Sweet Words Make Easy Valentine’s Day Gifts

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”      -Rudyard Kipling   If words are the most powerful drug, then Valentine’s Day is the holiday that knocks us out. Sure, Christmas is the biggest holiday and Halloween and Easter top the list for candy sales.  But you’d be hard-pressed to find another […]

Do This NOW to Rock Valentine’s Day

Last night, I was out with friends and one of the guys was going on and on about how busy he was. He opened up the calendar on his phone, and started rattling off upcoming events: “Speech in LA” [swipe]; “Board meeting in San Diego” [swipe]; “Press conference for a joint venture launch”… On and on […]

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, […]

The Spirit of Christmas: Say Thank You

At lunch yesterday, our waitress and I were talking.  She said while she always appreciates a good tip, it’s even more meaningful when someone takes the time to write “Thank you” on the receipt.  She said it makes her feel great because the person took the time to let her know her service mattered.  She […]

How to Easily Find Great Holiday Gifts

How to Easily Find Great Holiday Gifts: 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 […]

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 […]

An Updated Definition of Mother in Time for Mother’s Day

I had a giant letdown this morning. I looked up the word “mother” in the dictionary and the definition was a “female parent.” THAT’S IT???? I’d like to offer up a more accurate description: “An amazing woman who happily and willingly puts her children first. Exact responsibilities may vary, but are likely to include: -An […]

The Four Easy Steps to an Awesome Mother’s Day Gift

Mom!  The woman to whom you so owe so much…who you have known your whole entire life…who you have absolutely NO idea what to get for Mother’s Day! Never fear, help is here!   🙂 If you want a Mother’s Day gift that will really make her smile, you can accomplish that in four easy […]

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift: Five Things I Love about You

What’s your plan for Valentine’s Day? If you’re like most Americans, you’ll give cards (52%), candy (48%), dinner/night out (35%) or flowers (34%). All told, Americans will collectively spend $13 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts. (Some of that money will even be spent on those scary looking stuffed animals sitting desperately on store shelves.) While […]