Congratulations to #97 Samantha C
Hallmark. It’s a brand we all know. It’s a brand who has helped us with just the right words, at just the right time. Am I the only one who can stand in the card aisle for hours?
This year, Hallmark has been celebrating “Moments and Milestones”……which is particularly about “finding the right words to tell loved ones the things they need to hear in the big and little moments that make life special”.
Watch this video…….you might need a tissue, if you are like me and cry at Hallmark commercials. 🙂
I’ve learned the hard way how short life is. Having lost my mom so unexpectedly, I realize that sometimes I just want to hear her voice….need to hear the words she would tell me.
That’s why I’m so grateful that I kept EVERY single card that she ever gave me from birth on. Can you believe it? I always had a box in my closet growing up. It held cards I’d received from anyone and everyone. But it’s the ones from my mom which I treasure most. In those words, I hear her voice. Hear her whispering to me “Happy Birthday”. Hear how proud she is of me. Okay, I’m crying now.
That’s why I was so excited to be a part of the “Moments and Milestones” tour this year. Hallmark has 6 cities on the map, and Dallas was one. However, the morning of the event I had to cancel as mommy was needed. But you can bet I watched the Twitter stream. Had I been there, I would have needed a tissue. Actually, more than one.
You see, Hallmark knows just the right words….they always have. They created a special video for the bloggers, one which featured photos, videos, and written words. One that captured emotions. My photo was there……..it was one of my mom and I. A picture of my 3rd birthday….with my mom. Hello tears.
Thank you Hallmark, for helping us remember that we need to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us.
Hallmark was so sweet to send me a care package featuring some of their favorite items…..items that help us communicate in so many different ways! Pay attention because one of you will get a similar care package!
- Birthday greeting cards: Hallmark provides a year-round greeting card selection of more than 23,000 designs, featuring a large range of messages.
- Recordable Storybook: Hallmark Recordable Storybooks feature exclusive voice-capture technology that enables a person to record each page of a Storybook and have it played back over and over as the recipient turns the pages.
Featuring a wide selection to choose from, Recordable Storybooks are perhaps one of my favorite things Hallmark has ever created. I love that my daughter can listen to my voice when I’m away from home….it’s comforting. I can read her a story when I’m not even there. I wish I had one with my mom’s voice…..that would be a treasure. A must for all parents to give their children.
- Christopher Interactive Story Buddy: Interactive Story Buddies are plush animals that serve as a great story time companion for kids. When a parent and child read the story aloud, the Interactive Story Buddy responds, saying key phrases from the corresponding Storybook.
I just recently learned all about the Interactive Story Buddy, and was amazed at the technology. It’s so sweet when your stuffed animal “buddy” responds to you reading. I’m going to let you in on a little secret…….there are Holiday Interactive Story Buddies too (and they can even interact with a television program). More on that in another post! 🙂
- Text Bands: Text Bands are a cool, fun, brand-new way kids can communicate with their friends.
We had some “cousins” fun the other day with Text Bands. The concept is simple….kids type in messages like Hi or LOL and then can “Fist Bump” or “High Five” each other. Magically, the messages are traded. This was fun for the kids, especially my 2nd grade nephew. My daughter is just learning sight words, so it was a bit of a challenge, but she had fun with her cousin!
PROMO CODE: Celebrate by creating personalized items at Hallmark.com – birthday plates, invitations, thank you notes, and more. Use promo code BLOG30 to receive a 30% discount!
Now for some extra fun for you:
One (1) lucky winner will receive a Hallmark Prize Pkg, similar to above containing:
Birthday Greeting Cards
Hallmark Recordable Storybook
Interactive Story Buddy
2 Text Band packages
HOW TO ENTER:
For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me how you make sure the ones in your life know you care! That’s it!
You can earn one (1) extra entry for each of the following (leave as separate comments please for each entry):
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5. Like HALLMARK on FB
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7. Tweet the following as is: Win a Hallmark Moments & Milestones Prize Pkg – Recordable Storybook and more! http://tinyurl.com/caewgq7 @AFrugalFriend
Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Thursday, November 1st, 2012! Valid for US residents and addresses only. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.
(Complimentary product was provided. All remarks are the personal and honest opinions of A Frugal Friend.)