Spring Cleaning Checklist

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It’s spring. Finally! This has been the longest winter ever. (I say that every year, but this year it actually feels true.)  I don’t know why they call it spring cleaning, because for me the symptoms start about mid-January. I go stir-crazy and start to attack all the little things that are bugging me around the house. I fix the dining room chair that’s been broken for 4 years. I start patching nicks and dings in the walls and end up repainting three rooms. About a week ago, my husband had to stop me from demolishing a wall to expand my laundry room. Too much HGTV, I guess.

I don’t really have an official spring cleaning checklist, but there are several things I always do around this time of year:  Continue reading

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A little Happiness Project anyone can do

A little Happiness Project anyone can do
Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, started a movement when she suggested that we can create our own happiness rather than waiting for it to come to us. Realizing one day that she wasn’t as happy as she’d like to be, she decided to dedicate a year to trying to be happier. She focused on one area of her life each month, doing small, manageable things, such as hugging more or cheerfully pitching in when someone asked for her help. What did she discover from her Happiness Project?

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Goodbye and thank you

The goodbye thank you noteRecently a staff member told us about a unique take on traditional thank you cards that we wanted to share with you. Every time she left a job, whether it was on her own accord or not, she made a point to hand-write a personal note (on her personalized stationery, of course!) to each of the people who had helped her along the way. This thank you card idea has enabled her to build and maintain a network of mentors, supporters, colleagues and friends, which she continues to treasure.

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Share a memory and revive a friendship

share a memoryWhen you can’t get together with old friends to share memories over a cup of tea (or a bottle of wine) the next best thing is to pour yourself a glass and sit down to write a note. Usually something jogs your memory—a song, or something in the news reminds you of a friend or an event you shared. The key is to not let the moment pass.

Memories connect us to people, times and places. As the years pass, we lose touch with those who were once such a big part of our lives. But you’d be surprised how quickly you can reestablish the connection simply by sharing memories. Of course, having some personalized note cards on hand allows you to be a little more spontaneous, but the method isn’t as important as the act.

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A Letter as a Present

a letter as a presentOne of our team members shared a wonderful DIY gift idea for the holidays. Her family flies a long distance, at considerable expense, to spend the holidays with their extended family. She wanted her kids to bring gifts for the family members they visited, but felt the need to scale back because they were spending so much on travel. Her solution? For Christmas this year, her children are giving a handwritten note on personalized note cards to each family member that expresses how meaningful they are to them. The kids will read their notes aloud to each person when they get together to share gifts.

We love this DIY gift idea because it truly comes from the heart, far more thoughtful than anything they could buy in a store. The kids are learning many valuable lessons, not the least of which is how to express their feelings, and the lucky recipients will undoubtedly be touched. Get out the tissues. These handwritten expressions of love will be treasured for years to come.

Pear Tree has both Christmas thank you cards designed just for kids, as well as year-round kids thank you cards. When kids have their very own stationery personalized with their name or an image they love, they will be happy to write these little “gifts.”

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How to thank your Thanksgiving hostess

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If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner for a group, large or small, you know how much planning, cleaning, shopping, prepping, baking, chopping, and basting goes into pulling it off. You are happy to make the effort because a successful Thanksgiving is not as much about the food as it is about being with your loved ones, catching up on family news, playing games, watching football, and sharing the family traditions you’ve established over the years.

On those occasions when we are not hosting but attending as an invited guest, however, it’s important not to take your hostess’s efforts for granted, no matter how calm she appears or how many years she has “done” Thanksgiving. Aside from offering to bring something to the gathering and lending a hand while you’re there, there are other ways to show your thanks, from Thanksgiving gift ideas to following up with a handwritten thank you note.

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Personalized Gift Ideas

The season of giving. If you’ve ever given the perfect gift, you know how good it feels. But sometimes, it’s oh so hard. Check out these great personalized gift ideas that boast stylish designs at a price that makes you smile. Go ahead, reclaim that status of Giver of Great Gifts. You deserve it.

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Hostess Gifts

It will happen. You’ll get a last minute invite, you can’t get to the store, and all you have on hand is a box of dried macaroni. Personalized note cards make great hostess gift ideas. (Plan ahead and have it personalized to really impress–a generic message like happy holidays or thank you works, too!). Always keep some note cards at the ready and you’ll never be caught empty handed again.  Continue reading

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Our favorite hostess gift ideas

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A hostess gift is a little something you bring along to a party to give to the hostess when you arrive. It is not required, but is a lovely gesture that says, “Thanks for having this gathering and inviting me—I know how much work it is!” So what do you bring?

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All hail snail mail

All Hail Snail MailHere’s a note one of us recently received from a good friend on her personalized stationery: “Hey chick, THANK YOU! Miss you! Love, Jane.” (Jane loves the exclamation point!) Yes, this thank you message could have been sent in seconds by email or text. But the truth is we all smile wider when we get a card in the mailbox. There’s something about seeing your friend’s familiar handwriting and knowing she took the time to sit down, write that note and put it in the mail, fully realizing that it would take 2 or 3 days to be hand delivered by a hard-working mail carrier.

You know how quickly an email gets deleted or forgotten. You also know how good it feels to get a handwritten personal note in the mail. Next time you are considering various thank you card ideas and the many e-options you have, think about picking up a pen and one of your very own note cards instead. It takes a few extra minutes, but the reward is making someone smile.

Pick out some note cards you love and personalize them at Pear Tree. You never know when you’ll need them!

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In place of the store-bought card

handwritten note cardWe’ve got nothing against off-the-rack greeting cards. We are the first to admit that generic birthday cards are not us, and that we love funny birthday card ideas and touching anniversary card ideas. But now and then we like to replace the expected card with a handwritten personalized note card or letter that marks the passing year with more than a pat verse and a quick signature.

A man we know writes a letter to his wife every year on their anniversary. She keeps them all in a shoebox, a treasure to someday be discovered by their grandchildren. Each letter is a snapshot of their relationship at that moment in time, and reading them one after the other creates a moving picture. This man has created a legacy for his family—much more than a shoebox of store-bought cards could ever do. He has set an example for his children that they cannot help but admire and, if their spouses are lucky, follow.

A mom we know writes notes to her children regularly and puts them under their pillows or in their lunchboxes, using personalized note cards she created for just that purpose.

A boss we know sends little handwritten thank you notes to her team members whenever she sees them do something that surprises her.

We are happy to report that the written note is alive and well. And the more electronic communication we are exposed to, forced to wade through, the more we appreciate it. Do you know of any unusual uses for handwritten notes? We’d love to hear them. And if you don’t have personalized stationery to write on, you’d better head to peartreegreetings.com and create your own!

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