Happy New Year!

As 2010 draws to a close tonight and 2011 makes its grand entrance, I wish you all happiness, health, wealth, success, and every good gift life has to offer. And just in case you need to share a good gift or two for the New Year, check out our great selection of¬†New Year’s Gifts.

Happy New Year Big Cookie Cake

Happy New Year Big Cookie Cake

Share a slice of good cheer with a Big Cookie Cake.

Bite-Sized Bubbly Box

Bite-Sized Bubbly Box

Or give a sweet toast with our Bite-Sized Bubbly Box.

Silver Celebration Box

Silver Celebration Box

Or surprise them with a bounty of gourmet sweets in our Silver Celebration Box.

Whatever you do to celebrate, be safe, be happy, and be back on Monday for more fun. Happy New Year!

A Sweet Story

It started with a caring teacher, Ms. Parker, who always refers to the students in her class as “smart cookies.” For Teacher Appreciation Week, each class decorated a door for their teacher. Ms. Parker’s class had no trouble at all coming up with an idea for their door.

That’s Aly Starbuck there. She’s one of the smart cookies.

Let’s zoom in for the close up, shall we?

So adorable!

We caught wind of this story and it thrilled us because we love teachers. And we love smart little creative cookies who do nice things for their teachers. So, we decided to surprise all of them with some gourmet goodies. Rumor has it that it took three students to carry this basket of cookies and brownies down the hall to the classroom.

But wait, the story gets sweeter. Much to our delight, we got our own surprise a few days later–hand-written cards and pictures from Ms. Parker’s class, thanking us for the surprise. It brightened the entire office!

Kindness begets kindness begets kindness begets kindness. It’s quite simple, isn’t it?

A big Thank You to Ms. Parker and her entire first grade class of smart cookies at Viewmont Elementary School! Keep up the good work.

25 Easy Ways to Be Kind

  1. Smile at a stranger.
  2. Warm your child’s favorite blanket in the dryer for a few minutes in the morning.
  3. Call someone you’re thinking about.
  4. Leave a note in your mailbox thanking your mail carrier.
  5. Buy a cup of coffee for the next person in line.
  6. Straighten up a mess.
  7. Invite someone over for dinner.
  8. Pour a bubble bath for a loved one and give them an uninterrupted hour alone.
  9. Volunteer an hour of our time at an elementary school or after-school program.
  10. Set your alarm an hour early and make a special breakfast on an ordinary week day.
  11. Reach out to someone new.
  12. Make a plate of cookies for someone, just because.
  13. Tutor a student.
  14. Celebrate a small victory with helium balloons.
  15. Give all the change in your wallet to the jar on the counter.
  16. Instead of throwing out your old magazines, offer them to a friend.
  17. Offer a listening ear instead of advice.
  18. Honk for happy reasons.
  19. Treat yourself to a milkshake.
  20. Better yet, treat someone else.
  21. Send a funny card in the mail.
  22. Switch the roll of toilet paper.
  23. Hold the door for someone.
  24. Memorize a joke and tell it to three people.
  25. Send a tin of cookies to a loved one far away.
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