June 22, 2017

Customizing The Perfect Invitations At Basic Invite

Basic Invite has solved two of my main gripes about ordering invitations online: Their customized orders are have nearly unlimited color choices and they make it easy to gather everyone’s addresses.

I wanted to share more about this company because they’re sponsoring a giveaway $50 to shop Basic Invite to one lucky Oh My! Omaha reader. Read on!

Colors Choice For Invitations

Cute Basic Invite Baby Invitations

Basic Invite offers 180 color options for their customizable cards.

I love ordering customizable invitations, but on other sites, the color choices are limited (or changing the color isn’t even an option). With Basic Invite, you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. And you can see those changes with Instant Preview.

Plus, there are 40 different envelope colors. The days of white and off-white only are over.


Basic Invite Birthday Invitation

Customers have the option of ordering a sample invitation to see how their design looks before placing their final order.

Beyond customizing the colors, you can customize fonts. After all those customizations, you’re going want to make sure the cards look good. Basic Invite has the option of ordering a printed sample of your invitation. You can order your actual invitation to see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality.

I haven’t come across too many invitation sites that allow this.

Easy Address Collection

Gather addresses and send invitations effortlessly through Basic Invite.

Basic Invite makes it easy to request addresses. It’s just three steps: Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing. I have a friend who’s expecting her first baby, so collecting her family’s addresses this way would be so easy! Time to get some baby invite inspiration with these baby shower invitation ideas.

Don’t forget to order the matching thank you card for a baby shower and inexpensive birth announcements.

More About Basic Invite

Basic Invite has been designing custom stationery since 2006. It started out as a site to customization wedding invitations, and has grown to an all around stationery design company with products ranging from baby shower invites to birth announcements and even personal stationery products. All things wedding related – invitations, save-the-date cards, table place cards, and guestbooks – are very popular on the site. Basic Invite’s best-sellers are the gold, silver, and rose gold foil invites that are our best sellers. I love the look of the rose gold!

Win $50 to Basic Invite

Basic Invite is giving away $50 to an Oh My! Omaha reader! Not planning a wedding or having a baby? There are plenty of things to spend it on – business cards, Christmas cards, birthday parties, a variety of printable items…you’ll find something cute to buy.

Enter easily using the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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Must be 18 or older to enter. Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 9 at 11:59 p.m. CST. One random winner will be drawn within 48 hours and contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before another name is drawn. Good luck!


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February 20, 2017

Oliver Ridge Company & Quality Goods For Men

It’s not often that I do a post just for guys, but I recently learned about a new Omaha company called Oliver Ridge Company, and I wanted to tell you all about it. Oliver Ridge is a new sponsor on the blog and I’m happy to have more “guy stuff” to talk about on the blog.

Oliver Ridge sells quality small batch goods for men. Since they’re just a few months old, their line of products consists of beard oil and beard balm, but there are plans to expand to up to six oils and balms by the end of the month, plus adding additional products soon.

I was clueless about what exactly beard oil and balm were used for, so I chatted with Brad Podrazo, CEO and owner/founder of Oliver Ridge. So essentially, Brad told me, the oil and balm contain nutrients that soften hair, as well as prevent dry skin, acne and irritation under the beard. As a bonus, the stuff smells good too. 

Most Popular Product

The most popular scent is Woodshop beard oil and balm. It’s got a cedar and pine scent to it, which sounds about as manly as it gets.

Mr. Wonderful doesn’t have a beard. Now that I think of it, I complained about his beard of yesteryear because I didn’t like how scratchy it was. Maybe he just needed beard oil?


Where To Find Olive Ridge

These products by Oliver Ridge sound like great gifts for the men in your life, don’t they? It’s the kind of thing, I imagine a lot of guys have never bought beard oil for themselves, and once they try it, they’ll wonder where it’s been all their lives.

You can find Oliver Ridge balms and oils at a couple local Omaha, Gretna and Lincoln stores, or you can order online (shipping is FREE!).

Tip: Oh My! Omaha readers can get 10% off their orders online now through March 6, 2017! Use promo code OHMYOMAHA10 at checkout.


Oliver Ridge is giving away one beard oil and one beard balm to one lucky reader! You get to choose the scent. It’s simple to enter! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must be 18 or older to enter, and winner must be in the continental U.S. Prize is valued at $44.

The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on March 6, 2017. I will contact the winner within 48 hours. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email before another name is drawn. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for this sponsored post. All thoughts, words, and opinions expressed are my own. Oliver Ridge Co. provided the product for the giveaway. 

February 1, 2016

Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies Review + Giveaway

Update: Congrats to Kristen, the winner of the book giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies” so that I can review it and share it with you. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains an affiliate link. At no extra cost to you, if you click the link and make a purchase, bloggers like me receive a small amount for referring you. It helps keep me keep doing what I love to do – writing and sharing great things from Omaha with you. Thanks!


Peanut cover photo

Omaha author and illustrator Lindsay Nolan recently sent me her new book, “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies.” With lovely illustrations, based off actual photos and events of Nolan’s own preemie son, it was a sweet story I couldn’t pass up telling you about.

“Little baby,

I understand

that life never goes

exactly as planned,

and that something so little

can be something so grand.”

– Lindsay Nolan, “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies”

It’s a short storybook full of faith and a mother’s lover. I think you’ll like it!

Since it’s Nolan’s hope to offer encouragement to parents of other mighty preemies, I’ll be passing the book on to my sister, who’s daughter was born prematurely, too. She weighed in at a whopping 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Peanut indeed.

Just look at me holding the little peanut for the first time. 

Holding my niece for the first time.

Holding my niece for the first time.

My niece is turning 2 years old next month – her latest feat is climbing out of her crib.

If you have a preemie, I know you’ll like the book. If know someone who has a preemie, it makes a great gift. Nolan’s book is available at Amazon

And if you’re wondering about the “Peanut” in the book, he looks like a happy (and mighty) boy. Here’s a photo Nolan shared with me:

Author Lindsay Nolan and her family.

Omaha author Lindsay Nolan and her family.


You can win a copy! I’m giving one reader “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies”!

To enter, just leave a comment below tell me about the might preemie in your life that this story reminds you of. Must be a U.S resident, 18 years or older. Giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be drawn using random.org and I’ll contact the winner via email within 48 hours. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before I draw another name. Good luck!

June 23, 2015

Essential Road Trip Snacks + Giveaway

My family’s about to go on our first real-deal road trip. We’re hitting the dusty road to Western Nebraska and South Dakota for a week.

With two small kids, snacks are a necessity on a daily basis, but when there’s an extended car ride involved? They’re essential. However, I don’t want to keep buying junk from a gas station every time we’re hungry. I’m fine with some junk, but not only junk, know what I mean?

I’ve consulted Pinterest and I’ve consulted my stomach – together, we’ve come up with a plan.

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Heads up: EssentialRoad Trip Snack Package Giveaway at the end of the post!

Road trip essentials:

Something fresh

Apples, grapes and/or bananas

String cheese


Something salty

Vic’s Popcorn – I go for the half-salt kind and you retain the flavor
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers – Always a crowd-pleaser with small kids, and the variety pack is a good deal

Homemade Chex Mix


Chips – Here’s my road trip indulgence. I hardly ever buy them otherwise, but I need chips on the road.

Jerky – Admittedly, I got this for nostalgia, since we used to have jerky on our canoe trips and since we’ll be canoeing the Niobrara, I couldn’t not bring something like Jack Link’s Original Turkey Jerky.


Something sweet

Sweet Cinnamon Protein Pretzels – These gluten-free snacks come in handy, single-serve bags from Tastefully Simple. My kids devour them.


MacroBar Minis – I was sent a box of minis from GoMacro MacroBars to try out, so I’m banking on at least one of the 11 flavors satisfying the kids (my money’s on peanut butter chocolate chip being a favorite). They’re a sweet treat that I don’t feel guilty about feeding my kids, all ingredients are organic, non-GMO project verified, kosher, gluten free and vegan certified.

Family Bars

Vanilla Bean Chai Snack Mix – I got some vanilla bean chai mix from Tastefully Simple, so I’m thinking of trying out this simple recipe.

Mandarin Orange Bread Mix – This is the only kind of baking I don’t mess up. 🙂


Things for a long haul

Fruit squeezies – I get a variety, so something like GoGo Squeez Applesauce or Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers works.

Homemade trail mix – I mix almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds with dried cranberries and the gluten-free Jalapeno Honey Mustard Protein Pretzels from Tastefully Simple (their flavor is too much for my kids when eaten alone). I usually add white chocolate chips but they’ll melt too easily for this trip.


Add these spicy bad boys to your trail mix for a nice kick

Star Wars Fruit Flavored Gummy Snacks – I tend to avoid gummy and fruit snacks with the kids since they were the main cause of my son’s cavity. However, these can be a road trip indulgence for them.


Edited July 6: Congrats to Jill N. for winning the giveaway!

Is a road trip in your near future? You’re in luck!


One reader will win an Essential Road Trip Food Package with tasty, kid-friendly (and let’s be honest, grown up-friendly) food! You’ll have a leg up on your next road trip preparations! Winner will receive:

Variety Box of MacroMini bars – GoMacro offers 11 different bars to try, all are USDA organic, gluten-free certified, non-GMO project verified, vegan certified, kosher certified, macrobiotic and soy-free. These on-the-go minibars are each 110 calories or less. Box valued at $30.95.

2 boxes of Tastefully Simple protein pretzels – Winner receives a 6-pack box of Sweet Cinnamon Protein Pretzels and a 6-pack box of Jalapeno Honey Mustard Protein Pretzels. Each box is valued at $14.99.

It’s Easy to Enter!

1. Leave a comment sharing your favorite road trip snack.

I’ll be doing a lot of Instagram work on the road trip so I’d like you to follow along. You can earn three additional entries if you are on Instagram!

Bonus Entries!

1. Follow Oh My! Omaha on Instagram at @ohmyomaha. Leave a comment to say you follow me and include your handle.

2. Follow GoMacro MacroBars on Instagram at @GoMacro. Leave a comment to say you follow GoMacro MacroBars and include your handle.

3. Follow Tastefully Simple on Instagram at @tastefullysimpl. Leave a comment to say you follow GoMacro MacroBars and include your handle.


Giveaway ends July 5 at 11:59 p.m. Must be 18 or older to enter. U.S. residents only. Winner will be randomly drawn by random.org. Winner will be contacted via email, so please use an email you check regularly! Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before I drawn another name.

Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary samples from Tastefully Simple and GoMacro. The giveaway items are provided by Tastefully Simple and GoMacro.

March 3, 2015

‘Mermaids, Minions & Dragons’ Giveaway

The next show in the Omaha Symphony’s Family Series sounds like you asked three kindergardeners what they’re into: “Mermaids, Minions and Dragons.”

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Which is to say, it sounds totally awesome. Or whatever the kids are saying these days.

“Mermaids, Minions and Dragons” is Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the Holland Center. Pretty much, think of some of your family’s favorite movies, think of songs from those movies…and voila! You have this show. Among other movies, you’ll hear songs from “The Little Mermaid,” “Despicable Me” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

The title makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

The songs will be performed live by the Omaha Symphony and supported by dance by the Heartland Youth Ballet and spectacles – things that make concert exciting for youngsters. And the best part is, it lasts a kid-friendly amount of time: One hour.

To read about what the experience is like at an Omaha Symphony Family Series show, read this review.


If you go

“Mermaids, Minions and Dragons” 
When: Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m. (pre-show activities in the lobby begin about 45 minutes earlier)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12 general admission tickets (get tickets)



I’ve teamed up with the Omaha Symphony to giveaway a family four-pack of tickets to “Mermaids, Minions and Dragons.” It’s easy to enter – just use the Rafflecopter entry below:

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One lucky reader’s name will be randomly drawn Sunday, March 15, at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

January 13, 2015

Jamberry Nails Giveaway

I wish I had I had time to keep up with trends. Pinterest makes me feel plain, fashion-wise. Accessories are a mystery to me and then let’s talk about nail art. What?! 

I’ve been impressed with the nails of some friends and my sister, and it turns out, they are Jamberry Nails wraps. They aren’t nail artists, they have a secret weapon. And my friends, their kids even have nail wraps. Their kids are trendier than me.


Clueless no more, I have Krista to keep me up-to-date. Krista is a local Jamberry consultant…you can call her dealer if you’re addicted to this stuff – you know who you are.

She sent me a starter kit to try out Jamberry Nails for myself. Look how cute the chevron wrap is. Just possessing it made me feel more with it.


My Jamberry starter kit came with a wrap, mini heater, mini scissors and a cleaning pad to prep my nails.


Knowing myself, I knew better than to try to do all of my nails – I’m short on time, plus I didn’t want to startle my loved ones with my new-found fashion sense.

So I did an accent nail.

The Jamberry accent nail, a beginner's way to fake style.

The Jamberry accent nail, a beginner’s way to try out a nail wrap.

The lone decorated nail on each hand perplexed my husband, and a co-worker (female) complimented it. Success, in my book.

It was fairly easy to do – not going to lie, though, it wasn’t like a second nature thing to me. Luckily, Jamberry is great about tutorials. Head to youtube and find out how to easily apply them.

One week into the nail wraps and they look much nicer than my painted nails. They last about two to three weeks on fingernails, so I’m going to have to repaint my other nails.

So, readers, how many of you use Jamberry?

If you need to replenish your supply, find Krista on Facebook and Twitter, or go directly to her website at www.kristaboeding.JamberryNails.net.

How many want to try out Jamberry?



Jamberry giveaway

Krista is going to give a wrap to one lucky reader. A wrap of her choice!

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and be sure to comment below to get the bonus entries! Giveaway ends Jan. 25 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!

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