Monday, December 30, 2013

The Perfect Gift

What makes a good gift? In my opinion, great gifts have these four things in common.....

1) Good gifts are personalized gifts. The thought comes from the heart. The gifts that are well thought out or made by hand touch people the most. Not just some knick knack you found at the dollar tree.
2) They are needed. They help the person receiving it to solve a problem. Not just the problem of how else can they waste their time!
3) They are FUN. Maybe we learn something or experience something new when this gift enters our lives. It shouldn't just be something that will be thrown on a shelf or in a bin when the season is over.
4) They have a "ripple effect". They impact not just the gift receiver but the family, friends, and loved ones maybe for years to come. They don't pull you away from them and keep you in your room as you play with perfect gadget.

It's winter! It's cold and miserable, and no one wants to go outside. Don't let the gift giving stop once Christmas is over! Stay warm, and give the gift of your time to your loved ones. You can sit by the blazing fire with a mug of hot cocoa in your hands, and learn the life stories of your family and friends. It's endlessly fascinating! can help you write down these amazing stories so you don't forget them. Publish them, so generations upon generations can look back and see what you or a loved one was like. Don't wait! Use these cold winter months to do something that will last forever.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Family Reunion Fun

Is your family reunion coming up soon? Family reunions can be a confusing and hectic mess. How is this person related to me? Do I know you? What side are you on? Here are some tools for bringing the generations together:

1. Print out or write questions to answer. Lifebio has great questions that can really get a conversation started! Have fun, and use these questions to get to know each other. Give prizes to people who have the most interesting life stories!

2. Bring your Ipad and start a LifeBio on grandma, grandpa, your great uncle, or your Aunt Betty.  Just create a new account and you'll have the best questions at your fingertips, and have a way to input them. Be creative! Have people participate and see how well they know the person you're interviewing.
LifeBio Membership

3.  Make a Storyboard display about the oldest members of your family to show at the event.  The board is pretty to begin with---so it will take no time at all to pop on some old pictures and a few brief facts about the person. Make a family tree while you're at it! Have everyone add their own branch and decorate it themselves.
LifeBio Storyboard  

Enjoy the good food and the good times together--but cherish those life stories and those unique people as well.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Give the Gift of Memory

It seems that as people get older (or maybe not so old!) they start to realize that they really don't want anything for Christmas. When people ask me what I want for the upcoming holidays, I look at them blankly. Do I really want the latest iPhone? Or the latest technology? Do I really need a new food processor? No, of course not. In the United States, we want for nothing. What do you give someone when they really don't need anything?

Consider the gift of Lifebio. They can type their memories and amazing stories into our program online, or you can interview them yourself, thousands of miles away, and still be able to type in their responses.
Or, if they're a more hands-on person, give them another approach. The Memory Journal asks hundreds of great questions and they can write their answers straight in the book.

When hundreds of Americans have never written down their life story, this is a great gift to give- before it's too late and their stories are lost forever! This Christmas, think outside the box: Give your loved ones the gift of memory. This is a unique gift for that person who has everything!

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A Perfect Gift for Grandma and Grandpa

Are you always struggling for the right gift for a grandparent? Is it tough to find that perfect gift for grandma? Is your grandpa hard to shop for? Here are three ideas to get you started while also capturing the priceless gift of life stories:

1) Membership - for that tech savvy grandparent!

2) Memory Journal Book

Just click on the word for a link directly to these great gifts! Don't get your grandparents a pan that they don't need or want. Give them the gift of your time and interest. Let them know that you want to record their life stories because you care about them so much.

It's a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays!