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Friday, June 17th, 2011
Now, there are no more excuses for not sending a card because you couldn’t find a stamp – pick up a postage-paid Hallmark card instead. Released earlier this year, the collection of Postage-Paid Greetings™ is a collaboration between Hallmark and the U.S. Postal Service.
A barcode on the front of each envelope acts as a Forever stamp (its value will always be the same as a First-Class stamp, so the cards can only be mailed nationally) that indicates the postage was already paid. The cards are available for any occasion (Father’s Day, graduation, birthdays, and more) and cost up to $3.99. You can purchase them at Hallmark Gold Crown stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, and other locations.
For busy moms, we know it’s always the little things that matter most, so these postage-paid cards are a great way to save a few extra seconds and minutes in the day. Just don’t forget the mailing address!
Monday, December 13th, 2010
As someone who looks forward to the handful of missives she receives with her holiday cards, I was interested in the advice from a communication professor about how to craft a successful letter. John Llewellyn, Ph.D., associate professor at Wake Forest University, breaks it down into the aptly-named acronym, YULE:
You care for these people. So make sure that love and caring—in other words, the vibe of the holiday season—is what comes through in your writing.
Use vivid language to tell your story. Help people see what you’re describing; don’t simply recount a list of achievements or events.
Level with them about the hardships of the past year. Surely not everything was rosy; Dr. Llewellyn says it’s actually more respectful to your audience to simply admit it. Obviously you don’t want to be too much of a buzzkill, but aim for sincerity, with a good dash of cheer.
Enough is enough. Two pages oughta do it, says Dr. Llewellyn. Personally, I think one page, especially if it’s single-spaced, is about right.
Do you send holiday letters? What guidelines do you follow?
Monday, November 30th, 2009
While it’s true that the Thanksgiving turkey has yet to be carved, Save the Children is calling on all of your pre-K through 12th graders to put their thinking caps on for Valentines Day. From now through December 1, children can create their own unique Valentines Day cards and enter to win the grand prize—a $500 savings bond, as well as the opportunity to meet spokeswoman and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Julianna Moore and to join her during press appearances to promote the cards in January.
Select Valentines Day cards will be posted online in mid-December, and kids can vote for their favorites in each of the five age-specific categories. The five winning designs, one for each age group, will be printed on cards available in January and offered as part of a gift with a donation to benefit Save the Children’s anti-poverty programs in the United States. For full contest rules and more details on how to apply, click here.