Sympathy Cookie Cake

There are entire businesses built around giving cookie cakes to celebrate special occasions.

I remembers as a tween when I suddenly became too cool for a birthday cake. Instead, I wanted a giant cookie cake from Great American Cookies (from the mall!) for my birthday party.

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The cookie business has evolved since then. Now you can order someone a Sympathy Cookie Cake.

Maybe you know someone who had an accident, who lost a pet, who lost a job, who had a bad breakup, or who is going through a difficult time overall.

A Sympathy Cookie Cake might be the perfect gift to show someone you care while cheering them up.

Personalized Sympathy Cookie Cake

When my friend, Vahid, broke his elbow long-boarding, his employees surprised him at the office with a mini cookie cake from Insomnia Cookies.

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MasterClass.com | Online Classes From Famous Celebrities

I’m sure at some point everyone has probably dreamed of getting the inside scoop from a famous celebrity to learn what makes them so good at what they do.

We all want to know the secret to their success!

What can Helen Mirren teach us about how to be an award-winning actor? Or Serena Williams on how to become a tennis superstar?

Wouldn’t it be great to have the opportunity to learn first-hand from some of the world’s greatest minds?

Well, you CAN! MasterClass.com gives you that type of ACCESS and knowledge.

Online Classes From the Best Minds & Talent in the World

Learn how to become a better writer from James Patterson, Bob Woodward, R.L. Stine and Judy Blume.

Learn how to become a better cook from Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck.

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Pumpkin Spice Gift Basket

For some people, this is their favorite season of the year. They go crazy for it!

I’m not talking about fall y’all. Or about winter, spring or summer.

I’m talking about Pumpkin Spice season! When pumpkin spice everything is available for a limited-time-only.

I myself go crazy over Pumpkin Spice cereal.

I once made a Pumpkin Spice Gift Basket for a client. This particular client had a tradition of hand-delivering appreciation gifts to their most important clients around Thanksgiving.

The Pumpkin Spice Gift Basket came with a decorative tag that read…

“We’re as crazy about you as we are pumpkin spice!”

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Baby Shark | Singing Plush Toy

- - Christmas, Kids

I first learned the “Baby Shark” song more than 10 years ago at Girl Scout camp as an adult volunteer.

Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo Doo…

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I thought it was adorable with its catchy tune and fun hand motions. Nobody I knew outside of Girl Scouts had even heard of the song.

Now the “Baby Shark” song is EVERYWHERE after it went viral!

“Baby Shark” A Global Sensation

After billions of views on YouTube, it’s safe to say it has become a global sensation!

Kids and adults alike know all the words, and it’s being played at sporting events. My boys and I attended Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIVE, and they played it there too!

My youngest niece who is turning two years old loves to dance to the Baby Shark song. She can listen to it over and over and over again.

That is why for her birthday I am giving her this adorable Baby Shark Singing Plush Toy! (Also comes in Mommy Shark and Daddy Shark versions.) All she has to do is squeeze it, and she can listen to the song as many times as she wants.

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Say Thank You with Pocket Praise Cards

- - Business

We often focus on the big moments in life, when it’s really the little moments that mean the most.

This is definitely true when it comes to appreciation.

Small acts of appreciation mean a lot–such as a handwritten thank you card. They let people know that who they are and what they do matter.

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A thank you card takes time to compose. A person has to write several sentences to fill a traditional-sized thank you card.

What if you only had to write one phrase or sentence and it was still meaningful?

That’s the beauty of Pocket Praise cards!

Spread Positivity With Pocket Praise Cards

Pocket Praise cards are small note cards that spread encouragement, gratitude and positivity when handed out in the workplace.

Their small size of 3.5″ x 2″ makes it quick and easy to write a handwritten thank you card. It only takes a minute to recognize someone for a job well done!

Baudville.com offers many designs of their Pocket Praise cards but my favorite are called “Exclamations Assortments.”

They include clever sayings such as…

Cover: You simply radiate pure awesome.
Inside Card: Which would explain all your bright ideas

Cover: You have unleashed a serious case of the positives.
Inside Card: Let’s hope it’s contagious

Cover: I was told a super genius works here.
Inside Card: Ah, there you are

Cover: You brought some fierce hail to our brainstorm.
Inside Card: Thanks for making a dent

Verbal praise is nice but a handwritten thank you note adds a personal touch. For some people the card itself becomes a keepsake!

Pocket Praise cards make it easy to appreciate others in a meaningful way even when someone’s limited on time. Give a set to someone to use at their office!

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins

Escape Room Experience

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My family and I were trapped in a room… We could only escape by unravelling a series of clues… We had one hour… Or else… Tick. Tick.

For the next 60 minutes, my sisters, nieces, brother, brother-in-law and I bonded by working together to search for clues and decipher them.

What is an Escape Room?

“Escape Room” adventure games offer a unique experiences for families and groups ages 12 to 100.

You pick a themed room with distinct story line, and your team has to complete your mission to “escape” the room in 60 minutes or less.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience working together under that type of pressure.

For us, it was an adrenaline rush filled with lots of laughter. So much laughter.

When a clue was particularly perplexing, someone would yell, “That’s it! We’re gonna die in here!” That always cracked everyone up.

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Elephant & Piggie Books

When my son, Aiden, turned either one or two years old, he received Elephant & Piggie books for his birthday.

Before then, I had never heard of Elephant, Piggie or their author and illustrator–Mo Willems.

Well, Mo Willems is a children’s book genius and his books contain a unique style!

It wasn’t long before I ordered more books to add to our new collection.

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Mo Willem’s Elephant & Piggie books are filled with simple drawings that allow the words, facial expressions and body languages to stand out and make the story come alive.

The books also touch on important life lessons that children should know such as how to be a good friend, how to be kind, how to be patient, how to share, and how to work together to solve problems.

Award Winning Book Series

Several of Mo Willems’ books have won prestigious awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal. Before he wrote children’s books, he worked as a writer on Sesame Street.

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Which Way USA Travel Adventure Kits

- - Kids

I remember growing up reading Highlights–a magazine specifically for kids. It was really cool getting it in the mail once a month!

Now, Highlights offers all kinds of fun kids products besides magazines.

Have you heard of their Which Way USA Travel Adventure Kits?

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Every kit includes a map and a puzzle book that teaches children about the geography, history, and culture of a different state in the United States.

In the puzzle book, kids help Tripp and Scout race to the finish line by earning them points every time they complete the puzzles and activities.

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Website Full of Ridiculous & Unique Gifts

Not too long ago, I came across the website that inspired me to write a post called Website of Weirdly Awesome Gifts.

I’ve recent come across another website www.thisiswhyimbroke.com that is full of ridiculous and unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

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When you take a look at the website, you’ll see how people could easily be tempted to buy items that could make them go broke. They may be ridiculous but they’re also funny and cool!

Let me give you a sample of the ridiculous gifts, and there are tons of them!

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Jumbo College Mug | Graduation Gift

We’ve had several graduations in our family this year, and it reminded me of one of my favorite graduation gifts.

The funny thing is… I gave the gift to myself in celebration of earning my Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

I wanted a gift with my alma mater’s logo that I would use for years and years to remind me of my college experience.

I bought myself a jumbo college mug with the OU logo and name. The size was perfect for soup, cereal and coffee!

It was thick, heavy and durable, and I knew it would last forever.

As I grew older, my OU shot glasses stopped getting used as much, and my OU shirts competed for wear time with my Oklahoma City Thunder basketball shirts.

I continued to use my beautiful crimson jumbo mug. When I brought it to work people would comment on it. Who would have thought it would make a great conversation starter?!

If you are looking for a graduation gift with a lot of staying power, give a jumbo college mug to a graduate from the school they will be attending or the school where they graduated.

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss