Our 2016 Christmas Card Reveal + Christmas Photo Shoot

I received product from Minted in exchange for this post on Our 2016 Christmas Card Reveal + Christmas Photo Shoot. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! We hope you had lots of fun spending time with your loved ones yesterday. We had such a blast and it was so wonderful to spend another Christmas at home instead of in the hospital with Addie. We all were very blessed to have received so many great gifts and gorgeous Christmas cards too!

I wanted to do a quick reveal with our Christmas Cards from Minted and show you the pictures that we didn’t end up choosing. We wanted a holiday card that was traditional with a bit of modern flair so we chose the Tidings of Great Joy cards. It comes with foil or without, and you can actually change the color of the foil if you’d like. We also chose to send our cards in a post card format. We’re a busy family, so it just seemed like the best option so we wouldn’t have to stuff envelopes!

Here are some of the other photos from our fun Christmas family photo shoot with Lauren Gilbert Photography:

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

What we wore for our Christmas family photo shoot:

Mathew: Shirt

Stephanie: Dress / Hat / Scarf (similar) / Booties / Tights

Addie: Dress / Bow / Boots

I love these individuals Lauren got of our family. It was a crazy time trying to get every picture taken while the light was diminishing, but we got some great ones! Addie wasn’t quite feeling the shoot (she was first), but I still think she looks cute as a button. Mathew’s picture is so perfect and I love how handsome he looks. I definitely want to get these framed.

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

When your kid falls asleep during the Christmas family photo shoot, you just go with it. It happens! We got some very sweet pictures though while Addie took her nap. Despite her sleeping, I love every single one.

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

Looking for Christmas family photo shoot inspiration? This Christmas card reveal has some beautiful ideas with gorgeous cards from Minted!

Our Christmas family photo shoot was tons of fun and we had so many options to choose from for our Christmas Cards from Minted. A huge thanks to Lauren Gilbert for yet another great photo session. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a fantastic New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Love, The Wolfes

Picking the Perfect Holiday Card with Minted + Giveaway

I received product from Minted in exchange for this post on Picking the Perfect Holiday Card with Minted. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Get help choosing the perfect holiday card with Minted, plus enter to be one of two winners to receive $125 towards holiday cards of your own!The holidays are here and I already started playing Christmas music a week ago. We finally got a cold front in Texas and although it’s almost the end of November, I’m actually getting to wear long sleeves! We’ve grabbed hot cocoa, I bought pumpkin and mini chocolate chips to make some delicious cookies, and last week we were able to take some time to not only have pictures with Santa and Addie, but family holiday card photos as well. Picking holiday card designs is one of my favorite things to do each year, and this year we’re picking the perfect holiday card with Minted!

Get help choosing the perfect holiday card with Minted, plus enter to be one of two winners to receive $125 towards holiday cards of your own!Merry Christmas Magic

Get help choosing the perfect holiday card with Minted, plus enter to be one of two winners to receive $125 towards holiday cards of your own!Fun Holiday Script

Getting holiday cards is always one of those things I really try to do early, and then somehow I end up forgetting all about them until the second week of December…which ensues scrambling. This year, I’m determined to get our holiday cards out the first week of December, which is why we got our Christmas pictures taken last week! Thankfully, Minted is great about sending emails in November so I wouldn’t forget to get my holiday cards ordered. They have gorgeous foil-pressed cards, letterpress photo cards, Booklette cards, and even completely custom cards.

Get help choosing the perfect holiday card with Minted, plus enter to be one of two winners to receive $125 towards holiday cards of your own!Rustic Name

Get help choosing the perfect holiday card with Minted, plus enter to be one of two winners to receive $125 towards holiday cards of your own!Luke 2:14

What I love about Minted is that it’s super easy to pick the perfect holiday card because you can personalize the design with many different options such as adding your favorite holiday photo, the color and shape of your card, and of course, what text is on it! I personally LOVE the Find it Fast feature because then I don’t have to guess whether or not my picture will look good with the card. You upload your picture and then you can see it in all of the holiday card designs that Minted has to offer.  Takes a lot of the guesswork out, doesn’t it? Of course, whenever you finish designing your card, you can use the Address Assistant and have your envelopes addressed. No hand cramping over here!

Get help choosing the perfect holiday card with Minted, plus enter to be one of two winners to receive $125 towards holiday cards of your own!

Y’all are in for a treat, because Minted is giving TWO lucky readers of mine $125 towards a purchase for your very own holiday card!

Get help choosing the perfect holiday card with Minted, plus enter to be one of two winners to receive $125 towards holiday cards of your own!Joyful Greetings

Enter the giveaway below!

All you need to do is click here to fill out the form with your name and email address and you’ll be entered to win. The giveaway will run until November 22nd so make sure you enter the giveaway ASAP! Plus, Minted is having a sale on holiday cards going on now until November 22nd, where you will receive 15% off orders of 150+ and 10% off order of 100+. How awesome is that?!

Our Goldilocks and the Three Bears Family Costumes

Every time Halloween rolls around I just get so excited! There are always so many fun family costumes to choose from, and I love picking out a theme. This year, after lots of thinking, we decided on Goldilocks and the Three Bears for our family costumes. It was unique, easy to put together, and we got so many compliments at a local Fall Festival about them!

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!
What we wore for our Goldilocks and the Three Bears family costumes:
Mathew- Hoodie, basketball shorts, brown fur
Stephanie- Dress, fur vest, booties (similar), multistrand necklace
Stephanie’s Makeup- lashes, lipstickfoundation, concealer, brown eyeliner, white eyeliner, eyeshadows, brows
Addie- Black onesie, leg warmers, fur vest, and similar bear socks
Ears- Black fur, brown fur, hair clips, sewing kitribbon, hot glue gun
Pearl- skirt, hat, doll hair, elastic

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!

I had such a blast creating these family costumes, I can’t say that enough. Addie had a onesie with a vest, leg warmers, little bear socks, and I completed her costume with homemade bear ears and a tiny fur tail on her butt. If you’re wondering how I made her ears and Mathew’s, I used this pattern, cut the brown and black fur, hand sewed them inside out (except for the bottom),  turned them right side out, and sewed the bottom together. Then, I had hair clips that I wrapped with ribbon, and hot glued the ears onto. I cut Addie’s little ears smaller than the pattern since she’s so little. I put her hair in two little buns and clipped the ears in front!

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!

For Mathew’s portion of our Goldilocks and the Three Bears family costumes, I hot glued a piece of fur onto a black hoodie (I may have forgotten to lint roll him here, oops!) and hot glued on ears for him! He got a little bear nose on his face and a little tail on the bottom of his hoodie. Mathew is such a good sport. We have been dressing in a theme for Halloween for 4 Halloweens now. It took me a few years to convince him (we’ve been together 8 years!), but he does it because he loves his girl. Plus, come on, who can’t resist some good ole family costumes?

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!

When I thought about Goldilocks and the Three Bears for our family costumes, I knew I could always be Goldilocks, but let’s be honest- that’s BORING! I had this hilarious idea to make Pearl into Goldilocks and just ran with the idea. I bought her a little skirt, a doll hat and some curly, blonde doll hair, and grabbed some elastic out of my sewing kit. I laughed SO hard when I glued the hair to her hat for her wig. SO HARD. Pearl wasn’t too keen on the idea of the hat and wig, but she tolerated enough for a couple pictures.

Also, did anyone notice she stole the porridge from the bears? How rude, Pearl Goldilocks, how rude!

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!

As for my look, I applied foundation a little darker than my normal shade, and lightened up my under eye area, chin, and upper lip with light concealer. Then, I applied some blush (I really loved this darker shade!), added a mild smoky eye and filled in my brows, threw on some lashes and lipstick, and grabbed my brown and white eyeliner pencils. For the bear fur on my face, I took white and brown eyeliner pencils and just went from my eyebrows down my face to my chin. I wore a black dress and fur vest with a necklace too! To complete my look, I put my hair into mini buns and fanned out the hair to make it look like ears. I secured them with bobby pins and hairspray so they’d stay in place. You guys- this Goldilocks and the Three Bears idea was just so fun for me to do. One of my favorite family costumes by far!

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!

Although it’s not quite Halloween yet, we went to a Fall Festival at a local church to show off our cute costumes. EVERYONE couldn’t get enough of Addie, and it was so sweet to see so many people wanting to love on her. She was smiling at everyone who said hi! She got to play several games, won some prizes, and even got a little temporary tattoo! It was so nice to get out and just enjoy ourselves. The church had an earlier time for activities for special needs children, so we thankfully go to go enjoy the activities before things got too crazy. It was perfect for Addie and we were thankful she wasn’t exposed to the hundreds of people that would be coming after us. As we were leaving, we saw a huge line out the door and around the church! Wow!

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!

As for Halloween night itself? I’m not really sure yet what we plan to do. There are several events around town but they’ll have a TON of people and we just aren’t into that (in fact, for the Fall Festival we got early access because Addie has special needs, so we got to do stuff before the crowd!) I also don’t anticipate a lot of trick-or-treaters in our area because last year I only bought 2 bags of candy, and I had 1 left over at the end of the night. We even were giving 4-6 candies per child too! Seems like everyone here generally enjoys going to church events anyway since they’re a lot safer.

Looking for fun family costumes for Halloween? Love this Goldilocks and the Three Bears DIY!

I’m so thankful for another amazing Halloween with our sweet girl. Who would have known that we would’ve gone from a Hunter and Deer in the NICU to a Scarecrow family just a couple months after she got out of PICU, to a fun Goldilocks and the Three Bears family for Halloween? I’m not sure how we’ll top next year, but you better believe we’ll be trying!

What are you and your family dressing up for this Halloween?