Thursday, August 23, 2012

Moments and Milestones: Hallmark Tour Visits Philadelphia, and I was lucky enough to go. #HallmarkTour

 On a nice sunny day in Philadelphia, a few fellow bloggers and I had the chance to visit the down town Omni hotel, for a great breakfast and some great company.

Hallmark put together a wonderful spread, and we were able to hear from some actual Hallmark card writers, including:

Cat Skorupski, Senior Writer  After college, Cat Skorupski had big dreams of making it as a singer/songwriter or a musical theater actress. And, though life took her on a different path, she still taps into her creativity and lyrical prowess on a daily basis as a Senior Writer for Hallmark. Cat’s wide range of talents allow her to not only write cards and books, but to also do voice overs for a variety of interactive Hallmark products. In her spare time, Cat recharges her creative spirit by running, making music and spending time with her husband and two young kids. But, she finds great inspiration through her interaction with people from all walks of life. 

Andy Newcom, Photo Stylist  With a graphic designer and a copywriter as parents, Andy Newcom grew up in an environment that was a perfect training ground for his career as a Hallmark photo stylist. After getting his start as an art teacher, Andy brought his unique eye for visual expression to Hallmark where he’s been for the past 28 years. He draws inspiration from some of his favorite things, including nature, spirituality, personal stories, books and baked goods.

Jean Dodge, Writing Manager  Jean Dodge studied nursing in college, but ultimately found that it didn’t bring the satisfaction she wanted. Shifting her focus toward something that would blend her desire to help others with her love of words, she came to Hallmark – first starting in HR, but soon being accepted into the Editorial department. Over the course of 32 years, Jean worked her way through the ranks, now serving as one of Hallmark’s writing managers. In that role, Jean leads a team of brilliant, humorous and insightful writers who develop products that help consumers connect for any occasion. Jean is inspired by the people at Hallmark – still in awe of what they create – and feels honored to be a part of consumer’s lives.

When we arrived we were greeted by such lovely people who worked for Hallmark, and we had a wonderful  breakfast spread with all kind of goodies that were delicious.

Well as well ate, the great folks at Hallmark had a surprise to show us (prior to the get together they folks at Hallmark asked ups for a video or a photo that shows how you captures your relationship with your child and how you support and encourage them. I sent in a picture of my daughter riding Dumbo and conquering her fear of heights) they had made a special video in true Hallmark style showcasing each of our pictures and special sentiments. It was so special, I was on the verge of tears, good thing  they thought ahead and had tissues on the table, we were going to need them. 

 What would you say to your younger self, to encourage your younger self? Hmmm?

What an interesting job this would be, I would love the chance to be a Hallmark card writer. My fellow bloggers and I got to come up with our own cards, What would you write if you could write a card, it was harder than it seemed. My mind went blank, and Jean was our helper and she came out with some amazing card saying right off of the top of her head. It was amazing! I wish I could think like that....

I had a great day with Hallmark and my fellow bloggers, I want to thank Hallmark for the lovely day. I will remember all of the great writing advice, and I will never take a picture the same again. I now know so many great tips, I know my pictures will be more fabulous  now. 

And remember, life is full of memories. Sure you send cards on holidays or birthdays. How about sending an any day card to just show you love that special someone and to encourage then in any way. I am sure they will love it, and you will make their day.

Hallmark provided me with a great goodie bag that I will share with my family and friends.

And I have a great code to share with all of you, when shopping at Hallmark online, you can order a personalized greeting card and save 30% please enter the code Blog30 at checkout.


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions .I received breakfast, and a goodie bag for attending. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .


  1. What a wonderful post! Thanks so much Susan. Great meeting you.

  2. Thanks for the wonderful post! It was great to meet you Susan. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    - Jaci (@HallmarkPR)

  3. I really love the Hallmark company! What a special day! : ) So glad you could attend.

  4. I'd love attend Halmark Tour event. It looks awesome


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