The Gift of Doing

(From the Archives)

giftGifts From the Heart

I’m very picky. Simply put, I like what I like. I’m sure most of you can relate. Buying gifts for me is not very fun (just ask my husband!). For every gift that is a winner, there are 10 that just don’t make the grade. So one year, on the eve of my birthday, I decided to throw down a challenge to my family. No buying me anything. Truthfully, if there is really something that I “need”, I’ll get it myself.

But here was the catch. They had to “do” something for me instead. Think about it. It’s the perfect gift. It’s low cost, clutter free (love that!) and from the heart. And I get what I truly “need” – others to take care of things that I either do not have time for or do not know how to do. So here’s what I “received” that first year.

20 Clutter-Free Gift Giving Ideas {FREE PRINTABLE}

(Includes a FREE printable list!)

Tis’ the season to give and receive, but that doesn’t mean we have to fill our homes with clutter! These clutter-free gift ideas span all ages and spare your friends and family from present overload!

clutter-free gift giving

Digital Media:

  • Netflix subscription
  • Gamefly subscription
  • Convert old pictures to DVDs and then wrap them up. The best part – give them the gift of spending time watching them together.
  • Amazon Prime membership
  • Read aloud and record a favorite children’s book and give the recording to a child. They will love to listen over and over again!

Share the Wealth by Donating to Worthy Organizations {FREE PRINTABLE}

(Includes a FREE printable list!)

It’s that time of year and in the spirit of giving, we’ve made donating easy for you.  I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite national donation sites.


Dress for Success

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The organization accepts pantsuits, skirts, dresses, blazers, blouses, shoes, purses, and unused cosmetics and jewelry. To donate clothes to your local Dress for Success, please visit dressforsuccess.org/affiliate-list to find the affiliate nearest to you.

surfloor

LESLIE LIKES: Surfloor

Surfloor - Mesmerizing Colors that flow under your feet!

I am so excited about Surfloor, my Leslie Likes favorite item for December! These square mats are filled with bright, contrasting colors that swirl and move with every step, hop or dance move. They are perfect for stimulating sensory and perceptual development with their unique feel and visual design. Reviewers have said that walking on them is such a fun and unique feeling – almost like surfing on the ground! The tiles are leak proof, extremely durable, and have an anti-slip back. Surfloor tiles are completely mesmerizing, totally fun and would make the perfect gift for kids of all ages this holiday season!

peanut butter bars

Peanut Butter Bars

Food for thought….

The holidays are fast approaching and that means things are about to get busy!! From shopping for friends and family, to holiday programs and parties, everyone is on the go during the holidays. That’s why I love these no bake peanut butter bars that kids (and adults) can grab on their way out door. They are super easy to make, are a great alternative to processed bars and kids love them. Feel free to add in a little ground flaxseed, try them with different nut butter, or top them with a little drizzle of chocolate for an extra special treat!

motivates

What Motivates You?

“I just can’t get motivated.”  Or, “It’s so hard to stay motivated.”  Sound familiar?  I hear that constantly from my clients whether it is an adult trying for the umpteenth time to clean out an attic or from a student working on an English term paper.  For them, it is less about disorganization or even time management and more about the desire and the will to begin or to keep going.  So how do we teach motivation? That’s a tricky one.  Here are some insights.

thinking putty

LESLIE LIKES: Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

I love Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty!!  It really is the ultimate fidget tool that can help relieve stress, enhance focus, inspire creativity and it is just plain fun to play with.  You can squeeze it, stretch it, knead it, and tear it.  It’s non-toxic, never dries out and comes in so many fun colors.  Whether you are a student that benefits from fidgeting to help focus, or an adult in need of stress relief during the workday, you’ll love this product!

Are You Sure It’s Attention Deficit?

All individuals who show hyperactivity, inattention, and/or impulsivity do not have ADHD. Consider all behaviors before a diagnosis is made. 

Joey has a hard time in the fourth grade. He is restless and has difficulty staying on task when doing work at his desk. His teacher complains that he daydreams a lot, and he frequently does not finish his classwork. During class discussions, though, he is focused and on task. He relates well to classmates, and plays games with friends at recess.