This blog chronicles my life as I try to balance healthy lifestyle habits with my husband's penchant for pizza rolls and my daughter's desire to watch iCarly 8 hours a day. It contains a mostly humorous, kind, and somewhat spiritual look at everyday life and the people who live it.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Green Tip Tuesday
Send e-cards and e-gifts.
I know, e-cards have existed for years, but they weren't always that great. Recently though, while looking for a way to connect with my 3 year old niece and celebrate her potty victory, I re-examined http://www.hallmark.com/. Their website has completely changed in the past couple of years. No longer are you stuck with just a few designs with dicey clip-art that appears on the screen while tinny background music plays too loudly or softly in the background. Gone are the days of e-cards that look like a 6 year old got hold of PowerPoint. Now there are many e-cards available, many of them are hilarious, that contain animation, music, and dialogue that will have your recipients laughing and sharing the e-card with others. I went ahead and bought a subscription for $9.95/year. I have already sent about 15 e-cards (which would have cost $.99 each) and plan to send many, many more. I am even considering sending e-cards for Christmas to all my friends and family who have email. I don't know if I can go quite that "green" yet, but I am considering it.
And the e-gift-card options are endless. You no longer have to send a gift card that may get lost in the mail, or not have a proper activation code, or that just ends up in a landfill when the credit has been used. It is a procrastinating environmentalist's dream, I tell you.
Now if only I could convince my puppy-wanting-daughter to get an e-pet instead...