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This weekend, I’m hoping to get Ezra’s Sesame Street party book made. I am WAAAYYYY behind on my party photo books. Here’s a peak at my book in process. I love when it works out to have photos extend across the seam!
Photo books don’t have to take a lot of time to make. Here are my secrets for making them fast.
Go put the code YIPPEE in your Shutterfly account and make a book. You won’t regret it.
Matthew and I have been doing a lot of cleaning and purging of our home. We have too much stuff and it is overwhelming our home and our life. It feels so good to clear things out!
As I have been doing this, one thing I have noticed is how many unopened, unused items I have that should be returned.
Because I am always running, I have a habit of buying more than I need, with the intent of returning what I don’t use. Or I will buy something in two sizes because I don’t have time to try something in that moment. Or I will buy something for the kids and it just doesn’t work.
If this sounds like you, I want to encourage you to take the time to return those items. Find the receipts or be okay with returning without receipts (and still getting some money back). I have been blown away by how much money we have gotten back simply by me taking care of a bunch of returns.
A few of my recent returns in the past month:
- A bag of Gymboree clothes that didn’t fit or weren’t needed (I missed the return with receipt cut off by two days, but still got store credit)
- A shirt, socks and a skirt to Target that didn’t fit/we didn’t use (thanks to my Target red card, I didn’t need to have a receipt)
- Some health items we got for my surgery at Walgreens that I didn’t use (No receipt, but got a store credit)
- Shoes for Elias and Ezra that didn’t fit, ballet leotards for Adeline that she didn’t need – all from Amazon. Printed return labels and returned (free shipping!)
- Carters pajamas I bought for Ezra, forgot I had (they were in a rubbermaid tote) and then he was too big for them when I found them. Carters will let you return at ANY TIME, as long as the items are tagged. I bought the stuff 6-9 months ago!
- Extra Sesame Street wrapping paper and party favors back to Dollar Tree (store credit, which I used to buy things for Adeline’s party)
I know this isn’t rocket science, but sometimes the simplest tips lead to a-ha moments.
What can you return?
Filed Under: Frugal Living
Recently my family and I helped my Aunt Sandy create photo boards for my Uncle Jim’s funeral. He passed away after a courageous battle against leukemia. He and my Aunt Sandy have lived in Madison, Wisconsin my whole life, and I spent a lot of time with them growing up and while I was in college. He was known for his gentle spirit, impeccable style and savvy business sense (he founded a bank nearly 25 years ago).
My aunt wanted to create 10 photo boards capturing relationships and memories from his nearly 80 years here on earth. I spent two days helping her with them and took some photos of the process.
Photo boards are an important component to any funeral, but also can be a wonderful addition to a birthday party, graduation, retirement celebration, etc.
Preparing the boards for photos
Some funeral homes will provide boards to use for photos. If you are making your own boards, cover foam core with fabric. Select a plain fabric or one with a small pattern, so that the fabric will enhance the photos and not detract from them. The fabric will hold easily with clear packing tape. The photos can then be attached with thumb tacks.
Be sure to verify with the funeral home how many easels they have available. You don’t want to prepare many boards, only to find that they can’t be displayed well.
Assembling the photo boards
Theme: Determine the themes you would like for the boards ahead of putting them together. This will help you sort photos and determine if you need more boards. For instance, we knew we wanted to do a friends board, but after pulling all the photos, we ended up with two boards dedicated to friendship.
Title: Print titles for the boards so that people know what they are looking at. Individual captions are not necessary, but can add context. Some of the titles we used included Young Jim, Our Jim, Friends, Golf and Cars, Jim and Sandy and Family.
Photos: When selecting photos, remember that every photo of your loved one does not need to be on the boards. Instead, choose photos that capture your loved one’s story and spirit – photos of them growing up, with family, friends and co-workers. Also include special vacations and hobbies.
For the Funeral Home
Arrangement: Consider the order you would like the boards to be displayed. Do you want certain boards near other items? Do you want them to go chronologically? By deciding this in advance, you won’t have to worry about it on the day of the funeral. We had this canvas made at at local Walgreens and had it displayed next to the board of my Aunt and Uncle together, along with their wedding album.
Transportation: It is a good idea to slip the boards in large trash bags so that they don’t get damaged in transport. It also will prevent them from being impacted by any possible weather elements, like wind or rain.
Celebrating Your Loved One
Though it might feel overwhelming to go through photos and assemble photo boards, these displays are worth the effort. They are appreciated by those who attend the funeral and are great conversation starters. Photo boards are a wonderful tribute to a love one at a funeral.
I LOVE Shutterfly freebies and today there are some GREAT ones. Take just a few minutes and make one, two or three of them!
You will have to pay shipping, but they are still a great deal. This is an awesome opportunity to order a last minute Father’s Day gift (tell Dad it’s on the way), something for your home or a gift for someone else.
I totally ordered them all.
Deal #1: Get a free puzzle and notepad with the code SUPERCOOL at check out.
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You can combine both codes on one order to get a great deal. Here’s my cart:
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Use codes SUPERCOOL and COOL
Shipping cost will be $24.99 ($26.24 with tax) or $8.75 shipped per item.
These freebies are only available on June 15, 2017, so act fast!
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