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The Perfect Touch To Any Gift…

Fun Colors for Spring

How many times have you driven down 91st Street, right around the Yale intersection and thought to yourself, “I need to stop at The Perfect Touch Gift Store sometime..” Well, NOW is the time! This weekend, March 8-9, 2013, they are celebrating a birthday! 20 years! The Perfect Touch Gift Store turns 20! THAT is an awesome accomplishment to me. So, come and help them celebrate! They are providing special savings on purchases, as well as donating a percentage of sales to the DaySpring Domestic Violence Center. And, who doesn’t love shopping for a cause? 

If you have never been, here is a sneak peek to what you will find: 


Brighton jewelry! They have a wonderful selection of Brighton products that I know you will love for yourself and/or your loved ones. What I love about Brighton is they produce jewelry that can easily become a precious momento that will last the test of time – an heirloom even. And, you HAVE to come in and see the beautiful handbags/totes they are offering for Spring! Gorgeous, bright colors sure to catch everyone’s eye. They certainly caught mine! 

Huge Bath and Body Department

And, what woman doesn’t love to be pampered? A bubble bath? Some beautifully scented lotion and/or aromatherapy? I know you will find the perfect gift of pampering in their bath and body department. So many amazing products to choose from – some coming from Israel. Yes, Israel! 

Vera Bradley

A fabulous resource of Vera Bradley products too. I love all of the fabric combinations that Vera Bradley provides every season. Perfect gifts for every woman in your family from the student to the traveler and everything in between. 

And, I think the absolute ‘perfect touch’ that The Perfect Touch Gift Store provides is the gift of customer service. All of the employees are so kind, friendly, and greet you with a smile. They know their customer’s names, offer rewards through their preferred customer program, and provide extra ‘touches’ of gift wrapping and more to complete your purchase. When speaking with the lovely ladies from the store, they mentioned their customers are “like family” and you feel that when you are in the store. 

If you haven’t stopped by The Perfect Touch Gift Store, you need to take the time to do so. And, I know they would love for you to participate in their birthday celebration. I guarantee it will be the ‘perfect touch’ to your day! 

Resources: The Perfect Touch Gift Store 

From the Kids…From the Heart!

Valentine’s Day is, again, upon us! And, people are running around, frantically, calling florist, candy, and jewelry stores to find the perfect Valentine for their sweetie. 

But, what about the kids? Kids love to give gifts. They are always so proud to see the surprise on the recipients face. But, what can they do that is within their skill level and financial budget? Hmm…crafts! Valentine crafts!

So, I recruited my stepson and husband (to his dismay) and we headed out to get a few supplies. Majority of the craft supplies, we had at home. We just needed some ‘filler’ for the ‘gift’ part of our project. 

My stepson couldn’t wait to get started on the crafts. However, we, quickly, learned that he was more excited, when the craft took less than 5 minutes. It turned out to be a fun Saturday evening, which, also, turned into a Sunday afternoon too. I,definitely, need to get better at calculating the time it takes to DO the projects. Wait, I should clarify, by saying, how long it takes ME to complete all of the crafts. Pinterest is full, I mean, full, of ideas. But, it doesn’t tell you that if you plan on doing 5+ projects it is going to take you quite a bit of time. I digress….

We had FUN!! 

And the final results: 

Our Gifts

Here is what we have for our gifts: 

“We are ‘mint’ to be” – a jar filled with mints

“You’ve got the ‘write’ stuff” – pens and pencils wrapped in Valentine’s ribbon

“Coffee and Cream. You make my heart beam.” – White coffee cup with handwritten notes on it (via sharpie marker) filled with a small package of coffee, candy, and hand cream. 

“I am ‘nuts’ about you.” – a jar of almonds with Valentine’s decorations. 

“You are one in a million” – a chocolate bar in a ‘one million’ dollar wrapping

“My Pop Rocks” – a bucket filled with tootsie pops and pop rocks

“You are sweet” – a bucket filled with miniature candy bars on sticks

Homemade Art

And, nothing beats original art work by your child/children. It’s a keepsake that will last forever, as well as a perfect holiday decoration too! I LOVE the ‘Super Dad’ heart drawing (on the other side is a picture of a heart with a neck tie – that is “Work Dad”)! It has to be one of my favorites! The other heart was made by ‘finger tip painting’. And, the little frame is decorated with leftover puzzle pieces and it says, “love you to pieces”. Ok, that is one of my favorites too! 

And, I think the ‘Valentine bug’ and the ‘craft bug’ rubbed off on my stepson and husband, because look at what I was surprised with during our Valentine craft weekend…..

My own homemade Valentine gift! I LOVE IT and to be cherished always!!  (Sorry – photo is a little dark- it’s a white tee with a hand written Valentine)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Holiday Gift Giveaway – Card Cubby

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..the holidays are upon us!

And, why not join in the fun and add to the ‘buzz’ and excitement of the holidays, by offering a few gift giveaways! 

I am very excited about this one….the Card Cubby!

Card Cubby

I raved about this product last year during the holidays, as well as throughout the year. I LOVE it! I have the card cubby and the coupon cubby. Both, are awesome sources of organization for me. Awesome! And, if you know me, you would know this is important! Have you seen my purse? 

You know how every retailer offers ‘reward cards’, ‘loyalty cards’ or whatever they want to call them these days? And, where do you keep them all? I had them shoved in every pocket in my wallet and purse. And, when it came time to find the one I was looking for, do you think I could find it? No! 

Card Cubby

With the Card Cubby, I have all of my ‘loyalty’ and ‘reward’ cards (or whatever you want to call them) in one place. Now, when I go into my purse, I know exactly where to find them. Both, the card and coupon cubby, have been lifesavers over the last few weeks as I try to shop for the holidays. 

There are a wide variety of colors and styles, but, I have to admit, I’m loving the Really Red Croc style. The bright red is easy to see in the car and/or in my purse. As well as, it is a good reminder to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Red is the color of the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign. (I have a special place in MY heart for his cause.)

So, don’t you want to run out and get one (or two) for yourself? Well, guess what! YOU have the opportunity to enter and win a Really Red Croc Card Cubby too! It’s a perfect gift idea. And, I didn’t say WHO the gift would be for…give to a loved one or keep for yourself! (I won’t tell!) 

The giveaway runs from December 12 – December 17, 2012.

Go to this link and enter for your chance to win! Good luck!

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