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What is the difference between self-love and self-care? And how to do both.

What is the difference between self-love and self-care? And how to do both.
By taking time to understand and practice self-love and self-care, you have the opportunity to achieve genuine self-acceptance, confidence, growth, and happiness. Practicing self-love and self-care might seem overwhelming or impossible at first, but you can see progress and benefits by starting small. Read this blog post for some ideas. Continue reading

How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than a dollar

How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than a dollar
Sometimes people will say that Valentine’s Day was created by greeting card companies just to make money. But the first mention of Valentine’s Day was actually in one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s poems from the 1380’s—over 500 years before Hallmark existed. In fact, way before manufactured cards and boxes of chocolate, people exchanged poems, love letters, and handmade cards for virtually no money at all. Read how to show your love on Valentine's Day for less than a dollar. Continue reading

February 2024: 29 Days of Love and Kindness

February 2024: 29 Days of Love and Kindness
Welcome to a month-long celebration of love, kindness, and the power of small gestures. This year I put together a 29 Days of Love and Kindness Calendar for us to do one kind thing each day for ourselves and others. Follow along with my calendar or get creative and make your own! The goal is to be as thoughtful and kind as possible for 29 days straight. Are you with me? Continue reading

First mention of Valentine’s Day in Chaucer's poem was like The Bachelorette TV show

First mention of Valentine’s Day in Chaucer's poem was like The Bachelorette TV show
If you’re single this year for Valentine’s Day, ditch the cheesy rom-coms where everyone falls in love, and join the birds in Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls poem as they hilariously navigate the complexities of love, courtship, and singlehood. Literature's earliest depiction of Valentine's Day is absurdly similar to The Bachelorette TV show except the bachelorette decides to stay single! Grab your favorite beverage and some popcorn and let’s break down the masterful wit of Geoffrey Chaucer... Continue reading

Employee Appreciation: Thoughtful and Personal Gift Ideas

Employee Appreciation: Thoughtful and Personal Gift Ideas

As you work to build a strong and engaged team of employees, showing appreciation is crucial. If you can offer a bonus or day off, definitely do that. But if you just have enough budget for a small gift, consider ideas that are different than the typical corporate swag. Your employees deserve gifts that show they are valued as individuals.

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2024 Word of the Year Ideas

2024 Word of the Year Ideas
Choosing a “Word of the Year” is a powerful alternative to a New Year's resolution. Instead of something that makes you feel pressure or guilt, pick a word that makes you feel more confident, grateful, adventurous, or motivated. What will your word be? Let me give you some ideas with my own spin on the definitions. Continue reading

4 of the best non-profits to support on GivingTuesday and all year long

4 of the best non-profits to support on GivingTuesday and all year long
GivingTuesday is my favorite day of the year! It isn’t your average Tuesday—it’s a global generosity movement celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year. On this special day, everyone is encouraged to support a charity, volunteer, or complete acts of kindness. Last year, over $3 BILLION was donated to charities. Here are 4 of the best non-profit organizations to support on GivingTuesday and all year long. Continue reading

Appreciation Pie Recipe: Baking Gratitude for the Holidays

Appreciation Pie Recipe: Baking Gratitude for the Holidays

It’s the season of homemade pies and cookies, my friends. Admittedly I’m not a baker, but I absolutely love to indulge in sweet treats. And what’s sweeter than gratitude?

Gratitude isn’t just about being polite—it’s the secret ingredient to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Grab your apron and your favorite pen because today we're whipping up Appreciation Pie and serving it to your loved ones via handwritten greeting cards.

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5 sympathy gift ideas for grief and loss

5 sympathy gift ideas for grief and loss

When I lost my sister in May 2020, some gestures and sympathy gifts I received really comforted me. I also encountered words and actions that left me feeling more isolated and unsupported. In this blog post, I'm sharing 5 sympathy gift ideas to better equip you to be a light in someone else's darkest days.

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Tips for gifting and decorating with antique books

Tips for gifting and decorating with antique books
I’ve collected and admired antique books for many years so I’m very happy and proud to be able to curate and sell them in my Etsy Shop. This blog post will give you tips on how to gift antique books to loved ones, display them as pieces of art in your home, or use them as decor for special events like a wedding. Continue reading
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