Sunday, March 8, 2015

An UPlifting Find

Hello, friends! It feels like forever since I've shared a post that doesn't involve...
  • reviewing books
  • posting covers of books
  • talking about books
  • books
Not that posting about books is a bad thing, right? ;)

I'll have more bookish things to write about soon, but today I simply had to share a gem I discovered at our local Hallmark store.


First, can we just take a moment to appreciate this bag? Hallmark is so spot-on with this tagline. 

Life is a special occasion.

How awesome would it be if we remembered this every day? And not just as an excuse to eat more dessert and buy more things (which I know I can be guilty of when I take on this mentality...), but as a reason to take that chance, make that memory, and laugh off the stressful days. 

Experiences like this past Friday night, when I spent an incredibly fun and awesome evening eating way too much pizza and breadsticks and salad with some coworkers at a pizza parlor, bring this philosophy home. Life truly is a special occasion. :)

Now, let me show you the very special item I purchased...




Isn't it just darling??

Up makes me cry pretty much every time I watch it. The movie has such a great message - one that goes perfectly with the message on that bag, actually. Life is something to be cherished, even after loss. Memories of a life well-lived shouldn't hold us back - they should lift us up to continue our journey with great love and joy. 

"Adventure is out there." (And although I'm not a coffee drinker, I'm sure caffeine will somehow make its way "in there" - such a cute idea for a mug!)

Are you ready for an adventure today?


While it appears that the mug is currently not available online, you can learn more about it and find a Hallmark store near you on the Hallmark website.

10 comments:

Laura Pol said...

I LOVE it! Totally one of the coolest coffee cups ever!!

Rissi said...

Excellent reminder - we should remember "life is a special occasion" even on those "bad days." Great thing to share on a Monday, Amber. Thank you for your fabulous posts - no matter what you share, they're all great. :)

Meghan Gorecki said...

I've missed you around the blogosphere, Amber! ((hug)) Hope you're doing well and enjoying, hopefully, the drawn-out arrival of spring.
Also--Up always makes me cry too. Like a baby. And I want that mug. ;)

Kara said...

That is way too cute! I want one. :) And yes! Up is such a spindiddly movie ;) that has such a beautiful message. We all know we have just one life to live, but we tend to take it for granted way too often. Life is made to be lived! Thanks for the reminder. :)

Bluerose said...

I always cry during that movie, too. That mug is super cute! (I love the tree on the wall in the background, too!) :)

Amber Stokes said...

Laura,

I agree - it's totally sweet and fun! Glad you like it, too! :D

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Rissi,

You always have the kindest and most encouraging things to say, friend! I so appreciate your comments. And so true that we can all use a happy thought on Mondays, isn't it? :) Hope your week is going well!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Meghan,

It feels like I'm online all the time, but I know I've been sporadic in my posting here and especially in my commenting on other sites... *heavy sigh* But I am doing well - just keeping busy with work and life and writerly things. :) Hope you're doing well, too! *Hugs back*

And yay for spring! It's been nice to notice the blooms and enjoy some sunny days. :)

As for Up - it makes me cry like a baby, too. Just talking about certain scenes can make me get teary!

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Kara,

"Spindiddly" - perfect application of the word! ;) Yes, Up truly does have such a beautiful message, and it's told in such a poignant way. Thank you for commenting, my Twitter-movie-watching friend! :)

~Amber

Amber Stokes said...

Bluerose,

Some scenes are nearly impossible not to cry while watching! Such a touching movie.

Isn't the mug so cute? And thank you for noticing the tree! We found that at Fred Meyer when I moved here last summer, and my mom was sweet enough to get it for me. It does add a nice touch to the dining/living area, I think. :)

Great to see you here, Tammy! It's been too long since we've caught up with each other!

~Amber