This post was written in partnership with Paperless Post. I was compensated with coins for my virtual cards but my thoughts and review are my own.

To me, there is just something about a person taking the time to send a card – whether virtual or in person. The person took the time to pick out a card for me, write a nice note and send it. It brings me such joy to receive cards with a thoughtful message. I truly feel that sending a card is a lost art. In this world of social media a lot of people take to leaving a quick facebook message instead of sending a card or text. Taking that extra time really shows that you care.

While I don’t normally send virtual cards, I was able to give Paperless Post a try and have fallen in love with it. One of the things that I love about Paperless Post is the fact that I can see when someone has viewed my card and they can also respond to it or RSVP if necessary. These would be perfect invitations to a baby shower, birthday party, or even a housewarming party. I look forward to continuing to use it with events that I have coming up.

Paperless Post was very easy to use. I simply browsed the cards, chose the one I wanted and got started. Today I’m sending a birthday card to my friend and mentor, Jen.

Paperless Post had almost 300 birthday cards to choose from, but I chose one with Happy Birthday in many languages because Jen is a missionary and is bi-lingual. I thought it suited her perfectly. You can customize the card if it has color variations as well.

You can also fully customize the text on the back of the card. I added a special message and increased the font size on certain words that I wanted to highlight. You can then customize your envelope, right down to the stamp and the postal mark.

I’m excited to use Paperless Post in the near future as I send out invites to some events that I have coming up. I love that people can RSVP direct in the website and everything is organized there in your account dashboard.

Today’s birthday card cost me 5 coins so this card would cost me $1.50 or less depending on the package I purchase (the package I was given makes this card just $0.45). You can hardly purchase a card and shipping for that price and you sometimes don’t know if the recipient even gets it. Paperless Post also has cards that are free that don’t cost coins.

Take time today to send someone a card – virtual or otherwise. If you send one from Paperless Post (which I hope you do), let me know which one you chose. I’d love to see it!

I thought I’d share some of my reads lately in case you need some inspiration! If you’ve read something awesome lately, please leave it in the comments…I’m in the mood for a good book!

Michael Wardrip A while back, Disney (aka Ruffles and Stuff, you know her right?? Everyone does!!) shared about her photographer father, Michael Wardrip, and some ebooks that he put out. I checked them out and WOW – to have that skill as a photographer. His use of color and showing the motion of the water is inspiring. You need to check it out. The beauty is mind-blowing!

My daily devotional via She Reads Truth – such a great way to start my day! And the ESV Study Bible for further deep study.

Organic Gardening for Dummies – because let’s face it, I really am a gardening dummy but strive to be a master gardener someday. Someday. Also, Year-Round Vegetable Gardener for future gardens when I want to extend the growing season.

I really am looking for a good fiction book – any suggestions out there?

IMG_8044 I’m super excited to share a new product called Edible Encouragement with you today. It was co-designed by our best friend and is a wonderful way to bring Scripture reading at mealtimes back as a family.

IMG_8047 From their website: This full color, “retro” menu was designed to bring daily encouragement from the Bible (1984 NIV) to your life in a fun-filled family way. Our goal is to bring families back together with scripture in the middle and Jesus Christ at the forefront. It is printed on PVC and is 100% waterproof, spillproof, and foodproof.

IMG_8048 The “menu” of Scripture is a tri-fold and like they said, it’s waterproof and spillproof. The quality is immaculate and the design has a fun retro feel. It’s full of Scriptures to read with your family at mealtimes. The Scripture is written out as well as the reference so you know where to find it in the Bible.

IMG_8050 IMG_8053 Big Mouth Productions is the company that produces the menus and they have other products as well. They’re working to distribute the Edible Encouragement menus into bookstores and already have placed some! I’m so proud of Jason and the work he’s done on this project. If you can’t find them in a bookstore near you, you can purchase via the links below for just $7.99.

Big Mouth Productions (btw, those are our besties on the homepage!!) | purchase here

Today I’m excited to tell you a little bit about a new company out there – South Hill Designs. South Hill Designs is all about combining beautifully crafted lockets, coins and charms that show what matters to you.

Your loved ones… Your causes… Your hobbies… Your faith…A new piece of jewelry is born. And it tells your story.

Annette is one of my March sponsors and she was so generous to send me a locket to share with you all (and she’s giving one away too!). For my locket, I chose the medium plain locket, airplane charm, palm tree, cross and crystal A.

IMG_8021bFirst let me say how impressed I am with this necklace and the quality. The locket itself is substantial without being cumbersome. It has a weight to it so that you can tell it’s of good quality. It’s held closed with strong magnets and mine looks like it would hold 1-2 additional charms. The charms are also of wonderful quality. I was unsure from the website how they’d look (truth be told) – especially the enamel airplane – but they are all so adorable. There is not one that I’m unhappy with – I love every single one and am proud to wear this to celebrate my faith, my husband and our love of travel. All that’s left is to add some crystals to celebrate the children.

IMG_8026bI love the fact that the chain has an extender, so I can adjust it according to what neckline I’m wearing.

IMG_8041In Anette’s words…

South Hill Designs is a brand new company that officially launched only a few weeks ago! There are a few other similar companies but I love South Hill Designs because of the difference in the product. Our lockets open at a 90 degree angle which makes it easier to work with when putting your locket together. When you order from my website and have it shipped to you, you will have the fun of getting your order in pieces and you get to assemble however you like! Most people like the charms to move freely inside but for those who like them in a certain place I suggest the microdots glue dots from the craft store. All our crystals are Swarovski!

southhilldesignsWant to win your very own limited edition South Hill Design? Annette’s generously giving away one small pink crystal locket, three pink crystals and the letter of your choice. These are limited and they’ve already sold out half of their stock – if you want one, be sure to contact Annette SOON! I’ll choose a winner on Friday, 3/15/13. Be sure to follow Annette on her blog for more inspiration as well!

 

 

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{review disclosure: although I receive an item for free, I will never endorse I product that I don’t like…lying is never an option. my review is my honest opinion of the product}