It’s Christmas in July!

Technically, Christmas is in December, but now might be a great time to start thinking about your annual Christmas or Holiday card you send out to your friends and family. Get yourself ahead of the busy season of gift buying, your out of state family and never ending festivities and start your Christmas in July with Basic Invite. So bust out those sweaters in this St. Louis sun and get ready to start spreading that holiday cheer!

Basic Invite has many options to choose from when it comes to capturing your perfect personalized Christmas cards. Just about any color, custom prints, foils, and even a variety of colorful envelopes! And because St. Louis Dad likes giving his readers and advantage, if you use Basic Invite today you can save 30% with this exclusive coupon code: holi30 

Almost Unlimited 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. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation 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 is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service – 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 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 forget! Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30 

So get a jump start and make an impact with your holiday photo cards this year with Basic Invite! I know I am, because that’s what smart dads do. Actually, this will be my first year ahead of the game and it’s all thanks to Christmas in July. Check out Basic Invite on the various social media platforms for more exclusives!

This is a collaborative post with Basic Invite and St. Louis Dad

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Making Snowflakes and Singing Christmas Songs

IMG_7190Sometimes we try to pack as many things into one weekend as we can just so we prove how we are super parents. Not exactly, but sometimes that’s how it feels. This weekend was no different. We had a packed schedule and did not have any time to mess around. Friday and Sunday nights were probably the easiest of the bunch. We didn’t have much to do then but we were still busy. To kick off the weekend after work I went over to my brother’s house and got my brakes changed in my car. It didn’t take as long as other repairs so once we had that finished I headed off to grab some dinner and ice cream with my niece. I had not realized that the elementary’s Christmas concert had just finished and families were piling into the local Dairy Queen for a nice treat.

We waited for 20 minutes for our food. It was still delicious but 20 minutes was a long wait. Once we finally got out of there we headed home to play for a bit before it was time to go to bed because Saturday was a busiest day and we needed plenty of rest. I turned on Disney’s The Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey and all of the kids were out before Scrooge was visited by the ghost of Christmas past. I myself was dozing off so it was about time for me to go to sleep as well.

IMG_7169The next morning was busy. We all had to get ready to head downtown to the St. Louis Marriott Grand for the #DoYouWannaBuildaSnowflake event for the Children’s Miracle Network. The event was a lot of fun and the kids made a bunch of snowflakes. Anna and Elsa even stopped by and sat with the kids while they worked on there snowflakes. After making several designs Anna and Elsa got all of the children rounded up and played a few games with them. There were also snacks, music, and hot chocolate! You can stop by the Marriott Grand all through-out December to see all of the snowflakes that were made and even take a few minutes to make one of your own.

After making our snowflakes we headed back towards home but instead of getting back inside of our warm house we had to go to my daughter’s kindergarten Christmas concert. She had been practicing her songs for a few weeks now and was ready for her show.

I was a little worried about Abby IMG_7220getting up there with her class and singing in front of a large crowd of people, but she managed and did a fantastic job. We got some pictures and some video from her performance and our family was just so proud of that little girl. We almost had the entire crew there and seeing Abby’s smile up on stage was worth the busy day.

We kept our evening fairly light. Picked up some dinner for ourselves and the kids and spent the rest of the evening working on some projects and watching Christmas movies with the kids. Sunday morning was busy for me. I had a support call to go out on. I decided to take my son with me and we went out and were able to finish within an hours time. We stopped for some lunch and then headed back home. It was one of those weekends that you second guess yourself as to why you planned everything for a single day but after it’s over you look back and are happy you did it all anyway.

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Getting Ready for Christmas with 1byOne

IMG_6815A few months ago I reviewed 1byOne’s laser garden light. It is an awesome product that will definitely help light up my house this Christmas. 1byOne sent over their other laser garden light to see how well this St. Louis Dad likes it.

Upon arrival I checked out the box and the features listed. This particular laser garden light has an included remote control so you can easily change the settings without having the touch the actual device. There are a variety of settings that allow you to change how the garden light works. My favorite setting is the ability to fade in and out either the red or green colors.

Unlike the previous garden light I reviewed this garden light’s green color is not Christmas trees. It is instead green dots. I really like the green and red dots. I think they keep the pattern nice and clean with the possibility to use the light for other types of events instead of only for Christmas.

IMG_6814The kids love both of these garden lights with how easily you can light up a room with a crazy light show in just seconds. Both of these 1byOne garden lights are available on Amazon and I highly suggest checking them out. Don’t waste your time hanging lights when you can easily shine thousands of beautifully colored lights on your house in a matter of seconds.

You can purchase a 1byone remote controlled laser garden light at Amazon or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

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Another 1byOne laser garden light review coming soon to St. Louis Dad! #1byone #review #laserlight #christmas

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It’s Christmas in August!!!

IMG_5629It’s Christmas in August! Well, not exactly, the weather is beautiful and school has just satrted, but it sure feels like it with this great item 1byOne sent over for me to check out and review. I love reviewing 1byOne products mainly because they have some great innovative pieces of technology. From the bluetooth speaker to the solar charger they keep on impressing this St. Louis Dad.

This time 1byOne sent over a garden light made specifically for Christmas. This awesome light uses laser technology to beam Christmas trees and red dots on just about any surface you want. You can use the garden light inside or outside. It can withstand a little rain but shouldn’t be submerged according to the included manual. I would also recommend using caution with the lasers. Never look directly into the laser lights and never shine it into the sky, always on a surface. You don’t want to mess with any airplanes passing overheard. St. Louis Lambert Airport is not very far from my location and we have planes flying overhead often enough that I’m going to be using the 1byOne Garden Laser Light indoors this Christmas. It is perfect to shine on many areas in our house and the kids love the moving display of little red dots and green trees.

IMG_5630My only recommendation for this particular light is possibly having a way to change what is displayed based on holiday. Maybe some bunnies and eggs for Easter, fireworks for the Fourth of July, pumpkins for Halloween, etc… But I’m not disappointed with the garden light at all. I am excited to use it this winter season and I would recommend anyone looking into the latest Christmas display technology to give 1byOne’s garden laser light a chance to liven up your display this season.

The light does include a timer and sensor for daylight. You can also change the display between the trees and red dots and how they may interact. The garden light does require an electrical outlet and has an included cord that is pretty lengthy.

Check out this awesome laser light 1byOne sent over! #review #lasers #christmas

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You can purchase a 1byone garden light at Amazon or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagramTumblr, and YouTube provided St. Louis Dad with this product as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit for more awesome products that can help make your life better!

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