And just like that, we're home. No more stepping out the door to a breathtaking view of mountains and fjords, no more sunsets at 11pm, no more fresh baked bread rolls from my mother-in-law. But one thing we have got is a pocket full of memories, slight sun tans (very slight) and a heap of postcards displayed around my parents' kitchen!
This year, we had the wonderful opportunity to work with Touchnote, a company that specialises in personalised, printed postcards, which were landing on my parents doorstep here in the UK within 48 hours of us sending them from Norway. For the children, it was so exciting to be able to share their own memories, and they enjoyed dictating their personal messages for Nanny and Grandpa, and Dave and I had a good giggle over some of their offerings...
Personal favourite was definitely from Ava...
"I'm going to write a really long sentence to you so please do despair!"
The children loved creating their own postcards on the easy-to-use app... picking out their favourite photographs, choosing their personalised stamp, dictating their own memories and perspectives on our trips out and adventures, and all at the click of a couple of buttons on my iPad or phone.
My parents, of course, loved the weekly touch-ins too... they enjoyed seeing all we were up to and had a little laugh at the girls funny turns of phrase as well!
There is just something particularly special about snail mail... and this app brings the ease of modern technology, and the joy of the personal touch together in such a fun and special way. I started working with Touchnote thinking I liked the sound of the idea, we have since absolutely been won over by the ethos, idea and efficiency of these classy little postcards...
The postcards are so diverse... we have loved sharing our holiday memories with Touchnote, but I'm now excited to send personal "Happy Birthday" postcards, "Well Dones" and "Congratulations", all at the press of a little button, and bring a little bit of sunshine to somebody's day!
So if you haven't popped over and checked out the free app yet... go and have a look! Postcards cost as little as £1.99, which when you think of the cost of a generic postcard and a stamp abroad these days, is pretty competitive... plus you get the added bonus of the personal touch!
We are raving about them, I know... but the whole "postcard" experience has really enrichened our summer memories this year... and when we arrived home, what did we find on the doorstep?
A Touchnote postcard waiting to welcome us from Bestemor... all the way back in Norway!
Click HERE to download the free app and join the postcard fun!
And if you have used them already, please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear how you're all using the app in sharing your own memories this summer!
This post was written in collaboration with Touchnote and contains affiliate links.