Monday, February 4, 2019

Paperless Post Review

I am currently in the chaos of planning the babe's third birthday party. With all of that, plus general life going on, I completely forgot to send invitations in the mail, which I ALWAYS do for parties and holidays because, duh, I love mail. But, after what happened to our holiday party invitations (only about a third made it to their destination, while others arrived WET or damaged, or two weeks late 😑), I knew I didn't have the time or the patience to get these invitations out on time. Paperless Post to the rescue! I had previously used evite and had never used it again. I had heard great things about Paperless Post and after getting a few of their invitations, appreciated the interface and design quality.
So one day while E napped, I went to the website. I immediately liked it. Very easy to sign up and follow the directions. First you pick what type of card you'd like to send. I needed an invitation with RSVPs. It costs a certain amount of coins to send each one, and it depends on your add-ons. Coin cost vary greatly, from .50 cents a coin to .09 cents a coin. Better deal to buy in bulk!

Then you choose a design (you can also upload your own photo). There are so many cute designs! Since we're having a pancake party, I just searched "pancake" and instantly found the perfect design-

 This design is by Hello! Lucky, one of my favorite card designers ever.
 This was the suggested envelope liner and it's obviously perfect. 
 There's also a very cute option to add a special "postage stamp" and cancellation mark. I chose the happy bday stamp and LA cancellation. 
 Designing the card was very easy and took almost no time. You can really customize it and it saves changes automatically.
Lots of font choices are important to me! I was pleased to find various options available.  
 You could also make the text lots of different colors. I chose variations of purple since it's the little one's favorite color. 
PLP keeps track of RSVPs and lets guests leave messages to the host or the group. I really like the option to request RSVPs from guests who hadn't had time to respond yet. I got the app on my phone so I could keep track of the RSVPs and any questions guests might have. I also like that I as a guest going to a Paperless Post party automatically got sent a reminder the day before the event. As a busy mom and business owner, I so appreciate a reminder of the fun things I signed up for 😌
I definitely recommend Paperless Post for party invitations! And know that I'll never send an e-thank you card but am on board with birthday party invitations to email 😇

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory

Since I was around 9 years old, I've wanted to visit Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory. I'm so happy my little one is also obsessed with stickers and that I get to have fun with them pretty much every day because of her. She's a member of the Sticker Club and just loses it when she sees that envelope in our mail slot. This past weekend, I was up in Northern California, driving with a group of girlfriends from Oakland to Guernville. The directions alerted us to an accident coming up in Petaluma and we decided to pull off the highway instead of sitting in the traffic. I casually suggested the sticker factory and was so happy when everyone said they'd be down to check it out. It's in a very industrial part of town (makes sense, it's a factory!) and finding it was a bit tough. But so worth it. You're greeted in the lobby by a receptionist, and she also handles checkout of the shop. We were lucky enough to meet Carol, a recent retired employee of 26 years who is filling in for an injured coworker. Even though we had missed all the tours, she was very sweet and let us watch the intro video, and chatted with us for a long time. She showed us the wall of fame, where one of each sticker from that year was saved. Depending on their location in the factory, some are more faded than others. Those were my absolute favorite to see because I remember when they came out. I was all about Mrs. Grossman's and Lisa Frank in elementary school.  Here's a few of my favorite classic sheets:

Those holographic dragons and castles take me back!

 Then we got to see the master reels. Sticker Mecca!

After that we got to look around in the shop and it was incredible. Any and every kind of sticker you could ever want, plus sticker books, activity pads, and lots of stickers on sale. I went nuts! Ellis has a lot of these already but I had to get doubles of some of my favorites. The camping set and fish! Not to mention, I love any and all tiny hearts. 

It was so much fun. We spent an hour there but I could have spent more ;) Highly recommend! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ellis' Yayoi Kusama 2nd Birthday Party

If you follow along on instagram, you may have seen (who knows with that algorithm 😱) when we visited The Broad, to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit. E is a bit sticker crazy and loved every part of it, but especially the sticker room. We spent about 45 minutes in the obliteration room alone. This past weekend we threw her a Yayoi Kusama themed birthday party. 
The first part was getting the stickers. We thought 12,000 would do the trick.
Tony and my father in law built what was to be the obliteration room and next to it, a toddler sized infinity room. 
We used this old car port that's in our backyard. To the right of the infinity room are giant hanging balloons that the kids could run through and hit.
The artist at work. Tony blew up all the balloons, tied a string to them then added the giant black sticker dots. 
Aunt Michelle and Ellis were the first ones in the obliteration room.  
Her friend Sam enjoyed deciding on what stickers to use.
 Uncle David doing his part.
 Grandpa and Uncle David in the obliteration room. 
 Grandpa blowing up balloons by the bubble machine.
 The kids loved it! Here's Ellis and her friend Noemi decorating the lamp.
 Miri and Josie kicking balloons and stickering the walls.
 Ellis and Noemi in the infinity room.
 Josie in the giant balloons.
 Who left that beer there 😹?
 Deciding on stickers.
 Eli and Mae in the infinity room. Above it was a color changing lightbulb.
 Only the bravest of adults got into the tiny infinity room. 
 Happy birthday to you!
In the infinity room with Noemi.
In the giant balloons.
The light changing bulb in action in the infinity room.
 Taking a sticker and snack break on the swings.
 Playing with almost 1 year old Liv.
 Funfetti sprinkled cupcakes made by Aunt Katie.
 Max in the obliteration room.
 Having fun at her party.
 Max and Miri admiring the blurry reflections in the infinity room.
With Aunt Katie at the after party. 
The birthday girl and her uncle David. It was so much fun! Thanks to all the friends and family who came to help us celebrate.
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