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Second Anniversary Gift Ideas

Saturday, March 10, 2012 posted by Joan
Happy Annivesary Gift Stone

Happy Anniversary Greeting Stone

Are you looking for the perfect second anniversary gift for that special couple? The traditional gift for the second wedding anniversary is cotton. As a material, cotton is both durable and versatile. These are both important qualities in a successful marriage. Cotton has also been known as a symbol of great prosperity. The modern gift for the second anniversary is china.  Many people describe love as being elegant and beautiful. In the same way many people view love, china is seen as elegant and beautiful, too.

Use these themes to create some fun and creative ideas for giving a second wedding anniversary gift. Here are some interesting ideas:

  • Plan a Cotton Club themed evening for the couple to listen to jazz music.
  • Cotton plush towels
  • Cozy cotton his and hers bathrobes.
  • Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases
  • Rope hammock
  • China plates
  • China figurines
  • A wedding photo of the couple printed on canvas
  • A china vase with flowers

With your gift, give a Greeting Stone with a wedding anniversary inscription – Happy Anniversary.  Use a permanent marker to write the number “2” and the date on the reverse side of the stone. Write a longer message and insert it in the organza pouch which comes with the stone. Need help with the sentiment?  Visit our Greeting Stones website and click on the Sentiments tab.

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How To Acknowledge New and Valuable Customers

Thursday, March 8, 2012 posted by Martin
Thank You Business Stone

Thank You Greeting Stone

Both new and active clients and customers are the lifeblood of any business.  We can trim  expenses, but top line growth is essential to growing profits.  Often, we send thank you notes and small  gifts like plants or chocolates.  They are instantly appreciated, but notes and cards are soon tossed, the chocolates eaten by visitors, and sometimes the plant dies due to lack of care.  Personalized engraved corporate gifts are ideal, however expensive items are frequently taboo because of all the conflict of interest policies recently put in place.

So the question remains, what is an appropriate gift that the client or customer will retain and remember your  appreciation?  One popular item for  business gifts is a paperweight for one’s desk.   And the newest motivational paperweights are the Greeting Stones paperweights because of their gem-like look and your ability to personalize them.  As an example, the hottest selling  stone is a beautiful shiny black stone which reads “LEAVE NO STONE  UNTURNED“.  When you turn the stone  over, it says “NICE JOB“.  The stone is  perfect for any desk and will be retained because it is very amusing.  Another is the simple “THANK YOU”  stone.  Both can be personalized using a  fine tip permanent marker. There are many other choices.  The cost of these stones are roughly equal to  the cost of a high end greeting card, but these paperweight stones will be  retained for many years and right on the client’s desk.

 

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How To Get To Heaven From Ireland

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 posted by Martin
Motivational Greeting Stone

Motivational Greeting Stone

Told by an Irish Sunday School Teacher

I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven. I asked them, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?’

”NO!” the children answered.

“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would  that get me into heaven?’ Again,  the answer was  NO!”

“If I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me  into heaven?’  Again,  they all answered ‘NO!’

I was just bursting with pride for them. I continued, ‘Then  how can I get into heaven?’

A six year-old boy shouted out:  “YUV GOTTA BE DEAD.”

It’s a curious race, the Irish.  Almost  as good as kissing the  Blarney stone is  to have a good luck engraved river stone  in your pocket.

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Recipe For Hamentashen

Monday, March 5, 2012 posted by Joan
Las Chayim

Inspirational Greeting Stone

Purim begins at sunset on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Its celebration continues through sunset on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Purim is the holiday that celebrates how the Jews of Persia were saved from extermination at the hands of Haman, an evil advisor to the king. Purim’s heroine is Queen Esther, who persuaded her husband, the king, to save the Jews and punish Haman instead. It is a customary for children to dress up in costumes. It is traditional to eat Hamentashen on Purim. Hamentashen is a triangular, filled pastry which is served on Purim. Follow this easy recipe for making Hamentashen.

1. Prepare 2/3 cup margarine (room temperature), 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 cups flour, pie filling.

2. Blend margarine and sugar thoroughly.

3. Add flour and orange juice, alternating.

4. Refrigerate batter for a few hours.

5. Roll out dough as thin as you can.

6. Cut out 3-4 inch circles. You can turn a glass upside down on the dough to make the circles.

7. Put a tablespoon of filling in the middle of each circle.

8. Fold up 3 sides to form a triangle (Overlap the sides so only a little filling shows through the middle).

9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes (bake until golden brown, but take out before the filling boils over)

Note:

1. Poppy seed is the most traditional filling.

2. Other popular choices are cherry, apple, and prune pie fillings.

3. Some newer fillings which people use these days are peanut butter and chocolate.

A favorite Greeting Stone is L’Chaim which means “to life” in Hebrew. This is a popular saying with Jewish people for all joyous ocassions, but not  as  Chanukah greetingsIt is generally used as a toast, especially for the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah. It is also used as a toast at happy occasions like weddings, engagements and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.

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Happy March

Friday, March 2, 2012 posted by Joan
Greeting Stones Celebration Stone

A Greeting Stone

If your birthday is in the month of March, these facts about March may interest you. March has always had 31 days. Its name honors Mars, the Roman God of war.  The  winter ends with March, and end comes Spring. Spring in the northern half of  the world begins with March 20th this year.  It’s the day when the  sun is directly over the equator.  March’s birthstone is the aquamarine, and it’s flower is the daffodil.

Coming up in March!

March 2 – Employee Appreciation Day

March 2 – Dr. Seuss Day (Read Across America Day)

March 6 – Dentist Day

March 7-9 – Purim (begins at sundown)

March 8 – International Women’s Day

March 11 – Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 14 – Pi Day

March 15 – Birthday of Girl Scouting

March 15 – Ides of March

March 17 – St.  Patrick’s Day

March 20 – Spring Begins

March 30 – Doctor’s Day

March is National Nutrition Month, Red Cross  Month, and Women’s History Month.

If you have a March birthday, you may share it  with a famous personality or fictional character like Alexander Graham Bell,  Michelangelo, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, Mr. Rogers, Peyton Manning,  Nat “King” Cole, Albert Einstein, Porky Pig, wonder Woman, Captain America, Captain Kirk or Barbie.

If a family member or friend celebrates a March birthday, you may want to consider  clever birthday greetings, like  Greeting Stones which can be personalized, to mark their special day.  Greeting Stones are engraved rivers stones which are thousands of years old.  The recipient of a Greeting Stones will keep it and always remember the special person who gave it to him/her.

Happy March!

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The Best Greeting Cards

Thursday, March 1, 2012 posted by Martin
Greeting Stones Celebration Stone

A Greeting Stone

Hallmark’s tag line is When You Care Enough To Send The Very Best.  They have some very creative greeting cards, but are all of their cards the best?  Others make cards and many of their greeting cards are also creative.  What is nice about any greeting card, for any occasion, is that the sentiment is already written for you.  You just need to put your name on it.  The problem with most greeting cards is that most folks read them, smile and then trash the card.  That might take a minute or a month.  However, very few cards are saved.  So after spending about five dollars, the result is we need to cut down a tree to make the card, and the card most likely winds up in the trash.

This is the reason, Greeting Stones developed its business.  When one receives an engraved polished stone with a simple sentiment and it is personalized by the person giving the stone, in most cases, the stone is saved.  It is used as a paper weight or is displayed in a garden, a plant, on a bookshelf or elsewhere.  The recipient will always remember who gave it to them and when, because you personalized it using a fine tip permanent marker.  In your opinion, which is better?  Is it the card that is tossed or the gem-like engraved stone that is displayed?

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