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Four Unique Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

April 14, 2015


Treating mom on that special Sunday in May is a small way to say thanks for all the wonderful things she’s done for you all year. If you’re once again stumped for a gift that will make her feel loved and appreciated, we’ve got four unique ideas for making mom happy:

1.) Birthstone Bracelet-What mom could resist a beautiful bracelet adorned with her children’s birthstones? An affordable but thoughtful gift idea, this piece of jewelry will be something for mom to treasure for years to come.

2.) Chef Delivery-While these recipes still require prep, the folks at Blue Apron have taken the guesswork out of mealtime and provide fresh ingredients and ideas delivered to your door. Mom will appreciate a vacation from planning and shopping for meals.

3.) Maid Service-Nothing makes mom feel more relaxed than a break from the usual duties of cleaning and caring for the home. A maid service can provide deep or light cleaning services just in time for mom’s day. Contact us at: 707-759-3896 or learn more about our service offerings here.

4.) Scrapbook-Designing a scrapbook is a terrific way to personalize a gift to mom and make her feel warm and fuzzy. Add tons of family photos, stickers and finish with a poem or loving note.

Still not sure what to get mom? Check out these Pinterest boards for fresh ideas and inspiration!
Inspiring Mother’s Day Gifts, Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Cards: Mother’s Day Cards & Gift Ideas


5 Reasons Why You Should Say “Yes” More Often

February 16, 2015

Saying, “No” is so easy because it keeps you in your comfort zone.  If you never take any risks, you will never experience the rewards.


Here are 5 reasons why you should nix the “Nos” and just say, “Yes”!


  1. It enhances your personal relationships. Whether that means meeting new and interesting people, or enhancing existing friendships, this one little word can have a huge impact on the way you live your life.  Saying, “Yes” can even enhance your romantic relationship.  Having your own hobbies is great, but you learn new things about each other when you try new things together.


  1.  It opens doors.  (Saying “Yes” gets you out of the house!)  Plus, every time you say “Yes” to something that you would normally say “No” to, you give yourself an opportunity to enrich your life.  You can gain a skill, find a new hobby, or just experience something new and different.


  1. 3. It boosts your confidence and self-worth.  Saying, “Yes” when someone asks you to try something new gives you an opportunity to find something new that you’re good at.  When you do something outside of your comfort zone, it lets you see another side of yourself.  The fun, adventurous side that you never even knew existed!


  1.  It provides momentum for your life to move forward.  “If we always do what we’ve always done, we will always get what we’ve always gotten.”  Let’s face it.  Life is moving and changing all the time.  If you’re standing still, the world is going to move on without you.  We all know you’ve changed at least a little over the years, unless you’re still rocking the blue eye shadow and crimped hair.  (Which is a case when it’s actually okay to say, “No.”)


  1. Saying, “Yes” pummels regret.  We’ve all heard the saying “When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.”  This is so true.  While saying, “Yes” isn’t always going to lead to a wonderful outcome; it does prevent you from wondering what might have happened.


Pay attention to the way your mouth naturally forms a smile when you say the word, “Yes.”  Coincidence?  I think not!


Smile Challenge

November 12, 2014


I challenge you to smile…everyday.

I believe that as a people we walk around with so many things heavy on our minds that we forget to smile. I make it a practice, especially in the mornings when I’m not feeling my best and alert, to greet everyone with a smile that I can to make eye contact with. You never know the impact that will have on someone. In my own experience, as a teenager attending Berkley High School, I was walking down Shattuck Avenue, mind full of thought, but staring at the ground as I walked. I heard a voice say, “Hey young lady, always hold your head up.” I looked up to see a very elderly man sitting at the bus bench. When our eyes met, he had the biggest smile on his face. I held my head up and walked away with a smile big enough to hold the world. To this day, I know exactly what that gentleman looked like. I wish I could tell him thank you. His smile and his uplifting words changed something in me that day. Never again have I walked with my head down and I always smile at strangers.

Enjoy your day and don’t forget, I challenge you to smile.  🙂