Power of a Handwritten Letter

18 Feb

Over the holidays I received a letter from a college friend that took me by surprise.  Her letter talked about how much our friendship meant, how I cheered her on when she needed it and how I’ve always been by her side.  That letter made my day.  If you know my friend, you’d know it took a lot for her to write it.  I was so inspired by her letter, that I decided in 2017 I was going to pay it forward.  I have committed to writing a letter of gratitude to all my close friends and family in their birthday cards this year to let them know how much they mean to me.

I had lunch recently with my college friend and told her how she inspired me to pay it forward.  I asked her what inspired her to write that letter and she said “a glass of wine.”  All kidding aside, she said she wanted to let her closest friends know how much they mean to her.  I told her how it inspired me to do the same.

Seeing that it’s only February, I’ve only had the chance to write a handful of birthday messages.  Some were more challenging than others, but I focused on what makes those people special to me.  I did this without expectations of any response, but to just let people in my life know how important they are.  Funny thing?  Every one of those cards I’ve given or sent has inspired them as well. I’ve received such heartfelt messages saying how much those letters meant to them.

I encourage you to write letters of gratitude to people important in your life.  You may inspire them more than you know.  And you can’t tuck a text or email in your drawer to pull out and read over and over again.  A handwritten letter is so much more meaningful.  Order some fresh new stationery or pen a letter in the next birthday card you send.  You’ll never regret letting someone know how much you mean to them.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

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Wedding Inspiration: New Orleans

15 Feb

With Mardi Gras around the corner, it seemed fitting to have a New Orleans themed wedding board!  Whether you love Mardi Gras, New Orleans or just the idea of a fun party, this inspiration board is for you.  You can be bold with your color palette and most anything goes.

How fun would it be to have tables strewn with colorful beads?  And to have a variety of masks your guests could use at a photo booth?  You can even have a King Cake to really keep with the theme!

Check out our inspiration picks for your New Orleans themed wedding:

Fleur de lis invitations, Purple damask photo save the date cards, Traditional fleur de lis napkins, Mardi Gras die cut invitations, The Big Easy border note cards collection, Design your own personalized plastic plates, Create your own twisted handled bags, Fleur de lis letterpress flat note cards, Fleur de lis wood block rubber stamp and Personalized clear plastic small wine glasses.

Other Image Sources:

Band Procession: http://www.brit.co/new-orleans-wedding-ideas/?crlt.pid=camp.XqlsyKUiw0Ak

Beignets: http://www.brit.co/new-orleans-wedding-ideas/?crlt.pid=camp.XqlsyKUiw0Ak

Street Sign Centerpiece: http://coreyann.com/blog/brides-talk/brides-talk-%E2%80%A2-cassie

Wedding Guests in Masks: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/gallery/23021

Bride: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/gallery/23021

Suitcase With Beads: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-photos/real-weddings/new-orleans-historic-hotel-wedding/i/15c39d8a196b38f4-ee27f7de7e7664e6?view=end

King Cake: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/southern-weddings-magazine-10862917/navy-gold-louisiana-wedding-by-greer-gattuso-4716746630

Bride and Groom: http://arielrenaephoto.com/new-orleans-french-quarter-wedding-crystal-will/

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Caring Gifts for Nurses Appreciation Week

11 Feb

 

Nurses WeekIf you have ever needed nursing or hospital care, then you know how vital the role of a nurse is.  They are the first to welcome and treat a patient and make them comfortable.  They monitor vitals, medicines, answer a bounty of questions all while they keep the state of a patient’s attitude in mind.

Nurses help with meals, bathing, walking and rehabilitation.  They are the ones there in the middle of the night to comfort and care.  When you find a great nurse who has been there minute by minute with you between challenges and successes, you have found a true angel.

Once a year, we celebrate Nurse’s Week.  This year, it’s May 6-12, 2017.  If you were a patient recently or currently, it’s a great time to thank that someone special who was there for you.  Let them know that they are special and kind.  They were the support system that you looked to for a variety of help and information.

Some thoughtful nurses week gifts are personalized items which remind them that you took the time to order something just for them.  A fun personalized set of post-it set can be very useful for notes and reminders nurses need every day.  We also offer a hosts of note cards, note pads and memo sheets that are not only pretty but fun to use.  With each and every sheet they’ll remember your thoughtfulness.

Other very popular gift ideas are personalized Tervis tumblers and water bottles, monogrammed tote bags which are ideal for all the items nurses bring with them for a long day of work,  and more.

That special nurse will certainly feel appreciated by your kind gesture.  It’s the little things that make all the difference.  Showing your gratitude is easy.

Best wishes,

Renee