Monday, April 19, 2010

Chocolate Gifts (It's Administrative Professionals Week!)

This is one of the busiest weeks of the year for us keynote speakers. It's Administrative Professional's Week and there are appreciation luncheons and events galore. This year all my speeches are Motivation by Chocolate! And if any of you are in the Pinehurst area - I speak there tomorrow and near Hickory, NC on Friday - please come! Both events are open to the public and are three hour seminars. Chocolate for three hours - how much fun is THAT going to be? Woohoo!!!

I thought to honor the week - and Mother's Day is coming up and my birthday (and the birthdays of several other chocolate lover's I know - Taureans love their chocolate!) - I thought we'd talk about chocolate gifts. These are all the non-edible kind.

Several of these photos are courtesy of my good friend Diane Fain-Worthen who I don't give nearly enough kudos to. Diane - thank you for EVERYTHING!!!

This is Diane's pic from Cracker Barrel - she turned me on to their cool chocolate stuff - I have dropped a great deal of money here - and the stuff is soooo cute! Diane has also sent me several goodies from here - she is worth her weight in chocolate!!

How great is all that stuff? I love the pink T-shirt - "Put the chocolate in the bag and nobody gets hurt." And they have great lotions and candles with cocoa scent. Diane sent me a gorgeous lip gloss that's chocolate dipped strawberry. Yum! This would be a great place to take Mom or your favorite Administrative Professional or hell, just all your girlfriends! And don't even get me started about their biscuits. Dear God.

This is where I scored my giant Hershey bar - isn't it gorgeous? Thanks for the pics, Di!

Now this isn't from Cracker Barrel. Diane gave me this at Christmas after the hip surgery. It's a custom printed t-shirt - this is the logo on front. How cool is that? It's like I have my own chocolate company! (Diane, you really are the coolest!)

She also sent a pic of this hilarious shirt:

And I snagged this one at The Chocolate Bear - here's the front:

Love the back:

This is a little door hanger from Cracker Barrel:

and I completely agree with that statement.

Although this one cracks me up every time I see it:

Here's a great gift for any chocolate loving woman:

And this is on the inside along the lip of the mug:

My good friend (and fellow speaker and wild woman) Laura Hamilton gave me this cute bowl:

I love it - it sits on my desk and holds all my post-it note pads. And let's face it - chocolate pretty much IS my life. And you know what? I'm okay with that. In fact, I really like that! : )

Harry & David has these adorable kitchen towels:

Perfect for luring small children like Hansel and Gretel into my lair. (Hey - I need SOMEONE to help me eat all the chocolate!)

And I got this guy for $4.97 at Harry & David's after Easter sale. Isn't he the cutest ceramic chocolate bunny candy dish?

And all these magnets are on my fridge (thanks to Diane and Jay Rowe) for some of these babies!

I dropped this one and glued it back together. See the chip? I love it too much to let it go.

Now while this one is a perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life:

You'll want to be very careful who you give this one to:

I don't think I can ever thank all my friends enough for the wonderful chocolate gifts! Sometimes we don't realize how much a simple gift like a magnet or a t-shirt can really make some one's day. And, unlike chocolate, they LAST! (Although don't get me wrong - I LOVE it when my friends give me chocolate too!)

Happy Administrative Professional's Week! Make some body's day with a little show of your appreciation - I bet it will mean more to them than you can imagine.


Kris, in New England said...

Speaking as an Admin Professional - I'm miffed as yet again my boss will be out of town on this date. I think he secretly plans it this way... hmph!

I have a magnet that talks about saving the earth for the chocolate. I love that thing and I totally agree with it.

Denise Ryan said...

Hey - we need to talk to that boss of yours!!! He should at least get you a good gift! : )

Kris, in New England said...

He's in the Bahamas...probably won't be on his mind. :-)

Oh yeah and forgot to mention that I LOVE the "Chocolate Slut" one. That is a keeper and a classic.

Denise Ryan said...

It's nice to be king, huh? ; ) I know - isn't that one great? I try to keep finding ways to use it! ; )