Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What a Treat!

I grew up in a small town in southeast Texas. When I went to college, I moved almost three hours away to Central Texas, where I met my now-husband when we were in college at Baylor University. And then, after we married, we moved to North Texas. {I feel like that Johnny Cash song, "I've Been Everywhere."} All of that to say, I don't live in the same town - or even area of Texas - as my parents. And Texas is huge! It takes us four hours to get to my parents, and we're still in the same state. 

It was really sad before I had a baby, but now that Walker is here, it breaks my heart that he can't grow up in the same town as my parents, his grandparents. I grew up about five minutes away from one set of grandparents, and I have fond memories of Sunday lunch with them, spending the night at their house quite often, and having them in my day-to-day life. 

And while it makes me sad that Walker won't physically see my parents, his "Foxy" and "Papa," every day, it's helpful that there are companies like Treat who can make it easier for them to virtually see him and feel like they are involved and included in his daily life via adorable, personalized cards. I'm so glad I stumbled upon Treat and don't know if I'll ever go back to sending regular ol' $.99 grocery store cards again!

Treat, an arm of Shutterfly, is a greeting card company that helps people connect in meaningful and useful ways. The site allows you to create virtual, personalized greeting cards - with photos or without - that you can physically mail or send a digital email to your recipient. 

If you're anything like me, you love personal cards. Why do I love them? Because I can hang them on the side of my fridge and look at them every morning while I'm getting my coffee. I loathe buying "regular" cards, because what is the first thing someone does with them once they open it and skim over the message? Toss it! And then you have to mail them. And again, if you're anything like me, you always have one less stamp than you need, have to make a special trip to the post office to buy a booklet of stamps for just one stamp {ugh}, and then mail it. I'm the worst about forgetting the card on my desk at work, too, and mailing it late with a note on the back of the envelope saying, "Sorry!!!" But with Treat? They'll mail it for you! I love that. It's one less thing this busy working mom has to remember to do. 

As I mentioned yesterday, our sweet Walker is {already} six months old! While I love my monthly blog posts to help announce his monthly "accomplishments," it's also fun to send a little card with the latest monthly picture of Walker to my parents. I mean, how precious is this card to share with them about his half-year birthday? {Yes, we celebrate that!} 

I also sent this card to my dad, who has his pilot's license and flies his plane on the regular: 



So thank you, Treat, for making it not only fun and easy to send cards to people, but for also making it a great way to connect with family. 

Cards c/o Treat


  1. Oh my gosh this is so cute!! I am definitely going to be doing this too! Thanks for the idea :)

  2. Those are so cute!! And what a great idea. I'm terrible at actually sending the card too. I'm going to have to try Treat soon!


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