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Celebrating Friends & Laughter

by Amelia · 07.17.2013

Frank & Funny Cards

Lucky Us: (For Being Such Good Friends)

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Love & New Beginnings

by Amelia · 06.27.2013

2: How Will You Create Something Beautiful Together?

On This Day: A Book for My Bridesmaid


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Hearts the size of an ocean

by Meredith · 06.12.2013

Once in a while, a story finds us... and it changes things. Those stories tend to be the ones that people tell because they simply have to be told, and they tend to be the ones that are still settled into our hearts long after the story is over. They're the kinds of stories that leave you with something to do.

A while back, we received an email from a woman who had just such a story to tell. Shirley told us that last year, just before Father's Day, she was inspired to create a greeting card on behalf of her Dad. Though he was lost at sea, along with her brother, when Shirley was ten, she says he "made all the difference in my life." He introduced his family to the beauty of the outdoors--with hiking, camping, beach combing, and visiting local and national parks. Both parents lovingly taught them to respect nature inherently, for its own beauty.

When she came across the Rumi quote, "your heart is the size of an ocean," she knew it was perfect. So she contacted us. "Would you be interested in refining this card from a watercolor image I've sketched?" she asked. She drew a sea turtle on the front--a creature that represents, for her, a symbol of ancient wisdom, in touch with the rhythms of the earth. She imagined the card as "a gift of gratitude and preservation"--a fitting honor for a man who lived with a full heart and deep respect for nature.

Shirley felt it was essential that the card be ecologically printed, with a percentage of the proceeds going to organizations that protect the environment, and thought our Positively Green cards were the perfect fit. We knew what we had to do.

As this card was being completed, Shirley discovered that her twin cousins volunteer for a sea turtle conservation center in Georgia, restoring and preserving habitat for these creatures. She imagines that with so many big hearts coming together, perhaps the fate of the endangered sea turtles can be reversed before it's too late.

We leave you with Shirley's dedication: To Marvin and Milton, beloved father and brother, whose treasures run wide and deep... long after they have walked this Earth.

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Celebrate the Man Who Makes Anything Seem Possible

by Amelia · 05.29.2013

His strong hand on your shoulder. His smile of support. His warm presence. Fathers have such a special role in the family, and sometimes words don’t feel like enough to express just how much he means to you. But sometimes, they’re exactly what he needs to hear. This Father’s Day, here are few thoughtful ways to repay him for all of his words of wisdom throughout the years:

  • Create several “Father’s Day Coupons,” each with IOU coupons for small gifts: mowing the lawn, getting a special cup of coffee on the way home, taking out the trash, letting him pick the flick on movie night.
  • Personalize a favorite or well-used item—such as a set of golf balls, grilling tool set, or a travel bag—with his initials or a simple, loving phrase.
  • Frame a meaningful quote for his office or bedroom, such as “Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.” –Unknown
  • Ask several friends and family members to send you notes or letters about a favorite memory they have with your father; then gather them all into a scrapbook.
  • Create a family keepsake with My Dad: His Stories. His Words.—a unique interview book where you can record his stories.

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Loving Who You Are

by Amelia · 05.22.2013

10: What's on Your Top 10 List?

Her Words Composition Books

Live Good.

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A Healthy Childhood Creates a Healthy Future!

by Amelia · 05.15.2013

You may have heard that a recent article in the Journal of Pediatrics deemed childhood obesity a national epidemic. Sadly, one third of all children born in the year 2000 or after will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives—and that many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. That is, if broad lifestyle changes aren’t made—including diet and, most importantly, exercise.

From the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign to the Center for Disease Control, we’re hearing that the best defense against this health epidemic is 60 minutes of exercise every day. Here at Compendium, we want to show kids that those minutes can be FUN, inspiring a lifetime of healthy living, which is why we’re offering a special promotion for our popular Boogie Monster Dance Kit: a 40% off coupon when you purchase the kit online!

This family-friendly kit inspires kids to get up, get moving, and get dancing! Parents and grandparents can read aloud while the little ones dance along with the loveable Boogie Monster—a fluffy creature sent to Earth from Planet Boogie whose only mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance! Boogie Monster teaches kids that there’s no right or wrong way to dance. In the process, kids build confidence and learn that exercising can be fun. Each kit includes the Boogie Monster book, a pair of Boogie Monster Boogie Legs (one size fits most kids), and a Boogie Monster Boogie music CD.

Looking for more ways to inspire children to move? Check out these websites!

* U.S. domestic website orders only. Check your local bookstore for Boogie Monster and other inspiring gifts. Boogie Monster and its products are not officially affiliated with the Let’s Move! campaign.

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Here’s to Bright Futures and Bold Dreams!

by Amelia · 05.06.2013

Graduation is an exciting time. The future is full of unknowns, possibilities, and new graduates are hopeful to reach their true potential. Reward all of their hard work with gifts that will give them fuel for the road ahead. For college graduates, fill a candy jar with Pay Days and 100 Grands as a cheerful way to say congrats. Or perhaps give a jar filled with candy that ties into their major, such as Lifesavers for med or nursing school graduates, Symphony chocolate bars for musicians, or Milky Ways for astronomy majors. Or simply gather lots of their favorite type of treats! Another idea for high school graduates or those going on to even higher education is a tea variety pack with teas geared toward stress relief, sleeping well, and mental clarity. Perhaps an easy, simple recipe cookbook to keep their energy up? Or help them define their goals with bestselling, interactive journaling books 5: Where Will You be Five Years from Today? or 10: What’s on Your Top 10 List? Whatever you choose, they’re sure to appreciate your tokens of good luck for their new journey ahead!

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Give Thanks to Mom for Her Lifetime of Love

by Amelia · 04.25.2013

It’s hard to imagine life without the gifts she’s given you. Mother’s Day is the time to say thank you for her lifetime of love and support, and to honor the memories you’ve shared. Photographs, especially, are a special way to honor her and your joyful memories together. Here are a few creative ways to incorporate photos into meaningful Mother’s Day keepsakes she can treasure throughout the year:

  • Place a photo on the inside of a mason jar or vase for a special dinner centerpiece or a pretty addition to a window sill. Include several secret messages inside dedicated to her.
  • Make a personalized pillow by printing a photo onto iron-on transfer paper and iron onto a pillow that has her favorite colors.
  • Create an old-fashioned greeting card by simply using a little glue, construction paper, and a special photograph. Frame the image with an alternate material, such as lace or ribbon, and include a special message inside.
  • Use one image or several to wrap around the base of a pretty potted plant.
  • Tuck a photo into the cover of Dear Mom, a beautifully illustrated book that features heartfelt quotations honoring motherhood and family.

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Another Inspired Ambassador

by Angeline · 04.19.2013

Compendium's ambassadors are a group of bloggers, students, mothers, artists, business consultants, and travelers who never fail to surprise us with the creative ways they're spreading Compendium's message of living inspired with friends, family, and even strangers.

Today, I'd like to introduce Rochelle. She describes herself as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She's also a writer, and a lover of words, people, stories, pens, paper, and music.

When we asked Rochelle what inspires her, she said she's always up for good news, encouraging stories, beauty, smiles, eyes, laughing, and loving. That's a list we can get behind!

We love Rochelle's story about the way she discovered Compendium products. "I happened upon my first Compendium book as I sat in a lobby awaiting an interview at an Atlanta advertising agency," she writes. "That book inspired me to write to Compendium to share how the book touched me." Rochelle has been a fan of Compendium products ever since, and shares her own brand of inspiration on her blog. You can visit it here to find out more:

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Find the Good That's All Around You

by Amelia · 04.11.2013

Happily Grateful

7: How Many Days of the Week Can be Extraordinary?

Welcome, Baby!

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