Sending Holiday Cards Just Got Easier

Christmas Cards

Have you started working on your Christmas cards?  Growing up in the south means Christmas card photos were shot in June and the address list finalized by September.  Last year my husband and I had just moved into our Roswell house and were enjoying the first few months as an engaged couple when I realized Christmas cards were upon us. I stayed up far past my bedtime working on the framework of the card, choosing the perfect colors, and finalizing the dreaded address list.  Because I am an indecisive person (see my blog post: Making Definitive Decisions), I asked Patrick for his opinion on the finished product before I confirmed shipping.  

As much as any husband or child tries to tell you they don’t care about the card photo, they do.  I make sure everyone is happy with the photo, before proceeding with card design, envelope, and custom stamps.  While I’m sure you have Christmas card favorites of your own, I’m happy to tell you Basic Invite has finally made ordering cards enjoyable.

BasicInvite Colors1
BasicInvite Colors2

Unlike most websites, Basic Invite gives you instant access to online previews with over 180 color options and the opportunity to customize each element of your card.  Instead of relying on an on-line digital image, you can order custom samples. The luxury to feel the paper, see the foils, and choose the shape of the card gives me the confidence to trust myself.  With over 40 peel and seal envelopes to choose from, it’s easy to make your Christmas card stand out.  I ordered three cards with foil and three without  so I could make a decision in person.  Which of one these is your favorite?  Don’t worry I’ve already finalized my card and there is no going back!

 Foil #1 Rounded Edges

Foil #1 Rounded Edges

 Foil #2 Square

Foil #2 Square

 Foil #3 Square

Foil #3 Square

 #4 Bracket

#4 Bracket

 #5 Rounded Edges

#5 Rounded Edges

 #6 Square

#6 Square

In my experience, the most painful part of the Christmas cards process includes capturing addresses. Thankfully, Patrick and I got married in June, and our list is pretty much ready to go.  I will admit, I captured wedding addresses the old fashioned way calling and texting until we had every last formal name on our invite list.  Luckily, Basic Invite has come up with an easier capturing service that allows the customer to share a link on their social platforms for friends and family to fill out. Bonus, recipient address printing is included at no cost on all Christmas card orders

Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30. Do yourself a favor and order today.  With over 250 card choices available you can take care of invitations for holiday parties, your company Christmas party invitation, and your Christmas cards all in one place.

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!