Archive for January, 2013

Personalized Cards Give That Special Touch

posted by Karen Hood
Monday, January 21, 2013

Right now, most people are gearing up for Valentine’s Day, preparing for that romantic holiday with their loved ones. Decadent chocolates, cute stuffed animals, and romantic dinners are all thoughtful ideas for showing your love, but why not add something even more special this year? Instead of buying an impersonal mass-produced card that was designed in a corporate office, give your loved one a personalized card that shows just how much they mean to you.

Shutterfly is a great resource for creating your very own cards for any occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Shutterfly’s Valentine’s collection provides many fabulous designs ranging from fun cards geared toward kids to elegant romantic cards for the love of your life. Their cards are available in a range of sizes and styles and offer many customizable options for both the front and back of the cards as well as the inside. Add photos of you and your sweetie together, then write a personalized message in a range of fonts and colors for a truly unique card. You can even add beautiful effects to the photos you choose for your card, like soft focus, color tone, and classic black and white. The process is quick, easy, and fun, and the results are simply spectacular.

Spring will be here before you know it, so check out Shutterfly’s selection of Easter cards as well. This collection of bright, airy designs will help you usher in the season of rebirth in style. With cards ranging from cute to whimsical to stylish, you are sure to find something that appeals to you, and all of these Easter cards offer the same customizable options so that you can impress friends and family with personalized greetings. You can order an entire set of gorgeous, professionally-printed Easter cards that are fun and unique, designed entirely by you with that special touch in mind, and everyone will be thrilled with how thoughtful you are. The Easter card showed in this post is one I designed in about 10 minutes using Shutterfly. It’s an absolutely lovely way to let your friends and family know that they mean more to you than a generic store-bought card.

Achalasia Blog Wins Snippet Fact Award!

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, January 17, 2013

facts about everything

We are proud to announce that our partner blog, Understanding Achalasia from a Patient’s Perspective, has won the prestigious Snippet Fact Award. This award is a signature of the trusted content provided and shows users that the content on is approved and verified by is a community built ‘facts only’ website, created to improve factual content on the web, and make a more trustworthy and fun resource to discover information, and improve intelligence. Founded by a community who enjoy to learn and who are dedicated to improving their own intelligence, whilst helping the quality of online factual content progress. Because it is community based, information is rated by voting on facts that users know to be true. This way, you can see how trusted that fact is, and how credible that information is before republishing it on your own website or blog.

Because is a project designed to improve the quality of online factual content, they want to promote and encourage this on other websites too! Understanding Achalasia from a Patient’s Perspective was awarded the following reasons: accurate and precise informational content, interesting and inviting layout and/or writing style, reliable source for trustworthy content, and unique and entertaining information.

The achalasia blog, like all of our networked blogs (see links on the side of the page), is maintained with the highest standards of writing. Understanding Achalasia from a Patient’s Perspective is dedicated to providing informational resources for those suffering from achalasia, a rare disease that affects approximately 200,000 people throughout the US; and shares the personal story of our founder, Karen Jean Matsko Hood, as she lives with achalasia and struggles to bring this little-known disease to the public eye. While the main focus of the blog is achalasia, our articles provide a wealth of information on various topics that can educate and improve the reader. We are proud to be recognized for our efforts by, and we hope to see you on all our blogs!