**Be sure to read about the Shutterfly giveaway below. Four mamas will win free stuff!!
By Sarah Martin Hood
When it comes to Shutterfly, I go a little nuts. Well actually, when it comes to PHOTOGRAPHS, I go a little nuts… I can’t help it! It’s rare that a day goes by in this house that I’m not wielding my camera and snapping at least a few shots of my little guy doing something, anything.
This kid has got to be one of the most photographed kids around. And pretty early on I decided not to let all those fun moments waste away on my hard drive.
Enter Shutterfly. My absolute favorite Shutterfly tool is the photo book. (Visit the Techno Mama archives for tips and tricks on photo books.) But I’ve recently rediscovered their fabulous variety of cards. Wow! I’ve done our Christmas cards through them the last few years and I’ve always been thrilled with the quality and the service, but I’ve been taking another look at all of their great designs that are perfect for any time of year.
You’ve got to check them out! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Thank You cards for kids. It’s never too early to teach your kiddos to be gracious, and thank you notes are less of a chore if they’re personalized and fun, right? So let your kids pick a favorite design and add their name or initial and they’ll be begging you to let them write thank yous after their next birthday party!
- Recipe Cards. People are always asking you for the recipe for your famous Ooey Gooey Yumminess, so give the people what they want! Take a photo of your favorite creation, include the recipe and be ready to hand out the cards at your next potluck or holiday party.
- Create a masterpiece. Use a computer to scan in a piece of your budding Picasso’s favorite artwork and showcase it on the cover of your “just because” notes this fall.
- Know a new mom? Use her nursery colors and baby’s sweet little monogram to create handy notes your favorite new mom can use to drop a thank you to neighbors and friends stopping by with meals.
- Go all out! After you fall in love with one of their great designs, Shutterfly offers all the bells and whistles — invitations, address labels, thank yous and gift tags to match!
And as the Holidays approach, we’re all thinking about that perfect Holiday card photo, right? Shutterfly’s got you covered. They provide great tips for snapping that perfect photo and will help you choose the right card to fit your family’s style.
So I thought it might be fun for Techno Mama to share the Shutterfly love with a giveaway!
THE GIVEAWAY: Four lucky NWA Motherlode readers will receive a set of 10 free 5×7 flat stationery cards to use however they wish. And who doesn’t love that?
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: Just click on the orange comment button below and share your favorite fall memory. Was it playing in the leaves with your kiddos? Was it a fun afternoon at the tailgate? Or a family day at the pumpkin patch? Tell us about it. You can also enter via e-mail at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: As always, we reward those mamas who help spread the word about giveaways. Send your friends an e-mail about this giveaway and we’ll give you an extra chance to win for every friend you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.
A BIG thank you to Shutterfly for sponsoring this Techno Mama giveaway!
Shutterfly provided free product samples for the purpose of this review.
Sarah would love to hear from you with questions or feedback regarding gadgets, technology, or blogging. You can also stop by Sarah’s personal blog, Musings of Mother Hood to say hello. To read previous installments of Techno Mama, click here!
My favorite fall memory was about 2 years ago we were doing family pictures on the U of A campus and the leaves were gorgeous. During all of the craziness I look up and my son has the biggest grin on his face and he was throwing leaves up and letting them fall on him. Now when fall comes around I always think of that perfect moment
I love playing in big piles of leaves with my boys. I also love taking them to a pumpkin patch to take great pictures of them!
I love fall! My best memory of fall is football. My father being a huge fan would sit and watch it all day. I loved going to football games and spending the time with my family. Now that my girls are getting bigger I hope I can show them how much fun it is.
I loved going out to a pumpkin patch with my daughter when she was around 3. We were with all of our playgroup friends and they had such a good time on the hayride, picking out a pumpkin and getting on the tractor. It was perfect weather and such a fun time.
My favorite fall memory is probably a few years back when my family raked leaves & the kiddos of course complained about all the hard work but loved playing in the leaves & hot cocoa afterward=) Great photos taken that day!
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My favorite fall memory was taking my son to the pumpkin patch for the first time a few years ago! Gotta love seeing your child experience something for the first time. 🙂
My favorite memory is taking my son to the fall festivals at school. He had so much fun he would be completely exhausted when we arrived home. I got a kick out of watching him get so excited.
I don’t have a favorite memory…we are always busy in the fall…always trips to the pumpkin patches…hayrides…carving pumpkins…trick or treating…hubby and son hunting…it’s all good.
Favorite fall memory has to be raking leaves!! The kids love collecting them and then making leaf rubbings.
Playing at the playground, carving pumpkins, and baking cookies. IT’s also my favorite time of year for outdoor family pictures!!
My favorite fall memory has to be halloween events–dressing up, trick or treating and all the fun with Halloween!