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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]