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Super Bowl Party

Friday, January 30, 2015 posted by Martin
You're A Winner Motivational Stone

Engraved Inspirational Paperweight

One of the biggest food days of the year is Super Bowl Sunday.  We eat more wings that day than any other day in the year.  In southern states, barbeque food is popular because the outdoor grill is accessible.  Otherwise, we are limited to kitchen prep. Games? Award “You’re a Winner” engraved motivational stones to the winners.

Which of these are your favorite dishes?  Italian -almost everyone loves Italian food. Pizza is popular and cheap. But how about home made lasagna? Add some Italian style meatballs and fantastic Italian crusty bread and you don’t need much more.  Jewish Deli – Jewish deli is popular. Platters of corned beef, pastrami, pickled tongue, turkey and roast beef make it simple. Usually, the restaurant will add fantastic potato salad, cole slaw and a pickle tray to make things complete. Some folks like cheese on their sandwiches so be sure to have some available. Add some franks with beans for a hot dish.

 

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Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 posted by Joan
Happy New Year Engraved Stones

Happy New Year Engraved Stones

Chinese New Year is an important holiday which is celebrated each year in China. Traditionally, it is celebrated from the Chinese New Year to the Lantern Festival which occurs on the 15th day of the first month making it the longest Chinese holiday. In 2015, the first day of the Chinese New Year is February 19. which is the first  day of the new lunar month. 2015 is the Chinese year 4712, and it is the year of the sheep.

In China, the New Year is a widely celebrated in different ways. On New Year’s eve, it is traditional for families to gather for a festive dinner. Also, people traditionally clean their houses for the new year to sweep away bad fortune and prepare for good luck. Many give money in red envelopes and other small gifts like a personalized stone etching. Another custom is to decorate windows and doors with red paper decorations for good luck, happiness, wealth and a long life.

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Chocolate Cake Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 posted by Joan
Happy Valentine's Day Stone

Happy Valentine’s Day Greeting Stone

January 27th is one of my favorite days of the year, Chocolate Cake Day. Consider the gift of a chocolate cake as an alternative to personalized engraved corporate gifts for the holidays. Include some interesting facts about the history of chocolate cake with your gift. The following chocolate trivia may help:

  • In the early 1800s, chocolate was used as a beverage.
  • In the 1830s, chocolate cake was first made by an Austrian chef. He baked two layers of chocolate dough with jelly between them. Then, he added chocolate frosting over the layers of cake.
  • At the end of the 19th century, American recipes for chocolate cake were very different from our modern day chocolate cake. Since early chocolate cakes used smaller amounts of cocoa and sugar and more flour, they were lighter in color and more like a bread.
  • By the early 1900s, chocolate cakes were becoming more popular.
  • By the 1940s, the Hershey Chocolate Company had made baking with chocolate commonplace. Also, chocolate cakes consisted of more chocolate and sugar similar to today’s chocolate cake.

 

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Valentine Gifts for Mom

Sunday, January 25, 2015 posted by Joan
Mom Rocks Engraved Stones

MOM ROCKS Engraved Stones

Remember Mom on Valentine’s Day. Choosing either clever birthday greetings or Valentine greetings for your mother is always a challenge. Here are some ideas:

  • Mom would be sure to save an engraved stone with a meaningful sentiment.
  • Mom would be thankful for the completion of a job around the house that’s been put off for a long time like painting a room or organizing the garage
  • Arranging for the ladies in your family to have afternoon tea at a nice hotel or restaurant is a favorite.
  • A day at the spa with her daughter, friend or sister will put her in a better mood.
  • A romantic dinner for mom and dad at her favorite restaurant is a good excuse to dress up and go out on the town.
  • Tickets for a show or concert are another good idea.
  • Cook a special dinner for mom and invite her favorite people.
  • Clean mom’s car and have it detailed. A clean car is like a fresh start.

 

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2015 Super Bowl

Friday, January 23, 2015 posted by Joan
You're A Winner Motivational Stone

Engraved Inspirational Paperweight

The early line on the Seahawks vs the Patriots is a pickem game and the over – under is about 48 – 49 points. The Las Vegas predictions are worth little more than engraved rocks. Both teams have playoff experience so there is no edge for that. Both teams have strong defenses, good coaching and the ability to come back. One of the clear differences is at the quarterback position. Brady is a top notch pocket passer and an expert at reading defenses. Wilson is much more elusive but also an accurate passer. Defenses must not only cover the receivers, but be able to stop Wilson when he decides to run for a first down. This can cause chaos if you are also blitzing.

In evenly matched games such as this one, little things often make the difference. Penalty calls or non-calls can make the difference. Because University of Phoenix Stadium has a retractable roof, weather is less important. Seattle has an edge on the defense while the Patriots probably have better receivers. My prediction … Seattle by more than 7 points.

 

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National Pie Day

Thursday, January 22, 2015 posted by Joan
Greeting Stones Gift Bowl Assortment

Gift Bowl Assortment of Engraved Stones

January 23 is National Pie Day.  According to the research, pies were served as early as 9500 BCE by the Greeks and Romans.  The first Pie Day was held by a teacher in the mid-1970s.  Since his birthday is January 23, this became the official date of Pie Date.  You will not need a stone engraving to remember to celebrate Pie Day.  Enjoy pie as dessert with lunch or an entrée with dinner.  Choose either a single-serve pie or a slice of a larger pie.

There are different types of pies.  A pie can have a pastry lining and be filled with the top of pastry left open.  A cobbler, another type of pie, has the filling in the bottom of the dish and is covered with pastry crumbs before it is baked.  While, a two-crust pie is filled and completely covered with the pastry shell.

Also, there are several categories of pies including fruit pie, cream pie, nut pies, custard pie, meat pie and pizza. Which is your favorite pie?

 

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Gifts for Your Clients and Customers

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 posted by Joan
Leave No Stone Unturned Business Gifts

Leave No Stone Unturned Business Gifts

Since so many businesses give holiday gifts to their customers and clients, why not choose another time of the year to separate your business from the others. A birthday gift will be well received because it shows your interest in the recipient. Other dates that you may want to consider for gifting are: the birth of a child, a promotion, or new job. Business gifting has several advantage:

  1. It shows your top customers or clients how much you appreciate them. A small, but appropriate gift, will help cement your relationship and thank your valuable customers for their business.
  2. Engraved business gifts are a great way to promote your business. Gifts with your company’s logo are best with a small logo in good taste so they don’t look like an advertisement.
  3. Think long and hard before you choose a business gift. Each gift has its positives and negatives. Cash is always a no-no since it raises too many ethical issues
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National Hugging Day

Sunday, January 18, 2015 posted by Joan
I Love Grandpa Greeting Stone

I Love Grandpa Engraved Stone

National Hugging Day is January 21. In 1986, Rev. Kevin Zaborney, created this day trying to encourage people to show their love and affection for others by giving a hug. Although this day began in the United States, it has quickly spread throughout the world. Hugging day occurs on January 21 every year because this date is exactly half way between Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

It is advisable to ask before hugging, if you do not know the person well. According to the research, hugging has many positive health benefits. It improves psychological and mental health decreasing stress. However, many times, the person who you want to hug is too far away for a real hug. What can you do?

  • You can send a hug through the mail. Write a note, or send message stones.
  • Send an email greeting card.
  • Text your hugging message to your loved one. XO stands for kisses and hugs. (O represents hugs) or you can use a hugging emoticon.
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Review of Selma, The Movie

Friday, January 16, 2015 posted by Martin
I Have a Dream Inspirational Stone

Inspirational Greeting Stones

If you are at least 60 years of age, you may remember the events in Selma, Alabama during the 60s. If you are younger than that, I encourage you to see the film “Selma”. This advice is even more valuable than a good luck stone.

The central character is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is determined to enable southern Negros to have the ability to vote. Even though they outnumber whites in many southern towns, they are mistreated and even killed by whites who were in control of the political system. It was rare for murderers to be arrested and charged. Even if that were to happen, all white juries rarely convicted the killers, no matter what. The system could only be changed if Negros could vote.

The acting is superb. The film has actual newsreel clippings integrated into the story to make the film even more authentic. As you watch the film, you understand that King is a very mortal man with human failures. See the film for a very rewarding evening.

 

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L’Chaim

Thursday, January 15, 2015 posted by Joan
Las Chayim - To Life

L’Chaim Engraved Stones

L’Chaim is a Hebrew and Yiddish word which means To Life. It is not typically used for holiday and Hanukkah greetings. Its use is similar to Cheers in English.  L’Chaim is usually part of a toast at weddings, engagement parties, Bar Mitzvahs and other Jewish celebrations. Many say that L’Chaim is a blessing for a long and healthy life. However, others say that it is simply to life because life is precious and should always be celebrated.

L’Chaim comes from, Chai, the Hebrew word for life. The Hebrew letters Chet and Yud spell Chai. A number is assigned to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Since Chet is 8 and Yud is 10, Chai is 18. Because Chai is a special word in Hebrew, 18 is an extremely meaningful number in the Jewish religion meaning life. Many Jewish people give gifts or $18 or multiples of $18 for special occasions and donations.

 

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