Back On The Blog...

Back on the Blog...

...and I’ll be popping by once or twice a month to share gifting inspiration with you. Right now I want to inspire you to the heights of romance because it’ll be here before you know it:

Valentine’s Day.

Or as it’s traditionally known St. Valentine’s Day, named for the 3rd century Roman saint who, since the Middle Ages is associated with courtly love. One legend has it that in medieval times it was believed birds paired in mid-February. This was then associated with the romance of Valentine.

We’ll never know precisely the historical origin of this modern lovers’ holiday with it’s aphrodisiacal gifts of rich, sweet chocolate; heady flower bouquets; lush, red wine. And what would the evening be without words of love:

A book of verses beneath the bough,

a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou beside me.

Sounds like the perfect lover’s gift basket to me.

What better way to let him know what’s on your mind? What better way to let her know you agree? Gifts that make the evening memorable.

Let’s have a chat...

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

by Merley Greenidge February

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Can you believe it’s the middle of the month already?

I recently heard that January is the new February so I’m going with that idea and putting in the extra work to make February fabulous.  

Valentine’s Day isn’t only for couples and close friends. In fact, it’s a timely opportunity to show appreciation to the people you’ve been meaning to thank in between building your business, juggling family life and setting aside time for self-care. The year is still young and there’s plenty of time to tell people how you truly feel.

Have you thanked your staff recently? Shown appreciation for  your tenants? Did you perhaps to send a message of gratitude to your clients during the holidays? Is there a new prospect to whom you’d like to reach out?

February is the perfect month to show you care and reinforce your appreciation for the people you work and network with.  Here’s a tip: send your existing clients a card and sweet treat with the message “Love doing business with you”, or drop a small gift and note to your prospects with the message “I’d love to do business with you”.

As my mentor Debbie Quintana always says  “Your clients don’t wake up every morning thinking about you.  You have to remind them that you are here”. People do business with people they like. Make sure you’re one of those people.

Love has everything to do with business.  If you love what you do and your clients love what you do for them, you’re in a perfect pairing that will lead to success.

We can help you put together a sophisticated gift to elevate your business relationships this love month.  Give us a call at 805-751-6177 or send me a message at merley@celebratesweetly.com

Happy Love Month, go out and spread some love!

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Can you believe it’s the middle of the month already?

I recently heard that January is the new February so I’m going with that idea and putting in the extra work to make February fabulous.  

Valentine’s Day isn’t only for couples and close friends. In fact, it’s a timely opportunity to show appreciation to the people you’ve been meaning to thank in between building your business, juggling family life and setting aside time for self-care. The year is still young and there’s plenty of time to tell people how you truly feel.

Have you thanked your staff recently? Shown appreciation for  your tenants? Did you perhaps to send a message of gratitude to your clients during the holidays? Is there a new prospect to whom you’d like to reach out?

February is the perfect month to show you care and reinforce your appreciation for the people you work and network with.  Here’s a tip: send your existing clients a card and sweet treat with the message “Love doing business with you”, or drop a small gift and note to your prospects with the message “I’d love to do business with you”.

As my mentor Debbie Quintana always says  “Your clients don’t wake up every morning thinking about you.  You have to remind them that you are here”. People do business with people they like. Make sure you’re one of those people.

Love has everything to do with business.  If you love what you do and your clients love what you do for them, you’re in a perfect pairing that will lead to success.

We can help you put together a sophisticated gift to elevate your business relationships this love month.  Give us a call at 805-751-6177 or send me a message at merley@celebratesweetly.com

Happy Love Month, go out and spread some love!


Face,Text, Snap, Tweet...Overload!

by Merley Greenidge


Face,Text, Snap, Tweet


There is no argument that technology has changed the way we do business today. It is fair to say that social networking affects every business. Today, customers can readily check Facebook, Yelp, Twitter  and so on for product reviews and make their decisions at lightning speed based on comments from friends, colleagues and even strangers.

Perhaps Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss says it best when she describes her personal communication overload: “Too many channels. Too many messages. Too much noise. Too much guilt… The world sends me tweets, direct messages, texts, chats with me on Skype, sends me Facebook emails (!) and actual mail and also calls me… Responding on all these channels is a full-time job, extremely distracting and exhausting. I feel constantly behind.”


I agree with Tina. As we dive into the holiday season, the daily barrage of catalogs both physical and digital are threatening to take over.  After spending a few hours last night deleting well over 5,000 emails, files, photos and unsubscribing from many publications, I feel lighter this morning and a have a new outlook on how to proceed.  I will let you know next week how its going.Herb Kelleher, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, says: “The business of people is people.”


With the plethora of communication tools available to us today, we forget how important it is to actually make the human connection. It’s still okay to pick up a phone and talk to people. You might be surprised at the results.


All that being said, we are back on the blog and would love for you to read our bi- weekly blog. We promise to keep it simple. Sign up here at www.celebratesweetly.com  to join.  On the other hand, if you don’t sign up, we won’t take it personally; we will instead blame it on communication overload.


Sincerely,

Merley


Lefties Have Rights!

by Merley Greenidge

 According to Holiday Insights,  today August 12th is Middle Child Day and tomorrow August 13th is my favorite International Left Hander's Day.  You guessed it. Aside from the occasional annoyance of right-handed scissors, I love being a south paw after all we are the only ones in our right mind --(we use the right side of our brain).  We earned the right to our own day in 1976. Let me share a few facts and trivia about lefties:

* Sinistrophobia  is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side

*Very few people are 100% left-handed

*It is believed that all polar bears are left-handed

For more interesting information about lefties  visit www.holidayinsights.com

Don't forget to join us for "The Only Holiday in August" .  on August 24th at the Palm Garden Hotel. Make sure you click here to RSVP http://eepurl.com/caKvWD

Other August Holidays

August 15th    Relaxation Day

August 16th    National Tell A Joke Day

August 17th    National Thrift Shop Day

August 19th   National Aviation Day

Who Started It?

by Merley Greenidge

Who Started It ?

Did you know that Father’s Day was started by a woman?

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington gets the nod. She was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon to honor her father William Jackson Smart who single-handedly raised Dodd and her 5 siblings after their mother died.

The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19th, 1910 on the anniversary of William Jackson Smart’s birthday.

Here are some interesting facts from Hallmark about Father’s Day

Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with about 87 million cards given every year.

Fifty percent of all Father's Day cards are purchased for fathers.

Almost 15 percent of Father's Day cards are given to husbands.

A fair amount of cards are also given to step-dads, grandfather's, uncles and generally men who have played the dad role in people's lives

The two top-selling categories are "Dad from Daughter" and "Dad From Both."

The official flower for Father's Day is the Rose. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while a white one represents deceased father.

Greeting cards make up the number one gift item on the occasion of Father's Day

.It is estimated that more than one-third of the cards sold on Father's Day are funny in nature.

Female shoppers spend approximately 50 percent more than men, while buying gifts for their dad.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the permanent law for Father’s Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.


Hello May!

by Merley Greenidge

Hello May!

Its the countdown to the end of the school year and the start of many celebrations.

May 3 Teacher Appreciation

May 4 Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You)

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 6 Nurses Day (6-12)

May 8 Mother's Day

This first week alone is jam-packed and I know you will be celebrating at least one of them.  We have an array of gifts for the chocolate lover, the avid reader, the spa lover, the green thumb,and the list goes on.

Celebrate Sweetly is at your service to curate custom gifts for everyone on your list.  We make gifting sweet and simple

805-751-6177 gifts@celebratesweetly.com

"Every Day is a Gift, take a breath and Celebrate".


What Do You Know?

by Merley Greenidge

You’re only 11 years old…. What do you know?


This is the question that comes to my mind every time my 11 year old daughter reveals her latest plan for getting something she wants. Her sisters frequently complain that she always gets what she wants. I wonder why.

Mia is proving herself to be quite the savvy sales person. Before approaching mom and dad to ask for the new toy or new dress, she comes prepared with her research. It’s usually in the form of a contract detailing all the information about the desired item. Not only do you get the costs pre and post tax, and shipping, but you also get the visual. That’s not all. The document includes the reason why she would like the item and the list of things she will do in order to get it.  The girl is fully prepared. Just in case you decide to say NO, you get the option of listing what she needs to do in order for you to say YES.

So what have I learned from my 11 year old you ask?. Does any of this apply to me in my business? Absolutely. As a business owner, I must be PERSISTENT, PREPARED and always have more than one PLAN.


I’m amazed that at 11 years old, she already gets it. She is well versed in selling her story. How About You?


Spring Has Sprung!

by Merley Greenidge

Spring has sprung,

The Grass has riz,

I wonder where the birdies is?

The little bird is on the wing,

But that’s absurd!

Because the wing is on the bird!” Ogden Nash


Spring is one of my favorite times because if nothing else, it’s an opportunity to push the reset button. The first quarter is done and it’s time to review the plan for the rest of the year. As a business owner, what a great excuse to check in with clients you haven’t heard from in a long time. Pop-by and say hello or pop a note in the mail to reconnect.

Want to learn more about our new Pop-By Gift of the Month Club? email gifts@celebratesweetly.com and you could be the person who receives a Pop-By Gift each month for the rest of the year.

Now that’s something to Celebrate.

Here are a few April holidays.

1 April’s Fools Day

2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

7 Caramel Popcorn Day

7 National Beer Day

10 Golfer’s Day

16 National Stress Awareness Day

20 Volunteer Recognition Day

27 Administrative Professional Day

28 Take Your Child to Work Day

29 Arbor Day


March Madness

by Merley Greenidge

March Madness Means...

What exactly does March Madness mean? I don’t know about you but when I think March Madness, a few things come to mind and none of them have to do with College basketball. First of all, it’s the last month of the first quarter of 2016. Daylight savings is coming up, Easter, St. Patrick’s day and as my daughter reminded me, March 4th is the most important day because Zootopia comes out that day. My March Madness means it’s time to Spring clean. It’s time to check in with existing clients and connect with new ones. Get creative and surprise your clients.

Here are some fun holidays that March has in store for us.

March 4 Employee Appreciation Day

March 6 National Dentist’s Day

March 10 Popcorn Lover’s Day

March 14 National Potato Chip day

March 14 National Pi Day

March 17 Saint Patrick’s Day

March 27 Easter

March 29 National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

March 30 National Doctor’s Day

“Life is Sweet, Celebrate Everything”. We can help you with custom gifts for any of these occasions. 805-751-6177 merley@celebratesweetly.com www.celebratesweetly.com