Celebrating Life’s Milestones With Minted

What’s on your agenda for the next few months?

I’ve seen several friends on Instagram preparing for summer weddings.  Have you received any wedding announcements in the mail?  My friends at minted.com have the most beautiful wedding invitations and announcements.

EX2A wedding is not on our family’s immediate agenda.  Instead, we are preparing for our oldest daughter’s high school graduation.  It is rapidly approaching and with it are many deadlines.  We recently sent out the majority of our graduation invitations.  Addressing Graduation announcements familybringsjoy.comMy daughter was happy to address each and every envelope…made me very happy.  She warned me her hand writing was not as ‘pretty’ as mine.  I told her what mattered was that the recipients would recognize she addressed them.  I try to teach our children etiquette the way I was taught from my parents.  I remember addressing my own high school and college graduation announcements.  I feel like it’s sort of a “right of passage.”  This also helped her know and understand who was sent an announcement.

I know we live in the digital age, but I still feel honored to receive an actual announcement/invitation in the mail…one I can hold and touch.  I prefer the paper ones to the digital ones.  Sometimes I forget if I receive one online.  If I have a paper announcement, I tack it to our cork board to admire every day and use it as a reminder to send a gift or card to the recipient.

Minted.com has some special designs for graduation.  I had fun playing around & making these 3 examples:

3 Graduation Announcements familybringsjoy.com

I was surprised to find some cool graduation gift ideas at minted.com as well:

Art Prints

print minted

They have several appropriate prints for the graduate in your life.


note pad minted

This note pad would be a lovely gift to celebrate this milestone.  They have several CUTE styles to choose from.  Personalized stationery is another perfect gift.


I am glad journaling has made a come back.  I LOVE to journal.  I couldn’t believe the variety of personalized journals minted.com has available.  You have to check out the MANY cool designs they have to offer.

journals by minted

What a great gift!  Every high school graduate will love pulling this baby out and documenting all of their college memories.  Every college graduate will love writing about their new adventures in life.

Personalized Congratulations Cards

Or maybe you just want to send some money to your grad with a special card like this one:

graduation card minted

Now that I’ve talked you into the greatness of minted.com…how about a deal for you…my fabulous readers!


Click HERE and Minted will give you $25

toward your first purchase of $50 or more!

senior collage familybringsjoy.com

Have fun shopping,

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I am so excited to share a wonderful product

for you and your family today.

Katie is on the far right

I met Katie at Blissdom {Blog Conference} back in January.  She is very sweet and down to earth.  Katie, not only has a cute blog {MakingThisHome.com}, but she also has a company where she makes & sells journals {Gadanke.com}.  They are made with recycled paper and are the cutest little things ever!  I am so impressed with her website and journals.  She even received a green business award at a special ceremony held at the capital!


After Blissdom Katie offered our family one of her journals to share on her website.  I was very grateful to be of assistance.  I always love something free, but even better, I love when it is something we can use as a family.  It is a total bonus to have it be something as timeless as a journal which records our life together.  I am passionate about recording our family history. 😉 {like you didn’t know that already, huh?}

This is what I did.  I put this very portable sized journal in my purse.  Whenever we went out to eat {at least once a week} I would pull it out while we were waiting for our food and pass it around to everyone in our family.  Each member, including my husband {thank you dear 😉 }, would write something in the journal.  Sometimes I would give it to my youngest during church service to keep her occupied as well.  I decided I wanted to ‘jazz’ it up a bit, being the scrapbooker/crafty type person that I am; so before mailing it back to Katie I pulled out a package of word stickers, chalk pencils, crayons, a few stamps and had fun filling in the “blank” spots.  It was so much fun!

Katie scanned our journal and mailed it back to us.  She contacted me this week to tell me it was ‘live’ on her website and she is offering Family Brings Joy readers a 10% discount beginning today through Monday, June 20, 2011.  Use OKLAHOMALOVE as the discount code at checkout to receive your 10% OFF.  Katie’s company is named Gadanke {she used to live in Germany} and her website is: www.gadanke.com

I plan on purchasing one of each of her journals {she has many to choose from} for myself, but I’m also going to order several for giftsThey will make perfect gifts for those people you know who have everything and for every occasion.



It is my pleasure and honor to feature Gadanke today.  Thank you Katie for the opportunity!


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