Personal Letters and Custom Holiday Photo Cards….and why I love them both.

When you hear the words, “written communication”, probably many of you (especially those of you born in mid to late 80s or after) would think of text or email.

If you get a pen pal in this year of our Lord, 2019 is it via email? Do kids send out invitations to their birthday parties through the good ‘ol mail truck anymore? Getting mail (clarification: PERSONAL mail, not junk) is such a special, unusual treat these days. If you were to open your mailbox to find an envelope with your name, written in your friend’s recognizable handwriting I guarantee it would bring a smile to your face.

Here’s why: real, genuine, personal moments are not our daily bread anymore when it comes to communication with our dear ones. Sure, I love a sweet text or a funny gif as much as anyone, but let me challenge you (and I’m including myself in this challenge as well!) to send some personally written cards, notes or letters this season.

I love the family photo Christmas Card, but let’s be honest, it’s not as if your family is actually walking around in coordinating outfits all year long. Let someone know how you’re really doing and inquire about them via a handwritten note or letter. Yes. Let’s use our hands to hold pens. and write. on paper.

Speaking of paper, basicinvite.com has some of the most beautiful and totally customizable personal stationary for this season’s letter writing challenge. Each beautiful design you select has the option for you to change each color element. They update in real time so that your options show up on your screen as you select them. Basic Invite is one of the few websites that offers this! You get to design your card/stationary so that it is just the way you want it.

I selected a card with a beautiful floral wreath and was able to change the color of each flower and leaf. I added my monogram, surrounded by flowers of blues and yellows of course! They even have 40 different envelope options! Your handwriting will not be the only personal touch!

If you aren’t sure how your choices will look printed out, you can order a sample of the design. That way you can see and feel it for yourself before you make your large order.

For your personalized Christmas cards, there are over 500 options! You can create custom, holiday photo cards, or holiday greeting cards for your business. RIGHT NOW, Basic Invite is offering 30% off if you use this code: holi30. RUN!

Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders (whoa!!) as well as an address capturing service to gather all of your friend’s and family’s addresses into one place.

Can’t you just see your family’s squishy little faces on one of these beautiful cards?

The foil holiday cards are a really special touch and are available in several colors, including rose gold. Gorgeous!

Wouldn’t this gorgeous card make a big impact to your customer?

Happy letter writing and card sending! I truly hope that you’ll find many genuine moments to breathe in the wonder of Christmas this year.

Save The Bees Tee

Friends, I am very happy to share something with you that I am so, so excited about. I was honored to receive this bright and cozy, “Save the Bees” tee from Wholesome Culture! ( I shared it a few posts ago, in this post, where I rounded up my favorite botanical tees)

They generously donate a portion of their profits to environmental, and animal rescue organizations.

I am more than happy to share with you how much I love it, and more about this company’s mission to encourage a plant based lifestyle.

While I don’t practice veganism myself, I do believe we should all do what we can to leave our world better than we found it. (I discuss this practice for us personally, in this post).

While they may not seem like much, here are a few ways we, at the Yellow House are trying to leave this place better:

  • I have cut down greatly on paper towel use, by switching to reusable cloths for cleaning, and using them multiple times before washing.
  • I have switched almost entirely to reusable containers and reusable baggies in my kid’s lunches ( I love these from grove.co, and these from Amazon)-why haven’t I done this all along?
  • I always use my reusable bags at the grocery store, even for produce! (I LOVE my washable produce bags!)
  • Using only rainwater as the water for our all our house’s needs, we have become so much more aware of our water usage and while my kid’s sometimes take, “if it’s yellow let it mellow” a bit too far, (It’s been three days! Flush.it.) I love that they “get it” too. Like the planet, but on a much smaller scale, this yellow house has a limited amount of water until the next time it rains. Use it wisely! Again, why haven’t we always had this mindset?

I am not trying to sound like I’ve got it all together when it comes to living responsibly on this beautiful planet!! I only hope to share with you a few small things that I think anyone can do in their own home.

If you feel like even a small change would be too much on your plate right now, can I just encourage you to spend some time outside this week? I have found, from living on our beautiful ranch, that I feel so much more inspired to save water, and create less waste. (Read how we got here in this post)

When you find yourself in awe of God’s creation, whether in your backyard, at the park with your kids, hiking, biking or running, you feel more inclined, and even responsible to care for it…however you can. To keep you feeling inspired, why not check out some of these other cute, comfy tees from Wholesome Culture?

I love this sweatshirt!
This one comes in gold and white!
So cute as a tank top!
They also sell tote bags! Great for those trips to the grocery store, or farmer’s market.

There are so many good quality tees and products with a message. You can buy a tee with a cute saying about your love for adopting animals, or a water bottle sharing the message, “Less Plastic, More Love”. There are even shirts and tanks for those of you that love yoga. And remember, they donate a portion of their proceeds to several charities, so it’s all for a good cause!

Let me know what you find for yourself. I always love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for being here, and happy shopping,

Botanical Tee Round Up

I guess it’s the aspiring gardener/wannabe plant lady/hopeful homesteader in me, but while we’re still in the midst of stupid, ‘ol winter, I have been eyeing this botanical tee I spotted on Pinterest months ago, while Christmas shopping.

Wear green things on shirt. Grow green things. This is how it works, yes?

Love this one? You can buy it here.

It’s got a vintage look to it that I love and since it’s likely I was wearing a sweater when I first saw it, I’m sure those short sleeves and artfully depicted flowers gave me tulips bluebonnets for eyes, a la a cartoon character.

I followed a link, which sent me to a blog, where I searched high and low for the info on this tee. I came up with nothing. Oh well. Christmas is busy, and I forgot all about it.

Recently, I saw it again on Instagram, on @cottonstem’s page. I love her feed, and her blog! Be sure to go check her out if you haven’t yet!

After more investigative internet surfing I found it at Urban Outfitters. (now it’s in the comments of her photo) It sells for $34, and since I’m not even cool enough to enter an Urban Outfitters…meh.

Kidding. It’s mostly just that I’m cheap. I was now motivated to find a botanical/floral print tee for myself.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of tees for you that are similar. Most are under $30 too!

Buy it here.

This tee comes from wholesomeculture.com and if you have been “with me” long, you know how I feel about yellow. I love the simple look of the flowers and that font adds such a cute whimsical touch. It’s currently on sale for $27, but does charge for shipping so it’s the only one I’ve linked here that comes out to more than $30. But, this website does offer a portion of their proceeds to charity.

Buy it here, on Etsy.

This one is so similar to the Urban Outfitters version, and only $26 with free shipping! I love that large red poppy mixed in with the other flowers.

Buy it here.

This tee reminds me of seed packets: “Wear seed packets. Plant seeds.”- right?! Unlike most everything on Amazon, this tee does charge for shipping but still stays below $30.

Find this cutie cactus tee here for $25. 

I love the cactus and succulents on this tee! I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I have kept a cactus and several succulents alive and thriving.

Buy yours here.

This is the one I decided on and is on sale right now for less than $20! I loved the pink shade of the shirt with the green, and a few pops of red.

botanical tees for spring
I have it tied off to one side here, but it’s a good length for tucking in, or casually untucked, too.

To get me through until warmer, spring days I’ll layer it with my denim jacket, or army green button down shirt.

Do you like botanical tees for spring and summer? Which is your favorite? Let me know if you get one, I would love to know what you picked for your own closet!

Thanks so much for stopping by, thank you for reading!!!