What’s Better Than Facebook?

Facebook has revolutionized birthdays. In fact, there are not many things better than getting hundreds of Happy Birthday messages from people near and far- from your best friends to your “friends” that you haven’t seen in 20 years.

Personally, I’m trying to step up my game with each Facebook birthday reminder because as much as I like the blanket HB2U, a Paperless Post card would be a little better.

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{Kate Spade for Paperless Post}

What is better than Facebook and better than Paperless Post? Good old fashion snail mail. Who doesn’t like getting a letter with their address written in ink and not peeking through a glassine window demanding some form of payment?!

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{From top left: urbanic.com (first two); riflepaperco.com; sugarpaper.com; riflepaperco.com; handwriting by engagedandinspired.com}

And even better than all of the above?! A care package.

For heavens sake, I’m not saying these ideas are for the people that you knew when you wore braces and haven’t seen since- the standard Facebook will do just fine for them.

Send that little package of joy and love to someone you really care about. You will absolutely make their day and an added bonus- it will make your day too!

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DIY T-shirts

I’m bringing the Olympic Games to Venice for my son’s upcoming 8th birthday. Needless to say, there is a lot of planning involved, especially since I decided to invite the entire second grade class! Right now I’m finishing up the team t-shirts. I am kind of obsessed with the Avery transfer paper- they are very easy to use and the results are pretty great.

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Surprise, Surprise!

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Surprise, Surprise!

Sometimes you know when a surprise party is being planned, especially if you are prone to sleuthing. The trick is to plan a surprise within a surprise.
My husband gathered dozens of pictures of me through the years and had them blown up and mounted on foam core. He decorated all the walls of our house with these (sometimes embarrassing) pictures for a surprise that I will never forget. And I’m sure my friends are never going to let me forget the picture of my brother and me shaking Ronald Reagan’s hand.