Valentine’s Day – Is it Really a Hallmark Holiday?

love_text_in_hippie-1024x768“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” It is one of the most crucial aspects of being human.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a Hallmark holiday. It’s a great reminder for us to take a day to pause in our hectic lives and acknowledge everyone in your life that you love and that love you.Think of your parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends. Take time today to tell them what they mean to you and how thankful you are to have them in your life.

Valentines day is also a day to love yourself. Celebrate all that is positive about YOU (and there is a lot!). Celebrate with friends, treat yourself to a spa day, or make plans to volunteer at a nursing home, children’s hospital, or animal shelter. There are so many ways to give back and come out of it feeling happier and more uplifted in the process.

If you are looking for a last minute Valentines Day gift, visit  where you can find eGift Cards to perfect local spas, eateries, artisans and more all throughout the South Shore.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


25 Candy Free Kid’s Valentines

With the focus on helping kids make healthy choices,  schools now request that children send in Valentines that are candy-free.   This can become time consuming and expensive (or everyone ends up with pencils and erasers!).  Fear not my friends, we have put together a list of easy and fun valentines for you to make with your kids that don’t require loads of time:

  1. Animal Mask Valentines from And We Play
  2. Bee Mine by Pizzazerrie
  3. You Make My Heart Bounce by The Crafting Chicks
  4. I’m Stuck on You by Located Living
  5. Color Your Heart Out by Northwest Loves
  6. I’m Crazy for You by Ginger Snap Crafts
  7. DIY Toy Animal  by Please Note Paper
  8. Don’t Ever Change Half Dollars by Jac O’Lyn Murphy
  9. Friendship Bracelet Valentines by Dandee
  10. I’m Wild About You  by The Crafting Chicks
  11. Race Car Valentines by Paper and Pip
  12. Play-Doh Valentines by g*rated
  13. I Spy Valentines by Sally J Shim
  14. You A-Maze Me (Gender Neutral) by The Crafting Chicks
  15. Princess and Super Hero Pegs by Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line
  16. Whoopee Funny Valentine by Paging Supermom
  17. You Blow Me Away by The Girl Creative
  18. You Rock by Red Bird Crafts
  19. Glow Stick Bracelet by Kommuicated
  20. Valentine’s Bookmarks by Summit Avenue Design
  21. Love Bug Valentines by Dandee
  22. Seed Starter Valentine by Martha Stewart
  23. You Rule by Located Living
  24. You Brighten My Day by Modern Chic Tots
  25. Blow Me A Kiss by Lil’ Luna

Can Aging Really Be Optional?



While getting older is inevitable, the advancements in bio-science and devices have made aging truly optional.

KYMA cosmetic surgery | anti-aging center is one of the few places on the South Shore where you can find a variety of options to help you retain your youth and restore your skin to its optimal condition.  They specialize in a variety of procedures ranging from surgical to non-invasive so you can achieve the results you are looking for in a way that is comfortable for you.

Some of their specialties include: J-PLAZTY, Non-Surgical Facelift LumiLift, Venus Viva, Ultherapy, Microneedling, Juvederm, Radiesse, and FAMI stem cell lift, and Liposculpture.  They have a variety of other options and also provide services such as ear lobe repair, vein treatment, massage, and hair removal.

While their procedures are M.D. administered, the environment resembles anything but a medical facility.  With warm colors adorning the walls, soft seating and beautifully decorated rooms, you feel as if you have entered an oasis.

KYMA cosmetic surgery | anti-aging center understands that once you’ve made the decision to look your best, you want the best service available to provide the best results possible. Their expert team of professionals share your belief that there can be no compromise when it comes to your health and appearance.

KYMA is located at 134 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061.  Gift cards can be purchased on their website or on

Gift Wrapping Made Easy

A beautifully wrapped gift really shows someone you care. These clever gift wrapping ideas are sure to impress everyone on your Christmas gift list. They start with plain wrapping paper you can find at any store and are made beautiful with embellishments from local craft stores.

Want to make gift-wrapping fun instead of a chore? Hold a gift wrapping party. Friends can bring an appetizer or drink and you can eat, drink and wrap together while sharing inspiration and ideas – or if you are a slow wrapper like me, your friends will pitch in and help you finish.

However you wrap your gifts this holiday season, have fun with it!

View more ideas on our Pin Board:

The Gift of New England History


If you know someone who appreciates New England Charm and History, they’ll enjoy a thoughtful gift to one of “The Great Tea Rooms of America”, Dunbar House Restaurant & Tea Room located in Sandwich, MA, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Owner, James Hegarty, tells us that the Restaurant and Tea Room were at one time the carriage house to the main house, circa 1740. The original the tea room sits in an old wood paneled billiard and gentlemen’s smoking room. Now, it is home to the clinking of tea cups rather than billiard balls and the aromas of baking pies, cakes, shortbread and scones rather than pipe smoke. Both the original tea room and the new dining room have fireplaces that are stoked up for the winter.

Dunbar House proudly serves a fine selection of British Ales and European Wines, Ports and Sherries. Their cozy and intimate atmosphere is world renowned for providing the perfect setting to catch up with an old friend or to meet a new one.

The Dunbar House Tea Room provides a lovely atmosphere where friends and acquaintances can gather and enjoy each other’s company over a hot cup of tea and tea sandwiches as well as a wide selection from their desert display.

The Outdoor Patio, overlooking Shawme Pond, is surrounded by sprawling beautifully-maintained gardens, while their all-new Wine Bar and Tavern adds an extra space for guests to socialize and enjoy lunch, tapas and dinner with live entertainment and a wide selection of wine and beer.

To purchase a Gift Card for Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, visit   You can purchase and email their e-gift cards instantly or print it out for hand delivery/mail.


Beautiful Ways to “Deck the Halls” for the Holidays

The excitement of the holidays and all that they entail has arrived. If you are looking for inspiration to “Decking the Halls” with holiday décor, Exclusively Gifted has found some design inspiration to help infuse your home with happiness and memories of Christmas past and igniting the spirit within that we all look forward to each and every year. 

Inside Inspirations:

Outside Inspirations:

For additional ideas, visit our Pinterest board:

Fresh, Locally-Sourced Takeout?


5 years ago owner Monica Fletcher turned what was once her hobby into one of the best takeout places in the South Shore – Acorn Canning Company located at 1175 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA.

When you walk into Acorn Canning Company, you have a look into the funky fun that happens in the kitchen as your food is being created. Walls are covered with cookbooks and counters sport not only Fletcher’s creations, but support other local business’ products, such as Jenny D’s Bees Honey.

Each day, food is made from scratch and includes everything from homemade pies, towering to-die-for sandwiches, delicious salads, and heart-warming soups served with a sense of humor that leaves you wanting to go back for more.

The menu changes daily as Fletcher relies on the fresh local delivery of food and creates her menu based on what she has on hand. The daily offerings can be found on the Acorn Canning Facebook Page.  Along with the regular menu items, customers can also call to request special dishes or dinner for the night.

The freshness is just part of what makes Acorn Canning Company’s food so good. What really makes Acorn Canning Company great is Monica Fletcher. She cooks with her whole heart, which you can taste in every piece of bread, pie, and biscuit she makes. But what’s more is the time she takes to get to know every customer (and when she sends your husband home with free soup and homemade tortillas when you are sick because she knows it’s your favorite).

So if you are looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your life, send them a gift card to Acorn Canning Company.