who some of the cards were from, I still loved it…especially the photo cards! My family did not send out photo cards. Lame! So I promised myself that when I had a family of my own, we would be cool and send out photo cards. I’ve kept that childhood promise, sending photo cards since the year Patrick and I got married.
I’ve always gotten my cards through Shutterfly. Y’all, I love Shutterfly like you don’t even understand! They are the best for cards, invitations, photo books and photo gifts…and reasonable too! Patrick and I always enjoy putting in the promo codes when checking out and seeing the price fall so drastically! See ladies, this is how to get a man on board with your spending…make sure he’s there to see you saving money while spending money 😉 Anyhow, a lot of sites only let you use one promo code per purchase, but not Shutterfly, they let you use multiple codes which equates to even more savings…score!
Warning: If you usually get a card from us, scroll by real fast or act really surprised when opening our cards 🙂 It’s on the way if you haven’t gotten it yet…
Here they are, our 2015 Christmas cards…
We went with the Merry Sparkles design to bring out the pop of evergreen we used in our outfits. I’m very happy with how they turned out, but then again, I always am when it comes to Shutterfly! This design is one of their Gold Foil Stamped cards so I paired it with the gold envelopes with the plaid liner…I adore how they turned out!
My FAVORITE part though, was the fact that I could order my stamps through Shutterfly, saving me a trip to the post office! I will do just about anything to avoid going to the post office at any time but especially around the holidays! Thank you Shutterfly, for saving me from my holiday hell 🙂
Hand addressing my cards is one of my favorite tasks to do! To say I look forward to it each year is a huge understatement! I don’t have the best hand writing in the world, and I tend to write on a slant without lines, so this year I ordered the Lettermate to help my cause and y’all it’s pretty amazing. I would recommend this nifty little tool to those who have the same struggle as me.
Now, the details on our photos…our friends Katie & Aaron Tomberlin took our photos and they did a fabulous job! It was no more than 40 degrees outside and they were able to keep our two kiddos entertained enough to not think about the cold. They are so very talented! Check them out for great photos if you are in the Nashville area.
I’m not going to lie, I worked harder than I’d like to admit on our outfit pairing. Patrick decided the day of the shoot that he needed a new shirt, so our outfits weren’t set until we were walking out the door…true story! But I am very happy with the way they turned out! You know us Momma’s quickly forget the stress of getting ready for family photos when looking at a successful photo shoot 🙂 We may not always be matching, or heck showered for that matter, but for one moment in time this year, as a family we were all clean, dressed up, no little noses were running, my hair and make up was done while I was wearing heels, and most of all we were all smiling and happy…now that is how I choose to remember parenthood!
From my family to yours, whether we’ve known you all of our lives or have never met you, ‘The Bailey Bunch’ wishes you the Merriest of Christmases! May you remember why we celebrate this day, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! May you carry this seasons joyous and generous spirit into 2016, and may the New Year bring you health, happiness, success and all the best that life has to offer!
The Bailey Bunch
*Bailey Christmas Card Fun Fact…our cards reached 19 states this year! We hate that we live so far away from so many of our favorite friends and family members, but we do love that we have so many cool places to visit 🙂