Great Birthday Gift Idea 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.   Be Creative With Their […]

Sweet, Quick and Easy: Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas and Gifts

Got a plan for Valentine’s Day? Yes!  No… Maybe so? Whether you are starting from scratch or you want to make your gift even sweeter, here are some quick and easy gift ideas that can have even the most unprepared person going from zero to hero this Valentine’s Day. Sweet start:  begin their morning with a token […]

FIVE 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 […]

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 […]

Best Hostess Gifts this Thanksgiving

Picture this:  you wake up late on Thanksgiving morning and the first thing you are grateful for is that you have received an invitation to dinner and don’t have to peel a single potato.  You decide to turn on some of the parade before catching the football game.  Your biggest concern?  Making sure to eat […]

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 […]