ArchivesCategory: Gifts & Flowers


The season of graduation is upon us! Someone very special to you has made an important accomplishment, reaching an exciting milestone in life, and you want to show them how proud you are. Don't get anxious about picking out the perfect gifts for the graduates in your life, because I've got plenty of ideas for you.Continue Reading


After a disappointing Easter, retailers were hoping for a rebound on Mother’s Day but consumers continued to keep a lid on spending. Though the sales numbers didn’t include retail spending on Mother’s Day itself (May 8), the slight increase in sales the prior week didn’t live up to expectations.Continue Reading


With Mother's Day just a few days away, we wanted to celebrate a bit early with an infographic about the history of Mother's Day as well as facts about all the great moms out there.Continue Reading


Mother’s Day is May 8th this year, which means time is running out to pick out the perfect present. And if you’re shopping on a budget, find tips on affordable options that are thoughtful, yet economical.Continue Reading


Did you wait 'til the last minute to think about getting a Valentine's Day gift for your Valentine?  Ooops! Fortunately, you can still salvage the day (and hopefully, your relationship).  It's time to get creative. Everyone loves those little "conversation hearts" you find in candy stores at this time of year.  Get a few bags, […]Continue Reading


Are you planning to give a gift of flowers to your sweetie for Valentine's Day this year?  Usually, a bouquet of flowers is a slam-dunk gift.    But that doesn't mean it has to be the standard dozen long-stemmed red roses.  Think outside the bouquet! Try a mixed bunch of flowers rather than all those roses.  […]Continue Reading


Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. When we were planning our wedding all those years ago, we weren't thinking about the fact that it was less than three weeks after Christmas, or even that it was the middle of December and winter weather might complicate matters on our wedding day. […]Continue Reading


Did you give--or get--any "Goldfish gifts" this holiday season? One of my Facebook friends introduced me to this phrase, explaining that it means "a present whose lifespan is about equal to that of the goldfish you win at carnivals by tossing a ping-pong ball into their bowls." My "Goldfish gift" didn't turn out to be […]Continue Reading


From the time I was in high school, I was wrapping my own Christmas presents.  Mom would set me up with tape, wrapping paper and stacks of boxes in the living room, in front of a Christmas movie on TV, and instruct me to get busy wrapping. "Don't open the boxes in that pile.  Those […]Continue Reading


When you're chatting with an 8-year-old, you never know what you're going to get.  Here's what we discussed yesterday on the way to pick up his sister after track practice. "Mom, you know what I want for my Sweet 16?" "Boys don't get a sweet 16." "What do they get?" "Nothing!" "Oh...Well, want to know […]Continue Reading


Do you have a wish list for this Christmas?   If you're a parent, your kids probably have wish lists running to several pages.  Kids are always happy to address wish lists to Santa, and they're not shy about asking for what they want. Last week when I was helping out at the school library, we […]Continue Reading