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August 2013

The InsomniYAKS Launce Their New Blog.

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Check out our newest blog, where we review everything from late night treats to new movie releases. The InsomniYAKS are real insomniacs, just like myself who have come together to review the very things that we have tried to use to fall asleep. For example, watching TV, books, magazines, white noise, soothing music, scented candles etc etc. We will be giving ratings in the form of "pillows" instead of the customary "stars" you may have seen on other critic sites or shows. As far as this blog, The Gift Gab, rest assured we will still be here for our take on gifts and awards, we just thought The InsomniYAKS deserved its own home and fan base. Enjoy!


Why Orange is the New Black is My New Favorite Show

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It draws you in and you feel compelled to watch it show after show. We gobbled it up like a binge eater goes through a bag of Oreo's - one after the other, on and on until it was all over. That is exactly how it went down the day we found Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Created by Jenji Kohan, the show is based on a true story that reveals itself in dramatic and comedic excellence taking its influence from the book "Orange Is the New Black" by Piper Kerman. Lucky for us we had the whole day free so Mike and I binge fed ourselves on OITNB all day long. Taking only the occasional bathroom breaks and getting refills on sustaining food to help get us through. We love how the show weaves the back story of each character, so you come to understand how each one ended up in prison. You become attached to them and the actors do such a wonderful job you begin to feel the emotion of their plight. Whether self induced or not, they still ended up in prison, and you, as the viewer "feel it" too. All of the actors go deep into their characters. You forget for example that Laura Prepon, who plays Alex, was the character Donna Pinciotti on That 70's Show and that Kate Mulgrew, who plays "Red" on #OITNB, not only was in Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan (which i watched in my late teens/early twenties) but she also was on Star Trek Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway! And who can forget, Pablo Schreiber. OMG -all I can say is, if I wasn't already married....whoa! Great actor and a great pornstache! So, if you haven't already taken the plunge into Netflix original series - "Orange is the New Black" you simply must give it a whirl. Just make sure you have enough food and water to get you through the binge watch that is about to ensue. Can not wait for season 2!

Article by Arlene Brown - you can find me hiding out on twitter at @heartsfolly or email me arlene@onepassionplace.com

Mrs. Brown is a self professed/proclaimed Movie critic, Television Critic, Critic of other Critics, Vegan and Dog Lover. A highly decorated decorator of her own home and author of important stuff, oh and an insomniac which explains long rants and futuristic sightings of things in the future.


3 Reasons Why You Should Send a Personalized Gift

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We all know that when sending a gift your decision on just what to send is based on several factors. I like to call it the 3 W’s

  • Who it is going to
  • Why are you sending it
  • What should I send
  • In today’s marketplace, both brick and mortar stores and in particular internet based gift retailers offer a variety of gift choices. And because of the plethora of information and choices available to today’s consumer the task of picking “just the right thing” can sometimes be overwhelming. Today I offer you 3 reasons why sending a gift that is personalized is a great choice

    1. It shows that you have taken the time to find something that can be customized or personalized just for your gift recipient. This takes an ordinary gift and makes it extraordinary.

    2. It creates what I like to call an “Instant Heirloom”. Whether you are sending a wedding gift, award, corporate gift or any other celebratory occasion gift, when you have the item engraved or customized it usually notes the occasion as well as the date making your gift even more memorable. And when your gift recipient sees the gift in their office or at home it will help to remind them of that special occasion. It becomes a conversational piece as well as a sentimental gift

    3. The WOW factor. I can not emphasize this enough. Most companies offer engraving or personalization for no charge these days. You can find retailers who will customize a gift in a way that takes the initial item and creates a whole new “look and feel” to the gift based on your needs. We do it all the time here at onepassionplace.com and at heartsfolly.com. If a client requests it and it is within our power to do it we are happy to accommodate special orders. Especially for clients serving in the military, law enforcement gifts, anniversary gifts, first responders and awards and gifts for special commendations. We want to be able to show our full support for the people who are marking a special occasion, first responders, our military who put themselves in harms way for our freedom. You know, anyone can sell a gift one time. But we want our clients to know that they are special and that we take their needs very seriously. Lets face it, gifts are important. They must convey a message, a special message. What do you want to say? Let us know. We want to hear your feedback. What do you want to see us offer in the future? What can we do better?

    Questions or comments? Email us at arlene@onepassionplace.com. You can also follow us on twitter, we are @heartsfolly. And on facebook we can be found at http://on.fb.me/11IjVoU


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    Mr Beer Home Brewery System with 4 Personalized Pub Glasses

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    Did someone say homemade Beer? Yes, Please! Give a "Mr. Beer Brewery Kit" and they will love you for it! Each easy-to-use Mr. Beer brewing system makes 2 gallons of the foamy stuff and is completely reusable (with purchase of refills), so there’s plenty to share with friends. Perfect for the brewing novice!This gift also includes a set of 4 Personalized Pub Glasses. The Pub glasses feature a printed Pub logo so you can declare yourself the proprietor of the Neighborhood Pub or local Sports Bar. Each glass holds 16 ounces. Personalize with name up to 15 characters and established year.

    Looking for additional Home and Bar Gifts and Accessories? Check out our product page for Home and Bar and Around the House Gifts


    Jumbo Personalized Monster Beer Mug Holds a Whopping 32 Ounces!

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    Another great item we picked up at the shows this summer. It is our new personalized Monster Beer Mug! Click here to see this great gift for him or her. Of course you can put any beverage you fancy in this jumbo mug (it saves on trips to the frig during the game, right?)

    This Personalized Monster Mug will quench a monster-sized thirst! Perfect for a gift or order a few for the house. AND remember, this giant glassware holds a liter of liquid! Laser etched with up to 3 initials, the Personalized Monster Mug is a must have!Buy one or a whole set! Measures 8" x 4" and holds 32 ounces. Personalize with up to three initials at no additional charge

    Would you like to see more of our bar gifts? Click here to be taken to Around the House or here For Flasks, Drinking Games and Barware