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Who Started It ?Did you know that Father’s Day was started by a woman?  Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington was inspired by a  Mother’s Day sermon to honor her father William Jackson Smart for single-handedly raising Dodd and her 5 siblings after their mother died.The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19th, 1910 on the anniversary of William Jackson Smart’s birthday.Here are some interesting facts from Hallmark about Father’s Day-Father's Day is the 4th largest card-sending occasion with about 87 million cards given every year.-Fifty percent of all Father's Day cards are purchased for fathers and almost 15% for husbands.-Two top-selling categories are "Dad from Daughter" and "Dad From Both."-Rose is the official flower for Father's Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while white one represents deceased father. -Read Original Article
How will you celebrate your dad this Father's Day?  Unlike Mother's Day which is centered around us moms,  I think of  Father's Day as more of a family event where we gather to do something fun with dad.

I'm obviously not a dad but I can boldly say from my own experience with my dad that the greatest measure of his fatherhood was knowing that he was loved and that all his children were doing okay.  Even though I can't pick up the phone to call my dad this year, I'm grateful for the gift he gave my siblings and I last year.  You see, on the eve of June 8th, 2014, he called every single one of us and had long and heartfelt conversations. .  We talked about the kids, life and laughed and signed off with a "bye for now".   Little did I know it was bye forever because six hours later, I received the dreaded phone call that he had passed away.  As shocking and unexpected as this was,  he had done what every loving father would do.  He checked in with all his children and had the assurance that we were all okay, I have no doubt that he was at peace.

This Father's Day,  while celebrating my dad in spirit,  I will celebrate my husband, my brothers, my friends,  first time dads and the men who are father figures for so many children out there.

I hope you will also take time to do something fun for the fathers in your life.  Make a call, pop by for a visit,  go fishing, play golf,  simply spend time to let them know how much they are appreciated. 

And just in case you're in the mood for more celebrations*, here are a few more dates in June that you can add to your list.
June 3      Repeat Day
June 8      Best Friends Day
June 21    Finally Summer
June 26   Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 29    Hug Holiday
*Source - Holiday Insights Read Original Article
Administrative Professional's Week : April 19-25, 2015 (Admin Professionals Day – April 22)This was formally known as National Professional Secretaries Week and National Secretary's Day.  Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam created this in 1952 as he recognized that the position was important and valuable to any business. Klemfuss was a PR expert and his initial goal was to encourage more women to become secretaries.  As a result of promoting the role of secretaries,  he also created the holiday to recognize them. As we well know, the name has changed over time as the role is no longer gender specific.  Today the term we are most familiar with is Administrative Professionals.  While the name has evolved, the importance of recognizing these “Rock Stars” on your team has not changed.Some of the most common ways of recognizing your Administrative Professional(s) today are: Flowers Cards, often with shopping gift certificates Assorted Gift Baskets Read Original Article
The first quarter of  2015 is already done. Another sign of  how quickly the rest of the year is going to roll by.  Most people have only one date in mind at this time of the year.  Yes, the dreaded APRIL 15TH.  To get your mind of tax day,  I thought I would share some of the fun holidays that April has in store for us.  I have my favorites. What’s yours?April 2            National Peanut Butter & Jelly DayApril 7            National Caramel Popcorn DayApril 7            No Housework DayApril 10          National Siblings DayTo add to the fun, we’re even throwing in a contest. Email 1-2 sentences to and tell us why your Admin Professional is a Rock Star. You could win a $50 gift for your staff. Contest runs from April 1- April 15, 2015.    Don’t forget to put “My Admin Professional is a Rock Star” in the subject line.April 12-18     National Volunteer WeekApril 16          National Stress Awareness DayApril 16          National High Five DayApril 19-25    Admin Professionals WeekApril 23          Take Your Daughter (or Son) to work DayApril 26          National Pretzel DayAt Celebrate Sweetly, our mantra is “Life is Sweet, Celebrate Everything”.  We can help you with custom gifts for any of these occasions.   < Read Original Article
Can you believe it’s already February?  I had great plans for January but sadly, it just didn’t happen. Although I didn’t make any resolutions, I thought at the very least, I would send out a few thank you notes.  Thankfully,   I recently heard that January is the new February so I’m going with it.  How about you?  Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day or are you one of the people who somehow forgets that Valentine’s Day is always on February 14th ?  Who is your valentine? Do you only have one valentine? What should you give your valentine?My answer is that Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to show appreciation to the people you’ve been meaning to thank but haven’t gotten around to it yet.  What about your staff? Your tenants? Did you forget to thank some clients during the holidays? Is there a new prospect that you would like to reach out to?Here’s one way to get in on the Valentine’s Day train.  Send your existing clients a card or a small gift with the message “Love doing business with you”.  To your prospects send a small gift with the message “would love to do business with you”.As my mentor Debbie Quintana always says  “Your clients don’t wake up every morning thinking about you.  You have to remind them that you are here”. Love has everything to do with it.  If you love what you do and your clients love what you do for them,  you have found the perfect match.If you would like some help with gift ideas, we would be glad to help.  805-751-6177 or gifts@celebratesweetly.comHappy Valentine’s, now go on and spread some love.Read Original Article

Some messages from our group...

What makes the Conejo Valley special, unique or interesting?

It’s a small community with a big personality.  I’m always surprised at how much there is to do and experience.

— Merley Greenidge - Celebrate Sweetly