Family Photos 2017 ($400 Minted Giveaway)

We had our family pictures taken a few weeks ago and we are excited to share them with you today! We also have a $400 giveaway to Minted! So make sure you keep reading so you can enter!

Family pictures were interesting this year because Maxwell was sick. I didn’t want to cancel because we all had haircuts, our outfits picked out, and the weather was perfect. So Maxwell took one for the team and put on a smile. You can’t even tell he was sick from the pictures. That kid is always full of joy!

Our pictures were taken at Saltair and the boys had a blast running in the sand and water. They left a little wet and dirty, but they had a good time. A big thanks to Trisha, our friend and photographer, she always does a fabulous job!


Now, I am trying to decide what photos to use for our Christmas cards. Minted has SO many wonderful Christmas cards to choose from. They also have fantastic gifts for everyone on your list and I LOVE their art selection and calendars.

To enter the $400 Minted Giveaway, leave a comment on this post! The giveaway ends on November 22nd! Good luck!

*Thanks to Minted for providing this giveaway to our readers!

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Beautiful pictures. I love how you take advantage of the beautiful spots in Utah. Have fun with creating the perfect card on Minted.

  2. What beautiful pictures. Our son is being married next June. We sure could use a Minted gift to buy some gifts. I just love their art.

  3. I love Minted and there are so many things I’d be able to do with this giveaway! Unrelated…I have that same plaid top 😉

  4. Loved seeing these pictures. It gives me great ideas on how to style our family pictures that are going to be taken on a beach. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. You have a beautiful family! I would love to use the Minted prize to preserve some of my favorite photos. Kids grow so quickly!

  6. Every one looks so relaxed and happy! You’re so right, one can not tell your son was sick!
    Thank you for the give away!

  7. We have never had formal photos done with our whole family. Now my children are 26, 22 and 16. I think it’s about time we did this, don’t you?

  8. Adorable photos! Love Minted! I currently have my eye on their gorgeous (and practical) all-in-one wedding invitations. 🙂

  9. Gorgeous pictures! Oh that’s always the hardest part, trying to narrow down which picture to use. The last few years I have ordered their fold over option, that way I can use more pictures on the card lol.

  10. I just ordered from Minted for the first time (our Christmas cards) and they turned out fantastic! I am newly engaged and plan on using Minted for save the dates and wedding invitations, so winning this would be a brilliant stroke of luck!!

  11. Great photos! What a trooper Maxwell was. Your boys are too adorable.

    We have never had a family photo taken with our 3 children. The youngest is 4! Would love to win this.

  12. Beautiful photos. You will have to show us what you decided on for Christmas cards. I would love to use minted for ours this year. 

  13. Absolutely love all of the family pictures! Your page is fun to follow with easy to follow recipes. Your husband and kids are lucky to have you. Hope y’all have a great Thanksgiving holiday coming up! 🙂

  14. Our favorite thing to do for Christmas is to make the grandparents calendars full of sweet pictures of the kids!  Minted would be perfect for that!! ❤️

  15. Oh my goodness Maria! These pictures came out amazing! I love them all! I have two little boys as well and I love when you share stories about your precious little men. We’re taking our holiday photos next weekend and hoping for similar success!I LOVE minted and would be thrilled to win this giveaway! 🙂 

  16. Wow, gorgeous photos!! The landscaping couldn’t be prettier as well! I love minted. Would love to win and purchase artwork for my home

  17. Love all your family picture! It’s hard to ddecide which one to pick for your family Christmas card. Why not use the first picture of you and your family as the main larger picture and have the rest of the pictures as a collage on the card as well?

  18. I love watching the boys grow up, they are so handsome!!! Your recipes are awesome also. I have Cinnamon Almonds in the oven right now for our girls night out.

  19. I have never printed Christmas cards and mailed them, this give away would be such a treat! Now that we are done with adopting children…We have 7 children (4 adopted from China, three biological children 3 grandchildren… i’m ready to send outa beautiful family Christmas photo!  This giveaway would be perfect 

  20. Your pics turned out beautiful! We love Minted too!  Not only do they have beautiful cards that are great quality, but I love their address assistant that keeps my addresses in year after year…. and even addressed them for me! I would sure love to win- thx for the chance!

  21. I’m a somewhat new follower to your blog,  and I am loving all of the recipes.  Your kitchen and pantry are to die for!  I’ve received Minted cards around the holidays, and they always stand out as the highest quality.   We just had professional photos done, and I’d love to send Minted cards as a new family of four!  I’m also interested in exploring their artwork too!

  22. Your family photos are just great. Your little guys are adorably handsome and the big guy is kinda handsome as well!
    My two favorite photos are the last two. 
    Thanks for the Minted giveaway…here’s hoping I win!!

  23. Wow, your photos turned out GORGEOUS!! They are always somewhat stressful, but always worth it in the end. It would be wonderful to win this giveaway! 

  24. People say u shouldn’t have pics of fam all over the house. But I do! I mix it in everywhere. After all its our family that’s what our life is about:) Ive never used Minted but it sounds, and looks AMAZING!

  25. Funny how family picture time always has challenges, whether it’s sickness, outfits or weather, it never fails. Yet, once we let go of the idea of perfection, such amazing and authentically happy moments are captured! Beautiful family and photos!

  26. Great pictures! I think it would be fun to pick one of the last two pictures that aren’t as posed (your one son is pantless) to show what a good time you have together. 

  27. This is the first year I don’t have any photos to use for a Christmas card. Trying to decide if we whip something up last minute or just bag it. Minted cards are so gorgeous, which makes the former very tempting.

  28. Beautiful pictures!! Love following your blog. Just made your Brown Butter Salted Caramel  Snickerdoodles this morning and they were heaven!! 

  29. Ah! I looked through the minted website! Amazing!
    Would be a great win for my family to have them printed and mailed to all our USA friends and fam while we are living overseas!!! 

  30. I love minted’s style and beautiful design aesthetic. Nothing cheesy, always classy. I would like be to win this giveaway!! Also, your family photos are amazing!

  31. Family portraits are a moment in time and they seem like such a good investment especially if you want prints and to produce good looking holiday cards! My iPhone selfies aren’t cutting it anymore. Thanks for the inspo! I’ll def need to book a photog once baby #2 arrives in December.

  32. I have purchased from Minted before – they do quality work! I absolutely adore the picture with the water rippling out in a circle around your son. OMG that is magical!

  33. Love the photos! It’s a challenge every year to get a good picture then a good card to display. I like the last pic with you guys walking hand and hand on the beach 

  34. These are great “lifestyle” photos of your family. Trisha clearly knows what she is doing and your peas are being raised on some very expensive fertilizer. 🙂

  35. Your photos are beautiful! I have a three-year-old and am expecting baby #2 at the beginning of the year. This would be fantastic in helping me decorate with photos of them together! 

  36. Getting and receiving hard copy photographs is so important, especially in this digital day and age. The photos look great!!

  37. Just love your pictures!  One of the things that always strikes me about your boys is what beautiful eyes they have.  They will grow to be kind men.  Happy Thanksgiving!

  38. We just had family pictures done for the first time in a long while and I can’t wait to get our Christmas cards ordered! We almost had the pictures done on the beach but went with a grassy area and mountains in the  background; the beach looks dreamy!

  39. Your photos are amazing! You have a beautiful family! Minted is so great! My fiancé and I  used them for our save the dates for our upcoming wedding and we’re so happy with how they turned out. $400 would be very helpful to put towards our Minted wedding invitations! 

  40. Your family photos are amazing! You have a beautiful family! My fiancé and I ordered the save the dates for our upcoming wedding through Minted and were so happy with how they turned out. $400 would be very helpful to put towards our Minted wedding invitations! 

  41. Have not had an opportunity to take family photos. Hope we get to do it  this following year, my girls are growing up too fast!! Crossing my fingers, that I win. 

  42. I think the last one and the close ups of the boys would make a great three photo Christmas card! Hard to choose from so many precious images. 

  43. Your family pictures are amazing; I enjoy your blog and your recipes. My grandson is one week younger that Caleb, so it’s always fun to see Caleb’s growth and compare it to Jack’s! Thanks for all you do.

  44. I love the family pictures and the background. I’ve never used Minted but I haven definitely looked at all their options. They look great and are reasonably priced the more you buy. 

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