I've always been a fan of actual printed birthday cards (as opposed to e-cards, or email). It's so nice to get a real card in the mail, with a hand-addressed envelope, and a cheerful picture that you can put up on the bookshelf! In recent years, though, I have to admit that I had dropped off in my card sending.
But a couple of things happened to get me started on sending real cards again this year. First off, I was influenced by my brother Steve's fiancée, Angela, who LOVES to send cards. Then I read the book Never Eat Alone, which is all about strengthening your connections with people (see my review here), and promotes the recognition of birthdays.
And then I fell in love with the greeting cards from the Kim & Jason Lemonade Stand. The cards are designed by Jason Kotecki, cartoonist and author of the book Escape Adulthood, and I find them both cute and heart-warming. You can order Kim & Jason Greeting Cards online.
I just ordered a bunch, and received a lovely hand-written thank you note from Jason in the mail afterwards. Tell me, how often have you received a hand-written thank you note for a purchase that you've made online? And the mere fact of having this hand-written card on my shelf made me even more interested in sending out hand-written cards myself. Some sort of positive interaction cycle.
This is the thank you card that Jason sent to me. It's called The Night Light.
And this is the birthday card that I just sent to a friend:
It says, "The best thing about birthdays is that you get to have your cake and eat it too!" Anyway, my point is that I'm really enjoying sending out real cards to people, instead of just sending e-cards. I hope that my family and friends enjoy them, too. Have a great weekend! -- Jen
P.S. In the interest of full disclosure, I do get a commission if you click through and purchase items from Kim & Jason Lemonade Stand. But I swear that I would recommend them anyway. Hand-written thank you notes! Cute, funny greeting cards! And a chance to connect better with the people in my life who are far away (which is, sadly, most of the people in my life). Priceless!