Life Is A Special Occasion – Giveaway from Hallmark

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Hallmark has a fun new campaign called, “Life Is A Special Occasion”.  Celebrate the perfectly imperfect moments of your life!

There are beautiful moments to treasure every day – we just need to open our eyes and see them.  They may not be what we traditionally think of as “Hallmark Moments” – our hair might not be brushed, our clothes unwrinkled, our house clean.  But they are true Hallmark moments, when one heart touches another.

I had the opportunity to meet some employees of Hallmark and hear some stories of what it’s like to work for Hallmark.  Kevin Hosley, a photographer for Hallmark told us that people prefer photos on cards not to show a person’s face.  It makes it challenging!  By using backlighting, shadows, silhouettes, and props like books and coffee cups, bloggers tried to create a card photo.

Molly Wigand, a Hallmark writer in Hallmark’s Humor Works Studio, shared a writing exercise that was fun for all of us to try.  She gave us each an envelope with random words and we had to write a blog post using the three words!  Mine were whisper, snowflake and gift.  That has to be Christmas morning, right?

Seeing the new Hallmark recordable storybooks, and interactive story buddy was fun too!  I have several recordable storybooks and they will all be holders of treasured memories.  The first one I tried was, “The Night Before Christmas”.  We celebrate Christmas Eve with my parents, so we used the opportunity to record a page each of this wonderful story.  Last year, we had that keepsake to play again and remember.  I look forward to making that a part of our Christmas Eve tradition as long as I can, and then passing it on to my daughter.

I have always loved Hallmark – the cards, the movies, even the commercials touch my heart.  In a challenging world where communications are changing literally at the speed of light, Hallmark continues to give us products that enrich our lives!

As part of the “Life Is A Special Occasion” campaign, Hallmark is asking us all to take a “Technology Time Out”.  Take a time to turn off the computers, tv, smartphones and just enjoy being with each other.  Rosie was home today, recovering from strep throat and pink eye, so we took some “Technology Time Out” to make frosting butterflies.  I’d never made Royal Icing before, but we gave it a try.  It didn’t work, it’s harder than it looks, but we had fun trying.  Here’s a picture of her making the frosting.  It as a perfectly, imperfect moment for us!

Enjoying a perfectly, imperfect "Technology Time Out" because Life IS a Special Occasion!

I’m happy to be able to share some of the goodies that Hallmark gave me at the event!  A Hallmark “Life Is A Special Occasion” Gift Pack including:

  • Large T-Shirt
  • Bug ‘Em Ladybug Plush – with clips and pouches to hold cards and goodies for someone you love.
  • Assortment of 4 Cards
Easy to enter – just leave me a comment about a perfectly, imperfect moment in your life.  The winner will be chosen by, no pressure to write like Hemingway!

Open to US residents only.

Giveaway ends Oct 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.

The winner will be chosen by and notified by email. The winner must respond within 48 hours of the notification email, or another winner will be chosen. See my Giveaway Rules page for further information.

Good luck!

Disclosure:  All opinions included in this post are my own, unless otherwise stated.  In accordance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing a material connection because I attended a Hallmark event and received products for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  


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    My “perfectly imperfect” moment was at our wedding when my husband couldn’t get the ring on my finger. Imperfect – but very perfect :)

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    My 17 yr old daughter & I go everywhere practically & one day at one of her after school meetings that I picked her up from, an assistant principal had introduced himself & said, “oh & this must be your sister”, speaking of me, but my daughter was so offended & said “yeah right!”
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    Leanna Morris says:

    Perfectly imperfect moments are when my 4-yr old granddaughter makes a sarcastic comeback, like “yeah, right”, then runs up and gives me a hug!

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    When my husband asked me to marry him would be my moment that was perfectly imperfect. We had been dating for 1 1/2 years and I didn’t think he was going to ask me ever so I was in the process of breaking up with him when he asked me and told me that 3 months from now he had a romantic plan in place to ask me on the beach, well I ruined that :) But I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We have been happily married for almost 10 years and going strong.

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    A few years ago my daughter was in the hospital a lot. It was getting close to Christmas and we decided to get the Christmas tree. She was pretty weak, and couldn’t participate in decorating the tree but I laid her on the couch, turned on the music and She smiled and laughed as her brother and I decorated the tree. We sang her songs. It was great. I was so happy we got to have that day, as she went back in the hospital 2 days later and was there through mid January. It was our perfectly imperfect Christmas.
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    Audrey Griffis says:

    one of our imperfect moments even though we have many funny ones – last week when picking up my daughter from school her teachers was talking about how nice it is to have automatic doors in our van and added that she liked that feature in her own van until it pooped out- my daugher started lauging so hard at what we call potty talk that i thought she was goign to pee her pants- kind of embarissing but we all got a good laugh

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    When my oldest was about 3 we went as a family to garage sales. My husband was in need of a lawn mower and found a good deal at a sale. Well, we got back into the car and were talking about the steal we got my daughter says, “UMMMM daddy you aren’t suppose to steal.” Needless, to say we had our chuckle and then had to explain to the 3 year old what we meant by the phrase.

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    The perfectly perfect moment was when my daughter was born. I have four kids…and the deliveries were all memoriable in their own way…but her delivery was special. I had no drugs and it was so managable and beautiful. I was able to actually kinda enjoy her delivery and see her be born.
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    Heather W says:

    Perfectly imperfect moments are when the chicken doesn’t thaw in time for dinner, so we have to order pizza
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    Debbie jackson says:

    the birth of our son which had alot of stress and difficulties but a wonderful result without damaging him

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    Thank you for the chance! My perfectly imperfect moments are road trips with my family. We get on each others nerves sometimes, petty fights and annoyances, but we always have the best times of our lives TOGETHER and love spending time with each other on vacation (it’s a lot like the rest of our lives too!)

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    I would say one was when we had our daughter and her boyfriend over for dinner and my husband called him the old boyfriend’s name.

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    The Southern Fried Bride says:

    My moment was when my new husband and I were driving to our new home across the country and we ran into a storm 100 miles out but just as we got to ur new hometown, the storm passed over.

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    Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    My Perfectly imperfect moment is when I forget my mom and step-dad’s anniversary just about every year. I know when it is but I seem to forget.

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    Ruth Curtis says:

    My perfectly imperfect “moments” happened continually during a trip with my daughter to Niagra Falls in Canada, New York City and Hershey Pennsylvania. In Niagra Falls she lost the car keys and we spent a couple frantic hours wondering if we were going to be stranded in a foreign country before finally finding them. In New York City, we got there later in the day than planned and didn’t get to sightsee like we wanted to. After we left Hershey, on our way back home to Indiana, the car broke down and we had to leave in a small town and have my other daughter come and pick us up the next day! We can laugh about it now, not then!

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    amanda l h says:

    My moment was at my wedding when I couldn’t stop giggling. Call it nerves!

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    sherri crawford says:

    childbirth = yucky and wonderful at the same time

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    Amy Orvin says:

    A perfectly imperfect moment in my life was recently when my mom and I had a fight just before she had to go into the hospital. I was so ashamed and felt guilty. We made up on the phone that same night though.

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    When I gave birth to my daughter, it was amazing (though not perfect!). I gave birth at home with a midwife, and though I lost a lot of blood and things were a little touchy at times, it was perfect! I would not have done it any other way!
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    Cori Greene says:

    my perfect/imperfect moment is every time I leave my sister’s house and my neice begs me to stay and play. I hate to see her sad, but I love to know she loves me.

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