Today is National Puzzle Day! This holiday was started in 2002 by Jodi Jill, a syndicated newspaper puzzle maker, to spread her love of puzzles. Puzzles not only stimulate the brain, helping to keep your mind active and giving you a sense of accomplishment- they can also bring you together with family and friends. My brother and I used to always pore over the Sunday crosswords, trying to out-clever each other with our answers. Looking at the answer key was considered high treason!
We also loved jigsaw puzzles of any kind. I remember putting together 3D replica puzzles of the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge with him late into the night, Radiohead on repeat while we intensely concentrated.
Of course, I’m not just reminiscing about puzzles for no reason. Hallmark has a beautiful new line of jigsaw puzzles and this seemed like the perfect day to introduce you to them, my sweet yams. They are gorgeously colored and range from lovely angels, to nostalgic pedal cars, Americana and fruit labels, to collections of teddy bears and tea cups- and more! These puzzles range from $14.95 to $19.95 for the larger ones.
I chose the Mary’s Bears Mary Hamilton 300-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle because teddy bears have a soft and cuddly place in my heart. I also loved the intricate detail in this puzzle. This isn’t just a typical cute bear photo, they’ve composed an interesting shot as if plucked from her busy workroom, with layers of drawings swatches, work materials and actual bears. I see something new each time I look at it, and the process of putting the puzzle together gives you time to really examine and appreciate the intricacy of the photo. The puzzle itself is high-quality and sturdy. I know it will last through many years of curious hands and minds assembling it.
If you’ve been around for a while, you know Hallmark is one of my favorite companies to work with. Their team is just uncommonly thoughtful and sweet. So of course they want to give one of my readers a puzzle as well. The winner will receive a random puzzle of Hallmark’s choice- it will be a fun surprise! The rainbow bear in the photos merely came out to help me assemble the puzzle on a cold winter day. He isn’t part of the prize! 🙂
Use the easy Rafflecopter form to enter. You may enter as many or as few ways as you like, I try to give you plenty of options. This is open to the US only. Please only enter with one email per actual human being. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
I received free products from Hallmark but my views on the company and their product are 100% unsullied by mere bribery! My heart is true.