Graduations: Bookmarks in the Stories of Our Lives

A friend’s daughter is graduating from 8th grade next week.  As I asked her details about the event, she quickly corrected me and said, “It’s not graduation.  It’s promotion.” [Promotion?!  How could someone who has never even had a job be ‘promoted’?] She told me her mani/pedi plans, proudly showed me the dress she felt like a princess […]

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 […]

Just Do It with a Mother’s Day Gift

Groaning about having to get a Mother’s Day gift?  Struggling with what to write in the card?   Several years ago, I had the opportunity to hear legendary newscaster Brian Williams ask three of the most influential men in the world a simple question, “Who is your role model?”   The man who co-founded the largest shoe […]

Birthday Countdown: A Quick, Easy and Creative Approach to Gifts

My nephew is turning 11 soon, which if you believe in numerology is a “master birthday” (same digit repeated, so next up would be 22, then 33…) When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he told me there was a mobile charger he was hoping for so he could charge his gaming […]

A Birthday Gift for a Fifty Year Old who “Needs” Nothing

A good friend reached the half-century milestone recently and the invitation said, “No gifts necessary, though alcohol is always appreciated.”  Since I’m a firm believer in getting the person what they ask for, the gift was obvious—alcohol! The Birthday Boy Man’s drink of choice was vodka, so I put together a gift basket filled with […]

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 […]

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.                      

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 […]