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“Wine Personality” Quiz

Have fun taking the Mirassou® Winery unscientific “wine personality” quiz. Answer these questions to determine what your “wine personality” is, so you can choose the perfect wine for you and your guests! Are you a real sweetheart? Do you prefer sweet tastes over salty ones? Do you run circles around your friends because you’re so energetic? Are you constantly...

Eco-Labels: Making Sense of It All

If you wish to leave a smaller eco-footprint by purchasing earth friendly products, the labeling used can put a quick stop to your journey if you are not careful. Here are a few tips/explanations I have found helpful in my quest to go green. Be wary of claims of “all natural”. While you may think you are...

10 Fun Facts About Man’s Best Friend

1. Dogs have been domesticated for about 12,000 years. 2. A dog’s sense of smell is about 1000 times better than a human’s. 3. Great Dane’s can eat up to 8 ½ pounds a day. 4. American spends more money on dog food than on baby food each year! 5. A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per...

Gourmet Quotes

This week I thought you might enjoy this collection of “gourmet” quotes. Some are pretty darn funny… “A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow.” Kathy Mattea “To be a gourmet you must start early, as you must begin riding early to be a good horseman. You must live in France; your...

Portland: City of Restaurants

When was the last time some cried to you, “I don’t know why, but I have a raving desire for award-winning Thai street food followed by a fresh Boccone Dolce. Do you want to go down the street for some grub?” In Portland, OR, land of the foodies, this is a reality. We live in a...

April Celebrity Birthdays

As I was compiling information about this week’s blog, I stumbled across a “Celebrity Birthdays in April” website. While star gazing is not my favorite pastime, I couldn’t help but notice that the list of celebrities a) have big personalities b) are incredibly funny and c) many have checkered pasts. To name a few, I...

I Am 278,050 Hours Old

I know what you are thinking: wow, that must mean that she is 1,000,983,461 seconds old as well. Simple math, right? No, it’s the handy work of a birthday calculator. With the simple input of your birthday, you will learn the famous people with whom you share your birthday (I share it with two Rockefellers...

When in Paradise, a Trip to the Spa is a MUST!

Guest Blogger: Doug I recently returned from a long vacation in Hawaii. While there, the weather was, how shall we say…marginal at best. While looking around for something to do, I noticed that my hotel had recently added a spa. Curious, I ventured forth and made an appointment for a massage. It was the best money...

Frog-Gone Bathtub Fun

When I found out my new grandson was getting a Kermit the frog themed bedroom, it didn’t take me long to figure out what to get him! The Little Froggy Bath Tote is cuter than a frog on a lily pad, and has all of the bath stuff he needs (including the cutest little froggy...

Joy – My Favorite Gift

Joy Dingman, Customer Service Representative My current favorite Gift Tree gift is the Home Chic Home Tool Set for Her. This gift is Rock‘in! It comes in a really cute bag and has tools to MATCH. It comes with a 6 foot tape measure, retractable utility knife, adjustable pliers, scissors, double tipped screw driver, and a...

Strange Pets

When people think of pets, they usually think of dogs and cats.  Maybe the occasional fish or bird.  I, however, have a family friend who owns a Hedgehog. Her name is Ruby and she is the cutest little thing. She has so much personality, loves to play and is even litter box trained. They’re not...

Origin of Administrative Professionals’ Day

I’m a trivia freak and have always had a fascination with the origins of things. When I began looking for gifts to recommend for the upcoming Administrative Professionals’ Week during the week of April 21st, it got me thinking. Who came up with this holiday in the first place? Surely it must have been the...

What’s in a Name?

I know naming your baby is a huge deal, but can you believe there are consultants to help choose a name for your newborn? Yes it’s true. I’ve been reading some articles and people have spent anywhere from $50 to $500; Wow! There’s also quite a bit of software you can purchase. I found blogs,...

Fundraising is the Name of the Game

One of the most popular fundraising methods for not-for-profit organizations are auctions or silent auctions. There are typically an abundance of donated gifts from the community and although every contributor has the best of intentions, packaging often goes by the wayside. And as we all know, packaging can make or break the “sale.” GiftTree recently had...

Simple Changes Can Make All the Difference

I just returned from the International Home and Housewares Show. Not surprisingly, going green was a big part of the show. I was glad to see many of the suppliers putting forth the effort to support consumers in their attempts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. One small change can make a huge difference. There...

Taking it Personal

I love the fact that I can send a gift for almost any occasion, and I can personalize it too! Whether I want a name, a date, an initial or a sentiment, adding a personal touch to the actual gift in my opinion makes it a touch more special. This year for example, my husband...
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