Paperless Post: A Sustainable Alternative To Sending Christmas Cards This Year

[Ad] This year I’ve focused on how I could live more intentionally. I had a massive declutter and I’ve tried to find alternatives to single-use plastics. So when Paperless Post approached me and asked me to look at their range, I was so excited. With Paperless post, have I found a sustainable alternative to sending Christmas cards this year?

Photo of iPad with Christmas lights and cracker around it

I can’t believe I’m using the “Christmas” word already. But time has just flown by this year. I know if I don’t get sorted soon, it will be March before I know it! To get me in the Christmas spirit, I had to pop on a good old Christmas film. What is your favourite Christmas film?

What is Paperless Post?

Paperless Post provides a sustainable alternative to sending cards and invitations, so I was so happy when they offered me the opportunity to try our sending their paperless Christmas cards this year.

I’m quite a traditional when it comes to sending cards through the post. Yet, this doesn’t really sit well with looking towards living more intentionally, with less waste and environmental impact.

How does it work?

It all about coins. You have to buy coins to use as credit. Some cards are free and adding customisable elements will cost you various amounts of coins.

I chose a basic cute penguin design for one group of people and a customisable card and uploaded a photo for another.

Step one: Choose your design

I have to say there were lots of different options. 452 cards came up for a “Christmas card” search alone. You can obviously also choose a holiday or New Year if you don’t celebrate Christmas.

Some of the designs are free and others start at for example two coins.

Step two: Customise

You can use the free backdrop, or you can pay a coin to change it, or completely remove the background.

Next, you can edit the text in the body of the card. You can edit the text as much or as little as you want.

Then you can choose the lining of the envelope, or leave it as the preset one. It costs one coin to change it, but I quite liked the bright yellow polka dots.

You can then decide if you want to pay a coin to change the stamp or leave it as the free Paperlesspost stamp.

Step three: Reply options

Next, we have the reply options. This is really handy should you be sending an invitation or a save the date, as you can customise to add the date to their calendars, send information links to your venue, etc.

Step four: add your recipient’s email address

Finally, you pop in your recipient’s details and email address. You can even import a cvs file if you want to send to multiple recipients. Again that would be brilliant for a wedding or large event.

As simple as that?

Yep. Just press send and your beautiful, customisable card pops into your recipient’s inbox. The simple design I created cost just three coins and a personalised card just five coins.

I love the idea that the cards look like “real” cards, but can be a small step towards being more sustainable. The fact it looks like a real card and it opens up on your screen is really effective. Something which looks like you’ve really made the effort.

The fact the cards are customisable means you don’t feel like your just getting a spam email which everyone is getting. Just the perfect way to say you’re thinking of them. Although, I’m not sure if I would still prefer to send a paper card for birthdays as it’s that bit more personal.

I’ve just taken over a pub, so I’m thinking that Paperless Post is going to come in very handy to send our customers cards, invitations and they also allow you to create flyers to send directly to social media.

I think Paperless post would also be a great idea if you’re getting married, for example. We spent a fortune on postage sending out the save the dates and then the invitations.

I’m now thinking about what other areas can I look to be more sustainable.

Do you prefer traditional cards or are you going paperless?

 

*This post is kindly sponsored by Paperless Post. All opinions are my own.

Box Sets To Binge On This Holiday

I know as always I’m late to the party on the box set front. I always make notes on my phone when somebody mentions a good one, but I never actually get around to downloading, and more importantly to watching them.

I’m a book person, and I can devour a book in one sitting if it’s a quality book and my anxiety is not playing up too much. This means I generally will have a book for the commute and lots of books for holidays. We went out for dinner with friends last weekend, and everyone was talking about the box sets they’re loving. I found myself thinking I’m missing out on some really good stuff here.

I’m so excited that this week we break up from school. That means only one thing. It’s Christmas next week! I can’t wait to just schedule in some chill out time and get watching. So, if like me, you’ve been living under a rock, then here are some of the recommendations I’ve downloaded, or popped on my ‘To Download’ list.

Netflix

Doctor Foster

Luther

Narcos

Peaky Blinder

Rake 

Suits. (Yes, can you believe I’ve never watched it and now Meghan is the Duchess of Sussex!)

The Crown

The House of Cards

The Innocent Man

The Line of Duty

The Staircase

You

 

TV

A Very English Scandal (BBC)

Bodyguard (BBC)

Cleaning Up (ITV)

Dark Heart (ITV)

Informer (BBC)

Killing Eve (BBC)

Manhunt (ITV)

McMafia (BBC)

Mrs Wilson (BBC)

National Treasure (Channel 4) 

No Offence (Channel 4) 

The State (Channel 4)

The Trial (Channel 4) 

 

Prime

American Expereince

Versailles 

Vikings

The Man in the High Castle

The Thick of it

Of course, we can’t not mention the old classics:

Fresh Meat (Netflix)

Friends (Netflix)

Only Fools And Horses (Netflix). My all time favourite episode is The Jolly Boys Outing!

The Inbetweeners (Netflix)

The Office (Prime)

Let me know if you have any good recommendations I can add to my list!

Lots of love,
Helen xoxo

Blog Tour: Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest

I don’t know about where you are, but it is starting to feel slightly chilly outside here. That means only one thing; Christmas is around the corner! With that said, I was sent the most perfect book to review to get me into the Christmas mood.

The book set in 1942 and follows the lives of the Woolworths girls; Sarah, Maisie, Freda and shop manager, Betty. The shop provides both sanctuary and friendship for the girls, as they live in the uncertainty of wartime. Sarah’s husband Ian, will soon be called up to the Air Force. Maisie, meanwhile, attempts to balance her desire for a family against doing her bit for the war effort. Freda’s brother is fighting in the Navy. Betty, the rock for the girls, lost her fiancé Charlie during the Great War in 1917 and gave up on love every since.

We see the twists and emotional turns faced by each of the women. Do loved ones survive? Can love find a way? With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?

It is a lovely heart-felt read and for that reason, I have to give this book a 8.5 out of 10. It would make the perfect little stocking filer! The book also gave a chance for a slice of nostalgia, having grown up in a time where Woolies was one of our great high street institutions.

The book is due for release on 2nd November 2017.

The blog tour which will consist of reviews, author content and giveaways runs from 23rd October – .5th November. I have attached the details of the full tour.

Lots of love, 

Helen xoxo