Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

Print photos the easy way with Amazon Prints. $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be won!

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Summer Break is here! With all of the fantastic Summer memories that we’re going to have, now is the perfect time to remember that Amazon has launched Amazon Prints. It’s a photo service that allows all customers to print their memories. If you’re a Prime member, you can just upload your photos to your Prime Photos account with free unlimited photo storage. Then you simply choose the product you want and have it shipped for free. These products include, but are not limited to, photo books, photo canvases, calendars, and wall décor.  If you’re not a Prime member, you’re in luck, too! You get 5 free GB of storage with Prime Photos. You can store and print all of your favorites all Summer long! And the prints start as low as $.09 each.

It’s a pretty great deal.

From football to soccer to camps and a possible trip or two out of town, our family has a lot on our plate. I know we’re going to make some great memories along the way. I’m glad Amazon Photos is here to help me share the great photos we’re sure to capture this Summer.

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Now’s your chance to win an Amazon gift card! Head on over to Amazon Prints and check out all of the amazing things you can do with their photo printing service. Then share in the comments below what kind of photos you would like to have printed with Amazon Prints. In another comment, share your favorite Amazon Prints feature.  Then simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.

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These Minions cards can turn a mailbox into a dance party

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Turn Your Mailbox into a Dance Party #SendSmiles

When I was a kid, I loved getting the mail. Every day, I would wait  in anticipation of the mail’s arrival. Once it arrived, I would rush out to the mailbox and throw open its doors, eager to discover what treats had been sent my way thanks to the Postal Service. I rarely retrieved mail that was addressed specifically to me. But when I did, it was such a magical experience. And if I received a special greeting card from someone? Well, that would just make my whole week!

We live in an age of instant everything. We have access to instant news. We can stream almost any movie or TV show with just the click of a few buttons. We have instant connection with people all over the world thanks to social networks. The world keeps getting smaller and smaller thanks to the digital revolution in which we now live.

Thanks to this digital revolution, we get reminders every day about people’s birthdays, anniversaries, and other significant life events. And thanks to the instant connectivity that’s available at our fingertips, we’re able to flood the timelines of friends, family, associates, and acquaintances with well-wishes on their special days. It’s a pretty cool phenomenon.

I’ve found that as we move more towards digital relationships, however, the need for physical connection is even greater. Don’t get me wrong. Receiving a birthday message online is pretty fun. But when you get a card in the mail? I don’t know about you, but my inner six year old wakes up and does a little dance.

There’s just something extra-special about receiving a card in the mail. I think it’s because you’re able to touch it and feel it. Now you’re even able to listen to many of them. In a world full of digital connections, there’s something about getting a card in the mail that makes you feel even more connected.

Cards available at Walmart #SendSmiles

As much as I love getting cards in the mail, I love sending them even more. Unfortunately, I’ve kind of run into a problem. You see, it appears that I’ve forgotten how to use a calendar. I know, I know. That’s a pretty good sign that I’m not very organized, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, getting organized is a process, not an event. I’m working on it. I promise.

In the meantime, however, I’ve found myself in a conundrum. Since I haven’t done a very good job of keeping up with my calendar, I usually don’t figure out that it’s someone’s birthday until the very last minute. By the time I realize it’s someone’s birthday, I don’t have the time to rush out, buy one, and get it in the mail. And that leads to all kinds of heartache and disappointment on my end. After all, I want to share in the joy on someone’s birthday!

#SendSmiles Walmart CollageSo I’ve decided to get proactive while I’m working on my organizational skills. I visited my nearby Walmart, went straight for their Hallmark section, and stocked up on cards – lots of cards. Now I have cards for all kinds of people for all kinds of situations.

The highlight of my new stash of cards?

Minions cards!

Minions Party Cards #SendSmiles

These Minions cards are the perfect card for that Minion fan in your life. And who doesn’t love Minions? They’re sure to put a smile on someone’s face – even on the gloomiest of days. Many of these cards come with their own little Minion that you can carry around with you wherever you go. How cool is that?

It’s enough to make your inner six year old break out into a dance party.

Stock up on cards at Walmart #SendSmiles

Now I don’t have to scramble to find that perfect card when it suddenly hits me that a friend or family member’s birthday is right around the corner. I’m ready. Are you?

If you’re looking for some creative ways to share your cards with the people you love, Hallmark has you covered. Their Pinterest boards are chock-full of creative ideas. They also have some great ideas on Facebook and Twitter (@Hallmark). And if you want to keep up to date with all the things they have planned, their Instagram is pretty remarkable.

Mailbox #SendSmiles

Your mailbox is waiting. It desperately wants to host a dance party. Which card will you be sending to make someone break out in a dance? Please share your ideas in the comments below.