A couple of weeks ago I was given the chance to attend a blogger event at Hallmark’s headquarters in downtown Kansas City. I was honored to be invited in the first place and had so much fun at the event itself! I know this probably won’t surprise you, but I cried while there. Is there some unwritten Hallmark rule that says you must cry at some point during one of their commercials, movies, cards, etc?
Before the event, the bloggers that were invited were asked to submit pictures, videos and stories of a special “Moment Between the Milestones” from our lives. Hallmark said they were going to compile them in someway, and boy did they do an awesome job presenting them! Shortly after we arrived, they showed us a video which is now on YouTube. Watch it – you won’t be disappointed (and warning – it might make you tear up). My “moment” is about 1 minute into it.
I tell you, those Hallmark people are geniuses! How they can take a bunch of short stories from the every day lives of people I don’t even know and make me cry is beyond me.
I also have to show you this fun word cloud they gave me when I arrived…
Isn’t that so cool? They had a program go through recent posts on my blog (I’m guessing the last few months?) and figure out what words were used most often in my posts. Words used a lot are the biggest – funny to me that “Mason” (my brother in law) and “Nick” (my husband) are the same size. It also amuses me to no end that the word “poop” made my word cloud (lower, left hand corner).
We did a few fun little exercises to help us focus on the little moments in life that may not seem special at the time, but actually are. We all got these purple t-shirts that said ___________ Is A Special Occasion. After we all filled in the blank with a sharpie, a mic was passed around the room so that we could share the story behind our word or phrase.
Remember the great chocolate pudding adventure from when the boys were about 14 months old? Who gives chocolate pudding to 3 toddlers?! Why a crazy mom and her sister, of course. For those that don’t remember the tale, or who haven’t been here long enough to even know the story, you can read that post here and you can even watch the video here!
Another of the little exercises we did involved some creative writing on our parts. First, we wrote out (in a semi-creative manner) what our days are like…
Then, we took key words or phrases from that and arranged them on a different piece of paper…
Hallmark is currently turning our simple sheets of paper into some sort of piece of wall art. I can’t wait to get it, and I’ll be sure to share a picture when it arrives!
And because I’m never in any pictures, I’ll share this one that was taken by a Hallmark employee… (You can see other pictures from the day, by following this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hallmarkcards/sets/72157627529397301/
At the event, they also had a bunch of cards out for us so that we could send some love to some friends or family. Did you know Hallmark has cards out now that include a postage paid envelope? Pretty nifty! And I just loved a couple of the cards they had out…
Ok, so on to the giveaway! When we left the event, Hallmark handed each of us a lovely swag bag. This was my first swag bag situation, and as such I’m going to enjoy using the term! I also want to share some of the swag with you!
Recordable story book – Guess How Much I Love You
Talking Story Buddy and book – Abigail and the Balance Beam
Your own purple “____ Is A Special Occasion” shirt – Size L
A few of the new postage paid Hallmark cards
Even if you don’t have small children to give the book or story buddy to, I bet you have grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friends with small children!
In the spirit of Hallmark, I’m going to make you work a bit harder for this one! Here’s how to enter:
* In your comment, share what you would write on the shirt, should you win and then tell us the story behind that!
Winner will be selected at random. Contest is open to US and Canada residents. Winner will be selected on Monday, October 3rd.
Big thanks to the folks at Hallmark for including me at their special event. I now notice the “little things” a little more and am trying harder to appreciate and savor them.