January 14, 2019

Preparing For Baby With Basic Invite

One of the many exciting things about getting ready for a baby is planning the baby shower. If you have a loved one who is getting ready to welcome a little bundle of joy into their lives and are planning a baby shower, I highly recommend Basic Invite! I love that they are a convenient and economical option for planning any celebratory event (not just baby showers). 

Here are some of my favorite things about Basic Invite's custom invitations and cards: 

Almost Unlimited Colors - The biggest draw that sets Basic Invite apart from other online stationary companies is their unlimited color options with instant previews online. It's so nice and reassuring for a customer to make sure their card is exactly how she wants them before purchasing. Once a design is selected, the elements can be previewed with over 180 different color options! 

Custom Samples - Speaking of making sure the card is exactly how the customer wants it, Basic Invite will actually allow customers to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see the paper quality and how their invite will look tangibly before placing their final order. 

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Just as there are several options for the invitations, there are also several color options with the envelopes. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All envelopes are "peel and seal," so no need to lick all those envelopes closed! 

Address Capturing Service - This might be the most convenient perk. Customers can share a link on any social media account to request addresses from friends and family. Addresses will be stored in the customer's Basic Invite account and can then be selected during the design process. Another perk: Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders! 

Foil - Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

Check out some other baby shower invites: 

Basic Invite also offers baby announcements! I can't wait to design an announcement when we have our little baby BOY in just a few months! 

Want to try Basic Invite for one of the celebratory events in your life? Right now Basic Invite is offering a 15% off coupon code: 15FF51

Happy designing!!


In collaboration with Basic Invite.

December 06, 2018

Advent 2018 {Days 1-5}

Advent is here! I am all about creating memories and traditions, while at the same time keeping things simple. What is the point of making traditions if you are stressed out trying to make them happen? The purpose of our advent activities are to spend quality time together, enjoy the season, and to learn about the birth of Jesus and the things that make him happy (like worship, family, and blessing others). With that said, many of our activities are simple. Some required planning, but even the planning was fairly easy. Other activities were done with items we already have at home. My point is, you do not have to make yourself crazy trying to make memories with your family! Here is a recap of our first five days. 

Day 1: Open new Christmas jammies, make Christmas pretzels, and watch "The Grinch" as a family. 
I bought Jade these Christmas cat jammies last month and we planned to stay in and watch The Grinch (Netflix for the win!) while making these festive pretzels. She loved getting to open a present and the pretzels were so simple that Jade was able to help. We kept some at home and also passed some out to Jade's Sunday school teachers the next morning. 

My mom bought this book for Jade for her first Christmas, so it is a book we have had around for a little while. She also bought Jade her Nativity set. It has been put away with the Christmas things, so getting it out was new and exciting and Jade felt like she was getting a new toy. She calls the characters her "friends" and it is so precious! 

Day 3: Spread out blankets on the living room floor and get out all of our Christmas story books.
This was another simple and easy activity! We spread out all of the books and looked through them. Jade wanted to read "Pick A Pine Tree" and "Small, Medium, and Large." Then she spent time looking through the other books. I love having seasonal books on hand! We put some hot chocolate in a thermos and enjoyed it while reading. 

Day 4: Review the Christmas Story characters and play with Nativity stickers.

I bought these stickers from Michael's last year. There were several sets that came in the pack so I kept the extras. We ended up putting them in her baby book as an advent keepsake. 

Day 5: Surprise Daddy at work with his favorite hot chocolate. 
 Any excuse to go to Starbucks, right?! Haha, Brian's favorite hot chocolate is the Snickerdoodle one from Starbs, so this was a fun opportunity to bring him one while he was at work. Jade was so excited to go see her daddy during the work day.

Thanks for reading!! Hope you are enjoying this magical season with loved ones. 


November 14, 2018

Preparing for Advent and Other Updates

Pardon me as I speak more cliches about how fast time is moving, but how in the actual world is it already mid-November? 

I am looking forward to this weekend because we are finding out the gender of our baby with a few family members (with a yummy donut cake) and then the following week is all about Thanksgiving and travels. The Holidays are here! 

I think (and I say that cautiously) that I finally have our advent activities planned and on the calendar. Most of them are simple things that we can just do at home, but a few of them involve some planning. We also have to work around family travels, so I try to get them planned as soon as possible. 

This past weekend we started some of our Christmas shopping and bought Jade her Christmas jammies that she will open on December 1st, as this is our tradition for the beginning of December. 

I got a few Christmas decorations out because Winter has come abruptly and I couldn't help myself. Every year I eagerly await for Anthro to reveal their holiday decorations and I am also loving the decorations from Target (obsessed with their Opal House line!) and Hobby Lobby this year. Christmas decorations are so special and sentimental so I enjoy getting some that our family will use for years to come. 

I have also become obsessed with establishing family traditions and I think the obsession is only getting bigger and bigger as our family grows. 

Random updates:

Jade is getting super interested in dinosaurs. She got to pick out a puppet at the bookstore the other day and out of all the cute kittens, puppies, and woodland creatures, she chose the t-rex! She loves it so much and calls it her dragon. If she gets to watch a cartoon, she will usually pick a dinosaur one. When looking through dinosaur books, she says, "Hi dinosaur, you're sweet!" (usually to the most ferocious looking ones!) I bought her some dinosaur feet slippers for Christmas and I think she is going to love them! 

I really need to start a quote book for Jade. She currently says the funniest things and I never want to forget them! Has anyone ever done this for their kids? 

I temporarily deactivated my instagram account. I did it on a whim, but I am actually loving the break! It can be overwhelming and sometimes instead of trying to keep up with everyone's lives, I need to focus on my own. I am not sure when I'll be back on, as I'm not giving myself any stipulations. It's just something I am doing for my own mental/emotional well-being, so I suppose I will get back on when I feel up to it! 

This has only gone on for about a week or so, but instead of drinking coffee in the morning before work, I have been drinking it when I get home in the evenings. I am currently running on water and honey crisp apples in the morning and I look forward to drinking a cup when I get home. PLUS it gives this preggo energy to accomplish all of the tasks I want to at home while chasing a busy toddler instead of crashing after the work day. 

This post was completely random, but I just wanted to check in. Happy Wednesday, everyone!