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Christmas in July | Holiday & Christmas Photo Cards from Basic Invite

It’s the middle of summer, and you’ve probably been spending your days in the sunshine, out on the water, and BBQing with your friends and family. BUT, you should be thinking about Christmas. (I know… Jasmine… really? Yes. Really!)

Did you know that the offseason is the best time to save big on ordinary things? It’s true, and holiday business cards and Christmas photo cards are no different. My friends at Basic Invite are having a major Christmas In July sale right now, and I’ve got the hook up for you with special looks into their holiday and greeting card lines and a promo code to save you money!

The best part? When the holidays roll around, you’ll already have your holiday cards out of the way, so you can focus on being with family and enjoying yourself! 😊

Holiday & Christmas Photo Cards

christmas photo cards

christmas photo cards

christmas photo cardsWhether you need fully customizable Holiday Cards for Business or beautifully unique Christmas Photo Cards, Basic Invite has everything you need and ONLY in July, you can get 30% OFF when you use the promo code: holi30 ⚡

Top 5 reasons to trust Basic Invite with your Christmas Photo Cards:

Almost Unlimited Colors

basic invite colors

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

Custom Samples

basic invite custom sample

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual holiday or Christmas Photo Card so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

basic invite envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with envelopes as they are with their Christmas Photo Cards. You can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to envelopes so that you can make your greeting cards stand out even before it is opened. And, all of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service

basic invite address collect

Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite also offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders!

Foil 

Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, get your holiday and Christmas Photo Cards out of the way and SAVE with Basic Invite! Don’t forget to use the promo code: HOLI30 at checkout for extra savings 👍🏼


 

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New Mexico | Exploring Taos art community & driving through forest fires

I love the desert. If you followed my journey through Arizona, you’d know just how healing the desert is to me. There’s just something about the warm tones, heat, sunshine, open spaces and prickly plants that makes my heart feel complete. And when I was in New Mexico, I experienced all of those feelings all over again. I explored the city of Taos, which is a beautiful artist community and I witnessed the devastating forest fires first-hand, which was terrifying and beautiful in its own right. I loved New Mexico, here are photos from my stay there.

new mexico

new mexicoDriving through the deep forest and emerging to see rocky mountainsides and cliffs is one of my favorite things in the world. As a young girl, I remember driving into the woods with my birth father. We left the house around 4am, and I slept the whole way. When I woke, bright and beautiful rocky mountainsides would be the first thing I would see. To some, they’re just rocks, but to me, there are so many memories within nature. I hold it so near and dear to my heart.
new mexico hot air balloons

taos new mexico

taos new mexico

taos new mexicoExploring the artist community of Taos was absolutely beautiful. All the buildings in the town were historic adobe buildings, surrounded by art, flowers and delicious food on every corner. For lunch, I ate at the Alley Cantina, which is the city’s oldest building! It was built in the 16th century by the Pueblo Indians (yes, 16th century!). It was amazing. If you have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it for the great food and amazing history and culture 👍🏼
taos new mexico

new mexico

new mexico

new mexico sunsetOverall, my stay in New Mexico was full of downtime, lots of outdoor time and enjoying the sunshine. I slowed down a bit and caught up on a few books I’m reading, and thought a lot about my past, present and future. The desert always brings out the over-thinker in me, but it’s always constructive. 😊

Have you ever visited New Mexico or Taos?


new mexico trip

Texas | Exploring Cadillac Ranch & world famous Big Texan steaks

Are you caught up with all of my Road Trip America travel posts? Check them out here! 😊

I’ve always wanted to visit Texas. I’m not sure why, there’s just always been something otherworldly about it. Cowboys… ranches… country music… big open spaces… comfort food…  “y’all.” There’s nothing else quite like it!

During the 24 hours I was in Texas, I stayed in Amarillo, which is at the very top of the state. I visited the Cadillac Ranch and The Big Texan, and I highly recommend visiting both of these places! I only drove through the very top of Texas, but it left an impression on me and I know I’ll be back!

amarillo

texas

amarillo

Driving through the northern part of Texas and staying in Amarillo was beautiful. I was talking to a friend who lives in Texas and when I told him I was visiting Amarillo his response was: “Congratulations, you’re staying in the ugliest part of the state!”

But I thought it was beautiful. Granted, it was probably because I’ve never been there before and it was totally new to me, but in any event, I loved all these open spaces, golden colors and lots and lots of quiet. It reminded me a lot of Oklahoma!texas

the big texan

the big texan

the big texan

the big texan

Where I stayed in Amarillo, there was a bright yellow restaurant with huge cows out front. I thought it was just a cheesy tourist trap, but it turns out, it’s a world-famous steakhouse and major celebrities and TV shows have filmed here! The Big Texan is known for their 72 ounce steak, and if you can finish it in under a certain amount of time, it’s free! A few years ago, a lady finished not one, but THREE of these steaks in 20 minutes… how? I have no idea.

I had a small ribeye, and it was delicious but I don’t need 72 ounces of it haha! 😂  cadillac ranch

cadillac ranch

cadillac ranch

“Your comfort zone will kill you”

I love this. The entire time I’ve been on this road trip, I’ve kept thinking how much easier and better it would be if I just went back to my old life, or back to the comfort of a house and job. And while it IS what I want eventually, right now it is so nice being pushed out of my comfort zone. Every day, I’m faced with new challenges and emotions and instead of hiding from them or distracting myself with a job, I’m forced to face them head first.

I can’t wait to see the strong, resilient, amazing person I’ll become after this trip is over! 🙌🏼cadillac ranch

cadillac ranch

cadillac ranch

Visiting the Cadillac Ranch was incredible. I love quirky roadside attractions like these, and this one did not disappoint! Driving by, you can almost miss it. It’s just a huge empty field and out in the middle of it, is a group of Cadillacs half-buried in the dirt and covered with graffiti. The best part? It’s completely FREE! Woohoo!


What is your favorite quirky roadside attraction that I shouldn’t miss on my travels? 😊

24 hours in texas

Life Lately: One month living on the road

Remember when I first announced I was leaving my island home in Hawaii?

Remember when I said my plan was to road trip across America?

Well, it’s officially been one month since I’ve been living on the road, without a “home” and going somewhere new every day. I’ve been posting little travel diaries of each place I’ve visited so far, but here’s how life has been in general 👍🏼


I’ve been writing every day

Since I’ve been on the road, I’ve had lots and lots of time to think, think, think. This has been great, but I’ll admit it gets overwhelming at times. I went through a spell where all I thought about was my previous relationship, the ending, the goods, the bad, the pain and all the joy. This is imperative for growth and healing, but boy, is it tough to work through all those feelings.

During times like these, I reach for my phone, scrap paper, notebook or computer and proceed to word vomit. I dump it all on paper, and oftentimes, it doesn’t even make sense, but it makes me feel lighter, happier, freer.

I love writing for myself. No one ever sees the words I write in my notebooks, but I like it that way for now. Maybe one day, I’ll make sense of these words and compile them into a book that’ll be on a shelf. But for now, I’m enjoying keeping these words to myself.

Speaking of books on a shelf… I need to get back to writing mine! I finally started writing my book months ago, but stopped when life got busy (likely story). But since I have all this free time, I want to take advantage of that and get this book done. My goal was to have it finished by the beginning of next year, so fingers crossed! Maybe I should follow my own tips… 😂

I’ve been studying the Bible

For about two years now, I’ve been steadily reading the Bible every day, doing bible studies and I’ve been really involved with the church. Right now since I’m on the road, being a part of a church is near impossible, so I’m relying heavily on my own Bible study time.

In this current season of life, I’ve been finding so much truth and conviction in the devotionals and scriptures I’ve been reading.

If you’re interested in a post about the studies I’m doing, let me know! ❤

Until then, check out How to Study the Bible On Your Own and my other posts on Faith!

I’ve been healthy-ish

Before I left Hawaii, I had a steady routine of eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, but since being on the road, keeping that same routine is hard. But I’ve been trying!

I still have my same oatmeal breakfast (with coconut granola, hemp, chia, flaxseed, almond milk and bananas), but other than that it’s hard to eat healthy during travel when i want to try every single local food there is 😬

If you have any tips on how to be healthy/active while traveling and living on the road, please leave them below!

I’ve been relearning myself

Over the years, I’ve forgotten who I am in someone else, in the standards of who I should be, and I’ve been overshadowed by my own insecurities and struggles.

Since being on this trip, I’m spending time relearning who I am, what I want and what’s important to me.

This is really hard work once you’ve spent so many years with another person, many years away from everything you once knew, and many years trying to live up to the standards of what a young 20-something should be.

But I’m doing it. ⚡

I’ve been in reflection

As I mentioned above, I’ve had lots of quiet time spent thinking, writing and reflecting.

Where do I want to be after this trip? What happens when all this ends? Where do I go? Who will I be? What do I want for my life? What does my future hold?

There are so many questions that lie in the unknown, but I’m thankful that I have an open road in front of me.

What’s next?

Right now, I’m writing this at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In a few days, I’m heading up to Wyoming for a week and then I’ll make my way to Oregon. After that, I’m not sure – but I’m living for the adventure of it all.


How has your life been lately? How’s the summer treating you? ☀

Oklahoma | Pioneer Woman Mercantile & surviving a real southern storm

I’ve been wanting to go to Pawhuska, Oklahoma ever since I started watching The Pioneer Woman. Fun fact: it was always her show that I’d watch when I felt low and needed a feeling of comfort. I also love recreating her recipes, which you can check out here. I was only in Oklahoma for a day and a half, but I toured the Mercantile, ate really great food and got caught in a storm. All in all, Oklahoma treated me well 👍🏼

oklahoma

oklahoma road signCrossing the border into Oklahoma felt surreal, not because it’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit, but because I never thought I’d ever go there. So far on this adventure, visiting places I’ve never been to has been an incredible feeling and I hope everyone gets to do something like this.

oklahoma camping

oklahoma camping

oklahoma camping

oklahoma campingWhat do you think of when you think of Oklahoma? For me, I always thought of open plains, golden crops, and lots of brown. When I saw forests, rivers and hills, I was. blown. away.

downtown pawhuska

downtown pawhuska

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantileThis Cowboy Coffee was AMAZING. Get the recipe here!

pioneer woman mercantileEating at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile was a check off my bucket list! I love watching her show, and to actually visit her restaurant and shop was the BEST.

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantileSeriously, how perfect is this redhead cowgirl?! I regret not buying this…

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantile

pioneer woman mercantile

oklahoma storm

oklahoma stormDriving through Oklahoma was dangerous. All of a sudden, the sky turned black and it started pouring, hailing, and a tornado warning was in effect. (These photos were at 3pm!)

oklahoma sunset

oklahoma sunsetThen, almost in a matter of minutes the skies opened back up, the wind stopped howling, and the clouds painted themselves bright shades of orange, pink and violet.

Driving through that storm, I wanted SO badly to turn around and go back to where it wasn’t storming, I was scared and wanted to run away from the unknown, but I knew that storms move, and this one was certainly moving quickly. So if I just kept going, I’d soon be on the other side. This was a gentle reminder that just like in life, we’ll be faced with challenges, scary moments, and the unknown, but if we run away from these problems we’ll just be met with them again. Whereas, if we keep moving forward and work through them, we’ll be met with brighter days.


I hope you’re doing well, and if you’re currently in the midst of a storm, keep moving forward. Brighter days are ahead! ❤

perfect trip oklahoma

Arkansas | Downtown Hot Springs & enjoying the quiet beauty

When I was thinking about dream destinations and places I’ve always wanted to visit, Arkansas never made it on the list – it just never seemed like a place I wanted to go. “What’s in Arkansas, anyway?!” Boy, was I wrong. While I was only there for a day or two (they’re all blending together), I was filled to the brim with history, culture and endless beauty.

arkansas sign

downtown hot springsI stayed in Hot Springs, which is nestled in a valley. Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans and travelers settled here for the area’s natural spring water, which was thought to be healing. All throughout the area, there are natural hot springs and bath houses, it’s pretty neat!

downtown hot springs

downtown hot springs

 

downtown hot springsI was just excited to be in a small city for a while, I feel like I’ve been in the woods for a long time! Seeing concrete again was nice for a change (as strange as that may sound 😂)

downtown hot springs

hot springs bath

downtown hot springsThe whole city had an older feel, which I loved.

arkansas camp

arkansas

airstream camp

arkansas sunsetEndless beauty. Even as the sun went down, more colors came out, it was quiet, it was so peaceful. Arkansas, I only saw a piece of you, but I love you already! I will definitely have to come back for Little Rock.

Have you ever been to Arkansas? What are some things I need to come back for? 😊


guide to arkansas

Tennessee | Visiting Memphis & Graceland (Part 2)

*Hi! Have you seen Part 1 of my Tennessee trip? 😊

I only stayed in Tennessee for a short while, but for the time I was there, I had the time of my life! From the sights, to the nature, to the sweet people, everything left a great impression on me – and I wouldn’t mind living there! 😉

Of course, I couldn’t leave without visiting Memphis and Graceland! Here are my photos from the second part of my trip to Tennessee!

graceland

gracelandGrowing up, I spent part of my summers with my grandparents in Southern California. During that time, my memories were mixed in between Elvis songs. I remember riding in the backseat while my grandma hummed along to Elvis crooning over the radio speakers. And sitting at the kitchen table while my grandpa danced to “Viva Las Vegas,” followed by an uncanny impersonation. Needless to say, visiting Graceland was special for me and I felt my grandpa with me that day.

graceland

gracelandSide note: If anyone knows anyone who looks like Elvis, tell him I’m single 😉

graceland

graceland

gracelandStanding on the front steps of Elvis’ Memphis mansion shook me to the core. I just kept saying to myself: He stood here. He stood on these steps. He opened this door. This is HIS house!! It was so surreal.

graceland

gracelandAlso: He was very brave with all the white considering he had little Lisa Marie running around! I wonder what stain fighter they used… 😏

gracelandElvis’ Meditation Gardens was one of my favorite places on the property, and coincidentally, it was his favorite place as well. He used to come out here and just sit and think, relax, and pray. It was modeled after fountains in Italy, and there were even original stained glass pieces from 1800s Spain!

gracelandI stood here at this spot for a good 10 minutes. It was overwhelming. I could hear a mixture of people next to me crying, talking about his life, reading the gravestones, and my own thoughts. Here lies a man who had a dream and made it a reality, all the while never forgetting his family, his faith, his humble beginnings, and the person he was before the fame and fortune.

graceland

graceland

graceland, blue hawaii carTouring his car collection had me in awe. I’m not a huge car person per se… If you asked me anything about these cars, I’d tell you they’re white, pink and red 😂 However, I felt so lucky to be in the presence of these beauties that Elvis sat in and that were the highlight of so many iconic films.

graceland“Before Elvis, there was nothing” – John Lennon

graceland

graceland

graceland

graceland

graceland

graceland

gracelandHere are only SOME of Elvis’ awards. SOME! This wall is over 25 feet tall and full of awards, yet this is only some of the awards Elvis received in his lifetime. If that doesn’t signify what a legendary artist he was, I don’t know what does. Breathtaking.

graceland


Have you ever visited Memphis or Graceland? 😊

Tennessee | Exploring Franklin, Natchez Trace & the great outdoors! (Part 1)

For months, I have been dreaming about Tennessee. There’s something about it that holds part of my heart, so when it was time for me to step foot into the great state, I was over the moon. I’m a huge country music fan, there’s nothing better than sweet southern folk, and the thought of orange sunsets makes my heart sing. Here are some photos from my trip to central Tennessee – Franklin, Natchez Trace and the great southern outdoors.

Chattanooga tennessee

tennessee rain

tennessee road tripSo far, it’s stormed in every state I’ve been in. I love the rain, and I especially love that each rain feels different – granted, that’s probably all in my head, but I love it nonetheless.

natchez trace tennessee

natchez trace tennessee

natchez trace tennessee

natchez trace tennesseeTennessee forests are gorgeous, green, and strangely familiar. I loved exploring the Natchez Trace, just south of Nashville – if you’re in the area, you have to visit!

franklin tennessee

biscuit love franklin

biscuit love franklin

biscuit love franklinIf you’re in Franklin, you need to go to Biscuit Love. I’ve never heard of it before, but as I was driving down the streets of Franklin, saw a mile-long line out front and decided to stop for lunch. Best. Idea. Ever. It was so good! I ordered the “Princess,” which is a spicy chicken sandwich on one of their famous biscuits (and of course, I got sweet tea to wash it down 😎)

franklin tennessee

franklin tennessee

franklin tennessee

franklin tennessee

Downtown Franklin was everything I dreamt of and more. I can easily see why it’s named “America’s Favorite Small Town”! I only spent a few hours here, but I wouldn’t mind staying forever.

tennessee road trip

tennessee road trip

tennessee road tripThe long drives have been healing, seeing towns appear and disappear from view, watching hills turn into dirt, into forests and back into cities, tracing corn crops and creating stories for the clouds hung in the sky.

natchez trace tennessee

natchez trace tennessee

natchez trace tennessee

 

natchez trace tennessee

natchez trace tennessee

tennessee outdoorsThe weather cleared up enough to take the boat out, which was beautiful. I always feel so free out on the water. Anyone else?

georgia peaches

natchez trace tennessee

tennessee sunsetOn the last night, I soaked in this beautiful Tennessee sunset. I see now why Tennessee’s color is orange – just look at this bright sky! I’ve fallen in love with Tennessee, and I can’t wait to be back!


Keep an eye out for Part 2 of my Tennessee trip soon! 😉

Florida | Orlando, Universal Studios & seeing gators! (Part 2)

Have you checked out Part 1 of my Florida trip? 😊

florida gator tour

florida gator tour

florida gator tour

florida gator tour

florida gator tour

During the last few days in Florida, I had to go on a Gator Tour so I went to a place called Camp Holly’s! They had an awesome tiki bar, baby gators on site, and the funniest air boat captains. I had the best time, I highly recommend this place! (And if you do go, order a margarita and tell the bartender I say hi!)

universal studios harry potter

universal studios harry potter

universal studios harry potter

universal studios summer

universal studios simpsons

universal studios krustyland

universal studios simpsons

universal studios simpsons

Since I was in Orlando, I had to go to Universal Studios! (I was planning on going to DisneyWorld, but I’ll save that for another time). I’m a huge Simpsons fan, so I loved seeing KrustyLand, and of course the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was a blast!

florida gator tour

florida campground

florida countryside

florida lake

florida lake

florida fishing

florida lake

florida rainbow

This also marks the first week of living on the road (and not in an actual “house”). So far, so good! It’s taking some adjustment, but I grew up camping so I love it. The only downside right now is the lack of stable, reliable Wi-Fi, but I’m working around it as best as I can, while still enjoying the outdoors!

I’ve been writing a lot for myself, which I love doing because I love being able to look back at my words and feelings. Being out on the road and away from every day distractions has been a blessing in disguise. However, speaking of blessings, a few days before I hit the road I got some bad news. That morning was rough, but I haven’t been focusing on the negatives of it all – instead, I’ve been seeing it for all that it IS and not what it could have been. I may touch on this later, but for right now I’m keeping this to myself, allowing myself to grow from it, and continuing to seek out the positives in my every day.


Have you ever visited Orlando, Universal Studios, or gone on a gator tour? 😊

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Florida | St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach & getting ready for life on the road! (Part 1)

My grand adventure of living on the road has officially begun! (And as I’m writing this, I’m sitting at an auto repair shop in the outskirts of Nashville – more on that later). The first stop on my trip was Florida to visit family before I hit the road. I explored a ton and had a blast. Here are some photos from the first leg of my road trip across America!

road trip florida

st augustine

florida swamp

Nearly every community is built on or around the water, and it’s unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. I love these little docks behind all these houses!

st augustine

st augustine

st augustine

st augustine lighthouse

st augustine

st augustine

st augustine

st augustine

Exploring old town St. Augustine was incredible! It’s one of America’s oldest cities and it was founded in the mid-1500s! I explored a 17th century stone fortress, walked through the streets of the old town (with a strawberry ice cream in hand, of course), and visited America’s oldest wooden schoolhouse (still standing from the early 1700s)! This little town was amazing, and if you’re in the area I highly recommend visiting!

florida sunset

florida sunset

Hawaii has some amazing sunsets, but there’s nothing quite like Florida sunsets. Every day, it started raining around 3pm and when the skies broke around the sunset, it was magical. (Also, if you go to Sonic, go during their Happy Hour time and get the peanut butter oreo shake – you’re welcome 😉)

cocoa beach

ron jon cocoa beach

Cocoa Beach is one of the cutest little beach towns, and visiting the Ron Jon shop was such a blast! I love all the colors here, they make me so happy.

 

florida german restaurant

florida restaurants

I felt very fortunate to be able to spend my dad’s birthday and Father’s Day with both my dad and grandfather this year. We went out to a German restaurant (their favorite food!)

florida oranges

This first taste of life on the road was sweet, and I’m looking forward to all the adventures that are to come! (Look out for Part 2 of this post soon! 😊)