Gifts


How to Survive Your Birthday When You Aren’t Happy

When you’re sad, lonely or grieving a loss, celebrating your birthday is the last thing on your mind. These tips for surviving a birthday when you aren’t happy are inspired by a reader who recently lost her husband… “I’m turning 40 and experiencing my first birthday as a widow,” says Melanie on 12 Creative Ways […]

How to Survive a Birthday When You Aren't Happy

How to Deal With Your Mom's Disappointment 

How to Deal With Your Mom’s Disappointment 

Disappointing your mom and dad is the hardest part of growing up – even for grown adults! I’m over 40, and I recently disappointed my mom by deciding to spend my Christmas holidays volunteering at a camp for adults with developmental disabilities. “I dreaded telling my mom that I was dropping out of school,” says […]


The First Valentine’s Day After Your Husband’s Death

A reader recently commented that she’s coping fairly well with her husband’s death, but Valentine’s Day is coming. And that changes everything. She just got through Christmas, and now she has to deal with the pain and grief of Valentine’s Day. “We got married on February 14, exactly one year after he proposed,” she said. […]

Valentine’s Day After Your Husband’s Death

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What to Buy Your Boyfriend’s Mom and Dad – 20 Gift Ideas

Don’t stress about finding the perfect gift for your boyfriend’s mom and dad! Trust your intuition; it’s the gift that keeps on giving. If you listen, that is 🙂 This list of gifts, ideas, and tips will help you find the perfect gift for any occasion – whether it’s your boyfriend’s mom’s birthday, his dad’s retirement, […]


Heartwarming Sympathy Gifts for Someone Whose Mom Died

This collection of sympathy gifts and ideas will honor and support your friend after the loss of a mother. It can be hard to know what to say to someone whose mom died – besides simply “I’m sorry you lost your mother.” Remember, though, that your simple heartfelt wishes and condolences mean more than you […]

Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Mother

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Sympathy Gifts to Say You’re Sorry After a Family Death

These sympathy gifts and ideas will help you say “I’m sorry for your loss” after someone dies. Whether it’s a sudden death in the family or an expected death due to an illness, all losses are shocking. We know we’ll grieve a family member’s death, but we’re often unprepared for the depth of the pain […]


12 Creative Ways to Celebrate and Honor Your 40th Birthday

Your fortieth birthday is when you really start to Blossom! This isn’t your typical list of 40th birthday celebration ideas; here, you’ll discover ways to explore, love, and be yourself in exciting and meaningful ways. These ideas will show you how to celebrate your fortieth birthday in meaningful ways and create memories that will last the rest […]

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How to Play the Flute on Stage When You’re Nervous

How to Play the Flute on Stage When You’re Nervous and Scared

The tricky part of learning how to play the flute in public is you don’t necessarily know how nervous you’ll be until you actually start performing! Playing with a teacher – or even in a school, community, or concert band – is one thing, but playing any wind instrument on stage can be a terrifying […]


When You Have Nobody to Love on Valentine’s Day

Feeling like you have nobody to love on Valentine’s Day? You are not alone. Here you’ll find several suggestions for coping with being alone and lonely on February 14; this article was inspired by a reader who says she never has somebody to love on Valentine’s Day. “Every year I dread February 14, especially since […]

When You Have Nobody to Love on Valentine’s Day

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10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Lovers

These Valentine’s Day gifts for dogs and dog lovers include ideas for dog walkers, trainers, obedience teachers, and veterinarians. February 14 is for furry friends and canine companions – not just human couples! I saw the Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, HD Wifi Cam, and 2-Way Audio on Shark Tank (or was it Dragon’s Den?). Furbo is a remote, interactive […]