You all have probably noticed a flurry of Shutterfly cards being, ahem, advertised on some of your favorite blogs. Yeah, they’re doing a pretty tempting thing where, if we talk about their awesome cards, they give us some for free. Full disclosure: I am happy to write about things I like if I get something out of it. Key phrase: things I like.
You may have heard that I got married a couple of months ago to a pretty great woman. So far, marriage is awesome. One thing that we agreed on pretty quickly – once we figured it out – was that we were going to have the same last name. Funny thing is, it took me a month and a half to introduce myself with my new, full name. Often someone will ask me the last name and I’ll give them the new one, no big deal; but only last week did I introduce myself by my entire new name. I got all fluttery, and it hit me again: this is us. This is our family. We are The Bird-McTurtlesons.
And that brings me to the post of today: holiday cards. Even before I found out about this sponsored post thing, I was really excited to send out holiday cards from The Bird-McTurtleson Family. This is adulthood, people!
So here are some of the cards I am considering (click on any of them to take you to the Shutterfly site):
Who comes up with these titles? No idea.
I signed the card with all of our beasts’ names (including Truman… hmm… don’t read into this, we have made no official decisions yet), so then I felt like I had to include pictures of at least some of them. Piper often looks annoyed in pictures, especially if she has to share the spotlight with us, so that is why she is not featured here.
If we didn’t have so many pictures, or if I were better at decision making, we could probably narrow it down a little better. But we do, and I’m not, so here are lots of options. I narrowed it down using some strict self-imposed rules: no folding cards (I don’t have a lot of prolific things to say on a holiday card beyond, “We spent the year planning our wedding, and now I’m bored so I blog a lot.”); no “Merry Christmas,” as I plan to send these to lots of Jews (“Happy Holidays” or “Warm wishes” is always preferable to me); and pictures must have some sort of line between them, otherwise my eyes are confused.
So here’s the deal: Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly, check it out here. It was fun putting these all together, though in reality my wife has a huge say in this whole thing, so they may turn out looking totally different. Which of these four do you prefer? Which pictures are the best pictures?
Happy holidays way, way in advance!