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:

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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!


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Top 10 Reasons Why…

I’m excited my daughter is turning 16.

1. It’s sweet 16!  A monumental milestone in the life of a teenager.

My first born will be 16 on Saturday!  Where did the time go?

2. She can drive.

Well, I have to say, I’m stretching it a bit to say I’m excited about this one.  As a Mom {who has too many car accidents in her teenage history} I worry about her driving.  These days there are EXTRA things to worry about with teens driving.  There’s this little contraption called the CELL PHONE.  She says she will have it off while she is driving, but I know it won’t last I hope she does.  Too many people, not just teens have been in car accidents because of the cell phone {for talking and texting.}  Fortunately, she has to wait until November to obtain her full drivers license.  Until November she drives with her permit and I can coach her along while she is practicing.

3. She is a beautiful young lady.

4. Excited to see what’s in store for her.

This year she is a Junior in High School.  She is participating on the Varsity Color Guard Team.  It’s a year filled with college prep activities…scholarship applications, taking the ACT, etc.

5. I have looked forward to sharing this day with her.

When I was a teen I looked forward to sharing my daughters sweet 16 with her.  It’s a time to celebrate her life so far, including a photo shoot! 🙂

6. It’s a special day in the life of a teenager.Sweet 16 Invitation

7. I want her to be happy.

8. She will obtain a job and learn how to manage money.

My daughter will experience the process of having a job outside the home.  I did this growing up and I believe it is vital to the teaching of managing money.  She will be responsible for paying for her car insurance and gas money.

9. I can share stories of my 16th year with her.

I am grateful my daughter LIKES to hear about my teen years.  Most of the time she giggles and makes fun of me, but still we have fun talking about it.  You know, in my mind, it wasn’t that long ago. 😉

10. She can go on group dates.

In our family we have chosen to have our children wait to until they turn 16 to date.  Even so, she must go on a group date with other couples.  Group dates are less likely to end up doing things we would rather her not participate in at this age.  Honestly, I don’t see her dating any time soon because most boys don’t measure up to the high standard she has set…Nick Jonas.  My sweet daughter has had a crush on Nick Jonas for a few years now.  Bless her heart.  I completely approve of this crush.  Nick Jonas is a talented, nice looking young man with good morals from our home state of Texas.  However, he is a famous pop star.  I try not to shatter her dream of them meeting and he falling madly in love with her.  It’s completely normal to have this sort of crush.  I used to have a crush on Ricky Schroeder.  Eventually she will realize, just as I did, that it’s not very realistic and will realize there are plenty of suitable guys out there for her.

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My Daughter Brings me Joy,


Happy Birthday to my oldest child today. I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing me with you. We had a great day! We were able to go to the photography studio today and had a family portrait as well as some individuals made of each of us. It was the smoothest photo shoot yet with the kids. I can’t wait to see the proofs tomorrow. My 20 year HS reunion is fast approaching. I can’t believe how the time has gone by. So many milestones right now. I am grateful to be here to experience them. Each day is a gift…we don’t know when our time on this earth will be done. If we truly think about this every day – how can we take it for granted? It is because we are human.

Auf Wiedersehn,