Send Holiday Cheer With Basic Invite!

Tis’ The Season For Holiday Card’s!

I’m excited to send out my own solo Christmas Cards this year! It’s a daunting prospect for the first time you’re sending out cards on your own!

Thankfully I recently teamed up with Basic Invite so I could get my holiday cards all set to be sent out and give y’all a Coupon Code: holi30 for 30% off!

The Basic Invite Holiday Cards Maker is such an easy way to get professional holiday cards done quickly and easily! They have over 500 designs to choose from and an almost unlimited color pallet for your cards (Even the envelopes!) so you can have a truly unique option for your family.

The process is SO easy and really quick. You can choose from personalized holiday cards no photo required, or go fully custom and add in a great family (or in my case solo) photo!

I chose to use an amazing photo of me from a recent photo session with a local Boerne photographer, Kate, for my card photo.

Once I had my fabulous glamour shot selected; I simply edited the text, changed some colors, and the front of my card was complete!

The coolest part about the whole process, is that 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 even offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders!

The great part about Basic Invite’s cards is that you can add in some really unique options to make your card stand out. The the backs of Basic Invite’s cards are totally unique and offer fun ways to put the hi-lights of your year together for friends and family.

I really love the adorable holiday ornament options to give quick easily digestible memorable moments from your year!

There is even an option to customize the interior of your envelopes for a really personal touch.

I chose my signature yellow with my initials for a fun pop of non traditional color for my envelope. There are over 40 different colors to choose from so you can fine something unique to you!

I can’t wait to send out my Christmas cards this season! If you’re looking to stand out this holiday season check out Basic Invite and use Coupon Code: holi30 to get 30% off your order and start sharing those memories right away!

And of course I will be sending Santa a card as well with my list…hopefully he will check it twice!

Veteran’s Day Restaurant Discounts

Thank you to those that have risked their lives and sacrificed to uphold our country’s values and work tirelessly to keep us safe.

 

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Here is a list of some of the restaurants in Boerne and San Antonio that are thanking our current and former military members for their service by offering discounts or free meals:

Dodging Duck and Brew House – All Veterans & active duty military to a beer and a Spam Burger.

The Dienger Trading Co. – Giving out free meals to Veterans and Current military members Saturday.

Black Board Bar B Q– If you have served you will receive 10 % off your order all weekend.

Starbucks– Veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses receive a free 12 fl oz hot brewed coffee Saturday.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Any veteran or military personnel will receive a free doughnut and free small coffee on Saturday.

Hooters: On Saturday, veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free entrée such as a 10-piece order of wings, burger, or buffalo chicken salad.

Fogo de Chao: Military Members with ID will get 50% off their entire meal this weekend. Up to three guests dining with the veteran or active-duty service member can get 10% off their orders.

Cracker Barrel: Get a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on Saturday if you’re eating at Cracker Barrel and show proof of military service.

Mimi’s Café: With proof of military service and the purchase of a drink, customers get a choice of entrées for free.

Texas Roadhouse: With proof of military service, you can select among of a choice of free lunch orders on Saturday, including burgers, sandwiches, pork chops, or fried chicken, plus a choice of sides and a free non-alcoholic beverage.

Red Lobster: Veterans and active duty military get a choice of a free appetizer or free dessert on Saturday.

Red Robin: Show military ID and you’ll get a free Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries on Saturday.

TGI Fridays: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, customers with military ID can order a free lunch menu item up to $12.

Thank you again to those of you who have served or are serving our country.

Event Alert: Dickens on Main

 

 

 

Dickens on Main            It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Walk off that turkey and stuffing by taking a stroll down the Hill Country Mile and start out your Holiday Season at the 18th Annual Dickens on Main on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th!

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Roasted chestnuts, caroling, and Santa! This is an event for all ages.
New this year is “Reindeer Village” where you will find real reindeer waiting by Santa to give him a ride back to the North Pole.
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Take a romantic carriage ride down main street, see the colorful lights, and sip some hot coco for a great date night; or take your kids to go sledding in the snow, and then go finalize their wish list with Santa!
Looking forward to seeing y’all there!

Mardi Gras at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Last night I attended the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Mardi Gras Festival VIP Event.

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True Mardi Gras was technically in February this year, but as we all know San Antonio LOVES a good party!

My best friend  Carl and I started off by grabbing a quick drink and then heading over to put on our costumes for the Mardi Gras Parade!

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After the parade we met up with out friend Jesse to continue the party!

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There were all kinds of tasty treats and drinks available that gave a true New Orleans flavor to the event.

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The Mardi Gras Festival only lasts until April 30th so be sure to get there before it leaves!

If you want to jumpstart your FIESTA festivities in San Antonio I recommend checking out the Mardi Gras Festival over at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and let the good times roll!

Bonus Tip:

Six Flags Fiesta Texas has some AMAZING deals on Season Passes right now as well! Check their deals out here!

Let them know you heard about it from JESSICALYNNSTROM.com !

 

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Holiday Gift Guide – Under $150

Sometimes finding gifts can be difficult. I know I have had a few difficulties this year finding just the right thing for everyone on my list especially when trying to stay within my budget. So I thought I would share a few ideas with all of you to hopefully give you some inspiration!

Here are a few things to consider for those on your Nice List (with a few special treats thrown in):

 

Karma Go

This is a wifi hot spot aka wifi everywhere you go. I cannot tell you how useful this has been for me! It is a great gift for a college (or soon to be) student, frequent business traveler, or busy mom in your life. And I even have a discount for all of you! CLICK HERE to get $10 off your Karma Go purchase!

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$139

Wine:

Starting at $18.99 a bottle ONEHOPE wine is a great choice for a holiday host/hostess gift.

With portions of the proceeds going to a myriad of different causes from hunger to breast cancer, you are sure to find a cause that both you and the recipient are passionate about. It is a gift that continues to give, binging meaning back into this holiday season.

Ornament

If you want to give a gift that is a little more sentimental, a tasteful gift option is a beautiful holiday ornament.

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$50

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$75

The ornaments pictured above start at only $50. The person getting this gift will get all the thrill of opening the iconic little blue box but without the major ouch factor to your wallet. It is a wonderful keepsake that they can cherish for years.

 

 

Yeti

These tumblers are everywhere for a reason, they are seriously awesome. I have two myself of different sizes and both make a great gift option. Starting at only $29.99 they make a great gift for the outdoorsy person or the college student in your life.

 

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*Note DO NOT purchase these on Amazon. They are NOT from YETI,, and you will end up with a fake. You do not want to give someone a fake for Christmas! The only way to guarantee that it is authentic is to purchase directly from YETI.

 

 

 

 

Totesavvy from Life in Play Company

Hands down the Totesavvy is the best purse organizer I have ever used even if it is technically made to be a diaper bag organizer. With or without children this is still an amazing gift. I have used mine for several months now and I love it so much that I actually purchased another one in a different color! If you or someone you know is like me, in that they like to take practically their entire house with them daily, this is the perfect present.

Life in Play has graciously offered you all a promo code as well! Use Code JESSICASTROM for 25% OFF your purchase of Totesavvy!!

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My Totesavvy packed up inside my Longchamp tote. Use Code JESSICASTROM for 25% OFF!
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Here is Totesavvy packed as a diaper bag. *Image courtesy of Life in Play Company

SLG’s (Small Leather Goods) 

 

Small leather goods are always a tasteful and welcome gift. All of the items below are from Leatherology, which offers amazing quality for a very competitive price. And the best part is that everything can be monogrammed!

 

Collar stayToothpick Case

I know what you’re thinking… toothpick case? Um WHAT?

It may seem a little bizarre (and believe me I didn’t get it wither when I moved to Texas, but hey I carry floss… same thing?)  is the habit that many Southern men have (and sometimes women) of carrying toothpicks around everywhere. If you have a friend or family member that has this habit, consider getting them a toothpick case. Leatherology sells this one for $7. They also have it listed as a collar stay case, so if your loved ones are more of a business professional type this still works out great and makes a great stocking-stuffer.

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Key Case– $45

I personally own two key cases, one for personal keys and the second for work keys. I currently have eleven keys on my work key case, without even going onto the other hook!

They keep your purse from getting scratched or getting holes ripped inside them/ keep you from stabbing yourself in the butt when you sit down on your wad of keys, and they look very chic. They come in a multitude of colors, perfect for both men and women on your nice list.

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There you have it! Hopefully this list helps you with your last minute gift giving needs! Happy Holidays everyone!