It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means lots of holiday shopping for us mamas, amiright? To be honest, I really never understood the whole "gift of giving" thing until I became a mother. As a mom, you give your everything and you don't expect anything in return. Motherhood is a selfless job, but a rewarding job nonetheless. It has taught me to find joy in making others happy . There is nothing more precious than seeing the face of your little one light up. I've been dreaming up gift ideas, activities, and holiday traditions for months now and am so excited now that the holiday season is upon us.
While I obviously will be focusing most of my gift-giving efforts on the girls, I try to make a point each year to give gifts to all of our loved ones. We may not be able to afford to give expensive presents, but I want them to know that we thought of them and that we appreciate them. We have been so blessed with a family that has been there for us during this crazy season of raising two young kids- from watching them when we need a break or just being a friendly ear when we need to vent. With that being said, it can be hard trying to find the perfect present for everyone. We have a big family and getting gifts for each person can add up pretty quickly. This year, I decided to put together some pictures of the girls for their grandparents and great-grandparents. It was a fun project picking out which pictures to use and trying to decide which pictures they would like best. I tried to make sure there was a good balance in the photos that each person receives. I got the prints from Parabo Press and I really love the way they turned out. (Keep reading for a discount code!)
For anyone who is interested in doing the same for their loved ones, here is what I did. First, I went onto Parabo's website and selected the size of photos I wanted to use. I chose to take advantage of their free set of 25 square prints and also got some 5x7 prints and even some engineer prints for the house. The prices are so affordable that I was able to get enough prints for everyone and still have some prints for us to keep. Next, I uploaded the pictures that I wanted from my phone. Keep in mind that if you are gifting the photos to multiple family members you may want to upload several copies of your favorite pictures so that your family members can each have a copy. You get to see a preview of the photos before you finish, so take the time to look through them and make sure you're happy with the way the photos were cropped. The prints came pretty quick and came out gorgeous. The prints have a matte finish and are thick enough so that they can be hung by themselves. Another bonus is that the paper is 100% recycled. If you're thinking of framing the pictures, Ikea has simple frames for cheap and Parabo also has some unique options on their website. Once I was ready to go through all of the pictures, I decided to group them based on certain categories. For example, the categories I used were: pictures of Ava, pictures of Maia, pictures of both girls, pictures with me and pictures with Mike. This way, I could easily make sure that each family member had a good balance of pictures. I didn't want Mike's grandma, for example, to be left without any pictures that had Mike in them. I picked photos from each pile and created new piles for each family member. Ultimately, I ended up with some leftover pictures that I then decided to hang around the house.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. If you decide to do something similar for your family, I'd love to hear what you came up with. Parabo also offers holiday cards, which I've been needing to do- just haven't gotten around to taking some new pictures. They have some amazing sales going on this first week of December so be sure to check out their website to take advantage of them. They also were generous enough to offer all of you 30% off of everything with the code: LCM30. Thanks Parabo!!
Happy Holidays guys!