Spank You Very Much

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(These are some cards I made in the past! The “You Are a Gem” is a free download here!)

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. Gratitude, obviously, comes in lots of different forms. But I want to talk about one SPECIFIC form right this minute, and that is: the snail mail THANK YOU card.

I used to be SO GOOD at sending thank you notes. It’s something I was raised to believe is doctrine. YOU SEND A THANK YOU NOTE. My mom and my sister BOTH send thank you notes PROMPTLY after I do anything for them or send them the smallest gift! But as my family, business, and thanks that are due have grown, my sanity, time, and will power have not. And I’ve been seriously slacking in the “thank you” card department.

And this is how it started:

Three years ago I heard a woman speak at a conference. She was talking about happiness and how your time is limited. She was saying that you shouldn’t waste your time doing things you THINK you have to do. As an example she mentioned that she did not require her children to write thank you notes. When she said this I was sincerely APPALLED. Haha, as if she had just confessed she bought crack for her kids.

But the rest of her message was so uplifting and convincing, that I understood what she meant. She said that she encouraged her children to be grateful and say “thank you” for gifts, but her time and their time was limited. She explained that she didn’t feel like the practice of writing out a letter for them, or forcing them to write one, was ultimately making them a better person and/or worth the time. I think her stance was that a thank you letter was more about seeming grateful than actually being thankful.

It’s funny because I’m not sure I really agree with that stance, and yet, after I heard it I started kind of letting myself off the hook about missing some thank you letters here and there. I try to always SAY thank you, or send a text or email. But the signed, sealed, and delivered letters have gotten fewer and father between.

And sometimes, I intend on sending a thank you card, so I don’t do a text or email, and then I forget the card, and then I’m just an ungrateful jerk! Even though I had the best intentions.

And I have noticed, that when I receive a thank you letter, I’m always honered and pleased, but that I read it quickly, say, “that was nice” and then toss it. GASP. I hate admitting that. ha. But you know what I mean right? The real joy is in GIVING the gift. So does a “thank you” text or email do the job?

I think part of the reason you send a “thank you” is to let the other person know the gift was received right? And a text or email accomplish that.

So, with all this said, after Gigi’s birthday last year, I didn’t send out thank you notes for her gifts. And I haven’t written “thank yous” for quite few gifts I’ve been given. And you know what, I FEEL HORRIBLE ABOUT IT. HAHA.

So, for me, personally, I’ve decided is SCREW IT. I want to be the type of person who sends thank you notes again. It doesn’t take THAT much time, and if I can afford my diet soda addiction I can afford stamps right?

So I’d like to formally apologize for any gift you have given me and not been adequately thanked for, and also say, THANK YOU!

But I’m SUPER interested, sincerely, on hearing your thoughts about this? Do you send thank you notes? Do you care if you receive them? Are you pissed at me I didn’t send you one?!

For me it comes down to what writing a thank you note does TO ME. It forces me to take time out to be grateful, and acknowledge a good thing that has happened in my life. And I think I need more of that. But I’m not trying to say that you do. I just really want to know what you think!

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In other news I got this stamp from Pick Your Plum that I got to customize. I think it was intended for initials, but I made it say, “YOU ARE DA BOMB” cause that’s what I could spell with two alphabets and the limited space. I’ve been stamping it on EVERYTHING and loving it.

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And these are my pony cards I talked about in How to be Awesome Part 1! I FOUND THEM! Ha! But really, they should read, “The pony THAT daddy never got you.” Because people were always asking, “Who’s the pony-daddy?” Bah.

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Oh and that’s Gigi in my office. I love how wild her hair is. Also I’m afraid of trying to tame it so, I’ve learned to love it.

Ok! Thoughts on thank yous?! Let’s hear it!

xo
Alison

How to be awesome Part 3: Don’t Poison Your Well!

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Hello friends! Are you feeling awesome?

No, but seriously, on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being “I feel like crap” and 10 being “I feel AWESOME.” Whatcha at?

Currently I’m at a 7. But like 4 hours ago I’d say I was at a 1. Hahaha. Well my goal is by the end of this 3rd video, you can MAYBE be up to at least a 7, or well on your way to a 10. So let me know!

This is the 3rd installment of my How to Be Awesome series! If you’ll recall How to Be Awesome Part 1 was: Getting Started! and Part 2 was: Put Your Goals Before Your Pride.

Part 3 is: Don’t Poison Your Well!

In this video I talk about how in college I started thinking of myself as this well. It had a lot to do with creativity and my ideas, but I’d notice that when I didn’t take time to refill my well I’d have like, a breakdown. Well lately I’ve been noticing how often I poison my well, so I talk about common ways I think we all poison our wells, how to STOP THAT and ways to make sure your well, or person, is full of so much good clean water that you are flushing that poison out.

It’s going to be fun! Eric also made me film a dramatization that I put in this video as well. Haha! So here you go!

I love you and I hope you will report on your awesome homework! I’m not doing a giveaway on my youtube channel for completing it this time, but I think I’m going to do one on Instagram! And then maybe next time on my blog. So check IG for that ( @thealisonshow )

Happy weekend!
xo,
Alison

Attack of the Killer Pineapple

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I have a fun project I’m working on with my friend Kimmy (her charts have nothing to do with the project, she just doesn’t have a blog), and we were totally inspired by all the fun pineapple stuff we’ve been seeing! Isn’t it funny how something like, “the pineapple” can be so hot right now?

It reminds me of that scene in “Never Been Kissed” when Drew Barrymore, who has posed as a high school student, starts telling her co-workers what’s cool…”It’s all about horseshoes this season!”

Haha. There aren’t TONS of things yet…but mark my words pineapples will be sprouting up more and more in the mainstream. These are just a few of the pineapple and pineapple inspired things I found that are awesome!

1. Pineapple Shirt: This is a men’s shirt from Forever 21, Mr. Mimi Knowles, always styled by the fab Miss Tara Brooke, was wearing it for the Boyz II Men concert and I’m going to have to go get it for myself!

2. Pineapple Lemonade Heels: I just don’t force myself to wear heels enough to make these practical, but man they are cute!

3. Pineapple Shades: You always look cooler in sunglasses.

4. Busy Busy I-pad case: All of Shop Ban.do’s new line is CRAZY-SAUCE awesome. I love the pops of pineapple yellow!

5. Pineapple Necklace: I found this SUPER FUN esty seller ILC Tropics with the cutest acrylic jewlrey. I love acrylic jewlrey and these neons are perfect for spring in summer.

6. Pineapple tote: You can always count on Forever 21 to help you find a trendy trend on the cheap. I do love this lil $4 bag!

And I can’t mention pineapples without brining up the FABULOUS Studio DIY, she’s been turning things (and herself) into pineapples all year long. Haha. You can see ALL her Pineapple projects here! She’s too fabulous.

What do you think? You wanna rock it? Have I convinced you? If not no doubt my upcoming project will. MUHAHAHA. Love your guts.

Do you guys like stuff like this on the blog? Random round-ups? Why do you read my blog? Do you? Hahaha! Give me some blog direction? I need do to like a survey. Bah!

xo
Alison

Life Lessons I Learned from a Boyz II Men Concert I Attended…Last Week

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How cute is this little pendant! It’s a collaboration I did with Sharp Tooth Studio and I think it’s super applicable to some revelations I just had! Yes, while getting dooooooown with the Boyz.

Last Thursday I attended a Boyz II Men concert. I was expecting a good excuse to wear some acid wash jeans, buy new hoop earrings, and grind up on my hubby, but I was totally not expecting to get all emotional and learn some life lessons! Haha.

I wrote an essay about it, because I’m a huge dork, right here:

Life Lessons I Learned from a Boyz II Men Concert I Attended…Last Week

I hope you enjoy it!

In other news, Happy St. Patrick day friends! I hope you wear something green, eat some corn beef and cabbage and have a wonderful day!

xo
Alison

Beautiful Butterfly Birthday Cake

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Remember how I said I couldn’t decide how to decorate this cake?

Well this was maybe cake #3 of 5. Haha. And it was SO easy to do! I came up with a fun little trick to make the butterflies look like they were floating!

These gorgeous butterfly stickers were part of my package for the 12 Months of Martha challenge (I’m sent a box of supplies every other month and challenged to see what I come up with!)

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Before placing them on the cake I just gave them a slight fold, I didn’t worry about removing the foam adhesive or the fact that they were not edible, because, I mean, this isn’t Cake Boss.

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I thought the cake looked pretty just like that, but I also thought it would be fun for the butterflies to FLY! For the cake topper I rummaged through my kitchen until I found a clear plastic lid! A water bottle, or an old package would work, but I, of course, had these little baby food lids in abundance.

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I just trimmed them into a quarter inch strip, then stuck the butterfly sticker to the lid! You could do as few…

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Or as many as you like.

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If you have a butterfly lover in your life, go ahead and make their day!

I have two more versions of this cake! Haha so just, brace yourself.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. To see ALL of my 12 Months of Martha ideas, go here!

xo
Alison

Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.