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:
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.