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Modern Birth Announcements

Recently Patti left a comment asking what we did for birth announcements. I was embarrassed to admit that although we took the time to design our own, we never took the time to got them printed. Sad. Instead, we copped out and included a photo of our new family in our Christmas cards.

Etiquette experts generally say that sending a birth announcement up to 3 months afterward is fine, but I feel kind of weird doing it now. But if I did, and didn’t go with my own design, I’d love to use one of these online birth announcement sites:

Tiny Prints
They’ve gotten a lot of press lately, but they sure have some cute designs. I’ve seen several printed examples, including a holiday card, this birth announcement and my own baby shower invite (thanks Greta!), which all looked really nice. The branches with pink blossoms design below was the inspiration for the painting that Grandma Sandy painted on the wall in Chloe’s nursery.

Minted
I first learned about Minted via the Project Nursery Blog. Back when Chloe was born they were running a 10% off special, except there weren’t any designs that David and I could agree on. They have gorgeous letterpressed wedding invites and even offer professional calligraphy.

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Metro Baby Cards
I would say their tagline “Modern. Funky. Unique.” is pretty apt. I love that they offer coordinating return address labels. Their personalized baby Thank You cards are worth a look, and they also have birthday, baptism, holiday and shower cards.

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Updated 12/05/2009 to add: Paperculture


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A special day

Ah, birthdays… the one day out of the year to do whatever I want (within reason, of course) and have my husband agree with me FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. Here’s what my day was like:

MORNING
Rolled out of bed at 9am
Listened to missed phone msg from my mother-in-law singing
Received happy birthday text msg and pic from my sister
Had a blueberry sugar scone with coffee for breakfast
Played a game of Skip-bo with David. (David won)
Completed a quick revision for a client
Showered and dressed
Sprayed sealer on some pendants I made recently (more about that soon)
Began the 2.5 hour journey from Portland to Cape Disappointment, Washington
Received birthday phone message from my father-in-law on the Astoria Bridge

AFTERNOON
Arrived in the small town of Longview, WA around 1:30pm. Enjoyed a delicious lunch at a little restaurant called the 42nd Street Cafe (4201 Pacific Hwy, Seaview, WA, 360-642-2323). We chose it solely on a drive-by, but it turns out to be highly rated by big names like Fodor’s “Tradition merges with innovation” and Travel & Leisure “Excellent.” David ordered a cheeseburger and fries (natural, fresh, handcut) and I had a pot roast sandwich with fries. I also ordered beignets ( I was starving and hey! it’s my birthday!) as well as their ‘cafe au lait’ which consists of Café du Monde coffee with chicory which I’ve heard of but never tried. It came in a small french press with hot milk on the side. Chicory is the root of the endive plant (although our server said it was a bark) that is roasted and added to coffee, common in the New Orleans area. I’ve read that it tends to have a chocolatey flavor, but that is so NOT true. To be honest, the smell reminded me of pot.

After lunch we headed to nearby Cape Disappointment State Park.
First we walked the short trail to North Head Lighthouse. On the way we saw the coast guard helicopter floating near the side of our cliff, probably doing some sort of training maneuver. It was so unbelievable close. The ground trembled and the air vibrated hard, it was that close. It was cold and the coastal wind was whipping us so hard that none of my pics turned out perfectly in focus, the wind practically buffeted the camera out of my hands. This was my favorite of the two lighthouses. On the way back we stopped to check out the Lighthouse keeper’s residences which are now vacation rentals. I would so love to overnight here someday. Received birthday text msg from Marcy.

Then we went to check out the Cape Disappointment lighthouse. It was a nice 3/4mi hike, but for some reason it didn’t seem as interesting. On the way back Heather called to wish me a happy birthday. Skipped the interpretive center to save ourselves the $5/person entry fee. On the drive back dad called to wish me a happy birthday.

On the way home we stopped at a scrapbooking store in Seaside (hey! It’s my birthday!). David actually remembered me mentioning it on the way up. I spent a little time picking up some brads and eyelets and he didn’t complain once.

EVENING
Finally made it home. Such bad weather, but worth the trip in every way.
Decided to head to the library before it closed to return books and pick up our holds.
Stopped at Baskin-Robbins on the way home to get my free birthday scoop (mint chocolate chip baby!)
Got home and played another game of Skip-bo. David won (again!).
Checked my email (yay for birthday emails!)
And finished the day with a nice massage from the husband. Yay for birthdays!

Okay, so this wasn’t supposed to be birthday cake, just a chocolate cake I happened to make this week. David cut a piece for himself (I was eating ice cream) and put in a candle for me to make a wish on after he sang happy birthday. He’s a sweetie, that David.


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Birthday Freebies

Earlier this month Marcy sent an email saying that you can sign up to get free Cold Stone Creamery ice cream on your birthday. I’m not embarrassed to say that I took advantage of that offer right away. And because my birthday is coming up at the end of this month, I did a little more sleuthing. Other worthwhile birthday offers include Baskin Robbins, Red Robin, and Noodles & Co. In the interest of not getting too much junk email, I only signed up for those, but there are longer lists if you look hard enough. Here’s to free food!

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