by gillian claire: September 2016

9.26.2016

custom cards with Basic Invite (+ a free halloween printable!)

* I was compensated for this post. All words + opinions expressed are my own. 
Thanks for supporting my family by reading along; I truly appreciate it!*
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     I'm partnering with Basic Invite today to share a little bit about their "truly custom" invitation website! Basic Invite gave me the chance to try out their site for myself and these are some of the adorable thank you cards that I picked out! In the thank you card section alone, there are over 600 cards to choose from, each of which can be completely customized! Needless to say, it took me a while to choose and I had so much fun playing around with the colors to make them just perfect! 
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     Basic Invite offers hundreds of lovely custom options for wedding invitations, birth + graduation announcements, holiday cards and more! Their site is super easy and fun to use. I'm so happy with how the quality of my cards turned out as well; the card stock and envelopes are both great quality.
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     Do you have experience ordering custom invitations? Which websites have you used? Working on this post reminds me of when I was planning my wedding and hand painted Chinese symbols on all of the wedding invites that I made myself: true story!
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Use code 15FF51 for 15% off your order!
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Be sure to check out the free printables section where Basic Invite is currently offering this adorable halloween party invitation, free to download!
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Happy Monday!
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9.09.2016

insta-summer and a quick hello!

It's been a while! My kids (yes, both kids! Ah!) are back in school and I'm attempting to get back at blogging! My computer has been gone being fixed most of the summer, and I haven't even touched my camera, *but* I have been keeping up on Instagram so I thought I'd share some of my faves from this summer.
.summer_instagram_00 opening night at my end of the year show for school! i only took one class last year and i worked on a self portrait project called "portraits of motherhood" which pretty much sums up the emotions i've felt over the past year: exhaustion and introspection. i was glad to be chosen for the show and to catch up with my artist friends.instagram_summer_1 the angels seriously sing for me when the weather warms up and i can get these rambunctious little boys out of the house and to the park every evening!instagram_summer_2colorado summer skies are my absolute favorite. i can't even; they are so special to me.
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sillouette shots at the park are also my favorite.instagram_summer_3weekend trip to breckenridge, a ritzy little ski town.instagram_summer_4
we spent a good amount of time down at the river this summer. there is nothing more magical that sparkly summer water, especially nestled within the mountains.instagram_summer_6
lots of splash park nights this summer, and it was so sweet to see asher finally get the courage to play in the water! <3instagram_summer_7neighborhood bike rides, more park nights... ok we basically *live* at the park.
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my sisters came to visit this summer! our trip was perfect. these girls are such a big part of my heart and we had an amazing time being our ridiculous selves as usual!instagram_summer_9 
we took a little day trip into Cheyenne with my sisters, such a sleepy old town. we went on a carriage ride, had lunch and adventured around.instagram_summer_8 
with my sisters we also hiked to the top of a waterfall and oh my goodness came across this dreamy pool at the top.instagram_summer_10 
we ended up taking an impromptu family trip to ohio. these pictures were taken in nebraska/eastern colorado. always nice to see the fam!
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the boys and i on our way to a friend's house for a cookout. 
we loved having wednesday night cookouts at adrienne's!instagram_summer_13 summer grass // green tea frapps 
both summer staples.instagram_summer_12dandelions are forever my favorite flower // my own little flower turned *5* and we had an aboslutely wonderful day celebrating our asher.
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we had lunch at a janky little restaurant in ault. there were flies everywhere and sticky syrup dripping on the walls as expected but dang this mural wall - worth it. IMG_6482
this picture was taken the night that the boys and i went back to school shoe shopping at Kohls/Famous Footwear and had dinner at iHop. i'm actually tearing up just looking at this picture. i can honestly say that this night was just perfect.
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i hope you all had a beautiful summer!
i'm excited to get back into this space and also to catch up on reading all of my favorite blogs as well!
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happy friday!
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