New Book plus FREE Gifts!

It’s here, it’s here!  🙂 I’m so excited to tell you about a new book called Ready, Set, Live! Empowering Strategies for an Enlightened Life by NY Times bestselling authors Janet Bray Attwood, Chris Attwood (they also wrote The Passion Test), Marci Shimoff (she wrote Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and was featured in […]

Be Kind and Let Them Know They Matter

Shortly before my mom’s 30th birthday, my father left her with two young girls under the age of four. He took the shared car, emptied their meager bank account and never looked back—ever. My mother, who only days before had been a homemaker, went to work as a waitress in a diner in order to […]

Shake it Off: Stress-free Holiday Gift Tips Courtesy of Taylor Swift

I never thought I would ever utter this sentence—let alone type it!—but Taylor Swift can teach us all something about gift giving. In case you missed it, in between non-stop promotion of her album “1989” and imploring us to “Shake it Off,” Taylor sent PERSONALIZED Christmas gifts to some of her most loyal fans.  She […]

How to Be an Individual in a Group Gift: Add Sweetener

“I’m getting Will a PC for his birthday.  Who wants to go in on it?” Ah yes…the group gift.  I’m all in favor of it, as it offers many advantages: More people usually means greater purchasing power Great way to afford a gift that would otherwise be unattainable Helpful when some of the givers have […]

Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Outstanding Thank You Note

Wouldn’t you be so proud of your 12 year old son if he had written this thank you note?  I certainly would be!  Alas, my son did not write the thank you note, he received it.  After reading the note, he said, “Wow.  This thank you note is waaaay better than any I’ve ever written.” […]

Why Do We Give Gifts Anyway?

Gifts serve a variety of roles in our society. They serve to connect us to each other, mark milestones & holidays and help our children understand social customs. In many ways, the gift itself is an expression of emotion. Some gifts practically purr, “I care about you and want to delight you,” while others shout, […]

Save Time, Just Give Cash…Or Not

If you want to reduce your holiday gift giving stress this season, imagine going to the extreme and giving everyone on your list the gift of cash. You could withdraw money from an ATM, put a few bills in some envelopes, hand them out and you are done, done, done! The recipient could then take […]

Transform an Ordinary Gift Card into an Extraordinary Gift

Hey!  Hey you there with the gift card in your hand!  Whatcha doin’?  Yes, I know that you need a gift for your brother/friend/cousin for an upcoming event.  And I know the person you are giving the gift card to probably does shop at that particular store or website. BUT…will that gift card make the […]