In our modern age of quick mass production, where everything seems to come with a one size fits all impersonal nature, it’s refreshing to hold something in your hand that’s more individualized – especially if it’s custom made.  Not everyone is all that crafty with their hands, and even those who are may not feel as if their skills extend quite so far, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least be up to date on various style trends.  After all, there are some great sources for stationery out there that provide hassle-free, quality products that still allow you to express a more personalized tone. A Touch of Spring: Everyone loves it when the long, chilly darkness of winter finally starts to recede, and spring ushers in a special awakening of plants and animals.  The days begin to lengthen and grow warmer, flowers and new shoots start to burst forth, and one is struck by an unmistakable sense of rebirth.  Spring is a time for positive outlooks, for stretching one’s body and soul after the long haul of winter – thus making this the perfect time for celebration.  Whether you have family and friends with birthdays or special anniversaries in...Read More
The ways in which we can communicate with each other have grown dramatically as we continue to advance our technology. From social media messaging to texting, it is easier than ever to get in touch with family and friends. If you’re looking to make a more personal connection, writing a letter on personalized stationery could potentially make the biggest impact. Anyone who wants to make their letter stand out and showcase a bit of their personality should consider using personalized stationery. In fact, there are a lot of benefits when it comes to using this kind of writing paper. For this reason, it is important that you think carefully when it comes to selecting the right type to make a more personal connection. WHY USE PERSONALIZED STATIONERY? Even though texting and email are the norm in today’s technology-driven world, they are often seen as impersonal. Despite the popularity of social media, studies show that it is actually making us less social. Stepping away from these bland forms of communication and writing a letter on personalized stationery instead can produce more benefits than one might think. Whether you are using it to write letters for business clients or to write to...Read More
Do you own hundreds of pens? Could you explain the difference between correspondence cards, fold notes, and ensembles in your sleep? If so, you may just be addicted to stationery. In fact, we found 27 easy ways to tell if buying and using stationery products is more than just a hobby, but rather an obsession. You would marry someone just to pick out wedding invitations and write thank you cards. Sure, it sounds a little extreme, but choosing just the right wedding invitation makes a big difference in setting the overall theme of your wedding day. In fact, some brides dream of all the things that go into planning the wedding, as much as acting out the actual day. If you love writing handwritten thank-you notes, and dream of writing them for your own wedding day right now, but you don’t yet have a groom, you might be addicted to stationery. In fact, you could pick out the love of your life based on penmanship alone. Not only are the invitations a big deal, but you consider the mark of a good partner tied to his or her penmanship. Forget dating anyone who just scribbles his or her name as...Read More
Hanukkah is a beautiful and bright time of year, full of light, family, and hope.  It’s a time for both family and friends to gather together in an atmosphere of thanks, as well as festivity.  To get the most out of the season and host a truly unforgettable party, check out these ideas that bring together traditional celebrations along with innovative new options. Food: This is one of the most important aspects of any Hanukkah celebration.  Food is something that brings people together, celebrates cultural as well as family traditions, and that offers a great deal of fulfillment.  No celebration is complete without traditional latkes.  You can pull out a time-honored family recipe, or even mix things up a bit, as there are a wide variety of latke recipes available.  Who knows? You might stumble upon a new family favorite destined to become a new tradition.  Also think of brisket, smoked salmon, and garlic mashed potato croquettes.  Matzo balls and various spreads/dips are also great, but don’t neglect dessert items: fritters with a variety of fillings, doughnuts (sufganiyot), even sugar cookies and pastries shaped like menorahs or dreidels. Decorations: While you certainly need a menorah placed in a central place...Read More
From family and friends to coworkers and bosses, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what would be a great gift and what would be a dud.  Of course, then you have to figure into the equation whether or not you should be giving a particular gift to a particular person in the first place, or if the gift you’ve picked out is truly appropriate.  Is there an art to receiving gifts, as well?  This holiday season, don’t find yourself in a gift giving quandary.  Instead, check out this series of tips and helpful pieces of advice perfectly picked to help you avoid any awkwardness and to truly rock the gift giving season. Gift Cards: There was a time – and for some it may still be here – when gift cards were seen as impersonal and a shabby sort of holiday gift.  That may have been true in the past when only certain retailers really paid much attention to gift cards, but virtually every business – even those exclusively online – offer some sort of gift card/certificate.  Some people even specifically request certain gift cards, as they feel it offers them more of an opportunity to buy things they really...Read More
The holiday season is meant to be a fun and warmly cherished time of year, but planning and preparing for it is typically anything but.  Getting big family meals planned, dragging out old decorations, and buying new ones to arrange around the house, and then getting yourself in readiness to host any kind of party can easily wipe out anyone’s energy reserves.  To keep things more hassle-free this holiday season, and to revitalize your festive spirit, here are several holiday party planning tips that are sure to deliver. Make Your List – Then Check It Twice: Lists are going to be your best friends in this endeavor, so treat them well and surround yourself with as many of them as you can – but keep them practical and organized.  The very first thing to decide (several weeks in advance) for your party is the date you want it held on.  This is likely going to be equally influenced by the guests you plan on inviting, so this is also the time to make and refine your guest list.  If you’re planning on inviting family from out of town, or if you have friends and neighbors who will also be busy...Read More
For many of us, Christmas is the holiday event we wait in avid anticipation for every year, and what better way to get everyone in the festive spirit than hosting a party?  That being said, it’s not always easy to figure out exactly what kind of event you want to hold and how to bring it all about.  It’s likely that a lot of your creative energy is already being sapped by gift buying, decorating, and the likes, so we’re going to make it super easy for you to get the holiday ball rolling this year.  Get ready for some fun themes, creative ideas, and helpful holiday tips that all guaranteed to keep you happy – as well as sane – this season. Festive Themes: Winter Wonderland – Everyone dreams of snow for Christmas, even if they know they won’t be getting it.  This year, make some dreams come true by hosting your own winter-wonderland- themed party, the sort that would make even Frosty the Snowman melt.  Focus your color scheme on icy shades of blue interspersed with glass and crystal-like decorations.  Use white flowers in floral arrangements, including pieces encrusted in crystalized decoration.  Use plenty of white lights –...Read More