Fashion & Shopping

Month: September 2019

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Giving Gifts That Can’t Miss

There’s a celebration coming up. It doesn’t matter what time of year you’re reading this; odds are you’re probably not more than a month or two away from an anniversary or a birthday or even Christmas. You’re going to have to bring a gift, and you want that gift to be special and memorable. But how? The trick for a present that’s going to have an impact is for it to have meaning.


Gifts of jewelry shouldn’t just be beautiful or expensive, they should have meaning. Perhaps it’s a Black Hills silver anklet to remind her of that time you went to South Dakota, or a pair of pierogi shaped earrings because making pierogis was always an important part of holidays at your grandmother’s house. Whatever choice you make, it should have some kind of meaning for them and for you.


Flowers are a classic option and never a bad one. You can order them online or commission them special. Not that there’s anything wrong with a dozen red roses, but there are so many other options. What’s the recipient’s favorite flower? If you don’t know exactly, you can always pick one that reminds you of them. The language of flowers can invest your bouquet with a special something, too. Think creatively and be sure to think of the recipient’s taste first.

Charitable Donation

Sometimes you’re not sure that a physical gift will be welcome. For the friend who has everything, you can always try making a donation in their name. Donating money to a good cause is a thoughtful and unexpected way to give something, not only to your friend, but to your community. Whatever gift you choose, the key to making it special is making sure it’s personal, either to them or to you or, ideally, to both of you.…

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Three Special Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy to a Loved One

Having a baby is a momentous occasion, whether it’s your very first child or the next of several in your growing family. There are many ways to share your exciting news with someone special, whether it’s the future father, grandparent or a close friend. Announcing a pregnancy can be part of the celebration. Here are three creative ways to tell a loved one there’s a baby on the way!

Give a Special Keepsake to Mark the Occasion

Pregnancy is a special time that’s full of anticipation and excitement, and can be a very fond memory in the life of your new child. Help your loved ones remember the special time before the birth by giving them a keepsake willow tree angel or a framed sonogram picture that they can keep for years to come. You’ll enjoy the surprise of watching them open the gift and they’ll enjoy the reminder in their home.

Wear a New Shirt That Spills the Beans

Pick out a cute t-shirt that announces your news in a cryptic fashion, then wait for the reaction when your friends and family put the pieces together. A cute photo of a stork is a stylish yet subtle nod to your new little one. If you already have a child, dress them in a big brother or big sister shirt to share the news about your growing family.

Set the Table With an Extra Seat for Your New Addition

A cute way to share that you’re expecting is to announce the news at a special dinner. Set the table with a bib and a jar of baby food at an empty chair at your table. This is a great surprise whether it’s dinner for two or with a whole group.

Pregnancy is full of ups and downs, so make the most of every exciting moment. You’ll have wonderful memories to look back on when you announce your new baby in an extra special way.…