Train Theme Birthday Invitations (with Basic Invite)

~Disclosure: This is a paid sponsored post with Basic Invite. All opinions are my own.~

If you know Emmett, you know he loves trains. Our church is directly next to a railroad and every Sunday he can be found with his face pressed against the glass as a train rolls by. So when I listed out some theme options for his party, he picked trains immediately. The irony to all of this is that almost all of Emmett’s friends here are girls. Girls like trains too, right!?

Train Theme invitations with basic INVITE for a toddler birthday party

If you know me, you know I love to plan parties and events. My children will be spoiled for life much to my husband’s sighs. First plan of attack was to figure out an invitation. Basic Invite was the perfect choice for so many reasons and they came through 100%. I also got matching thank you cards! My husband even commented on how nicely they turned out!

basic invite toddler birthday party and train thank you note

Designing the invitation was SO much fun. I am all about color and 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. I actually tuned a baby shower invitation into a toddler birthday party invitation and changed the color scheme to something a little more kid-like. I tried to keep in mind that this was for a boy and didn’t go crazy in the purple department like I may have wanted to 😀

If you need help gathering addresses, 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. And if you are thinking ahead, Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders. Because let’s face it, some of us love Christmas cards a whole lot (I’m looking at me)!

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

Also, graduation season is right around the corner. Check out their photo graduation announcements and thank you cards for graduation!

Basic Invite Graduation Photo Announcement and thank you cards

I am so excited to have Emmett’s invitations and thank you notes and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!

xo, bethany rose

Sunshine Blogger Award

Making community and friends in the blogging community is seriously a ray of sunshine in my life. So being nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award is really one of the coolest things to happen in this blogging journey.


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are positive, creative, and inspiring by other bloggers. Once a blogger is nominated for this award, they have to do the following:

  • Write a post thanking the blogger for nominating them
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated them
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer
  • Notify their nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in the post

This award is such a great way to connect with other bloggers, and I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to participate in it!


THANK YOU to Jess from Just Me Growing Up. She is an awesome new friend of mine here who blogs about adulting and shares her awesome tips for blog success! She has been such a help with me and my blog. Check her out for blogging tips!


1. What motivates you most as a blogger? At the risk of this sounding cliche, I really love to write and take pictures. I love to encourage women, especially mothers as we navigate the trenches of motherhood together. 

2. How do you get through times of writer’s block? I just wait. I don’t try to force it. When it comes, it comes and I know that that will be the best stuff I can possibly write. 

3. What’s your best advice for someone trying to grow up and learn how to adult? You don’t need to lose the fun and spontaneity entirely. Just learn responsibility and commitments and learn how they can work together. 

4. What have you found to be the hardest part of blogging? It is so much work at the beginning and a TIME COMMITMENT to get your blogs seen. 

5. What’s your favorite show to binge watch? Oh goodness. The Big Bang Theory because it literally makes me LOL and I can watch it on repeat….speaking of which…I think we are due to start it again…:D

6. Who’s your blog’s biggest fan? Who supports what you do the most? My husband, mom, mother-in-law and grandmother. Who better than family? ❤ 

7. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A firefighter or ice skater, naturally. 

8. What’s your favorite blog post you’ve written so far? I am so proud of my two part mini series where I interviewed my grandmother on her 62 years of marriage and why it was SO successful. It was a super inspirational post for me and encouraging as I look at my seven years with my husband. 

9. Do you collect anything? If so, why did you start collecting it? We used to collect shot glasses from the places we visited. But we kind of stopped…

10. What’s your favorite Disney movie? So I am probably the only person who did not grow up on Disney. This being said, my favorites are not most people’s. I love: Cinderella, Tangled, and Frozen (I am actually not sick of it). 

11. What book has had the biggest impact on you? (OK, obviously the Bible…but we all know that) I am more of a fiction novel reader so when books impact me it is more of just “wow, that was an awesome story” or makes me feel super emotional. So I am going with The Help and The Nightingale

My Nominees

Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award. These are some awesome ladies with awesome words and pictures. I just love watching their lives. Check them out for awesome photography edits, DIYs and essays ❤

La Vida Vera

Raising Our Stakes

These Mama Moments

Through Clouded Glass

Live Well Play Together

The Unfiltered Momma

Hello Island Mama

On The Hill Side

Laura’s Little Loves

A Raad Story

Rise & Slay

My Questions

1.How do you balance motherhood and blogging?

2.What is your dream vacation spot?

3.What is one item you would need if left stranded on a deserted island?

 4.What is your top goal for the year?

5. What’s your favorite romantic memory with your spouse?

5. How did you pick your kiddos’ names?

6. You can only watch one show for the rest of your life. What is it?

7. What is the anthem of your blog?

8. What is one blog post you are MOST proud of?

9. What do you shoot your pictures with?

10. What is your favorite recipe?

11. Who/what inspired you to begin blogging?


That’s it, folks!

xo, bethany rose

Baby Book: Text Message Baby Journal with Qeepsake

~This post is in collaboration with Qeepsake.~

I had the very best intentions when my son was born to keep a baby book. I ended up with two even! I wanted to remember his first tooth, first word, first smile and all the other sweet moments. But somewhere between going from 1 to 2 kids, I unintentionally gave it up. So imagine my excitement when I found a virtual baby book that let me keep track of BOTH my kids’ memories and “firsts” via text message (or facebook messenger).

I present to you Qeepsake!

qeepsake review: text message baby journal baby book by

Qeepsake is a text message baby journal and is as easy as it sounds.  Every day I receive journal prompts for both of my children over text message and answer directly back. These questions vary from “What did Hadley do today?” to “What do you think Emmett will be when he grows up?” and “What is the Hadley’s birth story?” There are questions I never would have even though to record which I love. Qeepsake then saves all of these entries for me and compiles them individually for each child.

There are a bunch of different plans to check out. They vary with the amount of questions allotted per day, adding photos and having the option to go back to missed questions just to name some.  I have the Premium plan and so I can get up to 4 questions a day, 2 for each child and can send in a bunch of photos. One of the coolest features I just learned about is you can text Qeepsake FIRST if a funny or monumental thing happens that day. Qeepsake will record it for you with the date it happens.

qeepsake review: text message baby journal baby book by

You also get to pick what time of day you want your question(s) to come too which helps if you know what time of day you are typically free and will have time to send the text back. I have mine set for 8 pm because it is right when the kids are down and Jake and I are usually together. It only takes me a minute or two to answer.

The best part!? You actually can still end up with the baby book if you choose to do so. Yes, you have the option to have all of these memories printed into a book that Qeepsake does for you. The books start at only $19.99 too!


So really, if you have not been playing keep up like you hoped, I would really recommend this service. I found it over Christmas and just internally squealed with delight at this idea. How perfect for us modern moms? 😉

xo, bethany rose