February 5, 2016
Listen, I love getting your Christmas cards – we read each one multiple times, hang them on the wall, enjoy them again sometime in summer when I find the full stack jammed under a pile of bills. For myself, though, I have given up on the idea I will actually get them out – the holidays are just too crazy / I’m too disorganized / I need my beauty sleep / it makes me feel like crying (pick four).
So, rather than end up with a stack of cards I’ll never send, yet can’t seem to throw away (would you like a birth announcement from 2011? Because I have a couple hundred), this year we decided to skip the holiday madness and send a Valentine’s card instead. One of my best friends has been doing it for the past couple of years and I think it’s GENIUS. You have time to get everything together post-holiday, no one’s expecting it so it’s a super-surprise, and there’s no other competition from other people’s cards so yours will definitely make it to the fridge, which is obviously not the end goal except who are we kidding here? PUT US ON YOUR FRIDGE.
I was worried the only designs out there would be either overly sentimental or totally cheesy, but then I went to Minted, and, remembered, oh yeah, they totally get it. Their designs always walk the line between simple enough to show off your photo and design-y enough to make you look cool. And, they have a new feature where they address your envelopes for free. I’d like to say I was organized enough to take advantage of it, but ONE THING AT A TIME.
Because it’s Valentine’s Day I wanted do a shoot that highlighted our family’s all-encompassing love and would motivate our friends and family to display it for all the world to see. Plus, we had to be able to do it in our guest room with supplies I already had on hand (plumbing tape, last year’s hearts, and Alice’s new ballerina dress). And, I wanted to wear everything sequin in my closet. A Cupid Line Up was the obvious choice.
That Cupid is a saucy fellow. He has upped this gal’s cuteness level so high, there’s pretty much no way I can say “no” to her, which has sentenced me to many an afternoon playing Shutterfly to her Rainbow Dash (other parents of four year olds know exactly what I mean, right?).
He convinced me to commit an actual fashion crime multiple times this year, but I don’t care. Have you ever seen an unhappy person wearing sequins? EXACTLY. I rest my case.
You want to talk about Valentine’s Day love? How about when you tell your husband your idea for the holiday card and instead of hiding under the table, he asks which leather jacket makes him look more like trouble. That is a man I want for my valentine.
And then there’s this guy. His sign should have read “cuteness is so distracting mommy can’t get anything done because all she wants to do is smother him with hugs and kisses.” It’s like Cupid wants to make sure our dishwasher is never fully emptied.
And now the big question remains: Will we make it onto the fridge?! I’ll keep you updated as I harass my family and friends into submission. Happy Valentine’s Day!
This post was done in partnership with the lovely folks at Minted, who also just added a line of Classroom Valentines that will make you want to go back to school for a hot minute. Or will make you the coolest mom on the block. Either way adorableness for the win!