Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Card Wording, Etiquette and Christmas Cards

It's almost that time of year again, The Holidays! If you're like me, then you are already excited about sending out your holiday greeting cards. The last few years have been especially fun with now having the little one to take pictures of! Last year, I decided to be my own photographer and get creative with taking photo's of my little one. It was a lot of fun and much easier as she was just barely at the age of learning to roll over! Now she's on the go and walking everywhere! These days it's hard to capture a picture that isn't blurry!

Last year we ordered our photo's from Tiny Prints and I loved how they came out!  They have a lot of great customizable options and sizes. I loved the great quality of paper they print on, they even provided an option of rounded edges for free. This year they have lots of glitzy and sparkly holiday cards to choose from! I can't wait to get mine ordered!

However, while picking out a card can often be the fun and exciting part, then next step is personalizing it to say that perfect holiday greeting. This can be a bit of a challenge! 

Some people like to use Religious/Christmas wording. Others may like a general "Holiday" greeting, which can include Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years.  (See Examples Below) You can also get creative with quotes or come up with clever rhymes. I'm not that clever, but there's a great article on Christmas Card wording by Tiny Prints to give you more inspiration! 

Another question that tends to come up a lot is; "how to sign our name?" The Carter Family? The Carters? The Carter's? 

When signing your last name, you do not need to use an apostrophe with the "s" as that is used to show possession. As in the "Carter's House".  You can simply sign "The Carter Family" or "The Carters" 

Here are a few basic wording examples you can use:

"Best Wishes to you this Christmas and a Happy New Year! The Carter Family"

"Season's Greetings and Best Wishes this New Year! The Carter Family"

"The Carters wish you a very Happy Holiday season" (as seen above) 

"Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with Joy and Love!" 

"May the gift of Love, Joy & Peace be yours This Christmas"

"Warmest wishes this Christmas and a Happy New Year!

"Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

I hope this inspires you to get the juices flowing for your Christmas Cards; and of course, I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season!

*all greetings are original, any duplication is purely coincidental. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Budget App

It's about that time of year again, and the holidays are just around the corner. Hopefully, you have been saving up extra cash the last few months for Christmas this year. As, my favorite financial advisor says, "Christmas is not a surprise, it lands on the same day every year!" - Dave Ramsey. Therefore, we save and plan ahead! (Right? right.) 
Anyways, I'm excited because he has just release a great new app (and website) for your phone!

It's a great and SUPER EASY site to log in your Christmas budget, who you want to shop for, and how much your going to spend! 

Then, as you shop, you can enter in any gifts that you have purchased and the amount and it will track how much you have left to spend for each person, and overall. 

 I'm a total budget nerd, so I'm excited to have this right at my finger tips on-the-go on my phone!

Be sure to check it out and use it this Christmas!

**The Budget shown is not my real budget. It is purely for demonstration. :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Brie Apple Crescent Wrap Appetizer

My husband and I love the Fruit-Nut-Cheese combo, and any variation of those three things is delicious in my mind!

For an amazing and easy party appetizer, I want to share our "Brie Apple Crescent Wraps".

All you need is:

-A roll of crescents. 
-One apple (thinly sliced)
-Brie Cheese
-Walnut halves

Unroll the crescents and place thinly sliced apples at the widest part. add a small slice of Brie cheese, add a drizzle of honey at top with a walnut. Roll the crescent and then fold over the corners and pinch closed any openings. The Brie cheese will melt and seep out of the crescent roll if you do not do this!

Bake for 10-13 mins (according to the crescent roll package).

Then enjoy warm!

This will be great to serve at Holiday Parties!