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The holiday season is here and while most of us are busy planning for Turkey Day, I’m here searching the net to find out who carries and offers the best holiday greeting cards.  I’ve realized in my search, that the Christmas season happens to be a popular time of year to get married.  Having been a wedding photographer, I honestly didn’t realize it was a trend.  Since I live in Hawaii, wedding season here is year round, so it was interesting to find out.  Well, that’s where Basic Invite comes into play.  This awesome website gives you the ease you need in sending out invitations or holiday cards, no matter the reason for that season.  

What is Basic Invite?

Basic Invite is a web based site that allows you to build your own color theme for your invitations and cards.  They offer an unlimited amount of color combinations so you can make your card as unique as you are.  I love that they offer an instant preview so you can insure your card design is exactly as you like it before you order.  Their prices are great and the list of products available at your finger tips is unbeatable. 

Wedding Invitations done the easy way!

I remember designing my own wedding invitations over 17 years ago.  It took a lot of time and effort.  And, since it was not as easy to order online, it also took a lot of back and forth to the printers to approve and revise my invites.  Now, companies like Basic Invite offer you an easy peasy solution for completing an important task for your big day.  Simply select a design that you can customize with over 180 different color options.  Make your card exactly as you want it, down to the littlest detail.  Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allow customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation.  This way you can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before you place your final order.  Didn’t I say it was “easy peasy”?  This is the perfect way for you to get those wedding invitations with a Christmas theme done exactly how you want it and done easily. 

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40 Different Colors of Envelopes?

Besides custom samples and an almost unlimited amount of colors, Basic Invite also has a collection of over 40 different colors of envelopes for their invitations.  Customers have the option to choose their envelopes to make that special invitation pop and stand out before it is even opened.  All envelopes are peel and seal so they can be quickly and securely closed.  

Choose from 900 Wedding Invitation Sets

Yup, you read that right.  900 Wedding Invitation Sets! Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set.  You can find everything on their site from save the date cards to wedding invitations.  And, don’t forget things like the enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards.  

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Basic Invite also offers Free Address Collection Services.  Simply use their free address collection service with just three easy steps.  Share a link, collect addresses and get free envelope printing.  

Seal & Send Wedding Invitations

Basic Invite offers a Seal & Send Wedding Invitation service as well.  It’s an all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear-off RSVP postcard included.  The Seal and Send Invite is their newest collection and brides are loving them.  Currently, Basic Invite offers this service in over 30 designs, including their very popular foil options and each are customizable.  Guests’ addresses are printed on the front of each invitation which means there is no envelope required.  Just share the link, collect the addresses, upload them onto your design and done.  Once you receive your order, all you have to do is add postage, fold your invites and secure.  This makes Holiday wedding plans a breeze, because it’s one less thing you have to worry about when planning a wedding.  And, one less thing to deal with when holidays already have you in a tight crunch.  

Free Wedding Websites

Basic Invite now offers an all-new wedding websites option for their customers.  Each website is completely customizable just like their wedding invitations.  Websites are mobile friendly and super easy to use.  You can instantly upload all of your wedding details as well as images and a map with directions to make things convenient for your guests.  Choose from 180 custom colors and even choose a design to match your wedding invitation suite.  

Holiday Cards 

Now, I’m sure you may recall me mentioning that Basic Invite also offers Holiday Cards.  Photo holiday cards are perfect for the season and it’s one that we send out to family, friends and colleagues each year.  

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Whether you are looking for a simple Holiday card to give out this year, or something that has a personalized twist, Basic Invite has something for everyone.  Their designs offer over 180 color selections to choose from and a plethora of design choices that will suit any personalized requirement.  

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I found a variety of options available to choose from and customizing the card is simple and quick.  Basic Invite offers over 750+ designed holiday cards to choose from.  Select from 5 different paper types, custom foiling, envelope colors and even get address printing.  The holiday season can be a challenge for anyone and Basic Invite takes the guess work out of it and is one less thing we have to worry about during the season.  

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Whether you’re planning a Christmas wedding or trying to get your holiday cards completed on time this season, I highly suggest checking out Basic Invite.  I love how easy their website is to maneuver and they have so many designs to choose from that you’re bound to find something you love.  Don’t forget, personalizing your wedding invitations with a Christmas theme or designing your photo holiday cards are a breeze with their online website.  

Be sure to check out Basic Invite for yourself and see how they can help you beat the Holiday rush with gorgeous wedding invitations and holiday cards.

Visit:  Basicinvite.com for your Truly Custom Invitations


Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with and sponsored by Basic Invite.  However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links may be posted through out.  

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I am a pen hoarder!  Yup, I will collect pens because I find that I enjoy the way they write and sometimes I have a selection of pens that I refuse to touch because I know I can no longer replace them when they run out.  But, when I have a great pen that works just as well as some of my holy grail ones, know that I will stop at nothing to keep it on me at all times.  I recently had the opportunity to try out the BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry Pens and boy oh boy was I impressed.  I love BIC brand but tend to gravitate to their pencils more than anything else.  I love a very fine tip – usually, 0.5mm if I can find them, so when I first saw that these were 0.7mm or medium tip, I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy them.  Well, well… boy was I wrong.  They are comfortable to use, comfortable to hold and I am loving how great the ink is.  Let’s talk about it in some detail, shall we?

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The BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry Pens range in colors and price points.  The ones I have here are retractable gel pens that dry up to 3x faster than ordinary ones.  There is less smearing or smudging (all of which I agree – no smearing) and they write super smooth.  I love that they are comfortable to hold in your hand and like I said before, the tip (while it is not my preferred) writes exactly as I would love it to write.

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While out school shopping for my boys, I’ve been seeing these pens on the end caps of the displays.  I haven’t stopped raving about them since I got my hands on them about a month ago.  They are lightweight and easy to control.  They leave a smooth line and I absolutely love the fact that they are retractable, which means that is less caps for me to lose.

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I plan to pick up the entire collection of colors (not like I need more pens) but I find that these are perfect purse pens and so easy tote around if you need a pen on the go.  I also like to do brush strokes and color in my lines with these and find that the ink flows out easily, making it simple to use these.  I’ve been hunting for these in a finer point but haven’t found anything yet.  If you are a huge fan of G2 pens, I think you’d enjoy these as well.  They dry faster so it makes a great choice for doing homework or reports.

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Also, if you’re a planner girl like me, you’ll love that these write anything you want in the color you choose while still drying so swiftly that you are not smearing your pages.  I tell you, these are genius.

Have you tried these pens before?  If so, what do you think about it?  If not, do you think this will be on your next stationery list?

 

 

 

 


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I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental.  While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose.  This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts.  Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy.  Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

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I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts.  My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of.  My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.

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Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we?  I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood.  From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging.  I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more.  Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD).  Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.

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A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life.  One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option.  This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase.  This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity.  The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage.  The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin.  Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.

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Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second?  My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom.  The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools.  I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift.   This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go.  It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial.  What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00.  I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.

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I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy.  The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date.  I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish.  This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours.  This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be.  I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too.  The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone.  It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee.  What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.

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With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote.  This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities.  It’s available in three different colors:  Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles.  Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer.  As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.

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The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists.  The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company.  It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could  eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place.  Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional.  This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely.  If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way.  Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas.  This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do.  I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.

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You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD.  The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy.  Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone.  Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day.  Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.

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Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me.  So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too.  I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection.  I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook.  Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren.  I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts.  You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life.  These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.

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Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera.  The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has.  It’s compact and powerful.  With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.

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Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful.  These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately.  Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one.  I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round.  I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating.  Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?

xo

Signature Honey

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As a mother of three boys, I’m always looking for fun and interesting items to add to our mix of adventures.  Laser Pointers are fun for us to play with and we especially love to play with them and at night against a dark wall to create fun and interesting designs.  Recently I was sent the Kyasi 3-in-1 Laser Pointer Touch Pen Ball Pen and I was quite impressed with the quality of the product and what it does.

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This interesting gadget retails $24.95 (original price – $39.95) and is the perfect gift for your graduate or a dad in your life.  It’s perfect for everyday use and I love that the Pen/Stylus and Laser comes with batteries so you can easily use your product right out of the box.  This device is build from 100% brass and the pen itself writes nicely, smoothly and has a great feel in your hands, weighted – but not heavy, sturdy!

The laser pointer is bright and has great power behind it.  You can easily see it lit well through out any room and the range is great – offering amazing visibility.  The microfiber mesh tipped stylus works well on any capacitive touch screen – like Apple devices, Samsung, Kindles and tablets.  I use the touch screen on my Note 4 as well as on my Samsung Tablet without any issue.  As I mentioned earlier, the pen also comes with batteries right in the box so you are able to use this product right after you open the box.

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Laser pointers can be a distraction for some and are dangerous to be pointed directly into the eyes, so please be careful with use.  My sons and I love to shine the pointer on the ground for our dog to chase the light around or we shine it at our wall at night to create fun light show displays.  I love that this pen is both functional and an interesting “toy” and offers hours of use.  The laser pointer (CE under 1.0mw and FDA under 5mw) is easy to use as well, just depress the little button on the pen and the ball point pen can be refilled with standard D1 German ink refills.

Stop by Kyasi.com to check out all the colors available as well as other products they offer.

 

Disclaimer:  The following product was sent to me for review as a part of a Tomoson Campaign.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not compensated monetarily to provide this review.