It blows my mind Christmas is less than a week away! I love the holidays because I get to go home and see my family, even if it’s just for a little bit. Living in a completely different state from family and friends can be so hard. Time and chaotic schedules get the best of you and catching up gets harder and harder. This is why I love to send personalized Christmas cards. On the back, Johnny and I write a two-three sentence update about each of us. That way family and friends, no matter where you are, know how our lives are going and what we’re working on. This year, I’m teaming up with minted to create these beautiful personalized Christmas cards. Those who get one know we’re thinking about them.
minted truly makes the process so easy. Since Johnny and I decorated our tree with red this year we knew we wanted to wear red for the photo we would use for our personalized Christmas cards. There are countless options, but the foil ones always catch my eye. Once you select a design, you upload a photo and tweak the zoom and alignment. Now, this is where it gets fun. You can change the color of the foil wording, add in your names and move things around. Choose rounded or straight edges. Next, you can choose whether or not you want a message on the back. This costs a little extra, but I highly recommend it! Here, I wrote about my second year reporting in Virginia and accomplishments with my blog. Johnny included a tidbit about the companies in his portfolio and his love for Texas football.
I think one of the most stressful parts about sending out cards can be writing the addresses on the envelopes. Well, no more! minted has an incredible process where you upload all your names and address to an excel spreadsheet. Then, they are printed on the envelopes for you! I cannot tell you how happy I was to see that option! Truly, such a life saver. In just a few days, the cards and printed envelopes arrived in perfect condition protected by bubble wrap in a secure box. The most tedious part of this whole process was putting stamps on the envelopes, but there is an option for minted to do that, too! The cards look exquisite and I honestly couldn’t be happier.
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about minted as a company. I’ve teamed up with them a few times before and am always thrilled. One of my favorite podcasts to listen to is ‘Masters of Scale.’ In the second episode minted CEO Miriam Naficy talks about her journey from co-founding Eve.com, the first major online cosmetics retailer, to founding minted. I have so much respect for Miriam hearing about her dedication to building an exceptional product for her customers. minted started in her San Francisco home shortly after giving birth to her daughter. She talks about how venture capitalists would discount her because she was a Mom, but pushed forward to make something customers would rave about.