The Starfish Poem – Words of Advice for Graduates

(words of advice for college graduates … + the starfish poem)

Life is too short not to do something that patters art print from gaping void

life is too short not to do something that matters art print >> Looking for something a bit less extravagant? This print is also available on a t-shirt!

Words of Advice for Graduates & The Starfish Poem

Update >> Since graduation season is once again upon us, we have decided to republish this post since it seems as relevant seven years later as the day we wrote it. In those seven years, Daniel has gone on to forge a distinguished career in education. And, in my ever so humble opinion, he truly is heeding his commencement speaker's advice and both doing something that matters & helping to save the world. And while I am at it, I want to congratulate two of my nieces who are graduating this spring, Katie and Sami. Two more graduates who I am certain will make their mark in the world!

My son, along with his peers from across the country, graduated from college this year. Our family had the honor of listening to Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy in the Obama administration, deliver the Washington University of St Louis commencement address. Chu, in his own uniquely charming and witty way, told the graduates his “take home message to you will be just one sentence. Actually, it will be just four words.”

Do something that matters.”

and then Chu added

Help save the world.

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Entertaining on Earth Day

Entertaining on Earth Day

Entertaining on Earth Day

Eco-Friendly Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

by Paige Minteer 

Mark your calendars for April 22, 2017

Earth Day

Go Green! Earth Day is approaching, and what a wonderful excuse to throw a green-themed soiree! The key to an Earth Day party is making each element as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible!  Use environmentally friendly invitations, party decor, and party favors. Even create your menu using fresh, local, organic ingredients.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Baseball Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Baseball Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

A celebration filled with peanuts, popcorn & cracker jacks is a winning party theme for baseball fans of all ages.

With another baseball season off to a start this week, we thought it would be a perfect time to update our baseball theme party. So many great ideas for your baseball birthday party, baby showers, and baseball viewing and tailgate parties, if we do say so ourselves.  Play Ball!
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Decorating with Easter Bunnies >> Inspiration, Ideas & Tips

Decorating with Easter Bunnies

Decorating with Easter Bunnies >> Pier 1 Imports Hop Town Bunnies

Decorating with Easter Bunnies

We love Easter! We love bunnies! So what better way to add a touch or two of cuteness to your spring home decor than by decorating with Easter bunnies. We fell in love with Pier 1 Imports Hop Town Bunnies (which are now on sale for 20% OFF) but you can just as easily use any plush bunny. And much like people, bunnies are just as lovable in any size, color, shape, and age (vintage & homemade bunnies are the BEST!).

Once you fully invest in decorating with Easter bunnies, you will quickly see that part of the fun for your family and guests is discovering delightful bunnies in the most unusual places. Place them in your garden, walking up your stairway, hidden in your bookshelves, and obviously, gracing your Easter table. We are particularly enamored with the little bunny peaking out of the mud boot in this front hallway vignette. Continue Reading →

Unique Graduation Announcements

Unique Graduation Announcements >> Minted's MiniBook Graduation Announcements

Unique Graduation Announcements>> Minted's MiniBook Graduation Announcements

Unique Graduation Announcements

Update!

Almost 2 years later, we still love Minted's Minibook Graduation Announcements!

Wow!  We are always impressed by our visitors creativity but you have to check out the Graduation Announcement Reflections MiniBook Vicki assembled in honor of her daughter's graduation from University of Southern California (USC).  As one of our early winners of a $50.00 Minted gift certificate, she used this most generous gift to its full advantage.  We absolutely love this elegant way to handle graduation announcements. Rather than send a cheap, flimsy typical graduation announcement that truthfully, we often view as a solicitation for a gift, this graduation minibook is truly a celebration of her daughter's four years of college. It is informative, is is gorgeous, and reflects school spirit and the warmth and pride of the family. Thank you Vicki for sharing and introducing us to these unique graduation announcements!!!

Save 15% OFF Sitewide with code NINE (thru 4.3.2017)

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Printable Easter Games & Pretty Spring Tableware

Printable Easter Games

Celebrate Spring & Easter with fun and adorable printable Easter games and seasonal theme party games.  Match baby bunnies, play Easter & Bible bingo, enjoy Easter word scramble, even challenge friends and family to a friendly jelly bean flavor guess. 

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail…. and bugs, butterflies, bunnies, and birds, too! With spring comes rejuvenation, new life, and of course, the Easter Bunny…. all of it reason to celebrate, and all of it reason to play games! Whether just for fun or for a classroom learning opportunity, these Deluxe Easter and Spring games collection has 14 printable games with answers that you print right from your computer.

How this printable game stuff works: There's no limit to the number of printouts you can make. Print one game or print them all. You use your own printer paper so you can print the games on any quality and color paper you choose.   Access the games using your email address & password after purchase. Return to print at your own convenience with unlimited printouts forever, to reuse again and again if desired.

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