Last month Postcards from Mickey teamed up with some online small shops for a donation drive in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Anyone who donated to Postcards from Mickey during the month of September received 20% off discounts / promotional codes from Magic! at the Kingdom, Motley Kingdom, and Positivitees.

Together, we received more than $50 worth of postage and 200 postcards!

So, now what?! We need kids to send them to! If you know a child battling cancer or another illness, who would like to receive an autographed postcard — send a DM to (Postcards from Mickey), or email Please include the child's name, proper mailing address, and a few of his/her favorite characters!

Thank you again to everyone who donated; and big thanks to Magic! at the Kingdom, Motley Kingdom, and Positivitees for teaming up with me for this donation drive. I am so grateful for your support.

I am thrilled to be celebrating one year of this initiative, and I look forward to sending smiles year after year.

, Jennifer

Something really special happened.

It might not seem like a lot, but it meant the world to me.

I was at my local post office, buying a round of stamps for my next batch of postcards to be mailed out.

I waited in line until it was my turn, and when I walked up to the counter I asked to purchase some stamps. Five sheets, to be exact.

The woman helping me from behind the counter seemed rather unhappy. I wasn't sure if it was me, or the line of customers before me. I asked her if she was okay and she said it was her coworker who was bothering her.

I let her vent for a minute, before asking her if she wanted to know why I needed five sheets of stamps.

As expected, she didn't seem to care much at first — but she asked why.

As soon as I told her I was buying stamps to mail out postcards signed by Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World to kids battling cancer, her face lit up. Her whole mood, her whole aura changed.

She asked about the initiative, and I got to tell her about why I love sending smiles to kids who need them the most.

I told her, "I know you're having a bad day. We all have them. (And we all have that coworker who bugs us!) But these kids are going through something you and I will never know — battling cancer at such a young age."

She couldn't stop smiling.

And that's my favorite part about this initiative. It brings joy and happiness to so many; from the recipient children and their parents, to the lovely woman at the post office. Postcards from Mickey can brighten anyone and everyone's day.
This past weekend we celebrated the end of the annual Passholder season (before blockout dates go into effect) with a Postcards from Mickey meet-up!

The meet-up invited anyone with an annual pass to the Walt Disney World theme parks to get together and get some signatures by Magic Kingdom's most loved characters.

One of my (newer) friends, Chad, helped me organize this meet-up with his following from his clothing line, Hundred Acre Hood.

We had an amazing turnout, with a tremendous amount of love and support from all who came. I never expected this day to be what it was. Words cannot describe the feeling.

I hope to plan another meet-up in the future. I'm not sure when, and I'm not sure where. But those who came to this event are some really special people — and I know this was just the start of new friendships.

, Jennifer

I said I would never start another blog after my friend Jarred passed away.

I've always been really big into writing, blogging, photography — but it wasn't until my last account that I really felt good about a project I was working on. I was writing fashion and lifestyle posts — and I had the best sidekick in the world, my friend Jarred. He took photos with/of me, helped me style outfits, gave me feedback on my web design. We were a great team. It was a vibe unlike any other.

But Jarred passed away last summer (July 2018). He battled cancer on and off his whole life, since he was 2 years old. And once he was gone, I stopped writing. I knew I was never going to pick back up with someone new. It's not like I would never let someone ever take a photo of me again, or I would never write a post again (Heck, I write for a living!) — but I wasn't going to replace him. That was our thing, no one else's.

I went through a rough patch after he was gone. Maybe something for another post one day. But ultimately I knew that his loss needed to bring a positive light, not only for me but for others.

With that thought, in September 2018 (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) I created "Postcards from Mickey" — a project that sends postcards autographed by Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World to children who are in the hospital battling cancer. I started going into the parks for character meet-and-greets, getting autographs and mailing them out to kids across the country. Just a little magic mail to bring a smile to a kid's face.

My first-ever postcard signing at Magic Kingdom. August 2018.

I've always been a big Disney fan — my family actually moved here from Chicago in 2002 (I was 9 years old) to be near the parks, after annual vacations to the Polynesian since the year I was born. I definitely grew up going to Disney World more often than the average kid. And as an adult, I still have an annual pass and am always hanging out on Disney property during my time off.

Being able to have this type of access, knowing there are children/families who will never make it to the parks — whether it be because of their health, travel expenses, etc. — made me realize that this is it. This is my own way of spreading a little magic to those who need it the most.

And at the end of the day, "Postcards from Mickey" is something that Jarred and I can still do together — even though he's not physically here. Jarred was always there to help others, to bring a smile to people's faces no matter what he was going through. And I want that spirit to continue to shine bright and carry on.

This project is "our thing" — and it always will be.

, Jennifer

A photo I took of Jarred in March 2018, doing his thing. (Runaway Country, Florida Georgia Line)