Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dayspring Review and Giveaway!


One of my goals for 2012 is to send more handwritten notes.  I used to do this a lot, you know in the days before kids, the days when you had time to sit in the card aisle and look at every single card and pick the perfect one.  Now I feel like my card picking time consists of going straight to the 99 cent cards and grabbing one that doesn't look too cheesy or juvenile.  Real personal, right?

So when I saw that the girls over at InCourage and DaySpring were looking for some folks to review some cards for them I thought what a better time to get my new goal on track and go!  I used to work at a Christian Bookstore when I was in high school and I remember I loved looking at all the DaySpring cards we had.  When no one was in the store and I had a chance to just browse, I would always make my way to the card aisle and read all the cards there.  A lot of my paycheck went right back to the store each month!  I remember thinking back then, "wow, they really know how to say it."  And I have to tell you that 10 years later {yikes, old moment!} they still know how to say it!  Sometimes the best cards are the ones you don't even have to write anything in, because the card expresses your thoughts and feelings so well.

The pack of cards that I chose to review {Simply Marvelous} I feel like do just that...they express wonderful thoughts, emotions, and sayings.  Nothing about them is corny, or Chriastianeese...they are truly wonderful.  They are something I would feel comfortable sending to people who are not followers of Jesus or who are just starting out on their spiritual journey, something those recipients would enjoy reading and they would not feel pressure or guilt.       


So along with the card review we are supposed to say who we are going to send some of the cards to.  This for me was a no brainer for the first one.  Two years ago Eric and I went to a church planting assessment out in Oregon and we had a marvelous time.  Since then I have wanted to write the sweet couple that runs the program we went through.  Honestly, I have just not taken the time to just sit and write them.  But now I am going to send them a beautiful Thank You card courtesy of DaySpring.  Another card I will be sending is to a great friend whose birthday is at the end of the month, she is turning the Big 3-0!  And lastly, I am going to send a card to the kindest person I know, Liz.  She is the most generous and sweetest person you will ever meet.  She remembers your birthday, anniversary, and other special dates in your life, and she always sends a card saying "thinking of you."  So I want to return the favor for the last 13 years, and tell her I am thinking about her.

I can't wait to get started!  And the wonderful people at DaySpring also sent a card organizer in the box.  The organizer is so sturdy, and pretty!  I can actually see myself using it and being prepared each month with birthday, anniversary, and just because cards.
Now here is where your day can be brightened...DaySpring has been awesome enough to give one of my readers a $20.00 credit to purchase some awesome stuff from them!  How great is that?!  So to enter the giveaway just simply...
-leave a comment on this post
And if you want to...
-Blog about this giveaway, then come back leaving another comment saying you did that!
-Go to the DaySpring website and check out their cool cards and come back telling me which ones you would choose
-Leave a comment telling me 3 people you would send a card to  

The giveaway will be open until midnight {cst} on Sunday, January 22.  The winner of the $20 DaySpring credit will be announced Monday morning!  Good luck!

{I was not monetarily compensated by DaySpring or InCourage for my review, all opinions and views expressed are completely my own.}

14 comments:

HappyascanB said...

What fun! I worked in a Hallmark store in high school, so I totally get what you're saying about loving to brouse the cards and then spending most of your paycheck there!!

HappyascanB said...

I love the Show Offs Art - Whimsy cards on their website!

HappyascanB said...

Am I doing this right? Separate comments for each entry?

I'd send a card to:

Tim's Grandmother
My Best Bud
A sweet friend who's had a really rough week...

Holly said...

Great giveaway! And I so should send more handwritten notes. It's always nice to receive a little something in the mail

Dawn said...

I remember the days of browsing through cards to find the perfect one.. and now, I'm right there with ya with rushing through it. I must say, I do miss the days when we could pass notes at school, write letters to our friends and actually pick up the phone and make a call other than sending text messages and emails.

Katie E said...

Handwritten notes are the best. When I worked at camp, my mom and grandmother sent handmade notes to me all summer. I used to buy a separate card for every occasion. Now, I buy packs of blank cards and turn them into whatever I need, plus it gives me more room to write. Glad you're enjoying your cards, and I hope it helps you with your goal.

Randi said...

What a wonderful giveaway, thanks for the chance!!

randi.amoderndayfairytale@gmail.com

Randi said...

I would probably choose the Pastel Greeting Card Organizer and 40 All Occasion Cards, so I'd have cards for all occasions:)

Randi said...

I'd send cards to my mom and my two best friends.

Kelly said...

I love Dayspring cards! I'm just like you, and sent lots of cards before I had kids. I really want to get back into it though.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Oh, the cards are so cute! I love DaySpring...such wonderful cards and other items too...always encouraging. Thanks for the opportunity!!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

I would send a card to:

A couple friends who need some encouragement.
My brothers' father, who just had open heart surgery.
One of my dearest friends, who needs a little love right now.

librarydragon said...

I love sending birthday csrds to the ladies at my church! I know it brightens my day to receive a card in the old mailbox!

Rachel said...

How fun! I love Dayspring cards!! What an awesome giveaway! :)