Halloween’s Gift to Us-F.E.A.R

Halloween is almost upon us, and grown-ups are planning Halloween parties, while kids of all ages figure out what costume to wear and whether to trick or treat. For all the fun we have at Halloween, it is still a day in remembrance of all things scary; ghosts, zombies, witches, spells and curses.

Fear. Or, as I prefer to think about it, F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real. The “ghost” is a sheet fluttering, the “witch” is but a black robe and tall hat, the “zombie” an amalgamation of tattered clothes and white ghoulish make-up. Yet fear is a real emotion. Any time our survival, our well-being–or that of a loved one–is threatened, we experience fear.

The problem lies, not in that initial survival emotional knee-jerk, but in what we choose to do with it. At Halloween, we may be startled by an apparent ghostly apparition, but a moment later we dismiss it for the illusion that it is. In our daily life, however, too often we confuse our feeling of fear, with something to be afraid of, rather than something to deal with.

I learned this forcefully many years ago when I was rear-ended not once, not twice, but seven times over the course of a year. Even though only the first accident resulted in significant injury, by the seventh I was terrified to get back in my car. I was working, in my late 20s, public transportation in Los Angeles was scarce and Uber wasn’t even a thought in someone’s mind. I had to drive. I couldn’t afford to be too afraid to drive. In desperation, I consulted a hypnotist, something I’d never done before. It worked. In my desperation I did the thing I needed most to do–deal with my fear.

You see, fear is actually designed to be a warning sign: “Pay attention, danger ahead!” I was hit, I was scared–how hurt was I? Would I be OK? But once fear has alerted you to paying attention to your survival/well-being, its job is done. Maintaining a state of fear prevents you from enjoying the life in front of you; your present, the now moment, really the only time you have. Which is why F.E.A.R. makes sense: if you’re on the way to dealing with whatever the threat is, then fear is “false evidence,” persisting merely because you haven’t released it.

Think about it: you had a miserable divorce. You’re afraid to get into another relationship because he/she might be a jerk. Again. You’re hanging onto your fear rather than dealing with how to recognize and avoid jerks. Or, you hate your job. You’re afraid of quitting because you’re afraid you won’t be able to get another job. Your fear gets in the way of exploring your options, such as improving your skill set, checking out where employees are needed, looking into job-search resources.

False Evidence Appearing Real. Just like that scary witch who was nothing more than a dressed-up 12 year old, your fear is nothing more …

Meet Giggle Moon Clothing – Boutique Girls Clothing Line for Special Moments

Giggle Moon is a designer brand of boutique girl's clothing for babies, infants and children. They create adorable clothing that is wonderfully detailed and so feminine, frilly and fun. From party dresses and swing sets, to coveralls for baby girls, every piece bu this boutique girl's clothing is designed to make children feel special. The designers add fancy details and vintage touches such as lace, ruffles and silk flowers. And because it's made from high-quality stretchy cotton blend, it's super comfy and kids love to wear it.

Every season, Giggle Moon clothing releases several new looks with a unique personality based on color, fabric and style. For example, the Morning Glory Swing Set from the Spring 2014 collections features hot pink and bright orange with green and white stripes, oversized flower accents and tulle frills. It feels so fresh, pretty and happy. In contrast, the Fall Blossom (Fall 2013) collection is crisp and warm, like pumpkin pie. It features dark brown, orange chevron and ivory lace, with deep red and sage green which is great for pictures. The Fall Blossom Tutu Dress with Leggings is soft and stretchy with layers of frills, perfect for twirling and playing in the autumn leaves.

Looking for something special? Giggle Moon clothing is perfect for parties, holidays, and photos. For example, you can find a gorgeous tutu dress and leggings for your daughter's birthday party. Or a cute Giggle Moon swing set, which consists of a ruffled swing dress with matching ruffled pants, for family photos. How about a sweet little coverall for the baby just in time for the holidays? And a beautiful dress with pants for the first day of school. You can complete any outfit with a matching, handmade headband. Each boutique collection is available in sizes from newborn to 8 years old.

This beautiful girls clothing line is lovingly designed by a group of six fun-loving women who call themselves the Giggle Moon Baby . Their office located just three blocks from the beach in Oceanside, California, near San Diego. While working on their designs, they love to indulge on their favorite snack foods – popcorn, candy (especially peppermint), and Diet Coke. The designers all share a passion for creating boutique clothing that girls (and their parents) will enjoy. And they have such a great time doing it, they can't help but laugh and sing throughout the day. All of these traits come together and inspired the official company motto – LOVE JOY LAUGHTER.

The Giggle Moon Girls are also influenced by God in their life and work. Michelle, one of the Giggle Moon Girls, says that the names for the collections usually come to her mind from Bible verses. For Dance for Joy (Fall 2013) and Streams of Water (Fall 2013), she was thinking of the collection and was inspired by her prayers. They also use Bible verses to describe their brand and products, such as "Behold, children are a gift of the Lord" Psalm 127: 3.

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Tea Gift Baskets How to Make a Tea Lover Happy

Tea gift baskets , the perfect gift for any tea lover. What would be the perfect thing to find in a special basket like this? Being an avid loose leaf tea drinker myself finding those loose leaves in a gift basket would make it special to me. Lots of luck though, trying to find this type of basket. I've been disappointed to find that most companies that offer tea gift baskets fill them with lots of goodies along with tea bags. Offering a true tea lover tea bags, is comparable to offering white lightening to a wine connoisseur.

What's the answer to this dilemma? Create the tea gift basket yourself. Don't be intimidated, you can do this. Today I'm going to give you three tips to get you started on your way to making beautiful tea gifts. You will not break the bank while doing this either.

Let's get started.

You will need a basket or container to hold your gift items. Here's a great tip, purchase containers just after the holidays when prices are slashed. I often pick up beautiful baskets for 50% to 80% off retail. Why, because they are decorated in some way for a particular holiday and that holiday has past. Retailers need to move that inventory out of their stores.

I will save some of the containers for that same holiday next year. Others will have the ornaments or decorations removed. I recently made a just because basket from an after Christmas find. It was completely covered in a green felt with ornaments on it. The covering was easy to slip off and the basket became a perfect container for any occasion.

Definitely use good quality loose leaf tea in your basket. Again, you don't have to break the bank to do this. Purchase sample sizes of tea. Many companies offer this small size to allow consumers to see if they love a particular tea and want to buy more of it. This eliminates the barrier of trying something new for fear of wasting money. That makes it a win-win situation for both the consumer and the retailer. The consumer is more willing to make a small purchase, but will often pass on spending more for something they are not sure they will like. The retailer wins because those teas that the customer really likes they will purchase again and again.

I have even found some companies that have great teas that send you a free sampling with a purchase. You just can't get any cheaper than that. Use these samples to place in your gift of tea.

This type of gift basket will always have some tea food items. Scones are a favorite food to serve with tea. Rather than buy from an expensive bakery make the scones yourself. I bake scones and freeze them. After they are frozen I vacuum pack them. This keeps them fresh for a very long time. Many years ago I purchased a Food Saver vacuuming appliance that has …

How to Organize a Special Silver Wedding Anniversary Party

In planning to give a meaningful gift to a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, you need to plan and use some of your creative juice. Plan ahead and work out your plan taking into consideration important factors in the lives of the celebrants over the past 25 years. Figure out a lavish budget your pocket can afford and within such figure, list down possible best gifts in your assumed order of priorities based on how the couple will react. Visualize what they will comment for each gift. Will they cherish and remember it for a long time?

The traditional theme of a 25th wedding anniversary is silver and with that in mind, whatever appropriate gifts you will list down must have something silver attached to it literally or symbolically. How creative or imaginative can you get when you think of a present focused on the silver theme? Whether the couple is your parent, relatives or friends, your gift should reflect just how much you show your care and affection. Much more if you are the celebrant and your gift is for your spouse of 25 years.

This silver anniversary is classified as a momentous occasion or a milestone in the life of this wonderful couple. It is a proof of true love, respect and honor to one’s commitment to the marriage vows to go through life’s trials, failures and successes, tribulations or triumphs together.

What touching and loving gift can you come up with? How about organizing a silver anniversary party celebration to be mutually funded by immediate family members, close relatives, friends, members of the wedding entourage, wedding sponsors and special guests. If the celebrants are fond of dancing, book a ball room in a classy hotel. The wedding anniversary cake should have a silver topper and 25 candles adorned with silver ribbons. In as much as Iris is the flower symbol for the silver celebration, a bouquet of iris and red roses painted in silver will be presented to the wife and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne to the husband.

During the scripted program, a video presentation highlighting videos, photos of the couple when they were children, teenagers, adults, as married couple, children, grandchildren, friends, homes, trips, including some greetings from friends and family members. Pre-planned gifts to be presented to the couple can be concert tickets enclosed in a silver envelope, engraved silver platter loaded with fruits, cheeses, Belgian chocolates and nutritional supplements. Some guests may choose to give a silver framed family portrait, a CD with popular songs from the 25 years of marriage, a quilt with family photos, a poem written in silver ink and framed in silver.

Others who wish to honor the couple can present a silver painted wish tree attached with gift certificates to an Italian or Thai restaurant, traveler’s checks, weekend get away, spa and massage therapy certificates, gym or dance exercise membership’s certificates. Special gifts from family members can be personalized silverwares, silver jewelry rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, …

Finding the Anniversary Gift Idea That Shocks and Awes

Coming across that dazzling pair of gold earrings that your sweetie hid in your apple pie? Nice surprise. Finding that one of them is missing? Not so much. Sometimes even the most expensive surprise anniversary gift idea can backfire. When it works the way you planned it though, their reaction is priceless.

But how do you do that? How do conjure up an anniversary gift idea that’s perfectly suited to your mate without asking them directly “what do you want”? If your answer is “just give them the cash”, you’d best enjoy this anniversary. It could be your last.

Or you may be tempted to throw caution to the wind and go with your gut, but so was the earring guy. Instead, close your eyes, open your ears and shock her, in a good way, with the perfect anniversary gift idea that makes her say “ahhh”.

Show Your True Colors

On the surface, this is one of the simplest approaches to finding a tailor made anniversary gift idea. Use their favorite color as a starting point. Of course, to do that, you first have to KNOW their favorite color. And for guys, that requires you to leave your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a new experience: Paying attention.

Color Her Impressed

Look at her clothing and accessories and notice what shades tend to recur. Is she true to blue? Then a glittering sapphire bracelet may be an ideal fit.

Or maybe she prefers to go green. Pick out a dazzling pair of emerald earrings and await the accolades.

Does she often look pretty in pink? Treat her to a stunning pearl necklace that begs the question “how did he know?”

Ladies, the same approach will work wonders for your man, and since you’ve already mastered that whole “paying attention” thing, you’re halfway home in your search for an anniversary gift idea.

Maybe it’s an elegant watch with a face or strap to match his preferred tone, or a pair of classy cufflinks in the color he favors most.

Whichever route you go, overcoming your color blindness can offer eye-opening results in pursuit of the ultimate anniversary gift idea.

Playing the Numbers Game

What’s in a number? How about the key to an unforgettable anniversary gift idea and, in the process, your loved one’s heart?

Women are often pleasantly surprised when you remember your anniversary; let alone what number it is. So leave her doubly impressed by matching the gift to the material that is traditionally associated with that anniversary year.

Of course, this is easier for some years than others. Silver for the 25th or pearl for the 30th is pretty straightforward, but what about the first anniversary and its connection with paper? Hand her a pad of writing paper and you’re liable to get a “Dear John” letter in return.

Fortunately, there’s also a list of modern gifts for each year to go along with the traditional ones, probably compiled by the guy who went the “paper” route.…

What You Need to Know About Gift Cards and the Law

Gift cards are the quintessential easy gift idea. Everybody uses them, and they avoid questions like “Will this fit her?” or “Will he like this?” Gift cards and gift certificates are available from all sorts of stores, ranging from the mundane like grocery stores and drug stores to more specialized businesses like spas and travel agencies. No matter where you purchase or receive a card from, however, it is important to protect yourself as a consumer and be familiar with your rights surrounding gift card use. After all, these are used as form of currency and ought to be treated as frugally as one would treat cash.

What can I do with a gift card I don’t want?

There are a lot of options for putting gift cards you don’t want to good use. There are websites that exist for the sole purpose of buying and selling gift cards. Gift Card Granny, for example, will buy your card for 60%-80% of its value. You can also sell your card on a website like Craigslist or eBay. Other websites like Gift Card Swapping allow you to trade your gift card for one you’ll actually use.

If you’re feeling charitable, many nonprofits, including local schools and churches, will accept gift cards as donations. Gift cards are also great for re-gifting. There’s no reason to let any gift card sit around and be forgotten!

Can my gift card expire? Can I lose the balance on my gift card?

The short answer: It depends on what state you live in.

The long answer: It depends on what state you live in, and the extent to which your state is complying with federal law.

In 2009, the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act [gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ24/pdf/PLAW-111publ24.pdf] passed into federal law. The act covers a lot of ground surrounding the protection of credit cardholders, but it also created some federal standards for gift card issuers that are intended to protect consumers. These include requiring that cards, with a few exceptions, expire no less than five years after issuance and that dormancy fees can only be charged after one year of inactivity and only if these fees are fully disclosed to consumers. According to the CARD Act, stores are allowed to begin charging dormancy fees – meaning, a charge to keep the card active when it has not been used after a certain amount of time – after one year of inactivity, and no more than one charge per month. Eventually, these charges may deplete the value of the card. This is an important way stores and major card issuers like American Express make money. However, some states have introduced additional, and sometimes contradictory, legislation surrounding gift card law.

For example, New York law allows stores to begin charging monthly dormancy fees after just one year of inactivity. It is also legal for stores to charge a replacement fee for lost cards, and they do not require stores to give cash back for small balances on cards. …

Make Your Own Gourmet Gift Baskets

Everyone loves to receive a gift basket. Corporate gift baskets are often given by businesses to their customers as a token of their appreciation. However, most gift baskets are person to person expressions of love and friendship.

You can find a great selection of online gift baskets from the very expensive to the cheap. Or, you can come up with your own unique gift basket idea and surprise a cherished friend or loved one.

It’s not difficult to make your own personalized gift baskets. Most gift baskets involve a theme.

Here are some sample ideas to get you started:

  • Cookie Gift Basket – bake up some homemade cookies and enclose them in colorful plastic wrap, include a personal card or poem.
  • Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket – include individual fancy chocolates, boxed chocolates, or the person’s favorite chocolate bars along with hot chocolate mix.
  • Holiday Gift Basket #1 – a Christmas holiday gift basket idea could include small stocking stuffers, candy canes and homemade Christmas cookies.
  • Holiday Gift Basket #2 – a Halloween holiday gift basket can be stuffed with candy, throw in some plastic skulls, spiders, cob webs and assorted creepy items.
  • Wine Country Gift Basket – wine and cheese baskets are favorites, include two bottles of choice wine from your favorite winery or wine shop, add cheese and crackers.
  • Coffee Gift Basket – Your favorite coffee lover will enjoy fresh gourmet ground roasted coffee (or their favorite brand), flavored creamer, cookies and a fun coffee mug.
  • Italian Gift Basket – include a variety of dried gourmet pasta like spinach, whole wheat, or dried tomato, two jars of pasta sauce, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese, garlic bread and fancy olive oil.
  • Tea Lovers Gift Basket – you can include several varieties of black tea, green tea and herbal teas, a mug and homemade butter cookies adds a nice finishing touch.
  • Champagne or Beer Gift Basket – the champagne basket would be elegant: includes a bottle of fine champagne, cheese and crackers, and fancy chocolates; the beer basket includes several domestic and/or imported beers, lagers, or ales, chips, pretzels and nuts.
  • Pet Gift Basket – dog and cat gift baskets are the most popular. For a dog you can include: homemade doggie biscuits or cookies, a doggie collar, doggie toys. For a cat you can include: cat treats, cat nip and cat toys.

Now you know that all it takes to make a unique gift basket that will be treasured is a little ingenuity and your personal touch.

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Tenth Wedding Anniversary Gift: Looking Forward to Another Decade

The tenth wedding anniversary is a milestone in the lives of a married couple. It is a special occasion when the couples get the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful time they have shared together through the past decade.

Exchanging presents is a significant part of this celebration. Over the past ten years, you must have offered your spouse with varieties of different gifts. However, on the occasion of your tenth anniversary, you can think of some romantic anniversary ideas to make the occasion even more extraordinary.

Aluminum is the traditional gift for the tenth wedding anniversary, and diamond jewelry as the modern alternative, the traditional flower is daffodils and the customary gems are Diamond, Black Onyx or Blue Sapphire.

There are many options that you can go for when it comes to selecting a tenth anniversary gift for your spouse. Having already spent ten years together, deciding a gift for your partner would not be complicated.

Aluminum

The traditional gift for the tenth wedding anniversary is aluminum, which signifies durability and one of the excellent 10th anniversary gifts is an aluminum bicycle.

Cycling is an effective cardiovascular workout you can do. A good exercise habit is an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In the world today, there is an alarming increasing rate of people suffering from hypertension and heart diseases and diabetes.

Cycling can be a healthy way to stay in shape and avoid significant health problems. It can also be amazing to go out and look at the trees, other nice sceneries, buildings and people.

Other aluminum gift ideas are aluminum camera tripod, an aluminum sculpture, book ends, aluminum kitchenware or a turkey fryer and many others.

Diamond

The modern or contemporary gift for the tenth wedding anniversary is diamond. Diamonds for presents are romantic anniversary ideas or in any occasion for that matter. The most famous diamond quote is probably "Diamonds are every woman's best friend".

Jewelry

Diamond rings and necklaces are probably the most popular gifts for both men and women, particularly on the latter. Pendants, earrings and pins are popular too. It also comes in different colors such as yellow, blue, pink and champagne.

Daffodils

The flower symbol for the tenth wedding anniversary is daffodils, symbolizing companionship. You have certainly enjoyed each other's company for the last decade, and one of the romantic anniversary ideas you can give your wife is daffodils flowers.

It is one of the most well-liked flowers due to their unparalleled beauty. An excellent idea to celebrate you double digit anniversary is to offer a potted daffodil flower in a beautiful vase with a candle light dinner in your dining room.

Other daffodil gift ideas are daffodil printed tote bags, wedding bouquet stamp, printed shirts, a daffodil etched mug or a daffodil ipod skin.

Romantic anniversary ideas

Trip

Take your spouse to unforgettable trip to10 different locations that have significant meanings to your lives as 10th anniversary gifts he or she will forever treasure. These places could be a restaurant …

Find An Anniversary Gift That Can Make Them Laugh!

The day of an anniversary is one of the biggest days of the year for anyone that is in a relationship. An anniversary is the celebration of a solid year of a committed relationship. This day is one of the most important and should be celebrated as a milestone between those partners in a relationship. When preparing for an anniversary there are a number of different things that a couple can do to show that they love each other. This can be going to the movies, a dinner or out on a basic date night. Along with the date nights, some couples will often exchange gifts or presents between themselves. One of the easiest gifts to give a partner is an anniversary card or online anniversary e-card.

If it’s a special year anniversary then there are exclusive collections for each milestone from paper to diamond. So be sure to check out which year represents which gift. Men should be especially careful not to slip up as their partner may not be so appreciative if you get it wrong. Searching this fact can be done easily online by typing in the keywords “Anniversary Gifts”. So why not give your present the personal touch and choose your partner something extra special this year. For instance how about the actual Original Newspaper from the exact day of their wedding. If you’re pushing the boat out, why not whisk them away for a Weekend for Two and celebrate in style.

For men finding the perfect anniversary gift is very important for their partner. Many men may forget or underestimate the importance of finding a great anniversary gift. For men an anniversary gift is one of the best options that is simple, straightforward and thoughtful. Many men may not know how to find a gift like this without a little help. One thing that a man should look for is a card or online anniversary e-card that is thoughtful and interesting. Look for cards that speak directly to the heart of your partner in a way that will cause them to emotionally attach themselves to you.

For women finding the perfect anniversary gift is very important. Many women have a good idea of what types of cards to get their partner, but often are unsure of if they will be liked. For women it is important that you have a pretty good idea of your partner’s personality type. This will help you hone into the different types of cards that they would like. If your partner likes to laugh, then it is important to find an anniversary gift that can make them laugh. There are a large number of different anniversary cards that are available to them.

Ideas;- A thoughtful card together with a thoughtful gift could be:-

  1. Send a message in a bottle
  2. Personalised song sound wave print framed and mounted
  3. A personalised wooden cheese board with your names engraved on it
  4. Personalised wooden tea lights, in fact anything personalised really hits the right

Popular Gift Ideas for Your Busy Men on Father's Day

Father's Day is that special day for the man you call Daddy or Grandpa. Although hand-made cards, his favorite home-cooked meal and heartfelt messages are great ideas for this special day, there are a wide variety of gifts you can choose from to surprise and give him something special during Father's Day.

Men, our husband and father's in general are usually busy and DIY inclined individuals. Beside managing their day jobs and providing for the family, a lot of them also enjoys doing home repairs and DIY projects at home or inside their man caves.

With this mind, a gift card from Home Depot, Lowe's or his favorite hardware store is one of the best options you can pick for a rush gift for your special man on Father's Day or any other occasion. Men generally see these places as their "toy store." Any typical dad would generally make a dozen trip to the hardware store in a week and never get tired of doing it or even thinking about their next trip. Not only will he appreciate the gift, you might end up getting that repair done or that DIY swing set-up before the weekend.

Electronic gadgets are also great options to consider when getting gifts for your special guy. Think of digital camera, wide-screen TV's, DVD players or laptops. It all depends on what they are passionate about. If he enjoys watching movies, DVD players or a big TV would be a great surprise. If he loves the outdoors and enjoys photography, a classy new digital camera would do the work. These gifts however can be a little bit too pricey so be sure to save up and plan early to be able to score one for your favorite man on Father's Day.

Personalized gifts are also a good idea when giving a gift to the guy who seems to have everything. Picture frames, plaques or figurines can be purchased specifically with Father's Day in mind. You can also purchase personalized pens. Mugs and t-shirts with special photos and special messages to show your appreciation.

Gift certificates to a hobby they are fond of a specialty shop they enjoy visiting is also a nice option for Father's Day gifts. If they enjoy playing golf, drinking wine or woodworking, you can practically find a specialty gift shop for that. Get him a gift certificate to get an item that he really likes or need.

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