Yearly Blog Archives: 2011

Merry Merry.


It's Christmas Eve and we just finished the very last details for the Holiday Hoopla event we're hosting for our Ohio clan tomorrow. Wow! It was a lot of work, but also so much FUN. The theme is "Survivor Christmas" and we came up with a bunch of challenges like a scavenger ...

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Spend less; give more: Create a hoopla!


I just finished putting the final touches on the invitation for our 2011 Holiday Hoopla, which is an event that my son, his dad, my beau, and I put on for our family in Ohio instead of buying everyone gifts. We've been having such great fun planning the event and I can't wait to see ho...

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Gifts from the ‘art.


In the spirit of my ongoing conversation about gifts with meaning, I want to encourage you to shop on Etsy. If you're not yet familiar with Etsy, it is an online marketplace focused on handmade, artistic, and vintage items. I know lots of incredible women artists who sell their one-of...

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Unfashionably happy.


"He who seeks beauty will find it." (Bill Cunningham) If you haven't seen it yet, rent Bill Cunningham New York. Now. Rent it now! (If you have Netflix, you can download it as an "Instant watch.") Do you know of Bill Cunningham? He's the genius behind the New York T...

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Spend Less; Give More: Inspired Book Club


As many of you know, I'm on a mission to make the holidays debt-free and stress-free. One of the ways we can all accomplish this is by giving gifts that have a lot of meaning, but that don't cost a lot of money. On the home page of Simply Celebrate, I've posted a video about this c...

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Guest Post: Everyday Passions by Christine Mason Miller


Today I am fortunate enough to host a guest post by Christine Mason Miller. Christine is one of the most inspiring women I've ever met. It's not just that she is a fabulous artist and writer — though I love and appreciate her talents— it's that she is a fabulous "li...

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Make a gift; get a gift. Celebrating “The New Black Friday”


Make a Love List or other gift for someone today & receive a free copy of my ebook, Present Perfect: 127 creative, one-of-a-kind, no-to-low cost, wow-‘em gifts they’ll never forget. ___________________________ On Wednesday I posted on this blog about The New Black Friday. The F...

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The New Black Friday. Join me?


I'm not against shopping. Or gifts. Or sales. I'm not against buying someone something they'll really love, like a LEGO set or iPod or that new whatzit. I'm not against the thrill of presenting someone with a gaily-wrapped package, filled with something to make them smile. Wh...

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Occupy Christmas!


SIMPLY CELEBRATE NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER, 2011 It’s not yet Thanksgiving and already the store shelves are crammed with plastic Santas, cheap chocolates, and plastic-wrapped gift sets. Electronic gift guides have started to arrive in my email in-box. Even the small, family-owned corner stor...

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Letting go.


  Just a few moments ago I noticed a blog post from Simply Celebrate popped into my email in-box. "Strange," I thought, "since I didn't create a new post to go out today." Stranger still, when I opened the email, the link was broken and the text was from a blog pos...

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