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 […]

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 […]

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.                      

Easy and Joyful Holiday Gift Giving: GUARANTEED

Whatever you are doing when you read this, I can pretty much guarantee my 12-year old daughter would like to trade places with you.   Though you may be stuck in traffic or wading through an overstuffed inbox, she is Getting Braces right now.  She’s been dreading this day since she lost her last baby tooth […]

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 […]

5 Ways Sharing Gift Ideas Makes YOU Happier

You know that little happy dance you do when you find that perfect gift for someone?   It’s that mix of “She is gonna LOVE it!” and “I wish her birthday would hurry up and get here!!!”   When the person finally opens the gift, it’s like a confetti blast of happiness rains down—on both […]

“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 […]

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 […]