Just Be Yourself

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde portrait – National Portrait Gallery

Yesterday Sarah’s Bookshelf nominated me for a challenge in which you’re required to post a quote for three consecutive days, and to nominate three others to then participate. Because I have a series of Inspirational Quotes, I’m more than happy to oblige.

The above quote seemed particularly appropriate for the blogosphere, a place where there are so many voices and influences upon us. This reminds us that we should be true to ourselves. Afterall it is our uniqueness that brings listeners and that quality is the gift we can share with them.

I’m going to add this saying to my bank of quotes, ready to use on the right card when the occasion comes around. Thank you for inspiring this post, Sarah!

Thankful For 101 Bloggers

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Seeking to improve my blog and convey my ideas in the most effective and interesting way, I signed up for Blogging 101, part of the WordPress Blogging University. I’ve just completed the course and learnt so much. Given that my blog is about giving, including being thankful, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our coordinator, Michelle, and my fellow bloggers. Everyone was so generous, taking the time to check out other blogs, to post encouraging comments, and to ultimately ensure a friendly environment in which to learn and build our sites together. I hope to maintain these connections and strive to devote more energy to reading and participating in the blogosphere. There is so much creativity out there!

Thank you all!

Patience Is A Virtue

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I just heard of someone who opens their birthday cards as soon as they arrive in the mail, however early, in case something happens and they don’t make it to the big day! Aside from this being a rather morbid attitude, I feel it spoils the sense of occasion on the big day… Or maybe it just extends the celebration.

What do you do? And how do you feel about gifts? Do you save them or open them immediately?

At The End Of The Rainbow

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “ROY G. BIV.”

The Daily Post’s writing prompt provided the inspiration for a collection of gift suggestions for children around a rainbow theme.

Learning colors is a developmental milestone. A child will start to identify different colors around the age of eighteen months, although they won’t be able to name individual hues until quite a bit later. However, in the meantime playing with colors and mentally noting their differences will capture the imagination. You can facility this develop by providing opportunities for them to match colors and pointing and naming different ones with them.

This is something we’re having fun with right now. Our little girl seems to like orange and loves to say the word yellow in her own toddler pronunciation. She’s currently focused on her caterpillar gear toy, taking it apart, putting it back together, and rotating the individual parts, color by color. Below I’ve compiled a selection of our rainbow favorites:

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a – Caterpillar Gear Toy – a toy that hones dexterity while developing color knowledge

b – Bedtime Buddy Nightlight – a rainbow themed light for the bedroom

c – What Makes A Rainbow Book – a charming book with tactile ribbons inside

d – Playable Art Ball – colorful fun for all ages

e – Stacking Rings – the classic toy for babies up

f – Over The Rainbow Crayons – never underestimate the enjoyment of wielding a bright crayon

g – Pull-A-Tune Xylophone – musical pleasure from Fisher Price

h – Rainbow Playground Ball – an update on a playground staple

Father’s Day: Worth Every Penny

Since my husband works in finance and we’ve just had our second child, it was easy to pull together a theme for this year’s Father’s Day gift…

When our first daughter was born I purchased a onesie with an amusing slogan and took a photo of her wearing it. The not-so-amused expression was priceless and made a treasured picture for my husband’s desk. So now that we have our second daughter I searched out a similar item, took a photo in the same vein, placed it in another leather frame, and wrapped it for Father’s Day.

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In keeping with the monetary theme I also got him a British coin marking this year’s royal birth. (Both of our children were born in the same year as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, and he has the other coin.) I packaged it all in financial green: green bag, green tissue, green tag and green ribbon. Then in amongst the layers I scattered foil covered chocolate coins, adding one to the tag for a touch of the Midas. I heard yesterday on television that the average American spends $115 on Dad for Father’s Day – worth every penny I would suggest!

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What did you give for Father’s Day?

To Thank… Or Not To Thank

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Since having my second daughter I’ve been thinking a lot more about how to create a culture of thanks in our household. With my traditional British upbringing I’ve always been taught to write thank you notes (and send birthday cards, as I blogged yesterday). I thought this standard was the norm, albeit now translated for a more relaxed, digital era. (I’ve been pondering for some time how a respectful thank you might look in this modern world, and will share more on that at a later date.) But regardless of how the thank you is conveyed, I want to instill the importance of those two words. So I was quite surprised to hear that this is not the expectation in every culture. An interesting post on A Cup Of Jo brought this to my attention, followed by some fascinating comments and examples. This makes me rethink… How do we ensure that the sentiment of our words and conduct come across, if the actual actions themselves are unfamiliar/unwelcome? I would love to hear your thoughts…

As an aside, this dialogue has also shown me the benefit of a blogging community. For this I am thankful.*

* To all who generously participated in the original discussion, please accept this as a thank you – if that would be appropriate.

Me And The Old People

imageThis card found me in a store the other day and I just had to buy it.

Although I don’t believe I’m the only person sending birthday cards anymore, I do believe that there are less and less people mailing paper versions.

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