Take time to smell the roses…

I can’t believe my oldest daughter will be 8 years old next week.  To be exact, “nine days and counting,” as I was informed this morning by Alison.  And, if you want to get technical, she’s been counting down the days since she turned 7!

It’s like this every year.  Where to have their next birthday party is a major event to look forward to as a kid.  And, why not?  That’s how it should be when you’re a kid.  Because after all, you are a kid.  Now is the time to enjoy being young and carefree.  There will be plenty of time after your education to join in real life and all the responsibilities  that comes with it.

As a parent, it is our role to guide our children into mature, caring citizens.  We must thank teachers and other relatives and friends who also act as role models in our children’s lives.

It takes a village to raise a child.  I’d like to think that that child also aids in the value of your life as well.  Why not take some of their youth into your own life and drive with the windows down in your car and let your hair down?   Take a deep breath and kick back every once in a while.

Why is it that when you are young, you want to be older, and as you age, you want to be younger?  I know one thing holds true for all, take time and enjoy each day as best you can.  You’ll be a better person for it.





Choosing Invitations

My husband and I were thinking about hosting a small Superbowl party but it is kind of last-minute… like in 4 days.  So what is the best way to get the word out? Do I just e-mail the guests or should I use an online invitation site like evite?  I know using evite will look nicer but e-mailing is a heck of a lot faster… decisions, decisions. 

Previously, I have used Vistaprint to print invitations, I have purchased packages of invitations to handwrite, I have ordered invitations from a printer, and I have printed my own invitations on a color printer so I have lots of experience.  There’s something about getting an invitation in the mail that I like.  Even though I go right to my computer to enter into my Outlook calendar, I still have a special folder on my desk that holds invitations.   It’s the piece of paper to go back to in case I need directions or a phone number. 

When it comes to creating an invitation, a lot of it has to do with creativity.  I am only a little creative.  I need lots of help so I bookmark templates and design ideas when I check out websites with invitations.   I find that many websites have either too much or not enough.  I don’t know what the right amounts of choices are… but often, I have to compromise.  

I do think online invitations are the future.  I was searching the web for other free invitation sites and didn’t come up with anything better than evite.  I liked a site called greenvelope but it was definitely geared towards fancier affairs [or that’s what its home page led me to believe].   I did like their premise that you can have a fancy invitation for a fancy affair and do it without paper, saving trees and, being eco-friendly.  That is one of my favorite things about our business, Triplethegift.com–  No packaging, no boxes, no wrapping paper, no cards – – totally eco-friendly!

When using online invitations with Triplethegift.com, you can cut and paste a direct link to your registry in the invitation.  You can also invite family and friends through Triplethegift.com to check out your registry, sending the e-mail directly from the registry itself.  If you go the paper route, you can download our template for business card size registry cards to add to your invitation mailing, or print them to labels and stick on the invitation itself.  There are lots of choices to tell your family & friends about your registered child!