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Thoughtful graduation gifts for high school and college grads

Thoughtful graduation gifts for high school and college grads

Besides the most welcome gift of money and gift cards, what other thoughtful gifts can you give to a new grad to make them feel extra special? Read my 5 suggestions including a handwritten note of advice, custom artwork, custom word art, book recommendations, and a song lyrics print.

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5 visualizations to help calm your nervous system

5 visualizations to help calm your nervous system

I’ve been reading a book from the 1890s called, “The Technique of Rest” and this quote really hit home: “She lives in a perpetual sense of not being able to draw one full breath.” Do you ever feel this way? It’s why my word of the year this year is “breathe” and why I’m writing this blog post today. We can all benefit from ways to calm our nervous systems. Read this blog post for five mini meditations or visualizations to help you take a full, deep breath and remember that you can experience serenity through your own imagination.

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How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than $1.00

How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than $1.00
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 $1.00. Continue reading

How to choose a word for the new year (with 25 suggestions)

How to choose a word for the new year (with 25 suggestions)
As one year comes to an end and another begins, many of us put forth our New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making a resolution that puts on a lot of pressure, I like to choose a word or mantra that will help me live with better intentions for the year. But how do you choose a word that's right for you? Learn how in this blog post (with 25 suggestions for you!)... Continue reading

4 phenomenal non-profit organizations to support on Giving Tuesday and every day

4 phenomenal non-profit organizations to support on Giving Tuesday and every day
In addition to my love of words, I’m also deeply passionate about giving. Giving Tuesday is my favorite day of the year because people come together to donate nearly $1 BILLION to local and national charities, making a meaningful impact in the lives of so many people. Here is more information about 4 of my favorite non-profit organizations. Continue reading

5 ways to connect to a deceased loved one

5 ways to connect to a deceased loved one
If you’ve experienced the loss of a close loved one, the holidays can be difficult to navigate. Old traditions and memories flood our hearts and minds and remind us of the gaping hole left by death. My sister Amanda unexpectedly passed away in May 2020 at just 40 years old. I’m not an expert on grief, but here are 5 things that have helped me cope and allow me to continue connecting with Amanda... Continue reading

Appreciating the under-appreciated people in our lives

Appreciating the under-appreciated people in our lives
Have you watched MAID on Netflix? I recently finished watching and although there are many important themes to discuss—emotional abuse, the broken systems in America, PTSD and depression—there is one theme I want to write about here: appreciating the under-appreciated people in our lives... Continue reading

How the course of my small business changed: Being part of the “Great Resignation”

How the course of my small business changed: Being part of the “Great Resignation”
10 years ago, I graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and went on to work a few corporate jobs. This year I became part of the “great resignation” and quit my corporate job 6 months ago to focus solely on my small business, Alison Rose Vintage... Continue reading

What's in a name? The meaning behind Alison Rose Vintage

What's in a name? The meaning behind Alison Rose Vintage

In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet pondered, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In this scene, Shakespeare was introducing the idea that names (and words) have a much deeper meaning than what appears on the surface.

This is exactly why I started Alison Rose Vintage...

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