My parents are not cheap. They're the most generous people I've ever known. But somewhere deep down, they can still hear the echo of the Great Depression, and I'm guessing very few people had money to throw away on dropcloths back then.
Online gift registries are making it easy and convenient for expectant parents to get everything on their wish lists.
The "craft bacon" industry is under way and I want you to know about it first.
Clutching a teddy bear in one arm and a balloon in another, the little boy with a deep scar under his eye looked up and asked in Arabic, very gently... almost a whisper: "Khala (aunt) Rym. Can I have toothpaste for my sisters and I?"
You and I know that there are literally hundreds of reasons to be grateful for. But, in your busy life, it is something that is easy to forget and move to the other end of the spectrum where you start taking things for granted.
There is a popular myth that you have up to one year to send the couple a gift. But think about it; if you got married and didn't receive a gift after a few months, wouldn't you assume it wasn't coming?
Here is the super-secret gift-giving formula that works every time. It even comes with an acronym, PATCH, as in, you will no longer have to patch things up after a gift-giving occasion if you follow this simple plan.
Remember, lasting relationships start with a connection. This holds true in business networking and in our personal lives. You'll always move from connection to relationship quicker by giving a gift.
The secret to securing a return invitation? A thoughtful thank-you. Photography by LAURA MOSS Summer is here. Entertaining is endless. We've round...
Why do we do this to each other? We sit through baby showers and watch as the mother-to-be opens, let's say, a brand new pack-and-play; meanwhile, I have four at home she could have.
You thought you were being enlightened and anti-consumerist. You thought you were saving your friends money, a trip to the toy store and the hassle of gift shopping. Your intentions might well have been sincere, but really, you were just being annoying.
Summer is the season for visitors. You known -- all those people who you've been putting off for months as you struggle with the ebb and flow of clutt...
No matter what you've heard or experienced, getting a great wedding shower gift does not have to be difficult.
I'm grateful for that gift my mom passed on to my daughter, and for showing me that the small gesture of giving my prize a place of honor could be so meaningful. But I am most grateful for her lesson that the value of anything does not depend on what other people think it is worth but on what it means to you.
The spirit and traditions of weddings will be around forever. Nobody knows what Emily Post might say about modern day gift giving, but it's clear that newlyweds are happily doing what fits their lifestyle today.
Sometimes our wishes come true; other times things simply do not go as we would like them to. Who didn't fail at least once in his life? These are not tragedies, they are hardships. You keep on trying your best until you succeed.