For the Love of Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most popular sweets in America. I really like chocolate and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like chocolate.  That is, not until I met my husband.  He does not like chocolate.  He likes nothing that is chocolate–no chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, not even chocolate cake.

Do you have a favorite chocolate?  There’s white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate with raspberry, chocolate with nuts, and just an array of flavors and combinations of chocolate treats.  One chocolate we can indulge in guilt free is dark chocolate. Because it is said dark chocolate offers health benefits.

Dark chocolate actually taste very good in my opinion.  I’m guessing, because it taste good and has health benefits it’s a win win.  Some of those health benefits are:  1) It’s nutritious; 2) Could improve brain functions; 3)  Has powerful source of antioxidants; 4) May improve blood flow and lower blood pressure; 5) Raises HDL and protects LDL from oxidation; 6) May reduce heart disease risk; and 7) May protect your skin from the sun.  These are benefits we could all use.  So feel free to eat up on chocolate, dark chocolate specifically.  Of course, I’m one to say, all things in moderation.

Basket filled with Chocolate

Gifts From the Heart

When buying a gift for someone, it’s so important to buy something for them based on their personality.  How well you know them helps in this way.  Because the more you know the person, makes it that much easier.

Knowing them well, you can consider their hobbies, favorite color, or maybe a sentimental item.  It’s all about getting something you know they will enjoy.

What if you do not know them well?  How do you buy for someone you know very little about?  Maybe consider taking them to lunch.  If you know of someone who knows them better, seek their advice.  Considering a homemade hostess gift could be an excellent ideal too.

I’m a gift basket designer.  I love making them and I love receiving them as gifts.  I think they make awesome gifts because they can be made for any gender and any age.  You can include items that they like and practical ones.  You can even include fun items.

 Do a little research or web surfing for gift  ideas for helpful hints.  Make a list of possible ideas.  The most important thing in gift giving is giving from the heart.  If you love the gift, it’s likely they will like it and love it too.

This Basket is filled with a lot of Goodies.  Snacks, movies, puzzles and other treats.

Age Discrimination

Age just a number Having recently celebrated my 60th birthday got me to thinking about what it means to get older.  As you get older, when certain situations occur, it makes you wonder does it have to do with age.  A position is created, various people of different ages apply.  Guess who gets the job?  The youngest to apply of course!  Is this fair?  Does this happen?  Has it happen to you?  What do you do about it?

You are valuable regardless of your age.  As we age in life, we gain a certain amount of wisdom.  That depends really on how you’ve lived your life and availed yourself to life’s lessons.

Humans have the ability to learn and keep learning.  We have different personalities, talents, and gifts.  Some of us are great cooks, some know how to put colors and outfits together, while others are good teachers, and some hold the ability to make a bad situation better.

Whatever your age, know your worth.  Know your strengths as well as your weaknesses.  As I’m aging gracefully I encourage myself that age is just a number.  I’m valuable, I love learning, being creative, and I love encouraging others.

If you are focusing too much on the past.  Stop it!  Look ahead and see the good you can do and the difference you can make in the world.

So teach us to number our days that we apply our hearts to wisdom.  Psalms 90:12




Welcome to Designs by Alfreda where we do gift baskets for every occasion!  Spa, New Born, For Him, Weddings, and much much more.  We service businesses, consumers, and participate on a limited basis to various shows.  We create an array of gifts–always designing and creating.

Feel free to call 734-434-6663 or 734-756-6692, or email

Thanks.  Have a great day!  Alfreda Onimo