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Are you ready for Graduation Season?!

Are you ready for Graduation Season?!

Are you ready for graduation season? It’s almost here, time to start ordering announcements and invitations! We have a great selection of cards on several sites. Here are just a few of our new cards, just click on each card to order. You can also find a large selection of Simon+Kabuki cards at Picaboo.com. If you are looking for some great gift ideas, check out our Etsy Shop, click here. To see all of our custom cards on SimplytoImpress.com click here. To see all of our custom cards on PhotoAffections.com click here. Time flies when you are having fun! This year I have two graduates – one from college and one from high school. We have a big party planned for the two of them, should be fun! Happy shopping! 🙂    ...
Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Gift Ideas

Hard to believe another year flew by so quickly. As your kids get older time really does move at the speed of light. My middle daughter is graduating from high school this year so we are in college decisions and party and gift planning mode. It can be a super stressful time for teenagers to make such a big transition. Here are a few ideas for graduation gifts. – I saw this book in a magazine and thought it would be great, click here to order. You could also do Dr. Seuss “Oh the Places You’ll Go” with a special note. – How about a personalized pet pillow so they don’t miss their furry friends as much, buy here. – A pretty tapestry to decorate their dorm, buy here. – A portable phone charger, I’m pretty sure they will all need one of these, buy here. – A Shadow Box bank, buy here. Or make your own, directions here. Add some cash and fun gift cards and they are set. – A basket with handy items for doing laundry (quarters, dryer ball, bleach pen, etc.) – A monthly subscription so they have something to look forward to. There are many to choose from – snacks, a magazine, beauty products, art supplies, candy, etc. – A relaxing Spa Day before they had off to college – A photo book of their life so far. These are super easy to do especially if your pictures are on a site like Shutterfly. You can even include a few of their favorite recipes. Got any great ideas? We’d love to hear...

Tips for College Move-in

Last Friday, I moved my son to San Diego State for his first year in college and in the dorms. Yes, I’m really old and now really sad! San Diego is pretty far from us, 8 hours, so there probably won’t be too many weekend trips in our future. He’s having a great time so far (week one) but we all miss him – especially the cat, who sits in his room all day wondering when the heck he’ll be back! All in all it was a pretty good trip and move in but I do have some tips that may help for your move in. 1. Pack a cooler with water and snacks. It is a long day and you may not get breaks for food. Also wear shorts and tennis shoes, you get pretty sweaty walking up and down the stairs. 2. Pack Well. Once you unload the car you either have to make several small trips in the elevator or walk the stairs. If you can pack as many things into duffle bags or other easy to carry bags it will go faster. We made the mistake of bringing a suitcase, this was difficult to maneuver up crowded stairs. The line for the elevator was about an hour so we used the stairs. My son was luckily on the 2nd floor, not really a good option if you are on the 11th floor. 3. Don’t forget to pack hangers, drawer locks, hooks, tape for poster hanging and power strips. We forgot these items and had to make a Target run. 4. Essentials – pack deodorant, toothpaste,...

Grad Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year when at least someone you know is graduating from elementary school, middle school, high school or college. My son is graduating from high school and Erin’s daughter is graduating from college, I guess we are getting old!! We are throwing a grad party for my son. We are planning on buying him a laptop for school as his gift. Here are some great gifts for grads that won’t break the bank. 1. Cash and gift cards – This gift is always appreciated by grads. They will need gas money if they will be taking their car and gift cards to Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Target, the local grocery store, etc. will be well used. For fun give them a check written out for the year, $200.13. Check Costco for some great gift card options. 2. Gear from the college they are attending. Go online and order them a sweatshirt or t-shirt or get a gift card to the college store. 3. Laundry Gift Basket – Fill it with small size detergents, stain removers and softeners and include a couple of rolls of quarters. 4. Food – Give them a basket filled with granola bars, power bars, instant coffee and other essentials that won’t go bad. That way if they get the midnight munchies they won’t have to hit 7-11. 5. Personalized gifts – A personalized frame, bulletin board, towels, etc. make a great gift. 6. Your Favorite Book – Is there a book you love that you want to share, write a meaningful message inside and include a check. 7. Depending on where the student...

temporary home with permanent style

Remember your very first apartment? It was the place you could call your own and enjoy your independence (which is just another way of saying that you could fill your fridge with beer and your parents wouldn’t know about it). Decorating an apartment is easier than ever with finds from Ikea and Target. We moved our daughter into her first place (yes, there is already beer and a bag, yes a bag of wine in the fridge), she inherited the obsessive designer gene and her roommate’s mom works at Pottery Barn so naturally there was a 48 hour decorating frenzy. The girls already had hand me down couches, black tables and red accents. We found the bold lampshades at TJ Max on clearance, got some throw pillows and the zebra print from ikea and voila, the room came together. Small accents like a runner on the coffee table, the tray with clearance sale vases and a large plant transformed the space from an average apartment (with walls the color of baby shit, seriously) into a very cool place to hang out. My new favorite decorating tool is wall vinyl. You can find it at Target and Orchard Supply. It is inexpensive and removable so at the end of the lease you can take it down and get your full deposit back. It comes in tons of colors and patterns, we stuck with black to continue the color scheme. We used it in the dining area, the hallway and the bedroom. Starting with a color scheme is the easiest way to get a decorator look without a big budget or...