Send Holiday Greetings with Minted’s Unique Card Designs from Independent Artists

Holiday cards from*Disclaimer: I was asked to write this post by in exchange for a product credit. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My Love Affair with Christmas Cards

Sometimes the festivities of the holiday season are a little too much for me, but one thing that I do love is sending and receiving Christmas cards.

Although some have opted to forego this holiday tradition, I still follow it with zeal. I consider it an important way to connect with those that you know during this special time of the year, to let them know that you are thinking of them, and share a little of what is going on in your life.

Reach Out and Touch Them At Least Once a Year

For some family members, friends, and business associates, the exchanging of holiday cards may be the only form of communication that you have with them throughout the year. I enjoy taking advantage of this opportunity to stay in touch.

Another aspect that I love about sending holiday cards is the opportunity to express creativity. I used to send boxed cards and once in a while, I still do, but with today’s technology, there are countless opportunities to express yourself in more customized ways. You can design your own card and use your own photos. Each year, I find it exciting to design our Christmas card that expresses something about us or that we want to say.

Unless you have an endless holiday budget, it may not be possible to buy gifts for everyone you know. But another thing I love about Christmas cards is that they are a relatively inexpensive way to wish them the season’s best.

Creative Holiday Card Options from Global Independent Designers

If you are like me and look for unique and creative holiday cards to send each year, I want to share a website that I learned about a few years ago. is a website that offers paper goods, including cards, invitations, announcements, journals, art prints, and party decor.

What’s unique about is that their designs are crowd-sourced from independent artists around the globe. This online marketplace features the best designs, which ensures that you will have access to products that are distinctive and high quality.

And speaking of quality, Minted is known for its premium paper and printing. Minted’s signature paper is thick and luxurious with a creamy cotton texture, and has been optimized for photo printing. You can also choose 100% recycled paper; pearlescent paper which adds a subtle shimmer; double-thick paper or even triple-thick paper. Minted also offers postcards, ornament cards ,and 8 unique die-cut shapes. A variety of backer options allow you to add additional photos, text, and customization options to your holiday card. Get started today by checking out their 2016 holiday card collection.

Collaborate with Independent Designers to Create the Perfect Christmas Card

Wondering what trends to expect in holiday cards for 2016? According to Minted’s community of independent artists, expect to see plenty of midnight blues, graphic black & white, botanical wreaths, and glittery foil on holiday cards this year. Among this year’s top trends are real foil-pressed holiday cards in gold, silver, and rose gold and photo letterpress cards featuring the luxurious look and feel of letterpress paired with unique inks and vibrant colors.

Short on time and patience? makes ordering your holiday cards quick and easy with their FREE concierge address book service. You simply send them your addresses in any format, from envelopes to lists, and they will build out your Minted Address Book. All holiday cards are available with matching custom stamps, envelope designs, and FREE recipient addressing. Save time and make your holiday card beautiful from the inside out.

Support Artistic Design as You Send Season’s Greetings

If you believe in supporting independent artists and want to celebrate and spread the news about their work, ordering from is a great way to do so. Minted’s assortment of stationery, art, home décor, and digital offerings is constantly expanding as Minted grows its artist community and hosts ongoing challenges. Interested in submitting your own designs for consideration? Check out their current Design Challenges where you can submit a design, fans vote, and sells the winning designs.

To find out more about what has to offer, check out the website and follow them on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Julep. To receive special offers, be sure to sign up for emails.

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Last Minute Tricks for Summer Weight Loss

Last minute tricks for Summer weight loss

Hello, all! I’m very excited to announce that we have a guest blog post today from Roxana Oliver, pet-loving traveler, environmentalist, and occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia. Today’s she’s talking about how to drop pounds and get bikini-body ready in a hurry. Make sure to welcome her and thank her for this useful blog post by leaving comments below and sharing this post with others.


Summer is almost here, and it seems like a perfectly good moment to begin panicking over those layers of fat and excess weight we collected during the winter and spring. Now, we have heard plenty of talk about miracle diets and efficient workout programs, but is it really possible to get your body in top shape for this summer on time? Many people will answer “No way” and convince you that only prolonged hard work and disciplined diet will get you there, but this is similar to when someone says: “You cannot prepare for an exam a day before” – sure you can. Of course, it is better to work on your body consistently, but when there is no time to waste, you need to turn to these weight loss tricks.

Drop the CarbsBread Baguettes Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are often considered as the ‘bad guys’ of a healthy nutrition. Although that is only half the truth, and these nutrients are very necessary for a healthy and balanced diet, when you want to lose weight fast, the safest way to go is ditching the carbs for some time. It is enough to avoid this nutrient for a week or two to get rid of the excess weight. So, avoid bread, pasta, sugary foods, etc. and base your diet on vegetables, protein and fat (fish, meat, eggs, nuts, fruits, seeds, etc.).


Drink Lots of WaterWater Cup H2O

Although this seems like a counterproductive move, especially when you think about how water can make your stomach balloon up, drinking a lot of water can flush the sodium out of your system and stop the body from retaining even more water. When you need to get ready for a specific event, it is recommended to drink 8 glasses of water per day, two days before the occasion, and then scaling back to six cups on the big day.


Exercise Every DayJogging Exercise

When you need to lose weight fast, there are no half-measures. The time of moderate exercising is way past and you need to sweat the pounds out, real fast. You will do that by exercising every day and making every moment count. Your best chance is in high-intensity, short sessions that combine cardio, strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance.


Eat High-Quality FoodHealthy Salad

Choosing high-quality food should be a no-brainer, since it is not only good for your skinny body, but also for your healthy organism. Always go for nutrient dense foods, like dark greens, and make sure you opt for organic produce. Also include free-range poultry and grass-fed beef into your diet.


Boost Your L-CarnitineAvocado

L-carnitine is an amino acid naturally produced in your organism. The substance helps your body turn fat into energy. It is also thought to be useful in increasing muscle mass while decreasing fat and helping people fight fatigue. Usually, people have enough carnitine in their bodies, but if you want to boost this precious amino acid, you can consume food rich with it (asparagus, avocado, whole grain, lean protein, etc.) or take supplements. A good choice of supplements is essential, so select a trustworthy Herbs of Gold Acetyl L-carnitine or some other tested company’s product.

Eat the Amount You Need

… instead of eating the amount you want. We all like to enjoy a gourmet meal every now and then, but if you want to slim down really fast, you must forget about large portions or second-helpings. Instead, fuel your body with the exact amount it needs in order to function properly and remain energized. This means that you should avoid harmful foods and beverages and eat fiber-rich vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. A trick that will help you make your portion look fuller is to use smaller plates for serving the meals.

Start preparing your body today, since there is no more time to lose and soon enough you will be ready to don that sexy bikini on the beach.


How are you whipping your body into shape for summer?  Comment below and share your best tips with us.

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