Mail carrier spring gifts

A couple summers ago, I brought you a collection of gifts for your mail carrier. That post continues to be the most popular  thing here at The Little Red Flag. But you don’t always want to give them frozen bottled water, so I’m back with more gift ideas for them this spring!

There’s never a bad time to give your mail carrier a gift. In spring, they’re dealing with all kinds of allergens with their windows constantly rolled down. Not to mention all the spring rains. And bees. Bees! (That alone is one reason I wouldn’t want to be a mail carrier!)

I hope you enjoy this list.

Insect repellant

Yep! Help protect your mail carrier with insect repellent. Their vehicles are subject to anything that can crawl, fly, or slither their way in. Not to mention carriers get out of their vehicles to deliver packages. These handy packets are super affordable. You could also give them some hydrocortisone cream in case they do get an insect bite.

Benadryl

If you know someone with allergies, then you know they probably keep a supply of anti-histamines nearby. To-go packets like these are an excellent thing to leave in your mailbox for your carrier.

Poncho or umbrella

For all those rainy, spring days. Some mail carriers deliver entirely on foot! Imagine how they feel. I found this one on Amazon.

Sort Kwik

If you’ve never used this stuff, you’re missing out. It was one of my favorite tools when I worked office jobs, so I started using it at home, too. It helps you grab papers, and it’s better than licking your fingers. (Yuck!)

Candy

It’s spring, not summer, so most people can probably leave a little chocolate for the mail carrier. Candy is an inexpensive way to show appreciation for all they do. Think spring with Peeps, robin eggs, jelly beans, or anything pastel colored.

Meat & cheese

This can be tricky. You can always buy meat and cheese sticks that don’t have to be refrigerated like I did. These combo packs are less than $1 in my area. But if you want to do something from a deli, be sure to put it in the mailbox as close to mail delivery time as possible. And put it in a bag/box with an ice pack so it keeps the food cool while your carrier keeps making deliveries.

Happy Spring!

 

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CARDS for CANCER – meet Emory

Happy Friday, everyone!

If you’ve been following the blog or seen our Facebook posts or our Instagram feed, you know that we’re in the middle of a campaign called CARDS for CANCER. During February, The Little Red Flag is selling special notecard sets that honor people whose lives have been affected by cancer. At the end of the month, 100% of profits are being donated directly to the family of a friend who is suffering from cancer right now.

Meet Emory Taylor.

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Cancer was a word all too familiar to Emory. He had cared for and lost, amongst others, his wife, daughter, and grandson to various forms of the disease. With incredible dignity and grace, Emory fought the good fight against lung cancer in his own body until his death in May of 2016. However, his faith and love have left a legacy that is alive and thriving in his family that he loved so well.

This is the card we designed for Emory. A business-sized, flat, 2-sided notecard with ample amounts of light blue and crimson red. These cards come with light blue envelopes. You can find them here in The Little Red Flag’s Etsy shop.  Purchase them for yourself or as a gift. And know that you’re not only showing support for Emory’s family, but also financially supporting another cancer patient.

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Please be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see the story of our third honoree this month. Plus, come back for giveaways, helpful resources, and more!

Cards for Cancer

Today is the day!

Today The Little Red Flag unveils our Cards for Cancer campaign. We are revealing some special cards inspired by some very special people. February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and we have created three new cards for three people who have braved their own battle with cancer. All of the profits from these cards will be donated to the family of someone currently undergoing cancer treatments who is in need.

We will be selling all three cards the entire month of February. You can find them here. We will also share their stories intermittently throughout the month.

Right now I’d like to introduce you to Donald Brorsen.

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Donald was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer (with mets to his liver and lungs) in June of 2012. He had no warning signs or symptoms. He began chemotherapy (and ran a half marathon during treatment and continued his work as a federal agent ) and fought against the disease until he died July 27, 2014.

This is the card we have created in honor of Donald. Purple and paisley were two of his favorite things, so we have incorporated both of them. You can find them here in The Little Red Flag’s Etsy shop.  Purchase them for yourself or as a gift. And know that you’re not only showing support for Donald’s family, but also financially supporting another cancer patient.

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I’ll see you all back here for more stories and cards during February.

Follow us on Facebook here to see all things not on the blog.

Why Cancer Matters to TLRF

Today – February 1st – is the first day of National Cancer Prevention Month. According to the National Cancer Society, about half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes.

Why does this matter to The Little Red Flag? Glad you asked. More on that in a minute.

In the meantime, check out how much hair my daughter and I cut off last weekend. I grow my hair out and get it cut off every couple years to donate. This year, my daughter was able to join me.

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There are several organizations that accept donated hair to make wigs. I personally prefer to donate to an organization that only makes wigs for cancer patients, so we are sending out hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.  They work directly with the American Cancer Society to make and distribute wigs. If you’re considering growing your hair out to donate, I recommend sending it to Pantene.

So here’s where my personal concern for cancer and The Little Red Flag intersect. During February, the blog and store will be featuring stories of people affected by cancer and products inspired by them. Whether it’s a color, a pattern, or an interest, these favorite things reflect the personality of the people who influenced these stationery sets. All profits from these sets will be donated directly toward the family of a cancer patient to be chosen later this month.

If you haven’t visited the Etsy store yet, you can check it out here. This is where these special sets will be sold this month. You won’t find them here yet.  They’re coming soon; I promise!

Remember to like The Little Red Flag on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated and see things that just don’t make it to the blog. We’ll also be doing a social media giveaway this month to promote these special stationery sets.

 

Book Swappin’ Time

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I love mail. Obviously.

And I really do enjoy reading, even though I don’t make much time for it in this phase of life.

This summer, I got to participate in a book swap hosted by Chelsie at Life with Rosie and Ashley at American Honey. I’ve never done one like this before. All participants were paired up, and we sent books to each other vs a random participant. It was a lot of fun getting to virtually meet another blogger and anticipating the arrival of a fun package!

I was paired up with Abby from the blog Winstead Wandering. She and I actually had a few of the same books on our wish lists, so that was cool to see.

But before I could receive my fun package, I needed to put one together for my partner. I think when it comes to gifts and mail, giving really is more fun than receiving for me.

Since I don’t know Abby in real life and only had a couple email exchanges with her, I felt uncomfortable trying to pick out a book she would like that wasn’t already on her book list. I actually bought all three books off of her book list. I wrapped each one (because who doesn’t love to unwrap packages?) and included some fun beach-themed items since it was a “beach reads” swap. It was definitely fun to put together. And I topped it all off by wrapping the outer package. Yep. I’m that person.

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When I received my package in the mail, I was so excited that I didn’t even wait to get inside to open it. I was on my way out running errands and just couldn’t wait. At least I remembered to take a couple pictures!

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Abby sent me three books: Bossypants by Tina Fey, Parenting the Wholehearted Child by Jeannie Cunnion, and Wreckage by Emily Bleeker. Bossypants will definitely be my beach read for now. And by beach I mean my patio during the hot summer months with a glass of sweet iced tea and maybe ocean noises on my phone. (What can I say … I’m ten hours from the closest beach. I have to improvise!) It may not be fiction, but it’s lazy reading. And I need something to make me laugh. I’ve gotten through the intro and the first chapter so far. I’m a slow reader in the first place, and being 9 months pregnant and having 2 kiddos under foot makes reading even harder. But it’s very good so far. I’m loving it!

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Overall, it was very cool to participate in this kind of swap. Apparently, swaps are happening all the time, and I’ve just never known about them. And I’m guessing the details of each swap vary based on the host. If you’re a book lover, I definitely recommend giving one a try. Look for one that fits your personality, and give it a go!

Fun Gum

Thanks for stopping by to see what fun mail I’m sending out today! This is the official first post on the blog, and I’m excited to share my fun mail with you. I hope you’ll find what I do inspiring and send some fun mail of your own.

I LOVE mail.

And I love FUN mail!

And I love to send fun mail even more than receive it. (Receiving is nice, though, so feel free to send some my way.)

Today I’m sending some fun gum to someone. Have you seen those 3-packs of gum in the candy aisle? Trident, Extra, Orbit, Juicy Fruit, etc. I think every brand has a 3-pack now. Did you know you can mail them just as they are? Yep. Just add your address labels and stamps, and pop it in the mailbox. Or take it to the post office to make sure you have enough postage on it. This pack of Orbit needs $2.50 in postage, so I’ve got a mixture of stamps on it. No doubt the recipient will smile to find such a surprise in their mailbox.

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Mail Tip: Tape down loose flaps on food packaging to ensure they don’t get caught in postage machines. Also, be careful not to mail gum when it’s too hot outside.