Saying ‘Thank You’

Yesterday, I promised a shopping haul from my San Antonio trip. Well today you won’t be seeing it because I was sick all day yesterday and didn’t have time to take any good pictures of the cute things I bought much less take pictures of me with/in them. I have some sort of sinus infection that’s stopping me from forming a coherent thought and putting on make up. Story of my life.

Today, I wanted to share with you a cherished tradition that many people are forgetting about- the ‘thank you’ note. Who would have thought that something so simple and important would become a thing of the past? Seriously, the only time I’ve ever received a thank you is after a wedding. Notes like these shouldn’t be reserved for events like that. It should be an ordinary thing. If someone does something nice for you, then you send a note! It’s not rocket-science.

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Years ago, I went to a little friend’s birthday party. She was turning 8, I think. Her party was dinosaur themed and I got her a dinosaur gift of some kind. A few weeks went by and still no thank you note. I was brought up believing that you should send these within a week of the party. Regardless, I gave her some slack (I was a very polite kid, you see). 15 years later, I’m still waiting on that thank you note. I should have known not to expect one given that the birthday girl gathered up all of her gifts after she opened them and retreated to her room to play with them… by herself.

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Remembering how important it is to send thank you notes, I have quite the stash of them in my desk! I absolutely adore them and stock up whenever I see a sale. Sending these notes says so much about your class, gratitude, and overall etiquette understanding. You aren’t required to send them by any means, but those that do automatically seem more appreciative than those who don’t. Consider that next time someone gives you a gift or does something nice for you!

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Pretty Little Things: Stationary

I love getting letters! When I was away at college, my mom would send me little letters just saying how much she missed me (she would also include a little cash for my favorite Starbucks drink). My grandma would also send me cards and little notes on birthdays and holidays. Anyway, the stationary of an individual doesn’t seem to be as important as it used to be. “Snail mail” isn’t used to deliver a message like it was years ago. A part of me would like to bring that lovely tradition back to the light.

Apart from my own stockpile of stationary and notecards, I took some time the other day to find a few examples of stationary and notecards to share with all of you. I went to Target and found some I liked there but the prices were all $4.50 and up, which I thought was a little high for notecards. I went to Marshall’s after that and found that most notecards were under $4.00! These are a few of my favorites that I found:

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on stationary or notes to send to people. It really is all about presentation, which if done correctly can be inexpensive and chic. Take a look at these notecards below by Ashley Brooke Designs. They each retail for around $18 for a total of 10 notecards!

I love Ashley’s designs and she inspires me so much, but for right now her work is just a little too pricey for my budget. However, investing in a few inexpensive ones that are designed well and don’t have anything written in them that seems “cheap” is a great way to make up for the money you didn’t spend and still have some class. FYI when I say “cheap” I mean things like “Happy birthday, now where’s the food?” with a picture of a bored looking person on the front. That’s rude and classless.

Have you ever seen cards like that? Please share below, I’d be interesting in seeing the horrible cards out there!

Stay classy!

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10 Little Things in Life to Love

Sometimes I just don’t think we appreciate the little things anymore. We live life so fast and don’t see the small miracles that happen everyday. True happiness is found when you learn to love things that don’t seem to be that big of a deal in the grand scheme of life, but in fact they make life grand. 

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Sunset1. The sunset 

2. A bird hopping on the ground

3. The sound of laughter

4. A handwritten letter

5. Soft, warm blanket fresh out of the dryer 

6. The smell of rain coming

7. An old photograph 

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8. Freshly cut grass 

9. Piano music 

10. Smell of a campfire

What are the little things you enjoy? Leave a comment!

-Liz