Pardon My Manners! Awesome Ben’s Garden Gifts Review

If you’ve read any of this blog, you will know a little more about me and my family. My husband and I are empty-nesters;it’s just us and our big yellow dog, Max. Our big house no longer suited us, and we have finally moved on. We now own much smaller and more reasonable properties in Florida and in Ohio. Hubby’s job in Ohio road construction is seasonal– so we spend the winter months down south. (At least for now…but he’s so stubborn!)

In any case, during the downsizing, moving, tossing, donating nightmare…I received a gift from Ben’s Garden Gifts to do a review on. And completely forgot about it until this morning :(

I wanted to thank Ben’s Garden for the beautiful French crystal oval paperweight they sent me with one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes on it:

Dr. Suess be who you are

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss 

This is a super high-quality paperweight, highly polished and beautiful.  I am sure it will last me the rest of my life.

I did manage to get a few pictures of it and the note pads that they sent me– can you tell how frazzled I was at this point? (The paperweight is facing one way, and the nice note pads another. When I figure out which box I put these things in, I will post a better picture. For now, here are two so you can see the quotes on them.


As you can see, Ben’s Garden makes beautiful things, and beautiful use of some of our favorite words.  If you are looking for a gift for someone you love, especially a writer, you cannot go wrong!

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swimmingbabiesethan and grinchEthanmax and emmaKids at the zoobreakfast time

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