Mami's Favorite Things: Hallmark!

When mami was sick, I asked that people just send her cards and notes in the mail. It was important for me that she know how many prayers were going up on her behalf and how many people were thinking of her during this time. I now have a box with beautiful thoughts and words that I can look through from people that I may have never met or that never met my mami. Some of my readers sent notes and she loved getting them. I’d like to think that it reminded her of how connected we all are. It certainly reminded me of that. That’s the thing about a card that you can’t get with an email. It’s something you can touch and although it shouldn’t be, this fast paced world of ours makes receiving cards that much more special.

You know how much I love greeting cards. I’ve told you this before. Well, the holidays are THE time for cards and I cannot wait to finally get around to dropping off Christmas cards in the mail. I haven’t done it in over 3 years and I told myself this is my year, people! Hallmark makes it easy, what can I say. Now if I can just get a good picture to use. They have some awesome personalized cards. And, don’t look now but, if you upload the addresses, they’ll send them out for you! Seriously, there’s like no excuse to not send out cards anymore.

If I don’t get the pictures taken for some personalized cards, it’s perfectly fine. Because these signature cards are beautiful, don’t you think?

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I could probably write 5 days straight about all the things I can find at Hallmark! Here’s one of the gifts the frog princess will get for her birthday on Friday:

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we read a lot of books. I cannot wait to surprise her with this one and see the look on her face when Jingle responds to me reading the book. Eek! It’s taken everything I’ve had to not give this to her early.

Speaking of reading, I just want to tell you that I ‘m spending way too much money on these books (because you know I can’t buy just one). But man, are they worth it! Whoever came up with Recordable Storybooks is a GE-NI-US! And the thing that makes me giggle like a maniac is that they have some of my favorite books. These will serve various purposes in my life. I plan on recording some books for the frog princess. As she starts reading on her own, I plan on recording her reading the books because, hello?! Who wouldn’t want to preserve their baby’s cute little voice reading a beloved book?

I got Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for the holidays. I’m having a small anxiety attack because have you tried reading the story WITHOUT singing the song? It’s not an easy feat, let me tell you. These books sell for $19.95 which is about what you’d pay for a hardcover book anyway. I think the recordable portion of the book is a great addition for that price.

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I am also planning on getting these for the pregnoids in my life. There are some must-have books on this list. I also pink puffy heart Hallmark for having some books in Spanish (though I’d love to get Goodnight Moon en español – hint hint).

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Oh and for the abuelos, I think this is a great keepsake to preserve their voice for the kids. Also, the frog princess’s grandparents are in a different state. Having them record books for her will mean that they can be part of bedtime anytime. How cool is that?KOB8050_COV.indd

My final favorite thing(s) from Hallmark are their keepsake ornaments. I’ve always loved them and so when the frog princess was born, I purchased their pea in a pod as her first ornament. I remember this was the first time I left her alone after she was born. To run to the Hallmark store! Yes, I picked up a bag full of cards then as well.

Each year I’ve gone back for more and this year, I plan on taking her to the store so that she can pick out her own. It warms my heart when I think of all of the memories we are making. PS: they have a Dream Book that you can peruse before heading to the store. I like doing this so that I minimize the jumping up and down in the isle when I see the ornaments.

Because I practically own stock in Hallmark, they’ve given me a prize pack for you guys! Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win:

  • An Everyday or Holiday Interactive Storybuddy
  • One of Hallmark’s Recordable Storybooks
  • A selection of the newest Signature and Interactive Greetings from Hallmark

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Mami Moments: Favorite Things

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Ya’ll know I love Oprah. I felt such a sense of loss when the last episode aired! I've gotten a chance to fall in love all over again with OWN.  I was giddy when I heard she was bringing back the Favorite Things show this season. My heart was especially warmed when I heard it would be military families receiving the gifts.

As I move towards the holidays, I thought I’d tell you about my favorite things. I’m not Oprah so unfortunately, I can’t get all of you each one of these things. I’ve been blessed to be able to do giveaways for some of my favorite things so be sure to stay tuned.

These next few weeks will highlight products and services that I fell in love with this year. I hope you will stick around. Some of these are sponsored posts but I assure you, they rock. You know I don’t talk about stuff I don’t love.  If you are a brand I love and not in my lineup yet, I have a few slots open!

I will say that one of my favorite things this year I can’t give away. The blogs that I read, the people I have met via Twitter, Facebook and the conferences I attended. You guys have made such an difference and impact on my life. These are definitely at the top of my list and for that I am SO grateful.

Do you have favorite things you’d like to share? I want to know!