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Happy Easter and Kaló Páscha!

This year is pretty special, as Western Easter and Orthodox Easter fall on exactly the same day (20th of April)! We’ve also got Good Friday just before that, so plenty of reasons to take a couple of days off work and celebrate.

I remember when I was a little kid, Easter was such an exciting time of year for me. My parents and I would attend the church services and when I got home I’d be sent on an Easter egg hunt. I was adamant that it truly was the Easter Bunny hiding lots of little chocolate eggs in my house – Although I never worked out how he got in! Now, Easter is even more important to me because it’s such a far-reaching religious festival.

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Good Friday remembers the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and Easter Sunday is to celebrate his resurrection.

Orthodox Easter also falls on the same day this year, which is pretty exciting. Do you know why there are normally two different dates for these Easter celebrations? Well, Orthodox Easter is determined by the old Julian calendar, whereas Western Easter is determined by the Gregorian calendar. Easter Sunday can actually be any time from March 22 to April 25, depending on when the Paschal full moon is.

Many countries around the world, observe Good Friday as a holiday. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and spend some time with your loved ones.

Make sure you send warm wishes on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, with a religious or Easter themed card. Oh, and don’t forget to eat plenty of chocolate eggs too!

Whichever part of the World you will be celebrating Easter, I hope it’s full of warmth and joy.

April 13, 2014   No Comments

Don’t Let Passover Pass You By!

Starting at sundown on April 14 and running for 8 days, Passover is the biggest and oldest Jewish celebration in the world.

Whether you are Jewish yourself, or have friends and family who will be celebrating, it’s the perfect time to wish peace and health to your loved ones with Happy Passover cards!

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I’ve been part of Passover celebrations in the past and it truly is an incredibly unique religious festival.

Did you know that the reason Jewish people celebrate Passover is to recognize the freeing of their people from slavery, in Ancient Egypt? All of the rituals that take place during these 8 days are so that Jewish people can remember and relive the experiences that their ancestors went through.

Here are some interesting Passover facts that you may not know:

  • Any food containing yeast is not allowed to be eaten during Passover. This is because their ancestors gained freedom so suddenly that they had to pack up all their bread before it was properly made. No bread, pasta, cookies or even soy sauce is allowed during Passover.
  • Parsley dipped in salt water is used to represent the tears shed by slaves in Ancient Egypt. Bitter herbs are also eaten to represent the bitter time experienced.
  • Food and beverage companies make Passover friendly product, that is kosher.

This religious festival may seem somber, but this year it is taking place alongside Humor Month in April!

This month is the perfect time to laugh and make other people laugh, so send some funny cards and share a prank (or two).

Happy Humor Month and Pesach Same’ach!

April 9, 2014   No Comments

Gear Up For A Week of Laughter!

Are you ready to have some fun this week? Well, get ready to roll on the floor in laughter with April Fools’ Day and Laugh Week happening this week!

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I love April Fools’ Day because it is that one time of the year that you can prank someone and not get into trouble.

It’s fascinating to think that this tradition is a centuries-old tradition. It just goes to show that laughter never gets dated! Just take a look at some of the best April Fools’ Day pranks recorded in history.

On April 1 in the 1840s, the Boston Post printed a story that announced a cave full of treasure had been discovered beneath Boston Common! The story claimed that when workmen removed a tree from the Common, it revealed a stone trap-door with a large iron ring set in it. Beneath the door was a stone stairway that led to an underground cave full of treasures, jewels, coins and weapons. Curious seekers rushed to the Commons to view the treasure, only to realize that they’ve been made had by April Fool’s Day!

On April 1 1943, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported that scientists had trained squids to bring them back to shore. Each squid, they reported, could in fact bring in a dozen fish every 30 minutes. And with 100 squids trained, Hawaii would no longer face a shortage of fish. Imagine the disappointment of the Hawaiians when they realised it was just an April Fools’ prank!

Now, you really don’t want to miss out on the fun of this centuries-old tradition. So go on, let’s keep up the laughter and send along funny Happy April Fool’s Day card or prank cards. And if anyone pranks you, don’t let them get away with it and shoot back with a smart reply card.

Don’t forget you can double the fun with a funny video or card for Laugh Week and keep the laughter rolling it for the rest of the entire week!

And if your special someone gets upset with you for pranking them, don’t worry. Great Lovers Day in on April 2, which means you can shower them with love and kisses to make up for it.

Happy April Fools’ Day!

March 30, 2014   No Comments

Double The Love For Mother’s Day!

Here’s a double treat for all mothers out there. This 30th of March is Mother Day! Now, if you’re confused because you thought Mother’s Day was on the second Sunday of May, then you’re in for twice the fun.

March 30 is Happy Mother’s Day in the UK. Which means there’s also another Mother’s Day to celebrate in May!

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Now, if you’ve been following my blog and newsletters for some time, you know that I would jump at any reason to celebrate anything twice.

And I just think it’s fabulous that we all get to celebrate Mother’s Day twice. After all, don’t our moms deserve double the love?

Regardless of if you’re from the UK or if you celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, the good news is that in this modern global world we live in, we can all celebrate Mother’s Day together.

And we can celebrate twice!

So let’s double everything!

Double the flowers! Double the hugs! Double the thank you! And of course, double the love!

Now, for those of you blessed with children, you can also send double the love to the mother of your children.

And with the magic of spring fresh in the air, it’s the perfect moment to tell all the women that play the important role of mothers in our lives how much beauty they have brought to our lives.

One last important note…

If you’re a mother yourself, remember to also appreciate yourself for all that you do. Don’t forget that you are more spectacular than you think. In fact, you are twice more spectacular than you probably give yourself credit for.

And that’s why you have two special Mother’s Days in a year to honor that!

Happy Mother’s Day!

March 24, 2014   No Comments

Can you feel Spring in the air?

With the spring equinox just around the corner, I decided to give my office a bit of a “spring clean” and I was happily surprised at what I found tucked in one of my drawers.

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There in the corner of my top drawer was a handmade Happy Spring card that Donna’s daughter, Emily, had made for me last spring.

The front of the card had a pressed flower, and inside Emily had carefully written in colourful handwriting, “Have a Happy, Super-Duper Spring!”

I couldn’t help but smile. Flowers that make you smile at the beauty of life are what the magic of spring is all about! And it reminded me just how important it was to spread this magic for this coming spring.

I wish I had the artistic streak in me (and the patience) to make pressed flower cards like Emily had done for me. Unfortunately, my clumsy fingers can barely hold a scissors to cut in a straight line.

But that’s not going to stop me from spreading the magic of spring by sending everyone spring ecards!

Doubling the joy this week is also Let’s Laugh Day coming our way on March 19th, just the day before spring equinox. Let’s Laugh Day is a wonderful reminder that no matter how tough things are or how many things you have to do, that you can always have time for a laugh to cheer you up instantly.

Take this chance to spread the cheer and tickle your friends pink with a funny card or video card to make them laugh too.

With the cold winter behind us, it’s time to laugh and celebrate the joyful magic of spring coming back into our lives.

So what are you waiting for? Spread the spring cheer right now.

March 16, 2014   No Comments

Let’s Dream & Go Green!

What dreams do you have? Well, this week is your lucky week for dreams to come true, because it will be Dream Day and you’ll have Irish luck on your side for your dreams to come true with St. Patrick’s Day.

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I had a nice chat with my roommate Adrian recently on our dreams.

We reminisced about the time we met in acting school, back when I thought I had the chops to be an actor. Sometimes, I envy Adrian because he still has it in him to chase his dream – as opposed to me, who’s moved on.

It’s been great to see how Adrian’s career has unfolded since he moved to New York. He’s already acted in some independent films and plays, and his agent is looking to get him some cameo roles for television.

I think Adrian is well on his way to realising his dreams of becoming a great actor. And I’ll be sending him all my good wishes for his dreams to come true.

Do you know anyone who could use good wishes for their dreams to come true? Or perhaps, is there someone special in your heart that you’re dreaming of?

Dream Day is the perfect day to send them a card to tell them that they are in your thoughts!

And what could be better than adding in a little of bit of Irish luck?

With St. Patrick’s Day also happening this week, you send everyone Irish blessings of happiness, good health and good luck for all their dreams to come true.

To make it extra lucky, go green! I sure will be wearing green when I head down to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as they march up 5th Avenue in New York City.

It’s always such a spectacular show. Did you know that the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the world’s oldest and largest parade? The parade marched for the first time more on March 17, 1762. That’s fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a parade happening near you. Because there are still plenty of ways to join the fun and go green with the Luck O’ the Irish!

May the luck of the Irish be with you for all your dreams to come true!

March 10, 2014   No Comments

A Salute To Women Around the World

This Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. The important day celebrates the strength and importance of women in our lives, but did you know that it is also a special symbol of hope and the human spirit to fight for equality?

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The first National Women’s Day in the US was celebrated on February 28th, 1909. That was over a century ago!

It was first declared by the Socialist Party of America after 15,000 women marched through New York city demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights in 1908. What an amazing achievement to kick things off, right?

In 1913, a woman by the name of Clara Zetkin, who was the leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany suggested turning the event into an international one, so that women around the world would unite together on the same day to press for their demands of equality.

And that was how International Women’s Day was born. Since then, the day has become a global day of recognizing and celebrating women worldwide, as well as a platform to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and equality.

I am awed by the history of this special day because it makes me realize just how far women have come in the past century alone. And this only exemplifies the empowerment and strength that lies in every woman!

On this day, we take a moment to salute the women in our lives for the special place they have in our hearts and in this world with Happy Women’s Day wishes.

Gosh, I sure have a lot of Women’s Day cards to send out. Which loved women in your lives are you going to send Women’s Day wishes to? Don’t forget you can make your message extra special by also sending along a Chocolate Cheesecake Day card to put an extra smile on her face!

Speaking of smiles, I owe you an update on the surprise that Aaliyah had for me for last week’s “Share a Smile Day”! Well, it turned out to be an old childhood toy of mine that she found in my mother’s attic when she helped with spring-cleaning.

That sure put a smile on my face! But not as much as simply having these two amazing women in my life and in my heart.

So here’s to my mother, Aaliyah, and all the other special women in my life that I am honoured to call my friend: Happy Women’s Day!

March 3, 2014   No Comments

Hi Mom!

Sorry for the late update this week. I’ve been traveling this week and didn’t find the time earlier to update you on the happy happenings. You see, Aaliyah and I visited my parents back in my hometown, just to say hi to them. After all, it is going to be Say Hi to Mom Day soon!

It really was nice to take the time off from work just to spend time with my parents and we had a wonderful time. I was so happy to be greeted by the wafting smells of my favorite home baked apple pie when I walked through the front door.

Aww Mom, you are the best!

Of course, all mothers are the best! So be sure to tell your mom that she is the best mom in the world with a card just to say, “Hello Mom!” on “Say Hi to Mom Day” on Wednesday March 5th.

When we arrived back in New York, I decided to pamper Aaliyah and I after the long travel. So I booked a romantic dinner for two at a Michelin star restaurant on Monday, 3rd of March to celebrate “I Want You to Be Happy Day”.

Aaliyah is over the moon in anticipation, and I’m happy to make her happy!

In return, she tells me that has a surprise in store for me on “Share a Smile Day” on March 1. I can’t wait to find out what it is.

How are you going to surprise your loved ones for Share a Smile Day and I Want You to be Happy Day? Don’t forget to also make your mother smile and bring happiness her way by sending her a cheerful greeting on Say Hi to Mom Day!

So keep smiling and stay happy, my friends. Do tune in next week to find out the surprise that Aaliyah has in store for me on “Share a Smile Day”! I can’t wait to find out what it is and tell you.

February 28, 2014   No Comments

The Season Of Love Isn’t Over Yet!

I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day filled with love last week.

Don’t put away the February flowers and chocolates just yet, because the season of love isn’t over yet. The month of February has a lot more love and romance in store for us. And I’m about to go nuts with love.

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Well, let me begin by telling you that I had an amazing Valentine’s Day and weekend. And it’s not just sharing the celebration of love with the love of my life Aaliyah. It was also spending quality time over the weekend with the friends and family I love.

What could be a better way to celebrate love than that?

So I’m super excited that I get to continue celebrating love this week. Why? Because it’s International Friendship Week, and International Friendship Day is happening this Thursday, on February 16!

I’ve already written down a list of names of friends who live abroad, and on Thursday, I’ll be sending each and every one of them International Friendship Day e-cards, just to let them know that I have not forgotten about them during this season of celebrating love.

By the way, many of my international friends were friends I met during my college years. And gosh, those were the crazy, carefree days of the student lifestyle.

That reminds me, one of the things we enjoyed doing during those college years was going absolutely crazy on Temporary Insanity Day, which is actually happening this Wednesday, on February 19. I would tell you some of the stuff we got up too, but I wouldn’t want to embarrass myself.

I am however going to enjoy going insane with sending wild and whacky Temporary Insanity Day ecards to remind my friends of the good old days, and also remind them that we can still be young and crazy at heart. I think you should do the same too, because everyone deserves to enjoy temporary craziness!

Alright, one last thing to mention before I go nuts;

If you missed out on sending flowers for Valentine’s Day, don’t’ worry. Thank goodness we have the blooms of February flowers, so you can still put a smile on someone’s face with a beautiful bouquet.

All right, over and out, I’m gonna go nuts with love now!

February 17, 2014   No Comments

Fresh Valentine Ideas!

The biggest day to celebrate love is just around the corner this week: Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re stuck for fresh Valentine’s Day ideas, I did a quick little survey amongst my friends, asking them about their sweetest Valentine’s Day. Take a look to get some fresh Valentine ideas.

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As an aspiring actor, Adrian loves creative forms of expression. His sweetest Valentine memory was when his girlfriend wrote a Valentine’s Day poem for him. “It was creative and not just an ‘I love you’ ecard, you know? It was extra special,” he mused.

Are you feeling poetic? If so, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our selections of special Valentine’s Day poems and quotes to tell your special someone “I love you” in a creative way!

Next up is Kate, the hopeless romantic! I wasn’t at all surprised when she couldn’t pick which Valentine’s Day was the sweetest, because they were all hopelessly romantic!

I finally got her to pick one, which she then described as the sweetest Valentine’s Day gift because “the big bouquet of roses and life-size teddy bear just sent my heart over the moon”.

It just goes to show that a classic bouquet of roses will always melt hearts. And who doesn’t love teddy bears? So why not make Valentine’s Day extra special by also sending a big hug on Hug Day this 13th of February?

Last, I decided to ask Rick for his favourite Valentine’s Day. I was surprised with the vulnerable reply that came from this macho motor-head, “No bells and whistles you know. Just me and her by the beach, having a real heart-to-heart. Best night of my life.”

And that’s what Valentine’s is all about; it’s about the heart to heart connection that we share. So don’t forget to also send the special person in your life a Heart to Heart day ecard this 14th of February.

Have a lovely, romantic Valentine’s Day everyone!

February 10, 2014   No Comments