WWB 2017 ‘Ideal Finds’ Holiday Gift List…Giving Has Never Felt So Good!

Dec 2, 2017 by


Tis the season for giving! I am excited to share my WWB Holiday Ideal Finds with you! After attending exciting trade shows this past year featuring products in beauty, health and wellness, I have discovered some wonderful ‘Ideal Finds’ sure to make your gift giving inspiring and memorable. Always trying to keep things simple, this year you can discover WWB Ideal Finds organized by categories such as self-care, healthy epicurean, conscious beauty and artisan hand made. This will help you choose gifts easily that will match personal interests in wellness lifestyle and culture.

Gifts should feel good to the giver and the receiver, and the best feeling of goodness is knowing your gift was produced with conscious ideals and values. Below is WWB’s ‘feels good’ check list for conscious giving, and this will help you cultivate your personal gift list thoughtfully.  Happy holiday giving and remember to put some positive vibes and good intention into your gift giving. It’s great to shop consciously, but what really matters is bringing joy to the person you are gifting! Have a healthy and happy holiday season…





  • Cruelty FreeNo animal was harmed or tested on
  • Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
  • Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
  • Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail




  • Self Care: Personal care products for calm and relaxation
  • Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
  • Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
  • Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
  • Books & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture










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Little Moon Essentials

WWB Feels Good Check List: Cruelty Free, Eco-Friendly

Purchase Relax Gift Set Shown 

Also Little Moon Sleep Gifts Set found on Amazon

“All of our products are made with extra attention, love, and care. All ingredients and packaging are certified and planet friendly. Our priority is to provide the highest quality products by avoiding machinery and using our hands from start to finish. We believe in the conservation of the environment and respecting all beings, including our furry friends.  We do not engage with companies that test on animals. We take great care in considering and exploring our sources, as well as timing and harvesting of our 100% pure and natural ingredients.”





WWB Favorite: Gimme A Break  Gimme A Break™ hand and body lotion is a lemon scented fusion of refreshing sweetness that will help restore yourself from exhaustion and stress. This will give you the energy and spirit it takes to face all of your worldly challenges.













Elements Truffles 

WWB Feels Good Check List: Socially Responsible, Healthy Epicurean Inspired

“Our chocolates are made with the purest ingredients and intention to spread happiness and love. Our body is made up of five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Ayurveda superfoods help balance these elements and bring about a sense of happiness and peace.”

Purchase Gift Set


“We take no shortcuts. Our purest ingredients have been selected from Fair Trade manufacturers that fiercely align with our philosophy.
Cacao : Made from finest quality Criollo beans from Peru
Honey : Extracted ethically from hard working local honey bees of New Jersey.”

IMG_E9121WWB Favorite: Elements Truffles Drinking Hot Chocolate Mix Infused with Tumeric. Stock up for the holiday season! Delicious and healthy!

Savor the Best of Tea

This new tea set with delicate illustrations features a selection of 10 single single-estate teas, handpicked to introduce you to the diverse range of teas around the world. It is provided with an introduction book to tastings.

“Since it was established,  Palais des Thés has maintained a constant presence on the ground, forming lasting relations with growers built on trust and friendship. The environment, sustainable development and fair trade are priority issues for Palais des Thés.”

WWB Feels Good Check List: Socially responsible
 WWB Favorite: Paris for Him. Paris for Her Duo Set  Perfect for the couple throwing the holiday soiree!












 “Since 2009, Thesis has been run by a family of happy vegetarians dedicated to the development of truly organic and natural skin care products at accessible price points. Our goal is helping people with all different skin types achieve healthy-looking, glowing skin.

We took it upon ourselves to develop skincare products that will give you peace of mind and confidence that it’s the best nature has created.”


Here is what you can always count on:

  • Premium certified organic ingredients
  • Formulas that actually work
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • No synthetics. No fillers. No gimmicks.

WWB Feels Good Check List: Cruelty Free, Eco-Friendly, Without Compromise, Socially Responsible



 WWB FAVORITE: Thesis Makeup Remover Rosemary Citrus Dissolves makeup and dirt with the power of certified organic oils and contains absolutely nothing synthetic, irritating or harmful for your skin. You face feels clean, hydrated and fresh. Made from Organic Ingredients • Gluten-free • Non-GMO • Preservative-free • Vegan • Hypoallergenic • Made from U.S and Imported materials
Purchase Thesis Product on Amazon





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‘Design Inspired by Living Well’
“To some, living well means spending quality time with friends and family.  To others, it means having a passion to create.  At Stak Ceramics, we believe that living well means both.  We also believe that living well means eating good food, laughing with each other, and supporting each other’s dreams.  We are inspired by the small things in life that often get overlooked.  We draw inspiration from exploring nature, travelling, and interacting with the people we encounter in life.  We continually seek out new techniques and processes to further develop our work.  Our products are designed to add organization, convenience and style to the well lived life.  Everything Stak Ceramics designs and produces is done with great care in Pittsburgh, PA.  We are proud to offer products that are made in the USA and available worldwide.” ~Myles & Heather Geyman
WWB Feels Good Check List: Supports Artisans, Useful
sproutwhiteplantWWB FAVORITE: The Stak Ceramics Sprout Planter Dock   is a fantastic way to brighten up your home or work space with a touch of color and life.  The white planter is the perfect size for most succulents or other small plants.






Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

( WWB FALL BOOK WISE PICK 2017 —Read Q&A with Author Here)

“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb

AMAZON OVERVIEW: According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retirein the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.




Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living Well

( WWB Fall 2017 Book Wise Pick–Read Q&A with Author Here)

Amazon Overview: As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst’ (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living.

Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with and taking proper care of what you’ve got, including your well-being, relationships, and possessions. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives through making optimal decisions.

Who better than Lola A. Åkerström to be your lagom guide? Sweden-based Lola is an award-winning writer, photographer , and editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm and she offers us a unique vantage point when it comes to adopting elements of a lagom lifestyle.

Full of insights and beautiful photographs, taken by Lola herself, this authentic book will help you make small, simple changes to your every day life – whether that’s your diet, lifestyle, money, work or your home – so you can have a more balanced way of living filled with contentment.

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WWB Wisdom Wrap: Everything’s Coming Up Roses! Ideal Finds to Springify Your Life…

Apr 1, 2016 by


It’s April the 1st, and Spring has officially sprung. With all the gloomy and scary news swirling around lately, I thought you might enjoy a little Flower inspiration to springify your life. To kick our WISDOM WRAP off, I share a lovely quote by Miranda Kerr. I think it’s a perfect metaphor to remind us all to be comfortable in our own skin. Spring is in the air in many parts of the world, and below are IDEAL FINDS that will bring beautiful flowers into your home and your travel plans. Have a lovely April weekend World Wise Beauty!




BOOK CATEGORY:  ‘Bringing Nature Home’ by Ngoc Minh Ngo ( arrangements by Nicolette Owen)

IDEAL FIND:  DIY and Educational. Beautiful photography from cover to cover. Ideal gift for Mother’s Day.

Unlike most flower-arrangement books, which rely on expensive and often nonseasonal flowers from florists, this book presents an alternative that is in line with the “back to nature” movement. This is the first volume to showcase how to be inspired by nature’s seasonal bounty and bring that nature into the home through floral arrangements.

From the well-known lifestyle photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo and Nicolette Owen of Brooklyn’s Little Flower School, Bringing Nature Home presents a portfolio of unique and original floral arrangements directly inspired by the seasons and the local environment, with sources ranging from farmers’ market offerings to the backyard garden. Presented through lush photography that also showcases the beautiful interiors the arrangements are created for, this is as much a decorating tome as it is a floral-arrangement guide.

A how-to section offers advice on the selection, trimming, and care of the arrangements and on repurposed and unique containers, making this book practical as well as inspiring.






     ‘Celebrate Spring at These Spectacular Flower Festivals

Around the World’

                                                                                               ( excerpt from Architectural Digest)

Architectural Digest Photo

TRAVEL WISE:  Wonderful travel piece from Architectural Digest for my Flowerista Followers ready to travel the world!

IDEAL FIND:  Inspiration for your travel bucket-list. Follow the Flower Festivals! Plan a trip with loved one, friends or your mother!

AD EXCERPT: From D.C. to Kyoto, signs of spring are all around. Cities and towns across the world are ushering in the fairest of the seasons with flower festivals, shows, and parades. There are cherry blossoms in both the U.S. and Japan, colorful tulip fields in Holland, fragrant rose gardens in Oregon, lilacs on picturesque Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, and delicate apple blossoms in the Shenandoah Valley. You don’t have to be a horticulturist to partake in the festivities—just show up and smell the roses. You might even get some landscaping ideas for your own home.

New York Botanical Garden

America’s Best Botanical Gardens

TRAVEL CATEGORY: In addition to Flower Festivals, we can’t forget beautiful Botanical Gardens often found in our own regions where we live. Thanks to our friends over at PRO FLOWERS  I can share this fantastic list of the 25 Best Botanical Gardens here in the United States. Indulge in a little flower-power and make your next road trip a visit to your local Botanical Garden.

IDEAL FIND: Another ideal trip to take with your Mom for Mother’s Day! And for those seeking some solitude, I can personally say having been to many Botanical Gardens around the world, sometimes on my own, they are the best places to clear out the cob-webs in your brain and ‘just be’ with the flowers! ~Lauroly

PROFLOWERS EXCERPT: Botanical gardens are a great way to escape from the city, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer. From beautiful flowers to pristine plant life, botanical gardens are sure to amaze turn after turn. If you want to immerse yourself in the wonder of nature, be amazed by the intriguing shapes and colors of exotic plants, and learn about the roots of local history, then schedule a trip to one of the top botanical gardens in the United States.

After surveying the fascinating landscape of botanical gardens throughout the country, we’ve chosen these 25 based on select criteria: number and variety of plants, uniqueness of the collections, commitment to preserving regional habitats and highlighting local flora, and how each garden’s staff engage the public with arts, culture and educational programs.

These amazing attractions earned high marks across the board. We hope you enjoy exploring our top picks.

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Be Blissfully Comfortable in Your Own Skin–Enter to Win the World Wise Beauty ‘Summer Bliss’ Giveaway

Jul 23, 2015 by

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Happy Summer World Wise Beauties!

I am so excited to present this special giveaway opportunity to you! I created this giveaway contest, because I wanted
more people to learn about ‘A Field Guide to Happiness’, WWB’s ‘Book Wise Club’ selection. It’s the perfect book to take to the beach or summer cabin. This got me thinking how wonderful it would be, to have a  ‘Summer Bliss Kit’ to take with you, on your weekend getaway along with this enlightening book.

What should be in a Summer Bliss Kit? Well, definitely things that will soothe the Mind, Body & Spirit. I thought about the ‘Ideal Finds’ I discovered over the last year, and this inspired me to create the perfect Summer Bliss Kit! All the “Ideal Finds’ I included in the ‘Summer Bliss’ Giveaway will create a little bliss in your day wherever you may roam. I hope you enter to win and share the bliss giveaway contest with someone who would appreciate the kit too! Link to contest: https://gleam.io/fb/XANXS

Below are the details on how to enter the giveaway and a list of all the wonderful products you will receive along with the travel memoir book. There will be 5 winners! Good luck to you all!

This wise quote from Confucius is one I remind myself of all the time.
‘No Matter Where You Go…There You Are’. What I also like to add to that wisdom is, “so you might as well be blissful!” Wishing you many blissful days, this summer, and always.




World Wise Beauty ‘Summer Bliss’ Giveaway

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WWB’s Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Mothers, Daughters & Aunties Around the World Creating Beauty and Finding Freedom…

May 8, 2015 by

 Mother’s Day is this Sunday in America, and I think this Week’s Wisdom Wrap is just a perfect time to share these wonderful companies created by women and for women. There are many ‘values and ideals’ surrounding conscious consumerism and it is difficult to navigate all the issues surrounding the ‘production’ of things manufactured around the world. So rather than bombard you with all the controversial issues of industrialized manufacturing, I’d like to share some options that I think just might make you feel better about shopping for beautiful gifts. Actually you will feel really good because you’ll be contributing to the empowerment of talented women around the world. When we say ‘Pay it Forward’ you are literally doing just that.

You may have heard the term ‘Fair Trade’,  but just in case you are unsure
about exactly what this is, let me enlighten you…

Simply stated, Fair Trade is a commitment to trade practices that are fair and equitable. It is an ‘ethical’ approach to sourcing products from communities ( often women led), so they can receive a fair living wage, safe working conditions, healthcare, education, financial assistance, and most importantly opportunity to create a life for themselves and their family. Doesn’t that sound good?  This is an ideal alternative to sweat shops and factory made manufacturing. This is also a way for consumers to use their ‘purchasing power’ to help empower women around the world. Fair Trade is now in an explosive growth period and you will find many conscious companies ( often smaller entrepreneurs) creating companies around this business model.

This week I introduce you to two inspiring companies, doing a world of good led by wise women. WorldFinds is a pioneer in Fair Trade and is a wholesaler. You can’t purchase directly from them but you can find numerous retailers around the country who carry their products. For example right in my area is a lovely boutique called ‘Ten Thousand Villages’ and they offer many beautiful products, I am sure come from WorldFinds. I wanted to profile the wholesale company first so you could understand the supply chain and grasp the altruistic concept of Fair Trade. The other company Sudara ( formerly known as International Princess Project) I am profiling is fairly new but has recently re-branded. I think you will love what you discover on their site and you can still order a gift for Mother’s Day! At the very least, you will have discovered a beautiful ‘shop’ for future gifts and indulgences for yourself, that will feel good in your heart and on your body. Remember, the women who are creating these beautiful products for you are ‘mothers, daughters and aunties’ and your purchase is giving them a gift of freedom. Doesn’t get any more beautiful than that…






Affirming that fair trade, fashion, and longevity can coalesce, WorldFinds is celebrating fifteen years of successfully combining on-trend style with improving lives. They design, import, and wholesale fair trade gifts, jewelry and women’s accessories. For example in my area there is a beautiful shop called Ten Thousands Villagesand they carry the amazing gifts and accessories that are probably sourced from WorldFinds. Google Fair Trade shops in your neighborhood and you will find a world of beauty and good! WorldFinds is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since 2001, and partners with socially responsible artisan groups to ensure fair wages for the low-income artisans it supports. What I think is key, is they put equal emphasis on improving the artisans communities,, preserving cultural traditions, alleviating poverty and eradicating sweat shop child labor. This to me, is a true business model creating ‘Wellness Culture’.

SUDARA…Made from Hope, Made for Comfort



You may already be familiar with one of Sudara’s popular brands ‘Punjammies’. I have shared on WWB’s Facebook and they have received press from all the major women’s fashion magazines, because they are ‘that beautiful’. But beyond the beauty of their products is their beautiful mission. Read on…

In 2005, Sudara founder Shannon Keith took a trip to India that opened her eyes to a tragedy occurring daily to women and girls throughout the country. She could hardly believe what she witnessed in India’s Red Light Districts—modern day slavery. Shannon listened to story after story of young girls being sold into the sex trade by their families, orphans picked up off the street by pimps, and even young mothers just trying to get enough money to feed their children. Many were held against their will. Others were trapped by economic poverty. Worst of all were the stories of those who managed to escape the brothels only to return due to social stigma and having no other means to survive. Prior to 2015 her project was called ‘The International Princess Project’ and now she has fully re-branded to ‘Sudara’. The brand Sudara is a tribute to the Indian word Sundara which means ‘beautiful’.

It is hard to believe that modern day slavery still exists.

Sometimes you just feel so helpless when you hear about the horrendous crimes, and you think to yourself, ‘how can shopping for ‘clothes’ help these poor women’? I ask you to read more about the Sudara program and their conscious business model, and you will understand how economic empowerment, positive alliances, and education is all connected to your purchase. Never underestimate the power of conscious consuming’ because you are indeed helping and making a difference in the lives of many women.


Now let’s get to the beautiful fashion forward products that are just gorgeous gifts for Mom and a delightful treat for yourself! Don’t forget to check out their beautiful on trend tops and tee-shirts! Below are a few product images of their ‘Punjammies’ to get you interested and then keep scrolling to learn more about a really cool temporary tattoo line by Conscious Ink. This line is so creative and a really fun way to express yourself without cutting you skin! And did I tell you…yay Sudara has gift cards!


Visit Sudara Website For More Beautiful Selections

Sudara Also Partners With Conscious Ink Tattoos 


I don’t have a tattoo myself but these temporary tattoos would be something creative I would try, and I love that they express wise and peaceful sentiments! Great for gifts, parties or a day when you just need to be reminded of the truth. Enjoy and wear often!


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Putting ‘Thoughtful Love’ into the Giving…World Wise Beauty’s ‘Ideal Gifts’ For Mom

May 6, 2015 by

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and some of you are still thinking about what to give your Mom. You want her day to be special and you want her gift to convey just how much you love her. For those who are still giving appliances to their Mom, you may want to skip this post all together, but for those who are looking for a unique and special way to thank and appreciate your Mom, I just might have a few ideas here for you. So forget the designer hand bags for a moment, and think about giving something ‘ideal’ and inspirational…

Ideal gifts for me are inspirational and there is no better gift to give than a book full of enlightening wisdom. What has your Mom been talking about lately? Does she want to lose a few pounds. have more energy, travel more, learn a language or take a cooking class? Think about what she would like to do for herself, and create an inspirational gift package that speaks to her highest aspirations. Maybe you can’t afford to send her to the Greek Islands but you might be able to manage a lovely book and a cooking class on preparing the ultimate Greek dishes. But here is a good rule of thumb, if she hasn’t talked about losing weight, don’t give her the best-selling diet book! Seems like a no brainer. But how many people do this?  Too many I’m afraid.

The thoughtful gift is the gift that says ‘I care about you, I listen to you, and I care about what matters to you.’ Mother’s Day is about her and it’s your chance to let her know that her well-being and happiness matter too. Here are a few interesting books and ‘thoughtful’ gift ideas to inspire your Mom and get her thinking about herself for a change!

P.S. In addition to the thoughtful gift ideas below, please visit my Ideal Finds section where you will discover more unique gift ideas for Mom and yourself!





Cooking, Wellness & Culture: 

Does your Mom love to cook, explore different cultures, and appreciate ancient wisdom? Does she collect beautiful cookbooks? Has she been talking about the ‘Mediterranean Diet’ and how healthy it is for you? Well, I have the ‘ideal gift idea’ for her. Maria Benardis is a Gourmand Award winning author, health coach, teacher, chef and Founder of Greekalicious. She is also a WWB Icon!


Maria published her first book entitled “My Greek Family Table” (Penguin), which won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and Best Mediterranean Cuisine Book in Australia 2009. She recently published her new book “Cooking & Eating Wisdom for Better Health” (Balboa Press) – How the Wisdom of Ancient Greece can lead to a longer Life. She is a slow food advocate and regularly appears on radio, television and the print media to enthusiastically share her Greek heritage, its food and healing wisdom.

IDEAL GIFT IDEA: Wouldn’t it be wonderful for your Mom to open up a beautiful book like this one, and find a registration ticket for a wonderful cooking class? Maria teaches in New York but I am sure you can also find local cooking classes in your region of the world. Give your Mom the gift of wisdom and a pleasurable experience…



Spirituality, Inner Peace & Wisdom: 

Is your Mom just now taking an interest in Yoga or Meditation?  She’s a wise lady, because there are so many research studies validating the value of meditation practices for good health and longevity. Maybe she is interested and just not sure where to start. Both practices are truly a gift to the ‘self’ because they benefit mind, body, and spirit. I discovered this wonderful little book  ‘The Untethered Soul’ the Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer after reading a review in the New York Times. This short but deep book is an excellent primer to exploring your inner-life and connecting with your spiritual self. What it does so well is help us understand how our mind and habitual thoughts, driven by ego, prevents us from finding peace within. The author builds a bridge between western thought ( psychology) and eastern thought ( philosophy) and gets you thinking about what really matters. Because ‘no matter where you go there you are’!

There are so many excellent reviews on this book, but the endorsement I love best is from the spiritual guru of our times, Deepak Chopra. It is  appropriately on the cover of the book. “Read this book carefully and you will get a glimpse of eternity.”  This simple and elegant book walks you through the spiritual teachings of the ages and most importantly guides you on how to ‘comfortable in your own skin’. A World Wise Beauty ‘IDEAL GIFT’ for sure!

IDEAL GIFT IDEA: When she opens up this special book, maybe she will find a ticket to a wellness retreat or paid registration for a yoga class in her area. Keep in mind there are many wellness centers in communities exploring spirituality and health that won’t break the bank. Check out your local listings. Follow this link to learn more about yoga and meditation and discover some gift ideas to include in your gift package to Mom. With this gift idea you can literally give your Mom a little peace of mind, and this may very well be the the first time! lol



Beauty, Health, & Wellness

Has your Mom been embracing a more natural approach to her lifestyle? Has she been eating whole foods and eating more vegetables and fruit? Bravo to her! She may have also heard that gorgeous, youthful looks are directly linked to a nutritious diet. Natural Beauty is a trendy term but the benefits of a healthy diet is definitely reflected in your skin. Your Mom can be radiant at any age if she nourishes her body from the inside out. I am always excited to share this ‘gem’ of a book because it is filled with ‘ideal’ beauty nutrition wisdom. Jolene Hart, Beauty Editor turned Health Coach, and now author of ‘Eat Pretty’ Nutrition for Beauty Inside and Out, shares and reveals how wholesome, delicious food can be her true beauty secret.


The recipes in this book are delectable but Jolene doesn’t stop there, because she includes a full comprehensive chapter on beauty essentials that have nothing to do with cosmetic products. Think sleep, stress, and hormone management. Did I tell you how beautiful this book is? See for yourself and give it to every mother and woman you know! It’s a keeper and one she will refer to time and time again…

IDEAL GIFT IDEA: Is your Mom embarking on a journey to a healthy lifestyle but leading a very busy life with hectic schedules? How can she stay disciplined and incorporate healthy foods into her busy lifestyle on the run? This book will get her on her way but maybe she might enjoy more focused attention from a Health Coach. She will have to schedule it, but more than likely she thrives on a calendar and this will be scheduled time for her. Jolene is a certified Health Coach and studied at The Integrated Institute of Nutrition. She and coaches like her can be the best cheer-leader your Mom has ever had. Learn more about Jolene and her coaching services here and seek out other coaches like her  in your area. Give Mom the gift of beauty wisdom and undivided attention with a Health Coach!


Friendships, Wellness and Travel

Is your Mom a devoted mother now facing an empty nest? Has she been so dedicated to motherhood and working that she had little time to spend with friends? We all go through different transitional changes in our lives, and making new friends is particularly hard when we are older. Sometimes in our mobile society friends just move away and suddenly our social circle just gets smaller. I have the ‘ideal gift’ for your Mom, and it is sure to get her on her way to building new friendships. My WWB Icon Shasta Nelson wrote a wonderful book called ‘“Friendships Don’t Just Happen” and she is also Founder of GirlfriendCircles.com. Her book received national attention by all the women’s magazines and she also appeared on the “Katie Couric” show.


This enlightening book is chock full of good advice on how to create and nurture lifelong supportive friendships which too many of us have not been taught or shown. You Mom will find great wisdom in this book as the author is a pastor and life coach and has been teaching  the art of healthy relationships, facilitating small groups, and creating community for some time.  Which brings me to my last but wonderful ‘ideal gift’ idea.

IDEAL GIFT IDEA: After writing her book Shasta created a Travel Club for women. GirlFriendCircles.com sponsors travel trips for women, by women, and about women to places all over the world. Whether it’s the rare and stimulating opportunity to travel legally into Cuba to learn about their politics and culture and how it impacts women, the safety and meaning that traveling with a group can bring to a trip in the Middle East, or a fun and adventurous trip filled with activity in Peru or Costa Rica– your Mom will come home with new friendships created among the group that travels together. Now this is an ‘Ideal Gift’. But don’t sweat it, you don’t necessarily have to fund the trip because the book is full of ideas on how to create friendships right in your area. Give your Mom the gift of encouragement and let her know it’s okay to live a little herself!

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