6.17.2010

Father's Day Poem

A Father Is...
By Rebecca Henry


A Father is a guiding light, 
always shinning in the darkness to show you the way.

A Father is a protector; 
he shields you from harm and keeps you safe.

A Father is a mentor;
he is there to encourage, support and inspire your life.

A Father is tender. 
He loves with kindness, compassion and strength.

A Father is a friend. 
He wants to be apart of your world.

A Father is an artist; 
he shows you how to create beauty in the world.

A Father is a teacher; 
he inspires you to be your best.

A Father is your constant. 
He is always there for you, unmoving and timeless.

A Father is joy, 
he relishes in everything you do.

A Father is love, 
immeasurable, endless love….



 Celebrate Father's Day with an Inspired Gifts Family Photo Book. 

FOR ALL DADS: Our Family Values is a perfect Father's Day Gift! Create a true family treasure! Select from our collection of meaningful family values, verses, quotes and other principles that strengthen your family’s union.

FOR A DAD WITH LITTLE ONES: give your husband a magical gift with one of our unique Children Stories. The Silver Rocket Ship is a great story about a little boy and his dad having an imaginary adventure in space! Your little one & Dad will magically become a part of our children stories when you add their pictures to our whimsical illustrations. See their faces light up as they discover their pictures inside these delightful stories!

Dad may also like an Adventure Photo Book, Sports Photo Book, and Baby Photo Book to celebrate times as a family.



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6.15.2010

Wordless Wednesday: Beach Baby


Becca's Beach Baby Sydney, 1 yrs old, Photo Taken By Aloha Portraits
  
Don't you just love Baby cheeks?

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6.14.2010

Inspiring Momtreprenuers

Meet The the Mom at Petit Couture 

Inspired Gifts is a mom-owned business with a unique twist! We are three Moms spanning the globe from Singapore, Hawaii to Florida. All of our close family & friends live an ocean away, which lead to the creation of our Inspirational Photo Books & Gifts collection for family, friends, children and babies.


The Moms at Inspired Gifts want to show our support to other Momtreprenuers by spreading the word about their businesses. This week we are thrilled to introduce you to the Mom behind Petit Couture, 
Rebecca Kaykas-Wolff.


We chatted with Rebecca a bit to get to know her business, inspiration and advice she has for other Moms looking to start their own business. Here’s how our conversation went (follow the Q & A):


Q: What is the Story and Inspiration behind Petit Couture?
A: Petit Couture was conceived when I realized that very few modern layette and playwear basics existed that were both fashionable and socially-minded. In discussing these limitations with other parents, I became further convinced that Petit Couture could be a stand-out addition to the socially-minded segment of the children’s apparel market. Petit Couture was born in 2009 and debuted its inaugural line of Signature Collection infant layette and toddler play wear basics which proudly display the signature ‘owl’ on premium quality interlock and cotton blends in a sophisticated neutral palette. The line is sold in high end boutique and retail environments across the US.


Petit Couture is a classic yet modern, artisan luxury basics collection for fashionable offspring. Petit Couture’s Signature Collection is sourced and made lovingly in the USA. Petit Couture’s Ready-To-Wear collection debuts in Summer 2010 and fuses wearable modern dresses, tunics, sweater-knits, skirts and leggings with the Signature Collection to make a stand-out brand that girls and moms will love.


Q: What Products does Petit Couture offer?
A: Petit Couture is a modern apparel collection for infants and toddlers.
The Signature Collection, out now, features our logo apparel playwear and layette pieces. This month,  our fashion "Ready-to-Wear" collection will debut during LA Kids Market and features girls fashion skirts, dresses, tunics, travel sweaterknits, and leggings which all pair beautifully with our Signature Collection pieces. I'm thrilled to be debuting in LA and then will also be at ENK Children's Club in August.


Q: What is the best part about owning a business?
A:  I'm in control of my own destiny and it is incredibly fulfilling to be able to see my own creative and business vision come to fruition. 


Advice: Everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much. I love what I'm doing with Petit Couture and in order to be successful that love for your business vision needs to sustain you for some time until your product (or service) gains momentum.


For more on Petit Couture:
Email: rebecca[at]petitcouture[dot]com
Online: 
www.petitcouture.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/petitcouture
Twitter: www.twitter.com/petitcouture



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Inspired Gifts truly enjoyed getting to know Rebecca at Petit Couture. We hope you'll check them out!

6.09.2010

Fabulous Father's Day Ideas: Part III

The Best of Father's Day Gifts

With Girls Night In only ONE DAY away (eek!!!)... let's keep those creative juices flowing. We present you with our final edition to personalize gifts for Father's Day!  And remember ladies, just by participating in Girls Night In, you will be receiving a 20% Off Discount all of Inspired Gifts!!

Let's get shopping! Shall we?

Photo Bookmarks Add a personal touch to a gift of books with a photographic bookmark! Dad will love it.



Photo Day Planner Make Dad's schedule less stressful with a photo-filled day planner designed by you! You bring the photos, and we’ll give you the space to lay out your year in as much detail as you need. Add as many custom messages as you like to be sure you never again forget an important birthday or anniversary.

VIDEO TUTORIAL AVAILABLE FOR PHOTO DAY PLANNERS.

Canvas Prints Turn digital pictures into canvas prints to make your own photo-on-canvas masterpiece. We’ll make a photographic print from your picture and then bond the print to fine-weave canvas. Dad will love the final masterpiece!


Banner Prints Catch Dad's attention with printable banners stretching as long as five feet. Really eye-catching home or office decor.


EarthTru Photo Prints Looking for greener prints? Minimize your photographic footprint with recyclable photo prints. After all, you want to leave more than just memories of a beautiful Earth for generations to come.

Dad will LOVE your Family Photo Prints available in wallet sizes all the way thru 20x30 blow ups!


Ok, ladies! We've given you a taste of what InspiredGifts.com can do for you this Father's Day! Continue browsing online and we will "see" you at Girls Night In... TOMORROW!!!

Remember to use the hashtag #GNI10 when tweeting. We'll be sending out a link to the Live Video Broadcast, where you'll have opportunities to meet our Team of Moms at Inspired Gifts and see all the lovely blog parties happening across the country!! Oh... and did we mention the giveaways. Yes! There will be LOTS of freebies up for grabs!

6.08.2010

Wordless Wednesday: Sentosa Island, Singapore

                                                             
Sentosa Island Singapore
Photo Take By: Rebecca Henry


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Fabulous Father's Day Ideas: Part II

Even More Gifts Dad is Sure to Treasure...
With Girls Night In just 2 DAYS away... let's continue to get those creative juices flowing. Some ideas to personalize gifts for Father's Day!  And remember ladies, just by participating in Girls Night In, you will be receiving a 20% Off Discount on all of Inspired Gifts!!


Personalized Dry Erase Boards Perfect for the refrigerator or a message board in the office. Dad's sure to smile every time he sees a photo(s) of his loved ones. Dry Erase marker included! 


 
Photo Notebooks Spiral-bound photo notebooks come in 3 sizes and numerous fun designs. The miniature ones even have a linking chain for attachment to backpacks or key chains.


Photo Wall Strips  If you can't settle on one favorite pose for Dad, you now have a solution! Assemble a full line up of a dozen shots to tell a story, document progress or simply please those who can't decide on just a few. A one-of-a-kind wall adornment!

Paneled Pop-Art These colorful pop-art photo creations resemble the works of artist Andy Warhol. Turn a photo into Pop Art for Dad this Father's Day!! No additional framing necessary!

Photo Playing Cards All you have to do is chose your favorite photo and we'll send you a personalized deck of playing cards to use the next time Dad deals! You can showcase your boat, a pet or even Dad celebrating a poker victory... these cards are a FUN addition to the game!


Stay tuned tomorrow, and we'll reveal yet MORE great photo gifts for Father's Day! Thanks for stopping by and see you at Girls Night In, Thursday, June 10th, 5pm (Pacific). Find us on twitter using hashtag: GNI10. We'll be giving away lots of FREE goodies!!

Fabulous Father's Day Ideas: Part I

Create a Gift Dad Will Treasure

With Girls Night In just a couple days away (yay!)... let's get those creative juices flowing. Some ideas for Father's Day Gifts!  And remember ladies, just by particpating in Girls Night In, you will be receiving a 20% Off Discount all of Inspired Gifts!!

Inspired Gifts Photo Books

Our Family Values: What Dad wouldn't want to see a book full of his favorite people side-by-side timeless inspiration. Very moving keepsake.











































Another idea, create a custom children's book Dad can read with his little ones. Easy to personalize with all your favorite family photos. Children stories, adventures & sports photo books include:

At The Park If Dad loves taking your little ones to the park, this may be the gift for him. Enjoy the hand painted scenes by Keti Bianchi in this family adventure photo book.


Camping Fun For the family who loves the great outdoors, capture all the family memories by the campfire and relive the entire experience.

Batter Up!  Hit a home run with Dad this Father's Day! Add photos of him with his favorite baseball players and watch as they win the Big Game!


Surfs Up Hang ten, for all the Dads out there who enjoy the warm sun, ocean spray and sunny days with their kids riding waves.


My Little Baby For all the new Dads out there, fill up these precious keepsake with all baby's & Daddy's first moments together. This beautiful photo book captures every inch of what you love about your new bundle of joy.


The Silver Rocketship A custom children's story for Dad and his son. In this magical story, Dad takes his son on a whimsical journey into space. “Jump on the purple moons of Jupiter and dance across the rings of Saturn.”


Stay tuned... tomorrow we will reveal more ways to personalize more Inspired Gifts!!
Perfect for Father's Day!

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6.07.2010

Inspiring Momtreprenuers



Meet The the Moms at  Danu Haircare Products

Inspired Gifts is a mom-owned business with a unique twist! We are three Moms spanning the globe from Singapore, Hawaii to Florida. All of our close family & friends live an ocean away, which lead to the creation of our Inspirational Photo Books & Gifts collection for family, friends, children and babies.


The Moms at Inspired Gifts want to show our support to other Momtreprenuers by spreading the word about their businesses. This week we are thrilled to introduce you to the Moms behind Danu Haircare Products, Jess and Tiffany.


We chatted with Jess a bit to get to know her business, inspiration and advice she has for other Moms looking to start their own business. Here’s how our conversation went (follow the Q & A):




Q: What is the Story and Inspiration behind Danu Haircare?
A: Tiffany and I are salon owners, hairstylists and moms.We started Danu for several reasons: 
1. We became aware of all the potential harmful ingredients in the products we use and sell as hairstylists.
2. We became aware of the potential harm to the environment of those products. 
3. We tested and used allot of "natural" hair care products and were not impressed with their performance. 
4. We wanted a product to sell and recommend to our clients that could not be picked up in the grocery store, without the recommendation of a professional.




Q: What Products does your online store offer? 
A: In our product line we started with the basics: shampoo, conditioner and an everyday styling product for all types of hair. We plan to add products to the line as we grow and are currently working on the release of a new styling product due out this summer.




Q: What is the best part about owning a business?
A:  The best part of owning the business is believing that we are bringing a good, clean and positive product to the market. Not only did we make the products safe for use on the body, and better for the waterways, we donate .50 cents of each full sized product sold to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. So knowing that our product is helping children (a big focus in our lives since we are moms first) makes it that much more
fulfilling!





Q: As a Business owner, what advice would you offer other moms wanting to start a business?
A: My advice to any mom starting her own business would be to only do something you are as passionate about as being a mother, and surround yourself with people who have done it before you have a mentor, to guide you.


For more on Danu Haircare Products Call: 717 241-5700
Visit Online: 
www.danuhaircare.com
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/danuhaircare
Twitter: www.twitter.com/motherfluffer



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Inspired Gifts truly enjoyed getting to know the Moms at Danu Haircare Products. We hope you'll check them out! 

6.04.2010

Friendly Friday

  

Hello Friendly Friday!

We wanted to wish all you lovely bloggers a fantastic weekend. And if you haven't heard, next week...
We're Having a Party!!!

We hope you'll join us June 10th for some fun, and of course some fabulous giveaways!
To find out more details, please see our Girls Night In post below.

Happy Blog Hoppin'. 
Look forward to seeing you at your place.


Becca, Becky & Keti



6.03.2010

Benefits of Red Wine

Will A Glass of Wine A Day Keep The Doctor Away?
By Rebecca Henry

Being ¾ Italian, I come from a long line of Italian traditions. Since I was a little girl, I remember my Grandma Longo saying, “A glass of red wine a day will keep the doctor away.”

So is this theory of a glass of red wine a day being good for your heart true? According to Joy Bauer, on TODAYshow.com it is.
Drinking one glass of red wine a day is not only safe for you, but it’s healthy! One drink is defined as a 5-ounce glass of red wine.

Benefits of One Glass of Red Wine a Day:
Wine has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers and slow the progression of neurological degenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. It also lowers the risk of heart attack for people in middle age by ~ 30 to 50 percent. Other studies also indicated that red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the Good cholesterol) and prevent LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) from forming. Red wine may help prevent blood clots and reduce the blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits.

Nonalcoholic phytochemicals in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratrol, act as antioxidants and prevent molecules known as "free radicals" from causing cellular damage in the body. Resveratrol has been shown to prevent blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries.

So does this conclude that the Italians are on to something in the health department with their glass a day of red wine? I think they are! So next time someone offers me a glass of red wine or a beer with my dinner, I’m going to say:
“Red wine please!”

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