Early Bird Special: Night Owl Paper Goods Holiday Cards


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This is my twelfth year sending out holiday photo cards, and I want to send out a card that really stands out.  After seeing the “same old, same old” cards year after year, I really appreciate cards that are remarkable for their designs, materials, or special flourishes.

One of the top contenders for our card this year is Night Owl Paper Good’s Personalized Real Wood Holiday Cards which are printed on wood (yes, real wood).  These cards stand out for many reasons:

  • they’re printed on sustainably harvested birch wood (all designs are also available on budget-friendly FSC certified paper, too).
  • they’re easy to personalize online with your own greeting, photo(s) or logo, and then professional designers do the rest.
  • a dozen backer choices are available and included in the price, including a 2015 calendar, additional photos and/or text, festive patterns, and more.
  • all of the cards are handmade here in the USA.  The envelopes contain 30-100% recycled post-consumer waste.
  • you can order now but upload your photos later.

These will cost a little more than your standard cards, obviously, but I have the solution–take advantage of their early bird sale (see end of post for coupon code).  Or, you could also get the very same designs printed on paper (a “faux wood” background, if you will) rather than wood, which will also save you money.  And while you’re checking out all the various options on the site, I’d recommend you browse through the Personalized Letterpress Holiday Cards and Personalized Ornament Cards, too.

These personally are two of my favorite designs from the 2015 collection:

Rustic Bloom (starting at $2.22 each on wood, or $1.21 on paper):

rustic-bloomKrafty Sash (starting at $2.22 each on wood, or $1.21 on paper):

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Enjoy 20% off all Personalized Holiday Cards at Night Owl Paper Goods (plus free domestic shipping on all orders $49+) all month long!  Use code SHINE2014 now through 10/31.

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Fall for All with Modern Family

This time of year there are a ton of family-friendly Halloween events taking place in NYC. One that I’ve bookmarked for my kids is this Sunday’s “Fall for All” in Union Square Park. It’s an afternoon/evening of family fun (from 12pm-8pm) including an interactive corn maze, face-painting, and a pumpkin patch (guaranteed to be less crowded than the popular pumpkin patches outside of the city). And somehow the festival will incorporate the hit TV show Modern Family which is one of my 11yo’s favorite shows (and mine, too). If you’re in NYC, maybe you will see us there! For more information visit Union Square Park’s website.

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Personalized Halloween Notecards

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I’d had my eye on these Personalized Pumpkin Notecards ($20 for a set of 10) by Etsy shop Fiona Designs for quite some time, and finally ordered them as a little birthday treat for myself. They turned out great! They will be perfect for birthday thank-you notes and my other autumn letter-writing. Fiona Designs has tons of fun options for personalized notecards year-round; browse them all at Fiona Designs.

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My Newest Gift Picks at Bumblebean

bumblebean_logoTime to check out what’s new in my expert collections at Bumblebean.  All of the items below have been handpicked by your truly to represent the best in new children’s clothing, accessories, decor and gifts. And, shipping is free on all orders through October 14th, no code needed:

Holiday Plaid Necktie ($28, sizes infant through 7 years) by Stinky McGee (from the Kids’ Holiday Clothes collection).  Picture perfect for holiday gatherings!

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Silver Wool Felt Crown ($24) by Oliver and Adelaide (from the Halloween Goodies collection).  Handmade in L.A., this crown will help your costumed princess stand apart in the sea of Elsas:

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Personalized Baby Boy Bib ($25) by Oliver and Adelaide (from Best Personalized Gifts for Kids collection).  Nothing sweeter than a personalized seersucker bib for a new baby boy!

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Studio BGD Storage Bins/Dollhouse ($100) by Studio BGD (from the Stylish Nursery Furniture and Decor collection).  Such a clever idea…these brightly colored storage bins can be used individually for toys and knick-knacks, or stacked for any creative purpose like building a dollhouse.
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Gingham Footy in Pink ($36, 3-6mos to 9-12mos) by Dondolo (from the Pretty Pink Clothing collection).  I have fallen for Dondolo’s gorgeous, classic Pima cotton infant footies.  A lovely, traditional baby gift.
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Flashback Friday: National Stationery Show 2011: Kid Stuff

Editor’s Note: This post was first published in May 2011.

I spotted lots of unique stationery products for babies & kids–everything from birth announcements to camp notes–at the National Stationery Show last week. Here are the best ones that I want to share with you (when available, I have included links and prices):

Elum Designs makes these adorably-packaged My First Thank You Notes kits for kids. Maybe, just maybe, this will make writing thank you notes less cumbersome.

A newcomer to the show, “Up Up Creative” (the company was named by the toddler son of founder Julie Green), makes these “Terrible Twos” cards. My favorite is “Dah-Wee” (Sorry) ($4).

Always a favorite at NSS, Brooklyn letterpress shop 9 Spot Monk offers Little Artist color in-cards with crayons ($4.50). A great option for younger kids who can’t quite draw a picture on their own yet, but would like to leave their mark.

I know my tween would love these new scented Twisty Stix ($2.99) by International Arrivals, the same company that brought you Smencils.

Framed birth announcement prints are wonderful keepsakes that do double duty as nursery decor. I liked these Baby Wall Announcements by Abbey Malcolm Press.

Looking for some stationery that feels different? Check out “Fabrinery” fabric-backed notecards by HB Designs. Lots of cute designs available for your little boy or girl to choose from.

I used one of these soft linen Baby Photo Albums ($23) by Estelle Billot as a brag book when R. was a newborn. After several years off, Estelle has returned with a new color palette for this top seller, as well as other new products.

I would love to decorate a kids’ bedroom or playroom with the colorful, customized buckets, bins and tubs by The Macbeth Collection. Guess what? We might have a giveaway coming up with them. :-)

If you’re looking for a big sib gift for a child older than preschool age, you can’t go wrong with the fill-in Big Sibling Book: Baby’s First Year According to ME ($11.55 at Amazon.com) by Potter Style.

And, finally, for older kids…check out these camp notes by Oh My Word. Hey, at least it’s more personal than an e-mail.


I hope you’re enjoying my National Stationery Show finds. I still have much to show you, including top trends, party invitations, and birthday/holiday goodies!

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Fall Notecards at Brown Eye Blue

Things are hopping this Fall over at my Etsy shop, Brown Eye Blue (shown below). Please check out my seasonal photography (available as notecards or frameable prints) featuring pumpkins, foliage, and autumn colors galore. Shipping is free on all U.S. orders!
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