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Galaxy Puzzles gives back!

Sure we love to sell puzzles, gifts, etc and hear about the recipients. Galaxy Puzzles is not a money making machine whose only goal is to be rich. It would be a rather shallow business if it were. It is a small private business that is listed as a Registered Small Business and a Women-Owned Small Business as well as both as Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business and a SBA-Certified Small Disadvantaged Business. Those facts are verifiable online if you wish to check it out. Galaxy Puzzles was started on $500 and a wing and prayer and through a lot of hard work has grown and become more established over the years while still striving for more. Due to the past, Galaxy Puzzles understands small and start up and also understand difficult times. It is for that reason and a love of our neighbors and community that we choose to give back.

There is an investment in the community in which Galaxy Puzzles is located and at times, beyond. Donations are made; often anonymously. Recently a large lot of new pens was given to a teacher at a local school district to distribute to students in need. We sometimes get back open, used or damaged puzzles. While we can't put many of them together we know seniors at a nearby assisted living center that are delighted so they get donated to them to help pass the time. Galaxy Puzzles donates a car full of new items to a local organization at least once a year, sometimes more often. These are products we are not likely to be able to sell for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we just make an oops on purchase decisions, sometimes well, who knows? Regardless we can give them to others and they are delighted to make good use of them. Below are just a few of the products that were donated.

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Today was one of those days. I contacted my contact at a local non-profit and arranged for a drop off to be made. It is win-win. Galaxy Puzzles moves inventory and can focus on what works for us. They obtain, at no cost, toys, games and puzzles for all ages that will help them out during the holiday season since they sponsor many families in need in our community. Below you can see the car stuffed full of boxes of gifts to be. Next to that is a photo of Lindsey; an employee of Jewish Family Services and the place where all of these items will be placed into willing hands during the 2017 holiday season.

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Galaxy Puzzles is the result of hard work, day in and day out, but that is not all of who we are. We are members of a community whether that be local or on a wider scale. We are ready, willing and able to give back to help others. It makes the world a better place and makes us feel good.

Win win! Help kids...give to Make a Wish and receive a 25% discount coupon!

Win win! Help kids...give to Make a Wish and receive a 25% discount coupon!
Make a Wish is a well known charitable non-profit that gives wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. The children receiving the wish, receive it at no cost to them or their families. It affords children the opportunity to do something fun and get away from the stress of a medical setting and allows them to be kids for a day, for a week, for however and for whatever their heart desires. Wishes range from the simple to the complex (a trip to Disney World is a common wish) In turn it gives the parents  a chance to see their children happy without worry from bills that accompany most medical conditions. Many parents would not be able to afford the wish without the help of Make a Wish.

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My connection to Make a Wish...my husband Joel. He will be doing the Wish a Mile to benefit Michigan's chapter of Make a Wish. It begins in a little over a week and consists of three days in a row of 100 mile bike rides. He went from overweight and out of shape a year ago to training hard. He started with doing spinning classes at a fitness club, often there at 6:30 a.m. and he has stayed the course. He has practiced long and hard and not without a few mishaps (if you know him ask him about the parked car that appeared out of nowhere). Not only is he now in incredible shape from intense exercise, he is ready and looking forward to the benefit along with other members of Team Alex. There are a number of other teams as well. To see how truly special this organization and ride is, please watch the news story on this link.

Now where do you come in and how do you get a 25% discount? My husband has worked very hard and reached his fund raising goal for this year. That however, does not stop children from being and getting sick and being deserving of having a wish met. The needs are ongoing to make children happy. 100% of your donation goes to Make a Wish. Neither me or my husband will benefit from your donation other than an additional notation on his page that you donated. I am asking you to make a donation to his page. If you make a donation and put your name so it is visible on the page and send a message through our contact us page with a name that matches, I will send you a one time, 25% off discount good for Galaxy Puzzles. The donation to his page must be made by July 28th to get the coupon, but donations to Make a Wish Michigan are welcome all year long. The discount coupon will be good until November 15, 2017 and includes everything except UGears products. There is no required minimum to donate, but I ask you to remember that the money is going to help sick children and there are fees associated with accepting credit cards so please do not take advantage. The ultimate goal is to benefit kids.

Here is the link to his page to my husband's donation page:

Thank you from me and my husband (who has no idea I am doing this so if you hear a loud voice emanating from Michigan, you will know he didn't like the idea).

Share your passion...host a Bruzzle!

One of our customers shared a wonderful idea with us. A bruzzle! What in the world is a bruzzle? A bruzzle is a clever and creative combination of the words bunch and puzzle. Hence a bruzzle. A fun, exciting and relatively low cost way to spend time with friends and/or family any time of year. You can use something simple like an evite to create a welcoming invitation.

She had about 25 of her friends over and had a variety of puzzles available, tables set up and a delicious brunch available. Guests helped themselves when they were ready. You can check out a shot of some of her delicious looking food:



Not everyone knew each other before the even and the puzzles, as well as some coloring pages, served as a fantastic ice breaker for people to get to know one another. Puzzles bring out the best in everyone -- as well as a bit of a competitiveness! Here is an overview shot of the ladies in the room working on the puzzles:

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The hostess provided a variety of puzzles of a varied skill level so guests could choose which ones they liked best for their project for the morning. One can even spot some Wentworth wooden puzzles among the offerings!

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Wentworth is a brand with an extra challenge. Some inner puzzle pieces are cut like edge pieces, shapes fitting the theme are within the puzzle, and are made to last a lifetime! Here is one from her party in progress:

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These ladies had a blast, getting out, and either trying or continuing on with a hobby that can be participated in by all ages. If you are looking for something different and fun to do, I strongly suggest you try hosting a Bruzzle as your next adventure. If you do, please comment and let us know how it went. We'd love to feature you and your friends and family too.



Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is fast approaching and for many Moms that means a gift for her. Short on ideas or need another one to complete a gift? We've got some great ones for the Mom or Grandma in your life. There are many more when you peruse through our website since you know your own mom best!

Abundance Garden is a delightful fan shaped puzzle by Wentworth. It contains whimsies, or shaped pieces, within the puzzle. A great choide to either add to or extend a Wentworth collection.

Nancy Drew Jigsaw Puzzle
Nancy Drew was and is everyone's favorite sleuth. Give Mom a bit of nostalgia and let her relive her childhood with this 1000 piece puzzle by Cobble Hill Puzzle Company.
Dancers in Blue Edgar Degas Puzzle

Dancers in Blue is a stunning example of one of Edgar Degas', the famous Impressionist art painter, works turned into a jigsaw puzzle. This ballet themed puzzle has 1000 pieces and is made in Poland by Trefl.
Cats are the most popular pet in the U.S. and yarn crafts such as knitting are way up there as well in popularity. Combine both of them with the 500 piece Basket Case puzzle by Cobble Hill Puzzle Company.
Tea Time View on the Garden Puzzle
There is something peaceful and calming about Clementoni's Tea Time: View on the Garden. Give Mom a getaway without leaving home. A great de-stressing choice with 500 pieces.
Les Amoureux de Vence Marc Chagall 1000 Piece Puzzle
A contemporary view of love is here with a reproduction of Marc Chagall's painting Les Amoureux de Vence. Bright and colorful and full of fun...this 1000 piece puzzle is sure to please even the most finicky Mom.

Rainbow Beach Huts
Rainbow Beach Huts is a favorite no doubt about it and your Mom or Grandma should love it too. It has 1000 pieces and a very cheerful image. 
Give Mom a project and a thing of beauty all in one! This 20 Minute Timer needs no glue and is fun to put together.

Why do jigsaw puzzles? One perspective.

I've had people mention to me that they aren't puzzle people. To some extent, it is a like it or you don't activity. It is rather sedentary, often done solo and doesn't have a team rooting for a winner -- can you imagine a team shouting, "Go edge pieces?" Frankly, I can't either, but it is a rather funny thought. So why do them? Here is one of many good reasons...family time.

In our busy world of jobs, school, and scheduled activities our lives have become a continuous hustle and bustle. Not to mention the intrusion of cell phones and media into all hours of the day. Puzzles give a positive break from that. They do not require a set amount of time. Got five minutes? Look for that elusive blue piece together. It removes the world of the cell phone. Try looking for a piece while texting. Pretty near impossible to do. Put the phones down, free up your hands and a few minutes can give a sense of accomplishment. A little victory that isn't dependent on money, athletic ability or the race to the top. While the previous two reasons are valid enough to go grab a puzzle to put together, the biggest reason I have found is communication.

Doing a puzzle as a family or even side by side while we each work a puzzle allows for a stress free way to talk. Communication just flows. Children, who might otherwise hesitate to talk, communicate about all manner of subjects. Some of the best conversations I have had  with my children have been while puzzling. There is just something inherently calming about it. My children are now young adults and I had plenty of time to try various family activities from picnics to trips to time to board games and while all of these are fun, they just don't set the same mood. If either your communication with family members isn't where you want it to be, pull out an age appropriate puzzle and see where it takes you. You may just be surprised.