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Five Unique Gifts for the Tea Lover

flowering tea 150x150 Five Unique Gifts for the Tea LoverWe think of tea as very calming and soothing – and it is.  But it can also be refreshing, reviving, invigorating, or healing.  Teas have been used for centuries to treat illness and as a favorite beverage, and they continue to be valued in cultures all over the world.  Every part of drinking tea, from breathing in the steam and aroma to holding the hot cup in our hands, creates contentment.  If you have a tea lover on your list, find the perfect gift that will bring as much satisfaction as a perfectly brewed cup of tea.  You could go with a tea gift basket, or here are some unique ideas to get you started. Flowering tea.  Some tea purists do not like flowering tea because the quality of the tea may be affected.  This difference may not even be noticeable for the majority of people, Read more

What to Give for an Engagement Gift

engagement 150x150 What to Give for an Engagement Gift She just said “I do.” What’s next for the happy couple? The perfect engagement gift for you. What should you pick up? How much should you spend? This quick guide can help answer all of your engagement gift questions. Do I Have to Give an Engagement Gift? There’s no etiquette standard that says an engagement gift is a necessity. If you’ll be attending an engagement party, you may want to bring one along, but in many cases, even this is still an option. If you feel like getting them a gift to celebrate, do so. If it’s just not going to work financially, don’t worry about it. Save your money for the wedding gift. How Much Should I Spend? It’s important to keep your spending in check with this event. The wedding is coming up, and you’ll likely want to splurge there, Read more

Baby Shower Guest Etiquette

baby shower 150x150 Baby Shower Guest EtiquetteHeaded for a baby shower in the near future? They’re great events, to be sure, but if you’ve recently received an invitation, you may be wondering about your responsibilities as a guest. This quick guide can help you sort it all out. RSVP The invitation should have a number you can call or an email address you can use to let the shower host know if you’ll be attending. If you have a previous engagement for that date, you should certainly call to let them know you won’t be there. Make certain, though, that the shower isn’t a surprise before you tell the mommy-to-be that you can’t make it. Etiquette demands you tell at least the host, not necessarily the mom. If you’re not coming, you’re not necessarily expected to send a gift. Just wait until the baby is born to send the Read more

Fourth of July Party Themes

fireworks 150x150 Fourth of July Party ThemesFourth of July comes at the perfect time; we need a holiday to get us through until Thanksgiving!  While we celebrate our independence, we also use the 4th as a time to have parties, get together with friends and family, and break in the new grill.  Here are some fun Fourth of July party themes to consider before your big bash. Stars and Stripes.  The centerpiece of any July 4th party is the flag, and you can proudly display your stars and stripes in other ways. You can find stars and stripes pennants, decorations, candle holders, window clings, plastic tablecloths, paper plates, and balloons. If you don’t want to buy them, make your own. Buy white balloons and draw (or delegate this to your children) blue and red stars. Yes, it’s a bit backwards, but your color theme is right Read more

Gift Basket Ideas for Women

Woman basket 150x150 Gift Basket Ideas for WomenWhenever you need a gift for a lady in your life, think gift basket. There’s nothing more fun or easier to put together than a basket based on her likes. Everyone is different, so be sure that you have a good idea of what your recipient likes before you set about creating your gift basket for her. You can’t go wrong if you include things that you really are certain she likes. The best way to craft a basket is to spend some time with the person it’s going to be for. If it’s your best friend, you probably have a good idea already of what she likes and can go ahead and put together an awesome basket. But if it’s a co-worker or a relative you hardly ever see, think about spending time fishing for ideas while she’s around. Bring up different topics and see if you can hit on something Read more

Baby Shower Mocktail Ideas

cocktails 150x150 Baby Shower Mocktail IdeasA baby shower isn’t exactly the place to start drinking, but nothing like a few cocktails can get the room relaxed and talking. The compromise, of course, is a few great mocktail ideas. Here are some to consider for your upcoming baby shower. The Mint Breezer: If you’re looking for a refreshing twist at your baby shower, this is certainly the mocktail you’ll want to consider. From the lime to the pomegranate juice, it’s likely to thrill and refresh at the same time. You’ll need two ounces of pomegranate juice, pineapple juice and club soda. You’ll also need ¾ of an ounce of lime juice, a pineapple slice, and some mint leaves. Mix the fruit juices together in a shaker. Add some ice and shake hard. Strain it into a highball glass, then top it off with soda. Use the pineapple Read more

Mother’s Day Gifts for a Mom Who Has Everything

Mom coupons 150x150 Mother’s Day Gifts for a Mom Who Has EverythingMother’s Day is easily one of the most important holidays on the calendar. It’s the chance to celebrate the single most important women in your life. Not every mom, though, is easy to buy for. Finding the ideal gift for a woman who seems to have everything can be tough, but these suggestions can help. For Moms With Younger Kids A Day Off – Motherhood can be overwhelming when the kids are young. It seems there’s always so much to do with little ones in the house. A day off may be the perfect gift for the mom who seems to have absolutely everything else. Offer to take the kids out to lunch and to a movie, giving Mom the time and space she needs to relax. You may even want to offer to hold a sleepover so Mom can get a solid night away. Coupon Book – This is a great one to engage Read more
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