Christmas notelette idea from See Vanessa Craft

See Vanessa Craft is one of our wonderful Pearistas. We absolutely adored her homemade Christmas gift ideas, (recipe) chocolate chip banana nut bread, and wanted to share her Christmas notelette idea with our readers. Enjoy!

I’m honored to be picked to be part of the 2013 Pear Tree Greetings blogging team. As a Pearista, I’ll not only be showing off Pear Tree’s fabulous products but also fun ways to use them (and maybe even a couple giveaways for my readers). Remember the no cook strawberry shortcake gift and mustache Valentine’s Day oreo pops I did for them this past year? I’m a huge fan of Pear Tree, especially their Christmas Cards, and I’m looking forward to sharing my fun new blogging gig with you. Here’s one of my all time favorite banana bread recipes (along with some fun ways to gift it). I don’t make it too often anymore because Logan hates chocolate. You couldn’t bribe the kid to eat it. He’s totally missing out! This is a great gift to give to the neighbors for the holidays.

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How to impress your boss on National Boss’s Day

National Boss DayEverybody can use a few more ideas on how to impress your boss, and as work-related ideas go, this one is pretty simple: a handwritten note to your boss, delivered on National Boss’s Day.

Just like you love to hear that you’re doing a good job, bosses like to be appreciated for being, well, a good boss. This is your chance to tell him or her that you appreciate their support and guidance, that you admire their work on a particular project or their leadership in a meeting, that you are learning a lot from them, or simply that you appreciate the job.

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Goal: be more ‘intentional’

This year on my blog, Infarrantly Creative, the word of the year I chose was “intentional.”  I have such a desire to live my life on purpose, to be intentional in my relationships and the things I choose to spend my time on.  I want to keep short accounts with people.  I want people to always know where they stand with me and how much I love and appreciate them.  So this year has been a mission to try to do that.  I have been doing everything from scheduling monthly lunches with my best friend to remembering (and being on time!) birthday gifts and taking that extra minute to make that phone call.

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Pear Tree Greetings sent me their exclusive stationery set to help in my intentional goal this year.  Like everything else they got pushed to the side.  Then that still small voice said “Hey remember that goal?” So I got out the note cards and decided to send them all out in one day.  You can always find someone who is hurting, needy, or need a pick me up.  It isn’t hard to think of people who could use some encouragement, is it?

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It was so fun thinking of random people to send the cards to, people who I wouldn’t have unless I had these cards.  But part of living your life intentionally is noticing those random people, right?

Can I encourage you today to be intentional?  Make that call, say I’m sorry, schedule a lunch, date your spouse, read that book.

Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for making me being a little more intentional today.

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Friendship Day is August 5th

Thank you cards and personalized stationeryFriendship Day may not be a holiday on everyone’s calendar, but here at Pear Tree it’s just the incentive we need to plan a girls’ night out, or send a note to a friend we haven’t seen in awhile. What are you doing to celebrate friendship day? Here are a few ideas we had:

 

A customer service story with a notable ending

thank you noteA few weeks ago, I had to bring my car into the shop to get it checked out. Since I had recently moved to town, I asked friends for recommendations and wound up bringing it to a small, locally-owned place in town.

From the beginning, I was pleased with their service. I was able to drop it off in the morning, and one of the employees was kind enough to meet me there before opening and give me a ride to work. Later that day they called to tell me they had found a serious safety issue with the car, completely unrelated to the problems I’d been having. Despite a heavy workload, they were able to get the parts and have them installed the very next day.

When I picked up the car, I found a small package of jelly beans with a handwritten note that said, “Thank you for supporting our locally-owned business.” I had a great feeling about them and knew I’d be going back to them when necessary. Well, that turned out to be sooner than expected. Continue reading

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