Category: Unique Gift Baskets

Rest Is Not Idleness

I’ve decided that Summer is actually about 3 weeks long. Once you take off the visitors ‘visiting’ time, and the parent involvement in summer activities you are actually only left with about 3 weeks of unscheduled summer.

Hmmm.  Three precious weeks. To nap, to read, to walk, to make overdue phone calls, and catch up on entertaining with friends you don’t see enough.

Our lives are so overscheduled these days that it takes a few days to actually ‘get into it’. To accept that the phone not ringing isn’t a bad thing. You’re not missing anything. It doesn’t mean you don’t have friends. Simply accept this time as a gift…

I often think that in days gone by – this is how people felt all the time. They may have worked much harder physically with no electronic gadgets, but when the day was done, there wasn’t addictive TV shows, emails to answer, or a Facebook to connect to. The sun when down, the moon came up, people talked, played games, went to bed, then woke up early to face a new day. We are so overscheduled and over stimulated that we fall into bed and wake up with a groan. We have to drag ourselves up for the new day.

I was raised with a strong work ethic. My Mom never sat down, although the men did. In many ways that was a good thing. It was easy to excel in my career. To look good next to everyone else who did the minimum. I always did ‘extra’ and it paid off. But it has also left me with a deep sense of guilt doing things I like, just for me. It would have been unimaginable to read if there was washing to be done, or nap in a hammock if the dinner wasn’t prepared.

Recently I came across this wonderful quote.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” John Lubbock

I’m keeping it close. To drown out the other voice that says ‘you can’t’ and ‘you shouldn’t. I’m determined to ‘can’ and to ‘do’ and to teach my family that ‘rest’ actually means to ‘fill yourself up’ and once you’ve done that you’re able to ‘give’ more to everything and everyone else.

Idle has never felt so right.

A week to forget!

When you do $3k of damage to your car just by rolling into a truck which decided to jam it’s brakes on outside Starbucks.  When your dog consumes a weeks worth of your thyroid meds and needs a day at the vet being pumped with charcoal and comes out with poodle legs due to the IV (no offence poodle lovers).   When you give your friend a ride and for some unknown reason the door smashes her schnozzle and she spends breakfast bleeding into her omlette, and when you finish the week off with a parking ticket which happened when you ran into a store to get change, you know this is one of those weeks from hell.   It got to the point, that I thought it would be safer if I stayed home and under the covers.   At least my husband was away on business so he would be safe from whatever bad karma I was carrying around. But it made me wonder what I was doing to attract such bad luck. Dont’ we always feel better if we find out there is a ‘reason’? Thank goodness my friend pressed into my unlucky little hands a card telling me that last week was Mercury Retrograde. Apparently it raises havoc with communicatoins, machinery, and all forms of decision-making. Luckily I didn’t make any major decisions, or sign any important contracts.   I was a week to ‘plan’ and not to ‘act’.  I’ll take it!  I’m so happy to have something to hang my hat on. If anyone feels like me and wants to forget last week – then mark your calenders 8/20 – 9/12 and 12/10 – 12/30. These are other bad weeks that we can blame on Mercury rather than our careless selves!   At Healing Baskets we have a ‘when life gives you lemons’ basket, maybe I should design a Mercury Retrograde Basket?  Anyway, thanks Mercury for being my scapegoat.  Last week?  What last week?

Cheese – PERLEASE!

Cheese – PELEASE!

 Did I ever tell you that Cheese is the reason I started Healing Baskets?

I still remember the day when searching for a special sympathy gift I was encouraged to send a basket of cheese.  Someone somewhere thought that a basket full of cheddar and crackers would be just what was needed to comfort someone in their darkest hour…..

Cheese – perlease! 

It spurred me on to create baskets that would actually bring comfort.  Baskets that were for women who had lost mothers, for sons who had lost fathers, for children who had lost grandparents.  For people who had lost spouses.  For parents who had lost children.  For people who had lost loved ones unexpectedly.  For people who have lost beloved animals.  Baskets themed around my favorite comforting poems.  Gifts sourced from a place of wanting that special gift that I was never able to find. 

We don’t’ sell tear collectors because we don’t believe the amount of tears you shed indicates how much someone was loved.   We do sell gifts that offer comfort and are lasting.    We feel like we are reaching out and grasping your hand with every order we ship.

Thanks cheese for putting me on this path!   You are responsible for Healing Baskets brightening lives one friend at a time.

Unique Mothers’ Day Gifts – The Mobius Mothers’ Day Bracelet


Bracelets have been used for thousands of years. At their origins, they represented ties between family members and households, similar to the way different tartans identified clans in Scotland. As time passed, bracelets became more and more decorative, embracing ornamental artistry and wealth.

At Healing Baskets, we have added a line of Mobius bracelets that embrace both of these ideas – the connection between loved ones and a unique artistry.   Mobius bracelets are designed so a beautiful prayer or quotation flows all around the bracelet, inside and out, without end. As one of our unique Mothers’ Day gifts, Healing Baskets is featuring a stunning sterling silver Mobius bracelet that embraces the heart of moms and children. The Mothers’ Day Bracelet is inscribed with the comforting, beautiful inscription, “A mother holds her children’s hands for a short while but their hearts forever.”

Like all of our Mobius bracelets, the unique properties of this design make the thought seem infinite, as it wraps under and over the beautiful silver bangle. Another Mobius bracelet perfect for a unique Mothers’ Day gift is our beautiful “Mother in 32 Languages” piece. In any language, Mom still spells love.

We have carefully chosen these bracelets because they beautifully support moms AND women who have lost their mom. The eternal, unending message that flows in and out of the Mobius bracelet is an unspoken tie from a daughter to mother, even if her mom has passed away. At Healing Baskets, we’re grateful to have built a great reputation as the uncommon gift company. Our unique gift baskets cover a wide range of occasions – from joyous events, like Mothers’ Day and Graduation – to some of life’s most difficult occasions, like becoming the care provider for a family member, or going through chemotherapy. At Healing Baskets, we take the time to individually, carefully choose each item that goes into our unique gift baskets and every gift item that our company offers. Our Mothers’ Day Bracelet is one more example of the TLC that goes into every single day at HealingBaskets.com.

To order any of the unique Mothers’ Day gifts or gift baskets, you can visit Healing Baskets’ website at http://www.HealingBaskets.com

caroline@healingbaskets.com
(978) 526-1229
www.HealingBaskets.com