7 Valentines Day Presents That They’ll Really Love

Valentines day is a time for sharing gifts of love. While you can go with the usual candy flowers valentine arrangements, there are some other cool gifts that will be just as appreciated by your loved one.

One Dozen Red Roses – The most popular flower gift on Valentine’s day is roses. Topping the color choices is the beautiful crimson red rose that represents love and relationships. You might also consider giving a bouquet of pink roses, or if you’re giving them to a friend, yellow is perfect. A dozen roses in a variety of colors is also a lovely presentation. When you give your loved one a full bouquet of roses or a single Valentines day rose, you’re letting them know that you deeply love and appreciate them.

Things I Love About You Box – Here’s a wonderfully unique gift idea. Come up with 10 – 20 things you love and appreciate about your loved one. Write (or type) each thought down on a scrap of paper. Find a nice gift box at the store or you can take an old shoe box, cover it with wrapping paper and use that instead. Put the notes inside the box along with other items like photos, candy, poems and other cool things you can think of. Present to your loved one on Valentines day. They will really be surprised at this thoughtful gift.

Valentines Day Teddy Bears – Teddy bears are one of the most popular gifts to give during valentines day. You can buy a plain bear or one that comes with a heart symbol. Valentine teddy bears represent love and tenderness and are extremely huggable. They come in large, medium and small sizes and fit every budget. Your partner’s heart will melt into butter when you give them their very own plush bear on this special day. Whenever they touch it, or gaze at it fondly, they’ll be thinking of you. And ladies, don’t be shy about giving your man a fuzzy bear – his reaction may surprise you.

Valentines Day Cookies – Cookies are an alternative sweet treat this is popular on Valentines day. Cookies are great for any occasion and you can find a wide variety of mouthwatering favorites such as: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Frosted Sugar Cookies and other flavors like Lemon. Some specialty food shops even carry cookie bouquets, which contain a dozen cookies in a gift box that resembles a presentation similar to a dozen roses. Of course, you can whip up your own cookies and decorate them yourself. Make heart-shaped cookies or add little candy hearts on top.

Framed Love Poem – Love poems for Valentines day are an extremely popular gift. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a poet yourself to give one to your love. Simply search online for a Valentines day poem you like, print it out and put it inside of a frame that you purchased from the store. This is an easy way to say “I love you” and it’s also very impressive. Your loved one will cherish this gift for a long time.

Lingerie and Boxers – Does your partner enjoy wearing sexy lingerie or boxers? There are all sorts of choices in this category. If you’re buying for a woman, make sure you have her exact size or know her dress size. Look in her closet and drawers to find out. If you’re buying for that special guy, make sure he likes to wear fun boxers with decorations if you plan on getting some with hearts or characters. Be realistic and buy something they’d actually feel good about wearing.

Romantic Scrapbook – A fun gift for you to create is a romantic scrapbook that contains memories of things that the two of you have done together. If you don’t know how to make a scrapbook, you can find easy instructions online. You can use photos, drawings, stories and poems you’ve created, favorite romantic spots, recipes and scrapbook stickers and decorations. You can find discount scrapbook supplies at your local craft store or department store that sells craft items. Use your imagination to come up with something unique and special.

Strategies For Weight Loss – Honoring Your Present State

One of the hardest and most important aspects of weight loss is honoring your present state. This means honoring who you are and how you became you. Accepting the reasons for your weight, and your family background that may have contributed to your condition, plus honoring who you are is the hardest, most important aspect of your journey. It’s not only saying that you are ok, but also leaving out all of the but’s, and’s and maybe’s after you say you are ok. The reason why this is important is if you never get to the place of acceptance, you will never be able to let go of who you are now to become who you want to be. It’s like having a friend in a very bad relationship. As soon as you point out how unhealthy, destructive and hurt-filled the relationship is they will automatically start defending the relationship.

As a child there was a point in your life when you wanted and prayed to be who you are now. You wanted to be big. You wanted to be safe. You wanted to be loved or maybe you wanted to be numb. Your outside appearance is nothing more than a desired persona created years ago in the midst of pain and suffering.

The first step in honoring, accepting who you are now, is to go inside and talk to that scared, frightened little child and tell her that you made it, that you are safe, that you are alive. Hold that child. Fill that scared, lonely, unloved child full of love, and safety.

The second step in honoring who you are is to let go of the reasons that were behind the creation of you. We all have an understanding of how we came to be. Some of the reasons may include childhood abuse, the need to fit in, deep feeling of being unloved or the need to be safe. A lot of times the reasons are emotionally tied in with our mother or our father or other family members. The goal in this exercise is not to re-examine every cut, every tear, every sorrow, it is to create a basic understanding of the reasons why the past inner you needed to be big, safe or numb. So write down a few of these reasons. The reasons can be as specific or as general as you need. If it is too uncomfortable to go that deeply into your pain and subconscious, pretend that there was another person with a similar problem and similar goals. What would be her pain? What would be her struggles? Remember, we are dealing with the subconscious. The subconscious has no idea between reality and fantasies, between today and yesterday, or between the future and the past. It is like a computer, it only stores information to be recalled at a later date. It does not interpret the information.

The third step is to step into the future and create a desired new you. Picture, feel, taste, smell, and become that new you in the future. What does that person look like? What is she wearing? What is her life like? How happy is she? What are her new dreams, goals and desires? Remember, this is pretend. You can create anyone you wish. We are only stepping into the future to create a new you. Once you have created this future you, who is safer and more complete, bring that person back to your present. Allow this want, this dream to mingle and become a part of who you are now.

Do this exercise three times a week for four weeks. As the weeks go by, notice the little changes, the little victories. Allow them to become greater victories in your internal and external struggles to achieve the new you.

Custody Evaluations – 5 Strategies For Presenting Your Case Successfully

Custody or parenting time evaluations are typically performed when there is a question about parental fitness. An evaluation may be requested by either or both parents during a separation or divorce proceeding, and is typically performed by a forensic psychologist. Typically, a complete evaluation will consist of interviews with both parents, psychological testing, in home visits with each parent, interviews with the child (if she or she is old enough), and interviews with both professionals (teachers, pediatricians, and the like) and friends and family members. This process may take several months and should be requested right away if one parent has a concern. While these custody evaluations are never easy, they can be successfully navigated using some simple strategies. Here are 5 tips for presenting your case effectively to custody or parenting time evaluators:

1. Stick to the facts. Report times, dates, and the basic facts regarding behavior that concerns you. Do not offer your “diagnosis” of what your partner’s problem is. Stick to describing the behavior as accurately as possible.

2. Avoid over emotionalism. Of course this is a very stressful and emotionally charged situation, but you need to be sure you seem logical and rational. If you cry through every session or interview, the evaluator may begin to question your emotional stability. Being upset is understandable, and you can certainly express it, just don’t allow it to overcome you on a regular basis.

3. Give all information as much as possible in the context of how the behavior has, or might, negatively impact the children. The evaluator isn’t as concerned how lousy a partner your spouse has been to you (though he or she will want to know if you have been abused in any way). You can still present information in its entirety — for example, if your spouse is having an affair, you can explain that the action injects chaos and tension in the household that harms the children.

4. Be honest about your own shortcomings. If you don’t acknowledge and own up to mistakes you have made, your partner will be happy to fill in the evaluator with the worst spin on the story. Again, present your faults in terms of how they could have or did impact the children, but be sure to acknowledge that you understand the ramifications of your actions and are now behaving to a better standard.

5. Update the evaluator with relevant information as it happens. If your spouse has a destructive pattern of behavior, chances are there will be further incidents to report during the evaluation process. Again, stick with facts – times, dates, incidents, all framed in terms of their impact upon your children.

Are you interested in addressing your life challenges from a holistic standpoint, assessing the physical, emotional, and relationship components?

Thank You Notes For Terrible Wedding Presents

It happens to every couple who gets married: you receive a wedding gift, and eagerly open it only to find something awful inside. The gift might be ugly, tacky, impractical, or just downright weird, but you still have to write a thank you note to the person who sent it. Here are some tips on how to write gracious notes for truly terrible wedding presents…

The reality is that we have all received gifts that we found to be disappointing for one reason or another. Whether it was a birthday gift, a holiday present, or a gift for some other occasion, who hasn’t opened a package, and exclaimed, “What were they thinking?!”? If the donor was there at the time, hopefully you didn’t actually scream out loud; situations like that are the perfect opportunity to perfect your poker face.

Even if you receive a gift that you find to be just hideous, you are still obligated to politely thank the person who gave it to you. If it is a wedding gift, you might even have to keep the monkey lamp or tasteless gag gift, so that you can pull it out whenever that person comes to visit. Hopefully, anyone who sends you a terrible wedding gift lives far, far away, so that you will feel free to exchange it or donate it to Goodwill.

So, how do you thank someone for something for which you are not at all thankful? The same way as you would for a gift that you love. Start by thanking them for the “thoughtful”, “unique”, or “interesting” gift. Try to describe a way that you will use it, even if you have no intention of ever doing so. For example, “Brad and I are looking forward to having friends over to dinner and using the very special platter that your son painted for us”.

Next, throw in a line like, “We love to entertain, so we are sure to get a lot of use out of it.” Yes, it is a lie, but sometimes etiquette prefers a little white lie over the brutal truth. After all, you can’t exactly write, “We are sure that if we served our guests on something this hideous that they would lose their appetites.”!

The final step is to close the thank you note by either saying you much you look forward to seeing them at the wedding, how much you enjoyed seeing them at the wedding, or how much you will miss them at the wedding, depending on the situation. Then all you have to do is sign the note and send it off. Whew! Then pat yourself on the back for being gracious and courteous even if you were not feeling that way.

Sometimes a gift from a close family member can cause more of a problem. Let’s say that you have already picked out some beautiful crystal jewelry for your wedding, but your Aunt Martha has just given you her wedding jewelry and is expecting you to wear it (even though it is out of style and clashes with your dress). The key here is to remember the kind intention behind the gift, and to find a way to let the giver down gently. The bride should write her aunt a note effusively thanking her aunt for the jewelry, and explain that as much as she adores both the gift and her aunt, that she already has jewelry picked out for her wedding. Then promise to wear it for your rehearsal, and stick to that vow to make your relative happy.

Receiving an awful gift is by no means the worst thing that could happen to a person. Hey, at least someone cares enough about you to give you a present, right? With a little sensitivity, you will find that it is not so hard after all to give thanks gracefully for a terrible gift, and at least it will give you and your husband a funny wedding story to look back on over the years.

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