In the past, I had always just bought Thank You cards based on the occasion. Buy a pack for the wedding, buy a pack for the baby shower, etc. I would use most, if not all, from the pack, and be done with it. Each person got one card, and I got new cards for the next event. Now, however, I have some of the same people sending package after package to us here in Guam. (Did I mention that Little E is the ONLY grandchild on my side, or that I'm an only child?) So I don't want to send Grandma back the same boring generic Thank You card over and over again. The base exchange doesn't have a great selection, and ordering online is pricey and takes quite some time. What's a Mom to do?
Recently, Little E entered into the wonderful world of coloring. At this point, it's just scribbles, but she loves it. So much, in fact, that we have to keep the crayons and coloring books way up on a shelf or she would have crayons on the floor 24/7. I recently realized that at this point coloring books are sort of pointless. Sure she is excited because of the images of characters she recognizes, but she's not even attempting to color within the lines.
Lightbulb! I have a ton of old card stock leftover from Little E's first birthday party. Have her color on blank card stock, fold in half, and use as any kind of card I need. The bonus is, I also have a bunch of leftover envelopes in 'social' size, which is exactly the right size for the card stock folded in half. No cutting down or trimming needed.
So now, when Little E wants to color, I grab a blank piece of card stock, and her box of crayons. When she is finished, I fold it in half, and stick the card on a shelf until I need it. I'm quite certain any grandparent would much rather get a beautiful masterpiece from Little E than a generic thank you card any day. I figure when she gets older I can get her to start drawing more specific photos for holidays and such.
Saving money, and sharing Little E's artwork. It's amazing how a little idea like this can make me feel brilliant! I'm sure people have been doing this for years, but it's a new idea to me! What are some of your brilliant mommy ideas? Or parent ideas?