Waiting to find out the gender of your little one and having a hard time finding cute invitations that are gender neutral? Look no further!
If you have been following along with my journey for any amount of time then you know that I like to do unique things like not finding out the gender of my babies (find out why here) until they were born and that I am a type A personality. I like to have everything just so. I love when things match, when I can make things just how I picture them in my head and when things are easy (because life is hard enough right?!).
So, when Basic Invite asked me review some of their products in exchange for my honest opinion I was excited.
They have themes ranging from classic baby shower invites to trendy events like Sprinkles. But what I really wanted to find out was could this website make gender neutral shower/sprinkle planning… more fun?!
They absolutely could.
As unique as your little one
One of the biggest bummers of not finding out the gender of both of our babies was that when it came to planning the shower and the sprinkle (for our second) we were given maybe 5 options on any given website of “gender neutral,” invites. By gender neutral I mean grey, blah yellow and white polka dots, with minimal options to customize. *wah wah wahhh* Just because we don’t want to find out the gender doesn’t mean we don’t want cute invites to celebrate!
This is not the case with Basic Invite. If you’re like me and are planning to keep the sex of your baby a surprise but still want stylish invites, they have it. With so many theme options you can make any of them specific to your little ones big day even if you don’t know if they are a he or a she.
With countless adorable themes like,
- Hanging mason jars (which I was tempted to pick)
- Buffalo- Born to be wild
- Ice cream cones (for a sprinkle)
You can bet you’ll find an invite that is ‘so you.‘ From there your options are almost endless to make your invitations exactly what you pictured.
I decided to go with a fun baby sprinkle invite with clouds and rain drops.
This invite was PERFECT for a gender neutral sprinkle. We planned the sprinkle for after the baby would be born but we still didn’t know the gender so, this was an amazing option. I really loved the style. Had I not have liked the original so much I could have changed so much more about it. But I decided to make only a few small changes.
When I went to design my invite these were all of the areas I could chose color options for IF I wanted to.
WOW! I could customize everything to my style down to the raindrops.
Once I picked a few colors, I got to edit every line of the text.
I really liked the wording for this invitation. Since we were going to have the party after baby was here I did choose to changed some of the words to fit my needs. The website makes it so easy for you to edit. You just click the text box and all your options appear- text style, color, size, alignment.(You can see all the changes I made to the wording in the picture above).
It was simple and so quick to do. I could even edit from my phone!
All the extras you could want
Basic Invite doesn’t just do invitations though, oh no. They make sure every aspect of your stationary is just how you would want it, while making the process easy peasy.
Here are some of the other options you have when designing your invitations:
- Envelope color– with 40 different color options I got to choose a bright yellow that would match other items at the sprinkle.
- Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you to order a printed sample of your invitation so you can see exactly what it will look like before you ever have to place your final order. Does it get any better than that? Even if you don’t order a printed sample the instant updates to your invitation on the website are so cool. As soon as you edit something you get to see a live version of that change.
- Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in your account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers address printing at no cost on all card orders. For moms to be this is a game changer. One less thing to do before baby. That’s a win in my book.
If you are waiting to find out the gender of your little one but still want to have beautiful stylish invitations exactly how you picture them in your head… Basic Invites is your go to.
I wish I would’ve known about them for my first baby. From being able to customize almost the whole invitation to so many cute options beyond the norm, this company is it!
Want more Basic Invite in your life?
- Make sure you check out their fun baby shower games (also customizable)!
- Birth announcements and more!
Plus Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51 so what are you waiting for?
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When we decided that we wanted our first two babies close together, I set out to see what others thought about two under two. I frantically googled, pinned and asked around trying to see the pros and cons of two under two. The results? People were split. They either loved it or hated it.
Let me tell you this week has been hard. I have cried so. much. But I’ve also had some of those mom moments- you know the ones where your heart explodes with love over something your kids did. I can see both sides of the argument.
So, if you are reading this post to find out what 2 under 2 is like here it is. Here is what two under two is like for me (and maybe for you too).
Two under Two is-
Messy. Oh, so messy.
It’s two in diapers.
Double the laundry covered in anything and everything.
And confusing clothes while folding laundry because at four months and 22 months they start to all look the same.
It’s two babies who can’t talk yet.
And double the tears (triple if you count yours).
A ton of mom guilt. Learning to balance a newborn and toddler who needs attention too.
Sleepless nights with a newborn learning how to sleep and a toddler learning to stay in his big boy bed.
And a full bed each morning, having a tiny human on each side of you.
Hearing “Hi mama!” from the oldest, as you nurse your second born in the morning light.
It is learning to nurse while doing all the things.
Lots of days it’s wondering if the fog will clear. If you will feel human again.
But then watching your youngest laugh at your oldest
And your oldest helping you do things for the younger you didn’t even know they could do!
It’s new words everyday from the older one and babbles from the little one.
It’s spending most of the day on floor. While protecting the little one from being stepped on and teaching the big one how to be gentle.
And boo boos. So. many boo boos. Bumped heads and hair being pulled.
And teething!!! Oh gosh double the teeth, drool and pain.
It’s your oldest not remembering life before the little one and trying to remember it yourself.
Teaching sharing 24/7. What is yours, his, and ours. It’s “that used to be yours and now it’s his.”
It’s longing for 30 seconds of quiet. 30 seconds of not being touched because you’re constantly needed for feedings, cuddles and hugs- it’s all you all the time.
All while wishing you had one more hour in the day because some how the hours drag but they are both growing up so fast.
It’s wanting for the little one to be able to crawl or walk so life will be easier and then crying because you want them to stay small forever.
It’s laughing so hard that first week at yourself trying to hold two babies at the same time and failing.
It’s feeling like a bad ass that first time you’re alone with both kids and everyone survived the day.
It’s holding back happy tears the first time your first baby holds your second baby.
It’s never having enough hands to get things done but enough hands to hold each baby’s while they cry in the car.
It’s one baby for you, one baby for me. Man to man defense all day, everyday. You change this one, while I feed this one.
Missing the one you aren’t holding at that time.
Being so tired that their names somehow are becoming, “the big one and the small one.”
It’s hearing ” I don’t know how you do it.” and always responding “yeah, me either.” While chugging your millionth cup of coffee.
It’s learning grace as a mother. Asking and accepting help.
It’s smiling when you hear your oldest who can barely talk say the little ones name (well kinda).
It’s holding on through the ebb and flows. The stretch of wonderful days and the weeks of grayness. And knowing that each morning you wake up could start or end the phase you are in.
It’s having two babies in two years and still remembering how to do all the baby things because you just did it the year before.
It’s being so glad you did this because they are already so close.
And that knowing that no matter how damn hard it is right now, seeing these two make a friend for a lifetime, who will be going through all the phases with them is oh so worth it!
If you’re surviving in the two under two club, let me know below what it’s like for you each day.
When it comes to researching baby products there is So. Much. Information. When I was looking for products when I was pregnant I relied heavily on Pintrest and other mom reviews. So I wanted to share with you my opinion on the best baby carrier.
When I was putting together my baby registry I fell in love with the Moby Wrap. It had so many great reviews, moms raved about it, and it was all over Pintrest. All of that was good enough for me so I excitedly added it to my registry. When I got it at my shower I was over the moon! After our shower I went home and tried to learn how to tie it. I wasn’t very good at it but I told myself I would learn once baby was here.
My son was born a month after our shower weighing in at 6 lbs 12oz. I got home excited to try my Moby and realized he was so small and I could not tie it tight enough to support him. I was super bummed. I had done all the “research,” why wasn’t this wrap AMAZING?!
The first issue was my son was small. The Moby carrier is good for babies 8-30 lbs. By the time we were home from the hospital my son was closer to 6 lbs than 7. So I set out to research yet again a carrier for a smaller baby that didn’t require so much tying.
The Baby K’Tan Carrier!
This carrier was hands down one of the best products that I bought as a new mom. I could get so much done while wearing my little one. Here is us on the first day I bought it.
There are so many reasons why this carrier worked so well for us.
1. The weight limit
Almost all the cloth carriers I could find had an 8 lb weight limit, which is great unless you have a small munchkin like we did. With our sons weight being 6 lbs I wanted to make sure he was safe. This carrier allowed us to support him even though he was a smaller baby. I could adjust how snug is felt just by folding the fabric on my shoulder. This made me feel so much better wearing him while he was so fragile.
2. It was cheap
By the time we realized we didn’t have a carrier that would work, our baby shower had come and gone. Our little human was already here so we didn’t have hundreds of extra dollars to drop on a carrier. Baby K’Tan has a few different wraps you can buy the one pictured above was $49.95 on their website. That is half the price of a lot of the carriers I found online or in the store. On Amazon I have found it even cheaper than that at times.
3. It traveled well
Because the Baby K’Tan is made of amazing cotton material it can be folded up and shoved in your diaper bag. Convenient right?! Who doesn’t like easy to grab items for baby. I could keep this in the house for house work and then just throw it in our bag when we were headed out. It was way more convenient than taking the stroller everywhere. I loved having a way to keep my son close even when we were at the mall or out for a walk.
We bought the Orignal carrier when our son was born but when he was about 4 weeks old we had my family reunion in Tennessee. It’s always in June and our first carrier was black. I was so worried my son would get too hot so we ordered the ‘Active’ carrier. It’s made of this super breathable material. But those are not the only ones they have.
This was our first carrier. It comes in a few colors (we have the black one). It is made of really soft cotton material that feels like a broken in t-shirt.
5. It’s Easy!!!!
If you read my previous post What I Wish I Would’ve Registered for and What I Regret, then you know that I registered for the Moby because you can wear it in multiple ways.
Except with the Moby there is a lot of tying and pulling. The K’Tan on the other hand is sooooo easy to use. The carrier is already tied so you simple follow the first these steps for the kangaroo hold. Every position starts with steps 1-4 and then all the steps after are for each specific position.
Once your little own is able to hold their head up there are so many ways to wear this carrier.
You can check out all the different ways on the K’Tan website.
I wish I would’ve registered for this carrier to start with but I’m so glad that I found it even if it was a little late. This carrier helped me get so much done. Not only is baby wearing good for mom and baby. It was especially good for us having a super cranky baby (you can read more about that here). When our little one was screaming this was about the only way I could get anything done around the house. This was also our go to for leaving the house. We much preferred to wear him in the grocery or while out walking around then hauling the stroller or his entire car seat.
Don’t make the same mistake as me, register for the K’Tan from the start.
When you are expecting a tiny human you need stuff. Now I am a big believer in living with just stuff I need but even with the bare minimum registering for your shower can be over whelming to say the least. The amount of stuff you can register for is INSANE! If I could do it all over again I would change a few things on my registry. Let’s start with items I wish I would’ve register for and didn’t.
Whether they were wants or needs these are the things I wish would’ve ended up on my registry because we ended up running out to get them while we were still in the crazy newborn stage.
#1 K’Tan Baby Carrier
I can’t say enough but how much I love this baby carrier. I wish I would have had this the moment I came home from the hospital. This carrier required NO tying you just cross it over your body and pull your arms through each hole. It’s so easy! It took me 2 tries to be able to do it on my own. It’s made of super soft material and you can just fold it up and stick it in your diaper bag. If you are looking to register for a baby carrier I suggest this one.
Before I was a mom I would’ve never thought about a humidifier or that I baby would need one.. which is probably why it didn’t make it on to my registry. But if you are a newbie parent, a little secret you are going to need one of these. I live in an older home and and we needed one of these once it got cold. Our little one would wake up sounding like Darth Vader every morning. Which lead to the decision to buy a humidifier. Make sure you have one on your registry. We like this cute one we have. It’s simple to use and made a world of difference in our sons breathing.
#3 Sleeper Sacks
Another item that I had NEVER heard of until I was in the hospital the first night with our son. They informed me he had to wear a ‘sleep sack.’ Little did I know was a new mama that babies and blankets are a BIG no-no (what I’ll admit it, I didn’t know). So when we left the hospital we invested in some sleeper sacks that had wings so we could safely swaddle him. But once he was done with swaddling we had to invest in more sleeper sacks so moral of the story this is another item I wish I would’ve asked for.
#4 Mesh crib bumper
When I made my registry I didn’t think very far beyond the newborn stage (again I’ll admit all my flaws to y’all). I pictured a tiny newborn when I thought of things I needed. But once these little ones can roll over and/or crawl they can get their limbs stuck all up in those crib slates. So we had to go out and buy one of these mesh crib bumpers. They are really cheap and I don’t worry about him falling asleep next to it because it is breathable. I wish we would’ve had this from the beginning so he wouldn’t have got his limbs stuck.
#5 Baby Bullet Blender!
If you have read any of my post before this one then you know how much I love this set. When I was registering I thought “How silly is that set, it’s just a blender.” Just. a. blender. yeah right! This thing has been amazing! It comes with everything you need to make your own baby food. My favorite part is the freezing trays are in the same shape of the food containers so I just pop a frozen food in a jar and go. Hindsight, this would’ve at the top of the registry list!
Now that you know some things I wish I would’ve had, I am going to share things I THOUGHT I needed or things I thought I needed a lot of and didn’t.
Not all of these things are useless or weren’t helpful but some were.
#1 A Moby Wrap
Now, I am not saying this is a bad baby carrier it just wasn’t the one for me. Out of all the items on my registry I was most excited about this one. But it was really complicated to learn how to wear it. I wanted to baby wear so things would be easier but I could never get the hang of this thing. I know people who loves these but if I would’ve known about the K’Tan I would’ve picked that one to begin with.
#2 Baby Bath
I know a lot of people who really love these but my baby cried basically all the time so when he needed a bath he got a shower with one of us or a bath with us. We never used our baby bath. When he was really little it was too hard to keep him sitting up and by the time he could hold his head up he wanted to splash so we would put him in the sink. I only put this on our registry because I thought I had to. Where else would I bathe my child? I learned, almost everywhere except in the baby bath.
Don’t get me wrong baby towels are awesome and so soft but babies don’t bathe that often. I ended up with at least 15 baby towels. My son only uses one at a time and towels take up a lot of space. If you are like me and are short on space register for only what you will actual use. I think 3 towels and a couple of wash cloths would’ve have sufficed. This also would’ve save me a whole lot of space in his closet.
#4 Burp Cloths
I don’t even know how I ended up with so many. I probably have a least 40! My son had acid reflux and we still never used that many. I think almost everyone got us some and we went home from the hospital with MORE.
40 of anything is just too much, again I would have so much room for more useful things if I had not gotten so many burp cloths.
#5 Baby Mittens
Although SUPER cute and in theory a really awesome idea, just nope. I registered for 3 packs of these things and like socks they just get lost some how. Also, almost all the newborn clothes I got had the sleeves that rolled down over his hands. I’m not saying these were pointless but they were definitely something I did not use often enough to have 3 packs of. So maybe this one wasn’t a regret but if I had the chance again I would nix them.
What were some items you just HAD to have and some that were not so useful after all?? I would love to see what you have to say. Comment below some of yours 🙂
Lots of Love,