5 free ways to show your family some love

They say “there’s nothing like family” and I doubt many would disagree.  Whether we’re talking about how much they drive us crazy or how much we love them, family members have a special and unique bond.

And for many (at least for me growing up) family is forever.  No matter what.  And in some ways, that’s just the thing that gets on our nerves.  It’s what makes family members take others for granted ad vice-versa.  They are stuck with you.  And you, them.  No matter what.

The flip side of that (the side I aim to focus on) are the wonderful memories that are created by being with people that know you like the back of their hand.  People that would take a bullet for you.  Literally.  (knock on wood)  Not to be morbid, but that’s just how my family rolls.  I reckon yours might be the same.

And though we’d move mountains for each other, we may not always say it.  So, after being inspired by the video above, here are 5 free suggestions for how you can show those crazy goofballs, called family members, that we appreciate all that they are and have been in our lives.

  1. Schedule an e-card.  Send it on their birthday or today for no reason.  Hallmark has some great free ones with a scheduling functionality.  (Free)
  2. Scan in an old picture and upload it to their Facebook.  Obviously you are picking a picture in which they look like an adorable kid, and not an angst teen.
  3. Take a picture of yourself holding a note card that says “I love you, Sister/Brother/Mom/Dad” and send it to them.  It’s quick, easy an looks WAY sweet.
  4. Make a “date” to spend quality time together.  If you are in the same city, go for a walk together and see what’s going on in their life.  If across the miles, a Skype video call can be the next best thing.
  5. Mention and link to them on your website, even if the only common thread is the family unit, like this:  Hey!  Check out my family online –>   Ann Knoedl, Rich Knoedl and Jason Knoedl

I’d love to hear how you cherish the people that are closest to you.  How do you go out of your way to treat them just as good (if not better) than the people you meet on the street?  As Momma would say, “Life is but a vapor.  Cherish every moment.”



Jen Knoedl is Executive Producer of JenChicago Productions, as well as its enthusiastic video host. Click here to find out about sponsorship and partnering opportunities regarding travel, Chicago and entrepreneurship. Tweet Jen at @JenTravelsLife


  1. +1 for #3! I love that idea. Cheers to cherished vapors!

  2. JenChicago says:

    Aww! You’re one of the good guys, Justin. Thanks for dropping by!

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