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To Bounce Gracefully

by Miriam · 09.19.2012

There's a carpet cleaning company that I pass every day on my way to work. Their office is in the middle of a heavily industrial area of town with warehouses on either side of the road and forklifts crossing the street and stopping traffic. The company has a large sign underneath their company name where they post inspirational quotes. It's such an unlikely place to find inspiration, but it works.

There was one quote that really rang true for me recently. My husband finished grad school this year and is looking for work. We also just had a baby.

(photo by Jessica Eskelsen)

Life has been full of changes for us, and with them come lots of frustrations. We would really like my husband to find a great job. And we would love to move out of our one-bedroom apartment to have more room for our growing daughter. But we just don't have those things yet.

As I was driving to work, I passed by this company's sign, which read: "It's not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce."

One day my husband will have a great job. One day we will have a bigger place for our growing family. In the meantime, we are learning to bounce gracefully.

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Introducing: Frank & Funny

by Meredith · 08.24.2012

When you think of your favorite memories, the moments that have meant the most, and the times you'd love to return to, chances are there's one common thread: laughter. Laughter brings us together, lifts our spirits, and reduces stress. As Milton Berle says, "laughter is an instant vacation."

A while ago, we started thinking about creating a line of humorous greeting cards designed to help you share a laugh with the people you love. We enlisted comedian Dave Crowe to assist us in seeking out hilarious jokes from comedians all over North America. And we spent a lot of time in the conference room giggling and howling over the material we received.

Along the way, we've gotten press coverage from local TV stations, thumbs-up from comedy fans everywhere, and a chance to have a whole lot of fun.

And now, we're happy to introduce Frank & Funny--our latest greeting card line, and a great way to send a laugh to someone you love. Some of these cards are funny, some are silly, and some really take the gloves off. Whatever your sense of humor, you'll find more than a few to tickle your funny bone. We hope you'll check them out and, once you've finished chuckling, tell us what you think!

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An Inspiration Round-Up

by Angeline · 07.20.2012

Inspiration happens everywhere. Here at Compendium, we're inspired by the ways people use our products to encourage and connect with others. We love hearing tales of fathers chasing their giggling families with a pair of fuzzy blue mitts, stories of friends who send a book to comfort a loved one, and reflections from readers who find hope in the pages of our books.

The stories below were too wonderful to keep to ourselves. We hope you enjoy reading these reviews, thoughts, and anecdoes that have come our way.

Shelley has a Tickle Monster living in her house.

Erin dreams and schemes for the next five years of her life.

Angela quiets her insecurities and focuses on the loved ones who believe in her.

Sofia's son learns to respect even the tiniest of creatures.

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Submit Your Tickle Monster Video!

by Meredith · 06.12.2012

Recently, we were lucky enough to come upon a wonderful YouTube video of a family reading aloud—and kids laughing out loud—as the Tickle Monster rolls into town from Planet Tickle. Before long, the whole office was smiling as each of us took a look. So it made us wonder: Are there more videos out there of families reading Tickle Monster that would also tickle our funny bone? Sure enough, there are! And so we were inspired to launch our Tickle Monster Video Contest—because giggles and laughter are contagious, and we’re hoping to spread yours around!

Just cuddle down or settle in to wherever you like to read, reach for your copy of Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett, and don the super-soft plush Tickle Monster Mitts that comes with the Tickle Monster Laughter Kit. Then press “record,” and get ready to laugh as your child (and you) are tickled pink.  (Though just plain giggles and grins are pretty wonderful, too.)

Upload your video to YouTube, “Like” Compendium on Facebook, then post the link to our Facebook page (or email the link to We’ll be looking at the videos on June 30th, so be sure to share them with us by then. We’ll announce our winners on July 6th, and though laughter might just be the best reward, $100 in Compendium products is pretty sweet, too!

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Optimism is Good For You

by Meredith · 06.05.2012

Do you know someone who always sees a light where there is none? Someone whose life might be full of worries and uncertainties, and yet still seems upbeat? That someone you know knows something remarkable--the treasure of optimism. Because sometimes, just the act of believing that things will work out helps the world to work that way.

Optimists believe that good things will happen, and, when things go wrong, they see them as temporary setbacks--not roadblocks. They'll work the problem through until they've solved it, or until they've learned enough to try and try again, a little bit wiser and a little bit stronger.

And their persistence pays off: recent studies prove that optimism has a lifelong impact on our overall health and well-being. Research at the Mayo Clinic shows that, over 30 years, optimists live longer, and that their will to stay upbeat no matter what seems to become a dedication to get healthy, and love the life they've been given. (Click here for a New York Times article that tells more.)

If optimism doesn't come naturally to you, try to end your day on a positive note. Taking a few minutes to jot down three positives from the day can help--minutes that might turnaround tomorrow (or other tomorrows) in quiet but remarkable ways. A notebook by your bedside table can serve as a reminder that there's one last thing to do before sleep--cultivating a new habit of optimism.

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Group Gift-Giving

by Meredith · 05.25.2012

Are you ready? Between graduations, Father's Day, and summer weddings, the next few months are big ones when it comes to gift-giving. And if you're giving a gift from a group of people, whether it's an extended family, a group of co-workers, or several close friends, gift-giving can get complicated!

All of us at Compendium love simple solutions, and we love gifts that are meaningful long after the special day is over. That's why we've started a tradition here at the office--a tradition of signing a gift book from all of us. It's simple: We choose a book that's just right for the occasion, and send it around so everyone can write a note inside with well-wishes, kind words, and signatures. It ends up looking like this:

The possibilities are endless. Coordinate a classroom full of kids to write a note to their teacher in a copy of Gratitude. Or have an office full of co-workers write well-wishes to a new mother in Hello, World! You can turn the 5 book into a combination guestbook and graduation present at a graduation party, or turn Here's to You into a retirement gift that will be appreciated well after the party's over.

Meaningful, inspirational, and something the whole group can give? What better way to honor someone you appreciate!


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Meet the Designer, Part Two

by Meredith · 05.03.2012

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Meet the Designer!

by Meredith · 04.27.2012

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Someone You Know

by Meredith · 03.30.2012

If you're lucky, you know someone like this: someone whose spirit is a little electric, someone who does good things for the world without even thinking about it, someone who lifts people's spirits just by showing up, someone whose goodness shows in everything they do.

Meet Margaret Murray. "She's been putting smiles on others' faces for years," says the news anchor in this story that came to our attention recently. Margaret is a respite provider for adults with special needs, and she has an absolute knack for bringing joy and inspiration to people around her. She also happens to be a big fan of our window cards.

If you need a little reminder of the beauty and light that one human being can give to another, take a five-minute break to watch this video from KPHO news in Arizona. And if Margaret's stunning outlook reminds you of someone you know, tell us about it! Nominate a friend, coworker, or relative who adds good to the world, and we'll pick one of your nominees to receive a goodie bag filled with window cards to give away! Just be sure to nominate someone (either here or on our Facebook page) by 11:59 pm PST on April 4, 2012. And whether you're giving of your time, your energy, or your beautiful spirit, follow in Margaret's tradition, and start something good today.

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What inspires us?

by Meredith · 03.27.2012

When you're in the business of creating inspiring books, cards, and children's products, you get lots of practice at finding inspiration in unexpected places. You start to notice the first spring flowers in colors that make you light up, you jot down a quotation that makes you think, and you start to collect little snippets of ideas that you might use in the creation of your next big idea.

And that is precisely where Pinterest comes in. We've discovered that Pinterest is a wonderful way for us to capture all the little pieces of inspiration that come to us each day. And we're excited to share our Pinterest account with you! Stop by frequently to take a look at the words, images, and ideas that have captured our hearts and imaginations. You'll find gift ideas, uplifting thoughts, images of our favorite products, and all kinds of things that inspire us to do the work we do. Follow our Pinterest page, and get a glimpse into forthcoming products, trending ideas, and what's new and exciting around the Compendium offices. And feel free to share our images with others! Join our community on Pinterest at, and get inspired with us!

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