Baby Thank You Notes with Basic Invite

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good handwritten thank you note. People often give me gifts and say "no thank you note required" but that doesn't stop me. My mom teases that I give her thank you note anxiety and my husband recently discovered my stash of blank thank you notes in my glove box because hey, you can never be too prepared right?! To me, a handwritten note is the least you can do to thank someone who went out of their way to celebrate you. So, a few weeks ago when Basic Invite contacted me regarding a blog collaboration, I couldn't wait to try their adorable baby thank you notes to have a special way to thank our friends and family for all that they've done to celebrate our little one. Baby Mills joined the world six weeks early and we have been showered with gifts, love and support beyond what we ever could have imagined. These personalized thank you notes are the perfect way to thank all those who have done so much to help us welcome baby Mills! 

Basic Invite offers a wide selection of baby thank you note styles but I was immediately drawn to the Stoked Stork and Twin Ducks because of their sweet, soft, old fashioned appeal. After finally deciding on the Stoked Stork thank you notes, I was able to customize each element with over 180 different color options and instantly preview it as I made each change. For example, I wanted a bit darker background for my thank you notes and wanted the baby bundle to be blue instead of pink and it was so easy! I was also impressed to see that I can order a printed sample of the actual thank you note so that I can see how it will print and paper quality before ever placing my final order.  To me, this is such a great feature because quality and coloring are so critical for stationary. Another HUGE perk - Basic Invite offers address capturing service where you can share a link on social media to request friends addresses which are stored in your account and then can be selected during the design process - how convenient is that!?! I couldn't be happier with how my Stoked Stork thank you notes turned out - the quality and finish are beautiful. 

Basic Invite is known for their gorgeous wedding invitations, but they have everything you could need for weddings, baby, events, stationary and more! Of course I was drawn to all of the great baby stationary products and just love their sweet boy baby shower invitations and nautical themed baby shower invitations. No matter what important event you have come up in your life, Basic Invite has the card to help you celebrate it and right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51. 

A big thank you to Basic Invite for partnering on this post - I look forward to finding the perfect birth announcement to share baby Mills with the world (the good old fashioned way). I mean, how sweet are these!?


Our 30 hour cross country road trip at 32 weeks pregnant ...

A 30 hour cross country road trip at 32 weeks pregnant is no small feat but we survived and made it safely to our new home in Birmingham where it's been non stop unpacking and moving and nesting ever since! Max loaded up the car early on Saturday 19th and we said goodbye to our sweet little long beach apartment and neighborhood. With a cozy back seat and some serious patience we survived the trip and did our best to document some of baby t's journey along the way.

Max was quite the chauefer and didn't even complain that bruce and I kept dozing off in the back. We made our way from the coast of California, through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi to Alabama and saw some incredible sights along the way. The rocks and boulders in Arizona were truly incredible and that heat, my god!

This time around, we took a bit of a different route so we missed all of the crazy wind turbines in Texas, which I was kind of disappointed about because it really is something to see, but we did see our fair share of flat land and texas hill country. Texas seems to go on forever but from there we flew through Louisiana and Mississippi. Bruce settled into the road trip pretty quickly in the backseat, ha!

We crossed the state line into Alabama with the most gorgeous blue skies and puffy white clouds and of course the summer heat and humidity. We made it to our new house by Monday afternoon where we were greeted with a beautiful gardenia bush (my favorite!) blooming by our front porch. All of our stuff had been safely delivered earlier that day, thanks to help from Max's parents, which was so nice to arrive to!

Max worked tirelessly to get us setup and comfortable in our new home before he had to head back to California to finish out his job. It was so hard to say goodbye but we know that he will be back here in no time. I am loving our little Edgewood cottage so far and am so grateful for all the help from family and friends! We are so excited to be back down South and to get settled before we welcome baby Thompson in six short weeks!


a new meaning to mother's day

With only 9 weeks until I welcome baby boy thompson into the world, this mothers day is extra special! Ever since I was a little girl, I have longed to be a mama. I spent my childhood playing with babydolls and dreaming of having babies of my own one day. I got my love of children from my own mama who taught kindergarten for 30 years and is the most warm and loving mom to my brother and I. Now that I am pregnant, I have a whole new appreciation for motherhood and the incredible love and devotion that a mother has for her child - I can only imagine how much more I will feel once I actually hold this baby in my arms!

I am still in such awe at the whole process of pregnancy. It has been the most amazing and fascinating thing I have ever experienced and with each baby kick I know we are closer to the day when we will finally meet, me and this baby boy of mine. When we do finally welcome this baby into the world, I will begin the journey of motherhood and take on the incredible honor of raising this child. I will finally know why my mom cried when I pierced my own ear, why she wouldn't let me go to sleepovers unless she knew the parents, why she made us wear matching outfits and take endless pictures. There are so many moments from my own childhood that I reflect on, now that I am becoming a mama, with a fresh perspective. My mom always said, "one day you will understand!" and she was right. I do understand and I now see the incredibly amount of selflessness and love and devotion that motherhood requires, more than I ever could before.

To my own mama on mother's day, it is an honor to be your child. Thank you for all of the selflessness and patience, the love and care, and the lifetime of support and guidance. I am so humbled and excited to pass on the love and kindness you have shown me to my own child.
To my mother in law and my aunts and all the mamas who have loved me and helped raise me, thank you!

To all of the wonderful mamas that I work with, who have checked on me and cheered me on throughout this pregnancy, you don't know how much it means to me to hear your encouragement and have you share in my excitement. And to all my girlfriends near and far, who are new mamas or mamas to be, it has been so wonderful to be by your side as you have taken on this incredible experience of pregnancy and motherhood - thank you for making it so special and memorable for me.

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mamas out there! I am so honored to join you in motherhood.


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