Buy your stamps and get ready, it is almost time to mail Grandma Cathy’s card!

I’ve gotten quite the positive feedback regarding my social experiment to send 70 birthday cards to my Grandma Cathy for her upcoming milestone birthday. I’m antsy and anxious to start getting the cards in the mail, and trying to figure out the perfect way to tell Grandma that I gave out her address on the internet… Hopefully she will forget all about that when she receives a shower of lovely birthday cards.

Wondering what to write? I have some ideas for you. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. You can write about:

*Your favorite birthday memory

*Your holiday plans

*The best thing you ever did for a loved ones birthday

*The weather/your pets/your family

*Your favorite memory of a grandparent

If we reach the goal of 70 birthday cards for Grandma’s 70th birthday, I’ll post a video blog of Grandma’s reaction to your cards (this, of course, is pending Grandma’s involvement but I am sure with a little convincing she’ll help her lovely granddaughter out).


Help me out for Grandma’s birthday

We all have that special lady in our lives. The one that spoiled you a litte more than your mom did, that slipped you an extra $20 when you went back to your college dorm after a weekend with her and just made you feel like the most special girl in the whole world. My special lady loves shoes, dancing, going to church, praying, cats, the City of Saint Paul, Judy Garland records, cleaning, cleaning up after her eldest granddaughter, singing, sewing and so much more.  Grandma Cathy is having a milestone birthday on Sunday, November 25th. She is turning 70.

Grandma Cathy is very dear to my heart. She worked her tail off for her entire life to get to where she is today. I moved in with her when I was 15 and she raised me. I believe she is responsible for turning me in to the bright young woman I am today.

Leah & Grandma // 2008

She is retired, but not bored. Between volunteering, rollerskating, dancing, karaoke, taking art classes, taking kickboxing classes, traveling and adopting a (hyper) dog… she leads an exciting and active life. She is not an ordinary woman, which is why she deserves an extraordinary surprise for her 70th birthday.

Catherine // December 1961

Can I use my network of friends/colleagues/strangers to have Grandma receive 70 birthday cards in the mail? 

Here is how you can help me.

  • Get a postcard, card or USPS-approved mailing document.
  • Write a little note on whatever you find. Wish Grandma Cathy a very happy birthday and don’t forget a stamp. 
  • Mail it on Wednesday November 21st to:

Grandma Cathy

1304 DeSoto Street

Saint Paul, MN 55130

  • Watch my Twitter feed for updates on Grandma’s social birthday experiment. I’ll also post a re-cap blog to share how it worked and some photos.

THANK YOU for helping me make Grandma Cathy’s milestone birthday a fun memory.

Also, don’t tell her I told you she’s 70, she doesn’t like being reminded that she is “old”.

If you have any questions, please email me at leahzins (at) or tweet me at @LeahSTP.