A smile in an unexpected place

Unexpected smileI thought I would share this while it was fresh in my memory. This morning, when I opened up my kid’s lunchbox, I found a note from my husband. It was very unexpected, and put a smile on my face. What did it say?

Hon,
Thank you for making the kids’ lunches every day. I don’t know how I’d do it without you.
I love you,
Anthony

Just wanted to share. It made my day.

Love note to a soldier

Memorial Day

photo by: nestegg

I recently went to a going away party for a man who was leaving for Kuwait the following week. His wife, a friend of mine, was pregnant with their first child. Heartbreaking, I know! As a going away present, I decided to give them personalized note cards–two sets–one that said “We miss you,” for Mom and child to write to dad; and another that said, “I miss you,” for Dad to write to Mom and child.

They seemed to love the cards, but after the party was over my friend came up to me and said, “These are great, but mailing notes just takes soooo long to get there.” She planned on using mostly email and Skype to communicate with her husband. Of course, nothing can beat the immediate satisfaction of a video call, but I hoped she’d come to realize that handwritten notes, unlike emails or video chats, would become keepsakes of this important time in their lives.

I couldn’t even imagine the mental stress she would be experiencing, going through a pregnancy and childbirth while he was gone. But I do know that there is something about sitting down and writing a note that makes you feel connected to a person. A love note to a soldier can be about anything. Just the fact that you’re writing a note tells him that you love him. Continue reading

Color Me Happy

Kids Coloring CardsKids are always being asked to write a note or draw a picture for someone. It’s part of being a kid. Whenever I’d ask one of my boys to write a thank you card, I’d get the big, melodramatic sigh and the sad-eyes look, and then he’d slowly drag out the crayons and construction paper and say, “Okay, what do I draw?” Not exactly the artistic type.

If only we’d had these super-cute coloring cards in the house, it might have been a whole different story! Our designers came up with these fun thank you card ideas for kids, knowing that when kids have cards they can call their own, there’s no stopping them. Each card can be personalized with your child’s name, either on the front or inside, and when you mix in a fun activity like coloring, and you’ve got a winner!

The illustrations are adorable, from the Fill-in Robot Kids Coloring Cards to the Princess Castle Thank You Coloring Cards. Some even allow you to upload your child’s photo into the artwork. I’m betting that these thank you card ideas for kids will make moms just as happy as the kids, when it comes time to write those thank you notes!

Keep reading our blog for more kids ideas on how to make writing thank you notes fun! Order your child his or her own personalized coloring cards or other fun kids thank you cards today.

5 ways to use 1 note card

Note cardsWe’re letting you in on a little secret. Our thank you notes aren’t just for thank you’s. You don’t have to be a grad or a bride to use the cards in our graduation or wedding collections. And our personalized note cards can be personalized with your name, a friend’s name, or left completely blank. It’s totally up to you!

Maybe you already knew that the text on most of Pear Tree’s note cards and invitations was editable. But just in case you didn’t, this little tip opens up hundreds of possibilities. Now that you know, if you see a design you like in our bridal shower collection, you can use it for a birthday party invitation. And the same note card can be used to say, “I’m sorry,” “I miss you,” “You’re awesome” or none of the above.

Have fun finding a design you like from any of our collections and coming up with stationery ideas that work for you. That’s the true meaning of personalized stationery.

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