The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: CLOSED ~ Hallmark "Life is a Special Occassion" Review and Giveaway! ENDS 9/18

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Friday, August 26, 2011

CLOSED ~ Hallmark "Life is a Special Occassion" Review and Giveaway! ENDS 9/18

Hallmark is launching a Get Carded Challenge as part of its new Life is a Special Occasion campaign, which encourages all of us to push the “pause” button on the blur of daily life and think about the beauty of unplanned, perfectly imperfect moments we share with those who mean the most to us.

When I was contacted to do this review and giveaway, I almost said no. I am so busy lately that I never ever get to write letters or cards. But I decided to do it. I am so glad I did.

This past week has been really tough on me with the death of my cat Shawn. I was wallowing in my misery and then one day I received a card from an old friend. She had seen my post and sent me a sweet sympathy card and that touched me so much that I cried.

Then I realized that she took the time to go out and buy me a card, write me the sweetest note and then send it and it made my day. It also made me feel so much better about what happened to my precious kitty.

Cards do make a difference. Whether you are sending sympathies, birthday wishes or a simple hello. These little notes can change someones day. It changed mine.

I dug up my Hallmark cards and started writing notes:


This one I sent to my friend in Florida who has breast cancer. She inspires me.


This one I sent to my friend, Maria, who I have not seen in a few years.


This one I sent to my sister, Yvonne, who now lives in Costa Rica and who I miss.


I am sending this one to the Vet's office as a thank you for being so kind to us andmmy baby Shawn during her illness and death.


This one I sent to my cousin.


This last one I sent to my ex-boss. I knew she would love it.

These cards are beautiful, thoughtful and very special. What can you expect from Hallmark but the very best. Do you want to send some of these cards to your friends and family? You can win a pack of these special Hallmark Cards. Just enter to win!

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Tell me who you would send a card to and why.

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Deadline: Sunday, September 18 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners so everyone has a chance to win. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don't have a blog. I need a way to contact you.** Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.





Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

104 comments:

  1. I would send one to my best friend in Ohio whom I haven't seen since moving to Colorado 1 1/2 years ago.
    alsmalu at hotmail.com

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  2. I follow Hallmard on twitter @fhammons
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  3. I follow Hallmark on FB (Fawn Hammons)
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  5. I follow you on twitter @fhammons
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  6. I like you on FB (Fawn Hammons)
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  7. I follow you on GFC (Fawn Hammons)
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  8. I follow you on google reader
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  10. I would send them to a friend who moved to Texas recently.
    lilpinksock31(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. mom gets my card, and it's not even mothers' day!

    she's spent her whole life making sure that i'm ok... so the card i send should be about 22 ft tall and be decorated in emeralds and gold... but alas, my budget dictates hallmark - a close second.. .

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  12. I would send a card to my good college friend I haven't seen in way too long!

    Thanks,
    Laura

    Laurasu82 at yahoo.com

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  13. I like to surprise people at church (especially birthdays and anniversarys). Thank you

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  14. I am following Hallmark on twitter as cluster77. Thank you

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  15. I like Hallmark on facebook. Thank you

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  16. I would send a card to my 15 year old niece who recently had to move across the country and is very homesick.

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  17. tracy cause she is my best friend crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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  18. I would love to send one to my son's great grandma. She is always sending him cards and it would be great if he could send one back.

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  19. I liked Hallmark on Facebook

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  20. I would send one to my friend Chanda for birthdays and Christmas.

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  21. GFC Follower.

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  22. I would send one to my daughter who lives over 3000 miles away

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  23. I follow Hallmark on Twitter~Deb55106

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  25. I like you on Facebook~Deb S

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  26. Follow with GFC

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  27. I would send one to my friend who lives a few states over. It's been a while since we connected and I know she would love the surprise.

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  28. I would send a card to my cousin at college to let him know I am thinking about him!


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  29. http://twitter.com/#!/bobby_2000001
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  30. I liked Hallmark on Facebook.
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  31. I liked your blog on Facebook.
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  32. I subcribed to your feed.
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  33. I follow your blog.
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  34. I'd like to send one to my niece to tell her she's amazing.
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  35. chemmy81 follows Hallmark on Twitter
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  36. I like Hallmark on FB
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  37. I subscribe by email
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  38. chemmy81 follows you on Twitter
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  39. I like you on FB
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  40. I would send one to my neice and her triplets- her husband is in the army and is in Afghanistan. She is having a hard time.

    ejxd95 at gmail dot com

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  41. I'd send a card to my mom, just because!
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  42. Follow Hallmark on twitter (@kcoud33)
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  43. Like Hallmark on FB (Kimberly C)
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  44. EMail subscriber
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  45. Follow you on twitter (@kcoud33)
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  46. Like you on Facebook (Kimberly C)
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  47. Follow you on GFC (Kimberly)
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  48. Follow you on Networked Blogs
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  49. I would send a card to my grandma who still writes all her correspondence and loves to receive mail as well!

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  50. I would send a card to my little sis who lives two states away. :)
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  51. Follow Hallmark on Twitter
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  52. Follow you on Twitter
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  53. I would send a card to a friend overseas. Email is nice, but receiving a card in the mail is a treat...

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  54. My cousin I grew up with as a child is expecting her first,..I am sure she would love to know I think about her all the time! erinnsluka@gmail.com

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  61. I would send cards to all my friends who I havent seen in awhile.

    I am following Hallmark on Facebook and Twitter and following you on GFC.

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  62. I would send one to my sister in law who just had a baby!

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  63. I follow hallmark on twitter!
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  64. I follow you on twitter!
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  65. I would send a card to my best friend who recently moved to Ohio. I don't get to see her anymore :(

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  66. I liked Hallmark on Facebook.

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  67. I would send a thank you to our neighbor who helped my daughter a few weeks ago with a school project when I wasn't home.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  68. I follow hallmark on twitter as kmayans.

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  69. I follow you on twitter as kmayans.

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  70. I follow you on gfc as degood.

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  71. I subscribe to your feed in google reader.

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  72. I would send a card to my grandmother. She's in the hospital and can use all the good thoughts she can get!

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  73. I would send a card to my best friend because he is always there for me.

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  74. GFC follower as Jennifer

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  75. I'd send to my favorite cousin who lives 2,000 miles away. We don't see each other often and she loves getting mail that is not bills.

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  76. though I love social media, there is nothing that compares to getting or giving an unexpected real card in snail mail! I would use these cards to send to some of the soldiers on my mail lists, toa friend fighting cancer, to my best GF, and to my daughter who is going through a hard time with health, finances, and home difficulties. All of these would definitely fit the bill and bring a smile to those who receive them!
    Cathy B
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  77. I would send a card to my sister to congratulate her on her new apartment.

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  78. i would send a wedding card to my friend from High School-she's getting married for the 5th time.
    Diane Baum
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  79. I'd like to send one to my dear old lady friend pat who is 88 yrs old

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  80. Very pretty!
    xcryindrkredx@aol.com
    -Jennifer Di Modica :)

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  81. I always send cards to my grandkids a certain special friends.
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  82. already Subscribe to my blog through email.
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  83. already follow gfc
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  84. I'd like to send a card to my cousin wishing him luck on his job hunt. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  85. I'm a fan on Facebook (Lisa L). tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  86. I'm a Hallmark fan on Facebook (Lisa L). tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  87. I'm an email subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  88. I'm a feed subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  89. I'm a Networked Blogs follower (Lisa L). tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  90. I'm a GFC follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  91. I'd send a card to my BFF just because. No special occasion is needed.

    annettekz2@yahoo.com

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  92. Like Hallmark on FB (Annette E)

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  93. I would send a card to my friend in FL who recently moved out of the neighborhood to a differnet city.

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  94. I would send it to my girlfriend for her upcoming birthday! she loves dogs :D
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  95. I would send a card to my grandma just to let her know I'm thinking about her. She loves cards. Thanks for the giveaway!


    Mallory Nichols
    modest_mal at yahoo dot com

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  96. following Hallmark on Twitter
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    Mallory Nichols
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  97. I like Hallmark on Facebook - Mallory Nichols


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  98. email subscriber


    Mallory Nichols

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