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Personalized Valentine Gifts for Men

Valentine’s Day is near, so what are you planning to give  that special man in your life? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to surprise him with a gift personalized just for him.

Personalized Valentine Gifts for Men

Deluxe Camouflage Lock Back Knife in Tin Case
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Camouflage Knife

What outdoorsman wouldn’t love this camouflage knife? That’s why the camouflage lock back knife is the perfect gift for the camper, fisherman or hunter on your gift list. Its sharp blade will be able to conquer anything the elements throw its way.

The knife measures 5″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/4″ when it is closed and 9″ when it is fully extended.

Personalization of this gift is free.

 

Men’s Watch Box
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Men’s Watch Box

Does your man where watches? Then this black top-stitched leather watch case is a perfect valentine gift choice for him. It has a glass hinged lid and is a great way to showcase and protect his watches. It has 10 khaki suede-like removable velvet watch cushion that provides plenty of room for all his valuables. The case clasp closure is polished-nickel and locks for extra protection.

The case measures 9-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ x 2-3/4″. Each compartment is approximately 1-3/4” wide, 3-1/4” long and 1-1/4” deep. The cushions are approximately 1-1/2” wide, 2-3/4” long and 1-1/4” diameter.

Make this beautiful watch case even more special and personalize it with his initial.

 

Deluxe Camouflage Sit n’ Sip Cooler Seat
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Deluxe Camouflage Sit n Sip Cooler Seat

Every man needs a reliable portable cooler, but with the camouflage sit n’ sip cooler, they’ll have so much more.

Its purpose is two-fold. It is perfect for the man that is practical but loves to have a good time. First, it acts as an insulated cooler, keeping up to 12 drinks cool in addition to room for snacks. It also has pockets to hold essentials like keys, wallets or cell phones. But what makes this cooler vital to a good time in the great outdoors or for tailgating is that it doubles as a portable stool.

Furthermore, this portable cooler can be personalized with up to 7 characters or a monogram. This insulated cooler is sure to be a big hit with any man, and it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll never leave home without it.

The stadium seat cooler comes with a carrying strap, measures 11-1/2” x 12” x 10-1/4” and weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces.

It can be personalized with up to 10 characters in one of 15 thread colors to choose from.

 

Mocha Business Card Case
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Mocha Business Card Case

There is nothing worse than a shabby, dog-eared business card stuffed into a pocket.

Class up your man with this stylish mocha business card holder.

This card case is durably constructed with simulated suede leather so it has a soft feel. It features a chrome steel compartment with a magnetic closure.

This card case measures 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ x 1/2″.

This makes a perfect Valentine gift for the business man and it can be personalized with 3 initials.

 

Mocha Portfolio
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Mocha Portfolio

This personalized mocha portfolio is a business essential. It is  durably constructed with simulated suede leather so it has a soft feel.

The portfolio measures 12” x 9-3/8” x 1/2” and it includes an 8-1/2” x 11” note pad.

This stylish portfolio can be personalize with 3 initials.

 

Sterling Silver Plated Key Chain with 2GB USB
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Key Chain with 2GB USB

More than just a keychain, this unique personalized item is also a 2 GB flash drive!

Both elegant and useful, this personalized flash drive keychain is sterling silver-plated and can be personalized with up to five characters.    It is large enough to handle easily, but small and light enough to fit in a pocket.

The key chain measures 3-1/2″ x 3/4″ x 3/8″.

 

NFL Travel Tumbler with Metallic Wrap
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NFL Travel Tumbler

Rain or shine, hot or cold. During football season, there are no guarantees with the weather, meaning you never know what you’re going to get. Whether you need to keep cool or stay warm, this NFL tumbler will keep your beverage the perfect temperature all throughout the game.

The tumbler measures 3-1/2″ x 8″ inches and holds 17 ounces of hot or cold beverages.

But this isn’t just any old tumbler. It comes complete with your favorite NFL teams logo. Personalize it  with 1 line of up to 10 characters, which is the perfect length for the gift recipients name or the NFL sports team they love. When it comes to finding the perfect NFL gift, you don’t have to look any further than the NFL tumbler. NFL Tumbler is available in 15 Teams It’s the gift that will last all season.

Here are just a few suggestions for some great personalized Valentine gifts for men.   You can see my entire selection of great gifts for all occasions at :

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Quotes About Mothers

It is almost May, Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is coming upon us once again. I thought it would be a good time to collect some of my favorite quotes about mothers.

Since Mother’s Day is the perfect time for us to do some reflection about our mothers, what better way to do that than reading some beautiful quotes about mothers from some famous people.quotes about mothers

But, before I begin, do you know the origin of Mother’s Day and why we celebrate it as a national holiday?

Origin of Mother’s Day

The first Mother’s Day in the United States was held in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a ceremony to honor her mother. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing the work she had started to set aside a day to honor mothers. Anna successfully campaigned for a formal holiday to honor mothers, and by 1911 most states had taken up the idea. This was followed in 1914 by a declaration by President Woodrow Wilson that Mother’s Day should be celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May.

The commercialization of Mother’s Day quickly followed. Ironically, Anna Jarvis campaigned for many years against the commercialization of Mother’s Day. Anna had wanted Mother’s Day to be a day of sentiment, not profit.

Today, just like many other holidays, Mother’s Day is very commercial. Most of us like to show our appreciation by giving our mothers flowers and gifts. After all, it makes our mothers feel good to be honored, and we feel good being able to show our mothers how much they means to us.

But, I also think we need to celebrate this wonderful recognition of our mothers by keeping in mind its true meaning. It’s easy to do that just by reading some quotes about mothers from some well known people.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes about mothers that ring true. And it only seem fitting that I start with a quote from Anna Jarvis herself!green line divider

Quotes About Mothers

Mother’s Day is in honor of the best Mother who ever lived – the Mother of your heart.
~ Anna Jarvis

Mother’s Day…the one day a year we try to pay our moms back for everything they’ve given us over a lifetime.
~ Susan Gale

The first time you truly appreciate Mother’s Day will be the first time you spend it without one.
~ Linda Poindexter

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.
~ Washington Irving

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.
~ Mildred B. Vermont

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
~ Pearl S Buck

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
~ Sophia Loren

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
~ Stevie Wonder

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
~ Abraham Lincoln

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
~ Victor Hugo

Regardless of whether you are famous or not, you will never have a bigger fan than your mother.
~ Linda Poindexter

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
~ Erma Bombeck

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
~ Emily Dickinson

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
~ Meryl Streep

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
~ Abraham Lincoln

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
~ George Washington

Who ran to help me when I fell, and would some pretty story tell, or kiss the place to make it well? My Mother. ~ Ann Taylor

Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~ Abraham Lincoln

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.
~ Washington Irving

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
~ Robert Browning

My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.
~ Mark Twain

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. ~ Helen Rice

You never appreciate all of the things your mother did for you until you find yourself doing the same things for your kids.
~ Linda Poindexter

My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.
~ Thomas Edison

And I saved my favorite quotes about mothers for last!

M-O-T-H-E-R

“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me. ~ Unknown

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Unique Gift Idea for Mom

A Magazine Subscription – Unique Gift Idea 

Need a unique gift idea for your Mom this Mother’s Day? Why not give your mother a magazine gift; a gift that she will enjoy all year long? Not only will you be her shining star on Mother’s Day, but throughout the year as she receives her Mother’s Day gift over and over.

Present your mother with a magazine subscription that relates to one of her special interests or hobbies. Every time she receives her new magazine gift, she will fondly think of you.

Now, to make this a really unique gift idea and even more special, select a small gift or gift card to accompany her new magazine subscription. Here are a few ideas:

  • A cooking magazine will go nicely with a new apron, a cooking gadget, a casserole dish, a basket of spices and herbs or some flavored cooking oils.
  • A gardening magazine will pair nicely with a new plant, gardening tools, gardening gloves or a flower basket. Another great idea is to give her some packets of flower seeds along with a new flower pot.
  • For a craft magazine, the possibilities are endless. It really depends on what type of crafts your Mother enjoys. Some things that come to mind are a new organizer for her crafting items or a gift card to her favorite craft store.

A Year of Reading – Magazines for Mom

Here are my recommended magazine gift ideas that cover a variety of topics especially written for women:

Real Simple

unique gift idea

From the publishers of People, Health and Cooking Light, Real Simple is a magazine for the way you want to live today. You’ll find actionable solutions to streamline the way you manage your life. There are systems for reducing clutter, saving time and reducing stress. The magazine practices what it preaches by offering readers a clean, uncluttered style of layout and photos. Features: Home, Health, Organizing Food, Recipes, Beauty, Fashion, Work and Life.
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Family Circle

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Quick and easy recipes, do-it-yourself decorating, fat-fighting secrets and health alerts, family advice, great ideas for getting organized, money and time saving tips, and so much more!
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Country Womanunique gift idea


The favorite life-style magazine of country-loving women for 40 years is filled with delicious country recipes, affordable decorating ideas, easy-to-make crafts, green-thumb advice for your gardens and wholesome humor.
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Taste of Home

The #1 cooking magazine! Enjoyunique gift idea100+ home-style recipes and tips, each a kitchen-tested family favorite made with everyday ingredients. Plus color photos of every recipe, cost-saving menus, healthy-choice dishes, casual entertaining ideas and more.
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Every Day with Rachael Rayunique gift idea


Every busy home cook’s go-to-guide for great food; good fun; and inspiring ways to relax, laugh and enjoy life. Help yourself to 30-minute meals and menu planners, Rachel’s faves for fun, beauty, style and home, plus 100s of food and entertaining tips.
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Oprah Magazineunique gift idea

O, The Oprah Magazine gives confident, smart women the tools they need to explore and reach for their dreams, to express their individual style and to make choices that will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. With one of the most trusted women in America serving as the magazine’s inspiration, O serves as a catalyst for transforming women’s lives.
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Harper’s BAZAAR

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The fashion authority, brings you the latest new looks from the hottest designers and the best dressed secrets, must-haves and great finds. Experience the best in style and beauty with Harper’s BAZAAR.
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Women’s Healthunique gift idea

A lifestyle magazine rooted in health and fitness. Women’s Health is filled with actionable and practical advice that you can use today. For women who want to do more, have more, and be more.
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All Youunique gift idea


Enjoy Life for Less! Each issue offers coupons, money saving tips, affordable menus, fashion for all figures and budgets, and advice from real women like you.
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Food Network Magazineunique gift idea

Offers unprecedented access to America’s favorite TV chefs and reflects the fun, playful sensibility of the Food Network. Each issue features various Food Network talent throughout its pages, plus a behind-the-scenes look at their shows and kitchens. The magazine showcases amazing kitchen gadgets, new restaurants, exclusive recipes and more. Food Network Magazine is for food lovers and Food Network fans of all ages and culinary abilities, offering pages of accessible recipes and tips on entertaining.
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Woman’s Dayunique gift idea

An indispensable resource for over 20 million women, presenting simple and sound solutions for health, home, food, style and money. Each issue offers the very best recipes, money-saving tips, home improvement ideas and more to make life rewarding, easier and more fun. Woman’s Day gives its loyal audience actionable tools and relatable inspiration to get the most out of everything.
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Better Homes and Gardens

unique gift ideaThe vibrant, down-to-earth guide for the woman who is passionate about her home and garden and all that they encompass. Issues contain lots of holiday ideas, recipes, crafts and ideas to decorate your home.
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First for Womenunique gift idea

Gives readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, it delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition to beauty and fitness to home and family.
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 Birds & Blooms

America’s #1 bird and garden magazine brings beautiful yards, gardens and wild birds into your living room with full-color photos, reader-shared stories. You’ll love the practical gardening advice, tips and fun family projects.
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Of course, there are hundreds of magazine subscriptions you can choose from for just about every hobby or interest there is. The secret is to find your mom’s special interest and surprise her with a magazine gift. What a great and unique gift idea for Mother’s Day and one that she can enjoy all year long.

Be sure to check out some of my other posts for more great gift ideas for Mother’s Day!

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A Flower Bouquet for Mother’s Day

A Flower Bouquet for Mom

Mother’s Day is a very special day for Mothers everywhere. And choosing a flower bouquet for Mom is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and to let her know just how much she means to you.

Your Mother has been there to hold your hand through the tough times and to give you “just because” hugs. Mother’s Day has no spiritual meaning behind it like so many other holidays. It is simply a day to celebrate Moms. And giving your Mom a flower bouquet is a sentimental gift and she will know it came from your heart.

Moms everywhere feel privileged to have had their children and they look upon them as precious gifts from God. Remember to treat Mom special each and every day, not just on Mother’s Day. It is an emotionally charged holiday when Mom looks back at moments from the past.

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Celebrating Lilie Rose

Show Mom that you are thinking about her by selecting a beautiful floral arrangement just for her. Fresh cut flowers will show your Mother that you were thinking of her on her special day.

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Spring Bouquet

Think about what your Mother likes.  Have you ever heard her mention what her favorite flower is? If she doesn’t have a favorite flower, select a flower bouquet that is made from Spring flowers. A bright flower bouquet is perfect for Mother’s Day.

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Bursting Lilie Bouquet

Giving your Mom a flower bouquet on Mother’s Day tells her that you appreciate all that she has done or put up with over the years. For the little ones, this holiday is a tradition that they can continue through the years. Flowers are the gifts that say so much without saying a word.

You can easily order flowers online. This is so convenient for all of you who do not live near your Mothers. Since you will not be able to celebrate her special day by being with her, just think about how delighted she will be when a special flower bouquet is delivered right to her door.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Is Just Around the Corner

Doesn’t it seem like the holidays just sneak up on us? Well, Mother’s Day is certainly no different. The best gift advice I can give you is not to let that happen to you, especially on Mother’s Day. In this article I have outlined a few great Mother’s Day Gifts that may help you to select the best gift for your Mother, or at least get you thinking.

Just think how much a Mother does for her family. So why not surprise your mother on this very special day with a great Mother’s Day Gift!

Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

Of course celebrating Mother’s Day with your Mother usually means gifts, too.  If you are one of those people who has a rough time selecting the right gift, look no further. Let me help you select the best gift that your Mother will absolutely love.

Flower Arrangements

Most Mom’s love flowers, and now it is easier then ever to send flower bouquets no matter where your mom lives. You simply select the bouquet of choice online and have it delivered to your Mom’s doorstep. It is very convenient and easy to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” with flowers. Here are some suggestions.

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Bursting Bouquet

This “Bursting Lilie Bouquet” is so fragrant and bursting in a variety of colors from red and pink to yellow, orange and white. This lively bouquet is sure to inspire Spring and is the perfect bouquet for Mother’s Day!

 

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Garden Bouquet

This “Garden Bouquet” mixed flower arrangement looks like the flowers were picked straight from the European foothills. It is made with Spring flowers including sunflowers, tulips, green poms and more. This flower bouquet will indeed brighten Mother’s Day for your Mom!

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Mothers Day Gift Baskets

Gift baskets always make great gifts. Nowadays, there are millions of different gift baskets you can get, and they are available for every price range, for every taste and every theme.

Does your Mom like chocolate? There are many chocolate gift baskets for chocolate lovers. Does she like baked goods? There are many gift baskets with baked goodies in them. Does she like coffee? There many coffee themed gift baskets to choose from. You get the picture. The possibilities are truly endless. Here are a few suggestions.

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Hugs for Mom

This “Hugs for Mom” gift basket delivers your sentiments in style! This wooden picket fence planter is filled with gifts that make Mom feel special. The “Mothers Are Forever” inspirational book will say you love her for years to come.

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I Love You Mom Gift Set

If your Mom likes to garden, celebrate the most wonderful woman in the world and wish her Happy Mother’s Day with this incredibly cute and handy gift basket.  You know she is awesome and now she will too with this gift which keeps giving. It includes everything she’ll need for a miniature flower garden.

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Mothers Are Forever Gift of Relaxation Gift Basket

Indulge your Mom  with this ultimate spa set! This unforgettable gift comes brimming with revitalizing surprises. It arrives in a white gloss gift box that is great for holding photos or mementos. It also includes a heart warming book entitled “Mothers Are Forever.”

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Personalized Gifts for Mother’s

Would your Mom like to display precious pictures of her children and grandchildren? A picture frame that is personalized with their names makes a very personal gift for mothers?

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We Love You Mom
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Mother’s Poem Frame

How about personalized pillow with the names of her loved ones? This “We Love You Mommy” pillow is a great Mother’s Day gift for the little ones to give Mommy and she will treasure it!

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We Love You Mommy

There are lots of great personalized gift ideas, and some of them you can make yourself, while others you can purchase.

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Take Mom Out or Cook Her Dinner

Reciprocate for all the countless dinners, lunches and breakfasts that Mom made for you. Let her rest, while you make your Mother her favorite dinner. And don’t forget to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen, too!

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Easter Gift Baskets – A Great Way to Celebrate

Easter Gift Baskets

I’m sure most of us have many great memories of our Easter traditions as a child. My favorite memories were getting my Easter basket, having an Easter egg hunt and having Easter brunch with my extended family.

Easter is such a special time of year. I can recall fond memories of Easters past when my parents would hide brightly colored eggs in the yard and send my sister and I out to find them. What joy we had running around the yard, looking in every nook and cranny for the eggs we had hand decorated together the day before.

Image Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono, at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono, at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As I recall, whoever found the most Easter eggs always received a special gift, usually a dollar or two. That was a lot of money to us kids in those days.

After the hunt, we would get together with our extended family for Easter brunch. This was always the Easter tradition in my family. I can still recall the happiness and joy we shared as a family during those Easter gatherings.

But, the highlight as a child was eating our chocolates, jelly beans, marshmallow candies and other sweet treats from our Easter baskets. I think I always enjoyed digging through the plastic green “grass” the most. It was like discovering gold to dig through the basket and find one of the last few treats which had fallen to the bottom. And they were always the jelly beans!

Today, I get just as much enjoyment from watching my grandchildren having the same fun I had as a child. It’s wonderful to view another generation enjoying the traditions of the past that still remain so much a part of our culture.

Unique Gift Baskets

One of my new Easter traditions, is giving Easter gift baskets to my family and close friends.

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Deluxe Easter Basket from LaBella Baskets

They’re wonderful for the kids and the adults all appreciate them as well. Like me, they remember the joy of getting Easter baskets.

Easter gift baskets are filled with delectable treats that both children and adults can enjoy.

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Deluxe Easter Tower from LaBella Baskets

There are so many Easter baskets you can order online for adults and children alike. And, I think they are so much better than the commercial Easter baskets you see in stores.

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Little Princess Disney Easter Fun from LaBella Baskets

I order enough for my friends and family, since Easter gift baskets can be shipped anywhere. I find that they make a great gift for kids or for the kid in all of us.

This year, I may even order one for myself. I may be older, but I still have a sweet tooth!

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

  Pride of the Irish

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Origin of St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, 461 AD, when Patrick of Ireland died, a new holiday was born. Though the celebrations began in the 700′s as a traditional Catholic Holy Day, over the years St. Patrick’s Day has become more a secular holiday which marks the beginning for spring. The official date for the beginning of spring is March 21, and this also supports the tradition of wearing green. Green is the color for life and growth, and on this day if you desire good luck, you should “be wearin’ a touch o’ the green”!

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Irish Pride Tee Shirt
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Luck of the Irish Tee Shirt

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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

The spreading of Christianity and Catholicism to the Irish of the 4th and 5th century is mainly attributed to St. Patrick, who received the name of Patrick while in seminary after his captivity in Ireland. Traditions that originated back in the 7th century have changed from being strictly religious to a St. Patrick’s Day where “everybody is Irish for the day”.

Tradition has it that St. Patrick often used a Shamrock to explain to pagans the concept of the Trinity. The trinity is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost which Christians know all stem from the same God threeshamrock in one like the Shamrock plant – three leaves from one stem. If you are wearing a shamrock you can claim Good Luck or Blessings! The tradition of the Shamrock still remains though most don’t know the reason behind it; but it still means “Good Luck” to whoever wears it or receives it.

St. Patrick’s Day Observed in the United States

St. Patrick’s Day was first observed as a holiday in the United States in 1737. The US was still under the authority of the British, because the Revolutionary War that gave freedom did not even start until 1776. So even though many of the Irish had not yet arrived to our shores yet, St. Patrick’s Day was still considered a very important holiday.

Of course, one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions is the drinking of particularly green ale. Green is the color of the day! For this holiday, there should be no bar or tavern which does not add some green food coloring to a keg of draft beer to serve mugs of tinted beer to its customers.

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Pride of the Irish Beer Stein
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Personalized Pint Glasses

Whatever your St. Patrick’s Day traditions are, remember to wear your green to show off your pride of the Irish and most of all enjoy this fun holiday.

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Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day
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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, and it is a day for wearing green and celebrating other Irish traditions. But, did you know the patron saint, St. Patrick, was not born in Ireland?  It is believed that he was born in the Roman province of Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family.

It is further believed that at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”.  As the story goes, God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

The people of Ireland have celebrated St. Patrick, every year since his death on March 17, around 461 A.D. Over 1200 years later, the celebration of Patrick was carried across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. In 1737, the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston among its many Irish immigrants.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Gifts & Food

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday for all ages. Here are some entertaining ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Everything that is “green”, which symbolizes spring and the prospering of the crops, fun and Irish can be worn or used to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

What better way is there to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than to celebrate with food?

A few drops of green food coloring goes into anything you might want green, even a mug of draft beer. Anything made with Irish cream or Irish whiskey has the Irish spirit, too.

Favorite Irish Recipes

What would St Patrick’s Day be without some Irish recipes? Here are two of my favorite Irish recipes.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage
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Photo Source: Jonathunder, Wikipedia Commons
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) corned beef brisket (seasoning packet included)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1-14 oz. can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 green cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges
  1. Place carrots and potatoes in bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Trim corned beef of excess fat and place on top of carrots and potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle with seasoning packet.
  4. Add apple juice, vegetable broth and water.
  5. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.
  6. Add cabbage and continue cooking another 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until beef  and cabbage are tender.
  7. Remove beef, potatoes, and vegetables to a platter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Don’t forget an Irish toast to bless the meal!

Irish Scones

Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons
Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

Note: You can add raisins, dates or other dried fruits and even chocolate chips, if desired.

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and flour until crumbly.
  3. Add baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg and milk.
  5. Mix into dry ingredients to make a dough.
  6. Turn onto floured surface and roll to one-inch thickness.
  7. With a cookie cutter or the bottom of a drinking glass, cut dough into 2-inch rounds.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheet, about one inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.

Makes about 18 scones

Gift Baskets to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Another great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is with gifts. After all, when you think of a holiday, don’t you think of gifts?

So what types of gifts do you associate with St. Patrick’s Day? Well, anything green and Irish of course!

A great gift idea might be an Irish themed gift basket filled with lots of treats. Here are  a couple of great gift baskets perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. A great way to celebrate this special and fun holiday at home with your family or at the office with your co-workers.

St. Patrick's Day Luck of the Irish
Luck of the Irish

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold

 

However you decide to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, enjoy this very fun holiday!

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Valentine’s Day Wine Gift

A Valentine’s Day Wine Gift

Want to try something a little different this year for Valentine’s Day? How about celebrating Valentines’s Day by giving your lovedWine Gift 2 one a Valentine’s Day Wine Gift?

The month of February is the month to show your favorite loved one just how special they truly are to you.  Of course, we should show appreciation every day, but in reality most of us don’t. It’s not because we don’t care or we don’t want to. It just seems that we get caught up in our everyday lives that we may forget to appreciate those that are near and dear to us. But it is never too late! Although you can’t make up for lost time, you can certainly show your appreciation on Valentine’s Day!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated occasions of the year. People all over the world shower their loved ones with greeting cards, chocolates, flowers, special dinners, and gifts. But, if you want to do something a little different to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, why not surprise your special someone with an amazing wine gift?

You don’t have to limit your selection to just wine itself. Make it even more special by selecting from wine gifts that you can have personalized just for them, such as wine glasses or wine coasters.

Personalized Wine Gift 1

Health experts say a benefit of drinking red wine, in moderation of course, helps lower heart disease. The reason for that is because wine is made of grapes. Grapes have lots of antioxidants that will help unclog your arteries and help raise good cholesterol while preventing bad cholesterol to form. So not only is wine romantic and complements a meal, it also adds health benefits to the heart.

So think about selecting a great Valentine’s Day Wine gift for your someone special this year.

Visit my website to see all the Valentine’s Day gifts I have to offer.

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Say It In A Valentine Card

Express Your Love with a Valentine Card

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February the 14th. This day is celebrated to express love. For lovers it is the most important day to express their deepest feelings to their loved ones.

Meaning of Valentine’s DaylinkedHearts

On Valentine’s Day we honor all those people who we love the most. Love is the most beautiful feeling in which our heart does the talking. To express this beautiful feeling,  millions and millions of dollars are spent on cards, flowers, gifts and candies every year. The best way to express the impact of love is with a Valentine card.

Valentine’s Day Cards

A Valentine card gives your loved one the message of how much you love them and how important he or she is in your life. The most important thing in the card is the message while the colors and design provide a supporting value.

A Valentine card can be very helpful when someone is expressing his or her love for the first time. This is a very special occasion for many people and requires a lot of courage. A Valentine card can be very helpful at this time as it can easily convey your message in an appropriate manner to your loved one.

One way to impress your sweetheart is to give a handmade Valentine card. You can decorate it with pictures of your own choice, glitter or any other type of crafts. You can also write an endearing message. If you need a little help with that, you can find many ideas online. Adding a poem can also be very romantic.

Another idea is to create your card online or electronically. There are various websites which allow you to create cards of your own choice. These websites provide different types of fonts as well as covers. You can also write your own message or choose one of their verses inside the card. This is a perfect way to express your true feelings.

Plantable Valentine’s Cards

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And now there are even Valentine cards that are plantable. Yes, that right! Just imagine giving a card that can be planted and admired for months or even years to come.  The recipient can plant their card in the ground or in a planter and watch it grow. Planting instructions are printed on the back of every card along with the seed mixture. Truly unique and an inviting concept!

You can find a whole collection of Valentine cards and other greeting cards on my website.

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Our cards are eco-friendly, made of 100% recycled ingredients and contain no chemicals.

Here is a sneak peek!

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