Resolve to Give

The new year has finally arrived! And, with it, comes the age old question of “What are your new year’s resolutions?” Unfortunately for most, research consistently shows that most people quit their resolutions not even four weeks into the new year. With such high rates of unaccomplished goals, it got us thinking, “Why is it that so many people abandon …

The Season for Spreading Love and Good Cheer

The months that surround the upcoming holidays often remind just how good it feels to put others first and give back to not only the ones we care about most, but also to our community. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food bank, wrapping presents for those in need or simply lending a neighbor a helping hand, there is something …

5 Holiday Gift Ideas With Meaning

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to get into the spirit of giving! But, this year, instead of opting for a gift that everyone gives…how about gifting something unique…special…and meaningful? Something that gives back to others, in addition to bringing a loved one joy. In other words, as we like to say, the best way …

‘Friend’ Spotlight: Extraordinary Ventures

In continuation of our spotlight series, we’re shining a big, bright, extraordinary light on a company that certainly lives up to its name: Extraordinary Ventures! So, who are they? Extraordinary Ventures is a Chapel Hill, NC-based non-profit that employs young men and women with autism and other developmental disabilities. Their mission is to “bridge the gap between education and vocation …

Helping Others: It’s As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Mark Twain once wrote, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” I think there’s a lot of truth to that statement, for we tend to get what we receive, so by giving cheerfulness, we get it back. We might think that helping someone or cheering someone up involves an elaborate, detailed plan. …

#InclusionWorks: Valuing Disabled Workers

October is an exciting month. In addition to marking the arrival of a crisp, new season, it also lends itself to a cheerful buzz as we anticipate the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. But, October also has a lesser-known significance – something far less “commercial”, though no less worthy of celebration: National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Celebrating disability inclusion …

‘Friend’ Spotlight: South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department

As part of our effort to increase awareness of the many organizations and businesses that advocate on behalf of the disabled community, we’re launching a series of “spotlights” on those we work with who have made a significant impact on both a local and national scale. First up? The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD), where all of our gift …

Don’t Forget the Paralympics!

Ever heard of the Paralympic Games? Unless you’re an avid sports fan, or someone with a connection to the disabled community, chances are you haven’t. But, they’re happening over the course of the next two weeks (September 7-18) – also in Rio de Janeiro – and are just as worthy of the attention that the regular Olympics receive. They might …

5 Ideas for Adding a Little ‘Spice’ to Your Life

If you or someone you know is looking to add a little ‘spice’ to your life, we’ve got you covered! Aunt Laurie’s has recently added a new selection of products to our custom gift basket selection that are guaranteed to exceed the expectations of any spice lover. Don’t believe us? Check them out below! 1. Charleston’s Own Jalapeño Pepper Jelly A …

Smiling Big for SMILE Biscotti

What do you think of when you think of Phoenix, Arizona? Hot, dry weather? Deserts? Resorts? How about this: that it is considered the most autism-friendly city in the world? Chances are that that wouldn’t necessarily pop into your mind. But, thanks to a PBS Newshour feature this week, hopefully it will soon become widely known. As part of its …