National Women Physicians Day

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Today marks the birthday of legendary female physician,Elizabeth Blackwell, a strong and influential figure who changed the career of medicine by becoming the first American woman to hold an MD. A true pioneer of her time, Elizabeth Blackwell continues to be an inspiring role model for thousands of women who dream of becoming a doctor, and her journey serves as a reminder to us all of how difficult the path to medicine is for women even today.

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Today we celebrate the courage of Elizabeth Blackwell and celebrate the accomplishments of female physicians by setting aside February 3rd as a national holiday to honor these tenacious women and the obstacles they have overcome.

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Rubber Ducky Day

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According to the Sesame Street calendar today, January 13th, marks the birthday of Rubber Duckie…A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode.

The rubber ducky (also spelled duckie) has come a long way from the first concept as a chew toy for children. While the origin of the first rubber ducky is uncertain, many rubber molded toys from dolls to those in various animal shapes came about when rubber manufacturing developed in the late 1800s.

The rubber ducky became a Toy Hall of Fame inductee in 2013.  Although no research has uncovered the creator of Rubber Ducky Day we are quite fond of the idea it was born out of Sesame Street’s Rubber Duckie.

 

Welcome 2019!

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TOASTTOYOU

A Toast to You

To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that’s past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worthwhile of the days grown old;
To dare go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that’s new;
To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world’s good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.
Happy New Year!!

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Housewarming Gift Baskets

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Moving to a new place is exciting, but also exhausting. Reward a friend or loved one for unpacking all those boxes and successfully moving their entire lives to a new location with one of our housewarming gift baskets. Your heartfelt “Welcome to your new home” gift can include anything from gourmet home-cooked meals to the perfect pampering items, and will help them get settled properly.

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Thanksgiving Gift Baskets

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Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings, and holiday meals. But the best part about Thanksgiving is the memories: the festive table with all the delicious food, the backyard football games, and the laughter of loved ones catching up. Add something special to the celebration with a delightful and festive gift basket of gourmet foodie treats! Our Thanksgiving gift baskets are overflowing with savory gourmet foods and delectable sweets guaranteed to please any palate. You can choose from a variety of themes, and if you want to create a Thanksgiving basket tailored just to your liking, you can personalize your gift with add-on products like picture frames, coffee mugs, wine glassed, and more. Let the feasting begin!

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Gift Baskets….The New Thank You Note

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No doubt sending a “Thank You” note is a wonderful thing. Wouldn’t it be great if more people took the time to put pen to paper and write a thank you note, even a brief one.  A hand written thank you note is far better than an email and hands down better than just verbal thanks.

Even better than a thank you note is a thoughtful Thank You gift that will both surprise and delight the person you want to thank. If you want to raise the bar and say ‘Thank You’ in a most memorable way, consider sending a gift basket with your hand written thank you note.

Personalize It

The best thank you gifts, and all gifts included, are matched to the recipient’s particular interests and tastes, and also to how well you know them. The more you know about the recipient, the more specific the gift you can send. The goal is to send a gift that will be sure to please. The “gift basket thank you note” could also be tailored to the relationship you have with that person and to the specific reason for the thank you.

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Send What They Love

When choosing a gift basket, be sure to really think and consider what the recipient truly loves. Chocolate Lover?  By all means, send them a chocolate gift basket like our  “Sweet Thanks” chocolate gift basket as a token of your appreciation. Yum!

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Your thoughtfulness will really be appreciated when you send a thank you gift basket that matches a person’s dietary restrictions or preferences. If you know someone is diet conscience, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, heart-healthy, low Glycemic, or low carb then you can send them our “Heart Healthy Snacker” gift basket or our healthy & delicious “Fruits for Your Labor” gift basket. Think of a gift that shows your friend or colleague how well you know them.  And, there are gift baskets to suit every persuasion.

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Send What You Love

Sometimes you have discovered something so fabulous that you want to share it with friends. You know them well enough that you are quite certain they will love it, too. So, the next time you want to thank your neighbor for bringing in your mail, watering your plants, or watching your cat why not send them a thank you gift basket full of goodies that you love.  In your thank you message, you can describe what you love about the gift and why you think they will find it irresistible too!

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Thank You Gifts that Satisfy All Tastes

Sometimes you want to say thank you to a business colleague who referred a new client to you, for example, but you don’t know about their personal interests or tastes. A fresh fruit or fresh and dried fruit basket will please every palate and make a universally good gift basket to convey your ‘Thank You’, especially when the contents are of the highest quality and are stylishly arranged. Your “gift basket thank you note” will also be appropriately formal.

When sending a thank you gift to a family or an office, you can’t go wrong with a fun basket filled with lots of treats and snacks. Everyone has different tastes and variety can be the best approach in this particular situation. Think about finding a gift with products that are easy to share; that can be put in an office lunchroom or in the family room in front of the TV like an always popular “Movie Night” themed gift basket.

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Writing Gift Basket Thank You Notes

Of course, any gift basket will be accompanied by a thank you note. Just because you are sending a thank you gift, does not mean you should put any less thought into the note attached to it!

There are some tips to writing good thank you notes. First and foremost, keep the sentiment appropriate to the situation. You will want to be more formal with colleagues that you don’t know very well, but that certainly does not mean you have to be cold and impersonal. Obviously, you can be goofier or more casual with good friends.

The body of the thank you note does not necessarily need to be long, but it should be as specific as possible. If there is an identifiable deed, act or accomplishment that deserves a ‘Thank You’, make sure you mention it in your gift basket thank you note.  Otherwise, your recipient may wonder whether you really know what they did! Sometimes your thank you gift won’t be attributed to any specific reason so your thank you note can express a more general sentiment such as “Thank you for all you’ve done for me this year!”

Finally, do carefully consider the closing when writing your gift basket thank you note. “Sincerely”, “With Gratitude”, and “With Thanks” always work well in a thank you note, especially with business associates. These are more formal, but expresses the sentiment perfectly. With friends, naturally, you can be as informal as you like.  Always remember to communicate your true appreciation.

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Real Estate Closing Gifts…Not Just for Realtors

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Real estate agents, property managers, brokers, developers, and lenders – this is for you!

Whether selling a home, building their dream home, or renting an apartment to tenants, it always feels great when you close that sale.  You have tirelessly worked with the client to reach a successful end. However, when you do make that sale, don’t just sit back and relax… Go the extra mile and give your client or tenant a closing gift such as a “New Home” gift basket.

Better than “Thank You” Notes

Sending a “thank you” note is great ~Many companies do this to show appreciation, and it is certainly better than doing nothing at all.  But, imagine how your client will feel if a unique gift is special delivered to their home or presented to them at closing. This is what closing gifts are all about – a way to say “thanks” and be remembered for years to come.

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Who Else Gets a Closing Gift?

Clients should not be the only ones who should receive closing gifts from your company.  You should also consider all those you have worked with throughout the sales or rental process.  There are closing lawyers, lending institutions, mortgage companies, home improvement specialists, appraisers, insurance agents, housekeepers, etc.  All those who contribute to making your real estate sales possible should receive a closing/thank you gift from you.  Also, do not forget to send a gift to those who refer others to you!

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Marketing Benefits of Real Estate Closing Gifts

The benefits of giving closing gifts are tremendous.  One reason you will want to make this a normal practice is it will increase your real estate referrals dramatically.  Imagine the increase in leads of potential buyers and sellers if you suddenly have everyone you work with regularly referring you to others!

*The client refers you because the purchase went smoothly AND they received a lovely closing gift from you.

*The closing attorney works with many people in real estate, even potential real estate buyers or sellers.  You are the real estate agent who stands out because you show such appreciation for the attorney.

*The person who cleans the homes or apartments for you may have family and friends who are interested in buying, selling or renting a home.

*The home improvement specialist makes repairs for you, and also for others who might be getting ready to sell their home.  Because of your thoughtfulness, you always come to mind when real estate conversations arise.

Another benefit is the potential of repeat business when your clients get ready to buy, sell, build or rent again.  How you treat clients during and after the sale will make an everlasting impression.  A closing gift makes the final impression.

More Benefits for Rental Property Managers

If you are a rental property owner or manager, giving a housewarming gift basket to a tenant is a great way to say “thank you” and to let them know you will be there when they need you.  This helps with both new tenant referrals and resident retention. You can also give gifts to those who work with you to clean or repair the rental property.  Your thoughtfulness will go a long way.

Closing gifts can be an effective tool in building a solid foundation for your business!

Valentine’s Day is Coming!

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It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of January and we must start thinking about our Valentine and the special gift they deserve this year, or better yet…a special gift basket you both deserve!

We have updated and added to our Valentine’s Day gift basket selection ~ We’re ready for the mad rush of sending the perfect sentiments to the ones you love…..Are you?

We look forward to helping you give your Valentine the most wonderful gift that says

“Be My Valentine”!

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“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now & then doesn’t hurt”

~Charles M. Schultz

Veterans Day – In Memory of Many…In Honor of All

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Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans – Not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but to also recognize those who continue to serve today.

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History of Veterans Day

Although World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the end of hostilities of World War I occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  Therefore, Veterans Day (originally Armistice Day) is recognized on November 11th.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

On May 13, 1938, the 11th of November was made the legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, however, in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history, and after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

October 8th that same year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

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President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

On June 28, 1968 The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day.  Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975 President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97, which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major Veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11th preserves the historical significance of the date, and helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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Happy National Pie Day!

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Pies…..They are simple and delicious, and come Thanksgiving, everybody will try to save room for them. The pies we have come to enjoy today are a fairly recent addition to the pie history that goes back as long as mankind has had the dough to bake a crust and the stuff to put inside it.

Contrary to those elementary school plays across the United States, there was no “modern-day” pie, pumpkin, or otherwise at the first Thanksgiving celebration.  Pilgrims brought English style (meat-based) recipes with them to the colonies. Pumpkin pie, first recorded in a cookbook in 1675, originated from British boiled and spiced squash, and was not popularized in America until the early 1800s.  Because of their crusty tops, pies acted as a way to preserve food, and were often used to keep the filling fresh during the winter months. The colonists cooked many a pie….And they didn’t make bland pies; documents show that they used dried fruit, cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg to season the meats in their pies. As the colonies expanded, the pie became a way to showcase local ingredients and with that came a growth of new, sweet pies. A cookbook from 1796 listed only 3 varieties of sweet pies; a cookbook written in the late 1800s featured 8 varieties of sweet pie; and by the 1947 the Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking listed 65 different varieties of sweet pies.

There are few things as American as apple pie (as the saying goes), but like many of America’s pie traditions, the original apple pie recipes came from England. These apple pie prototypes were made with unsweetened apples and encased in a not so light and flakey nor edible crust. Still, the apple pie developed a following, and was even referenced in “Menaphon” (1589) by poet Robert Greene: “Thy breath is like the steeme of apple pies.”  Pies have come a long way since the days of magpie and pepper, and are made with everything from apples to avocados, but many bakeries say a classic apple pie remains their top holiday seller.

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Whether you prefer apple, pumpkin, berry, pecan, or sweet potato….

Don’t be shy….Have a piece of pie!