10 Smart Peaceful Ideas & Gifts to Give or Receive

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and surely there are countless ways to celebrate the loves in your life. Consumerism and corporatism aside, a moment to celebrate thankfulness for the blessing of BIG LOVE is a golden moment indeed. Where we would we be without this holy force in the universe holding all things together and helping all things to grow? 10 Smart Peaceful Ideas & Gifts to Give or Receive truly just scratches the surface with heartful wisdom we can apply to our everyday.

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The images above and below were snapped yesterday and accompany a vulnerable post RIGHT HERE acknowledging the tender whisper of trees in my winter garden. Whether you are caught up in a flood of contentment and consolation or find yourself drowning in doubt, my hope is that you might feel a little more joined, a little more held, and a little more awed.

Just So You Know

I am recovering, and my illness didn’t spring out of nowhere or because I’m sitting around focused on how sad the winter landscape appears. I’m sure I have friends reading who may think damn…sure wish skinny girlfriend could get her neurotic $hit together, get healthy, and eat a cheeseburger.

Cheeseburgers may not accompany my healing. After eating a big fat cheeseburger and delicious fries at a brewery last weekend (plus a bit of cake for dessert), I learned my liver/pancreas/bile ducts just can’t handle breaking down that level of fat…at least not yet. I AM ON MY GAME NOW in terms of taking it easy with fat consumption. Who can afford to lose a week over a single meal!?!

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There are so many paths to choose when your destination is peace. And I could type for days about my own journey through doubt, darkness, and despair as I feverishly sought more light. But the truth is, the light found me. The light waited within for my stillness, my surrender, and my silent YES.

10 Smart Peaceful Ideas & Gifts to Give or Receive

You already know I’m a mystical kind of cat–but I’m a down to earth cat too, with a desire to point to concrete, realistic ideas to usher in more peacefulness.

Here are a handful off the top of my head.

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Do any of the above resonate with you? Are there any you could add to your days to live life more to the full?

Our lives grow so busy, and while it’s easy to rattle off text messages or social media comments, it’s still not always easy to find the proper mood or moment to say things we know we need to say to each other.

Regarding #4 above…

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Maybe a simple post-it on a bathroom mirror, on a bedroom door, on a briefcase, or a backpack can become a doorway–can bring blessing to an ordinary moment in time.

10 Smart Peaceful Ideas & Gifts to Give or Receive

These gifts are likely going to strike you as a random mix, and I actually collected the ideas with both myself and with specific people in my life in mind.

Sonny Angel Spring Collection 3 Pack

You’re going to just have to trust me on this one. Photos make these baby boys look cute, and the description mentions they bring good luck and happiness (I’d say that too if I was producing them!), but good gracious, I certainly don’t have them in my possession for luck.

Sonny Angel vegetable and fruit
Sonny Angel 3-Pack, $21.
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It must be two things. (1) The simplicity of their design has an innocence and sweetness which cannot be denied. When people see my little angels (which I place randomly at times in unexpected locations), they are smitten. (2) I’m a boy mama. The fact that these little angels are anatomically boys feels right and welcome.

Kids of all ages enjoy the sight of chubby naked angel babies in whimsical fruit and vegetable costumes.

Of Note: This collection features a random Sonny Angel from each series: Flower Series, Fruit Series & Vegetable Series.

A Recent Review: “Wonderful gifts! So fun to find out which ones made their way to you!” – Moonbeamcole

Kindness quote by Frederick William Robertson: we win kindness - we conquer by forgiveness. #kindness #forgiveness #quote #inspiration
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Diptyque Figuier (Fig) Candle

The scent is sophisticated and subtle, and folks love using the pretty emptied glass as a receptacle for makeup brushes and random after the candle has burned.

Diptyque Figuier candle
Diptyque Figuier (Fig) Candle.
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Of Note: Hand-poured candles from France; burns 50-60 hours.

A Recent Review: “I burn several of them as a relaxing treat in the evenings or when I want my home to smell wonderful. Keep the wick trimmed and invest in a plasma flameless lighter to help keep them looking and functioning great. ” – Angela

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. A quote about kindness by Evelyn Underhill. #kindness #quote #spirituality #contemplation #hellolovelystudio
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iPad Cover/Case

Function and beauty in one fell swoop.

Slim leather iPad cover and case
Slim Leather iPad Cover, $18.99.
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Of Note: Multi-functional Features- Built in leather hand strap, pencil holder and organizer pocket.

A Recent Review: “My favorite part of this case is that it snaps and holds the iPad in and doesn’t cover up so much of the front around the screen like a lot of other cases do. The material and quality is great, and makes the iPad feel like a premium sketchbook. I really like the hand strap as well for extra support if you’re using it or drawing while holding it. The elastic strap is also nice to wrap around the front to hold the cover so it doesn’t open up. And of course, I really like that it has the pen loop to hold the Apple Pencil.” -Boom

You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be. An inspiring quote by Don Van Vliet. #dogs #wisdom #quote #inspiration #kindness
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Mike’s Hot Honey Infused With Chiles

For folks who love food and cooking!

Mike's Hot honey infused with chiles
Mike’s Hot Honey, $10.
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Of Note: Try mike’s hot honey on pizza, chicken, ribs, biscuits, salads, fruits, cheeses and even ice cream.

A Recent Review: “Got this on Friday after reading about something similar on the Gozney website. I immediately put together a white fig, gorgonzola pizza with roasted garlic and some local EVOO from Suisun Valley. When the pizza came out of the oven, I hit it with fresh basil and a long drizzle of this honey. IN. CRED. I. BLE.” -Pejutah

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. Francis of Assisi. #kindness #inspiration #quote #faith #stfrancis
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Tartlette Eyeshadow Palette

Huge fan of tarte here, and these colors are luscious. I can vouch the palette will last a long, long time and enhance everyday beauty.

Of Note: A bestselling eyeshadow palette with 12 matte and microshimmer shades that are sure to become your everyday basics.

A Recent Review: “I love the range of eyeshadows in this set and the formula allows the colors to blend together smoothly.”

HoMedics 3D Shiatsu Portable Massager

Oh that we could have a masseuse at our disposal trained in shiatsu for nightly de-stressing! At least there’s this…

Of Note: Massage Pillow’s vibration and heat features will help to further relax your muscles and stimulate blood flow to sore muscles.

A Recent Review: “I can move it all over for relief of shoulder and back pain and it works. The heat feature, which you can choose to use or not, helps to workout the knots. It has helped me a lot and it was a decent price for something this soothing. The cushion is fairly comfortable and it has a nice covering on it. I would recommend this item for back and shoulder relief. For me, it has really helped. I would definitely buy this again. ” -Lila

James Barrie quote: always be a little kinder than necessary. #kindness #quote #jamesbarrie
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Engraved Leather Wrap Bracelet

Like a wrist tattoo without the pain.

Engraved leather wrap bracelet by Stella & Dot
Engravable Leather Bracelet, $49.
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Of Note: reverses from smooth white to glamorous gold.

A Recent Review: “I LOVE this Wrap Bracelet! It’s just gorgeous and the engraving looks just beautiful!” – Polly

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Rubin. #inspiration #kindness #quote
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FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Nostalgic and perfect for girlfriend parties and trips.

Of Note: Has a selfie mirror, close-up lens attachment, and brightness adjustment.

A Recent Review: “This camera was a hit at my sister’s engagement party. Instead of a photo booth with silly props, I brought back the 90s with this FujiFilm and bought these clothes pin string lights that Amazon also sells. People took pictures and hung/clipped them to the lighted string which made for a great social activity at an event where you have all sorts of people from your life who don’t know each other gather in one place.” -Mariana

Inspiring quote about kindness by Hello Lovely Studio. #inspiration #kindness #quote
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23andMe DNA Ancestry Test

Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? Are you at all surprised I’m European?

23andme DNA Ancestry Test
23andMe DNA Ancestry Test, $99.
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Of Note: Learn even more than your ancestral regions – discover your ancient ancestry and trace their migration with just one DNA test.

A Recent Review: “I bought the kit because my son is adopted and then I thought, what the hell, I’ll do my own because I’d like to know how our DNA compares. I was fascinated by our ethnic compositions and was quite pleased to find that we are both 40% Italian and have similar percentages of other shared heritage.” – V.P. Gould

Kindness quote: kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows. By Robert Green Ingersoll. #kindness #quote #inspiration
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Personalized Nameplate Necklace

This one isn’t made of anything precious so it’s inexpensive.

Personalized nameplate necklace
Personalized Nameplate Necklace, $15

Of Note: Each name hangs on a 16 inch cable chain with lobster-claw clasp.

A Recent Review: “I love my necklace. I have gotten so many compliments on where i got my necklace. One person i told them that i bought my necklace on amazon, & they went on the website & literally bought it 5min later for a gift for their girlfriend.” – Mia

Maya Angelou quote: if you only have one smile in you, give it to the people you love. #lovequote #inspiration #mayaangelou
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Farberware Air Fryer

Here’s a healthy and cool gift for the whole family!

Of Note: Healthier alternative to traditional frying using little-to-no-oil.

A Recent Review: “This is a wonderful little fryer. Perfect for 1 or 2 people. Makes cooking easy, quick, and delicious! It is absolutely true that you can fry without oil!” -AP

True love stories never have endings - a quote by Richard Bach. #inspiration #lovequote #valentinequote #richardbach #hellolovelystudio
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Soapstone & Copper Pizza Stone

For pizza lovers.

Of Note: It will perfectly crisp pizzas and flatbreads, and can also be used to make roasted vegetables, crackers, breads, quesadillas, and more. Soapstone has the ability to retain heat twice as long as traditional cookware, and will keep your pizza warm at the table to the last slice.

An Amazon Review: ” It’s the closest I’ve ever come to recreating a good, Neopolitan pizza at home on a gas grill with a great crust.”

Aint it the Truth (More Than EVER for This Girl)?

Humor quote from Hello Lovely Studio. I'm just a girl. Standing in front of a donut. Asking it to be a salad. #humor #funnyquote #notthinghill #hellolovelystudio
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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. February 11, 2019 / 9:59 am

    What a lovely post to wake up to this morning, from obviously a very lovely person inside and out. I can attest to your “Post It Note” theory, as my husband has left me little notes for all of our 27 years of marriage. It sure makes me feel real good every time he does.

    • michele
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      I love that your guy does that regularly! What a keeper, Celia! I recall leaving a loving lipstick message on the mirror for my husband years ago, and our 3 yr old son completely freaked the H out! He had a meltdown that I would ruin the mirror and at that age, kids are learning that broken things can be put back together, etc. What drama that was! Hahahaha.

  2. Teresa C
    February 11, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    I read your posting and do I understand the serious discomfort from eating the wrong foods. You’re in my prayers. Feel better friend and soon!
    God bless
    T

    P. S. I awakened around 1 a.m., looked outside and saw another snowfall. Beautiful! Bitter cold but peaceful.

    • michele
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you. I seem to be recovering, and what a rollercoaster ride! Thanks so much for the wishes, and yes, isn’t that contrast of bitter cold and utter calm something!?!

  3. February 11, 2019 / 2:57 pm

    Hi Michele,
    Number 1 – Unplug – is some of the best advice ever! I recently unplugged for almost a day and I felt so much calmer. It was amazing. I’m praying for your recovery, skinny girlfriend!
    xo
    Holly

    • michele
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Holly. I’m feeling better and will try to be more disciplined with my diet even though my inner chubby girl is starved for fat!

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