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Heidi Kallett is the CEO & President of a The Dandelion Patch by day, and the hostess with the mostess by night. A transplanted Texan, Heidi has a degree in marketing from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Joel, have two children. Heidi enjoys entertaining friends and family, and is active in planning many successful charity events. While Heidi envisions making The Dandelion Patch the area’s leading stationery retailer, she strongly believes that the true definition of success includes playing a meaningful role in the community in which she lives. Having served as President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, she continues to be committed to giving back to the DC community, serving/having served on many non-profit Boards, including: ChildHelp USA, Volunteer Fairfax, Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia, Medical Care for Children’s Partnership, Advisory Social Services Board of Fairfax County, Greater Washington Boys and Girls Clubs of Fairfax County, Charity Works and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her volunteer commitments expand into her professional life too. Heidi serves as a Board member for the Association of Wedding Professionals, is President-Elect for NAWBO, and is a member of the Reston Chamber of Commerce, Success in the City, Women in Technology, and the National Retail Federation.

If you have a question concerning party planning, entertaining, or being a gracious guest that you would like to see covered on Miss A, please contact Heidi at heidi@thedandelionpatch.com.

Importance of Writing a Thank You Note

Last week I wrote about the importance of saying thank you. Today I want to also remind about the importance of writing a note of thanks. Our society today is consumed with technology, and many daily tasks have been improved because of technological advancements. However, the art of the hand-written thank you note will never go out of style.

I often get asked when someone should put “pen to paper” exactly. And my answer is simple: whenever you receive a gift– for every package that you unwrap, an act of kindness that shouldn’t go unnoticed or a lovely party in which you were a guest. All of these moments deserve a few minutes of your undivided attention and a $.44 stamp. When you want to be remembered, I promise that a letter in your personal mailbox (of the standard USPS variety), will win over an email every time.

I also get asked about a stationery wardrobe. Yes, you read it correctly– a stationery wardrobe. Just like your change of clothes from business to beach-y and from formal to fashionable, your choice of stationery says a lot about you too. One can never go wrong with a nice quality ecru or white fold-over and a beautiful monogram in navy, green or

gold. That said, I prefer to save those formal pieces for my professional life and favor a colorful (but tasteful) letterpress design that screams “Heidi” to my friends the minute they receive it in their post. Trust me when I say that you should save the cards with heels and glitter for your intimate fashion divas.

Writing notes takes time out of your day. And that is exactly why they are appreciated by the receiver. To make the process a bit easier on you, in addition to a quality paper, find a pen that you LOVE to write with and invest in a roll of stamps. (That way you’ll have no excuse to get the letter in the mail!)

One simple note= $1.00

One simple stamp= $.44

5 minutes of your time= ??

A guaranteed smile= priceless.

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