I've sent my share of e-cards, but they feel a bit, oh, I don't know, lame. Like I couldn't get it together to send a real card in time, so I dashed off an electronic version as an afterthought (this would be painfully accurate). Jalapenyo cards, on the other hand, show evidence of real handiwork and time, as they revolve around video clips (avi, mpeg, mov, or wmv). And believe you me, Grandma won't mind getting an e-greeting if, smack dab in the middle, is a video of her darling grandkids crawling, waving, doing anything, really.
Upload is simple (this service is specifically geared toward families). Each video e-card usually costs 99 cents, and can be shared with up to ten people. This is a major bargain when you consider that standard Hallmark fare (plus postage) will set you back $3-4 each.
BUT, because Olivia (of Jalapenyo) is so generous and Parent Hacks readers are so deserving, video e-cards are free through August 1st, 2006. F-R-E-E. So, fire up those new digital videocams and give it a try. Grandma will love you for it.
[Thanks, Rookie Moms, for the tip and for introducing me to Olivia.]