The Hallmark “Card it Forward” Challenge

Ugh. January is so depressing. Not only is the weather terrible, but I miss the warm and fuzzy feeling I got when I came home to a mailbox full of holiday cheer. I loved having a mantle full of cards to be reminded of what is really important: friends and family. Why is it that people only send cards around the holidays?

I’m lucky enough to belong to an old school style club of friends, and we send one another cards pretty frequently throughout the year. I got ten cards in the mail on my birthday last year! It was amazing (Cough, Cough…March 10th) The point being, I love cards, so when Hallmark reached out about LBMT participating in their “Card it Forward” Challenge, I jumped at the chance.

The essence of the challenge is that you send (or leave, or give) one card every day for seven days for someone you know. Then you also leave THEM a blank card so they can “Card it Forward.”

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There have been a few days since the Christmas Holiday, where I have had a really terrible day only to come home and find a postcard or sweet message from a friend (who doesn’t live in my city, and thus I do not get to see that often.) I know that things are moving toward a more digital format, but I really hope sending cards and other correspondence in the mail is something our culture does not lose. It really is the best.

To help you reconnect with others Hallmark has generously offered a discount code for LBMT readers to use ALL YEAR LONG to reach out and connect with friends. Just order online and use the code BLOG30 to buy cards for 30 percent off on Hallmark.com throughout the year.

Happy Friday!



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  • http://www.hasslefreesavings.com Kendal @HassleFreeSaver

    Love this! I have similar feelings about January — a dark cloud follows my every move until mid-March. My cousin and I have started exchanging cards — she wrote me out of the blue and I wrote back, and we’re keeping it up and enjoying staying in touch the old-fashioned way!

  • http://brokemillennial.com Broke Millennial

    This is adorable! My best friend is really great about sending cards. Sometimes for a reason and other times just out of the blue. I’m rather terrible at keeping up so this is a good reminder. To curb the cost of buying cards, I like to DIY them. I have a bunch of origami paper that I’ve had for years and I will make hearts or other easy to refold pieces, write a little letter inside and send it off!

  • http://www.uniquegifter.com Anne @ Unique Gifter

    This is soooo up my alley! I love it!

  • mir&a

    So cute! I love the sushi one

  • http://frugalportland.com kathleen

    Man, that’s a great move for Hallmark. I bet they hope it catches on!

  • http://shopmyclosetproject.com Michelle

    I love, love, love cards. I am jumping on the bandwagon.

  • http://www.studentdebtsurvivor.com KK @ Student Debt Survivor

    I love this idea. Getting mail that isn’t bills is really fun! I think letter writing (and card giving) is sort of a lost art. I’m going to buy a few cards and sent them to some of my girlfriends just to remind them that I’m thinking about them (we’re all in different cities and don’t see each other that often).

  • http://fitnpoor.com Michelle @fitisthenewpoor

    Omg. I adore this idea. I love getting handwritten letters so much!

  • http://www.brokegirlrich.com Mel @ brokeGIRLrich

    Oh my gosh, the “is it buck naked or butt naked?” card is the birthday card my best friend sent me this year. We’ve stayed “pen pals” for the last 12 years since graduating high school. It started as just continuing to pass notes in college – we’d write the notes during dull classes and drop it in the mail to the other one later – now we both just like to receive things other than bills in the mail ;o)

  • http://thebrokeandbeautifullife.com Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life

    I used all the Christmas cards I got this year to create a Christmas display in my apartment. I always struggle with what to do with my cards come January though. I keep a few, but I feel like there should be something better to do with the rest rather than recycling them.

    ps. My favorite is “This Card Has No Purpose” :)