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12/12 December Video

And this project of 2016 is officially over! This video probably took the longest to make because of all that we packed into this 10 day trip. And I honestly could've made three separate videos with all the footage we had. When you get to the Devil's Bridge in section 1 you can envision me crying pretty hysterically while Greta videotaped Gunnar. I don't love heights but I didn't know I was that fearful of them. When we go to it I could not stop crying, it was pretty strange. And I had to be convinced by a stranger, another mom, that it would be ok and I could let my kids go out there. She assured me that it wasn't as narrow as it looked from our vantage point. I think I cried the entire hike back down. The second section you'll see a funny part of me trying to ski in several feet of fresh powder. It was the hardest workout I've had in years. And virtually impossible, you'll notice at one point I just collapse and give up lol. The third section has some donkey footage from a ride around the rim and all that wobbly filming is by sweet Greta haha. I hope you enjoy our little road trip adventure. We sure loved it and had such a memorable time. Time to plan the next... 

The only part of this project that I wish was better was the resolution of these uploaded videos. I wish I could share with all of you exactly how the video looks on my screen which is crisp and clean, but I guess that would involve upgrading to a professional uploading site. And those pesky ads that pop up, I would love to not have those.

We Have a Graduate on the Horizon...

I cannot believe our baby girl is graduating from elementary school. It's like the end of an era. No more primary school for our household and it's a little devastating and exciting all at once. Graduations are a big deal in our home and each kid knows that we celebrate several graduations with parties. There is the preschool graduation party, elementary school graduation, and we aren't there yet, but high school graduation. We skip middle school because it would be back to back parties with the way my kids are spread out in grades. And mama's gotta have a break some years!

In anticipation for Greta's big graduation on the horizon, the most adorable invitation company reached out to me to work on an exciting project. I had never heard of this invitation company before, and you know I love to share great finds with all of you, so I felt it my duty to investigate. Planning a party honestly is half the fun. And invites set the stage for the whole event. Basic Invite has the most adorable photo graduation invitations I have seen so far. Take a look at a few of the ones I am considering:

In anticipation of Greta graduating I did a sweet photo shoot recently to capture this time in her life. As I was looking for photos to include on her school yearbook page I realized I didn't have any recent ones that weren't taken on an iPhone! So we decided to fix that and I just love how they turned out. 

I also absolutely love the idea of a personalized graduation announcement. Back when my kids were born, paper announcements had fallen out of popularity and now I think everyone just uses social media to share their big news of pregnancies, birth, marriage, and graduations. But I sent out real announcements and I thought the whole experience of gathering addresses and names, carefully selecting the card stock and the design, and mailing off each announcement to those we love was just the best. And I still love the idea, I can't believe I didn't think about sending graduation announcements to those who live far and wouldn't be able to attend any ceremony or party. I am taking note of these adorable ones. And look at all the cute details you can include, how great would it be to also share where they may be attending middle school?!

I decided to show you how easy it is to play around with their website and grabbed a screenshot of a cute announcement as an example. This one took about 4 minutes once I chose the photo. I just loaded the picture and played around with the text location and size, changed some of the colors of the font, and voila! There are so many options, 180 color choices. But I know too many choices can be overwhelming too, so personally I love that they had text size, color and font already preloaded into the announcement so you can get a feel for what you like. I also could have added more details to the announcement below like city, state, the next school she's going to, and lots more. And the preview is instant, no waiting! They also have over 40 different envelope color choices so you can skip the whole boring plain white standard envelopes, and can I blow your mind for a second? The envelopes are peel and seal! No more dry mouth addressing these babies. 

Another thing that I love about Basic Invite is that you can order a sample of your announcement or invite. Back when I ordered birth announcements for this cute graduate girl I remember my heart racing as I clicked the order button for 150 announcements without ever feeling and seeing it in real life. You don't have to do that anymore! 

Are you a Basic Invite convert? Have I been under a rock and you all know about this invitation and announcement company already?! Where have I been?

The next time you're planning a party, don't even get me started on their bridal shower invites(!), pop by Basic Invite and see just how easy and customizable their options are compared to what you've used before. You can thank me later :)

*This post is in partnership with Basic Invite however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

11/12 November Video

Just one last video to edit for 2016! November you can find us each year in Ojai and just watch to see how much we love this place. It's a tradition that is hard to break. As soon as I free up some more laptop space I will start on December's video and bid 2016 with a farewell....