During the event, we had the chance to meet a number of Hallmark employees and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what they do. A lot of thought and emotion goes into Hallmark cards- they're definitely the result of hard work! As the writers shared, I could see how much they loved their job and love bringing a smile or comfort to someone's life through their work. One of the people we met has been writing greeting cards for 30 years- that's a really creative mind, right there, to constantly be coming up with new ideas for that long!
And Hallmark put us to work as well. We all shared what it is that we want other people to express to us, we picked our favorite greeting card to send to a friend and explained why we picked the card, and finally we brainstormed as teams to write a card based on a supplied photograph. This exercise made us think hard- and we also laughed a lot. It's not an easy job, but fortunately my team had a stand-up comedienne on it, so our card was picked as the best! Go, us!
We also had the chance to check out some new Hallmark products. My kids' favorite, hands down, is the new Hallmark Story Buddy- Nugget!
As adorable as Nugget is, my favorite new product from Hallmark is the Blooming Expressions card. If you haven't seen these yet in stores- they are really great- it's decor and a card all in one. When closed, the Blooming Expressions just looks like a flower, but with the touch of a button it opens up to share a sentiment on a tiny card inside.
We also got to check out the great Hallmark recordable storybooks- a great way to read a story with a child or grandchild, even when you're far away.
All in all, it was a wonderful, emotional, informative morning, and I'm even a bigger fan of Hallmark now. They really put a lot of themselves into their work, and I think it shows!
Disclosure: I was invited to this event, thanks to Hallmark, and also received a gift bag with the items pictured here. I was not compensated in any other way, was under no obligation to write a blog post of any sort and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.