This card is what happens when you don’t get your New Years’ cards sent before Valentines’ Day. I’m happy with how it turned out and we’ve learned how to not spend a ton of money on cards/ invites: We used to order pre-designed cards through Shutterfly (and although I order other gifts/ keepsakes from Shutterfly, their cards were just too expensive for us.) We now use PowerPoint to create our cards and print them at Costco’s photo center. Cool fact: you do not have to be a Costco member to utilize their photo center– it just requires that your order be shipped to you. If you are a member, you also have the option of picking up your order at one of their locations (which Derek usually does while grabbing one of their $1.50 hot dog/ soda deals on his lunch break!)

Before making our 2014 card, I didn’t know how to stretch text vertically in PowerPoint, but Derek taught me a trick:


[ 1. Select the text box you would like to stretch, 2. Format, 3. Text Effects, 4. Transform, 5. Select top left box under “warp”. These actions stretch your text to fit your text box. You can then play around with size and overall appearance. I did this with every individual text box on our card to add some interest. ]

I also varied fonts and colors. I didn’t want the card to look too “girly” with all the pink, but Derek approved; so we placed our order online through Costco. (Costco cost for 100 cards was $42.42; Shutterfly cost would’ve been $96.16 — yikes!)

And just because it’s fun to reflect on Derek’s facial hair our growing family, here are the last 4 years of holiday cards:


We hope we help you save some money in the future! How do you guys make holiday cards/ party invites/ etc?!


We’ve all wondered “what should we be when we grow up.” Look no further, people. Buzzfeed has the answers to all of life’s most challenging conundrums. What a relief, right?! Recently, every time I’m on facebook, there are a slew of these quizzes (ie “What career should you actually have?” or “Which character from ‘The Office’ are you?”) So we thought we should take the plunge:



Sadly, Derek said his glory days are over and he won’t be quitting his day job. I also gained nothing from my assessment as Pam Beesly, but I’ll take it as a compliment. She seems like a nice gal. But after buzzfeed, we just felt lost. I mean what’s the logical next step in life? Start a blog? Yeah, we thought so too. So here we go! The hubby and I are getting our blog on. We are going to document our projects and discoveries and dreams. (Not sure what all of that means yet; but that’s the point, right? The unknown is intriguing and we’re enjoying the journey!) We hope to connect with many of you and learn a bunch along the way. We are anxious to see how AFTER THE KIDS GO TO BED evolves! To know more about our lil’ fam jam, you can go here or give us a… holler [at] afterthekidsgotobed [dot] com