Graduation Invitations With Paperless Post

For my high school graduation I sent out paper invitations. While it was fun to design them and have a physical photo to hang on my refrigerator at home, it was very expensive and time consuming. This year, for my college graduation announcements I decided to go with Paperless Post! They make designing and sending your invitations so much easier.

While the main reason I decided to go paperless for announcements this year was based off of time (addressing a hundred envelopes and licking them shut is not my ideal night off from work and studying lol), I also love that Paperless Post is so much cheaper than many of the cards I could be sending out! Graduation announcements really add up when you factor in design work, printing, and stamps. Not to mention the back and forth trips to the store to approve designs and pick up printed copies! Making my graduation announcements digital allows me to have my free nights remain free, and I have peace of mind that my environmental impact will be small (because everyone knows that once graduation occurs, all those announcements hanging on the fridge go immediately into the waste basket).

I initially thought that designing my own online card would take a long time, but Paperless Post has tons of already made up cards to choose from. Not only do they have graduation cards and fliers, they have templates for every event you could be hosting! My coworker and I picked out a black and gold graduation announcement, I filled in the information, added my guest list, and hit send! It took all of fifteen minutes, and that’s only because I couldn’t pick which card I wanted! With so many gorgeous designs, you’ll probably run into the same problem – and that’s a wonderful problem to have!

The above photo is what the card will look like when you’re setting it up online. You get to customize the text, colors, and backdrop. I like the original settings with black and gold caps, black and gold text, and the gold confetti as the backdrop. Paperless Post is also really good about telling you how much your card(s) will be while you’re creating them so that you can customize your card without having to get all the way to checkout to see how much it costs. Just click on the coins memo in the righthand corner of your creation screen to see how much each part of the card will cost. The more you want to customize, the more coins this will cost you, but that’s the same for every invitation and announcement – paperless or not.

You can also customize the envelope! I just love the inside of this one. How cute!

My favorite part about Paperless Post cards is the email you get…it feels just like a regular letter only digitized! Your guest’s name is written on the front of the envelope in pretty cursive (you can customize this font too! I like the cursive because it matches my handwriting). The envelope even has a stamp on it! You click on the link in the email and the envelope opens up in another browser with your card. If you scroll down, under the card has all your additional information. I added a link to mine so that people can watch my Commencement ceremony online. Other options include setting a location with directions and a map, a guest list, RSVP, adding a registry list. The best part? The invitation also works like a Facebook event wall where invited guests can leave comments and interact.

How are you designing your grad announcements?

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A Hair, Skin, and Nails Essential

One of my goals for 2019 is to focus on my health. I was already eating healthy and exercising regularly, but I knew there was more to my health than just that. In 2018 I focused on skincare, so adding in hair care seemed like the obvious next step.

I’ve been using hair masks, coconut oil, and chemically free shampoo since January. I started the new year off strong by getting my split ends trimmed, my scalp treated (winter air, cold, and dry heat – oh my!), and limiting the amount of heat treatment I did on a daily basis. My hair hadn’t grown very much (maybe an inch at best) after three months, but it looked and felt amazing. Friends commented on how shiny it looked (and it still does!) and some people (*cough cough* Will) decided that my silky strands were their new fiddling fingers play toy.

At the end of March, I received a package from Influenster with products to review. One of those products was Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Gummies! I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to try a gummy vitamin. I’d heard how well these worked and had been meaning to buy them each time I went to the store, but of course my sleep deprived college student brain continually forget until I was half way home with my groceries. Receiving the Nature’s Bounty gummies in the mail seemed like fate!

While I get most of my vitamins and minerals from what I eat, I know things can left out, especially biotin, that are important for hair care. That’s why taking a supplement, like Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nailes Gummies , helps with hair and nail growth. That little extra dose of biotin really goes a long way! My hair has grown another inch since starting taking the gummies each morning, and I’ve only been taking half the recommended dose. The strawberry flavored gummies have become as essential a step in my morning routine as my favorite face wash and moisturizer!

I can now say that my hair is ready for all the graduation events and heat-based styling that comes with them!

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Dying my Hair Pink with Eva NYC Chameleon Temporary Color Sprays

As a member of Influenster, I got my very first VoxBox to write reviews on! I was gifted some really cool things like chalk colored hair spray in pink and purple, a meal kit, a face mask creme, and some Nature’s Bounty hair, skin, and nails gummy vitamins. I’m going to be writing some reviews on them and posting them on the blog, but other reviews will be posted on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page so if there’s a review you really want to see check those accounts out for the most recent updates!

I’ve always wanted to have “fun” hair before I have to really be a serious adult, so I was over the moon when Influenster sent me Eva NYC Chameleon Temporary Color Stays hair products in the colors “Pink Crush” and “Purple Dream”!

Chameleon temporary color stays are buildable, brushable sprays that create instant vibrant temporary color – on any hair shade. Infused with Keravis™ protein complex and argan oil, this salon-quality formula instantly delivers optimal anti-breakage benefits and commitment-free color!

Eva NYC

I’ve always wanted to have “fun” hair before I have to really be a serious adult, so I was over the moon when Influenster sent me Eva NYC Chameleon Temporary Color Stays hair products in the colors “Pink Crush” and “Purple Dream”! Chameleon temporary color stays are buildable, brushable sprays that create instant vibrant temporary color – on any hair shade. Infused with Keravis™ protein complex and argan oil, this salon-quality formula instantly delivers optimal anti-breakage benefits and commitment-free color!

I’d never ever done anything to my hair before and wasn’t sure where to start so I felt much better about treating my hair after reading the ingredients list for these products. I already do a hair mask once a week with argan oil and have noticed how much healthier my hair looks now, so I was confident that this color treatment would at least be safe for my virgin strands. And lo! The Chameleon Temporary Color Spray lived up to the challenge. Even though my hair felt dry after the application (which I totally expected because I read that most spray on dyes change the texture of your hair a bit), there was no breakage! Even after leaving the product in all day and giving it a rough wash in the shower my hair looked healthy.

I wanted to try going for a dip dye look, but that’s really hard when you’re using spray dye so I ended up with subtle highlights. I sort of just wrapped a towel around my shoulders and went to town creating highlights in the bottom sections of my hair and then brushing the spray through with a paddle brush to transfer a minimal amount of color into the top layer of hair. The towel didn’t make it out as glamorously, sad to say. The hairbrush, countertop, and my hands were also casualties. But the hair? Gorgeous. I ended up with some stunning subtle pink highlights.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to try this everyday look again, even though I loved the look. Why? Well…everything in my life that came into contact with my hair turned hot pink. My towels, my hair brush, my straightener, my curler, my jean jacket, my stripped tank top, the top of my backpack…everything. My shower and bathmat were also christened with hot pink water after I washed my hair. And even though I washed my hair twice before styling it again, my straightener came away pink after use. My hairbrush will most likely be permanently dyed pink as I’ve washed it three times and can’t get any of the residue off of it.

I colored my hair Monday morning. I wrote this review Sunday. I washed my hair three times between Monday and today. I wore a grey sweater this afternoon and the top of it, where my hair must have gotten caught between my back and my backpack when I was putting the backpack on, is now pink. The product is advertised as coming out after a shower; however, my hair is still tinging things pink a week later. It’s like the Midas touch, only a vibrant shade of pink. The costume designer of Mean Girls would be proud.

While I loved the look, I don’t think I would use this in every day life. It’s too messy. I would, however, totally do a hair color makeover for Halloween or any other fun holiday! I could even dye my hair bright green for the next Saint Patrick’s Day 5k I sign up for! The options are limitless.

To learn more about Eva NYC you can follow their Instagram @evahairnyc

You can also follow this hair product, and many others, through the hashtag #evaempowerment so you never miss a real life review!

April Fools!

A beloved day of pranks and mischief, today even some big corporations are joining in on the fun. Some of my favorites are linked below.

Pupbucks – A Starbucks just for dogs! While some of the clientele may me a bit challenging, at least they come when their name is called!

Edible Arrangements – a doggy bouquet for the one you truly love!

Wayfair – A dog wedding registry! Because we all need some treats!

Happy April Fool’s!