Happy Holidays!

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It's been a bit quiet around here (except for the momentary screaming from Jack on Santa's lap) - he actually gave him 3 fist bumps to begin with and then once I put him down, the crying began. As soon as the photos were taken and Cindy scooped him up, he stopped crying and even waved bye to Santa. All was well. We're just soaking up the holidays with family. Working on some big things for 2015, which I am really excited to share with you all soon. For now, here are the holiday cards we were torn between. We finally decided on this one:Photos by Jamie | Postable is offering 15% off through the rest of the year with the code: TANGERINE15

Books as gifts

amy tangerineSeriously folks, Jennifer Mcguire is one of the sweetest people I know. Not only did she generously pass down some awesome maternity hand-me-downs while I was pregnant, she also showered Jack with tons of gifts! One of my favorite packages she sent us when Jack was born was a big box of wrapped books. She took the time to write out a little of what she and her family loved about every single one of them.amy tangerineamy tangerineamy tangerineI still have several of them wrapped and will open them in the near future. Thanks again Jennifer - you are the best! And if you're looking for a gift idea for a little one this holiday season (or anytime, really) - I think this is one of the best presents ever.

Belly Button Book! | Wheels on the Bus | I Know a Rhino (current fave that gets read at least 3 times before bed).

Best Solution for Holiday Cards! (and any cards, really!)

I have a confession. When it comes to mailing hand written cards these days, I feel guilty because I am so behind. I used to be pretty decent, having a list in my phone under memos or calendar events reminding me who to send thank you notes to. But after Jack's 1st birthday party, I was just horrible at sending the notes. There were so many people who brought gifts (although the invitation specifically said "Your presence is your present". I suppose people can't resist buying fun toys and cute clothes for a one-year-old. Of course we were so grateful for all of the gifts! But then came the thank you note process. I ended up doing online designed thank you cards that were emailed to guests that I didn't have physical addresses for, and some others got a hand-written note. But they got it months later. Insert sad/embarrassed face here. But then somehow the universe must have felt my dilemma and Postable sent me an email telling me about their awesome service. postableThis remarkably clever site takes all the stress out of the address collection process, and makes the daunting task of writing thank you notes a breeze. And they actually mail the real cards for you! Not only that, but they offer cards from uber popular and talented designers like Rifle Paper Co, One Two Canoe, and Small Adventure, in addition to allowing you to create your own custom card.Amy Tangerine | PostableI was excited to partner with Postable to make a Thanksgiving card that we sent out to a few family and friends. It took mere minutes to make and I was able to send it out to a dozen people including my mom who posted a photo on Instagram showing the card she received.

With a holiday card in mind, I had Jamie take some photos of us one morning before JC left for work. Jack had a runny nose at the time and his patience was running a bit low. We attempted several family photos but the little guy wasn't really in the mood. Except for the moment Daddy went to get him a Boogie Wipe. Then Jamie caught a photo of just me and Jack. JC said I should just create a card with it since it was the best one. postable1amy tangerine | postableEven though it's cute, the perfectionist in me didn't want to send out a card of just me and Jack. That's just weird. Then after Daddy left for work, Jamie of course captured this cute shot of Jack in the living room clapping. postable2But I really wanted all of us to be in the photo, so we made another attempt a few days later and it worked! This isn't the actual picture or design we decided to use for the holiday card, but it was a contender.postable famYou can check out this cute video to see more about how easy it is, or just try it for yourself. So easy and the fact that I could really create unique and personal cards at a great price point in mere minutes and not have to address them and mail them? That alone makes my holidays very happy. What are you doing for holiday cards this year?

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Evalicious

amy tangerine + evaliciousEvery time I get a package from Evalicious, I get excited. Her little stamps, embellishments, stickers and new wood veneers are just adorable and the perfect accents to any paper crafting projects. I decided to do a single sided pocket page featuring Jack (surprise!) at 13 months. I mixed in my latest collection, Stitched, but you can really use anything from your stash with her stuff. I find it incredibly versatile and fun to work with. Even when I am not slicing things, I lay everything out on my favorite cutting mat by American Crafts. I printed some of the photos using my Fujifilm Instax Share.amy tangerine + evaliciousI journaled in white onto the kraft cardstock using my favorite white pen ever - the Uni-ball Signo broad. After photographing the page, I realized that I actually wanted to add the adorable puffy alpha stickers.amy tangerine + evalicious ABOUT | Evalicious is a small indie, online shop that offers scrapbooking paper tags, badge buttons, rubber stamps, wood veneer and puffy stickers. They’ve recently added 3 fun new collections to their line of products called Oh What Fun, Photo Shoot and Field Notes. Their products add just the right touch to your scrapbook layouts, PL spreads and paper projects. Don’t forget to sign up for their newsletters to get special offers and announcements!

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Jack @ 13 months

amy tangerine #jackarchibaldI can't even  handle how adorable Jack is sometimes. He wore this little onesie and I could not believe how much older he looks! Maybe it's because he's technically a toddler and onesies are typically worn by younger babies. In any case, I love that he's usually such a little happy guy! He's full of smiles and makes us laugh so much.amy tangerine #jackarchibald amy tangerine #jackarchibald amy tangerine #jackarchibald amy tangerine #jackarchibaldHe's got 6 teeth, says silly things like "hot hot" and isn't the best (whole) milk drinker, but we are working on it. He weaned himself gradually and this has changed a couple things around here (all good!). He's independent yet cuddly. He claps his hands after he does something accomplished like putting a lid on, is becoming a pickier eater, and doesn't like purees from the squeeze pouches anymore. Daddy thinks he needs his first haircut, but I want to let it grow. He's curious, still only crawling around, standing for a bit on his own, and he's got his own hashtag. Photos by Jamie Waters | Onesie is a gift from Aunt Cindy purchased from Brickyard Buffalo, but available on Etsy here)