With graduation season officially upon us, celebrations from kindergarten to college are calling for creative gift ideas. While slipping money in a card is always appreciated, there are all kinds of ways to commemorate the big occasion—for every age, at any price. Here are 13 ideas for the Class of 2013 that start out simply and work their way up to extravagant…
13 Creative Ways to give Money:
Finally, don’t forget to write a warm, personal note in your card to the graduate with a piece of advice, an inspirational quote or simply your sincere congratulations.
Father’s Day is a wonderful time to remember the fathers and father figures in our lives. Whether they are the men we call Dad, father-in-laws, brother-in-laws, husbands, grandfathers, sons, or brothers, we look up to each of them in our own special way. Take some time to think about all the cherished moments you’ve spent with yours as you celebrate this special occasion.
This day is more than just about remembering Dad and all that he’s done for you. It’s also about creating new memories; ones you’ll both look back on with a smile. And whether or not you’re giving your dad a gift, it will mean a lot to him to let him know how you feel in a personal message.
So where to begin? Whether you’re writing a note, a letter, or simply adding some thoughts to a Father’s Day card, you can turn your special memories into unforgettable messages. Sometimes it’s as easy as focusing on one special moment–perhaps a trip you took together, or playing ball in the yard, or even getting that piece of advice that’s always stayed with you. It can help you personalize your message in a way that he’ll know it came from you. Or instead of one thing, perhaps it’s a combination of all the things that make him special…like his sense of humor, how he’s always been there for you, and how you’ve always looked up to him.
As you take some time to personalize your message, here’s the main thing to consider… nothing speaks like your own heart—whether the words are sentimental, sweet or even funny. The following ideas are included to help you start or add to your message—you can use them as they are, combine a few or just use the basic ideas to get you going.
Since May 20, 1950, the third Saturday in May has been celebrated as Armed Forces Day in the United States, which falls at the end of Armed Forces Week. These have been some of the day’s celebratory themes:
Prepared to Meet the Challenge.
Teamed for Defense.
Dedication and Devotion.
Freedom Through Unity.
Appreciation of a Nation.
Power for Peace.
Special Opportunity for Thanks.
To read this list and think of the 1.8 million people currently on active duty, along with over a million in reserve, it’s hard to imagine a day more worthy of celebration. In President Obama’s 2012 proclamation, he calls upon all Americans “to display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day, and I urge citizens to “learn more about military service” by attending and participating in the local observances of the day.
I also encourage Americans to volunteer at organizations that provide support to our troops.”
Official Songs for Each Military BranchArmy: “The Army Goes Rolling Along” (formerly “The Caisson Song”) Navy: “Anchors Aweigh” Air Force: “The U.S. Air Force” (“Wild Blue Yonder”) Marine Corps: “The Marines’ Hymn” Coast Guard: “Semper Paratus”
Test your military knowledge and learn more with this quick quiz: http://www.theholidayzone.com/veterans/military_trivia.htm.
And visit bluemountain.com for a wonderful collection of patriotic cards, perfect for someone in the service or simply to share your American spirit.
Earth Day began in 1970 by former Senator, Gaylord Nelson, as a call to awareness on using and misusing the natural resources of our planet. It was embraced by twenty million people who already had concerns about sustainable environments around the world. Today, the movement has over a billion advocates who seek to help the planet go green and stay green.
The focus for this Earth Day, April 22, 2013, concerns the face of climate change and how these changes affect people from India to California to Japan. Everything from endangered species, to once thriving ecosystems, to destructive hurricanes brings new meaning to living on our volatile planet.
We can all help. From kids to grandparents, there are things we can do. First of all, make a commitment to become part of the movement for a Billion Acts of Green. Check the website at EarthDay.org. You can make a pledge to recycle, reuse and help restore the planet’s resources. Start in your own home. Get the family involved and see what you can do to stop wasting electricity or paper products. Go around the house and make a list of the ways you could make a difference. What else can you recycle or reuse or restore? Keep each other accountable.
For kids, consider having a scavenger hunt in the house. Give them clues to try to locate the areas in the house where you recycle plastic, or where you reuse coffee grounds on your plants. Plan to give them earth friendly prizes or take them for a visit to the neighborhood park or perhaps go for a nature walk. If you bring gloves and a few trash bags with you, you can even help to keep the park trash-free. Or you can take left-over packaging from various items and make fun animals, spaceships, etc., that you glue, sew, or string together.
Other ways to become involved are to make
bird feeders, bird houses or bird seed cakes, and place them close by so you can enjoy watching the various birds in your neighborhood enjoy your Earth Day efforts. Or how about making plans to start a garden or plant a tree–great reminders that every day is really Earth Day and you’re doing your part to keep your world a better place to live.
Someone once said, “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape!” Getting organized can feel like chasing rabbits…it’s time to pick one and go after it!
You can get organized! You just don’t have to tackle every closet, or every room in the house at the same time. If you set some goals, pace yourself, and stick to your plan, you’ll be back in control before you know it. Here are just a few ideas to help you get going.
It’s a New Year…why not make it the one you get organized step by step!
Here are some other sites to help you with your “getting organized” needs: