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Graduation is a big deal! Whether it’s high school, college, grad school…or any school, it’s a milestone worth noting. And the graduation card you send is an opportunity to add a short message to tell your favorite grad what’s in your heart, always focusing on the positive. Still, if you find yourself sitting, pen in hand, and stumped for what to say, here are some idea starters!

– For any grad…Tell them how proud you are…and acknowledge how proud they must be. “Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment! I can only imagine how proud you must feel!”

– For a college grad…Wish them a happy future. “Congrats! Wishing you so much happiness as you begin this exciting new chapter in your life.”

– For a college-bound high school grad… Express your joy and wish them luck in college. “So thrilled to know you’ve graduated…and now you’re headed off to college. Wishing you all the best as you take this important first step toward your future.”

– For any grad…Offer words of wisdom or inspiration. “Your journey has just begun, and there’s no limit to what you can do. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful future.”

The people we cherish bring so much to our lives. They fill our hearts with joy, remind us of what’s good and possible in the world, support us when we need it and love and accept us the way we are.

But just because we know how we feel about them doesn’t always mean they realize how much they matter to us.
Writing a short note or sending a text or card is a wonderful way to express your gratitude and appreciation.

Not sure what to say? Here are a few tips to get you started.

“I’m so grateful for the amazing person you are.” — Tell them why they’re so amazing.
“I just want you to know you make a difference.” — Whether it’s because of a skill, a talent, a gift or character trait, let them know how.
“Thank you for always being there.” — Note a time or two when their support or encouragement has been especially helpful.

Make their day by letting them know how much they mean to you. Doing so only sweetens and affirms the bond you already share.

Life presents many moments when a loved one may be questioning, “Can I handle this?” and in this sweet audio story, Katie tells how a little encouragement can go a long way. Just before her daughter Maggie begins her first post-college job, Katie lovingly reminds her in a greeting card about all the ways she’s prepared to make her first day great…and that she’s ready for this pivotal step in “adulting.” It’s little moments like these that not only boost our loved ones’ confidence, they strengthen the bonds between us.

When you know someone needs a little encouragement, why not find little ways to bolster their confidence? Acknowledge their courage and their strengths. Celebrate what they’ve accomplished so far. Remind them, “you’ve got this.” Not only will it make their day, it just might be carry them forward through a challenging stage of life.

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Of course, we think the people in our lives are amazing. We love them for their kind hearts and generous spirits, for their wisdom and perspective, their gifts and talents — for simply being who they are. But sometimes the way we see others isn’t the way they see themselves. That’s why we love this audio story from Amy, who decided to randomly use social media to remind her friends of their awesomeness. We don’t need to wait for a special occasion or holiday to let our loved ones know they matter, that their gifts make a difference.

Acknowledge someone just because. Share a compliment. Express your pride. Affirm the good you see in them. You never know when that positive reminder could be just the thing that makes their day or turns a difficult one around.

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We don’t always need a reason or special occasion to reach out to the ones we love. Any day is a good day to bring a smile to our family or friends by letting them know we’re thinking of them. All it takes is a small act of thoughtfulness to nurture the relationships we cherish.
Here are three simple things you can do right now to connect:

Send a thoughtful note.
In this age of texting and email, a handwritten note means more than ever. It doesn’t have to be long, just a few words telling the recipient what you treasure about your relationship or thanking them for the good they bring to your life.

Share a smile with a card.
When we want to connect but aren’t sure what to say, a card helps us capture what’s in our hearts. Taking the time to find just the right message, whether it’s sweet, funny or poetic, and then putting it in the mail is sure to make going to the mailbox a treat!

Make a call.
It’s so easy to send a quick text nowadays but there’s something special about hearing the voice of the ones we love. Pick up the phone and check in, clear some extra time to chat or if you get their voicemail, make plans for a time when you’re both free to connect.

You never need a reason to bring a little happiness to someone’s day! In fact, often the best time to share sunshine is when there’s absolutely no reason. Because who doesn’t love a surprise? If you’re not sure what to do, think about the thoughtful things we don’t always do but know will bring a smile to family, friends…and even ourselves! Here are a few ideas:

Send a thoughtful note. Just say “hello! I’m thinking about you!” Or “I thought of you today when….” Or “hope life has been good to you lately!”

 

Share a smile with a card. Send a sweet greeting card. If you like to write your own message, choose one that’s blank inside. If you’d prefer to have the card speak for you, look for one with a message in the “thinking of you” section of the card rack.

 

 

Make a call! We still get a lift when we hear the voice of someone we care about – even if it’s in a voice mail message!

 

 

Send a text! Even if this is the easy way out, it’s still effective in a pinch, especially when you personalize it with a sweet sticker.

 

 

Send a little gift! Leave flowers at their door. Stop by with some cookies, a book you read that you loved, or a gift bag filled with a little candle. Use your imagination!

 

Vacations are such a treasured time, a chance to break away from routines, discover new places, recharge and make meaningful memories with family and friends. But when we’re not traveling with the ones we love, it can sometimes be challenging to stay connected as our days carry us from one sweet escape to the next.

We’ve created this beautiful collection of free, downloadable postcards to make it quick and easy to keep in touch with loved ones whenever you’re on vacation. Designed in a standard 6×4 size, they can be printed at home on blank postcard paper, at a local commercial printer or using any online printing service.

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Not sure what to say?

Here are a few pointers to let them know you miss them while sharing your time away.

Write about a memorable vacation moment you know the recipient would have enjoyed or a sight they would have appreciated to create a sense of connection.

Discovered a new interest that could make for a fun future outing? Let them know how much you’re looking forward to sharing it with them.

Let the recipient know you’re simply thinking of them with a smile and are grateful to have them in your life.

Share a wish for fun, for a beautiful day or for anything going on in their lives that you’d like to acknowledge.

 

Click here to brighten someone’s day with these free downloads, featuring our lovely hand lettering and art.

Saying “I love you” is a beautiful part of every relationship, but there are other ways to express love. In this lovely story, Gena speaks about how she and her husband Jeb connect without spoken words. They often do this while parenting and alone at the end of a day – with a shared look or thoughtful gesture…or simply shared awareness and appreciation for each other.

When you cherish your relationship, isn’t it worth a little extra effort so it continues to flourish and grow? Why not connect with a smile or a hug, or surprise them by leaving our sweet “Tiny Cheers” with their messages of kindness in a place where you know they’ll find it. It’s a simple investment in the two of you that’s certain to reap beautiful rewards.

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When there’s a wedding in the family, no one really wants the big day to end. That was especially true for Jackie on the weekend of her sister Karen’s wedding. Jackie recalls how she and all five of her sisters managed to keep the wonderful memories alive by connecting through text messages and sharing photos. They continued to reminisce about all the little moments that made their sister Karen’s wedding weekend unforgettable – and strengthened their already strong bonds with one another.

When you have an event or even a moment worth remembering, the best way to help preserve it is to keep in touch with the ones who mean the most. Whether it’s through text messages or phone calls, cards or letters, coffee dates or walks together, the more you share about such moments, the more indelibly etched in your memory they become…and the closer you feel to each other.

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For all the joys, sorrows, dreams and adventures you’ve shared, let her know her friendship’s irreplaceable with this lovely art print.→ Read more

For many of us, our moms have influenced a big part of who we are. Although we may not appreciate the lessons they teach us until later in life, that wisdom often becomes our compass, guiding us in our decisions and how we move through the world. Erin’s mom taught her so much about bravery and navigating change, and in this moving video, she thanks her for being her inspiration.

If you’d like to share your gratitude and appreciation with your mom, or anyone else you cherish, a video message is a wonderful way to do so. It’s especially sweet when it comes as a surprise!

Tell her what she means to you. Share a memory or lesson that’s impacted you. Acknowledge the reasons you admire her. Whatever you say is sure to create a beautiful moment between the two of you, as long as it comes from the heart.

Some of our favorite memories are often the ones we make with our parents. From the sweet joys of childhood to the moments we share in the friendship found as adults, these are the memories that live in our hearts. Naila reflects on some of those moments in this inspiring video tribute to her mom — who also happens to be her role model.

If you love spending time with your mom, let her know how much that means to you. Share the reasons you admire her and remind her that no matter her own struggles and challenges in life, she is and will always be your one amazing mom.

Take a moment the next time you’re together to let her know. Leave a note where she’ll find it. Or share your thoughts in a video message. However you choose to celebrate the gift that she is, it’s sure to make her day.

We all want to feel like we belong, in our circles of family and friends, in our neighborhoods and communities. To know we have a place where we are accepted for who we are. That sense of belonging is especially meaningful to Perrin, who was adopted from South Korea as a baby. In this moving video, she thanks her mom for loving her unconditionally — and giving her the home she was always meant to have.

There are so many ways our parents express their love, support and encouragement throughout our lives.

Let them know their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Share some of the ways their love has helped you to be more comfortable in your own skin, take on life’s challenges or pursue your dreams. A video message is a keepsake they’ll cherish but however you share your gratitude will bring happiness to their hearts.

 

Sometimes asking the tough questions, having the challenging conversations with our partners — those are the moments that help us to realize just how strong our relationship is. For Cassie, there’s something both empowering and reassuring about knowing she and her wife Emily will always have each other’s backs. In this sweet video, she thanks Emily and their daughter Mahalia for being the amazing women in her life.

If there’s a quality in your partner that’s helped you to become stronger, braver or more confident, or a moment in your relationship that’s been the most defining for you, let your loved one know.

Tell them in a surprise video message. Write a letter or a card. Share how you feel in a quiet moment between just the two of you. It doesn’t matter how you say it. It’s sharing your love and appreciation that counts.

 

That moment when we first meet the one who will forever hold our heart is truly special. Even though we may not know it at the time, something about that person stays with us, captivating us in a way we haven’t experienced before. Jon was a boy when he met his future wife. And in this incredibly sweet video, as they look forward to having their first child together, he celebrates her as the perfect teammate and amazing mom she’ll be.

If you have a story you cherish about the first time you met your special someone, it’s always meaningful to take a walk down memory lane together. Share your first impressions and how she made you feel. Remind her of all the things you loved about her then — and still do now.

A surprise video message is sure to make her day. But, really, any moment is the perfect time to tell her how much you adore her and reflect on all the goodness and beauty her love has brought to your world.

Greeting cards are a great vehicle to help us express how we feel to the special people in our lives. The card is even sweeter and more personal when we add a few words of our own to tell them how much they mean to us. Let’s say you’ve found the perfect card for a friend’s birthday. You want to write a little something extra in the space at the end, but suddenly that space is looking rather large, and you’re wondering how you’re going to fill it.

Relax! You don’t have to completely fill the space. The mere fact that you’re taking the time to write a few words earns you “extra credit.” Here are a few ideas to consider – beyond “XOXO” – as you take pen in hand and confront that space.

Cards for Mom/Dad/Parents
Consider writing something specific about why they’re so special to you. Think back to something they’ve done for you recently and thank them for it.

– “Thanks, Mom, for helping me with ______. Love you!”
– “Nobody makes my fave pancakes like you, Dad! Love ya!”
– “Mom & Dad, thanks for always being available to help with the kids. Love you lots.”

Cards for Romantic Relationships – Husband, Wife, Partner, Boyfriend or Girlfriend
Mention something only the two of you would understand, using a pet name, referencing an inside joke, or complimenting them.

– “You’re the one who really gets me. I love remembering when we fell in love!”
– “I can’t wait to spend some special alone time with you!”

Blended family – “Mom,” “Dad,” or kids
It’s always nice to acknowledge your family members for the unique role they play in your life.

– From one parental figure to the other: “So glad we’re in this together” or “Glad we’re family!”
– From a parental figure to the kids: “You’re so considerate! I love how you______________ .” or “You’re so dependable! I can always count on you to __________.”

No matter who your recipient is, it’s important to remember it’s the thought that matters – especially in this era of digital communications, when people truly value receiving greeting cards. So don’t stress about it. Just have fun, and write from your heart.