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When Looking for the Perfect Graduation Party Invitations

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Basic Invite, however all opnions are my own. 

Doesn't it seem like February flew right by? I know that for me January was absolutely eternal but February felt like it barely happened. And now that the month is almost over it's time to start thinking about all of the special moments and holidays ahead: we have two birthdays in March plus all things Easter in April. Then, of course, comes the month of May with Mother's Day (one of the most important holidays of the year) as well as the beginning of the graduation season. 

Luckily, our kids are still pretty young and we don't have to deal with graduation prep, yet. But personally, I can't wait until we're ordering graduation party invitations for Angel, the first of the kids. That's actually only a few years away and we can't wait to celebrate.

Personally, I love ordering all of my invitations, thank you letters, announcements and the like online because it's just so easy to do. And I love it when everything is truly customizable so that in the end we get the perfect product.

Today I want to introduce you to Basic Invite and share why you will want to take time to check out their website for your next paper goods order, especially if you have a graduate this year and need the perfect invites. Plus - there is a code at the bottom of this post to help you save 15% until the end of Feb.

Here is what you can expect when ordering with Basic Invite:

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. 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 of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all 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.

Don't wait until the last minute, order your graduation celebration invitations or polaroid graduation invitations soon! Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51.

Why We Took the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurinaONEVisibleDifferences #CollectiveBias  

As multiple-pet parents, we take every step to ensure that all of our pets are healthy and happy. Without a doubt, one of the things that makes them happiest is when it's time to eat. But because we have so many pets, we don't look at their daily bowl of food as just something they can quickly eat to get full, we look at that bowl of food as nutrition that will help them all stay as healthy and happy as possible. 

That's why I really wanted to take the Purina ONE 28-Day Challenge. Today I am sharing our results and why I invite you to do the same. Just register for the challenge here and shop by going to Walmart or clicking the photo above!

I shopped in-store for my bag of Purina ONE® Indoor Advantage. I love how convenient it was to shop for this as I tend to stop into Walmart at least a few times a week after work. So the price and convenience of switching to Purina ONE® are definitely there for us.

Next, it was time to take the bag of Purina ONE® Indoor Advantage home to Girl Fluffy to see if she would enjoy it. Mostly, cats are pretty easy to switch over to a new food, as long as you do it gradually. But there has been a time or two where I got them a new food that they sniffed and walked away from. 

Would Purina ONE® Indoor Advantage be Girl Fluffy approved? It was a definite yes. From the first bowls that had a little bit of her old food mixed in, to her very first full bowl of only Purina ONE® Indoor Advantage, there was definite excitement and gusto to eat. 

If you have pets then you know that happiness that comes with seeing them enjoy their food. Its just like when you have kids and have suddenly come upon something they love to eat. Watching that little face dig into her bowl of food so happily each day has made me feel like I am doing a good job at providing. 

Of course, it is very important that our pets love their food because if they don't then they won't eat it. But again, the food we feed our cats has to be more than delicious, it has to be nutritious and full of good things for them. 

Why was taking the Purina ONE 28-Day Challenge so important and what did I expect to see in those 28 days?

Day 1: More excitement around mealtime!
Day 7: Extra Energy!
Day 14: High Digestibility!
Day 21: Sparkling eyes, healthy skin and a radiant coat.
Day 24: Strong immune system
Day 28: Strong teeth, healthy gums, heart, and joints!

While some of the changes are not those that I can see visibly, I can definitely attest to quite a few of them.

Great taste: From day one she has loved every bowl of Purina ONE.
Highly digestible: We've had no tummy troubles or issues since switching.
Healthy skin and coat: Girl Fluffy's coat is long and healthy which means she gets extra brushings, which are her favorite thing in the world, after eating of course. 
Healthy Energy: Girl Fluffy lost most of her kitten energy after getting fixed. This is probably what changes most after cats become adults, but it's important to their health to get their daily exercise in and I have definitely seen a more spirited side of her these past weeks. 


Take your pet from “good” to “great”! With Purina ONE®, you could see visible differences in just 28 days—like strong teeth, vibrant energy, sparkling eyes, and a radiant coat. Make the switch today and save on Purina ONE® when you register for the 28-Day Challenge at www.walmart.com/purinaoneWhat differences will you see? Visit your local Walmart to redeem your offer and realize your pet’s potential.*

*Save on ONE (1) 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Dry Dog Food, any variety, or 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® Dry Cat Food, any variety. While supplies last.

Self-Care: Putting Together the Ultimate "Get Well" Basket for Yourself

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Abreva, Emergen-C, Lipton, Robitussin and Theraflu. All opinions are mine alone. #SickDayTips #CollectiveBias

As women, we tend to put everyone else needs before our own. If the kids get sick, they can stay home from school and recuperate in bed, or if your husband/boyfriend gets sick, well he will probably be absolutely useless until he's okay. But what about you, what happens when you start feeling those first moments of ick that mean a cold or flu is on the way? Do you get a day off from work, from child-rearing, or from life? The answer is probably no.

Women usually don't get sick days and today I am here to talk about why it is important for us to care for ourselves too. Yes, we can care for the kids and we can care for our partner, but when you really think about it: you can't take care of anyone else right if you haven't cared for yourself first. Self-care is important, especially during cold and flu season when we will be fighting all the germs that everyone is bringing home and those we come in contact with at work.

This is where my Ultimate "Get Well" Basket comes it I start by making a trip to Ralphs for the must-have products that are not just going to care for me once I am sick, but also a few that will help me keep illness or other yuckies at bay.

These products are:
  • Abreva® Pump Cold Sore and Fever Blister Treatment: This product is not for temporary symptom relief, but healing. It delivers the best results when used at the first sign of a cold sore (e.g. the tingle that one feels on his/her lip). I work with students and teachers all day, and being constantly in people's faces means I have to fight a cold sore at the very first tingle.
  • Lipton Daily Support Tea: An excellent source of Vitamin C, this herbal infusion helps support your body's natural defenses.* Carefully selected botanicals are blended with green tea and natural essential oils that make every cup delicious. I am an avid tea drinker in the fall and winter months and having a range of teas that help support my body's' natural defenses is a definite plus. Plus there is nothing nicer and more comforting during these colder months than a delicious cup of hot tea.

  • Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM - New! The real honey you want, the powerful cough relief you need. Gluten Free. No Artificial Colors. True Source Certified Honey. My grandmother is a true believer in the power of honey, which is something she has passed on to us. We've grown up taking a side of honey with whatever medication we were taking for a cold and/or a cough but now we don't have to.
  • Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold Pods are compatible with most single-serve coffee makers. These fast-relieving pods work on even your most severe symptoms and fit right into your routine with their single-serve packaging. Press. Sip. Relief. You're on your way to relieving your temporary: aches, pains, headaches and other symptoms related to a cold. I purchase the day version but there is also a night version to help you knock out your symptoms while sleeping.

Other things to include in your basket:

  • A pair of warm fuzzy socks or cute slippers
  • A mug for drinking Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold Pods or Lipton Wellness Tea - this is a great opportunity to treat yourself to a mug that makes you happy
  • A magazine or new book that you've had on your reading list
  • A tripod for your phone so you can enjoy a good movie or show, hands-free
  • A warm blanket or cozy sweatshirt to keep the chills away

Now we're ready to do some self-care and relaxing when that first sign of illness or discomfort comes through. And because we packed our Get Well Basket with the best of the best, we are prepared to fight anything from a cold sore to full-blown flu while also arming our bodies to fight the good fight against illness.

Feeling a little run down and like the cold germs are just around the bend? A cup of Lipton Daily Support Tea, a good movie and some downtime is just what the doctor ordered.

This season doesn't have to be known as the cold and flu season exclusively, it's also the season of well being, especially when you take active steps to care for yourself first. As someone who doesn't get time off for a sick day, I like to stay ahead of the game by being prepared and this Get Well Basket is packed with those items I need to do so.

Visit here for more sick day tips and inspiration to help you stay well.

Theraflu-(c) 2019 the GSK group of companies or its licensor. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use all products only as directed. Read label and follow directions. Abreva, Emergen-C, Robitussin - Use only as directed. Read label and follow directions.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.