Christmas Cards/Minted Giveaway

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

If you've been reading 3 peanuts for a while, you know I love Christmas Cards. In fact, my good friend Shana and I have an ongoing joke about how early our cards are done each year (I win every year BTW). And we text one another all year long joking about our cards.

I have used a few different companies over the 17 years we've done family cards but Minted remains one my favorite.  They offer fabulous designs (both modern and classic) and the quality is outstanding.  Minted has hosted a giveaway on 3 peanuts for a few years now and I would love for you to have the chance to win this year. This year Minted is offering my readers a chance to win a $250 credit.  Thank you Minted!!!!  You can enter the giveaway here.

I have picked our cards courtesy of Minted but I want to keep them a surprise.  So, instead I created some cards with old photos just to show you some of the awesome styles Minted has this holiday season. I had so much fun plugging old photos into their great designs. I might have gotten carried away but I wanted to show several of their great selections this year.

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Love this one!  


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I thought this one has a touch of whimsy especially if you have young kids.



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I love the ornament shaped cards and use them sometimes.

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This is simple and classic.


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I really love this one too!
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Don't forget to enter the giveaway.

You'll have to wait until December to see our card this year but I am really excited about it.

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Clothing Sale

Monday, November 3, 2014
I am having a clean out the closet sale on some of Kate's holiday and special occasion clothes.  If this goes well, I have some more things to list in a few weeks.  But since we are heading the holiday season, I thought I'd start with holiday clothes.

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You can go here to see all of the items for sale.

http://quietelegance.blogspot.com/2014/11/special-occasion-and-christmas-clothes.html

Dewberry Farm 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Kate loves Dewberry Farm. And Will and Harry did too when they were younger.  I will admit that the first time or two we went was fun.  But over the years, I have come to dread going a bit.  The crowds have gotten crazy (and I hate crowds) and it has become ridiculously expensive and a little commercialized.  The truth is though, we live in a huge city and there are not many options for pumpkin patches or corn mazes.  So a few weeks ago, we had an open Saturday morning and we woke up early and headed out to the burbs.   When we left it was sunny and warm at our house but by the time we got there, it was rainy and cold.

I guess it was a little bit of a blessing in disguise because it was not crowded at all.  And the most important thing is...Kate and Harry had fun.  The rain did not seem to bother them a bit.

Harry's favorite thing for years has been these pedal cars.  He loves them and so we started there.

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After the pedal cars, Kate wanted to jump on the bouncy pillows but they were too wet and slippery, so it was off to the corn cannons....

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These cannons are very loud and powerful but their accuracy seems lacking.  
Nonetheless, the kids enjoy them every year.

It was raining but that did not slow Kate and Harry down a bit.  They jumped in these wheels and started racing...

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Is is awful that I have serious envy of Kate's calf muscles?  Wait, don't answer that.
She might be tiny but the girl is STRONG!

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They got completely wet on the zip lines but they did not care.

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I love seeing my kids laugh and play together. Unfortunately, Will had work and a retreat meeting.  I think this will likely be Harry's last year going, so I tried to really soak it up.  My kids are growing up so fast!

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Off to the gem mine...

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Kate's tongue of concentration..all 3 peanuts do that (Dave too).


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We did not end up taking the hayride this year out to the pumpkin patch or doing the corn maze but everyone had fun doing what we did.

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And of course, they LOVE the kettle corn.

Looking at old photos it looks like maybe we skipped last year. I know we went in 2012 (and I have a short video of it) on October 7th but it looks like my computer crashed shortly thereafter and I never posted about it.  I am going to have to try to dig those photos out of my old computer.

Homecoming 2014 {will}

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Will had his homecoming a few weekends ago.  It was such a great weekend for him (and for us).  Will has a fabulous group of friends and over the past few years we have really enjoyed getting to know the parents as well.  Will went into high school not really knowing anyone at all so they are a relatively new set of friends and we feel so happy that he found this group of awesome people.  Get ready for loads of photos.  Will has only one more high school homecoming after this.  So, I am officially soaking up all the high school memories before they're gone:)

On Friday night, they go to the football game.  The boys give the girl a HUGE Texas Mum and the girls give the boys a garter to wear on their arm.  It's a Texas thing.  I made Evie's mum this year.

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They had a great time at the game!

Saturday night is the dinner and homecoming dance.  Will's group of friends have chosen to have dinners at parents' houses the last few years rather than at a restaurant.  I really like this because we have a chance to take photos, host the dinner and all the parents hang out in the kitchen/living room and eat and drink and get to know one another as well.  My friend Cathy hosted freshmen year.  Dave and I hosted last year.  Cathy and Scott hosted again this year again and Will has already asked me to host his senior year.  Harry will be a freshmen next year too so that will be crazy!


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We all really like Will's girlfriend, Evie.
She has come over a few times for dinner and to hang out at our house and she fits in so well.
 She is really sweet and down to earth. 

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With the moms.  I so wanted to wear cute fall clothes but it was HOT!


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Will's friends are really tall.

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Evie and her beautiful Mom

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Nick and Elizabeth

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David and Caroline

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These guys were re-creating a snapshot I took freshmen year.

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And the one from freshmen year below...they have changed so much.
And they freshemen buzz cuts are gone!

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Will's best friend, David led them in a lovely prayer before dinner.


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My friend Cathy and her husband did a lovely job hosting us all.  It was a fun night.

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I know I have been a very sporadic blogger for the last few months.  I am working a lot more (which I love), exercising (bar method) four days a week, volunteering at the kids' schools, and it is gymnastics competition season.  I am also president of the Mom's group at our church that I helped start 15 years ago.  Life is very good and very full.  At the end of the day, I fall into bed and I have no energy left for blogging but I really miss it.  I am really hoping to catch up on some blog posts and be more consistent. I do a much better job updating on my Instagram @kim_thenurturedhome.