Just Like Goober

A working suburban mom, a curious baby boy, and a whole lotta life

Who wants a Silhouette? December 29, 2011

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Well, me for one. But probably you too. So here is a list of a lot of places giving one away this week. Good luck!


Thinking Ahead October 27, 2011

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Disclaimer: I am being offered 25 free cards to tell you what I think about Shutterfly’s 2011 Christmas Card Collection. I am not being given any real money and my opinions are completely my own.

It’s getting to be that time again. The time where I have to start thinking about Christmas Cards. I know, I know, I’ve told you before that I’m very opposed to thinking about holidays too soon. Generally I don’t want to even consider Christmas until I’m eating leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. I’ve figured out, however, that if I want them to look a certain way, then I need to get on the ball way before Thanksgiving. While I don’t like to think about Christmas until Black Friday, once it’s Christmas in my head, it needs to be Christmas EVERYWHERE. Including your house. That means my I like my Christmas cards to go out by the first week of December if possible.

Let’s do some postal math: If Mary wants to send her Christmas cards out by, say, December 7, that means they need to be stuffed and stamped by December 6. Stuffing and addressing takes approximately 2 hours of good television or 1 hour of what-is-this-crap television. Figure in a good 1-2 weeks of cheapest possible shipping from Shutterfly (where we get our photo cards). That brings us to mid Novemberish? Then we consider a week of debating over card layouts, wording, and mind changing. So that’s early-mid November. Plus, if we get professional photos taken, at least a week or two to wait for the edited images. [sidenote: I do not get professional photos taken just for a Christmas card. However, I skipped getting good 1 year photos taken of Goober and he hasn’t had anything done since the end of March. So it’s either combine them now Christmas card pics and skip 18 month photos, or do a half-ass Christmas card pic and get 18 month photos done for Christmas presents…the jury is still out] So now we’re around Halloween? Plus time for setting up the photo appointment, and holy shit, I’m already running late!

Luckily, I can probably eliminate that week of debating over card layouts by just getting on there now! Shutterfly has already posted their Christmas card layouts for 2011, so I can obsess now while waiting the week or two it’s going to take to get into the photographer. Then once I hound her for the images, I can just plug and chug!

Here is what ours looked like last year

I know, so cute right? I got SO MANY complements from people on that card. I mean, people called me to just to tell me how much they loved my Christmas card! Now I have to top that this year, because isn’t that what it’s all about? Beating yourself year after year? No, just me? Anyway…here’s a few card styles that I’m liking.

First of all, I’m probably only going to show flat photo card type cards. As in, not a folded card. Last year I sent out close to 75 of these babies and I will not being writing in those by hand. No. So let it all just be printed on the front, thank you very much.

I like this one because it’s a little whimsical. I also like cards that aren’t so very CHRISTMAS JESUS in your face. Although I don’t think that we have many non-Christmas celebrating folks, I still like to be all encompassing. It’s my diversity wishful thinking.

How fun is that? I love the wording on this. I don’t like having a single picture though, it’s too hard to pick just one. If we go with the me trying to get a picture of Goober option though, this might be good because more than likely I’ll be lucky if I can get one good one.

Oh man, this might be it. I LOVE THIS. But then, I also am weird about Hubby and I not being in the picture. Goober isn’t the only family member! But this is so cute…Grrr.

You might notice that all of these are the premium photo paper cards. Kinda pricey if you have to buy more than 20 or so. Well, I’m getting 25 free, so that’s why I’m looking here. But if I wasn’t, I’d be over on the photo paper cards, where the price point is much more budget friendly. They are still super cute, it’s just a different type of paper.

See. Super cute + affordable!

Also, did you know they do Christmas party invitations? They do. Almost makes it worth the hassle of throwing a party. Almost.

Fun stuff. So there you go, some awesome card options from Shutterfly, plus a published reminder to myself to get on this already. If you like any in particular, let me know. I like to please the people. And if you want to tell me how adorable my kid/card was last year, you can tell me that too. I can’t hear it enough!


Pretty Pictures August 5, 2011

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I’ve waxed on before about my love for Shutterfly.com.  My Christmas cards that I got from them last year got SO MANY compliments, it was unreal. I’ve been using them for years now and I constantly run into their products. Just the other day I got an invitation to my best friend’s son’s first birthday party that was utterly adorable. I wasn’t surprised when she told me she got the invitations from Shutterfly.

A few months ago I found out they have a blog, which I LOVE, because I can just plug the site into my Google Reader and I get regular updates about promotions, gift ideas, and other fun things to do with our bajillion photos of Goober. A couple weeks ago  the following popped up in my reader:

     “Shutterfly is celebrating the photo book by giving away 1,000 photo books to eligible bloggers! Bloggers and website owners, if you’re interested in a chance at a free photo book, please register.”

Basically, for the low low price of me telling you what I’ve loved about them for the last 5 years or so, they will send me a free photo book. How could I pass that up?? Considering I’m about 14 months behind on documenting my 14 month old child’s life on Earth, this is coming along at the perfect time. I’m hoping it will be the kick in the pants I need to organize those 2000+ photos sitting on my computer.

My most recent experience with Shutterfly started way back when I was still on maternity leave. I swore up and down that I was going to be PROACTIVE in regards to keeping up with pictures, keeping up with my baby book, and making sure to document every little drool or sneeze that my beautiful genius child produced. This included documenting my pregnancy and birth experience in some way that would allow me to show Goober, once he got a little older, how excited his parents were to meet him. I decided to do a photo book from Shutterfly. I loved that I could adjust the number of pictures on a page, and add descriptions to some, but not all of them. I included anecdotes about finding out we were pregnant, trips to the doctor, ultrasound photo and belly shots. I dedicated an entire page to a giant photo of Goober, fresh from the oven! I loved that Shutterfly puts a spot on the back cover for a small photo- I chose a photo of Hubby and I in the labor room, with the subtext “This baby brought to you by Merrsidotes & Hubby” So cute!! (I think I’m clever, obviously) Easy peasy, took me no time at all, no problem. I’m being PROACTIVE. Suuuuuure. I saved my photo book to show Hubby later, thoughtful wife I am decided I’d let him have an opinion before I placed my order. Postpartum Brain (similar to Pregnancy Brain, but actually worse) promptly kicked in and I totally forgot about it. Shutterfly, however, did not. When I finally got around to thinking about that book, almost a year later, I was thrilled to see that my efforts and quippy anecdotes were not lost. The lovely people at Shutterfly had saved it for me in my Saved Projects folder and all I had to do was place my order. Done and done! It ended up being a big hit at Goober’s first birthday party.


iPad Whore June 20, 2011

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Because I am a sellout, and because I’m broke, and because I can’t pass up the chance for free stuff…

I’m posting this to enter a contest offered by Buy More Contacts at Uppercase Woman! I want to win the iPad 2! Enter to win here!


Spread a Little Christmas Cheer November 18, 2010

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One hallmark, in my mind, of being a grown up is sending a holiday card. Hearing that phrase “holiday card” pulls up a memory of a Friends episode where Chandler, recently married to Monica, asks her if they should send out a holiday card together that year and her reply is, “Umm, I don’t know if we’re ‘there’ yet?” The implication here is that sending a holiday card is a Big Deal. In our family, those things are saved from year to year and are prominently displayed for all your friends and family to see. Although my husband and I have been married 3 years now, last year was our first holiday card. I figured, since I was pregnant, it was pretty serious 😉

This year I’m so excited to send out our cards because Goober is getting cuter by the day and, as most parents can relate, I want to show him off to everyone we know. Nowadays there are so many websites and stores printing holiday cards, it’s a little overwhelming. Every other day I get some email from some website offering this deal and that deal. I can’t vouch for most of these places, but I can for Shutterfly. I first discovered them when I got an email years back offering me a free 8×8 photobook. I had heard of them, so I figured it wasn’t a scam. We had recently returned from our honeymoon and I thought that would a fun gift for my husband, a showcase of all our pictures. I’m notorious for not printing our digital photos, so this would ensure tangible proof of our trip. The book was so awesome that I ended up making and purchasing several other photobooks for family members that Christmas. It’s still one of my favorite go-to gifts.

When I got pregnant, I wanted to find a way to keep all of our family updated on my pregnancy, and eventually on Goober. A friend of mine introduced me to Shutterfly’s share sites– a website you create that they host where you can post pictures, videos, and blog entries. I can password protect it and only give it to those I want to see all our details. It’s great because I will upload my pictures to my Shutterfly account once while using them over and over- post it on the websites, print pictures, make photobooks, and, this year, create a holiday card.

I was already browsing Shutterfly’s holiday cards, getting ideas, when I read one of my favorite blogs, “Confessions of a Young Married Couple” and she posted that Shutterfly was offering 50 free holiday cards to bloggers who wanted to do a post on their holiday card selection. As a Shutterfly fan, I was ALL ABOUT THAT. If it were some website I didn’t love or know, I wouldn’t write a post no matter what they offer. But if I love it, I’m happy to talk about it, and if you want to give me free stuff for doing so, even better!

This will be my first holiday card from Shutterfly. Last year I went with Walmart because I waited until the last minute and I needed to print and pick them up the same day. They were…ehh, okay. Not fabulous. So I’m very excited to be ON IT this year, and it’s only NOVEMBER. Go me. Here are a few styles that I like:

I like this one for a few reasons. I think it’s inclusive for our non Christmas celebrating friends. It holds up to 4 photos for maximum baby showing off. It’s only $0.32/card, which is great for our budget. I have way more than 50 cards to send out, so this might be where the rest come from.

This card catches my eye because of the words “joy and magic”. I’m hoping that Christmas with my own little one will really encompass those two words.

This is another great choice for us! It has a line from one of my favorite Christmas songs. It has 5, count them FIVE, photos so we can have several of Goober, one of us as a family and maybe one of the dog. I also like the initial on the top right, I think that’s cute.

Ugh, there are too many choices. But that’s probably the best problem

to have and, using Shutterfly, probably the only problem I’ll have. Happy shopping everyone!!