These Awesome Greeting Cards Celebrate Love in All Forms and We’re Obsessed
Pride Month had us feeling ALL of the feels this year. Not only did we ugly cry over all the adorable pride proposals, but we definitely rocked our awesome gender pronoun shirts and rainbow hairstyles during a kickass parade or two. But when it comes to being able to express those feelings of inclusiveness and acceptance year round, husbands Daniel and Aaron Malen felt there was a definite need for more.
This was the exact ah-ha moment that led Daniel and his team to start Mark It Proud greeting cards. After pitching the idea to Mark Uhre, an amazing illustrator who also doubles as a Broadway performer, the Toronto-based team quickly began all the necessary steps to get the startup up and moving — including setting up a Kickstarter campaign. Since June the project has more than tripled its original goal, leaving the founders speechless. In fact, Daniel is so amazed by the outpouring of support that he’s legitimately thinking about getting the Mark It Proud logo tattooed on his body (and letting the 10,000th Kickstarter supporter choose where he gets it!).
— Mark It Proud (@markitproud) July 5, 2016
With the abundance of online support, Mark It Proud is now well on its way to make holidays of all sorts — including weddings, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, births and coming out parties — more inclusive than ever before.
For more information about this awesome startup or to pick up one (or a bazillion!) cards, visit Mark It Proud’s Kickstarter page — you better believe we’re stocking up for wedding season!
Do you love Mark It Proud greeting cards as much as we do? Let us know on Twitter by mentioning @BritandCo.
(Photos via Mark It Proud)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!