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Nov 26, 2003

Your new issue of Giftsprings Home Life Ezine is here!

Giftsprings Home Life Ezine
(previously named Giftsprings Specials and F*reebies Ezine)
November 26, 2003 

Liz Hekimian-Williams, Publisher / Editor

Copyright 2003  All Rights Reserved

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Table of Contents:

1.   Editor's notes
2.   Inspirational thought
3.   Giftsprings Featured SALE Items
4.   Feature article: Your Guide to a Stress-Less Holiday Season
5.   Riddle
6.   F*reebies Around the Web
7.   Ad swaps, Readers share & other tidbits
8.   Business Ads and Home Business Tips
9.   Riddle answer
10. Disclaimers and Consumer notices
11. Subscription management

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1. Editor's Notes
Wow! We're getting into the full holiday swing of things
around here and the days just keep speeding by! I hope
you are doing well and that you will have a very special
Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends (if you
celebrate this holiday where you are.)
I wanted to share this with you! We are so proud of the
growth of Giftsprings.
Did you know we are now in the top 10 results on Google search
for several popular search phrases? It's true, just check us out
by searching for home decor and for engraved stones. And we
couldn't do this without you! Thank you for shopping with
us, for reading this ezine and our online articles, and for
sharing us with your family and friends.
By the way, we had no response from the first person
we emailed as the winner of the Sad Sam stuffed animal,
nor from the runner up winner we contacted. Hard to
believe, isn't it?
So here's our last chance to give this item away for last
month's drawing- if there's no response this time either, we'll
be donating him to a non-profit group so a child will love
him this holiday season. So here's the deal- be the first one
to email us back with Subject Line: "Sad Sam for me"  and
including your postal mailing address in the body of the
email and you'll win Sad Sam. We will only notify you if you
were the first to write in and so if you win him. Then we'll
mail him to you! We will discard the other emails once we
have the winner.
And if you've been waiting all year to shop at Giftsprings
someday, hey, it's the holiday shopping season now!
Note our ordering deadlines to ensure delivery time
before Christmas! So now is a great time to browse
the webstore and get some treasures for the ones you
Please note that our family owned business is taking a
Christmas holiday vacation and so we will be closed the
week of December 20-December 28th! We'll be Texas
bound to spend time with my sister and neices. I also am
not sure if you'll receive another newsletter before then or
not at this point - so if not, I'll see you on the other side
of the calendar, in 2004!
Liz Hekimian-Williams
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2. Inspirational Thought For Your Day
Take into account that great love and
great achievements involve great risks.     
-Dalai Lama

3. Giftsprings Featured SALE and BARGAIN Items
Fabric Santa Family (Mr. and Mrs Claus and Elf)
Price: $71.97   (MSRP $ 119.95)

Musical Jewelry Box with Twirling Ballerina
Code: 27266
Sale Price: $12.55    (MSRP $17.95)

Art Reproduction Mother & Child
Sale Price: $33.95  (MSRP $49.95)

16" Porcelain Doll - Bridgette with Dalmation Puppy
Price: $15.95     (MSRP $19.95)


Metal Love-Peace-Joy Oil Burners Set of 3
Code: 32315
Sale Price $12.95 (msrp $ 15.90)

Eagle and Motorcycle Wall Clock
Sale Price: $29.97    (MSRP $39.95)

Rock Wall Serenity Fountain
Sale Price: $19.97   ( MSRP $24.95)


Giftsprings Storefront Specials


Giftsprings Bargain Center


Giftsprings New Arrivals section:

*Please note that some offers at may be
for a limited time. Some items sell out and can become
unavailable temporarily until back in stock or permanently
discontinued. When you see something you want, order
it right away to avoid disappointment.

Giftsprings offers you 10%+ discounts off retail on most
items, f*ree gift with purchase on orders over $50 and f*ree
ground shipping for retail customers on orders over $100


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4. Feature Article

by Susie Michelle Cortright,

Three years ago, I was so calm and relaxed, you'd never have
guessed it was Christmas. I had a brand new baby, and we
had just moved into a new house, but I was grounded with
an overwhelming sense of peace. Now that another holiday
season is bearing down on us, I think back to the reasons
that time was so magical.

That year, we simply went into our backyard and picked
out a crooked little tree that just screamed "Baby's First
Christmas." I tied on some bows, and we invited our closest
friends and relatives to share some Friendship Tea, sugar
cookies, and prime rib (which my mother-in-law brought and
prepared.) We opened gifts that I had ordered online weeks
before. (They arrived gift-wrapped.) It was a low-cost
Christmas spent in our unfurnished living room, but you
would have been hard-pressed to find a merrier place
that year.

When we renew our focus on the holiday spirit, the stress
of the season begins to fade. This year, let us pledge
to align our personal goals to reflect the goal of the
holiday season as it has existed for centuries: to center
on our spiritual awareness and connectedness in this
spiritual time.


When professional organizers urge us to simplify, they
ask us to eliminate our time-wasters. This year, let us
find some time-wasters.

Particularly during the busy holiday season, we moms
too often feel that if we aren't busy doing something,
we aren't being of value. In the upcoming months,
consider the value of just lounging on the couch with your
kids, of playing a board game, of reading the Christmas Box
or The Story of Hanukkah aloud in the evening, or of simply
sitting around for awhile thinking about how lucky you are
for the family and friends that are yours.

Meanwhile, take a close look at your self-made holiday to-do's.
Is it necessary to bake enough goodies for the neighborhood,
or are you okay with just whipping up the occasional batch of
Rice Krispie Treats? Do you want to travel to a distant relative's
house on Christmas Day or ask that they come to you? Keep in
mind that the mere fact that you've always done something isn't
always a good argument for continuing to do it.

Christmas cards

This year, narrow your Christmas card list. Make it more
personal. Follow the lead of Mitten Strings for God author
Katrina Kenison and make your annual Christmas letter less
about the accomplishments of your family members and more
about the ways you have all connected with one another over
the past year.

Meanwhile, reframe the way you perceive the task. Think of
it not as a tedious chore that involves long hours of licking
envelopes and signing your name, but as a way to illustrate
your love for your family and friends and to reconnect with
the people whom you may have contact with only once
each year.

One last note: start early. That way, it's a relaxed process
that only requires you to jot a note or two in the evening as
you sit with your family. Also consider enlisting the help
of your husband and the kids. Little ones love to help
moisten envelopes or draw pictures for relatives. If you
run out of time - or the motivation - to send cards, pick
up the phone instead.

Holiday Entertaining

Parties can be as laid-back or as lavish as you like. Don't
underestimate the power of a potluck. - guests love to feel
like they're contributing to a meal. No time to deep clean?
Speed clean and dim the lights. Keep a stash of things on hand
for latecomers or unannounced guests.


Helping someone in need can relieve holiday stress and
help you ward off the holiday blues that sometimes seep
in this time of year.

Particularly during the holidays, opportunities abound.
Just look in your local paper. On the Internet, Volunteermatch
( can set you up with an
opportunity or idea with your specific skills in mind.

Be good to yourself

If you don't sit back and enjoy all of the fa-la-las, they'll
be over before you know it. Savor the season, and remember
that you set the tone for your family. If you're frenzied
and frantic, your family will be too, and your children will
grow up thinking that's what the holidays are all about.

If you are feeling anxious this time of year, release your
feelings into a journal. Maintain, or start, an exercise
program to release those energy-boosting endorphins, and
make sure you're eating for energy.

Spend some time on yourself. Invite your friends or
your daughter's friends (or both) for an indulgent
Spa Evening. Prepare some homemade facial scrubs and
masks and let the stress of the season melt away.

In the end, it's important to decide what the Christmas
season means to you. I know my favorite time of the
season isn't opening gifts or filling goodie baskets
or attending office parties. It's that three minutes
it takes on Christmas Eve to sing "Silent Night" by
candlelight. It's looking around to see all of my
family and friends with their faces lit up just enough
that I can see their eyes glisten. To me, that's Christmas.

What is it to you?

About the Author:

Susie Michelle Cortright is the author of More Energy
for Moms and the founder of She is a
writer and full-time mom whose passion is helping
women celebrate and embrace their role as mothers.
Click here to learn more:
5. RIDDLE - from the Riddlenut

When can you add two to eleven and get one as the correct

So... did you guess what it is?

Think and take a guess. You can see the answer further down
in this ezine...

6. F*REEBIES Around The Web:

F*ree Things for Kids - Ebook


F*ree Catalogs from retailers and great savings


F*ree books from Harlequin, with f*ree shipping

F*ree Message From Santa

F*ree Credit Report Info

Entertainment Book of Coupons- $5 off and F*ree Shipping!
F*ree Restaurant Meals! Buy 1, Get 1 Fr-e-e - 
F*ree "How Stuff Works" Article...
World Wide Weblog - How Blogs Work

A blog is a great way to keep track of your online travels and
share them with the world -- it's an online journal of your
virtual life. Find an amazing Web site? Put a note about it in
your blog. Come across a news story that has you fuming? Go
ahead and rant about it in your blog. Find out all about the
blogosphere and how to start your very own blog.

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9. Riddle Answer:

When you add two hours to eleven o'clock,
you get one o'clock.

Have a love-filled week! Our best to you and yours,

Liz and Dan Hekimian-Williams

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