Friday, June 11, 2010

Personalized Diaper Gift Baskets


Looking for a unique, special, and practical gift for a Baby Shower? We have the answer for you. A personalized diaper gift basket. Our baskets contain 30 diapers personalized with the name of the baby or a monogram, a theme, and colors of your choice. Want to see more? Check out our website dedicated to just the diapers here. These are sure to be a hit at your next shower.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In Search for a Gift for Dad?

If your dad is like mine, I struggle with buying him gifts. He is a simple, easy going guy and pretty much has everything he needs and wants. He fusses at me when I buy him gifts as he does not want me to spend my money on such things, but I do it anyway. I at least want him to know I am thinking of him and care but there are only so many TVs, car detailing certificates, and trips to his favorite restaurant that I can do. So, over the past few years I have had to get more creative especially in my leaner times to find things that he would enjoy.


On thing he is getting this Father's Day is the Super Bowl History Paper we now carry at The Gift Garden. This is the compilation of Super Bowl stories written by the New York Times. He is an avid sports fan and loves reading the newspaper so what a perfect match. These papers are also available in OU, OSU, Golf, Daytona 500, and Crossword Puzzles.

Another item that Can can enjoy are travel mugs sporting their favorite team. We carry them in OU and OSU.


In addition you will find the Original Man Candles, including the newest scents of Baseball and the Poker Room, wallets, money clips, and more. You can even pick up a nice WoodWick car scent to freshen up his car.

Stop by and see us. Mention this blog post for 10% off your purchse. Spend 25.00 or more and get a complimentary Father's Day Pop Up Card as well.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cooler Tote Weekly Blog Giveaway


In celebration of a beautiful weekend of sunshine, we are giving away one of these fun and fabulous cooler totes. Who said taking your drinks and snacks to the lake or the park couldn't be fun and cute too.

The Giveaway!

This week were are giving away 1 Cooler Tote in the design of your choice. All you have to do to win is comment on this blog post!

Extra Credit!

You can earn multiple entries by posting about this giveaway on your:

• facebook page
• twitter page
• blog

Come back and leave a comment for everything you do! And thank you for spreading the word about The Gift Garden - we really appreciate it!

The Deadline...This giveaway contest will run until Monday May 24th at Midnight CST. The winner will then be chosen by their comment number via random.org and announced on this post on Tuesday May 25th - so be sure to come back and check to see if it is you!

The Coupon!

Now through next Friday May 28st we are offering 15% off on all our Summer products (Cooler Totes, Tunics, Bamboo Bags, and Flip Flops). If you would like to purchase some, please call us at 918-258-0472 or come to our store in Broken Arrow, OK. Just let us know you saw this special on Facebook or our Blog when you come into the store and you will get it!

Thanks for participating and Good Luck! Please also join us on Facebook for more great gift ideas and cool stuff!

Brigette

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wine-A-Rita Blog Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Shannon, you are this weeks winner. You have your choice of Wine-A-Ritas. Please come in within 10 days to claim your prize.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wine-A-Rita our Weekly Blog Giveaway



I am happy to tell you that our Wine-A-Rita products have been restocked and the Peach Bellini is back!

The Giveaway!

This week were are giving away a box of Wine-A-Rita of your choice. We have Wine Glace, Peach Bellini, Senorita, and Cosmorita available.

All you have to do to win is comment on this blog post!

Extra Credit! You can earn multiple entries by posting about this giveaway on your:

• facebook page
• twitter page
• blog

Come back and leave a comment for everything you do! And thank you for spreading the word about The Gift Garden - we really appreciate it!

The Deadline...

This giveaway contest will run until Monday May 17th at Midnight CST. The winner will then be chosen by their comment number via random.org and announced on this post on Tuesday May 18th - so be sure to come back and check to see if it is you!

The Coupon!

Now through next Friday May 21st we are offering 15% off on all our Wine-A-Rita products. If you would like to purchase some, please call us at 918-258-0472 or come to our store in Broken Arrow, OK. Just let us know you saw this special on Facebook or our Blog when you come into the store and you will get it!

Thanks for participating and Good Luck! Please also join us on Facebook for more great gift ideas and cool stuff!

Brigette

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rooster Egg Hunt Clue #7

I thought for sure the egg would have been found over the weekend. However it is still up for grabs so here is the next clue.

Clue Number 7: Monday, May 3, 2010

Four thousand bucks is what it’s worth.
Sitting there on mother earth.
Will you be the one to win?
With R1L1V4D2I1S1N1.

Good Luck!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rooster Egg Hunt Continues

The Egg went missing for a few hours yesterday but
the Egg was NOT turned IN. A New Egg has been hid.

We are continuing the CLUES & the HUNT. GOOD LUCK

Clue Number 6: Saturday, May 1, 2010

Be careful now, these clues are shifty.
Try all of these for an extra fifty.
O1T1R1C3E1N1C3 is what to use.
Thank the sponsors when you get the clues.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rooster Egg Hunt Clue #5

Clue Number 5: Friday, April 30, 2010

Don’t let a word lead you astray.

Some are from another day.

Try C3E1D1O1T1R1U1.

The last two words scored twenty-two.


Good Luck!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rooster Egg Hunt Clue #4

Clue Number 4: Thursday, April 29, 2010

“It’s too hard,” some always say.
But this year’s easy, we all can play.
Don’t look now you’ve got word three
with C3E1N1O1A1R1T1.

The numbers are the scrabble points but they would not list properly here.
Any questions, give me a call.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rooster Egg Hunt Clue #2



This is the infamous egg that is being hunted for.

Clue #2


Use the star, the first word’s double.

Two times eight or you’re in trouble.

Print a board from the Chamber’s site.

Practice ‘til you get it right.



You can download your scrabble board here.

Good Luck!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rooster Egg Hunt Clue #1

Hey! Hey! BA, what's up this year?

Rooster Days are drawing near.

S¹C³R¹A¹B³B³L¹E¹D² egg is what we'll play.

Make a Memory At Rooster Days.

Use the board shown with these clues.

Official rules for points we'll use.

Start with C³O¹E¹A¹KO¹L¹

Not all are needed as you can tell.


Good Luck!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Balancing it All!


I have a lot going on in my life as most of us do these days. It can be difficult to find balance between home and work. Sometimes I do better than others and most recently I lost balance and all the balls came crashing down. This was a good reminder and reality check that I need to regain some balance in my life.

I usually shift all the way to work and become a workaholic and that just does not work. My eating habits get worse and worse because I don't take the time to plan and prepare and just turn to fast food, my home becomes disorganized and chaotic because I have not taken the time to clean and take care of paperwork, etc..., my social life becomes none and so forth.

I have been working on regaining the balance yet once again. Here are some things that I find important and necessary to keep focus on regularly to maintain a healthy, happy, life:

  • Take Care of You - Drink water, eat healthy, get exercise, get adequate rest, make time for you.
  • Your Outlook - Maintain a positive outlook, don't engage in gossip (it is toxic), reconcile with your past so you can enjoy the present and the future, live, laugh, love, and learn.
  • Relationships - take time to maintain your relationships with your partner, friends, and family.
  • Take time to smell the roses - we only have one life, time goes by so quickly so stop and enjoy it.
I have not mastered this but I am working on it. I find I feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally when I keep my life in balance. I am even struggling with this today as I have work to do and orders to fill (as always) but my sister wants me to hang out with her and go get our nails done. I have been on the work mode so long it is hard to not do it but I know that it is Sunday and should be able to take the time off without feeling guilty.

So I will take time to play today and enjoy the day and the quality time with my sister. :-) What steps will you take to create balance in your life?

Monday, April 5, 2010

We Have a Winner

Our winner for our Facebook Friday Giveaway for a pair of Snoozies is.....

Kris Beyer
Pink Zebra is my favorite! (maybe because I'm a "Claremore Zebra") Have a great Easter!
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Our winner was chosen via Random.org



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Moving Story


This story was shared with me yesterday and I was very moved by hearing it so I wanted to share it with you here.

Jenny's Necklace

Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty five-year-old girl.

One day when she and her mother were checking out at the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace priced at $2.50.

How she wanted that necklace, and when she asked her mother if she would buy it for her, her mother said, "Well, it is a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I'll tell you what. I'll buy you the necklace, and when we get home we can make up a list of chores that you can do to pay for the necklace. And don't forget that for your birthday Grandma just might give you a whole dollar bill, too. "Okay?"

Jenny agreed, and her mother bought the pearl necklace for her.

Jenny worked on her chores very hard every day, and sure enough, her grandma gave her a brand new dollar bill for her birthday.

Soon Jenny had paid off the pearls.

How Jenny loved those pearls. She wore them everywhere-to kindergarten, bed and when she went out with her mother to run errands.

The only time she didn't wear them was in the shower. Her mother had told her that they would turn her neck green!

Now Jenny had a very loving daddy. When Jenny went to bed, he would get up from his favorite chair every night and read Jenny her favorite story. One night when he finished the story, he said, "Jenny, do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you," the little girl said.

"Well, then, give me your pearls."

"Oh! Daddy, not my pearls!" Jenny said. "But you can have Rosie, my favorite doll. Remember her? You gave her to me last year for my birthday. And you can have her tea party outfit, too. Okay?"

"Oh no, darling, that's okay." Her father brushed her cheek with a kiss. "Goodnight, little one."

A week later, her father once again asked Jenny after her story, "Do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you."

"Well, then, give me your pearls."

"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls! But you can have Ribbons, my toy horse. Do you remember her? She's my favorite. Her hair is so soft, and you can play with it and braid it and everything. You can have Ribbons if you want her, Daddy," the little girl said to her father.

"No, that's okay," her father said and brushed her cheek again with a kiss. "God bless you, little one. Sweet dreams."

Several days later, when Jenny's father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lip was trembling. "Here, Daddy," she said, and held out her hand. She opened it and her beloved pearl necklace was inside. She let it slip into her father's hand.

With one hand her father held the plastic pearls and with the other he pulled out of his pocket a blue velvet box.

Inside of the box were real, genuine, beautiful pearls. He had had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap stuff so he could give her the real thing.

What are you holding on to, the "fake or the real pearls"?

Makes you think doesn't it????

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wine-A-Rita

The wine theme continues with Wine-A-Rita. Make a margarita type beverage with your favorite wines for a delightful new beverage.



We will be sampling these during our girl's night on March 23, 2010. These will be a fabulous addition to those spring and summer parties. I am looking forward to trying to CosmoRita and the Peach Bellini the most.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Facebook Friday Giveaway Winner

This week we were giving away one of our new iphone skins. We have 13 designs available to choose from.

The winner of this weeks giveaway of the iphone skin of there choice is...........

Elisabeth 'Sach' Spivey
Elisabeth 'Sach' Spivey
Oh I love these! My Iphone needs one! My favorite app is Gowalla!
Wed at 5:19pm



True Random Number Generator 5 Powered by RANDOM.ORG


Congratulations Elisabeth. Contact me and let me know your selection and I will get it sent off to you!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First Attempt at a 4 Part Swirl

Today I attempted my first 4 Color Swirl in a batch of Cold Process Soap. I was inspired to attempt this feat by a post on my favorite blog by the Soap Queen herself here. I thought her batch was just amazing and I have done 2 color swirls but never 4 and thought I would jump in and give it a try.



I can definitely say it was a bit of a challenge.

Definitely requires more planning and organization than I had today.

Definitely, no answering of the phones in the middle of trying to do this either.

My colors came out vibrant but I am hoping it is not too much color. My swirls aren't as clean as I would have liked but I must say not to bad for the first try. I am trying my best not to peak at the batch as I have put it to bed. I can't wait till I can get it out of the mold and see what the final results will be. I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wine Anyone???

A new wine theme seems to be developing in the store. We have a variety of shirts like the one pictured below with fun sayings like: You Had Me at Merlot, Sip Happens, Group Therapy and more.


And of course, hats to match the shirts.

Even something for baby....."I'll try a glass of the house white"



And the newest addition......Woozies.



Woozie is a wine glass sleeve made from top quality neoprene which insulates your wine glass and feels soft to the touch! It is fun, functional and comes in wonderful Woozie colors! Woozie is stretchable, washable, foldable and reusable.


Had a little too much fun or a little too much wine and ended up with a spill on your shirt? Clean it up with vinegar. Spots caused by wine can be removed from 100 percent cotton, cotton polyester and permanent press fabrics if done so within 24 hours. To do it, sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the manufacturer's care tag.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sweet Treats for your Valentine!

During the holiday season last year, a customer of mine was telling me about some candy she was making. It sounded like a yummy recipe and so easy and quick that I had to try them out. It was simple, and everybody loved them. So if you need something to add on for your special someone this Valentine's Day, this would be easy to do.

All you need is: Package of mini pretzels
Package of Rolos. I found the rolls easier as they are not individually wrapped
Nuts of your choice. I used cashews but you could do pecans, peanuts, etc.

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Place pretzels on your baking sheet


Place 1 Rolo on each pretzel


Place in preheated oven for 4 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, add your cashews or whatever type of nuts. When I put the cashews on top I also gently pressed them down into the chocolate.

Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day is Just a Few Days Away

The big day is just 6 days away. Have you found something special for that special someone? If not, here are a few tips to help you.

While flowers and chocolates are a staple gift for Valentine's Day, don't be afraid to do something different.

Be creative and think about the things your partner likes. Cook them their favorite meal and serve via candlelight, bake them their favorite dessert, create a CD of special songs for them. Options are unlimited. However, if you run out of ideas or time we can help.

At The Gift Garden, we have cards, teddy bears, chocolates, planters, gift baskets and more. Find her favorite candle by WoodWick, add to her Miche bag collection with a new shell, or pick up more of her favorite bath and body products.

Just be sure to tell your Valentine just how special they are to you and enjoy your day together!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Freezing Rain, Sleet, Snow & More


I have lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for almost 3 years now. One thing I can say about Oklahoma is that we experience all types of weather and the weather can change dramatically in short periods of time. I have experienced a day where we were in the 70's mid-day and by early evening we dropped to the 20's.

Yesterday, we were going through various forms of precipitation. We has rain, freezing rain, sleet, and now we are progressing to snow.

Fortunately, the ice storm part was not as bad for us in Tulsa as was predicted. Other areas like Oklahoma City were hit much worse.





















I still came in to the store today as there is always so much work to do. The roads were surprisingly really good this morning. I had to take pictures as this is my first experience with the ice from freezing rain.

My dogs were not too happy about it this morning. The grass was covered in a glaze of ice and with every step they took they sunk into the grass and seemed disoriented by it all.

In 2007 this area was hit really hard but I was off vacationing in Hawaii and missed the whole event.

Seeing the ice form the way it does is just fascinating to me. Mother Nature can do so many things. I just wanted to share a few pictures of what things are looking at here today.

We are supposed to get about 3" - 6" of snow today. It is always so pretty as the snow falls.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Soap Donations for Haiti



Soap is in great need. As I am a soaper, this cause is close to my heart. I will be collecting donations of hot process, cold process, melt-and-pour, handmilled, half used bars of soap as well as shampoo (opened or unopened) at my store or you can send donations direct to:

Clean the World
8026 Sunport Dr. #306
Orlando FL 32809

All items are rebatched and sterilized before they process and send out. Without hand washing, the broken sewers, plumbing, and toilets in Haiti will lead to diarrhea-related bacterial infections, which sadly effect children the most and lead to 5 million deaths annually. You can help!

Donations accepted Monday 10 -5, and Tuesday - Saturday 10-6 PM

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's New at The Gift Garden for 2010



As we have begun a new year, I took some time to step back and evaluate the business and consider what direction I wanted to go in for the new year. I have decided to put a few things on the back burner and really focus on the gift shop. What this means to you as our customer? Better product selection and dedicated service.

I have been working diligently since the holidays to find new, fun, trendy, exciting, and affordable gifts and I am very excited about what is coming to the store. I am working to expand the selection of everyday gifts along with new additions for baby, housewarming, and wedding.

I will be posting updates here as the new products arrive as well as working on getting them loaded to our website. I thank you for your continued business and support.