Unique Birth Announcements at Basic Invite

Guess what everyone! I had a baby! Look, I even made a birth announcement!

unique birth announcements baby brady

Okay, that was 10 years ago, but it’s never too late to announce it, right?


Oh, yeah. It kind of is. In fact, by the tenth year, they just call that a birthday party invitation.

Still, I had fun playing around with the baby boy birth announcements on a new-to-me site called Basic Invite.

When I first visited Basic Invite I was drawn in by their beautiful and easily customizable wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and all of the wedding-related stationery. It made me want to get married! But since my own wedding was 15 years ago and I won’t be having another one, I’ll just have to admire their pretty pictures and hope I get invited to one.

Same with the unique birth announcements offered on Basic Invite. These did not exist (at least online, affordably) when my kids were born. I guess if they did, I was in a new-mom-induced haze and figured my blog posts about them were enough. But look at all of the amazing options new parents have now to mail a physical announcement of the new life they brought into the world.

birth announcement boy in hat

Just like with holiday card websites, you can choose the layout of your card, and you can pick from many different artsy templates of font and color. Basic Invite has organized their templates by theme (botanical, rustic, simple, etc.) to help you narrow the choices down if you wish. And of course you can preview everything before you order. But Basic Invite offers a few different things that I haven’t seen before.

-Colors: other sites give you a few choices for color backgrounds in their templates, but Basic Invite lets you customize them with almost any color. How many times have you had the perfect photo and the perfect layout, but that green isn’t quite right? Here you can tweak each element of the card until it’s perfect.

-Printed samples: not only can you preview your design on the screen, but you can also get a sample sent to you in the mail so that you can see what your design looks like printed, and feel the quality of the paper.

When I decided to play with the customizable birth announcements even though my youngest baby just turned 10 (sob), I found that my favorite feature is indeed that you can customize every little part of this design. Here’s the template’s basic setup:

unique birth announcements basic template

I changed the photo, removed the giraffe’s tutu, and changed the color and content of the text. It was super easy and I got to use whatever colors I wanted. I could even change the background color too but I like this simple layout.

Along with their 40 different envelope colors, free address uploading service, and the pretty, pretty designs, Basic Invite’s custom features make this site stand out among all the other online stationery services. If you are having a baby or a grandchild anytime soon, bookmark this site and start playing with some designs! (Also please tell me about it – I only get my baby fixes in with other people’s babies now! I love to smell new baby heads. It’s one of the most delicious smells on Earth.)

Lucky you, there’s a promotion on birth announcements running now, too. Use the code BIRTH40 to get 40% off these unique birth announcements at Basic Invite! (You don’t have to send me one, but I sure would be delighted.)

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. All opinions, and a sudden strong urge to hold and smell a baby, are my own.

Whole Foods Market 3 Day Whole Body Sale This Weekend


At our area Whole Foods Markets, all ALL supplements are on sale this weekend – 25% off! That means proteins, Meal Enhancers, superfoods (chia, flax), probiotics, vitamin A to zinc and everything in between. Starting tomorrow Jan 24 and going through Sunday Jan 26, you can take advantage of the lower prices to stock up!


It’s good timing, I say. Just last night my husband mentioned that we should get flu shots (we are a pro-flu-shot family: one year I didn’t get one and I was the sickest I’ve ever been, but that’s just me). We haven’t done that yet, which makes me nervous. Our immune systems can use all the help they can get! Just this morning, then, I read that swine flu is on the move again, and 7 people have been hospitalized because of it in our area so far this season.

Whole Foods suggests the following for giving your immune system a boost:

o Boiron Oscillococcinum

o Bio-K+ Probiotic

o Source Naturals Wellness Formula

o Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup

o Ricola Lozenges Boiron Oscillococcinum


This is my Whole Foods:

740 North Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks,  California  91360-3705

But you can take advantage of this sale in Whole Foods Markets all over California! Pin, tweet, or share this on Facebook to pass it on!

This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market.