Take A Smile, Pass It On…

Today is a special day. Today is an opportunity to do an act of kindness and start a ripple effect. It starts with one; one person, one action, one moment. July 11th is National Cheer up the Lonely Day. Make it your mission today to make someone happy. I bet you can think of (at least) one person in your life that is going through a difficult time in some way. Spread awareness about the mental, physical and social damaging effects of loneliness and sadness. Today was created to promote kindness towards others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in a nursing home with no relatives or friends to look in on them. A single small gesture can make a big difference.

Here are a few ideas of how you can observe #NationalCheeruptheLonelyDay:

  • Pick up the phone and call
  • Send a text or email
  • Visit someone who lives alone, is in the hospital or a nursing home
  • Mail a sweet or funny card
  • Make someone feel loved
  • Bring someone a meal or baked goods
  • Volunteer an hour at a nursing or elders home
  • Lend a listening ear
  • Invite someone new to your neighborhood, school or job into your group
  • Give someone a hug
  • Bring someone flowers or their favorite candy
  • Bring your dog to visit someone
  • Play a game
  • Take them outside for sunshine and/or a walk
  • Smile or talk to a stranger

A few moments out of your day, can change someone else’s week. Spread love.


What an exciting time for AmeriBag! The past 30 years have been an adventure so we are traveling back to the beginning in this historic timeline that journeys you through some milestones. How many of you knew that it all started as a contract house for L.L. Bean? Or that we were on QVC multiple times? So many interesting things to learn about! Go on…take trip down memory lane! Click here to see the 30 Years of AmeriBag

Another thing on the agenda is you, we wouldn’t be here without you. We have so much gratitude towards all of the love, support and loyalty we have received over these 30 years. So, a huge thank you is in order.

One of the ways we want to thank you and celebrate with you is through a throwback giveaway! You can win a Healthy Back Bag in gorgeous Cognac Leather. Since our roots all began in leather, we decided to give away the last locally hand crafted bag in Kingston, NY. This treasure has a retail value of $180 and a sentimental value of…well…a lot. Click here to enter to win the Giveaway

Finally, we are asking you to reveal your deepest darkest secrets. Open up your closets and show us your most loved bag from AmeriBag. Snap a picture and post it on our Facebook page with a few words to receive an additional entry in our giveaway! Don’t forget to have #mymostlovedameribag in your post in order to be qualified. (This is the only way to receive more than one entry in our giveaway!)

Keep following us here on the HBB Blog, Instagram and Facebook to celebrate this exciting time together!

Happy International Yoga Day

How surviving breast cancer led me on my journey to become a dedicated yogi:

“I open my heart everyday to new opportunities and experiences. Going to yoga class is a way for me to reconnect with the flow of the moments of life.”
— Margery Gaffin

Over a dozen years ago I was recovering from my last round of chemotherapy for breast cancer. At times like these, small moments in life take on a different significance. You are ‘connected’ to the flow of life in a very different way. This came to me in an odd and unusual way:

After my treatments were over, One day I was chopping onions to prepare a nutritious soup and I suddenly was struck by the idea  “how wonderful it is that I am just chopping onions!”   That’s when it started for me. I began to realize fully how grateful and appreciative I am for my life and my health and how much “I love my life“.

This was when I began to explore yoga which for me has meant being in the moment and fully appreciating that – not worrying about what already happened or what might happen – just being. During yoga class, and in my home practice, I was at peace concentrating just on the moment, the alignment, and the breath.

Classes became a ritual for me. I experienced soulful introductions with emphasis on opening my heart, listening to my inner voice, inspiring chants, and soft, yet stringent adherence to alignment: alignment to the flow of grace, to my inner guru.

One of my yoga teachers said she is “dedicated to bringing spiritual awareness and joy to her students, in hopes to inspire them to live their truth.” I feel so blessed to have experienced so many inspiring teachers. I remain awed by the supreme significance of little things in everyday life.

Yoga is a major part of my everyday life and the phrase “I love my life” has fully sunk in and reverberated through me.  I am, as my inspiring yoga teachers have said:, “grateful that I CAN practice yoga in this lifetime.”

The culmination of all this being, breathing and yoga have led me to express this sentiment in a very special bag called, The Love My Life Healthy Back Bag. It is an elegant and subtle version of our organically shaped Healthy Back Bag. It expresses the affirmation of the positivity in life; the appreciation of MY Life. Each and every one of you can feel the same way about your life. This bag is not only about just loving the obvious wonderful things that occur now and then, but the little ordinary wonderful everyday things – even chopping onions.


EVP Margery Gaffin, Co-Founder of AmeriBag / Co-Creator of the Healthy Back Bag®




*International Yoga Day is celebrated each year on June 21st, the longest day of the year. It was initiated in October 14, 2014 by the UN General Assembly: Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly