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How to Deal with December Without Going Crazy

How to Deal with December Without Going Crazy

If you‘re like me you may be a little overwhelmed when mid-November rolls around and you haven’t started thinking about Christmas yet.  The fun countdowns don’t seem so fun anymore.  They seem like they are judging you on the progress you have made so far on the to do list that is a mile long.  Did you make the party menu, shop for your niece and nephew, wrap the gifts for your mother-in-law’s party this weekend?  These tips are designed to get you through the holidays judgement and stress-free.  Let’s do this.

Get organized and decorate early so you’re not overwhelmed

There are so many things moms have to take care of during the holiday season.  I like to start early enough to give myself breathing room. Think about your Christmas cards early.  If you know you are going to need to set up a family photo shoot in early October, then make sure you have set this up in the summer.  Then get your outfit ideas out of the way so it doesn’t sneak up on you.  Check out my Pinterest board for great ideas for photo shoot clothing ideas.  Also, here is an amazing post by a local photographer who did a family photo shoot for my entire family on my grandmother’s 80th birthday.  She gives some great tips on planning for Christmas cards.  I also like to give the house a little spring cleaning in the fall.  When I take down my regular decorations to put up my Christmas decor, I do not want to put it in a filthy mess.  I want clutter free areas that are dust free.  Go through your house and look for areas that can use a little attention before pulling out more stuff.

Get your Christmas cards done early for a stress free December.

Schedule Traditions early on the calendar

Write down all events that you have to attend.  These are your non-negotiables.  If you know every year you do 3 family parties, a special dinner, and Christmas Eve service at church then make sure those get on the calendar in October.  Then as plans come up you may have to say no to some events that just don’t work out or may interfere with the “must do” on your calendar.

Stay on your eating and workout program

Everyone wants to look their best in family photos around the holidays.  But even more importantly, I want to feel my best and have energy to do all the things I need to do around the busiest time of the year.  I want to be healthy, and be at my best for my family.  The best way to do that is try to go to bed and wake up at the same time you normally do.  Sleep habits are so important. I also have noticed when I go on vacation and change my eating habits that I feel horrible.  You are going to indulge a little, but don’t eat from Halloween to New Year’s as if you’re on vacation.  Your body will thank you in January.

Shop early and wrap as you go

I try every year to get my shopping done by the end of November so I can really enjoy December.  I don’t think I’ve every officially made it.  But I try really hard.  Shopping and wrapping takes a lot of physical and mental energy. I love getting people thoughtful and meaningful gifts.  I think it is great to ask the person directly what they want.  If they give me a list I can get them something they really want.  One year I asked my mom to paint my office for Christmas.  It may not have been conventional, but she’s an amazing painter and she was thrilled to do something for me that I really wanted. If you can’t get out to the stores you can still do your shopping from home by shopping online.

Shop early and wrap gifts as you go-yourstrulyjenn.com

Know Your Theme Early

You may think I’m crazy, but I already know the theme for Christmas 2018 and have some ideas for how I will decorate. The reason I do this is for the amazing after Christmas sales and because I shop year- round for good deals.  Here are some items I have bought during the year that become available for better prices at other times.  Keep your eyes open for wrapping paper, lanterns, candles, crystal, dinnerware, placemats, and ribbon.  Plus you may have a certain budget at Christmas since you’re also purchasing Christmas gifts for your family or entertaining.  Spreading it out during the year makes it a little more cost effective.

I hope this was helpful. I want you to enjoy the holidays with friends and family and make December 2017 your best holiday season yet.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been blogging now for over two years and I get asked some questions over and over.  I thought it would be fun to answer some of your FAQ  in one place.  I didn’t know a lot about blogging when I first started.  You have to admit it’s not a job that a lot of people really understand so I can relate to people being curious about it.

  1.  How do you keep your white furniture nice with pets and kids?  Honestly, when my kids were younger I had darker leather furniture that cleaned up very easily.  We don’t eat in the room with white furniture.  My kids are old enough now that they know how to take care of the furniture which is nice.  However, there are so many options these days with slipcovers you can wash and wonderful fabrics.  I think you just have to do your research and be knowledgeable about what you’re buying and for what purpose.
  2. What camera do you use?  I use the Canon Rebel T5I.  The very first DSLR I had was a Nikon D60.  My son used to play travel baseball and my daughter used to cheer and I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures each weekend of their sports.  That camera was very good with the long range lens.  I really love my canon for my indoor blogging shots.  I have several different lenses that I use according to what project I’m shooting.
  3. You were a reading specialist. How did you become an interior design blogger? This is the biggest question I get.  I guess because the two seem so different.  But they are both very creative jobs.  I loved teaching and I was quite good at it.  I had a Master’s Degree in Reading and taught the lowest performing first grade readers in a program called Reading Recovery.  I loved my job.  Once my second child was born I only worked one year and that was it for me.  I knew I wanted to stay home with my children.  But that first year was a hard transition for me at home.  The stay at home mom role didn’t just happen easily for me.  There was an adjustment period, but I never looked back.  When my kids were both in school I enjoyed volunteering at their schools.  Then when my son was 10 and daughter was 13, I even tutored SOL students for about 3 years.  However, I just didn’t feel this was right for me. Something was missing. I started doing little projects around the house and practicing my photography and finally I merged the two together and decided to start Yours Truly Jenn. I loved it.  It was the creative piece that I didn’t even know was missing.
  4. Where did you get your animal print chairs from in your living room?  This room took me 8 months to pull together and the chairs and coffee table were the hardest pieces to find. The chairs came from Horchow. You can find similar ones here.  I love them so much.  Between the animal print and the leather they really bring a  masculine element to the room.  If you missed my fall room tour you can check it out here.
  5. Do you like working from home? People that know me really well know I can’t stand traffic or driving.  I hate driving at night too.  Skipping a commute is amazing.  Whenever I’m out during rush hour I’m really thankful for my husband and how much he provides for our family because he is constantly on the road.  I have an office that I adore so I get a lot done there.  What could be better?

If you’re still curious about me and my blogging experiences you can check out these posts.  They may help you find what you’re looking for.

25 Things About Me

10 Facts About The Person Behind The Blog

Ways to Get Rid of the Winter Blues

Do you have the winter blues?  I know for me, putting away my Christmas decor makes me very sad. You have all those twinkling lights and beautiful decorations and they make you feel so happy. Then you also have the time home with your family and all of it together is almost magical. Today’s post is going to give you some ideas to help you get rid of the winter blues.

Right after New Years I want it to be spring.  In Virginia it doesn’t snow that much.  The last couple of years we have had unusual winter weather, but if it’s not going to be a beautiful snow that we can play in, then I’m ready for spring.  I do not deal well with winter weather. I would rather be hot then cold.

You don’t need to have a beach home or live in Florida or California year round to ward off the winter blues.  There are some things you can do to make sure the winter months are manageable. Try these tips and see if they help.

There are several things you can do to ward off the winter blues. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Tips For Getting Rid of Winter Blues

Have Fresh Flowers in the house-   Fresh flowers always make me feel better.  They brighten my day as soon as I see them.  You don’t have to have anything expensive.  You can get an inexpensive arrangement each week when you go to the grocery store.  I think they will brighten your day.

Exercise with a friend- Exercising makes you feel good and is good for you.  You feel like you have accomplished something productive in your day.  Exercising with a friend holds you accountable and gives you social interaction for the day.  Both are great for the winter blues.

Make your home feel cozy in the winter- I did a whole post on this topic for a design challenge with Douglas Elliman.  I was asked to transition from my Christmas decor and show how to make your home feel warm and cozy for the winter.  If your decor gives you the warm fuzzies you will want to spend time there.  You can check out that mood board post here.

Making your home warm and fuzzy can ward off the winter blue. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Do a before and after project- Having a project to work on is a great mood changer.  Anytime I have a set goal that I’m working toward gets me excited to see the end product.  Before and afters are even better because you are starting with something that is not so beautiful and you’re changing it into something amazing.  Seeing that end result will have to make you feel good.

Have a set Morning Routine- The hardest part of anything is getting started.  I once heard if you haven’t started by 10:00 it’s probably not going to happen.  Having a set morning routine gets you up and knowing exactly what you need to do to prepare for the day.  Now of course weekends are different, but it’s nice to have a work week schedule. Here is an example of one I posted as well as one my friend Michelle from http://www.bornceativeblog.com wrote.

Have a Hobby- I love to read.  I always have about 4 books by my bed at any given time.  Of course they are different types of genres, but I always have my nose into some kind of book.  Being a former reading specialist is not something you can just turn off. However, this year I am trying my hand at calligraphy and flower arranging.  I am already having a great time with these and it gives me something to look forward to in my down time.

Plan a trip for the Spring- You don’t have to have a big spring break trip planned. You could even plan a long weekend catching up with your college roommate.  Having something to look forward to when the weather gets a little nicer makes it seem not that far off.

  If you think you are depressed or don’t feel yourself seek medical attention immediately.  I’m really looking forward to warmer weather and what this spring has to offer.  We’re putting in an outdoor kitchen and I can’t wait to get out there and entertain this year.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

My Favorite Finds of the Week

I can’t believe we are halfway through the summer.  There are so many things I still want to do with my kids.  I love to see fall clothing in the stores, but I literally cringe when I see the school supplies.  I’m not ready for that yet.  I haven’t done a favorite’s list in quite a while because I have been focusing on my book chatter reviews.  I have several things I want to share with you guys.  I want to give a shout out to my Son’s basketball team the Virginia Marlins.  They had a great run at the National tournament this past weekend.  They came in 2nd place in their bracket. It was an honor just to be invited to that tournament. As you can imagine, I have no voice left and I’m worn out so let’s just get started with this list of faves.

My boys at the 2016 National basketball tournament in Hampton VA. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

If you’re looking for a new store to shop for your teen you have to check out Amazing Lace.  My daughter has ordered some clothes from there and she had really good luck with their stuff.

Looking for a healthy snack? Check out Chobani Flips. There are 13 flavors that crush the worst cravings.  If you want some ideas on how to use Chobani at your next party, check out my Entertaining with Chobani flips post.

I looked way too long for pillows for my back yard without much luck. Then I found Elemenopillows on Etsy. They have a great supply of colors and patterns for indoor and outdoor pillows and pillow covers.

We are redoing our back yard this year and purchased new Balencia bronze chaise lounges and cushions from Frontgate. They are so comfortable and they look amazing around the pool. If you want to check out the mood board that I used to start this project, I would love for you to check out my Florida Room Challenge post.

We are redoing our back yard and I love using black and white as the main color scheme. These chaise lounges from Frontgate are my favorite new purchase. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

 

Check out these Pineapple Party Plates from Anthropologie.  They are only $6 and can be used for so many occasions.

I was so thrilled to find the exact bedding I envisioned from Crane and Company.  I was able to snag it for a great price to complete decorating my room.

Fixate cookbook by Autumn Calabrese is a great way to start off the 21 day Fix.  I finished the  program and have been eating clean for about 3 months now.  I love it.  This cookbook will help you with meal ideas so you don’t get bored from eating the same things over and over.

Do you have any new stores or items that you have discovered recently?  I would love to hear about them.  I’m always on the look out for new products and stores to check out.  You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  I would love to be friends.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Summer Book challenge

It’s already July and I do not have any books ready to review for you from June.  I have had a crazy month.  My kids finished school, My son had basketball almost every weekend, I had to prepare for our annual Fourth of July party and to top it off I got a horrible case of poison ivy.  Of course I wanted the yard to look nice for the party and The entire family worked outside for weeks.  Well I had a severe reaction and have had the rash for over 20 days now. I’ve been on a steroid pack, a steroid spray and 2 cortisone shots. I think it just has to run its course.

June's book chatter is a Summer Reading challenge www.yourstrulyjenn.com

The Fourth of July party went really well. It was our 6th annual party and everyone had a blast.  It was our biggest party yet.  The food menu was amazing and I had so many party rentals that our guests had an amazing time.  My husband out did himself on the fireworks this year.

I thought I would do a summer reading challenge because that is the season I can actually devote more time to reading.  If you feel the same way, take these ideas and try some new books that you wouldn’t normally try.

Summer Reading Challenge

  • Read a trilogy
  • Read a book that has been made into a movie
  • Read the newest book from your favorite author
  • Check out a new author you haven’t read before
  • Read a non fiction book about a topic that interest you
  • Read a self help book
  • Read a book from a different genre than you normally read
  • Reread one of your favorite books
  • Read a classic
  • Read a book recommended by a friend
  • Start a book club
  • Read a biography about someone you admire
  • Read a book you started but never finished
  • Read a book on the bestseller’s list
  • Read a book you purchased but never read

I know there are books on this list that I can start reading tonight.  I have some in mind that would work perfectly for some of these categories. It doesn’t take much time and effort, but it’s so much fun to play a little game while you read. Let me know what books you choose for what categories.  I would love to hear what you’re currently reading.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

May Book Chatter

I can’t believe it’s June already.  I’m actually quite jealous that I’m seeing so many people out of school already on my social media.  No matter how old my kids get, every summer is still so fun for me.  We enjoy making a summer list of things we want to do before the next year begins. We go to school until the middle of June. But I guess I can’t complain.  We don’t go back to school until after labor day so it all works out.

I recently went on a relaxing vacay to Amelia Island in Florida. I was able to take several books along and have a little more time for reading this month.  I also stepped outside my box and read a sports selection. I grew up with parents who constantly watched sports and my son plays multiple sports so therefore I am very involved and often can be found watching a game on tv.  I thought reading Don’t Put Me in Coach,  might help me understand what my son deals with in competitive basketball. Come to find out the author, Mark Titus, started his writing career by writing a blog.  After writing several controversial posts and getting noticed by several big sport’s writers his blog took off. He then wrote his book called Don’t Put Me in Coach. I thought the book was quite funny. I literally laughed out loud on more than one occasion. However, his writing is quite blunt. If you’re easily offended, you may not want to read this book.

At the end Of April’s book Chatter I mentioned that I was reading Most Wanted.  It was so good by the way.  Lisa Scottoline writes thrillers that have some type of controversial thread that keeps you turning pages well into the night.  The couple in the book are having trouble conceiving so they use a sperm donor.  Toward the beginning of the book they think their sperm donor has committed multiple murders.  The pregnant wife sets out to find the truth about her donor even if he is the killer. This book explores the relationship between a husband and wife, the trials of infertility, and so much more.

Have you guys read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes?  The movie version came out in theaters this past weekend.  Louise Clark has just lost her job and is looking for work.  She takes the only job she can find looking after a paraplegic man named Will Traynor. The job is quite tough at first as there is some resistance from Will.  I don’t want to give away some of the plot twist if you are going to read the book.  Of course you know there is some sort of love story here.  My husband always wonders how a book can make someone cry.  This one was a hard one for me to read.  I’m not sure if I will see the movie in the theaters, but I will definitely rent it in the privacy of my home.

If you are looking for one book to read this month, check out You are A Badass by Jen Sincero. This is just a feel good book.  If you need a kick in the pants or a book to get you in the right frame of mind, this is the book I would recommend. Whether you’re looking to get a new job, lose weight, or get your finances in order; this book will help you get in the right frame of mind.  I do believe that if you have the right mindset and attitude a lot of positive things can go your way.  This book really affirms that belief and gives you lots of ways to get yourself thinking you can do the one thing that is keeping you down.

Do you have any great book recommendations for me?  I have a couple books lined up to start the summer, but I will read those rather quickly and soon be looking for new books to read.  Please leave a comment below to let me know what you’re reading.

Your Truly,

Jenn

Journal for your kids

Have you ever thought about making a journal to each one of your kids and your husband?  In 2006, I started a journal for each person in my family. So I have had these journals now for ten years.  My kids are 16 and 14 now. They know about them, but they don’t know what I write in them. My intention was to write special memories, things I wanted them to know when they’re all grown up, and little life lessons that might slip through the cracks.  At the time I started the journals, I was having some trouble with my thyroid. I just started thinking what an amazing thing it would be to have a record for each family member if something ever happened to me unexpectedly.  Then it became a thing I just kept up with.

Have you ever journaled for your family?

Obviously, I don’t write in them every day or even every week.  Sometimes I’m really bad with it and then sometimes I will keep at it for a while. You will notice that some of the time the journals are all taken out and written in on the same day.  Whatever works for you and gets it done.  I keep them by my bedside table so when I think of something I want to write then they’re accessible.

My son’s journal started to come unraveled and I wanted to transfer his to a new journal before the whole thing fell apart.  When I started rewriting his into the new journal I reread some of the memories.  Like how my father in law taught him to ride a bike, that he could swim at 3, and make a ten foot basket at four.  Some really cool things that were really neat to read back and remember.  I think I will give my daughter hers on her wedding day and my son when he graduates from college.  If you haven’t done something like this yet you might want to think about doing this or whatever works for your family.  It literally takes 2-3 minutes to jot down a couple sentences in a journal.  You would be amazed at how little a time commitment it takes and how amazing the outcome will be.

My daughter has had a lot going on in her junior year so lots of things have been in her journal lately.  I expect to be writing a lot in her journal senior year as well. I can’t believe she will be a senior in 17 days.  I will have all high school aged children next year.  Where has the time gone? I hope some of you reading this will think about this idea and you will start your own journals for your kids soon.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Instagram Feeds I love to Stalk

I would say Instagram is my favorite social media to browse when I have time.  It is just so pretty and quick to search through when I have a spare minute.  However, it it the one I probably do the worst at posting pictures or keeping followers.  I follow a large variety of genres from wedding, fitness, food, home decor, photography, and fashion.  I really like to see a broad range of pictures when I’m scanning through my feed. Today’s post is going to give you my favorite feeds.  They are really scattered and you may be surprised by the ones that interest me the most.

Check out some of my favorite Instagram feeds.

Check out some of my favorite Instagram feeds.

scstockshop– Shay is an amazing stylist.  She styles and photographs desk items, flowers, and art supplies.  I have purchased her work as a cover photo for my site.  A lot of her color schemes are pink.  They match my branding so you can imagine why I’m so drawn to her feed.

Dear Lillie–  This feed is beautiful.  She uses a lot of purple and gray.  Purple is my favorite color.  I used it in my wedding and I have always been drawn to that color.  Her signs she sells are amazing and I love how her feed looks when you scan down and see it as a whole.

Sugar Paper LA–  These ladies are my idols.  They have such amazing tastes it must ooze out of their pores.  I originally saw a picture of their office on pinterest and just had to know whose office it belonged to.  They designed the amazing Target Christmas wrap for 2015.  They also have a new office supply line coming out soon for Target.  I love everything they do.  Their colors match my branding so of course I love their feed.

Carly Cristman is the one fashion you tuber that I actually like.  Her feed is black and white and I’m so obsessed with her. As part of her job she handles social media for brands and I just think that is the coolest job. Check out her feed and how the pattern looks from her fashion to her home decor.

Mochi and the City– I’m in love with Mochi the Maltese.  She is more famous then most people on Instagram. She has more clothes than I do. I have a teacup Maltese and they really do look very similar.  I haven’t found many dogs that look like my Cupi, but this one looks so much like her. I literally love this dog.

Inspire_Me_Home_Decor – this site has pictures that flat out make your jaw drop.  I can’t believe some of the architecture and home decor that I see on this feed.  Even if you’re not a fan of home decor, I bet you would still like this feed.

Sweet Bake Shop– This account has some amazing looking snacks, but the colors are what I really like.  These pastels really make the site pop.  I love how the colors look like cotton candy and the backgrounds are just as important as the food being displayed.

Pizzazzerie–  Courtney does an amazing job of thinking up some of the best party ideas.  This party stylist and author’s feed will make you want to drop everything and get your party on.  Her pictures are so vibrant and gorgeous.  She can’t take a bad photo.

Emily Jackson–  Emily’s site has some great fashion, family, and travel pictures.  I really like how her feed tells a story.  she makes you want to get to know her and her family.  I don’t follow many feeds like this where they tell a story and you want to get to know someone’s family, but this one is really authentic and I love everything she posts.

Fashionable Hostess–  This is a newer find for me and I can’t believe I didn’t catch on earlier.  Now that I found it I’m a die hard fan.  I bet you will love it to once you catch a peek at Amanda’s feed.

the_real_houses_of_Ig– I’m sure you have heard of this site.  With over 1M followers this site isn’t playing around.  They have the best of the best homes and styled interiors that I’ve seen on Instagram.  You can get tons of ideas on decor, paint colors, lighting etc…  If you’re not already following you need to check it out.

healthyeating_jo– Jo’s feed is about the prettiest food you will come across.  It makes me want to eat better and actually cook dinner instead of ordering out.  I wish she was my personal chef.

I hope you found some interesting feeds throughout this post.  Even though I love interior design it isn’t the only thing that inspires me.  I love to have a huge variety of pretty pics to scan through at night.  Check out some of these feeds if you want some inspiration.  You can check out my instagram here.  I would love to have you follow along.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Items to Steal

I am excited to bring you tons of things I’ve been loving.  I have been so busy with some recent projects and being out of town that I haven’t posted.  I’m excited to get back to a regular posting schedule.  I’m itching to start a big project.  You know I’m always working on something around this house.  We are currently redoing our patio area (pictures to come when completed).  I am also thinking about doing our family room.  I’ve had some of that furniture for 20 years.  As a person who likes to change my hair with the seasons, I would say it is time for a change in that room.  Check back for the results of these projects in the coming months.

Items to Steal

  • If you don’t get Ballard Designs catalog you need to get on their mailing list.  Eddie Ross has created 3 looks in the May issue and they are freaking amazing.  If you haven’t checked out his book, Modern Mix, you need to rush out and get it.
  • This beach bag from Marimekko for Target is the perfect size for carrying your beach items.  I am a bag lover.  I have so many beach bags it’s a little obsessive.  I just had to have one more.  Of course it has to be cute, but this one cleans up well too which is a plus.
  • Hit the town in this gorgeous jumpsuit from Talbots.  You will look amazing in red. It can be worn to work by pairing it with a jacket.  However, it would also be a great piece to wear for an evening painting the town red.
  • I went to Amelia Island, Florida last week and had an amazing time. If you are in the area you have to eat dinner at David’s. It is a 5 course meal you won’t soon forget.  Thanks Ryan for taking us out to such a great restaurant.
  • I ordered some new pillows for my back porch from this Etsy store ElemenOPillows.  They are amazing.  Finding black 24″ pillows are harder to find then you think.
  • If You haven’t read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes you need to read it.  The movie comes out in early June.  I always have to read the book before seeing the movie.  The characters they chose look amazing.  It really bothers me when the characters I have in my mind don’t match the actors they choose for the movie.  I still never saw Rob Pattinson as Edward.  I was 100% team Jacob.  Now that boy is FINE.

On that note have a great week.  If you’ve tried a great new wine, found an amazing new outfit, or place to shop let me know.  I love to try new things. We can help each other break out of our comfort zones.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Celebrate Your Graduation with Minted

Your big day is almost here! GRADUATION!!!! I know you are getting more excited as that day approaches. Meanwhile, the parents are cringing and trying to find someone they can pay to turn back time.  My daughter will be a senior next year and I’m already a wreck. I got teary eyed at my son’s induction into the National Junior Honor Society when they played Pomp and Circumstance. How will I ever survive a graduation? I guess I will be the one wearing sunglasses indoors. Junior year has been crazy enough with ring dance, college tours, and SAT’s.  Will I even be able to handle senior year without medication?  I will pray for those of you in the thick of it.  Remember the fun things though; you get to have a party and celebrate your graduate.  Throwing a party is always my favorite part.  You know me; any excuse to plan a party.  I have partnered with Minted to help make this process easier on you.  Their graduation announcements and gifts are really top notch. Plus they have stationery, thank you cards, and tons of other products you may need.   They are always my choice when I do my own holiday cards.  The process is simple and I always get a quality card.

Minted Graduation announcement. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I wanted to share Minted’s addressing assistant program. If you order cards from Minted they will address your invitations for you for free. Check out their site and see if the cards you order are eligible for this program. The process is very easy and saves you tons of time.  Also check out some of their graduation gifts.  I love the portraits of your favorite school building.  I know that would be a lovely gift to put in a new apartment or office.

framed school portraits from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

There are so many color options to choose from when selecting announcements. I am so into rose gold right now.  I like how this card features the graduate and that is the main focus.  Your guests know they are getting a graduation card from you.  If you are wanting a card that stands out, this could be the choice for you.

The Future is Bright Minted Graduation card. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

If you’re having trouble picking a picture for your card, this option might work for you.  You can feature several pictures.  I know when I’m doing holiday cards, I like to display a couple of pictures of us throughout the year.  You may want a picture of you in your cap and gown and then several of your casual senior pictures.

multi picture graduation card from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Most people pick the pictures they like first and then the card selection comes second.  However, if there is a specific card you know you have to have you can tell your photographer ahead of time the type of shots that you would like.  For example, I need three vertical pictures and one horizontal photo.  That way you are certain your pictures will match the card you have selected.  Otherwise, select the pictures you like and match them to a comparable graduation card. Minted has tons to choose from so I’m sure you will be able to find one in the format you are looking for.

Horizontal Guy Graduation announcement from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

If you are getting ready to do senior pictures, here are a couple tips:

  • If someone is doing your makeup, have them do it near a natural light source if possible. You want to look like your everyday self.  Your make up just needs to be a little darker to show up nicely in the photos.
  • Keep your hair simple and timeless.  You don’t want to pick something that is dated.  Your pictures will be on your parent’s wall for years to come.  If braids are in this year, I can guarantee they won’t be in style next year.
  • Girls keep your nails short and clean.  If you paint your nails, paint them a light color or a french manicure always looks lovely.
  • Wear clothes that you and your photographer have agreed upon.  Sometimes certain clothes go better in certain locations.  Also stay away from clothes with lots of print or writing on them.

Peach and green graduation announcement from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you were able to find some helpful tips or products.  Good luck in your next adventure. I’m sure you will do great things along the way.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

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