The Bouqs Company!

Have you ever gotten really close to missing an anniversary, birthday, or special occasion? With Bouqs you don’t have to worry about scrambling to get a gift last minute. You can set yearly reminders to automatically send flowers to your loved ones. You can also have flowers delivered weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or at random dates. (You’re welcome gentleman!) They’ll also make great host/hostess gifts!

Bouqs sent me one of their bouquets and it was absolutely gorgeous. I chose Confetti – a bouquet of farm-fresh roses. I was so surprised by how vibrant the colors were and how long they lasted. I was talking to my sister about Bouqs on our way to The New York Botanical Gardens (more flowers) and she told me that they were on Shark Tank. I have to go and watch the episode. As someone in marketing, I can appreciate their witty flower names and copy.

The flowers all come from a Volcano and they are eco-friendly and sustainable. They are cut on the day you order and delivered straight from the farm! They flowers are delivered straight from Volcano stems from the equator,10,000 feet above sea level, “these Bouqs are fed by pure volcanic snow melt and mineral-rich, ph-balanced soil. And our California cut flowers come straight from eco-friendly farms on the coast! Bloomin’ sweet surf!” It’s a really cool concept! Their partners offer competitive, living wages and services like on-site child and healthcare, and adult education so they take care of the people who work hard to make it all happen!

The Bouqs Company!

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Bouqs sent me these flowers but this is an honest review!

ConGRADulations: Gifts for Graduates

My younger sister is graduating from Georgetown next weekend. I am so proud of her! We’ve always been close but we’ve gotten even closer the last few years. Having a sister as a friend is so wonderful! I’ve put together a few great gifts for grads in various price ranges. Rebecca will be getting a few of them.

1. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve by Kate White: This book is amazing. I found myself highlighting passages of the book. Kate has incredible advice for recent graduates and people further along in their career. I got this for my sister! 

I-Shouldnt-Be-Telling-paper-back-199x300Summary: “New York Times bestselling author Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the #1 young women’s magazine in the world, and a hugely successful businesswoman. In I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, she shares her secrets to success. A witty, wise, straight-talking career guide for women, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This is the perfect book for the current economic climate, whether you’re just starting out, re-entering the workforce after maternity leave, or simply looking for a career change; essential tips and bold strategies from a gutsy innovator who helped increase Cosmo’s circulation by half a million copies per month.” (Amazon)

2. Lean In for Graduates: Sheryl Sandberg’s book has been expanded to include additional chapters about searching for a job, resume writing, interviewing and more.

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Summary: “Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this extraordinary edition of Lean In includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice; owning who you are; and leaning in for millennial men. In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In became a massive cultural phenomenon and its title became an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of best-seller lists both nationally and internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theaters, dominated op-ed pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership. Now, this enhanced edition provides the entire text of the original book updated with more recent statistics and features a passionate letter from Sandberg encouraging graduates to find and commit to work they love. A combination of inspiration and practical advice, this new edition will speak directly to graduates and, like the original, will change lives.” (Amazon)

3. Three Jane NY Map Necklace: I got my sister a Three Jane NY Map Necklace for Georgetown. The necklace is a map of Georgetown with a small diamond marker. I got her initials and graduation year on the back. I know she’ll miss Georgetown and this is a great way for her to remember it daily.

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4. Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money: I’ve been meaning to buy this book. This book helps people create a financial game plan.

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Summary: “It’s time to throw away all your old notions of what financial advice should look like. Because if you’re looking for a book to put you on an austerity savings plan that has you giving up vacations and lattes, you’re out of luck.  But if you’re looking to get your finances in rock-hard shape  – in less time than it takes to finish a workout – then Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest, has your back. How? Through the LearnVest Program. First, you’ll take stock of where you stand today. Then, you’ll create your customized 50/20/30 plan.  50/20/30 simply refers to the percentage breakdown of how to spend your take-home pay each month. The 50 gets the essentials out of the way so you don’t have to stress about them. The 20 sets your foundation for the future, then the 30 is left to spend on the things that bring happiness to your life. By the time you’re finished reading this book, you’ll walk away with a financial game plan tailored to your priorities, your hopes and dreams, and your lifestyle. And, because von Tobel and the team at LearnVest are experts at financial planning in the online era, you’ll also learn how to integrate your financial plan into your mobile, social, digital life.  Like your own personal financial planner between two covers, this book will set you up for a secure, worry-free money future, without having to give up things you love. So toss those old-school financial guides out the window, and get ready to start living your richest life.” (Amazon)

5. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers: I read this book before I started working full time. I didn’t agree with every point but I thought that it was an excellent and thought provoking book overall.

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Summary: “If you work nonstop without a break…worry about offending others and back down too easily…explain too much when asked for information….or “poll” your friends and colleagues before making a decision, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas. Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviors such as these are sabotaging your career! Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. She’s spotted a unique set of behaviors–101 in all–that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this groudbreaking guide, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back–and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills. If you recognize and change the behaviors that say “girl” not “woman”, the results will pay off in career opportunites you never thought possible–and in an image that identifies you as someone with the power and know-how to occupy the corner office.” (Amazon)

6. How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life: This book was excellent and is a must read for every recent graduate.

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Summary: “Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It’s the new “right stuff” of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world. The authors, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston, establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership. The book’s personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership–meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing–to work.” (Amazon)

6. Family Jewelry: My mom has given my sister and me a few pieces of her jewelry or jewelry from our grandparents or great grandparents. It is such a meaningful gift and I love knowing that I am wearing something that has been passed down.