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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Epic Mickey is Epic!

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As I sit here writing, the hard core gamer in our house (Erik) is taking the first turn at playing Epic Mickey on the Wii.

Not just a light romp through Disney Parks, this game takes thought and skill as you control Mickey and his fight against the Blots. Choices must be made along every step of the way, will you go after the obvious tools, or will you help out the Gremlins along the way which have been trapped by the Evil Doctor? Do you restore the land to it's former glory? Or just get by with what needs to be done to move on to another land? Game style matters in this one and every family member can create a different journey as they travel through the Wasteland.

Both the gaming environment artwork, and the unique style of the cut scenes is a visually stunning delight. Erik is currently working his way through the Small World ride area. At first it was unrecognizable to him but a serious Disney Parks fan will be able to pick out even the smallest of magical details. Personally, I find it disturbing when he smashes the dolls to pieces in order to earn "tickets" which act as game money.

This game takes some mad skills with the Wii-mote, and a lot of thought about what you want to do next. Erik says it's not for just killing a mindless hour, but even a hard core gamer won't be bored. Epic Mickey is gold for the Disney gamer in your family. Make sure it's under the tree!

This is not a sponsored post.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

With a house full of gamers, how could I not enter the Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme Giveaway?

TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
My holiday wish is for my family to be happy and especially healthy. I'm really over doctors appointments after this year.

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?

A great breakfast, and presents are in store for my family Christmas Morning.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
A New MiniVan with all the bells and whistles.

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
Lots of family time and great food.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?

Clue and Monopoly were always holiday favorites growing up.

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
Hrmmm... Decorating the Tree on Thanksgiving, and sending out the Christmas Cards the day after.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?

Disney... Land/World/Cruise it really doesn't matter, just bring on the Mouse!

8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?
EPIC Mickey, TRON, and Tangled for Wii

Happy Holidays

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From our house to yours we're wishing all of our readers the very best that this holiday season has to offer.
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Getting from Here to There

As we have recently mentioned in this series(Not Okay Part III), my husband is vehemently opposed to the new TSA security screenings. He would rather stand on principle against them and give up travel all together than have to go through the stressors of the enhanced full body scan or the fairly invasive pat down. I, on the other hand, can’t imagine not traveling, and I’m not giving up Disney. So, in an effort towards not have have a fight with him over our coming vacation, I began looking into and comparing alternative modes of travel from Rockford, IL to Orlando, FL. I looked at a couple of different things in breaking down our travel considerations that include door to door travel time one way, round trip transportation costs, food during travel, and a hotel on the road for the driving option.

Flying
Time invested - 8 hours / Costs Est. $650

Pros: This is the least expensive and fastest way for us to get from point A to point B. I know that can handle 3 hours on a plane without pain issues from my fibromyalgia. Cons: The trouble still remains that security is an issue to my husband. However, we have learned that Orlando Sanford Airport is opting out of the TSA program. In part II we addressed what’s going on at Sanford, and how it's future may improve by switching o private security.

Driving
Time invested - 30 hours / Cost Est. $1050

Pros: We could somewhat decide how long we are on the road, when we leave, and where we spend the night. If we were traveling with the kids, this would also be the most economical option. Cons: Extended travel time. I’m not sure how my body will react to being in the drivers seat for more than four or five hours at a stretch. This will also ad wear and tear on an older car. This is a heck of a long drive, however with two drivers and 8 hours at a hotel to sleep, it may be our best option.

Train
Time invested - 43 hours / Cost Est. $2,700

The train, which was our first choice of alternative travel turned out to be the most difficult option to make work. Pros: I wouldn’t have to be behind the wheel the entire time. We might get to make a quick sight seeing stop in D.C. It’s not as cramped as an airline or the car. No charge for baggage. Cons: 43 hours one way travel time is a heck of a lot. We would have to go all the way to Washington D.C. and have an eight hour layover before continuing on to Orlando. Because of health concerns (my fibromyalgia, and weak back) we would need a room, that alone added the bulk of this cost. Without a room, costs would have been about $800.

Since our travel will be in early October of 2011, we have some time before we make a decision in how we will travel. I will be watching the news for how the TSA scans are developing, and what the overall impact is to travelers. There is rumor of new software being created that would give a less personal image, either making them more blobby, or more stick figure like.

UPDATE: I first wrote this piece almost a week ago, and in that time I've become increasingly intrigued with the idea of driving to Disney next October. It holds some options that I hadn't really considered at first. One of the things that we don't do a lot of in EPCOT that we always want to is buy wine. I have been dying to get a bottle of Magicale in my collection. By driving, we can transport our purchases home with no trouble or hassle at all. On our last trip we also felt that we were rushed through what we were doing on the final day. If we drive we can make sure that we get to take our time getting packed up and on the road home on our schedule, not rush by having to catch a bus.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Family Winery Trip

Vineyard & CaveI gathered the Clan over the weekend and we headed up to the Wollersheim Winery, which is my favorite local vineyard. The countryside is beautiful, and the vineyard it's self a national historic treasure. In the picture to the left you see the mouth of the cave which the founding family lived in while they were building the spectacular limestone home and winery building. The winery was first built in the 1840's by the Hungarian Count Agoston Haraszthy. However, this lovely vineyard was just the first stop on the Count's journey into the annals of wine history, as he eventually traveled further west and became known as the Father of the California wine industry.

Before, anyone gets worked up, yes, I take my children to the winery. I've done it for as long as they can remember, and it's no big deal to them. They get to taste the food products that have been made with the wines (this year's favorite included a white wine mustard, a spreadable red wine cheese, and a vinegarette salad dressing) as well a have a glass of of the sparkling juice made by the winery. We believe that knowledge is power and that includes battling the problem of underage drinking that plagues America today. The kids get to see and tour the vineyard, soak up the regional history, as well as learning about the production process of the wines from vine to bottle. For our family it's an educational experience that has widespread benefits, we believe as the kids learn about wine the "taboo" is somewhat taken away and by example they can see how to taste and deal with wine responsibly as they become adults.

Wine TableOnto the good stuff! This year we tasted wines from both the Wollersheim Winery, as well as their sister winery, Cedar Creek. Both of the wineries had fabulous offerings to enjoy throughout the holiday season. Two of our best "new finds" this year came from the Cedar Creek label. The first was favorite of everyone tasting for the day (Myself, Hubs, and BFF) Cedarburg Spice was a flavorful, Foch grape wine that has been marinated with fresh dried mulling spices. I don't always like red wine, but this had no oakiness, and didn't dry the palette. The spice added during vinting produced a perfect balance for your holiday festivities. We sampled this wine both warm and at room temperature, and though it was lovely heated, we all agreed that it is served best at room temp.

Our second new find is also brand new to the Cedar Creek line up, and it's called White Christmas. A fruity, bright, 100% Gewürztraminer wine I was delighted with this tasting. My BFF found it to be a little on the sweet side for her, but I've always been a Gewürztraminer fan, and I think I'll be buying up several bottles for the cooler so that I can enjoy this one throughout the year. I'm always searching for wines that I can drink without food. IMG_0055 Something that I can have a nice glass of in the evening or sip with just a small nosh. White Christmas is perfect for that. These two Cedar Creek wines were added to our regular holiday purchases from Wollershiem and I hope that they have a very successful run. If you're looking for something to highlight your holiday meal, or a gift to give that wine lover on your list, I hope that you consider seeking out these fabulous bottles of wine.

A fabulous time was had by everyone on our jaunt out to the winery for the year. Euripides said that "One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives" and I couldn't agree more. To me, my family includes my Best Friend, her son, and soon to be husband. There are few better days that I spend, than when the family that I have built is all together. Whether we're just hanging around, touring someplace, or sharing in a meal, I never get enough time with all of us together. I got the chance this weekend to get the rare family picture. As usual, not everyone is in it, but this is the closest we've gotten so far!
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Friday, November 26, 2010

A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS at Wollershiem Winery

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One of my favorite Thanksgiving Traditions actually happens over the weekend after, when we gather the troops and head up to Wisconsin so that we can visit one of my favorite wineries. Are you a wine lover? Just because one doesn't live in Napa doesn't mean that there aren't local gems waiting to be discovered. Small local wineries across the country produce some surprisingly delightful wines. My favorite is Nestled on 27 acres in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. The historic site the charming and lovely Wollershiem Winery was even recognized by wine guru Andrea Immer Robinson.

If you're in southern Wisconsin on Saturday, November 27, 2010 head over to Wollershiem to experience A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.


Taste a variety of Wollersheim wines as they're paired with festive nibbles. Find unique gifts for the wine lover on your Christmas list. From wine gift boxes, to Ice Wine glasses, to Prairie Fumé ties, there are many unique choices. Listen to the carolers setting the mood to kick off the holiday season. Wollersheim winery is a picturesque setting to take your family Christmas card photo either inside or out, so be sure to bring your camera. Take a self guided tour of the winery and view the vineyard.

(The winery is open year round, stop by any time. No admission fee. Open to the public.)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Classic

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Growing up we had many family traditions, but my favorite may very well be the 1940's movie marathon that was always on TV. My very favorite of these movies is the amazing Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire classic "Holiday Inn". The very premise of having a little Inn in the country that's only open for holidays has captured my imagination since I was a young child. The movie goes through a year at the Inn owned by an entertainer trying to get away from the New York/Hollywood hustle and bustle. There's a musical number by Fred or Bing for every holiday. This Thanksgiving I wanted to share a little bit of this with you.

I found two great clips on YouTube celebrating Holiday Inn at Thanksgiving. The first is the scene in the movie where Bing celebrates Thanksgiving depressed and alone, talking back to himself on the record player. The second is a montage of still pictures that accompany the fabulous song in it's entirety.






I'm so thankful for my friends and family, theres a roof over my head, food in our tummies, and everyone is fairly healthy. I don't have to cook today, yes, I'm thankful for that as well. I wish you all a beautiful holiday, amid all of the holiday hustle and bustle, don't forget, that you've got plenty to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Thanksgiving

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Orlando Sanford Airport (Not Okay Part II)

I’m happy that the pilots have been able to opt out of these TSA scans and searches, but overall it still doesn’t help the general law abiding American public. One of the situations I had been waiting for, occurred over the weekend. The TSA broke a traveler's colostomy bag. The man had to continue on his trip covered in his own waste. He had told the TSA twice that the bag was there and that if they touched it that they could break the seal. My heart goes out to this gentleman just trying to get to Orlando for a Wedding.

According to the Orlando International Airport’s website “more than 50 million tourists holiday here every single year.” It is the busiest airport in Florida and the 13th busiest in the nation. Orlando International's ground breaking transportation deal that brought Disney’s Magical Express to them, makes it *the* airport of choice for guests headed to the Walt Disney World Resort. However, the Transportation Security Administration is not having a very easy time of it at Orlando International. Accusations of sexual harassment, child molestation, rampant discrimination, and a vulgar teasing of passengers moving through the security checkpoints seem to flow freely from this airport. That doesn’t even begin to address the newer issues of body scanners and rough, invasive, pat downs that have recently come to light.

I want to say that I personally have never had a problem with security at Orlando International, nor has anyone else in my family. I do however, have a fair amount of concern regarding experiences that may be coming down the line in the future. It’s not that I don’t believe security measures are needed. It’s that I believe that they can be done without invading our person, with good customer service, and with a general respect for everyone involved. As we’re mainly Disney travelers there is a bit of recent news that has peaked my interest.

Larry Dale, the director of the Orlando Sanford Airport has said that Sanford will be opting out of the TSA conducted screenings and instead go with one of five approved private security firms. It will still include the TSA scanners (if and when they are installed at Sanford) and the full body pat downs, as the private firms must abide by the TSA rules. However, one hopes that with a private firm being held accountable, that they will conduct the searches to the guidelines set forth, and only subject those people deemed suspicious will be subject. It’s a small victory for the passengers who have been complaining about the rough TSA agents. Dale hopes to begin the turn over of his airport to the private firm beginning in January, after a few small details are worked out. The hope is that with the security team only answering to the airport, not to Washington, accountability and efficiency will be greatly improved. Dale understands that if the customers aren’t happy, the customers will go someplace else.

The Orlando Sanford Airport is a smaller airport, but still very close to the Walt Disney World Resort, it is not an option for all travelers, as airlines flying there is limited, but it is worth looking into. Many of the ground transport companies run shuttles and limos from Sanford. It does add a ground transportation cost when there may not have been one before. However, I believe retaining my dignity is well worth some more money into my vacation budget.

**At the time of this post it is my understanding that Orlando International is reviewing what switching to a private firm would mean with their larger volume of travelers. All opinions contained herein are my own and I have received no compensation or endorsement.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thoughts on Airport Security (Not Okay Part I)

There’s been a lot of debate in my house this week over flying and the TSA. We’ve never had any sort of problems with security in the past, however today things are getting stricter and invasive. Though I firmly believe in the need for security, I don’t believe that these reactionary measures are really going to help. I think that if you build a better security system, you just make smarter more creative criminals. And for the record, the last two terrorist threats to airplanes (underwear bomber and ink cartridges) did not originate in the US, the flights came from other countries. I am a fan of the profiling process that the Israeli airports use. Americans need to stop being so scared of the word profiling, if everyone has to go through the process equally, profiling is not a big bad demon. Maybe if they invented a new phrase for it, people wouldn’t freak out at the thought. How about “conversational screening”, or “the friendly talk checkpoint”, maybe “traveler survey station”.

The TSA says that people don’t mind the enhanced body scans, because they are submitting to them without a problem. I say that the TSA doesn’t know the difference between submitting to something and being okay with it. I am NOT in any way shape or form okay with these scans, I’m also NOT OKAY with the invasive pat down that borders on sexual battery and skirts the 4th Amendment. Even though I am not okay with having this done, I’m even more against the government restricting where I can and can’t go. If I want to travel, if I want to get back to Disney in a quick and economical way, I need to fly. I will submit to a scan so that I can fly, however, it will be uncomfortably. And if for any reason I have to be patted down so throughly, I’m positive that there will be tears involved. There is nothing okay with that.

My husband is vehemently against this new screening process, and being the rabble rouser he is, would be more than happy to cause a scene at the airport over it. Thus ruining whatever vacation I was about to go on. If he’s lucky, I might think about bailing him out when I got home. However here’s the thing, as much as he is enraged over the stories coming out of airports over the past couple weeks, he suffers from an anxiety disorder, and getting through an airport to begin with isn’t easy for him. My youngest daughter, who also suffers from severe anxiety, cried going through the regular metal detector when we went to Orlando in October. Security checkpoints can be scary for kids, and unfortunately the under trained, under paid, gruff TSA agents just don’t care. Katie pushed through her fears and made it through the check point through, I was very proud of her. I can only imagine what kind of damage it could do to Katie if she must be submitted to a full invasive security pat down.

The consequences to the mental health of Americans coming from this are huge. Aside from people with anxiety issues, I have concern for survivors of all sorts of traumatic events and painful medical conditions. There could be a whole new therapy field opening up just to help people get through security checkpoints by the TSA. Short term Xanex scripts will go through the roof. These TSA methods open up all businesses that require their employees to fly to hostile work environment lawsuits. If travel drops as a result, it will leave the already unstable airline industry reeling at the loss of income, and by extension could destabilize the hospitality industry.

How on earth is any of this okay? Quite simply, it’s not.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Where is the world?

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The area where this photograph was taken looks very different today than when I was a child. Can you tell, where in the World am I?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Starbucks Celebrates 12 Days of Sharing

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Happy Holidays my java driven friends! Today I want to share with you a couple of specials Starbucks has brewed up so that you can share the goodness with your loved ones over the holiday season. Thanks to @PlazaAndMainSt for bringing this fabulous deal to my attention!

Start your season of joy off right by sharing one of Starbucks classic holiday drinks with a loved one. November 18th-21st,2010 from 2-5pm when you buy one cup of the fantastic holiday specials, you get a second free! Not all stores are participating, and not all drinks included, so ask you're barista how you can share a red cup of joy. (US & Canada)

Next, Starbucks is launching an amazing “12 Days of Sharing” promotion! So grab your cell phone and text 12DAYS to 29943 to join the fun! Then, Starting December 1st Starbucks will text you with one exclusive offer of sharing per day. There's no word yet on what the offers will be… so sign up and stay tuned! (US only, Standard Text Messaging rates apply and vary by carrier.)

In addition to these special offers, Starbucks is getting ready to launch their full line of holiday products. Be sure to stop in for a delightful winter wonderland where you can get some shopping done while sipping some steamy goodness. Christmas at Starbucks starts today!

While I've not been compensated in any way for this post, you can be sure that I've signed up for these great holiday deals!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Transfering Domain

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Peaceful Castle

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Excellence in Historical Interpretation

My kids have grown up as historical reenactors.  We believe that the best way to learn about history is to experience it ourselves.  Yes, that's us, we're the people that you go see for a day when your town is having a battle, or your local history museum is putting on a demonstration.  We've given presentations at schools and libraries, and just set up camp in the back yard to get in some living history practice.  My family has participated in Medieval, American Civil War, Victorian, and WWII reenactments.  For the past two years we haven't done a lot of reenacting as a family, however my girls have been volunteering as Youth Historical Interpreters at Midway Museum Village in Rockford, IL.
 
Last night Katie went to the end of the season party at the Village, Tori stayed home because she didn't feel well.  When Katie came home she had with her a little trophy and certificate for Tori.  Tori had been given an award for Excellence in Historical Interpretation at Civil War Days. 

So Congratulations Tori for putting you heart into what you do.  Your research and the way you share information has made a difference in the lives of all of the school children who came through those four days of Civil War Education.  It's easy to tell the kids that there was no TV or Nintendo, but your interpretation and the way your shared all you know about children in the 1860s made it come to life.


Tori 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jazz hot baby

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That's him, the cool cat with the mean chapeau blowing his horn at his first ever Jazz concert.  He bobs and weaves, keeps time with his whole body and feels the music. He's the only trombone in the band, and he holds his own, because there's no other choice.  The other family member in the picture, that's his horn "Shiny".

Kirk has played the trombone since the 7th grade, that's four years now, and he's come a long way.  He's been in concert band that whole time, and this year, this year he added Jazz.  Though it's not really his music,  Kirk grew up listening to Chris Botti, Jane Monheit, Peter Cincotti and Michael Buble', Jazz is in him whether he wants it or not.  His plan in life is to be a rock star, I had to break it to him that most rock bands don't have a famous trombone player.  Plan B is to be a music teacher, so next year he's dropping drama and picking up the saxophone as well as playing his trombone.

Last night the girls and I made our way to the High School to here the group play.  Kirk had warned me that not all of the selections they played were going to be up to par.  He had tried to get the Jazz band to understand that of the numbers they had down, they should put their best foot forward with the concert selections.  In the end he was out voted and he was a little nervous about what I would think.

The music wasn't bad, and my ears didn't bleed, these High School kids are so much better than the Middle School was.  I can sit back and enjoy the concert, especially when it's my kind of music.  I thought that his band did great, and the song he had been so worried about was not bad at all.  The most horrifying part of the night however was not on Kirk, but a girl in the second band that was announcing  their next selection.  She thought that Miles Davis was sort of a famous trumpeter, maybe... he kinda did great things.  Ugh!  Like a stake through the heart.  Sort of?!  It seems to me that a Jazz band class should include some teaching about the Jazz greats.  If they don't know where the music came from, and people who influenced it, how can they understand the music?

Yes,  the life of a High School Trombonist can be hard when mom's a Jazz fan, but last night after an already grueling eleven hour day at school, Kirk took a deep breath and went on with the show.

I'm very, very proud.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Katie is the NDP of the Month for November, 2010

Last month our very own Katie submitted a Halloween story to a contest being held by the Inner Mouse Vidcast/Podcast.  A few select stories were picked to be read on the air and hers was declared the winner!  As the winner of the contest, Katie has been given the honor of being featured on The Disney Driven Life as Neurotic Disney Person of the Month for November, 2010 and a premium subscription to TouringPlans.com.  There’s a fabulous profile on Katie written by the talented NDM #1 that details Katie's love for Disney over on The Disney Driven Life.  Surf on over and be sure to check it out.

I couldn’t be prouder of my little Disney fan for putting all the effort into her writing, as well as having the guts to put it out there to the public.  This is Katie’s first year Home Schooling and we’re happy to add Disney focused projects whenever we can.  While Katie was working on this story she learned about composition structure, sequence of events, when to end a paragraph, and how to express conversation using quotes.  A little pixie dust added to the homework makes it so much easier.

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Read Katie's Profile on the DDL
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Wet Kisses!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Perfect Holiday Card

It’s that time of year again when I begin to search for the perfect Holiday cards. With such a diverse family, I usually spend weeks looking for the perfect holiday design. Then more time addressing them and writing notes, so that they can be ready to go and I can pop them in the mail the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, that’s me… the annoying first Holiday card that reminds everyone else to get out their holiday cards. This year, our friends at Shutterfly offered me the opportunity to review their Holiday card designer so that I could easily create the perfect card for my family and share the experience with you. So I surfed on out to the Shutterfly website and started playing with the card designer.

Browsing through the Christmas Cards, the “Many Memories Snowflake” caught my eye so I started the project to see what I could create.  I picked some of my favorite family vacation shots from the year and uploaded them to a Shutterfly album.  We hadn’t all been on vacation together, so I tried to grab pictures from Disney to make it look more like a cohesive theme with gray-scale pictures and a blue centerpiece.  I think that this is my favorite of all the cards that I made.  You can check out the many distinct selections of Christmas cards by surfing on over to the Shutterfly website.
Blue and Gray Family Card
The next design style I chose to explore was the Shutterfly “Holly Chocolate” Flat Photo Card. These cost a little less, and lets face it, we’re all trying to save a little money this year. The flat photo options have bright, creative design, so much more fun than just a simple family shot. I decided on this card I would just feature the kids and see how it turned out. I think that this sepia toned picture looks great on the earthy, magical card.
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Shutterfly can help with personal styling for all sorts of cards. While I was browsing through the vast selection of deigns I came across a little something extra special on the Card & Stationary Page. This year Shutterfly has partnered with a few special charities, and a percentage of the proceeds from your card purchase will go to the charity of the card you chose. I decided to design a card from the LIVESTRONG campaign. LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG’s card is also sporting the colors in order to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. Because we spent the year training and believing that we could complete the Halloween 5K, I thought our finish line photo would be perfect for the card. This is a chance to pick up your Christmas cards while doing something great for a charitable organization.
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I had a great time coming up with all sorts of ideas for our family card for 2010. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and help me pick the best shot! But wait, here’s the best part! Shutterfly is offering 20% off all holiday cards, so you can join in the fun too! So head on over to the Shutterfly website and start designing the perfect card for your family! While you're there, check out the Thank You cards and get a jump on your post Holiday correspondence.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a code for 50 free cards in compensation for this review, all opinions, experiences, and photography contained here in are my own.  Are you a blogger? See how you can get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly http://bit.ly/sfly2010 #SFLY