Lovely, Personalized Stationery and Invitations to Suit Every Occasion

When I was a newly minted high school graduate, my dear next-door neighbors gifted me with an extensive set of personalized stationery as a graduation gift. I surprisingly still have some pieces from that collection – the gift that started a lifetime appreciation for customized paper products. With so many special days to look forward to like graduation season, summer weddings, bridal showers, Mother’s Day, and more – we’re happy to highlight the lovely products over at Basic Invite – the place to find perfectly customized invitations, stationery, announcements, business cards, and more. 

As one of the few invite/stationary/paper product websites providing almost unlimited color options (over 180!); beautiful typography, and instant previews online – Basic Invite allows for custom samples of actual printed products. If you happen to be indecisive on a final purchase – this custom sample option (which I indeed went for) is key. There’s nothing like having an actual card in your hands to ensure printing, paper quality, and details feel right before placing that final order. 

Among my favorite options from Basic Invite are foil cards (in gold, silver, and rose gold) in either flat or raised foil designs. Options like rounded-corners also add a beautiful touch. With over 40 different envelope colors to choose from to match school colors for graduation invitations, bridal showers, graduation thank you cards, and more – Basic Invite has something for every occasion. We’re also big fans of their peel and seal envelopes! Basic Invite’s helpful tools, including free recipient address printing, graduation invitation party templates, an address capturing service, and free wedding/party website building, help make the ordering (and party planning!) process a breeze.

Check them out and enjoy 15% off at Basic Invite with this coupon code: 15FF51

Big thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. 

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Joss Kendrick: American Girl’s 2020 Girl of the Year Rocks Surfing and a Hearing Aid (+ Giveaway!)

American Girl kicked off the new decade with their annual “Girl of the Year” announcement. The 2020 American Girl doll of the year is Joss Kendrick, a 10-year-old surfer from So-Cal who also happens to rock a hearing aid. We can’t get enough of the important messages of representation, determination, and inclusivity in this doll and her accompanying story. 

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As the mother of a daughter (and son) who surf – I understand the wonderful lessons in pushing past limits, and getting up repeatedly after getting crushed by waves. Joss’s inspirational character personifies the importance of being open to new things. Joss’s surfing experiences pivot her to see cheerleading through the lens of soaring through the air and finding athleticism in different ways. 

Although American Girl has already offered the option of outfitting dolls with hearing aids, wheelchairs, and crutches – Joss is American Girl’s very fist doll with a disability (congenital hearing loss) that is part of her story. 

Born deaf in her left ear, with some hearing capabilities in her right ear, Joss comes with (two) hearing aids in a small case, that help her hear out of her right ear. Her passion for surfing and cheerleading come to life through her story, in which American Girl worked with surfing, competitive cheerleading, and hearing loss experts to create Joss’s account of ambition, dedication, and pushing past stereotypes. 

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Alongside Joss, American Girl committed to a $25,000 donation to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing people who live with hearing loss. 

Win it! We’re so excited to partner with American Girl to giveaway Joss Kendrick, American Girl’s 2020 Girl of the Year to one lucky reader.

UPDATE: Giveaway over.

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A Family Ski & Ride Weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort

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Some of my favorite childhood winter memories took place on ski slopes alongside my brother and friends. In hand-me-down CB Sports jackets, with a few dollars for the lodge, and a tin of Dermatone in my pocket – skiing elevated my winter playground in so many ways. I want my kids to have similar adventuring […]

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Something for Everyone: Holiday Gift Guide 2019

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Wonder what to get for all the special people in your life this holiday season? We’ve curated a list of our top gifts for everyone in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide – from kids to adults and families too. Happy giving! Fortune & Frame: This beautiful collection of heirloom jewelry, influence by centuries-old poison jewelry […]

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I Tried P.volve. It Made Me Reconsidering The Way I Workout

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Thank you to P.volve for sponsoring this post. A great workout has been one of the tools in my self-help arsenal since my teen years. I feel my best with consistent visits to the gym. Functional fitness methods have been buzzing around the city for years. I’ve been curious about P.volve since seeing their adds […]

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Enjoying Music On The Go

Thank you to our sponsor Best Buy. Switching over to wireless headphones is game-changing. Gone are the days of tangled wires making me lose my cool at the gym or on the go. With lots of upcoming family travel plans (and tweens who like to snatch my things), JLab JBuds Air family of Headphones topped […]

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