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The new year is always a time for reflection and planning. We are excited to bring you some new ideas for LifeHeartHome that we hope you will love! Beginning in February, we will be highlighting one product or class of products each month. Not only will we post here, on our blog site but also we will feature items on Facebook and Instagram. We hope that this will help our loyal customers find that perfect gift. For the rest of January, we encourage you to check out our Valentine Collection.
We are happy to feature our Kate Mesta Dogtags during the month of February. Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram so you will see these trendy wearable art pieces. We hope you love them as much as we do.
We at LifeHeartHome would like to wish you all a very happy 2017.
Happy Holidays from Lifehearthome.com
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Blogging – the act of writing down interesting and compelling content to entertain users and to hopefully drive traffic to your business. Sounds easy enough; just write a few paragraphs two to four times every week. But make sure that they are relevant and engaging. What if you draw a blank on what to say? What if you were never a comfortable writer? Yes, I write well enough but is it really engaging and interesting? I hope so but it is a constant worry. Just 300 or so words – it can’t be that hard. Yet the curser blinks on the blank screen as nothing magically materializes and I am once again trying to figure out what to write about. So today I decided to write about my writer’s block. Interesting? I don’t know but I do know that many of us struggle with the same problem. In this current world of instant feedback, constant information and the ability to surf through hundreds of tweets, blogs, statuses, etc. in the matter of minutes, how do you compete? How do you come up with that one idea or photo or video that captures the imagination of your followers? I definitely struggle with this concept and find myself overwhelmed each and every day. Perhaps the young people who have grown up with this constant bombardment of words will fare better. I remember the “good-old days” not that long ago when no one had cell phones or even computers. Yes, I am a fan of these items but do miss the deeper connection we all had with each other. It seems weird to say that since we are more connected today than ever before but it is a surface connection; a texting connection; a facebook connection instead of a face to face, seeing and hearing connection. Body language and the tone and inflection of voice tells us so much more than the words being said. Fear, anger, sadness and happiness are hard to convey through text. Yes, there is the practice of using CAPITALS when excited or upset but there is so much to misinterpret. Have you ever gotten into an argument over a text only to find out later that it was just an unintended misinterpretation of what was written? But we all still love to text. It has become the most common way to communicate with friends and family. My 80 year old mother texts and they are hilarious to read! We all have a good chuckle over some of her texts. It is the new world and we will all have to figure out ways to navigate through it – texting all the way.
I hope you have found this blog a little bit interesting and would love to hear your comments and check out our store www.lifehearthome.com for some incredible gift ideas!
Especially during this time of year we find ourselves a bit more charitable and friendly. If we can keep that feeling throughout the whole year just imagine the positive change we could make. My daughter came home the other day with this amazing story that I thought I would share with you:
“The other day I decided to treat myself to an afternoon snack and I went to Baskin Robbins for a scoop of my favorite ice cream. I remember counting out my change in my car to make sure that I had enough money and found that I just barely had enough. When I went up to the counter to order my ice cream the employee informed me that the person who had just left had actually paid for my scoop of ice cream – for no reason but to be nice and pay it forward. I was thrilled and it made me feel so happy that I decided to pay for the person behind me. As I was completing my transaction, the cashier told me that everyone that came in during the last two hours had done the same thing and passed their kindness forward to the next guest. I felt so happy to have been able to participate in this wonderful experience. It was only a few dollars but ended up touching several dozen people and brightening their day.”
My daughter’s story touched me and again made me realize that even a small gesture can really turn your day around and remind you of the kindness in the world. The pay it forward challenge is a great idea because it makes everyone’s day a little bit better and leaves a smile of everyone’s face.
The next time you are in the drive through or in line at Starbucks, think about this little story and consider paying it forward. The gesture might just come back to bless your day as well. Also consider our Whisper of Kindness Cards if you would like to show your appreciation, gratitude or just happiness to another person. These kindness gifts will warm your heart and help to brighten the day of those who receive them. Pay it forward everyday!
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We love Halloween! We love trick or treating! Our neighborhood is ideal for this annual event. Flat streets, sidewalks, good lighting, lots of participating homes – the perfect place to go trick or treating on Halloween night. We end up having over 100 kids, teens, families and pets visiting our home. We actually sit outside on our porch since the onslaught of visitors is constant. We encourage all ages in our neighborhood; no one is too old to dress up and have a good time. In fact, our most memorable trick or treaters last year were a trio of teen boys who dressed up with guitars and cowboy hats and serenaded us to earn their treats. Our house is known as the “water house” since we have begun a tradition of providing water bottles and juice boxes for thirsty travelers. We have been amazed at how many kids and adults alike will choose the water over candy or other treats. At the end of the night, we have given out several cases of water and juice plus several boxes of candy. As parents, we loved our kids to go out trick or treating and return to revel in the glory of their filled pillow cases of treats. But we also knew that we did not really want them to eat all of that candy. So what is a parent to do?
We came up with a twist to our Halloween traditions. We called her the “Halloween Witch.” Similar to the tooth fairy, the Halloween Witch would exchange candy for gifts. Our Halloween Witch legend went something like this: The Halloween Witch would visit kids on Halloween night and see if they were feeling generous. The Witch would then come and take the offering and leave a small gift. The size and quantity of the gifts would be dependent on the generosity of the offering. The Witch knew which candy the kids liked and didn’t like so a bigger gift would be given if the offering included some treats that were favorites. Gifts would range from a new toy or maybe a new dvd or book to a trip to a favorite park or beach. The Halloween Witch would leave a note along with the gift to thank the kids for their generosity. Occasionally, our kids would go overboard in the excitement of the night and give everything away. When this happened the wise Halloween Witch would return some of the favorite treats along with the gift.
So now what? You have what is probably a large supply of candy offered up to the Halloween Witch. You don’t want to keep it around the house for the kids to find, so what options do you have to spread the sweet wealth? We usually donated our goodies to the local school for the teachers as a special treat. Another great idea is to go to the local fire or police station to donate or perhaps find a charity that sends gifts to our troops. These ideas are wonderful and you can also involve the kids by having the witch leave a note with instructions on how to make these donations.
Enjoy this very special time of the year and have a very safe and fun Halloween! If you are looking to start your holiday shopping, please consider visiting www.lifehearthome.com – Providing inspiration as well as unique and meaningful gifts to touch a heart and brighten a day.