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The election is finally over and holiday party season is here! You’ll probably be attending or throwing some type of festive celebration this year, and chances are it’s either going to be a formal affair, or the now infamous ugly sweater party. We’ve had fun designing both of these kinds of invitations, and we’ve put together some inspiration for each below. Links below for where to buy / find everything.

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Our “Ugly Sweater” invitation exclusively at Tiny Prints

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Our luxe foil stamped “Holiday Ensemble” invitation sold exclusively at Tiny Prints

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As if anyone needs a reminder this year!  If you can and time allows, take your kids. I brought my boys to the voter booths for a little lesson in civics (one was interested, one could care less – 1 out of 2 isn’t bad ;) It’s an especially great way to tie in an explanation of Veterans Day (which I posted about a couple years ago).  Whatever the outcome, your kids will know the importance of voting, and that yes, your vote does count. Have fun at the polls!

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I know, I know, Halloween just happened…and we haven’t even hit Thanksgiving yet! But there are two reasons for this early post. First: we’re excited. SUPER excited. This is our best holiday collection to date (over 75 unique designs, yay!). We spend over 5 months of the year designing, tweaking and building out holiday designs. Yup, 5 months. So for us, this is a labor of love coming to fruition. I literally design with my friends and family in mind so when my collection is launched, I can’t wait to share. Second: contrary to my intro, it’s not that early — Today is November 1st! I’m going to order mine soon because in the blink of an eye black Friday will be here. My goal is to get them in the mail that weekend.

You can find all these designs here

If you own a business or would like to peruse some non-photo holiday cards, our business collection is non-stuffy, fun and unique. The messaging is mostly non-denominational so you can send them to everyone on your list! Below is a sampling of our faves from this collection, found here on Tiny Prints Business.

As a reader of this blog, you are entitled to a special 40% off plus free shipping friends and family code! Shoot me an email at jenny@hellolittleone.com and I’ll send it along.

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I haven’t written a blog in a long time. A really long time. A wicked long time. In fact, it’s been over a year. And I like writing blogs… so why did I take so much time off? Frankly, I needed a break. A break from throwing myself whole heartedly into everything work related. I put a few things on the back burner for a bit — to ease my mind, to feed my soul — and it worked.

So why is taking a break so important? I remember hearing a story about Bob Dylan, who, after a huge tour in England, was dissatisfied with the way his career was going, and was drained of energy from the life he was living as a musician. So he took a break — and actually considered quitting the business. Soon after, he wrote “Like a Rolling Stone” which some outlets have ranked the greatest song of all time.

I definitely didn’t take the entire year off, but I did work hard at finding more balance (cliché but true). I went to Shanghai (so amazing) I taught a HIIT Tabata class (super challenging) and I spent a lot more time with my family (the best reward by far). When I do hunker down and get designing, my work is better, sharper, and more creative.

This is a theory that more and more current day thinkers are embracing. In his book Imagine, How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer writes that letting a mind wander is key to having more creative insights. I’d have to agree with him and also add that emptying the mind actually does this for me as well. When I’m in my 5th mile of a run and my head is devoid of anything except the finish line, I return back to my work refreshed both mentally and physically.

So give yourself a break and give yourself a break :)

9 Signs You Do Need To Take A Break From Work

5 Important Reasons Why You Need to Take a Break

How taking a break can help your creativity

Photo by my fab friend Gena who I visited in Shanghai, where I ate my weight in dumplings.

 

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Playing with illustrations, lettering, layouts, shapes and patterns, Hello Little One created a new Save the Date for Wedding Paper Divas‘ collection — one that we think is rather playful. We had fun mixing paint to create the bold artwork. The back design was meant to be loud, bold and beautiful to compliment the typographical and photo layout on the front.

If you or someone you know just got engaged, send them the link to this save the date which you can find here.

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