Archive for May, 2011

How Big is TOO Big?

Posted by    |    May 26th, 2011 at 8:32 am

The engagement ring. A sign of things to come.  A promise worn for the world to see.  A way to solidify your celebrity status forever. Wait….what?

It seems these days in pop culture that the engagement ring is no longer just a symbol of love, fidelity, and a man’s intent to make you his bride.  Celebrities are suddenly in the never-ending cycle of bigger and better, seemingly to “one-up” each other in the diamond department.  Now, most ladies wouldn’t turn down a 2 million dollar Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring, but many blogs are tearing apart Kim Kardashian’s new bauble.  Weighing in at 20.5 carats and reported to be “the  highest color and clarity”, beau Kris Humphries proposed to Kim this week. It’s no secret that Kim loves big diamonds (Liz Taylor was a reported idol,) and her new love wanted it to measure up. After sister Khloe Kardashian received her sparkler from hubby Lamar Odom two years ago (a cool nine carats), the world knew their televised sibling rivalry would mean at least one other Kardashian would have to beat that number.

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Mom’s The Word

Posted by    |    May 4th, 2011 at 11:58 am

In case you’re too busy to recognize the woman who was your first kiss or held your hair back while you threw up all the State Fair goodies you scarfed down before riding the Crazy Mouse roller-coaster, here is a friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th.  I know, I know…Hallmark and the powers that be have once again imposed a holiday that requires a little spending and warrants a nice lunch, or at the very least a phone call.  According to a new survey by Salary.com,  moms should be charging $115,000 per year for their work. Put that in your pipe and smoke it for a second. If you feel a little unprepared for the day in which we honor the lady who hopefully made us all feel special and encouraged, here’s a few simple reminders.

Moms Like Feeling Appreciated

Duh, you say.  Well, I have to admit that I sometimes forget to make that appreciation known in a way that isn’t just spending $50 on a gift card and calling it a day.  The wise Office Manager of Everything at You Plus Dallas, Miss Sarah Beauregard, once explained to us simply that on birthdays or days like Mothers Day, people just want to feel important.  Make them feel valued and special-it doesn’t have to be extravagant.  Breakfast in bed or unloading the dishwasher or planning a fun afternoon where they don’t have to make any decisions are all good ways to do this.  Sarah’s wisdom reveals human nature at its core; We all just want to feel special and appreciated by the people most dear to us. (more…)