Hallmark Personalized Announcements Review & Giveaway

You know what’s pretty much the picture of insanity? Committing yourself to sending out birth announcements right after, you know, having a baby. Like anyone really has the time or the brain cells to order the cards, address the envelopes, buy the stamps and get them in the mailbox all while dealing with a newborn who’s likely not sleeping and is eating around the clock.

And yet, it’s something I know many of us do, or at least intend to do before our new family additions turn 6 months old. I recall it being quite a headache after Kendall was born, but I was itching to share his picture and announcement with our circle of the world.

(I’m just going to admit, it’s possible *some* people got cards with bits of baby puke dried on them… possibly. We’ll just call them scratch and sniff announcements in FRESH! NEWBORN SMELL!)

This time around, it was much easier thanks to Hallmark.com. I was able to upload Leyna’s beautiful newborn pictures (taken by Jessica Marchetti Photography), customize an announcement, and order in less than 45 minutes.

I love that I was even able to add a bonus picture on the back!

Hallmark.com also offers the option of uploading your addresses from your computer’s address book to have the announcements sent directly to your recipients, but I will say that process was not easy for me, as a Mac user. It wasn’t a big deal, though, since I just stuffed the announcements in the envelope with our family New Years cards (because family holiday cards SOOOO weren’t happening last year).

The quality of the cards is great. The colors are vibrant and the paper is sturdy. And the prices are reasonable, too. The version I used above was only .99 a card since I ordered 80. Note that if you are having them mail the cards for you, you will obviously have to pay for postage. (However, right now they have a deal for free stamps on the cards they address for you until 6/19 with code FREESTAMPS)

Hallmark wants to give a $50 credit to one of you to use on Hallmark.com! All you have to do to enter is:

1. Tell me what you would like to announce- a baby, a birthday party, a graduation? (Don’t worry, we won’t hold you to it if you win.)

For additional entries:

2. Follow me on Twitter @BabyRabies
3. Like me on Facebook

I’ll choose the winner with Random.org Tuesday, April 19th. Remember I moderate comments, so if you don’t see yours right away, give me some time to approve it. Please enter a new comment for each entry. Good luck!

**Disclosure- Hallmark provided the birth announcements to me at no charge. I’m not paid for this review. All opinions are my own.

  • Jamie - 1st birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - My daughter’s second birthday! She turns 2 in July. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - I follow @babyrabies on twitter {@auphelia}ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - I like Baby Rabies on FB (account is under my e-mail submitted here)ReplyCancel

  • Donella C. - I’d like to send out birth announcements in August for the baby boy we are expecting (Benjamin). πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Evans - Birth announcement of our little girl (plus proud big bro!!) due at the end of May πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Donella C. - Oh, and I also “like” Baby Rabies on facebook. I’ll probably be the only Donella you see.ReplyCancel

  • alexandra smith - I like baby rabies on facebookReplyCancel

  • mrshiggison - I would almost certainly get invites for my middle daughter’s birthday. Like Ms. Leyna she’s a holiday baby and it’s tough to find cute invites withOUT Xmas decor!ReplyCancel

  • alexandra smith - I could use this for 3rd b’day announcements or engagement announcements. Depends on if I’m feeling selfish or not.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - We have a baby due and we are building a house so I would love to announce the birth or our new address – just depends on which one gets done first!ReplyCancel

  • mrshiggison - I tweeted:)ReplyCancel

  • sabrina - I’d use it for birth announcements for our new baby girl!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn - The announcement of out adoption when it happens.ReplyCancel

  • sabrina - I follow you on twitter (vintagejustice1)ReplyCancel

  • sabrina - I follow you on facebookReplyCancel

  • JoAnn - I follow on twitter @josiecroixReplyCancel

  • Karen S. - I would use them for my daughter’s first birthday party!ReplyCancel

  • Karen S. - I follow you on twitter.ReplyCancel

  • Karen S. - I like you on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - We have a new baby in the way!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Oh. And I follow You on twitter and facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley - Graduation! (Or more likely give the certificate to one of my pregnant friends for their birth announcements.)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley - I follow you on TwitterReplyCancel

  • Hayley - I have liked Baby Rabies on FacebookReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I’d use the credit for announcing our daughter’s birth…when she makes her appearance in June.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I follow you on Twitter.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I like you on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Jules - Brady’s 3 year old birthday party in June!ReplyCancel

  • Jules - and you know I follow you on twitter = )ReplyCancel

  • Jules - and like you /babie rabies on FB tooReplyCancel

  • Jules - hmmm, totally ignore babie – should be baby. see this is what happens when you have four kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kim M - I would love to announce the birth of Baby #2 due in a few weeks! (just don’t tell Baby #1 because he didn’t have an announcement lol)ReplyCancel

  • Kim M - I like you on FB!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Hmm. Announcements. A karate school, I guess? πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - I also follow you on Twitter!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - And I like you. On Facebook and in life.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - My son’s 2nd birthday party!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - I already like you on FB.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Our little guy is due any day now, so birth announcements would be fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Aaaaaaand I already follow you on twitter!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I want to announce my baby’s first birthday party.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I like you on facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Boimel - My baby girl’s (ok not so much a baby anymore) 1st birthday party!ReplyCancel

  • Marissa - I’d love to announce my son’s birth! he was born a week before Leyna.ReplyCancel

  • Angelene - I would use the announcements for the birth of my second daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - I’d like to announce the birth of my second son!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - I follow you on TwitterReplyCancel

  • Victoria - I like you on FacebookReplyCancel

  • Michelle Ellis - I would use them for our birth announcements! Just three more weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - I would love to announce the birth of our second child, due June 5th!ReplyCancel

  • Toni - I would love to announce the birth of our 2nd baby in November!ReplyCancel

  • Toni - I follow you on Twitter @tonilb16.ReplyCancel

  • Toni - I “like” you on FB.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I would *hopefully* use them on baby shower invites. Been doing clomid and IUI and in the 2 week wait! Ugh.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I follow you on Twitter (michelleball)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I “like” you on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • sara m - Baby Baby Baby! Our second is due June 6th and I can’t imagine getting them done, yet love browsing for designs and stuff. So exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I’d love to announce that I (and our family) have survived me going back to work after the birth of our second baby girl! ((This all takes places on Monday)) So, in a few weeks I hope that we’ve survived!ReplyCancel

  • meghan - For my two girls 1st and 3rd birthday party. They were born 2 yeras and 11 days apart. So joint party it is.ReplyCancel

  • meghan - follow on twitterReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - My big boy is about to turn two! Party time!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - I follow on twitter πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - I like on fb πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I would use them to announce when our little boy gets to be a big brother πŸ™‚ Hopefully soon!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I also follow you on Twitter.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie C. - I would use it for my 2nd baby due in November!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie C. - twitter followerReplyCancel

  • Tracy - I’d like to send out Easter cards and show our family how adorable out little one is this spring!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Liked on FB!ReplyCancel

  • Heather S - I actually just had a baby today that we’d love to announce!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - I would love to give this as a gift/donation to my roomate who is due to have her baby anyday now! My daughter is 4 months old, so I think I’m a little late for an annoucement, but would love to take photos for her and make an announcement through hallmark πŸ™‚ …like you said- what new mom really has time for all of that πŸ˜‰ Would be nice to help a friend!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - definitely baby announcement. #2 is due Dec 2!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - I would use them to make baptism announcements/invites for Owen.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - I like you. On Facebook. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • lindsay - I would like to announce my 2nd son’s birth!ReplyCancel

  • lindsay - I “like” you on fb.ReplyCancel

  • Ava - I would announce the birth of our 3rd child this summer!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - I would use them to announce the birth of our baby boy due June 5th!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - I would use it for my little girl’s first birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - I follow you on twitterReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I would order birth announcements for baby #2 coming via c-section May 27th πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I stalk you on TwitterReplyCancel

  • Amanda - & I loooove you on FB πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Noah - I would announce an upcoming birth.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - My daughter is due any day now, this would be perfect to announce her birth. =)ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - I LIKE you on FB.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - I follow on TwitterReplyCancel

  • SN - How about a birthday announcement!?!ReplyCancel

  • SN - I follow on twitter! TWEET TWEET!ReplyCancel

  • Joseph - I would use these to share the joy of my child coming to the world!ReplyCancel

  • Joe - I love these announcements! Perfect for a birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - I’d love to announce our new son, born 2/17! There’s still time, right?ReplyCancel

  • Krista - I follow you on twitter.ReplyCancel

  • Krista - and I like you on FB.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - I like you on FacebookReplyCancel

  • Tiffany M - I need some party invitations for my baby girls first birthday next month!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany M - I like you on FB!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany M - I follow you on Twitter!ReplyCancel

  • Karla - I still haven’t done announcements for our 2nd, born Dec. 18…. this might be a good idea!ReplyCancel

  • Karla - I like you on fbReplyCancel

  • Karla - I follow you on twitterReplyCancel

  • Jenni - I would announce the birth of my second baby, who is due at the end of August. The card you picked out is gorgeous by the way.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - I follow you on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Hmmm…. I could still send out birth announcements??? Matthew is 5 1/2 months old… I just figured it was too late, but I feel bad I never did it since I did for James. So…. Birth announcements! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Annnd…. I follow you on twitter. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Annnnnnnnnd…… I also “like” you on fb. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - I would love some invites for my little man’s 1st bday!ReplyCancel

  • sadye - I wish it was a birth announcement, but I think it will likely be my sons 2nd bday.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I would use these to announce my cousins first baby or my graduation. Also, I liked you on facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - I’d LIKE to announce a baby. If I can ever get pregnant…ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - And I just liked you on facebook πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - I would announce the birth of our first baby!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I would announce my daughter’s arrival!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - ..and I like you on FB!ReplyCancel

  • nanann - I’d love to use them for all sorts of random things I’m sure — birthday cards, Happy random holiday, etc. Looks like great fun!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I would love to announce the birth of my second daughter in June!ReplyCancel

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