5 Simple Ways to Make Your Holiday Giving Green

The holiday season can be filled with a lot of waste—in fact, according to Green Christmas, Americans throw away an average of two billion extra tons of garbage per week during the holiday season. In addition to the added trash, there’s also the stuff you keep but don’t really want (think about the quesadilla maker … Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to Make Your Holiday Giving Green

5 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

It’s already begun: it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and the holiday season is everywhere. Babies R’ Us was playing Christmas carols last week, and Target has the candy, decorations and gifts out in full force. I find it a little bit exhausting, don’t you? My goal for the holiday season is always the same: Simplify. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Straight from the Source: My Father talks about Father’s Day

image sources: author's personal collection My father is notoriously hard to buy gifts for. I’ve tried everything from homemade artwork to pruning shears, and …well, it always seems to fall a little flat. At the end of the day, these gifts are “stuff,” adding no value and more clutter. This year, I’m embarking on a … Continue reading Straight from the Source: My Father talks about Father’s Day

JustGive’s Top 5 Most Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts

Image Source For the first 27 years of my life, Mother's Day was about giving gifts. Artwork when I was very little, handmade cards when I was a little older, and a nice pair of earrings as an adult. I'm now a mom myself, and as I'm sure many new mothers can attest, giving birth … Continue reading JustGive’s Top 5 Most Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts

Wait. There are how many days ’til Christmas?

Twelve. (And Hanukkah is in just a week!) Despite all the emails, ads, music, and festive decorations (not to mention the holiday clichés all around) – it’s easy to put off shopping while your list continues to grow. The stress of what to get, how much to spend, and the time it takes to wrap … Continue reading Wait. There are how many days ’til Christmas?

This holiday, let’s reconnect.

If you’re like me, you’ve heard (and probably made) comments about the holiday season already: Why was jingle music playing while shopping for Halloween costumes? Why are snowy decorations overtaking stores before Thanksgiving? How will I afford gifts for everyone on my list and a sequined holiday outfit with my budget? And how much stuff do we really … Continue reading This holiday, let’s reconnect.

The Guy Who Has Everything

My Dad has everything. A tie (one).  It has The Beatles on it, naturally. He wears it anytime he needs to wear a tie, which isn't often due to a carefully planned career of self-employment, entrepreneurism and a California lifestyle. Geeky Dad sandals that he appropriately pairs with socks and a Hawaiian shirt.  “It’s special," … Continue reading The Guy Who Has Everything

A Gift from the Heart

Mother’s Day is a time when we look at the mothers in our life, appreciate all that they do for us, and try to give something back to them. Turning 30 this year made me realize I have been giving funny little gifts to my mother and grandmother over the years. Not only is it … Continue reading A Gift from the Heart

Last minute holiday gifts? No problem…

It’s the last few days before the Christmas holiday and I’m in countdown mode. Given the traffic, craziness in grocery store and mall parking lots, I know I’m not alone. How does the holiday always seem to sneak up on us? What I really want this Christmas is to make time stop and enjoy the … Continue reading Last minute holiday gifts? No problem…

Gifting Outside The Box

Do I already have plenty of stuff? Yes. Do I care deeply about a cause and want to make a difference? Yes. Am I looking forward to opening brightly colored boxes with my name on them? Absolutely. This year, since money is tight - I’m approaching the holidays in a different way. Many of my … Continue reading Gifting Outside The Box