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Gifts & Flowers - Page 5 of 8

Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift Wrap

December 12, 2010 |

Every holiday season in the United States, there is a 25% increase in the amount of trash discarded. This is more than in any other time during the year. Gift wrap, gift bags, and their decorations are a huge contributor ... Read More

Dear Santa,

December 7, 2010 |

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 ... Read More

Weird Holiday Monday: Put Your Coat On Edition!

December 6, 2010 |

Dec. 6 is Coats & Toys for Kids Day! Did you just discover that your little one has outgrown last year's jacket?  Now's the time to score a great deal on winter outerwear! 40% off your order at Justice Enter ... Read More


October 19, 2010 |

It was my privilege to be a guest at a 50th anniversary celebration last weekend.  The party was for a couple whom I have known for over ten years, and their daughter did an amazing job planning this surprise event.

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June 4, 2010 | 1

No, my spellcheck isn't on the fritz.  I'm borrowing that deliberate misspelling so I can take this opportunity to conGRADulate my older son, who graduates high school this evening.

Wasn't it just yesterday that I was buying his freshman-year ... Read More

April Fool!

April 1, 2010 |

Yesterday I went around the house hiding all the rubber bands, the Saran Wrap, and the masking tape--because today is April Fool's Day and I have children.

My daughter mentioned as far back as late September that she can't ... Read More

Dinner Date

February 11, 2010 |

Valentine's Day is almost here, and the pressure is on to plan the perfect date.

If you don't like crowds, you might want to avoid restaurants on February 14.  Everyone goes out to dinner on Valentine's Day.  It might ... Read More

Flower Time!

February 9, 2010 | 2

Valentine's Day is coming up, and you know what that means:  it's time to think about getting some flowers for your sweetheart.

It's also time to realize that flowers go way up in price at this time of year, ... Read More


February 2, 2010 |

Are you a fan of scented candles?

It's a huge industry, because there are so many people who enjoy the candles.  The other day while visiting friends, I found out that it's not just adults that like them.

Our friends ... Read More

It's Our Anniversary

January 13, 2010 | 2

It's our 19th anniversary--or 20th, depending on how you count.

19 years ago today, my husband and I were married.  Our wedding came on the heels of a snowstorm that dumped several inches of snow in the area, causing ... Read More

There's a present by the tree, stockings on the wall

December 10, 2009 | 1

Every December at elementary schools all over the country, the ritual of Santa's Secret Shop takes place.  "Budget" envelopes are sent home so the children can bring in money and buy dollar-store gifts for their family members.  Of course, the ... Read More