Archive for March, 2011
All over the UK this Sunday, kids will be wishing their mums a Happy Mother’s Day! As an American myself, I say why not really catch your mom off-guard on a day she doesn’t expect it. Celebrate how awesome she is… with a bit of UK style.
First, it’s worth finding out a little bit about how Mother’s Day is celebrated in the UK. It’s history is quite different from American Mother’s Day, with significant religious roots.
That doesn’t mean you have to be religious to celebrate it. It’s just an interesting background that you might be interested in learning more about. The Mother’s Day Central site offers a good overview.
So, how can you get in on this bonus Mother’s Day fun? Here are a few simple ideas:
- Send her a Mother’s Day e-Card, of course. We’ve got a great selection with a few that were made specifically for this UK holiday.
- Present her with tea and her favorite flavored scone … in bed.
- Make her a traditional Simnel Cake. Here’s one Simnel Cake recipe, or you can search for your own.
- Make a Sunday evening date to watch a popular Brit film together – Harry Potter, The King’s Speech, Monty Python, Shakespeare or maybe even Trainspotting if your mom’s the hipster type.
However you choose to honor the leading lady in your life, make sure it includes a heartfelt “I love you!”
P.S. Mum’s the word!
Mother Nature is sending some really mixed signals at this point. We just enjoyed such a gorgeous weekend – windows open wide, sandals (no scarves!), birds chirping, parks crowded.
It felt like… SPRING! And it was. Yesterday was the Spring Equinox, otherwise known as the first day of spring. But today, just a day later, it’s back to bulky coats and closed windows here at MFC HQ, where we’re being pelleted by snow and rain. It’s like the weekend never even happened.
But we’re not giving up. We’re taking action and you can, too. Let’s will the new season into being by sending as many spring eCards as we can!
Send ‘em out by the dozens via email. Post ‘em to your friends’ Facebook walls. Let that fickle lady know that, while we appreciate the delicate balance of the ecosystem, once our toes taste the open air, they just don’t like going back into big, clunky boots.
If we all pitch in, maybe she’ll listen.
P.S. Heck no, we’re sick of snow!
The rare find of a four-leaf clover. The spectacular spectrum of a rainbow… maybe leading to a big pot of glittery gold. Wee wonderful leprechauns spreading smiles. An inimitably phrased traditional blessing. A tall, cool glass of green beer. St. Patrick’s Day is nothing if not a true celebration of joy.
To help get the party started, we’ve made it super easy to find the exact type of St. Patrick’s Day card you’re looking for.
We’ve got a slew of sentiments that are silly, sexy and sometimes a wee bit strange, in our Shenanigans category. (Hint: If you’re looking for the green beer content, this is the place for you!)
If you’re feeling more sentimental about the holiday and want to send a skosh of kindness to friends and family, we’ve put together some truly heartfelt traditional Irish sayings in Blessings.
For the card that keeps on giving, an interactive game card from the Green Adventures section might be the way to go. And, if you’re looking to put that little something extra into your green greetings, Be a Leprechaun by uploading some familiar faces into our new and improved Be a Star series.
However you choose to wish others a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, we at MyFunCards hope your own is full of luck and blessings.
P.S. Erin Go Bragh!
Anyone who has visited our Be a Star sites, like Be a Santa, Be My Valentine, Be a Bunny and many more, knows how much fun it is to add familiar faces to funny video scenes. Well, great news! What before was a one-holiday-at-a-time experiment has proven to be so popular that we’re taking it to the next level!
We hope you’re as excited as we are to have all of our festive Be a Star holiday features collected in one place. Now, as each holiday comes around, we’ll feature it in an easy to access tab to help you celebrate. But you’ll no longer have to go to separate places for other holidays; they’ll all be located in one convenient Holidays tab, beginning with St. Patrick’s Day. So, go ahead and visit if you want to Be a Leprechaun with your friends.
And very soon, we’ll also be adding everyday silliness, too, including a whole bunch of birthday-specific cards, so you don’t have to wait for the next big holiday in order to share a chuckle with friends and family.
If you’re a frequent Facebook user, you’ll want to check out our Be a Star Facebook app. Make sure you click that “Like” button, even if you’ve done so for one of our holiday apps before. After you “Like” Be a Star, you’ll have access to updates about all of our new content and new features.
If Facebook isn’t your thing, you’ll want to head over to our Be a Star site. You can still post to Facebook from there, but you don’t need to have a Facebook account in order to use other features, such as simply sending a Be a Star card by email.
Finally, we’ve also made adding your photo a little easier, by adding new functionality to the process. You can now click right on the picture to show where you want your uploaded face to be placed.
We plan to just keep making your Be a Star experience better, and we’d love to hear your ideas. Are there new scenes you’d especially love to see? Let us know by commenting below!
P.S. “All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up!”
Today marks the beginning of National Procrastination Week. But the meaning is quite vague and how to celebrate really depends on how you choose to interpret it.
On the one hand, this could be a week to use a holiday as an excuse not to get anything done. Make that “within reason,” though. We’d hate to see anyone losing a job or getting kicked out of school, but… there’s a lot to be said for waiting until the last minute, pulling a caffeine-fueled all-nighter. That kind of procrastination can be a kinda rush once in a while.
On the other hand, maybe this is supposed to be a week to finally get done what you’ve been putting off. Buy a 2011 calendar. Make a New Year’s resolution. That kind of thing.
Those are two ends of a vast spectrum, though. And it’s usually a good idea to look toward a happy medium. It’s called Productive Procrastination, a term perfectly defined by Urban Dictionary.
n. Doing stuff to keep busy while avoiding what really needs doing. When all is said and done, your room is clean, your laundry is folded – but you haven’t started your English paper.
Here are a few ways to actually be more productive during Procrastination Week than you’d normally expect.
- Instead of cooking dinner one night, order in and spend the time that you’re waiting for the delivery cleaning your kitchen.
- Pull a Mary Poppins and turn cleaning the house into a kids’ game. It’s quality family time and you can cross a monster item off of your To Do list.
- Rather than returning phone calls, hoping you catch an answering machine, send Saying “Hi” eCards that acknowledge you got their message. You’ll look like you’re making a special effort when, in fact, you’re really avoiding interaction and a lengthy conversation. Of course, if the week goes by and you’ve put off doing so, there are always some funny Belated Procrastination Week eCards to send after the fact.
What are some of your best Productive Procrastination ideas? Share in the comments section below!
P.S. Don’t wait! Procrastinate now!