Thursday, August 16, 2018

Getting Down to Business with Basic Invite



We started this little blog over four years ago. Four! We can't believe it! If you had asked us as we were sitting by that pool dreaming up a little collaborative blog for moms where we might be in four years we would have laughed at you. I mean we were just hoping someone other than our moms, best friends, and husbands might actually read our little slice of Internet.

Fast forward to now and we are amazing at what our tiny little blog has become! Don't get us wrong, it's still a tiny little blog, but at least a handful of other people read it outside of those under pure obligation (thanks again mom!).

And we are so thankful/in awe of that!

We have been able to take part in some amazing things, had the ability to be stretched creatively, and have connected with some truly inspiring people. This blog has allowed us to interact with people all over the world, and each and every day we learn a little something new. And we freaking love that!

In the last four years, our blog has transitioned into something way bigger than we ever imagined - both personally and professionally. It excites us in so many ways, and yet equally stresses us out. Because hello?! We are just two moms who decided to create this thing while cocktailing it up poolside.

So after four years we finally succumbed to the idea that while it is super fun, it is also work. This little blog requires a lot of attention these days, and on a few levels we can't continue to treat it as though it is just a "fun little side project" anymore. That's the side you guys get to see (and hopefully always will!). Behind the scenes though it's a lot of brainstorming, a lot of calendar coordinating, and lot of negotiating. It's a lot of networking, it's a lot of figuring out our worth, it's a lot of time management and it's an obscene amount of phone calls/emails/texts...

It's a job. It's a little (big?) business that we run without realizing we ever started one.

So that brings us going into our fifth (holy cow!) year. We have so many fun things on the horizon, and a ton of new ideas that we think will excite you even more than they excite us. But first...we had to make it official. We strapped on our big girl mom boss pants and made a plan to keep the business side of our blog a little more, well...businesslike.


BUSINESS CARDS BY BASIC INVITE

Our first order of business was to create custom business cards. We can't tell you how many times in the last four years we have been asked for a card and have embarrassingly not had one on hand.

Well...a little background. We did have business cards we created ourselves three and a half years ago before we went to our first blogger event. Jen designed them, Carrie Beth printed them on her at home printer, and we felt like a boss when we stared at those cards with our very on logo on them. Perforated edges and all - we thought they were glorious. Then somewhere along the way we lost them track of them, and never really thought to take the time to make some new ones. I'm sure some PR person out there is thankful we are no longer passing out paper cut hazards like it's our job, but still for a brief period in time they served their informational purpose.


This time around we wanted a card that we would be proud of. We wanted one that conveyed what we actually do, gave all the correct information succinctly, and gave a little nod to our southern blog roots. We reached out to the good people of Basic Invite for their help, and were amazed at how easy it was to create a professional looking business card without breaking the bank.


There are so many easy to use templates we almost had a hard time choosing which option we wanted to go with. Do we use our headshot? Do we use our logo? Go with slightly updated branding? Can we get some of that gorgeous foil pretty please?



We were so impressed with the variety. We were even more impressed with just how easy it was customize a card to exactly what we wanted!


Basic Invite is one few places we found online that you have unlimited color options, and gives you an instant preview of what your design will look like online as you create it. It's also one of the few places you can get a sample of your card sent to you so you can see exactly what it will look like before you purchase a large quantity.


The process from start to finish was super easy, and we are so happy with how our business card turned out! They are on thick sturdy card stock, the colors are flawless, and the back even has a matching graphic on it.


So now when you meet us and request a business card we will proudly hand over one of our gorgeous new ones.

BEYOND THE BUSINESS...CARDS

Now that we have gone through the process, and have seen how easy it is, we definitely will be using Basic Invite for all of our stationery needs! They have stationery that coordinates with our business cards and we can't wait to get our hands on them. Because what kind of southern girls would we be if we didn't write a thank you note or two each day?


We love that we can customize this just as easily as we did with our custom business cards right down to the envelope choices. Basic Invite offers over 40 different colors of custom envelopes.

From custom business cards to real estate agent business cards to custom invitations and photo holiday cards - Basic Invite is kind of a one stop shop of all stationery needs. We loved working with them, and if you need to up your business game or simply order monogrammed stationery or design a shower invite they are a great option to have on hand.

They also are running a promotion right now where you can get 15% any order. Use code 15FF51 at check out and the code will automatically adjust the price!



Thank you all for reading our little blog and making this "business" a fun one! 


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**Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.**

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Win $250 to Oriental Trading!

Okay so we know it's only August, but we have partnered with our friends at Oriental Trading for a spooktacular little giveaway for Halloween! We - along with some of our blogger friends - are giving away a $250 gift card to use at Oriental Trading. Just in time for Halloween!


We love using Oriental Trading for just about any and every party we plan, and Halloween is one of our favorites! Really you can use the gift card anytime on any merchandise available, but you know how we love a good theme.  We thought this was perfect timing for all that Halloween planning on the horizon!

They literally have everything you might need! Halloween costumes for everyone in the family...

camo ninja costume

DC Superhero Girls Costume - Supergirl Costume

Halloween decor...

halloween decor - halloween porch decor - halloween pillows

And any kind of Halloween party supply you can think of! 

Super cute halloween party supplies.

WIN $250 TO ORIENTAL TRADING!

Entering to win is super easy! Contest starts today, August 15th, and ends September 5th. Winner will receive one gift card for $250 to Oriental Trading. Winner will be emailed shortly after entry verification. Enter below and good luck!



What will you purchase if you win $250 from Oriental Trading? 


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Create a Homework Station {For Less than $100}

Thank you CTSandThat! for sponsoring this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I have been thinking about transforming our playroom for a while now. Some of you might remember that I posted about it a while back because my kids just weren't using the space anymore and sadly they have pretty much outgrown the toy phase.

I wanted to transform the playroom into more of a tween room complete with a hangout space and also a homework station.  In the past they have done their homework at the kitchen island. While I don't mind them being there I do mind all of the stuff!  Papers, folders, notebooks, pencils and everything in between. It would stay all over the counters and drive me crazy.

I wanted to create a space for them to have everything they needed for their homework and studying and with the help of andThat! I was able to find the perfect organizational items with a few fun things mixed in, too!  The challenge was to stay under $100 and with all of the amazing items at great prices I was able to do it!


One thing I really wanted to find was some organizational pieces. I feel like with homework on busy afternoons that is half the battle.  Having all the supplies needed and keeping it all organized was my goal!  I love using mason jars all around my house for different things and I found these that fit right into the three section wire tray. I knew it would be perfect for pencils, markers, etc.


And they had all of the office and organizational supplies I needed!


After grabbing a few other baskets for papers and notebooks I wanted to add in some fun stuff, too!  
I fell in love with these handmade wooden scrabble tiles.  I debated on what I wanted to spell out, but settled on "LEARN" after getting some feedback on our Instagram Stories. 


After loading up my cart I made my way to the check out and was so happy to learn...


...that my math was correct and I had indeed gotten everything I needed for under $100!



I couldn't wait to come home and style it all!



This light box add some much needed fun to an otherwise boring task of homework.  The kids or I can change out the message on it when they have friends coming over. 


I loved these wire baskets for holding extra notebook paper and folders. 


And the frames at andThat! were such great quality and a VERY reasonable price.  This one was around $5 and I made a little Wifi sign with our password to go in it. Surprisingly, a ton of my daughter's homework and studying is on the computer this year so when her friends come over they all need to be able to connect to get the work done! And for a tween, Wifi is a very important thing! 


I used a table we already had instead of purchasing a new desk because I figured more thank one person could sit there and hung the LEARN tiles above it. 


I think this might be my favorite thing and I love that each andThat! has unique items that are local to the area. 


I also got the coordinating organizational desk pieces that match the wire baskets and online they are sold as a set.  These hold everything they could need for their homework and projects. 


Overall, I am really happy with how the homework station turned out and so far they are loving it. (Well, loving it as much as kid who isn't a fan of homework can!)


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Taylor Swift Reputation Tour

About 9 months ago we learned that Taylor Swift would be coming to Atlanta as part of our Reputation Tour and we knew we had to go!  There was a pre-sale process where fans could gain early access for doing things like watching her videos, buying merchandise, sharing via social media and a ton of other things.  I spent what felt like weeks doing everything we could to get us early access and when the day finally came to purchase tickets my hands were literally shaking.  I was on the phone with Jen the entire time and as soon as I had confirmation of the tickets I was SO excited and relieved. I gave the tickets and shirts to my girls as Christmas gifts and they were beyond thrilled!


Their first concert was the Taylor Swift concert a few years ago and we had so much fun so they couldn't wait to go back.  Because the concert wasn't until August it felt like forever to wait, but it was the perfect thing to look forward to right after school starting.

Jen booked us a room at the Omni Hotel downtown so we could walk over to the stadium before and after the show and not have to deal with all of the traffic since we knew it would be a late night.


Our room had an amazing view of Mercedes-Benz stadium and it was fun to watch all the people walking around downtown all dressed up. 


We all got ready while sipping on Champagne for the over 21 crowd and sparkling juice for the younger ones.  Nothing like a little multi-tasking. 


Part of getting ready included our RED lips!!!  Because it was a special occasion we went all out! 


I had an extra ticket so my mom was able to come with us for the night!


We walked over to the stadium and the excitement all around us was contagious.



After getting into the stadium and grabbing tour t-shirts, Little Cute needed to reapply!  She was all about the red lips and so pumped for her first concert! 


We entertained ourselves by taking pictures while we waited for the show to start. 






The opening acts were Charlie XCX and Camilla Cabello. Both were so fun and got the crowd up, dancing and excited. 


When Taylor came on stage the place went wild! People screaming, singing, dancing, and having so much fun. 


One thing we all loved were the light-up bracelets.  They are synchronized to the music and light up all different colors at all different times. It makes the stadium look so cool!



We sang and danced our little hearts out all night long. Taylor sang a ton of her new songs from the Reputation album, but also mixed in some of her older songs, too. 


The lights, the dancing, the costumes, the production...all of it was AMAZING!  She is such a performer and put on such a great show. 


She also moves around a bunch. We had thought about getting seats on the floor, but decided against it because we weren't sure the girls would be able to see as well. We ended up in the lower level which was great. We had a good view of the main stage and also we were right in front of one of the side stages that she performs a few songs on. Plus, with the huge screens that are all around the top of the stadium you could see everything perfectly no matter where you were sitting. 


Thank you Taylor Swift for such a fun night. We had a blast and can't wait for you to come back to Atlanta!!!!  




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