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Celebrating an Employee Milestone with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

18 Nov

How do you celebrate a 4-year anniversary at work?

We think such an important employee milestone deserves a delicious corporate gift, so when the time came to celebrate our Social Media Manager’s 4th year with the company, we sent something we knew she’d love: Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Sempronia was kind enough to film the unboxing and taste the first one one camera for us. Check it out!

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Choosing Gluten Free Gifts & Foods

03 Nov

For 1 in every 100 people around the world, living without gluten isn’t a fad, it’s a necessity, which is why every season we receive more requests for gluten free gifts. Tragically, celiac disease – an autoimmune disorder – causes damage to its sufferers when they eat foods and products that contain gluten. For family members, friends, and colleagues who enjoy spoiling others with gourmet gifts for the holidays, the mystery of which gifts you can safely send to people with celiac disease can be intimidating.

Navigating this dietary restriction isn’t as difficult as it sounds, though, even for people who only have to worry about gluten free gifts for Christmas, New Year, or the occasional birthday. A lot of items are gluten free already, without having to take steps, make substitutions, or jump through hoops. Other things should always be avoided. Here’s your quick guide to shopping for gourmet foods and gifts without gluten.


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5 Day of the Dead Facts You Should Know

23 Oct

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is one Mexican and Central American festival that’s become very popular around the world. While the holiday is primarily viewed as a Mexican celebration, it is widely observed in Mexican-American communities and acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. Variations of the festival are celebrated in Ecuador, Brazil (Finados), and Belize (Day of the Skulls), where locals have a tradition of adorning the skulls of their dead relatives with fresh flowers.

But those who don’t traditionally celebrate it often don’t know much about Day of the Dead, or think it’s something like Halloween. We’re here to make sure you’ve got the basics on this holiday that’s meant to help celebrate life.

5 Day of the Dead Facts You Should Know

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10 Tips for Leftover Halloween Candy With a Cultural Twist

09 Oct

Let’s be honest, when it comes to Halloween we’re only in it for the candy and it’s never enough. Halloween may not be traditional in every part of the world, but the custom has certainly caught on. From Ireland (where Halloween originated as All Hallow’s Eve) to The United States (where the custom was brought over by the first settlers), and even to Japan! Halloween has become a global phenomenon that is famous as the one night where you have permission to dress up as your favorite fantasy character. And sure, the costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating are all fun, but at the end of the day it’s all about the Halloween loot, and there’s tons of it. That leaves families all over the world with the same situation every year: Wondering what to do with extra Halloween candy. So here’s a list of 10 smart candy-packed ideas for your leftover Halloween candy to try.

10 Tips for Leftover Halloween Candy With a Cultural Twist

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Just Moved to the USA? Here’s How To Be A Good Neighbor

25 Sep

It’s a little known fact that September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day in the US. This day is set aside to remind us all what it is to be a good neighbor. Such a day is also a good excuse to go say hello to those people across the way you haven’t managed to introduce yourself to yet.  Maybe you’ve recently immigrated to the US from another country, and need to know: What is a good neighbor? How can you be a good neighbor? How do you deal with bad neighbors? How do you balance being a good neighbor with not being a nosy neighbor?

These are hard questions, and you aren’t alone in asking them. Maintaining a good relationship with your neighbors can be tricky, especially if you’re not familiar with their cultural norms, and your results will vary. Here are some of our tips on learning to be a better neighbor (even if you aren’t a huge fan of the guy next door).

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Your Guide to Unique Rosh Hashanah Gifts

11 Sep

Rosh Hashanah is on its way. Yes – New Year at the end of summer! Many of us don’t think much about this holiday unless your family, friends or business associates observe Jewish New Year, but it’s one of the holiest days of the year in the Hebrew calendar. So, more of your friends than you think are celebrating. Starting on September 20th this year, Rosh Hashanah is the perfect time to reflect on mistakes, and ask for forgiveness – which means it’s a great time to send an apology gift. If you’re not sure what to send, keep reading: This is your cheat sheet to the best Rosh Hashanah gifts you can send this season.

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5 Tips To Make Your Eid al-Adha Gift Perfect

29 Aug

Eid al-Adha is one of the most popular Muslim festivals observed in the world. “Eid al-Adha” means “Festival of the Sacrifice,” it’s also known as the Greater Eid. The holiday is a holy time for prayer, sacrifice, generosity, and exchanging an Eid al-Adha gift or three with friends, family, and those in need.

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha (which starts on August 31st this year), Muslims commemorate and remember Prophet Abraham’s trials by slaughtering an animal (sheep, camel, or goat). Most of the meat is given away to friends and donated to the poor as an act of willingness to give up some bounties in life, to strengthen ties of friendship and help the needy.

But there are plenty of ways to share the bounty during Eid, and one of the most common is to send an Eid al-Adha gift. Need help with choosing one? The suggestions below will give you an idea of how to be generous during the Greater Eid.

Great food makes a great Eid al-Adha gift

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Cooking with Wine: 3 Easy Recipes to Impress Your Guests

17 Aug

Have you heard all the buzz about cooking with wine in your recipes? Yes, it’s true: wine and food is a match made in heaven. It is also true that as long as food and wine are carefully matched, they will complement one another in perfect harmony and bring your everyday cooking to a whole new level without any extra effort. To prove our point we’ve picked 3 delicious and amazingly easy recipes that will make you fall in love with the idea. Just remember, it is very important when cooking with wine, to use types that you would drink. While it is not necessary to use the most expensive wine, it is still essential to use good, flavorful wine. If not – then all those culinary benefits will be lost.

Cooking with wine: soak your pasta

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Dog House Blues: 7 Ways To Say I’m Sorry

03 Aug

As much as we hate to admit it, we all make mistakes. The part of a mistake that defines you is not the mistake itself, but how you learn and grow from it. The very first thing to do, is apologize. It sounds obvious, but often people hope that the damage will either go unnoticed or be ignored. There’s not real healing if you don’t own up to the mistakes you’ve made, and no real growth if you hope that those around you will be too polite to say anything.

So how do you go about apologizing and making amends? It may sound like a silly question but what makes your apology feel sincere is intent and effort. If you put no thought into it, are you really remorseful? Are you really considering the other person (or people) if you’re just trying to get things over with as quickly as possible?

Your words have weight with an apology gift

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Do I Have To? How to survive Bridal Plans & Wedding Cakes

21 Jul

Do I Have To? Your Guide to Wedding Cakes, Bachelorette Parties & Bridal Season

You’re part of the bridal party, and you’ve found it’s more like a bridal army since you’re in charge of tactical decisions like: how many wedding cakes can we taste, are these the best flowers for the bouquet, and really – penis straws? If you’re her best friend, her maid of honor, or have somehow become a colleague’s impromptu wedding planner: this starter guide to wedding planning is for you.

Do I Have To? How to survive Bridal Plans & Wedding Cakes

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