Great Birthday Gift Idea for a Special Person turning 40

I love gifts that keep on giving.  You don’t just get a megadose of happy, you get lots and lots of doses of happy spread out over time.  It’s kind of like the difference between getting a beautiful delivery of flowers vs. getting beautiful flowers every month for six months.   Be Creative With Their […]

Sweet, Quick and Easy: Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas and Gifts

Got a plan for Valentine’s Day? Yes!  No… Maybe so? Whether you are starting from scratch or you want to make your gift even sweeter, here are some quick and easy gift ideas that can have even the most unprepared person going from zero to hero this Valentine’s Day. Sweet start:  begin their morning with a token […]

Cupid Has Amazon Prime: Valentine’s Day Gifts Delivered

I like to think of Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to remind the people we love most how special they are to us. Whether you give a hand-crafted card, treat them to a special dinner or gift a book with a sexy love note tucked inside, this holiday is meant for meaningful, heartfelt gifts. Remember, […]

Picture This: Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift

“Soooooo!  How did the two of you meet?” Most couples have been asked this question more times than they can remember. If the romance is new, the question elicits lots of breathy answers.  “You wouldn’t believe it!  We were at this party and we both reached for the last Swedish meatball at the SAME time!  What […]

Enjoy Holidays More by Shifting Your Attitude

Use These Words to Make Your Holidays Happy

The holidays can be warm, fun and amazing…but they can also be stressful as we try to figure out how to fit it all in.  After all, most of us have full schedules already and that’s without any trees that need trimming, gifts that need finding or cookies just waiting to be baked. This season, […]

Best Hostess Gifts this Thanksgiving

Picture this:  you wake up late on Thanksgiving morning and the first thing you are grateful for is that you have received an invitation to dinner and don’t have to peel a single potato.  You decide to turn on some of the parade before catching the football game.  Your biggest concern?  Making sure to eat […]

A Stranger Shares Her Story: A Most Unexpected Gift

I’m lousy at returning unwanted purchases to the store.  The search for the receipt, the desperately hoping you made it to the store within the return period, the standing in line just to admit defeat:  you bought something you didn’t want/couldn’t use/wasn’t as you expected.  You made a mistake and now you were standing in […]

This Father’s Day: Ask Dad and Listen to What He Says

“An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you’ve given it away.” –TED Radio Hour I have a confession to make.  I am addicted to National Public Radio (NPR). From “Morning Edition” to “This American Life” to “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”  I can’t get enough.  NPR is the first station I […]

Graduations: Bookmarks in the Stories of Our Lives

A friend’s daughter is graduating from 8th grade next week.  As I asked her details about the event, she quickly corrected me and said, “It’s not graduation.  It’s promotion.” [Promotion?!  How could someone who has never even had a job be ‘promoted’?] She told me her mani/pedi plans, proudly showed me the dress she felt like a princess […]

Just Do It with a Mother’s Day Gift

Groaning about having to get a Mother’s Day gift?  Struggling with what to write in the card?   Several years ago, I had the opportunity to hear legendary newscaster Brian Williams ask three of the most influential men in the world a simple question, “Who is your role model?”   The man who co-founded the largest shoe […]