December 07, 2010

Those Darned Holiday Cards!

Hi all,

Well, time has sufficiently sped by without my paying the least bit of attention, and holiday card time is nearly past! I still have some cards left in the attic from 15 yrs. ago depicting Santa in red trunks lying underneath a decorated palm tree, but they just don't give the sentiment I want. (Now a card with Mrs. Claus dressed in ratty sweatpants, an old t-shirt, an apron covered in flour, and large bags under her eyes might be more appropriate!) So the lovely folks at Shutterfly http://www.shutterfly.com/ are offering 50 free holiday cards to bloggers, and I'm going for it! (You can get some too if you are a blogger right here. http://blog.shutterfly.com/5358/holiday2010-blog-submission-form/ )

When we threw my parents a 50th Wedding Anniversary party 2 summers ago, it was Shutterfly that helped us with a photo party invitation that knocked everyone's socks right off! My mom teared up when she saw it, which was exactly the reaction we were going for. Got them a photo book, too, that collected photos from before they were married up until that day and it is beautiful. But I digress - back to the current challenge....

Right. So now we have to pick the style (waaaaaaaaaay too many gorgeous ones to choose from http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/holiday-cards  http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-photo-cards) and the photo or photos to go on it! Hmmmmm. We had a photo shoot here at home. Did you hear the complaining and fighting from where you are? I was ready to break out a fire hose, but we got 3 okay shots of the girls in front of the absolutely exquisite quilt that our friend Julie made and raffled for us to bring our little one home from Ethiopia. Take a peek. What do you think?



Of course I picked a completely lovely style on Shutterfly that takes 3 photos, so now I must either force them into reasonably good looking outfits and go out to our favorite garden store (Churchills' in Exeter) to take some other pictures (Good luck, Mommy.) or pick some from the fall. I wanted to include the shot of the girls' playing in vibrant colored wigs and bathing suits, but K has threatened to move out on her own (she's 9) if I do. Should I force her hand? :)

Anyway, it's very exciting being able to use real printed photo Christmas cards for the first time in our family! I sure do love Shutterfly, and am thrilled that they are offering us the cards this year. They're smart, because they know that I will be hooked for every holiday season hereafter! Please do hop on over to the Shutterfly site. They have really wonderful cards for every occasion and great photo gifts. I'll post my final choice for our cards later this week!

Stay tuned for a Cool Holiday Gift list coming soon!

November 30, 2010

Long Time No See....

Hi Everybody! I know you have probably given up on my rumored renovations, but here I am to reassure you that the new & exciting blog will be up at the end of the week! It's taken a little longer than planned due to a very dear friend stricken with cancer and the care that ensued. She is now on a set path that cannot be changed, unfortunately, and I hope that those of you that pray will for her. Carolyn is quite a woman, a month shy of 50 years old, and a wonderful friend. I am lucky to have had her in my life.



Upcoming: Holiday special! Cool gifts for your kids as well as some supposed, but not so, cool gifts. Also, specials offered by some pretty nifty companies, fabulous Ethiopian gift giving ideas, non-profits to warm your heart & soul, and a link to my new and exciting Etsy store!

Back soon!

October 01, 2010

Renovations To Toad Cottage...

Okay, so apparently I've been offline for nearly a year. Hmmmm. Not promising for a blogger and writer. So, renovations to both the real Toad Cottage and the blog Toad Cottage will be simultaneous! (Will pause for cheering and hooting...) New and improved additions to what will be at least weekly posting, will be certain "rooms" or subjects. Here's what I'm thinking...
Monday posts:       Family Room where we discuss subjects relating to our family (and yours hopefully), and will include subjects relating to parenting, kids, transracial adoption, etc.
Tuesday posts:       The Salon where products will be reviewed and discussed. (ie. hair and skin products)
Wednesday postsThe Kitchen where we'll post devine recipes for families to make/enjoy together.
Thursday posts:      The Library where we will discuss/review new and old books to share.
Friday posts:          This is my "free day" where I can and will tackle more difficult subjects I'm thinking about.
Saturday posts:      The Telephone These will be rare due to the bustling atmosphere of Toad Cottage on weekends, but will be the Interview Post. I'll corner local and national folks and roundup their thoughts on various subjects.
Sunday posts:         The Yard where we'll kick around subjects relating to our natural world, how we fit into it, thoughts on what we can do to fit into it in a more responsible way, etc.

Please feel free to send me your ideas via comments! Looking forward to "chatting" with you soon. The renovations should be complete by the end of October!