Category: Gifts

2019 Life of Yes℠ Gift Ideas

If you’ve been in my vicinity for a second or three, you know that I value efficiency, ease, commonsense, laughter, frugality yet also paying top dollar for things & people worth top dollar, referrals, feeling good about myself, and helping others feel good about themselves. If I can smoosh all of that into list form, Read more…

2018 Life of Yes℠ List o’ Gift Ideas

I love lists + making recommendations + making other people’s lives easier and richer + introducing people to newness. So of course this is one of my favorite posts of the year when I get to combine all of those loves into a “Here’s what/who I’m crushing on and I think you may crush on Read more…

Life of Yes℠ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

I love lists + making recommendations + making other people’s lives easier and richer + introducing people to newness. So of course this is one of my favorite posts of the year when I get to combine all of those loves into a “Here’s what/who I’m crushing on and I think you may crush on Read more…

2016 Life of Yes℠ Gift Guide

  We’ve heard the stories of how giving to others makes you happier. True stuff. Give an item, give your time, give your skills. Your heart will expand ten-fold and that thing that’s been eating you up inside, you’ll realize — not that important in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes we forget to give Read more…

2015 Mac & Cheese Productions℠ Gift Guide

I get asked all the time for, and love sharing, recommendations — travel, accountant, photographer, venue, tech tools, groups to join, activities to do, office equipment, people to connect with. You name it. You can see many of my referrals on my FAQ page. In-depth travel posts are on my blog. I haven’t really done gift Read more…

One of the most touching birthday gifts I’ve ever received

Reasons I Love This Birthday Surprise Flowers! Surprise! Gift via local Chicago company Flowers for Dreams which is one of my favorites because they started as an unassuming college project about making money AND a difference organically transformed into an innovative business saw a problem and addressed it have accessible prices chose to have every order benefit a local Read more…

Pizza en route [shhhh!]

To thank Boyfriend’s parents for hosting us over the holidays, we sent something that each of them mentioned loving multiple times while we were there, a Giordano’s pizza.  Of course, that may have just been to make us Chicagoans feel better about our corrupt Governors, our frustrating residents who “save” parking spots via old furniture, Read more…

I McMuffin you

I have to edit a project for two lovely real-estate agents who hired me to make a video for their website to attract potential clients.  These are the reasons, the burning questions clogging my head, progress on said-video has been slow today. What’s etiquette for Reply All’s? I personally loathe the gazillion back and forths, Read more…

Strangers inhaling goodness in my yard

Partnered up for another underground supper club collaboration, this one with Chef Efrain of Clandestino, following our collaboration in December.  Fifty-six guests classily stuffed their faces in my yard,  accompanied by acoustic guitar and flowing glasses of wine and wine wisdom.  Thank goodness the rain stayed away, it turned out to be a perfect night.  Read more…

Why let happiness sit in your wallet?

I am editing at my current favorite coffeehouse, Knock Box [see list of faves], and a woman ordered a delicious-looking sandwich.   Thick toasted whole grain bread, avocados, cheese, a cup of fresh fruit – that’s all I can decipher from my table.  The server brought it to her twenty-three minutes ago and there it Read more…