Since dignify began, I've heard a lot from daughters, moms, sisters, & best friends about how happy they were to find such a “meaningful gift”. As I’ve blogged about shopping “good”, I’ve heard even more on this concept.
There seems to be a real demand in our overstuffed culture for more and less: more of what is thoughtful, meaningful, and lasting; less of what is fleeting, excessive, and wasteful.
Anyhow, more on that fabulous gift guide in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I am now always on the lookout for products, experiences, and ideas that make for great, meaningful gifts.
Gelato Academy?! Say, wha??!!!??
Now, I may have an unreasonable love for frozen treats (cravings in my 3 pregnancies were primarily popsicles, ice cream, & slurpees, respectively), but as far as experiences go, I feel like this should rank highly on anyone’s wish list:
Join us on a culinary tour of the history and process of gelato as you prepare your very own flavour of gelato or sorbetto using our array of ingredients like sicilian pistachio, dark belgian chocolate, madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, or sorbetto flavours made with fresh local produce. Now that's what we call the sweet life!
Approx. 2.5 hours, includes 2 glasses of wine or beer, charcuterie & 4 pints of your custom flavour to take home.
I can literally hardly imagine a more perfect night!
Now, my apologies to everyone reading this who does not live in Calgary, which is most of you (!), but innovative businesses like Fiasco are everywhere, creating fabulous experiences & products that make for a memorable date night or a meaningful gift.
Tell me, are there any unique events like this near you? What are they? When can I come? Comment below!
ps - I may not be able to indulge in the gelato academy just yet (the event is $100pp), so I guess I will just have to settle for this [nudge, nudge, wink, wink, husband, friends, family members...]:
pps - no need for disclosure, I received no sponsorship or incentives from Fiasco for this post - I just got sucked in by their instagram feed and now I am obsessed...
Our production partner, Basha, began in one little office in Dhaka, Bangladesh — the most densely populated city in the world. Over the many years they have been in business, creating kantha textiles & jewelry, they have expanded: both in number of staff, and also locations.
It was helpful for some women to leave the norm of their old life environment, to get away, to start fresh in a new city. So, Basha created different offices in varied locations. They established a girls' home to safely house daughters & other vulnerable young women as they come of age.
As Basha has continued to identify the great need of women in Bangladesh, there is another area they have expanded: actively seeking women in brothels & whispering the potential of a new life.
As I was packing for our first family international flight (to London UK), I wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed to make our overnight journey the most comfortable. As you know, those flights can be a little chilly - so I wanted to bring blankets for all of us. Naturally, I wondered...
Can I bring a blanket onto a plane?
In short: YES! According to the TSA you are allowed to both check a blanket in your luggage and to bring a blanket on a plane within a carry-on (and this also includes electric blankets). You can even bring your own blanket in your arms as you would a jacket or hat, without it counting towards your carry-on or personal item limits or paying any extra fees.
When I got married as a baby (4 days over 21), I was still a student. Then, we both worked for a bit, then we had babies, and then my husband was a student. For almost all of those years, our "budget" was: try to not spend money.
This head-in-the-sand tactic has served us... ok... BUT, now that I'm pretending to be a real grownup (at age 35 — youngest children tend to be late to the responsibility party), I'm taking a new approach!
After Christmas, I started using You Need a Budget (YNAB) to track every expense & plan for future spending. Two months in, here’s what I think.
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