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  • May

    New Beginnings

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         Starting a new business can be both exhilarating and terrifying.  That was the case with  We have always been family owned and operated, which can put a little more pressure on making the business succeed, but we were committed to making it work.  Some businesses do not make it in the end due to any number of reasons, some avoidable, and yet some out of anyone’s control.  Along the sometimes turbulent road to where we are today I have learned a few things.
         Our first version of the site made me extremely happy. Our logo was great, the website was unique, and our name was catchy. However, like with any business, there were problems. In the beginning we drop-shipped all of our products meaning that we did not hold our inventory ourselves. This meant we never examined the products ourselves. We were also not in charge of keeping tract of the inventory or shipping information. This would prove disastrous for us. We had many problems with inventory and shipping without any real way to communicate with the actual manufacturers. Our business model was not working.
         We decided to give it one more shot and invested in a new site, new mission statement, new marketing strategy, and a new business model. We decided, above all, that we wanted to know the quality of the products we were selling. We wanted to be in charge of our own inventory and shipping. Lastly, we wanted to only sell things that made us happy selling them. This meant our store would only carry fair trade items, products from local artisans and other small family businesses, items that were unique and fun, and things that helped to spread happiness and kindness. Six months ago, the new and improved was born.
         Luckily, our new site and business model appear to be working. We took the advice of our customers and we improved our store any way we could. Thank you for all your advice and support. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions about other items you would like to see.
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  • May

    Day on the Metro

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    Regardless of your city’s available public transportation options, everyone should spend a day traveling their hometown or city using public transportation. It not only opens your eyes to the available means of transport, but also, provides you a view of your city never previously witnessed. Some of our most memorable family weekend trips were when we acted like tourists in our own city. We stayed in a local hotel and visited all those spots we usually are too busy to appreciate. It is fascinating to see all of the interesting sites within a few miles of your home.


    Recently my son, a student at Occidental College, has discovered the incredible benefits of taking Los Angeles’ often-forgotten metro subway and rail lines. For an all day pass costing $5 he is able to visit numerous downtown sites including Hollywood, Chinatown and Universal City. After a few times exploring the city this way he was able to discover numerous hidden gems. Now he goes on an almost weekly tradition back on the rail lines to explore new parts of his new home city.

    We at love to bring you interesting ideas, products and just plain fun stuff!  Check out our blog often!

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  • May

    Kindness and Generosity … Tell Us Your Stories!

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    My daughter has always been the type of person who strives to help those around her.  She knows the right words to say to someone in distress and how to bring a smile to someone in need.  Once, when she was very little, she got in a fight with her older brother.  I cannot for the life of me remember the specifics of what the fight was about, but I do know it had something to do with her encroaching on his ‘Lego® territory.’  Kids can be funny in their ruthlessness towards others for such minor quarrels.







    However, afterwards my daughter, the caring person that she was, had felt so bad about fighting with her brother that she decided to give her treasured stuffed toy, a soft baby doll, to her brother. To this day, my son still recalls this kind and profound gesture made by his young sister. It is one of those moments in their young lives that cemented the caring and loving relationship they share to this day.







    What are some nice things you have done for others?  We’d love to hear about it and share it with all of our fans.  If you are interested in sending us your inspirational or uplifting stories please send them to, and include either your name or if you wish to remain anonymous.  We can’t wait to hear from you.

    In the meantime, if you are looking for some way to spread some kindness in your own life consider checking out our Whisper of Kindness Cards!  A quick and easy way to make someone’s day!


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  • Apr

    Earthquake Preparedness

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    Due to the recent surge of earthquakes in California and elsewhere one must wonder; am I prepared for ‘The Big One?”  I was extremely startled by the recent revelation that I may not be as prepared for an earthquake as I originally thought.  If you, like me, live in an area that can experience earthquakes, or just want more information about staying prepared in any natural disaster, please read further. has a few tips for preparing for natural disasters.
    – First, and most important, keep an emergency stash of water and non-perishable foods.  The food and water should ideally last for three days to a week.  However, there is no such thing as stocking up too much, especially with regards to water.
    – Second, you should also keep a first aid kit and know how to use the items stored inside.  Make sure to also include a flashlight and some extra batteries.
    – Third, if you have medication, be sure to keep enough on-hand for at least three days.
    – Finally, though seemingly outdated, radios are still often the best way for people to get a hold of vital information in the event of an emergency.
    These are just some basic emergency ideas to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Depending on where you live, the precautions you take should be tailored to your situation and setting.  Your local police or fire authority is a great place to get further information to keep your family safe.
    One of the most useful tips in emergency preparedness is to keep a handy bag or backpack filled with essential items in a convenient place in your home and also in your car so that you are all ready to go if the need arises. You might want to consider our wonderfully versatile Hmong Backpack, hand-crafted in Thailand for this ’emergency bag.’ Not only beautifully constructed but also distinctive in design, this backpack can be just the ticket for day trips to the zoo, a leisurely hike on the beach, or as an emergency backpack to help keep your family safe. Take a look today!
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  • Mar

    Every Family Needs One!

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    Everyone should have a “Funny Grandma!” My mother, Maureen, earned her nickname when my kids were about 4 and 6 years old.  She would drive them around the town on errands etc. and would mistakenly make a wrong turn here and there.  So as to not worry my kids that they were lost she would exclaim, “Funny Grandma” with a twinkle in her eye letting the kids know not only that everyone makes mistakes and that’s ok but also that you just can simply turn yourself around and get going on the right track again.  These are life lessons that everyone should learn.  This nickname has stuck with her through the years and now she delights all those around her by introducing herself with this moniker.  She remains the most optimistic person I have ever met.  She instantly brightens a room and makes everyone feel at ease.  She is truly the pot of gold at the end of our family’s rainbow!  I wish for every family to have their own “Funny Grandma” but this one is mine 🙂



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