Today

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Happy April 1st! You remember what today marks, right?! The start of National Letter Writing Month. Taking the challenge to write a letter a day like me? If so, the above should come in handy. I came across it while scrolling my Pinterest feed and I thought it was too good not to share.

Hope you have a great weekend! We are off to the island tomorrow. Can’t believe I haven’t been home since January. I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Image Credit: Pinterest

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Write On

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Today I wanted to share with you a really cool campaign that is underway from two amazing companies: Egg Press and Hello Lucky! As I’ve shared on several occasions, I obsessed with all things paper. I receive tremendous joy sending a letterpress card that has traveled back with me from one of my favorite paper stores (Sugar Paper in LA, Gus + Ruby in Portsmouth and Parchment on Nantucket, to name a few).

The Write_On campaign‘s mission is to promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence. Technology, whether we like it or not, has changed the way we communicate with each another. The mission of this campaign is to bring back communication through the art of sending a handwritten note. The Write_On campaign encourages people of all ages to write more letters, challenging each person to write 30 letters in 30 days. Inspired by Egg Press founder Tess Darrow’s challenge to herself to write a letter daily, the campaign launched two years ago in April, which just happens to be National Letterwriting Month. I’m adding that to the list of things I learned today!

Two years later, the campaign is looking to be bigger than ever and has set a goal to raise $60,000 to help cover our costs of sharing Write On kits with 10,000 individuals. Every dollar donated will go directly into the campaign.

Donation levels range from $10 to $2500. As a thank you, you get some really cool paper gifts too. I contributed at the $75 level and thus the cool calendar pictured above is on its way to me.

Interested in receiving 1 of my 30 letters this April? Leave your address in the comment section (don’t worry, I’ll delete for privacy purposes) and I’ll send you a note. And speaking of notes, you have to check out my sister’s Letters from Nantucket Instagram feed. Isn’t she amazing? Truth be told, my letters won’t be as cool but it’s the thought that counts… right?!

So let’s join together and #writeon!

How To

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Hello, dear readers! I was a bit under the weather yesterday so my sincerest apologies for yesterday’s silence. Today, I wanted to share with you my second How To column. And quite an important one, I think. How to write a thank you note. At a young age, I was taught the importance of saying thank you. Before a gift could be enjoyed, I had to sit at the kitchen table, put pen to paper and write out a card. Today, I do my best to follow the same protocol. Here are a few tips or rather how to’s to help you out.

  1. Timing is everything. I always try to write a thank you note within 24 hours. Timeliness is also key as I can’t tell you how many times I send a gift and don’t hear from the recipient. Its always nice to know a gift was received!
  2. Keep a supplyKeeping a supply of cards on hand makes the writing that much easier. From these postcards to these cheerful cards, having inventory is key to getting a thank you card in the mail pronto! I tend to shy away from a thank you text.
  3. Be you. There is no need to overthink a thank you card. Simply be gracious, thank the sender for their kindness and generosity, indicate how the item or experience was received or how it will be used and sign off with a sweet salutation. It really is that simple!
  4. Plan ahead. During the holiday season, writing cards can be time consuming so sometimes I try and address envelopes ahead of time. Same is true for birthday and/or weddings and showers.

How To

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I made it back from D.C. safe and sound and what a weekend it was. Hope you had a great one too. Today, I wanted to share a new column How To. In these, I hope to share some helpful advice on how to handle situations that can sometimes be tricky. First up… How to be a House Guest. Since I stayed with two dear friends during my recent weekend escape, I am fresh with ideas of how to navigate this situation.

  1. Communicate. Make sure your host knows when you are arriving and your plans for arriving to their home.
  2. Be Gracious. Pack a little gift for my host{s}. Nothing lavish but personal.
  3. Space. Realize that you are in someone else’s home so be mindful of your bags and where you leave your things.
  4. Go With the Flow. This is very important. Of course your friends want to show you a great time, but sometimes life happens and plans {dinner, shopping, etc.} fall through. Always remember why you are staying with your friends to begin with.
  5. Offer to Help. Clean up after dinner. Strip your bed. Tidy up the bathroom. All those little things. You would want someone to do in your home. 
  6. Send Thanks. Always, always send a thank you note.

Found

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Hello, dear readers and happy Friday to you! For this week’s found item I wanted to share a product that might just save your life!

For the past year, I have tried to be more mindful of not only what I put in my body but on my body. I was first introduced to Follain last summer when they opened a shop up on the island. Follain {Gaelic for healthy, wholesome, and sound} is a beauty store with a conscience. Tara, owner and founder, believes “ditching your conventional antiperspirant for this clean, healthy and totally effective deodorant is the single most important switch you can make when it comes to health and safety.” And so, this week’s found item is Soapwalla Kitchen’s Citrus Deodorant Cream. And let me tell you, it works. Give it a try and let me know if you agree. And remember, small changes sometimes make the largest impact!

Daily Reads

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It’s Wednesday… two more days till the weekend! How excited are you? To show my excitement, I though I would share with you some of my daily reads. I only hope one day this little blog of mine has the following that these talented ladies do. Endless inspiration indeed.

Camille Styles – Inspired Gatherings + Effortless Style (her book that came out last year is a wonderful too)

The New PotatoThe World Through the Lens of Food (sisters Danielle + Laura Kossan authors this delightful blog and their videos are hilarious and ones I watch frequently when I need an afternoon pick-me-up)

Victoria McGinley – San Francisco based web designer and blogger, Victoria aesthetic is quite similar to mine and thus I’m always getting ideas. She also redesigned Grace Atwood’s  The Stripe… another must read.

Oh So Beautiful PaperA Celebration of All Things Paper (need I say more!)

Should you like these, check out my list from 2012. Still read these too!

Gratitude

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When I read this piece in the Times, a happiness filled my heart. The art of the handwritten thank you note is something I have always loved to send and receive. I have my stepmother to thank for this. After Christmas or a birthday, we weren’t allowed to enjoy a gift until our notes were written. There is something so personal about taking the time to write to that friend or special someone who has gone out of their way for you. And receiving a note in the mail, one of the best feelings. Don’t you agree?

Here are just a few of my favorite thank you cards as of late, for as you know, I love all things paper.

– 1 Canoe 2 is certainly raising in the ranks as one of my go-to stationary sources. The simplicity of this card will make your written words shine.
– Sugar Paper has done it again with this cheery yellow gratitude card. Spot on.
– Of course I am obsessed with these… gold, French and from one of the coolest collaborations.
– The shape of this thank you card also makes me smile.

And as always, know I am thankful for you for stopping by. Needing a little pick-me-up or words of gratitude, drop me a line and perhaps a little something will find its way to you.