April 29, 2014

Keeping in Touch

Our family and friends are scattered across the continent, from Alaska to BC, Ontario, Texas and beyond. While keeping in touch with family and friends is priceless, having people you love in more than one place often makes it difficult to keep in touch. And I must admit, I'm not always the best at keeping in touch. (I'm sure I'm not the only one in this boat.)

While I love sending and receiving old-fashioned greeting cards, sometimes a trip to the store or post office isn't always feasible. So how do I keep in touch? Enter the power of technology. Here are some thoughtful ways to show family and friends you're thinking of them, using trusty technology:

1. Simple texts to say hello
Something as simple as a quick text message from a loved one saying hi or asking how you are can really make your day. 

2. Phone calls
The most basic way to keep in touch, but also one of the most personal. I love receiving random phone calls from my sister or calling my grandma just because. Hearing a loved ones voice gives you a better connection. 

3. Start a blog
Moving abroad, or just to the other side of the country? Why not start a blog to keep your family and friends updated on your adventures? Oh hey, that's what I did! 

4. Video chat
Talking on the phone and hearing someone's voice is one thing, but being able to see someone's face makes missing them much easier. By having a video chat with friends and family, I don't feel like I'm missing out as much on the important moments, like missed Christmas dinners and baby's first steps.

5. Personalized digital greeting cards
Why not send a digital greeting card from the comfort of your computer, iPhone or iPad? Treat, brought to you by the same people that created Shutterfly, tinyprints and Wedding Paper Divas, makes sending personalized digital greeting cards through their website and mobile app an absolute breeze. Digital cards start at only 99 cents, and you can even set up reminders and preschedule cards so you never miss a special occasion! It's so simple to send a digital card from Treat: pick a design they'll love, personalize it the same way you would a paper card and instantly send it via email!

Voila, thoughtfulness is at your fingertips.

How do you keep in touch?

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  1. I was able to get an iPhone over here in Korea and it's the best way to stay in touch! Text communication is such an awesome way to chat with the people you love.

    1. iPhones are definitely key to keeping in touch, from texting, to sending pictures, face timing and all of the apps available. I don't know what I'd do without my iPhone.

  2. I try to do all of those. Honestly, though, I have to admit that this is why I still have Facebook. It's the only way I find I can communicate easily with family across the country!

    1. I definitely don't use FB as often as I used to, and I think one of the only reasons I keep it around is to keep in touch and updated on friends and family's lives.

  3. I try to text people every week or so when it comes to friends. I just don't have the time to be on the phone like I used to. Even though I make cards, I really like to by other people's cards and send them. Don't ask why, lol! But when it comes to my immediate family, I talk to my brother several times a day and my mom at least once a day, and my day once or twice a week. Sorry for the babbling!

    1. Thanks for sharing :) Receiving mail is one of my favorite things, and sending a card to my Grandma is too because I know she really appreciates them. That's awesome that you're able to talk to your brother that often. Even thought I live in the same city as mine, I don't talk to him as much as I'd like. My sister and I on the other hand talk all the time. Hope your week is going well :)


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