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Whether we share a word of affection, a caring gesture or a sweet reminder, there’s nothing like reaffirming the love we feel for those who matter most.
What to say:
Tell them the ways your life is better because they’re in it.
Tell them what you love about them.
Say, “I love you.”
How to connect:
Message them with a funny gif, a cute animal or a song that reminds you of them
Plan a dinner, a movie night, an outing based on a hobby you share or an activity that will bring them great joy.
Surprise them with something you know they’ll love.
In an increasingly distracted world, reaching out to those we love with a little thoughtfulness can bring joy to you both.
What to say:
Offer a compliment. Something you admire about them.
Acknowledge how awesome they are.
Remind them that they matter.
How to connect:
Lend a helping hand.
Send flowers, a treat, or something you know will put a smile on their face – just because.
Leave a sweet note in their lunch, on a pillow, in their wallet – somewhere unexpected where they’ll find it.
Life is filled with many moments from the big milestones to the small occasions that warm our hearts and each one deserves to be celebrated!
What to say:
Express how excited you are and share what you wish for them.
Speak from the heart and tell them how you truly feel.
Compliment them and remind them how deserving they are.
How to connect:
Send a card or little gift to commemorate the special event.
Plan a get together to celebrate with them.
Send a text just because and make them smile.
Every day, life gives us opportunities to be there for loved ones who are struggling, overwhelmed or facing big decisions. Simple acts of kindness we offer can be just the encouragement they need.
What to say:
Let them know you’re there for them.
Tell them you believe in them.
Remind them of other times you’ve seen their strength and resilience.
How to connect:
Show up – to help, to listen, to offer a hug, a meal or some other comfort.
Share a small gift that can be a symbol of hope, strength and encouragement.
Be empathetic, so they feel validated and empowered.
Sometimes we need a lift, a word of encouragement or just a message from a friend to truly know we have a real support system and friendships we can count on. This is why sending a card with a message from your heart can be just the thing your friend needs to get through their day.
Let’s say she’s a pregnant mom-to-be on bed rest. She’s stuck at home, feeling disconnected and in need of a lift. Then she receives a greeting card that simply says, “Hello” or “Thinking of You” and a short message from you. It’s something she can hold in her hand, something that has a sweet note in your handwriting…and suddenly she’s feeling a little better about her situation, just knowing you are thinking about her.
Imagine someone you’ve lost touch with receiving a “miss you” card from you. He may be delighted to see your gesture as a sincere request to re-connect. He feels flattered, and suddenly, his day is a little brighter.
Maybe someone special to you is going through a rough time and feels isolated and despairing. A card that says you’re there for her can feel almost as good as a hug.
Personalizing the card for your recipient makes it even more meaningful, so why not add a few words of your own? If you find this a bit daunting, just close your eyes for a moment and think about what you would say to the recipient if they were standing next to you. Keep it casual and authentic. Maybe it’s just a line that says “I was in our favorite cafe yesterday and remembered the last time we were there together.” Or, “I hope you have an amazing birthday!”
No matter what the reason for sending – a birthday, holiday, illness, loss…or “just because” – greeting cards have tremendous emotional impact. That’s why so many people are known to save their cards (Some even frame and display them as a keepsake reminder of the sender). They possess a human touch, from the heartfelt message to your signature to the simple fact that you took the time to select, sign and send or deliver it. And they’re a beautiful – and easy – way to bring a smile to someone’s day.
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.
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.
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!