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April 30, 2012

How I Paid it Forward, Nov-April

Every day, my life is enriched by the work of creative people. I read blogs and try recipes someone shared online. I wake up to pretty art prints on the wall. It's easy for me to take these things for granted - so I've committed to financially supporting the creative community whose work I enjoy! As promised, I'm back to report some of the ways I chose to Pay it Forward in the past months to support the blogs, businesses and artists that make my life better.

First up, Sweet Fine Day. Sweet Fine Day is a blog written by Jenna Park about living in New York, parenting an interracial family, and running Whimsy & Spice with her baker husband Mark. The blog has become one of my daily reads, and I treated myself to an order of Chocolate Orange Cardamom shortbread to show my support. Jenna is also the founder and photographer of The Mixed Race Project.

Remember Compliment Wrap? Tisha had a goal to raise $1,000 AUD to start her handmade gift wrapping line. I made a financial pledge when she was only about 50% funded, and guess what! She met her goal and then some. Way to go, Tisha!

Finally, back in November, I became a paying member of Postcardly. This service lets you use email to send postcards. I always have good intentions to send N's grandparents and great-grandparents family photos, but in reality there are too many steps to do this regularly.

Postcardly makes it easy. I type a message that will go on the back of the postcard and attach a photo. They print and send! The old me would have taken advantage of their 'send 3 postcards free' promo and called it a day, but I'm really rooting for these guys. If you try them out through the links above and become a customer, I'll earn some free cards, too. Sweet.

Want to join me in paying it forward? Read more about the Pay it Forward project here. Then leave a comment or drop me a line (giftedmailbox[at] and tell me what you did! I'd love to hear what you did (and maybe even brag about you next month!).

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{Top 2 images by Jenna Park via Whimsy & Spice}


  1. What a great idea, Charissa! Love it and love hearing about the people/businesses that you are supporting. I love shopping on Etsy and supporting independent artists.

    1. Cool to hear about, Mika! I'm sure your time as an Etsy seller gives you a unique perspective as a consumer.

  2. This is awesome, Charissa. It's so great to share how you pay it forward. I tend to support school garden projects since it's what I'm passionate about-- maybe I'll share some of the projects I've supported with you..! xx

    1. Whoa, cool. I'd love to hear more!

  3. Taaa Charissa!
    I'll post out your POZIBLE lil prezzies this week!! xo


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