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4th of July Party Ideas

The 4th of July is a great time to get together with family and friends. It’s a nice mid-summer point to have a holiday, and if you’re lucky, you can make it an extended weekend! Unlike other holidays throughout the year, we always seem to do something different each year for the 4th of July. Some years, we take [...]

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Nature – The Greatest Playground for Kids

Every year parents spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on toys, gadgets, electronics, and other store bought activities for their kids. While many of these items and activities are beneficial for keeping young minds and bodies active, they also can be over-stimulating and unnecessary expenses. While there is a time and a place for structured play, kids also [...]

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7 Best Summer Berry Dessert Recipes

Yay! It’s officially summer! Fourth of July is right around the corner, vacations are planned, and we’re enjoying lots of time outdoors! When it comes to mealtime, we’re all about grilling and eating outside. We have our morning coffee outside and our dinners outside. Being in the Midwest our summers are short so we grab all the outdoor time [...]

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Outdoor Gifts for a Summer of Fun and Relaxation

Have you ever given a gift that has brought you and your friends hours of outdoor entertainment? There are certain experiences in life that everyone enjoys - such as a delicious meal or a breezy afternoon - and presenting a gift that can enliven the way we use an outdoor space is both thoughtful and [...]

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Why Chicago Gift Baskets Make the Best Gifts

Chicago is a hot bed of crafty people! Be it food craft or art craft, anyone who’s visited a Chicago summer art fest knows the talent that lives here!That was the first inspiration for my uniquely designed Chicago gift baskets. A couple of years ago, I had a request for a custom gift basket design featuring all products from [...]

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Homemade Salad Dressing for your Summer Salads

Fresh salads and healthy lifestyles go hand in hand, especially during the summer when you’re more active. Sometimes the best meal on a hot summer day is a big plate full of leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and lean proteins. Unfortunately, you could end up negating these delicious and healthy choices if you aren’t careful about the type of [...]

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Special Interest Gift Idea: Travel Gift Basket

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. TolkienI am a lover of travel. Visiting faraway places. Learning new languages. Enjoying different foods. Immersing myself in new cultures. These are just a few of the elements of travel that appeal to me like nothing else. So when I started Thoughtful Presence, and wanted to incorporate special interest gift [...]

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15 Inspiring Father’s Day Messages

Every year we have an opportunity to celebrate the Dads in our lives on Father’s Day. You’ve found the perfect gift and card, and now you’re looking for the right words to let him know how appreciated and loved he is. If that just right Father’s Day message escapes you, we’ve put together a list of 15 inspiring messages [...]

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7 Great Grilling Ideas for Father’s Day

When you ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day, how often does he say: I just want to spend time with you? Sometimes the best gift you can give your Dad is the gift of time. And a great meal of his favorite foods doesn’t hurt either. Most Dads love nothing more than relaxing in the backyard [...]

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Voyage Chicago: One of Chicago’s Inspiring Stories

So here's the thing. We recently had the awesome good fortune of being featured in Voyage Chicago magazine as one of Chicago's most inspiring stories. I was super excited and feel genuinely fortunate. I don't take these things for granted, and I'm honestly not too good at tooting my own horn. But when you're a [...]

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