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Friday Find: Paperless Post

20 Sep

So as much as #ilovepaper, I love the convenience that comes with electronic communications.

Yes, I said “electronic communications.” I remember life before the interwebs, people, when computers needed start-up disks and you were sent to the library to learn how to use a mouse. #truestory.

Back to the matter at hand. Mainly, it’s that I don’t have a lot of my friends’ addresses on file. So, come cocktail party time (which is allthetime), it’s easier to send e-invitations.

Enter Paperless Post.

Paperless post Electronic Invitations

No more cheesy e-vites with bad pictures of oversized martini glasses and limited room for copy and important details like “bring wine.”

Finally, a e-invite service that has designs I am not ashamed to send. (Snaps to LKS for turning me onto this one.)

Paperless Post works two ways – there are electronic invites, and you can also select to have paper versions ordered.

The designs are more like real stationary than emails, and you have much more control over the actual design elements — like fonts, type layout, and images.

Did I mention the part where you can include electronic envelope liners and response cards? So much better than an e-vite.

When the invite is delivered, the image is embedded into the actual email, so your guests can literally click the envelope to open it, and fill out the response card. There is an auto-download feature to add the event to your preferred calendar service, and an option to include a link to the location.

Plus, there is a sweet big brother aspect to it where Paperless Post lets you track who has opened your invite, bounced emails, responded, etc. (To everyone who hasn’t RSVP’d for fall beer & wine tasting, I’m watching you…)

Plus, you can track it all in an iPhone app, and set up handy reminders to your guest list. Or do old-fashioned things like export it to an excel doc, if you like to roll Windows97 style.

Some designs are simpler, with just text — which you can select from the varied Paperless Post text library.

Paperless Post card samples

Others you can customize with your own images.

Custom Photo Paperless Post Invites

The catch? Not all the features on Paperless Post are free. The paper invites, for one, cost $. And some of the more premium features on the electronic invites, like the fancier designs or the envelope liners, cost “paperless post coins.”

You receive 25 coins for signing up, and there are a variety of options to earn more. Or, you can purchase coins – 25 for $5.00. As many of the premium features are 2 coins/recipient – it works out to be $5.00 to send 12 of the premium electronic invites, if you buy the coins outright. (Still, this is way more affordable than if you ordered paper cards from a stationary shop and mailed them USPS.)

However, there are enough free designs that you really don’t need coins unless you really want of of the premium designs.

The internet and paper, together as one? I’m sold.

Move over e-vite, Paperless Post is here.

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Eh, it’s Wednesday. Let’s Dubstep.

18 Sep

Lately, I’ve noticed that I’m having the “eh, it’s XXX day” trend.

Which, is nothing to write home about, except that I could use a little pick me up.

So, because it’s Wednesday, and we all could use something to smile about, and in case you haven’t seen it yet, and in case you have, cheers to the latest Geico commercial.

Original.

And dubstep.

What day is it again?

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Book Review: The Dinner and Winter’s Bone

11 Sep

So I know I’m a bit late to the game on these books. But better late than never, right? Plus, my mom had downloaded these to her nook so I could rip them onto mine. Perfecto.

So I was on an epic week-long work trip, which included one 24-hour day. NY-MA-WA-NY, complete with a red-eye flight home. Lovely, right?

A friend recommended The Dinner by Herman Koch. She said it was a quick read, since the story takes place over the course of just one evening. During dinner. Creative title, right?

Let’s just say this isn’t a regular dinner. The story revolves around the candidate for prime minister and his brother, who decide that they need to go to dinner with their wives to discuss the “horrible things their children have been doing.”

Not to give it away…but let’s just say the brother is cray cray. Like seriously crazy. And not in the good “oh hey, lets go to a crazy family dinner where someone says something non-PC but its really funny and we all get a little loaded” crazy.

It was a quick read though. But probably not good for beach reading. Or any other occasion where you want something that will make you laugh.

Then I started Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. You know, the book that made Jennifer Lawrence famous. After you read it, you’ll know that the title is also creative.

It’s winter, and she needs bones for something. But I won’t give it away.

I read through this book really quickly, once I finished the first few chapters. It is set in the Ozarks, and is full of characters, crazy family relationships, and backwoods Hatfields-McCoys style drama.

This one is worth picking up.

Does anyone have other book recommendations? My reading list right now is empty.

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Summer BBQ Stationary: Swine You Up?

26 Aug

If you remember CP and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, then you already know I had a major stationary fail a few weeks back.

This is said stationary.

Cakerypapery BBQ Finishing Touch

Cute, right?

I do have to admit, after I got over the minor phone number RSVP mishap, the reprints turned out even better than the first set.

I happened to get some new inkadinkado stamps for the occasion, which I used on the outside of the envelopes.

DIY Stampe Envelope

Of course, liners on the inside.

DIY Envelope liner

And then the actual cards? Just a cute invite to a summer barbeque, with the RSVP line really taking the cake.

Cakerypapery BBQ invite

“Swine You Up, or No Shanks?”

I crack myself up, seriously.

And the baker’s twine was a nice finishing touch, if I do say so myself.

DIY bbq invite

As always, #ilovepaper.

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The Juice Cleanse.

21 Aug

Or, as it’s better known “being hangry for three days.”

hangry: the state of being so hungry you get angry.

In other words, hungry+angry=hangry. (I was a math major, you know.)

Right around the time this post is being published, I’ll be knee deep in the third day of a juice cleanse. (And in an all-day client meeting where donuts, danish, and cuban sandwiches will be served. FML.)

What exactly is said “juice cleanse,” and why am I, lover of all things fried, sweet, or alcoholic, undertaking such an endeavor?

Well dear friends, it was time to get serious about this whole “eating healthy” and “detox” thing.

So, I considered three factors:

  1. I can be a bit lazy. No healthy food? I’ll just have wine for dinner.
  2. I might be a bit of a humble brag and/or competitive.
  3. I work well with things that have rules. Rules are that are easy to follow.

I’ve been thinking about juice cleansing for a while (because the “master cleanse” sounds tres mis) and I really do need to get back on track with eating healthy. And when I considered the above three factors, it just seemed to make sense. I went with a program at my local yoga studio, where they pre-make all the juices for you. (see #1).

For the last two days, I’ve had nothing but four 16 oz. juices and two smoothies a day. And let me tell you, this liquid diet thing blows goats.

Juice CleanseSee? Juice cleansing. While at work. That counts as multi-tasking, right? And no, that did not taste “even better than it looks!”

They say that after day two your cravings for processed foods goes away. FALSE. I would love some cheese fries right now.

They say you have tons of energy and feel rejuvenated. FALSE. I’m exhausted and just want to sleep.

Did I mention caffeine is against the rules?

However, I plan on bragging the shizzle out of completing a juice cleanse when I’m done. (see #2). Which is why I haven’t had a single cup of coffee, diet coke, or anything thats off plan. (see #3).

Instead, I’ve done productive stuff like sand the walls in my closet, prime the closet walls, and write on my blog. Good girl.

I don’t have any crazy stories yet, just that I’m scared to eat solid food on Thursday…wish me luck.

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Steak. And Blue Cheese.

19 Aug

One of my favorite things (I know, everything is my favorite) is getting a good steak. And then getting something delicious on top.

Like a blue cheese crust.

Filet with blue cheese crust

I splurged a while back and picked up amazing filets at Chez Wegmans.

Did you say fill-ehs?

Add a red wine and shallot demi-glace, and a blue cheese crust. I’m in heaven.

Plus, throw in a side of prosciutto and asparagus topped with parm, and a glass of good merlot, you’re in business.

Did you say mer-lot?

In all seriousness, this was an easy meal to make and it probably cost us under $30. Similar meal at the steakhouse? We likely would have dropped $100+. (It helps that the wine was free. Thanks BK!)

Here’s what you need for the recipe.

To make the blue cheese topping, all you need is panko bread crumbs and blue cheese crumble. Mix about 1/2 cup blue cheese with 1/4 cup panko crumbs, and top the steaks 1-2 minutes before you pull them off the grill.

For the demi-glace (okay, so it’s more like a sauce than a “glace” per say), melt one tablespoon butter in a saucepan. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic, a minced shallot, and some thyme. Saute a few minutes, then add 1/4 cup red wine and just about 3/8 cup of beef broth. Simmer til the sauce reduces, then dress the steak and plates when you pull them off the grill.

Yum.

Easy Peasy: Chili Cheeseburgers

14 Aug

One of my favorite things about summer is grilling. Oh, and burgers. I should really admit that I don’t grill. I leave that to cp-bf. Oh, and we grill year-round here in Upstate. Just shovel yourself a path out to the flames in January. Side points. A few weeks ago I made these delicious chili cheese burgers. Turkey chili burgers Of course, there is beer involved in the chili. Duh, it’s me we’re talking about here. Turkey Chili I use Rachael Ray’s turkey chili recipe. Don’t judge. Once you have the chili ready to go, you need some good bread and cheese. A nice ciabatta and NYS reserve cheddar? Don’t mind if I do. Cheddar & ciabatta Seriously? Try it. It’s that good.