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5 07, 2011

Gift Idea: Monogrammed Tote Bags

By | July 5th, 2011|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover, Personalized|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


Looking for a cute summer gift for a bookie friend, or for yourself? How about a monogrammed bag for toting all the summer reads to the beach?

Bob Shirilla, owner of Simply Bags, owned a traditional brick and mortar stores before moving his store online and focusing more on personalized items. I had my pink tote monogrammed with “LuxuryReading.com” and there are countless possibilities! 

Simply Bags is a specialty monogram and embroidery shop offering personalized tote bags. Beautiful, personal and useful gifts. Colorful and bright combinations. Creative gift ideas … unique laptop totes for women, couples wine tote, fashionable travel totes, monogrammed boat totes for the beach and so much more. Finished with fine detailing and professional embroidered monogramming.

11 11, 2010

Gift Idea: World Vision Gift Catalog

By | November 11th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover, Personalized|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments


Every holiday season, we run around buying gifts for our family members and friends. Some of those gifts are afterthoughts, something to give just because gifts are expected. In fact, John Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays, estimated that in 2007, Americans spent $12 billion on gifts that were not wanted or valued by the recipients.

When I came across the World Vision Gift Catalog, I instantly loved the idea of giving poverty-fighting gifts in the name of someone rather than giving them a gift that would simply collect dust in the closet. The catalog features gifts ranging from $16 to $39,000 and is full of beautiful photos and inspiring stories. For example, instead of giving your child’s teacher a stale gift set, you can buy art and music instruction for a child

20 09, 2010

September Photo Book Month

By | September 20th, 2010|Categories: Etc., Gift Ideas, Personalized|Tags: |8 Comments


September is the Photo Book Month, and I decided there was no better time than the present to finally put together our wedding book! We recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, so I figured it was about time to get working on the photo book.

I had the opportunity to work with Snapfish and try out their very nifty new photo book tools. Snapfish offers a variety of photobooks from 8×11 custom cover books to 12×12 signature photo books and even 2×3 mini books.

The process of making my wedding book was easy and fun, and took a lot less time than I expected. I simply uploaded the photos, and went to work at arranging them on the pages. Here are just a few things that I loved about Snapfish:

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