Sunday, November 17, 2019

Our 2019 Family Holiday Cards

I share bits and pieces of my family here and on my social accounts, but I usually refrain from getting too personal (especially when it comes to my kids). One exception for me is our family holiday cards. And while sharing family holiday cards might not seem like a deep dive into our personal lives, there is something very intimate about them: they represent a year of our life, they're shared with our closest friends and family, and they express love and gratitude. It's a holiday tradition that I find incredibly endearing, and it makes me happy enough that I want to share them with you all too. 

After years of only sending cards that I designed for myself for my Bubby and Bean Art shop, I decided after Essley was born it was time for a change. First of all, I wanted to include a photo of her (my precious babe!) on the card. Second, I wanted a place that offered customization and would do the printing for me. Finally, I wanted a place that would, well, do all of the other work too. (Stuffing, sealing, addressing, stamping, and sending holiday cards is an incredibly time consuming task, let's admit it.) After lots of research, I came across a company that not only had the coolest, most stylish cards around, they also offered everything else I was looking for (and then some). And here I am, five years later and still happily using my holiday card BFF, Postable.

While those first couple of paragraphs alone have probably already convinced you of Postable's awesomeness, I'm going to gush just a little more. But first, I want to add that Postable hasn't (and has never) paid me to review them. I just think they're the best. For real. Anyway, Postable rules for many reasons, but their huge selection of truly hip, beautifully designed cards is the first thing that caught my eye way back when. (No cheesy holiday cards here!) I'm also a huge fan of the fact that they care about the environment (climate change is real, the end) and use 100% post-consumer recycled or tree-free 100% cotton in all their cards and envelopes. The quality of their cards is some of the best I've ever seen too. And the process itself is so quick and simple it's like a holiday weight the size of Cousin Eddie's RV is lifted from my shoulders every year. In ten minutes (maybe more like seven to be honest), I upload my photos, greetings, names, choose my font (so many options, but I found one that matches Robbie's handwriting almost exactly so I can be sneaky and fool my posse into thinking we hand wrote them), click on the addresses saved in my address book, and hit order. A few days later, my loved ones have received our holiday cards in their mailboxes, and all I did was sit on my butt drinking spiked eggnog and tapping a few things on my computer.

As you can see above, Postable has such an incredible collection that I always end up ordering a bunch of samples because I just can't freaking decide. This year, I ended up choosing one that embodies the things I think are most important to the season (peace and joy) and that I felt best displayed the photo I took of the kids. I also changed up the back this year to include three additional photos (including the infamous dolphin shot from our summer vacation where Emmett's facial expression is absolutely meme-worthy) because with Postable, you can customize to your heart's content. I'm so excited about them.

Thank you Postable for making the holiday season easier for me in so many ways. Did I mentioned that the people who work for the company are genuinely nice humans too? They're so nice, in fact, that they are giving you 20% off your entire order with code BEAN19. Go use that awesomeness right now and then come back and tell me all about the cute cards you chose. I can't wait to see them. And thank you for letting me share such a special part of our family holiday traditions with you. Happy holiday card giving!

This post is in collaboration with Postable.



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