Tall Mom tiny baby: The Beauty of Handwritten Cards #ValueCards #CollectiveBias #shop

The Beauty of Handwritten Cards #ValueCards #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, September 8, 2014

Um, what? September is already here? I feel like the Fourth of July was just yesterday! Does anyone else feel like this summer season flew by too quickly? I know it did for me. In a blink of an eye, friends were married, birthdays happened, and a few friends welcomed some new babies into their lives. I realized that even though I made phone calls or text messages, that I never celebrated any of these moments properly by sending a card.

Okay, I'm not going to get all Martha Stewart on you, but there is something to be said about sending snail mail cards in the mail to your loved ones

I know whenever I recieve one that it brings a ginormous smile to my face. I promptly put it on my fridge underneath a magnet, and keep it there for at least two months. 

My mailman knows me quite well, and always shoots me a big smile when he is bringing me super special mail (aka something other than bills and advertisements.)
Greeting cards are such a simple yet effective and warm way of reaching out to a friend. 

I used to pride myself on sending cards to loved ones, and then life just got busy.

That needs to be a new swear-word.

B.U.S.Y.

Tall Dad and I interviewed the hosts of One Extraordinary Marriage on ParentCast a few weeks back, and they told us that we all too often use the excuse of being "busy" to not invest in our relationships. Work, commitments, kids activities...you name it. Our lives are filled to the brim, which often leads to our relationships taking the backseat.

Well, I am taking a page out of the DiLorenzo's book, and saying goodbye to this "busy" excuse. It's time to stop and smell the roses, starting with letting my loved ones know that I care about them - even through something as simple as a card.

So one Sunday morning, I got lost in the greeting card isle at Walmart.

Seeing the Hallmark logo made me chuckle. Remember the commercials they made, over twenty years ago now, showing card recipients looking at the back of the card to make sure it had the Hallmark crown? 

It made many people turn into a bit of a card snob, especially my brother.
I remember him looking at every card any of us received for years, checking the back and either saying - "Oh good, they got you a Hallmark card," or worse, rolling his young eyes when the card did not have the crown on the back.

It may sound silly, but I now always check the back of cards when I purchase them. 
The new Hallmark Value Cards are perfect for me, and my wallet - because they are only $0.47 or $0.97 each! I had some cards I really needed to get - and I also was able to afford to pick up several more. This way I'm prepared for any situation that comes my way and needs a card.

Plus, if you sign up for the Hallmark Card Rewards program, you can earn rewards for the Hallmark cards you buy at Walmart. For every 5 cards you buy, you'll earn a reward. You spread love and joy through you cards, and you earn a reward. Winner winner chicken dinner! Learn more - here.

I spent the rest of that Sunday morning having a cup of tea and finally writing out my letters to my loved ones. Babies, birthdays, and even some"just because."
Here's my question for you, Dear Reader. 

When was the last time you got a card in the mail? 

Do you feel like you could use a pick me up? 

Maybe pay it forward and send a loved one a card - who knows, you might get one back!
Hope you're having a lovely end to your summer, and fantastic beginning of the school year for those of you sending your little ones off to school - or if you're involved in education yourself!  

Talk soon friends,


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24 comments:

  1. I haven't gotten a card in many years. To be honest, I don't give them, either - my kids usually make them.

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    1. I bet if you sent some out you would get one!! (or maybe I can grab your address and send you one!)

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    2. Hand made cards are awesome! My niece and nephew make cards for everyone's birthday. They're a big hit.

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  2. I love getting cards in the mail and love to send them. I agree with your tip too, to always have an assortment on hand. I started doing this about a year ago and it's a great tip!

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    1. I bet you have a great way of keeping them organized as well!

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    2. I should really keep cards on hand. I usually go to the store last minute and the search for a good card. It's not a great system.

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  3. I think card writing is a lost art. I know I love getting cards in the mail. Our sweet neighbor just turned 88 and her family is flooding her mailbox with cards for her birthday. She is loving it!

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  4. Cards that are handwritten are so much more personable in my opinion. I love the selection you had!

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    1. They really are. Just knowing that someone took the time to write me a message is really heart warming.

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  5. My son and I have started to send them in the past year. It's so fun to hear how surprised the recipient is!

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  6. I love to mail cards. There's just something fun and special about sending them out. Especially when the recipient doesn't know they're getting one.

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  7. Great post. There's nothing better than a handwritten card. It really lets the other person know you care.

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  8. I love, love, love getting a receiving real mail... you know things written by friends and family...

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  9. I love getting mail! Cards are especially sweet, particularly when they're unexpected!

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  10. I love getting handwritten cards, even if they are short and simple, they are just so much more special to me! I also enjoy writing them, especially since most of my writing is done on the computer now!

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  11. In this day with everything being electronic a hand written card has even that much more meaning to them. I have been known to pick one up for my husband while out shopping just because.

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  12. Love Hallmark's cards. They range from sentimental to humor. Humor being my favorite.

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  13. I go in phases where I remember to send handwritten notes and cards. Then I get busy and forget again. Thanks for the reminder!

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  14. I have not written a card in a while!! I do love Hallmark cards and remember those commercials as well!!

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  15. I like your tip to stock up on cards so you have them when you need them. I love the wide variety of cards Hallmark offers.

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  16. My brother is in jail for some unfortunate events. I just sent him the perfect Hallmark Card tolet him know how much I was thinking of him!

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  17. I love sending cards and snail mail! Having the supplies on hand is the only way they actually get mailed though!

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  18. I agree that everyone loves to get a card in the mail, especially with personal comments-it can change your day! But I tired of driving to any store and searching the cards for the perfect one and settling for the one that came closest! I started using www.sendoutcards.com/careconnect. You can choose cards online, customize to your heart's content, including pictures and a font in your own handwriting if you want to spring for an extra $25-I did! Talk about low prices, for $31 a month subscription ( no contract, cancel anytime), a standard two fold card is 62 cents and one with as many pictures as you can get on there is 93 cents AND it has a contact manager, add your loved ones names and they send the card for you! You do need to also pay the postage- I love it!!! I'm sending a lot more cards and making people's day brighter! You should check it out!

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