I’m not fussy when it comes to doing family holiday cards. Personally, it seems a little overkill (esp without kids!) and can turn into quite the production when all is said and done. On the other hand, having a printed image to signify that year of life is a nice keepsake to have for the future. Something I can appreciate. We also have family in Spain, so whether we ‘do’ a family card or not I try to send out a card at Christmas time.

The thought of posing for cheesy/staged photos makes me want to gag – not to mention send my husband running for the hills – but having worked with Melissa for so long I was totally confident that she would capture us just being us. I just wanted to document this time in our lives.

We shot these photos at the beach right around the corner from our condo where we’ve spent the last 6 years, coming up December 1st. It’s crazy to think how much time we’ve spent here building our life and everything that’s happened. I’m especially excited for 2020 because I know it’ll come with a lot of changes. And quite honestly, I’m so excited to be stepping into this new phase, but more on that later.

Anyways, back to my Minted holidays cards…
I was kind of shocked at how seamless this entire process was. Once I selected my favourite photo(s) from Melissa I started scrolling through Minted’s gallery of card designs before stumbling on two that I felt were more my vibe. Linking them here and here for your reference.

I wanted something casual, low-key and not overly christmas-sy. Plugged in a photo of the three of us, signed our names and hit DONE. The cards showed up a few days later (well before their ETA) with pre-addressed envelops and custom stamps, HELLO. Not only am I happy to have done it, doing it this way saved me so much time. All that’s left to do now, is drop the envelops in the mail.

There’s still time to get your holiday cards ordered!
Even if you decide last minute, you can head over to Minted, pick a design in 5 seconds and get your cards sent out tomorrow!

To get you prepped and ready for the holidays, I pulled some strings to bring you TWO giveaways!

Win a 1-hour family portrait session:

Enter to win a 1 hour family portrait session with Melissa Skoda (who takes all my photos). This includes 60+ images & an online gallery. Note: the gifted session will take place in Vancouver’s lower mainland (areas include Richmond, Vancouver, North Van, West Van, Langley, Delta, Surrey). Head to my IG to enter to win there.

Win a $200 credit to Minted:

Later today, I will also be hosting a giveaway with Minted to gift one of you a $200 credit towards your holiday card order! Watch for it on IG and enter to win there.

*If you happen to be a reader who meets the criteria for the photo session with Melissa, but would ALSO like to enter to win the Minted gift card here’s what you need to do:

+ in addition to following both accounts, make sure you are subscribed to my blog! (enter your info in the pop-up on my homepage)
+ make sure to leave a comment on my IG letting me know you want to win the full-deal so I can get you on the list
+ leave a comment below to earn X10 bonus points

I’ve linked to my two designs as well as some other options I liked below to help you out!



  1. Amanda Moon says:

    I absolutely love how authentic you are!! It’s a treat being from Vancouver and seeing what you post around the city ❤️

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