Office Depot Has the Greatest Gifts For Grandparents

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Office Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

AD Office Depot is the perfect place to get holiday photo cards or the last-minute gifts for grandparents & other loved ones. See our favorite holiday gifts

There’s nothing quite like watching your parents grow into grandparents.” — ad-libbed from Cassidy after Scarlet’s birth.

My kids have six grandparents. Sometimes that statement makes people give me a funny little look and ask, “How?” Sort of like how they give me a funny look when I tell them that my two older siblings are two weeks apart, but that those two weeks occurred over the deadline for starting kindergarten, so they were always in different grades. How are they two weeks apart? Are they delayed twins? No, they’re technically step-siblings. We just never used the word “step” in my family.

There is no “step.” It’s just that there was a divorce and two re-marriages and Cassidy’s family widened to include these spouses. And his mother’s husband and his father’s wife are every bit the kids’ grandparents. In heart and love and support.

So when it comes time to give the six grandparents holiday gifts – celebrating both Chanukah and Christmas – I rely on Office Depot’s Workonomy™ Print + Copy Services. It’s as simple as that! The grandparents are the ones most excited for holiday cards.

And I have to admit – I was pretty excited this year too!

As a photographer who does NOT do printing, I send my clients to the best place for all of their holiday card needs. I took a lot of family photos this year – probably a new record for me – and it heartens me to know how many loved ones are getting smiling photos I took! That said, I can’t neglect my own loved ones! This year, we enlisted Office Depot for help with our holiday cards and our grandparents gifts! Sometimes grandparents are the hardest to shop for! We have one set always traveling or far away. My parents live far away. And the closest set needs sweet reminders, as well, of their extended family.

AD Office Depot is the perfect place to get holiday photo cards or the last-minute gifts for grandparents & other loved ones. See our favorite holiday gifts

And so, I made them all calendars. I used high-resolution photos and I took the time to go through my photos from the last year. It was fun for me to match months with photos. Even though it’s a new year, I liked finding photos that happened in the previous year’s month. Creating personalized photo gifts is really fun, but I take it super seriously. I love how easy it is to order picture perfect gifts online with Office Depot’s Workonomy™ Print and Copy Services online, and then pick up in-store. You can even do it last minute!

Office Depot’s Workonomy™ Print and Copy Services help make our holidays fun and easy! They want parents to know that they are your must-have, go-to place for all your holiday gifting and mailing needs! You can do anything from making personalized photo gifts, to sending presents to family across the country, to picking out last minute stocking stuffers, to making holiday cards. Do it all at your local Office Depot or OfficeMax store, and you can purchase online, in-store or buy online and pick up in-store. We love that Office Depot Workonomy™ Print and Copy services produce high-quality custom printing.

And they have a fast turnaround at a great price!

Office Depot delivers everything, from custom stationery to business cards, engraved signs and cards. They have same-day printing and pickup options on many items, too! Here’s what you can get: Custom photo books, creative prints, home décor, photo ornaments, custom printables – like menus, placemats, or themed signs, holiday photo cards and last minute gifts for loved ones.

And of course, personalized calendars and planners for the New Year!

AD Office Depot is the perfect place to get holiday photo cards or the last-minute gifts for grandparents & other loved ones. See our favorite holiday gifts

AD Office Depot is the perfect place to get holiday photo cards or the last-minute gifts for grandparents & other loved ones. See our favorite holiday gifts

Find out more about Office Depot, Inc.’s print and copy services here!

What are your favorite Office Depot personalized photo gifts to give or receive?

Office Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Home for the Holidays: 5 Tips For Traveling With Pets

This is a sponsored post, in partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club. All opinions are proudly my own.

Going home for the holidays? Bringing your pets with you? We are too! Here are 5 tips for traveling with pets during the holiday season. #ad #BJsSmartSaver

Now that we have a new puppy in the mix, our travel plans are never quite the same.

It’s true what they say that when you add a new family member, you double, triple, or quadruple the work, time and money! All worth it, though, to have all three of our pets under one roof with us when we travel. We used to have a cat sitter come here and we’d send Athena to my in-laws. Then we got Astro and would sometimes board the dogs or still send them with our in-laws. However, Astro recently had surgery so he’s been going everywhere with us. Not to mention that we spent Thanksgiving at my parent’s farm WITH my in-laws. That means no care for the dogs, so we brought them with us!

Luckily, both are GREAT travel companions!

Traveling with pets to go home for the holidays should not be taken lightly, especially if you have a far distance to go. Luckily, BJ’s Wholesale Club makes it easy, as well as these practical tips that will ensure smooth travels.

Going home for the holidays? Bringing your pets with you? We are too! Here are 5 tips for traveling with pets during the holiday season. #ad #BJsSmartSaver

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Going home for the holidays? Bringing your pets with you? We are too! Here are 5 tips for traveling with pets during the holiday season. #ad #BJsSmartSaver

Home for the Holidays: 5 Tips for Traveling with Pets:

1 – Talk about all travel plans with your vet. Luckily this won’t be Astro’s first trip because that would be a whole other stressor. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, you must think about your pets. And also, your destination matters too! Plus, some pets get motion sick which is no fun for anyone.

2 – Put in the extra effort to make sure everyone is cared for. Is where you’re staying pet-friendly, and more importantly – pet-safe? Are you having guests with their own pets or with any kinds of allergies or fears that might make life with your pet harder? Make quiet and calm introductions, and if children are involved, supervise the early interactions.

3 – If you’re traveling, make sure to travel on less busy days. This will lead to less chaos overall, and maybe more chances for quieter walks and potty breaks for your pet. (and you) Avoid the Wednesday before or Sunday after Thanksgiving.

4 – Safety first, of course. Pets can be more curious in new places. Before you go, make sure you know nearby vets and animal hospitals at your destination and make sure that your tag and microchip information are up to date first.

5 – Get everything you need at BJ’s and bring it on the road! Pets don’t always adjust as well as we do, so changing food and treats too much can lead to issues. Bring familiar bedding, a favorite treat, and if you introduce a new pet bed, make it comfortable at home first. Here are a couple of items we need for our travel with pets:

  • Pee Pee Pads. They are great for puppies and adult dogs, and packages include 100 pads with 5-layer leak-proof technology.

  • Chaise Lounger. Boy do we love this! It’s warm and cuddly and even has a removable squeaky chew toy for dogs. This gives them play and comfort. This one is a real win for us. We like to use it at home and take it while we travel.

And that is why BJ’s is always the place to go this holiday season. They offer a large selection of pet food brands that cater to your pet’s needs without breaking your budget. And with pets to get gifts for and to also travel with these days, we’re happy to have a place that has a wide assortment of food and accessories at unbeatable values. As a member, you can shop wet and dry pet food, treats that support dental health, and specialty foods that cater to weight management or complete nutrition. Not to mention that families can save up to $500 a year by shopping at BJ’s.

I love going to BJ’s during the holidays. I love that they’re committed to offering the best value of any supermarket or club, and members save 25% off grocery store prices every day. BJ’s is the only membership warehouse club to accept manufacturer’s coupons. And if you join BJ’s today, we’ll both receive $25 gift cards just for signing up!

My refer-a-friend link invites you to join BJ’s today and earn a $25 gift card! Also, BJ’s offers convenient shopping options including in-Club shopping, BJs.com and the BJ’s mobile app. You can save money and time by filling up your gas tanks at BJ’s Gas® with some of the lowest gas prices around. Make it your one-stop-shopping for your family and family pets!

Do you travel with your pets during the holidays?