Gifts That Inspire

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~Melody Beattie

Make holidays, gift giving, and every day more meaningful with Gratitude Tree Notes! It’s never too early to teach your kids about being grateful in this crazy world. So grab the family and turn your Christmas tree, holiday place settings and everyday centerpieces into a celebration of all that you are grateful for!

Here are some great ways they can be used:

At a Thanksgiving feast

As a thoughtful hostess gift

By starting a gratitude tradition and hanging them on a tree or any prominent place in your home

As a teacher’s gift

By attaching to any gift for the holiday season

Gratitude messages on the front and blank on the back for writing beautiful reminders of what matters most. Thirty cards in all.

For more information, contact Judi Willard, Say Please co-founder, at 516-382-5503 or, or visit

A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Exercises for Self-Reflection

Ignore those that say life doesn’t come with a manual. Kelly McGrath Martinsen has exactly the guide you need to make life richer and more insightful with her new book, A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Exercises for Self-Reflection.

This is the handbook for anyone that wants to embrace a better life. Through entertaining anecdotes and guided journal pages, A Year of Inspired Living helps the reader create their very own personalized self-help book.

Martinsen, who is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island magazine, has designed exercises for each month that include room for reflections, lists to seize the most from life, and culminate in writing your very own “publisher’s letter,” just as she does in her magazine. The letter provides space to reflect on that month’s personal inspiration.

By digging deep and really talking about issues from the heart, Martinsen guides readers to contemplate their own feelings, hopes and dreams. The interactive book also includes a hashtag (#AYOIL) so that readers can share their insights and experiences, giving solitary readers the group support they need to make lasting change for their best year ever.

Health Communications, Inc.; December 5, 2017. $12.95; 202 pages; ISBN: 978-0-7573-2009-5. Be sure to stop by Barnes & Noble, on Old Country Road, in Carle Place, on Saturday, December 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. for Kelly Martinsen’s book signing event. For more information or to reserve your copy for the event, call 516-741-9850.

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