WAF’s Five for Friday – Unique gifts he’ll absolutely love…

tokens crosswood cuff This week’s Five for Friday was submitted by the gift-guru herself, Pamela Grossman. Pamela’s the owner of In the Present, a company that specializes in unique personal and corporate gifts. As the gift-guru, Pamela’s often tasked to find unique gifts. Today she’s sharing five trendy gifts that are the “talk of the men’s world.”

1. Whether your guy is a sports fanatic or fashionista he’s sure to go nutz for these Sterling Silver Major League Baseball Cuff Links. Each is authenticated under the auspices of the MLB Authentication Program and carries a uniquely numbered hologram that allows fans to verify their item. All 30 MLB teams are available.

2. The Write StuffRhodium plated rollerball pens crafted from old, wooden baseball stadium seats are the perfect gift for the baseball loving man in your life who also spends his days penning love letters. *Sighs* Each pen also includes a signed authenticity card.  (Image: Times Crossord Cuff Links –In the Present)

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Kalin’s Chronicles: The vacation that keeps on giving

micato-concierge-jane Even before I turned 40, my world travels caused me to be more sensitive to the haves and have-nots in every country I visited – including the U.S. Though I haven’t done it yet, I’ve considered joining the Peace Corps or teaching abroad. Today, it seems more and more travelers (especially women) want to vacation with a purpose. As a result, “voluntourism” has become a popular trend. As I continue to research volunteer vacations that I’d like to take, I’ve come across opportunities that may also peak your interest. (Photo:Micato Safaris senior concierge Jane Nyambura Gachunji helps guests arrange safaris in Kenya and other East African countries. Courtesy Micato Safaris)

  • Women in Progress – provides short-term volunteer opportunities for women to use their skills to help women and their families in Ghana. Their “Global Mamas” fair trade project markets products hand-made by women in Ghana to help them form sustainable livelihoods.
  • Peace Corps – since 1960 this U.S. government organization has helped 139 countries with more than 200,000 volunteers. The volunteers and host countries also cultivate a better understanding of their respective cultures, helping to form lasting friendships and moving toward the goal of world peace.
  • Global Volunteers – offers short-term volunteer programs for one to three weeks. Programs include caring for infants, working with youth and painting or repairing buildings.
  • Bridge Volunteers — Connects travelers with meaningful community projects around the world. Outreach programs include teaching, health, sports and animal rescue.
  • Micato Safaris “Lend a Helping Hand on Safari” program — travelers can do a one-day visit to the Nairobi slum of Mukuru and plant trees and donate needed supplies.
  • Cross Cultural Solutions — helps you find programs you can volunteer for abroad, like teaching students with disabilities in Peru.
  • Charity Guide “Volunteer on Demand” – provides volunteer opportunities for the person who doesn’t have much time to commit. You can volunteer whenever you want, from wherever you want. They even give a list of things you can do right away, like keep fast food certificates in your car to hand to any homeless person you come in contact with.

Hotels are getting in on the trend as well. For example the Ritz Carlton’s “Give Back Getaways” program allows guests to spend a day volunteering with a local charity, for example: preparing meals with the Dallas hotel’s chef at the North Texas Food Bank. www.ritzcarlton.com. And for an overall look at where to find the volunteer vacation that best fits you, what to know before you go, or how to develop your own volunteer program, visit www.VolunTourism.org. The site is packed with information, and the blog is a great resource for all of your volunteer vacation questions. I find that when I help others, I help myself in the process. It’s a wonderful way to remember to count my blessings. So consider traveling the world while helping to change it. And remember: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness” – Mark Twain.

Kalin Thomas is Women at Forty’s Travel & Leisure Editor. She is also Senior Writer/Photographer for SoulOfAmerica. Before starting her own multimedia company, Kalin spent 17 years at CNN where she won several awards for her work as producer/correspondent for CNN’s weekly travel program, CNN TravelNow. She is currently writing a book about her travels. For more information on Kalin, visit www.seetheworldproductions.com.

A mum at last!

Mammy Claire March 08 Editor’s Note: I love receiving reader comments, especially when they come from fellow bloggers. It’s a great way to meet fellow women at forty and learn about their life experiences. That’s exactly the case with Claire. Claire is a 40 something from Ireland who, in her early 40’s became a first time mom – or mam as the Irish call it. She shares her experiences on her website FortySomething First Time Mum. In this post, Claire shares with us her journey from not wanting to have kids and detesting the entire process to loving it and being very grateful for being a mum.

A Mum At Last

As you can guess from the title of this blog, I am a forty something first time mum. Or as we say here in Ireland ‘Mam’ or ‘Mammy’.

It can be a lonely business being a forty something first time mum. Many people of my age have older and even fully grown children. This was brought home to me at a mother and toddler group that I attended for a short while. The leader asked me if I was my two year old son’s ‘nana’ (grandmother)! I was horrified as I think I actually look pretty ok for my age (44). Maybe I have what is recently termed as ‘fatorexia’ and ‘age orexia’ because when I look in the mirror I see a fairly slim young one looking back at me!! I enjoyed the group but I left after a few weeks as it reminded me that I am indeed a bit of an oldie. Most of the other mothers and fathers were at least ten years younger than me!

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If only things were…

Thinking woman 3 Editor’s Note: I’m usually the “everything that’s supposed to happen does” person but lately I’ve been dealing with a little of the “if onlys” – If only I had more money, if only things had gone this way instead of that, if only I’d have had this or done that by the time I turned 40. If only things were different. Apparently I’m not the only one who finds herself in the occasional “if only” rut. In today’s post Esther Kane shares her thoughts on a different concept of happiness and being content with who and where you are in life.

Wherever I go, There I am

Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of stories from clients about how unhappy they are in their present circumstances, and if only they could have more money, land a better job, move somewhere more exciting, find the right partner,__________(fill in the blank), life would be oh-so-much-better. I am really good at this form of wishful thinking myself. Anytime I find myself bored, lacking enthusiasm, or lonely, I come up with some exciting life-makeover plan that will surely cure all of my ills (or so I’m convinced). (Photo: Flickr:Shayan)

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Five for Friday: Fashion Forward or Faux Pas?

The 80’s were big – really big. Big jewelry, big hair, big shoulder pads. Here’s a look at five styles that were all the rage in the 80’s.

1. Tshirts with Blazers  and loafers without socks – Thanks to Miami Vice detectives Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, high school boys in the 80’s felt comfortable rocking the Thsirt with blazer, no socks look in the latter part of the decade. Miami Vice changed the way people watched TV and ushered in an era where television began to appeal to a younger, more vibrant audience.

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