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Look inside the world of Thoughtful Presence as owner Mary Babiez shares her personal insights,.. viewpoints and stories on the joys of giving. Thoughtful Presence is a gift basket company.. featuring some very cool functional and decorative gift baskets.

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  • Thoughtful Presence Christmas Gift Set Giveaway
    on Dec 3, 2015
    Christmas is right around the corner and we've got a great giveaway!If you're looking for unique Christmas gifts, head on over to our store. We have a bunch of new Christmas gift basket designs and new gifts for everyone on your list.  In the sp...
  • Thoughtful Presence Giveaway: Polka Dot Baby Girl Gift Set
    on Sep 4, 2015
    Don't miss our latest giveaway! September is Baby Safety month, and we're kicking it off with our annual 15% off sale on all baby gift baskets and a brand new Giveaway! All of our gift baskets are made with baby safe products for play, bed...
  • DIY Gifts for the Hostess
    on May 19, 2015 in Daily Gift Inspiration
    With Memorial Day weekend upon us, I’m guessing you have BBQs, picnics, and parties planned to officially kick off the summer season. As an invitee, it’s always a good idea to bring a hostess gift to show your appreciation to the busy hostess. Th...
  • 7 Super Cabbage Recipes
    on May 12, 2015 in Inspired recipes
    I was reading an article about superfoods, and scanning the list of foods, they all sound so boring: cabbage, turmeric, kale, seaweed…really? What could possibly entice me to eat these bland, boring foods? Well, the fact that they are natural, supe...
  • The Power of a Mother's LoveThe other day, an acquaintance asked me if my mom lives nearby. The question sounded so strange after having lived the last 17 years without her.Although much has happened in my life in those 17 years (bought two new homes, got two new jobs, met my h...
  • Thoughtful Presence Springtime Gift Set Giveaway
    on Apr 21, 2015 in Giveaways
    Don't miss our latest giveaway! Spring is a great time for gift giving! Whether it's Mother's Day, graduation, birthday, or new home, spring is filled with wonderful life occasions. In the spirit of spring gift giving, we're giving away a b...
  • 7 Best Soups for SpringWe always think of soups as those delicious comforting winter meals, but spring is soup time in its own right.  One of my favorites is asparagus soup. And split pea soup with Easter’s leftover ham is a must for spring. Here are some others I p...
  • 10 Ideas for the Cutest Easter Baskets. Ever.
    on Mar 24, 2015 in Holiday Gift Inspiration
    Easter is right around the corner, and I can practically smell the ham baking in the oven! With all the menu planning, Easter decorating, and spring outfit shopping you have to do, the last thing you have time for is Easter basket creativity! But don...
  • 10 Activities to Welcome Spring
    on Mar 20, 2015 in Seasonal Inspiration
    Today is the first day of spring. How are you welcoming the new season? As I look out my window, the sky is gray. We had a bit of sunshine peek out today, but there’s still a chill in the air, and the clouds seem to be beating out the sun for front...
  • Lindy Lamb Giveaway
    on Mar 18, 2015 in Giveaways
    Just in time for Easter, we're giving away this adorable 10" plush lamb. Hop on over to our Facebook page and enter to win!
  • Favorite Recipe: New Found Love for Brussels Sprouts
    on Mar 17, 2015 in Inspired recipes
    Contrary to my chosen title for this post, I actually love Brussels sprouts. I even love them simply steamed with a bit of butter. However, I'm always looking for new ways to make favorite foods even better. Now Ken likes a good turkey dinner a...
  • Favorite Comfort Food Recipe: Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
    on Mar 4, 2015 in Inspired recipes
    Some recipes truly stand the test of time. The first time I made this soup was when Ken and I were dating, about 10 years ago. In fact, I think it's one of the first dishes I made for him. He loved it, and I made it many times after that. Turning the...
  • Wordless Wednesday: 50 Reasons to Exercise
    on Feb 25, 2015 in Daily Inspiration
    We are winding down heart health month here at Thoughtful Presence so I leave you with these 50 reasons to exercise. I found this great inspirational post at Inspire My Workout. So get out there and make it happen!
  • Favorite recipe: Slow-cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
    on Feb 18, 2015 in Inspired recipes
    It's mid February and many of us have snow on the ground; some just an inch or two; some more inches than we care to think about! It's the time of year, we start getting anxious for longer days, warmer weather, and a little more sunshine. With a ling...
  • Wordless Wednesday: Valentine Subway Art
    on Feb 11, 2015 in Seasonal Inspiration
    How are you planning your special Valentine's Day?
  • 7 Romantic Ideas for Your Valentine's Day
    on Feb 10, 2015 in Seasonal Inspiration
    Every year for the last several years, we have spent Valentine’s Day in a remote cabin up in the Northwoods with tons of snow – skiing by day and enjoying a warm cozy fire with a romantic dinner by night. This year, our trip was postponed by a fe...
  • 10 Favorite Super Bowl Party Ideas
    on Jan 26, 2015 in Party Themes
    In order of preference, these are my favorite things about the Super Bowl:1.       Hanging out with friends2.       Fun food3.       Preceding Puppy Bowl4. ...
  • Thoughtful Presence Giveaway: Be Our Valentine Gift SetI have the sweetest memory (literally and figuratively) of Valentine's Day as a child. My dad would come home every year on Valentine's Day with a large heart shaped box of Fannie May chocolates for my mom and 2 small heart shaped boxes for me and my...
  • Preserving the Season with Warm Winter Decor
    on Jan 8, 2015 in Seasonal Inspiration
    If you’re like me, taking down Christmas decorations is a sad event. We love the season and decorate every corner of our house. After the decorations come down, it feels a little empty and plain. Realizing that, a couple of years ago, I started to...
  • Thoughtful Presence Giveaway: Make it a Joyous Christmas Gift Set
    on Nov 24, 2014 in Giveaways Seasonal Inspiration
    I usually try not to think too much about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. No Christmas music, no Christmas movies, no Christmas decorating or baking. Thanksgiving has always been the official kick-off of the holiday season and I have alwa...