Ladies Love Vegas Too

Las Vegas isn't just for Bachelor parties. The ladies love the city of sin too. Between the slots, the clubs, great restaurants, spas, pools and great shows there is plenty for a gaggle of girls to do and see when celebrating the bride-to-be. These invitations were designed by Amy at Express Yourself and are perfect for getting all the ladies on board for a bachelorette weekend to never forget! It's time for Vegas girls!

Blooming Gifts for Mom

Mother's Day is right around the corner and we have so many great gift options for Mom this year. Instead of giving her flowers that last for such a short time, consider these everlasting blooms:

Kate Spade Yellow Roses Notes Box

Bloom book by Ron Van Dongen

Cupcakes & Cartwheels Leather Cuff

Please Welcome

Please Welcome. With Love. A New Baby. Perfectly simple, elegant and small in design. Just like your new little one. We simply love this birth announcement design by our team at Express Yourself. Full disclosure: We adore this little baby, Maggie, too!

We Love Olive

One of our favorite new lines in our store is Olive Sandwiches. A fresh, fun, and feisty take on the classic images of yesteryear. Named in honor of her mother, creator Nancy offers cards, magnets and more. Stop by for a laugh or two or more. And when you head home and find yourself wondering what in the world an olive sandwich is, just click here for the recipe.

Green Ideas for Your Nursery

At this time of year, we often focus on taking care in what we do to impact the planet, both positively and negatively. Earth Day is a gentle and gracious reminder to take care of this planet as much as we do our precious babies. Celebrating forty years of global awareness has helped bring the issue home, all the way to your front door. Consider some areas of the nursery where you can be both eco-conscious and baby-friendly.

Paint on the nursery walls should be free of volatile organic compounds (VOC). VOC’s emit fumes in the air and can create dangerous indoor air pollution. Ideal flooring for your crawling baby is wood, preferably an easily renewable resource like bamboo, or 100% wool carpeting free from synthetic materials. To further reduce the amount of pollutants in your child’s room, consider an air purifier to minimize pollen, pet dander and dust.

Look for cribs that are made from sustainable forested wood, not MDF or plywood, and if the crib is painted, opt for VOC-free paint or oil-based natural stains. Cribs that convert to a toddler bed are a good investment, as they grow with your child and limit the amount of furniture you buy during the early years. One quality option is the Sparrow Crib by Oeuf, a company dedicated to being eco-conscious. When selecting bedding, shop for 100% organic cotton or bamboo, such as crib sets from DwellStudio, to reduce the amount of chemicals and pesticides your child is exposed to. For a healthy and natural choice, purchase an organic mattress so you can rest easy when it comes to where your child is resting.

Do you want more tips and advice on gear for babies and toddlers? Visit Erin's Examiner page here to follow her latest news and updates.

Earth Day Inspiration

Consider 100% cotton for your next personalized stationery order or the next time you stop by to pick up a box of notes. One great company to consider is Crane & Co., a company that has been green since the year 1801. That is over 200 years of world class stationery and paper production utilizing recovered cotton fibers. One of their longest standing customers? The White House.

As stated on their website, this company adheres to the practice of being:
  • Tree Free
  • Energy Efficient
  • Reducing Waste
  • Renewable
  • Recyclable
We enjoy working with such a fine stationer with eco-friendly practices that have long been in place. Here are some of our favorite stationery pieces:

With designers like Martha Stewart and Kate Spade, you cannot go wrong with this beautiful and earth friendly stationery line.

Pretty Crafty

If you love the details as much as we do, you might really enjoy these Pretty Crafty beaded paperclips. A set of 12 to help you get organized in style. Everyone will do a double take when you hand them their stack of paperwork adorned and bound with these pretty clips.

And we love the Webster's Pictorial Stamp Set to add a personal touch to cards, letters, envelopes, bag tags and more. The matching wall cards are perfect for decoration and framing too.

Welcome Baby

Here is a birth announcement that showcases the newest arrival from the moment you pull the card out of the envelope. Beautiful, simple and organic in design. This announcement will greet your friends and family in style and certainly bring a smile to their face.

Birthdays and Bikes

Here is a custom invitation designed by Express Yourself for a birthday bash. It is a summertime birthday party celebrating the guest of honor, a birthday boy (ok, man) who loves biking. The bike motif is carried through from return address to the invitation itself. The colors are festive, yet masculine. The invitation is mounted inside the envelopment mailing piece, which is self-sealed with the return address. Not too much fuss, but inviting indeed. I would say we got this one write, right on...actually, ride on!

Gifts for Kids: Furry Friend

Continuing from yesterday's post, we wanted to show you our newest Jellycat friend. He is big, furry, and not one bit scary. Perfect for any kid, even those young at heart, he is simply irresistible once you get your paws on him.

Available at Express Yourself

Gifts for Kids: It's In The Bag

These bags from Jellycat are too cute to pass up. Taking a cue from their collection of ever popular stuffed animals, they have created adorable bags for little girls moving on from their animal and looking for a place to stash their goodies. We simply love them!

These bags retail for $22 and are available from your local Jellycat retailer or by contacting us here.

Pink in Provence

Looking for a special suite of stationery items for a mother in your life? Look no further than these personalized gifts from Fontaine Maury for special gifts sure to please. Right now, everything is coming up pink in Provence.

$50 for 25

$25 for 60 labels

$28 for one pad


$38 for set of four

And a drink for those pretty coasters?


Skinny Wrap

Love this new product from Minted. Their modern stationery designs and plethora of designers continually keep us inspired. Fresh, fun and always something to fawn over. Now they have a return address label that wraps around the envelope, back to front. Or front to back. Depends on how you look at it! Starting around .72 cents each, these are the perfect addition to your stationery wardrobe. Check out their website Minted. The Freshest Designs on Paper. for even more color combo options.

Lime and Cloud Skinny-Wrap Address Labels

Coral Mimosa Skinny-Wrap Address Labels

Mint and Cloud Skinny-Wrap Address Labels

Navy and Tomato Skinny-Wrap Address Labels

Sea and Orange Skinny-Wrap Address Labels

Olive and Forest Skinny-Wrap Address Labels