I Smell Presents! Why Birthday Traditions Matter More than Ever

Like many traditions, I don’t remember when this one started. It was at least 10 years ago, though it could have been longer. I have a foggy memory of wanting to slow down the unwrapping of birthday gifts to make the sensation last a little bit longer, though maybe it was because my kids had […]

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 […]

FIVE Easy Ways to Make Your Kid Feel More Loved this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers.  It’s for people that you just love!  And who better to be the object of your affection than your kids? Take advantage of the upcoming holiday and let your kids know how loved they are. The gesture doesn’t need to be grand or expensive, just something simple that lets […]

What’s Hot, What’s Not: 2016 Holiday Gift Giving Trends

Wondering what’s in and what’s out this year? Want to be in the know on this season’s most coveted toys? You’ve come to the right place!  🙂 Keep reading or click here if you’d prefer to download the PDF.                      

Gift Happens: Avoid the Four Most Common Gift Giving Mistakes

People don’t set out to give lousy gifts, but gift happens. “I need a birthday gift for my sister who I’m super close to.  I’m looking for something that she will hate, that irritates her every time she thinks about it, and I want to waste a bunch of money in the process.  Can you […]

BOO! Send Someone Special a Few Halloween Treats

I don’t think of Halloween as a “gifting” holiday.  Maybe if you go to a party, a hostess gift…but otherwise, it’s about costumed kids racing around to as many houses as they possibly can, to get as much candy as they can.  After which, they unceremoniously dump their loot on the floor and feverishly count and sort […]

“Just Because” Gifts Spread Kindness Like Confetti

“Just Because” gifts are given…just because!  Just because you are grateful that someone is in your life…just because you know someone is going through a tough time…just because you want to brighten someone’s day. Unlike Christmas or birthday gifts, “Just Because” gifts arrive without much fanfare. In fact, they are completely unexpected. Because the reason for giving […]

Birthdays Rock! Cakes, Snakes and More

Yesterday was my birthday and I’m happy to report it was a great day! I always make a list of what I appreciated about my birthday as a way to remind myself of the many things to be grateful for.   Here are this year’s reasons why I think birthdays ROCK:   1.  I woke up excited for […]

Gifts that Keep on Giving: 40 Special Wishes 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.   I also love milestone […]

Great Gift Giving Begins in Middle School

I was dropping my sixth-grade daughter off at school recently when she said something she has never, ever said before:   “I’m SOOOO excited for school today.”   So excited?  For school???   REALLY?  She usually tries to convince me she shouldn’t have to go, so something was definitely up.   When I asked why she […]