Snail Mail Love

I sat at the pool in Bali, taking in the gorgeous scenery and the quiet moments away from home. The previous few days of a retreat for women who live overseas was just what my heart and soul needed.

My friend Caroline was with me. I looked over at her and saw her hard at work. A small pile of postcards was next to her, covered with beautiful photos of the country we call home on one side, and greetings to friends and family on the other.

Ah, the lost art of the postcard. The lost art of snail mail.

Is there anything quite like getting something in the mail? Not really.

I hung my head in shame, knowing that in the five years we have lived in Indonesia I had not once sent an actual card or letter home to friends or family. Sure, I had thoughts and good intentions. But I had yet to do it.

I had my excuses. But really, I was just lazy and didn’t want to bother with it.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across a website called Sincerely. They are a site that has a collection of apps, all that make sending real things through real mail fast and easy.

I decided to give it a try. I opted for their Ink Cards app (available in the Apple App Store and in Google Play).

It couldn’t have been easier!

Working on my husband’s iPad, I downloaded the app. When I opened it, it asked me to choose a greeting card to send.

I searched by category.

I chose my card and then it let me choose the photo I wanted for the front.

After choosing my photos, I was able to personalize the card with text and color.

When I was done with the front, I clicked on the back button where it let me add the address and my message.

After I finished with that, I clicked the “Let’s Ship It” button where I was able to give my payment information.

They even gave me a free card to send after I made my order! I promptly sent another card!

A day or two later, I received an email:

And a day or two after that, I received another:

The whole process took me just a few minutes (other than finding my photo…I had a specific one that I wanted to use and it wasn’t on the iPad). It was so easy. I know I will use them again.

$1.99 for a card to be created, addressed, and mailed (without me leaving my room!) is my kind of deal. I love the idea of happy things showing up in the mailboxes of people I love.

Snail mail love…all the way from Indonesia to North Carolina!

And no, I’m not affiliated with them at all. Just a happy customer who loves her family and friends back home but is too busy to make it to the post office.