November 30, 2015

MINTED Holiday Cards + Family Pics!

Hey everyone!  Have you purchased your holiday cards yet?  I am pumped to be partnering with Minted again this year.  We have created our cards with Minted for the last three years and I am always so happy with the results.

The 2013 card is probably my favorite ever.  It makes me crack up every time I see it.  We had to convince Levi that he needed to have serious face for the picture.
Last year Minted helped me to combine our Christmas card with our birth announcement, which was awesome because being a new Mom at Christmas is #overwhelming.

And this year we are doubly pumped to share a sneak peak of both our Minted card and a new family photo....


.....TA-DA!  We just had our pictures taken by Barbara Brooks and she did an amazing job.  That tent in the photo, she made it!  She was great with the kids and we got a ton of really beautiful photos.  If you are in the Sacramento area, I highly recommend her!

Our Minted cards this year are foil pressed (read: fancy schmancy), I cannot wait to see the hard copy version. Minted has so many unique options for cards and the customer service is outstanding.  They will also address your cards for you!  Not. Even. Kidding.  It's as simple as downloading their address template, filling it out (or in my case, cut/pasting from my own template), then uploading to the site. Making changes is super easy too.  So this year all we have to do is stamp these babies and send them out, which is great.  Also, Minted sends a proof, so you can review your card before printing.  I made a couple of boo-boo's on mine, so I was able to fix these thankfully.

You are not too late for holiday cards, so go over to Minted and get yours now, they are constantly running great deals!  And if you are reading this on December 25th, you still aren't too late, Minted has a plenty of fabulous New Years card options as well.

Welcome to December!!

♥ TCW

**P.S.  This is a sponsored post.  Minted gave me a credit to use towards our holiday cards this year.  That being said, I will continue to order cards from Minted, credit or not, because they are awesome.  In fact, I did just that last year.

P.S.S.  It's Cyber Monday and Minted is running deals!



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October 5, 2015

Mesa Falls - Island Park, ID {take a scenic byway}


Hey friends.  I've got more goods from our Idaho/Montana/Wyoming adventure today.  I was wondering, how many times have you passed a Scenic Byway sign and just flown right by it?  I think most of us do this honestly, in our haste, we tend to want to get where we're going, thus missing some pretty cool stuff.

If you're on vacay, I suggest you might spend sometime to investigate one of these signs....you never know what you might find......


.....like an incredibly beautiful set of waterfalls.

This is Upper Mesa Falls; farther down the river you will find Lower Mesa Falls.  Upper Mesa Falls has a paid entrance (I believe $5 per car) and well maintained paved paths as well as several overlooks.  The views are spectacular.



According to local legend, some kids actually decided it would be a good idea to go over the upper falls in a kayak years ago.....they survived.....and it looks like people still go down the lower falls....



The gift shop/museum used to have a news article posted about the kids on the upper falls, but they took it down as to not encourage any other potential Darwin Award winners.

Via


Speaking of the gift/shop museum, it's worth taking a peek.  Especially the back room which has a ton of different animal hides and skeletons that you can actually touch.  Be careful though, per the sign, certain things are not to be touched - if you do you will be "shot at dawn".  Levi touched one of these untouchable items - after I read him the sign I think he was terrified to get up to early the next morning.





On our way in we met this guy on the path and he quickly attached himself to Levi's shoe.  Those guys are sticky!!  We had trouble getting him off.



So next time you are out and about, don't pass the scenic byway, you are probably missing something good.

Here is how our adventure went for this mini trip:

From Island Park heading South on Hwy 20, we actually passed (I know) the Scenic Byway sign and first headed into St. Anthony to grocery shop at Broulim's.*

We waved to the Teton's...


....and after grocery shopping and eating the best deli sandwich of our lives, we headed back East on Highway 20 and this time did not pass the Scenic Byway sign.

Then we turned off on ID-47 N toward Mesa Falls.

Here is a map of Mesa Falls:

Via


*Side nugget of info, if you are going to stay in the area, Broulim's is a great little store - more selection than Dave's in Ashton and cheaper than the stores in West Yellowstone and they made the best deli sandwich of our lives.

So, enjoy your Scenic Byway adventures, you never know what you might find!

♥TCW




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