6.17.2015

Staying on Top of Sending Cards for Special Occasions & GIVEAWAY + Meet Brooke

Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards

Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards

Isn't it special when you have a birthday or anniversary and a friend or family member remembers to send you a card in the mail? I know it always puts a smile on my face. For that reason, I try to stay on top of sending cards for special occasions. Whether it's an anniversary, birthday, wedding, breakup, thank you, or get well soon card, I think it's important to let people know you are thinking of them, even if only with the simple gesture of a card. These are some of the tips that work for me:

1. Put birthdays and special occasions in your calendar. 
I use a combination of my Erin Condren forget-me-not perpetual calendar and my monthly view calendar. When events come up, I always try to remember to add them to my perpetual calendar. Each month, I then sit down with my monthly-view calendar and add in that month's events according to my perpetual calendar.

Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards
Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards
2. Make a list of cards you need to purchase. 
For this step, I create a two column list. The first column is the name of the person and the second column is the type of event or card.

3. Purchase your cards. 
I like to get cards purchased at the very beginning of the month. That way I have all the cards I need for that month's events. I struggle with greeting cards because I feel like they can be cheesy and silly. Thankfully, I just discovered Olive and Clyde who make witty, yet heartfelt cards for all types of occasions. I feel like these cards do a good job of conveying my personality while still saying the right thing given the occasion.

The following are a few of the recent cards from Olive and Clyde that I have recently sent out:

Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards

Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards
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4. Sit down and fill out the cards all at once. 
If I do not sit down to fill out the cards right after I purchase them, I know I am likely to forget and miss the special occasion, so this is how I prevent that from happening. I like to sit down with my calendar, address book, cards, return address stamp, and postage stamps so I can knock them all out at once. Usually, I try to get my husband to sit down with me too so we can fill them out together.

Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards
Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards
Olive & Cylde Greeting Cards
5. Aim to get the cards in the mail at least a week before the date of the special occasion. 
I usually try to send all of my cards out at the same time. I will do this once at the very beginning of the month and a second time halfway through the month. Then, I like to put a little check next to the event on my monthly-view calendar so I know that I have sent the card. And BAM! Just like that, you're done! 

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What tips do you have for staying on top of sending cards for special occasions?

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Today you all get to meet the lovely Brooke, a fellow sarcastic and INFJ. I adore her outlook on life and she has some of the cutest kids I have ever seen (they also have great names). Stick around and get to know her!



Hello hello! My name is Brooke and I blog at Bye, Comparison, a blog that aims to encourage us all to live creatively, honestly and (faith)fully---sans the unhealthy comparison game, hence the bye in 'Bye, Comparison.' I am coming up on 9 happy years of marriage that have confirmed for me that I am a super husband-picker. We have two little girls, Ellis (6) and Maci (3). I find all three of them to be utterly hilarious humans, and they think the same of each other, but the girls never get my jokes and therefore don't have the same appreciation for my humor that my husband thankfully does. I'm an art teacher by trade, a mom at heart, and a blogger/creator by nature. I hope you'll stop by and find something that interests you, inspires you, and encourages you!

1. What are you passionate about?  
The things that fall into the category of what I am passionate about are: healthy marriage, my kids (and insisting they grow up surrounded by messages that don't put them down for being girls/women), and my faith. Lots of other high-ranking things, but the three I listed are the only real passion-level qualifiers.



2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be and why?  
If I could learn to do anything I would choose to be fluent in ASL, and at least 3 foreign languages. I think being multi-lingual would be really exciting because I love deep conversation so anything that makes it so I can better understand what someone else is saying is a big win in my book. I'm a certified Christian life coach and I love listening and engaging with people in meaningful ways.

3. What's something you wish everyone knew about you?
I'm a homebody that would love to travel the world. I love being with people and I get exhausted by being with people (even the ones I love the most!). I'm an INFJ, pretty much to a tee. I really like people that laugh easily. I've been cutting my own hair for the past 18 years, so you know, sometimes that's okay and sometimes it's less okay.


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42 comments :

  1. These cards are the cutest. I am definitely entering.

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  2. Snail mail is the best and these cards make it even better! I need to mark in my calendar ahead of when I need cards. I always feel like I'm behind the 8 ball!

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  3. Aren't they fun? Sometimes I fall behind too and then just try to make sure I'm back on track for the next month. Having it in my calendar really helps!

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  4. Snail mail IS the best. Marking ahead in my calendar makes ALL the difference!

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  5. Yeah!! You know I am already an Olive & Clyde fan ;) This will probably sound so nerdy but one of my favorite things to do is to transfer all of the birthdays over to my new planner when I get it. (And when stickers are involved, all the better)

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  6. i love sending "just because" cards in the mail! it's fun to get mail when you're least expecting it!

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  7. Brilliant! I've never had a system for cards (which I love to send) and often end up sending things late, or not at all. I love the weirdos card and the way you stay on top of card-sending. And thanks for introducing me! :)

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  8. I LOVE the idea of sitting down at the beginning of the month and getting everything organized and written. I'm going to start doing that! Also, I too struggle with greeting cards because they are SO cheesy. These cards are just the best!

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  9. I love sending cards! I tend to buy a bunch of cute, blank ones so I can use them for any occasion. Those O&C ones are super cute!

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  10. Getting cards in the mail is so special. I'm lucky that my little grandmother doesn't miss an occasion! I love the idea of filling them out all at once!

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  11. These cards are so stinkin cute! It's so fun to receive and send cards out to people.

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  12. You're so welcome! Hopefully you can find a system that helps you stay on top of sending them :)

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  13. YAY! So glad it was helpful. I struggle with greeting cards too. Often, I just purchase generic ones or use my husband's photography cards and then create it for the respective occasion!

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  14. I like doing it that way too! It's less cheesy haha

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  15. I hope this is helpful to you in the future! :)

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  16. Aren't they?! I love how funny they are haha

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  17. Ashley Bree PerezJune 17, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I love those cards!!!! :D I love all occasions.

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  18. I love the "weirdos" card! I also use a perpetual calendar that I just include in my yearly planner. I have a card organizer that I add cards to throughout the year, and almost always have the occasion I need!

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  19. I think the last time I sent a greeting card was on our first wedding anniversary. I thought I'd give my husband a card since first wedding anniversary is also called "paper anniversary". Now that I live overseas, I'd like to send more cards to family and friends.

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  20. A card organizer?! TELL ME MORE

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  21. How stinking cute is the last card you pictured? Definitely something right up my alley LOL.

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  22. Girrrllll... Costco. For $15 you get an organizer and 30 cards! Some I won't use, but I'd pay $15 just for the box!

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  23. That's awesome! We only have Sam's Club here :(

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  24. Kim Pincombe-ColeJune 17, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    I would stock up on family birthday cards!! I'm actually pretty good about never missing a birthday for our extended family. Just such a pain to run out & buy the cards at the drugstore...

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  25. I love sending cards, I just don't do it enough anymore! These cards are fantastic! And I laughed out loud at Brooke's comment about cutting her own hair- what a fun gal!

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  26. I don't send out birthday cards often, but I would love to send more out. One of my goals in 2015 is to write more thank you notes, so I'd probably use notes for that too!

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  27. Brooke is a total crack up, right?

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  28. Great idea! We have generic thank you cards from our wedding that just have our first names on the front and I use them all the time!

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  29. Check out Sam's! A lot of times they have the same products :)

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  30. Oh my goodness, I would use these for EVERYTHING! I'm definitely going to be buying cards through this company! <3

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  31. Awesome! So glad I could turn you on to them :)

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  32. I LOVE sending cards in the mail - I do great with birthdays, but would love to do better with random "get well soon" and "thinking of you" cards!

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  33. I could definitely send more of the latter myself!

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