This time of year we are all are looking for some great unique shopping ideas for friends, family and all those gifts we need in between. I love to turn to the Internet. It is always open and everything I need is just a click away. My favorite sites this year are:
www.etsy.com a great site like ebay but only for people that make handmade gifts that are unique. You can find pretty much anything and at every price range imaginable. It’s like a virtual craftshow all year long.
www.amazon.com and www.overstock.com are both great sites if you are looking for cheaper prices than box stores and also want to save on gas. If you spend enough shipping is free or as low as $1. I know my shopping carts are full at one of these sites, especially for those hot or hard to find toys.
Last but not least I shop at www.shutterfly.com this time of year more than ever. They have such a great site with unique gift ideas for what special things you can do with your photos. This is great for people that you want to give something special and will enjoy a photo or two of your kids.
So shop til you can’t feel your fingers this holiday season.
I know that making whole hearted statments are not always wise but to say I have had one of my best years ever seems to be too understated. Not to forget about the amazing year when I got married and both of the years I was pregnant for each of my sons but for some reason 2008 had so many great things packed into one year that is really takes the cake for me as being the best year ever, not to steal VH1’s thunder. Although I am always open for an interview VHI?
So as we are winding down 2008 with less than 2 months to go I think a lot about how 2008 has been amazing for my family and I. Even with the poor Michigan economy and all the doom and gloom about the next president, stock market and gas prices I feel very rich in life. My favorite quote lately is: The best things in life aren’t things. Some great things have happened to us, for us but mostly everything that has happened has been for the better for all of in our 5 person family. (Still sounds strange to say or write family of 5. Wow!)
So I am just putting my thankfulness for my blessings in writing and sharing with the world how grateful I am this Thanksgiving. Most people who have been around me lately know I feel this way.
So as Thanksgiving nears I hope we all can put any bad baggage from 2008 behind us and count the blessings that life has offered no matter how big or small.
Wow, I went to bed last night at 9pm last night and did not wake up until morning. I did not know who was our president until I turned on the news this mornings and I was not disappointed. I actually teared up with joy! I am so proud of the history we made as a country and so excited for what to future means for all of us. I am so happy to have been alive to be a part of such a great movement that has begun. I hope theelection of our President Obama unites us as a nation and heals many wounds that are so in need healing. I have never in my life thought or prayed for any president, only for my family members put into danger by the president that put them there. But I pray for our newly elected president to be able to make the change and bring the hope we need as a nation. I also think I need to find some kind of Obama paraphernalia to keep as a memento of this historic occasion. I guess I will stop at that and not hang a framed 8×10 photo of him over our mantel next to the family photo 🙂
Today Miss K AKA Princess Buttercup was in rare form. Now that she is past the 3 month hump she is starting to show off her little personality. She sleeps pretty much through the night, she only cries when she really needs something, she is awake longer and really likes to be held and entertained. It is so amazing how she follows her brothers with her eyes as they play around her. But what is even more adorable was today when she was in her cooingand ahhing moment and her older brother started playing peek-a-boo and she just laughed and laughed. Those baby laughs are just the cutest sounds ever created.
Today was a very nice day because we had some family company from out of town visit us and meet the precious little K. We don’t get to see these folks but once a year if we are lucky but this year we must be doubly lucky because we are going to see them again next month for a highschool graduation.
So while visiting I found out that a few of them are blog readers of mine. So Hi Judy and Aunt Audrey! We are glad you came to visit us.
It is exciting to find out when people you know in real life read your blog. I wish more people would comment then I would know who is lurking 🙂 But in the meantime read on and enjoy my crazy random thoughts and family updates. And spell check is back so watch out, I am on a blog roll!
So I have been recycling for over 3 years now. Hard to believe it has been that long. But all the time I try and see what else I can recycle instead of throwing into a landfill. It is getting to the point that I start to feel guilty about throwing just about anything away. I think about how long it is going to take to break down in a landfill. A stray sock, clothing that is ripped, stuff I don’t want and know no one else wants either I start wondering what to do with other than throw away? I came up with a new use for my hubby’s old holey socks… dust rags. But what about all the other stuff?
I know I have to throw some things away, there is just no way around it but our purchases now days come with just so much packaging. I look at things and wonder if all of it is so neccessary. Here are some of my gripes about wasteful packaging: double bagging at the stores, bags for produce you use for the 10 minute ride home, kids toy packaging, plastic on just about everything.
I am sure I am not the only one fed up with all the waste. But now I have the guilt but I know it should be shared with the manufacturers of these products. Oh well, in the meantime I will continue to recycle and donate to try ad make this world a little greener.
By the way, if there are a ton of spelling errors I apologize, the spell check has disappeared off the options on my blog writing tools. Also, where did my blogroll go?
I like to contribute to the blog roll Works for Me Wednesdays but there are many weeks when I realize Wed. was three days ago and I missed the deadline. Not only am I a contributor but I am a reader too. So I perused this weeks blog links looking for something to help naturally cure my little K’s cradle cap and I came across a posting about sorting laundry. Since most of the posts have some neat ideas and helpful hints I thought, my laundry is out of control so what the heck I’ll read. So I am in for a treat because here is the (no pun intended) laundry list of how to sort all the laundry ever created. Let me just say after a day of screaming baby, shopping for my 6 year olds birthday with hubby, trying to pay bills, making a meatloaf for dinner, and trying to unload the dishwasher in-between breastfeedings I am about as likely to sort the laundry like this as I am to have another baby. I am including an excerpt to share one woman’s idea of doing laundry. In the meantime I will continue to sort my laundry into two groups, whites and colors. Although for a year or so I have a new sort group – baby. I do however mix it up with a touch of liquid fabric softener. That just helps to cover the mildew smell after leaving it in the wash for a day too many 😉
Sort for Success! by another blogger – not me
- White towels and athletic socks.
- White items with no “lint or print”–plain t shirts, sheets, cotton socks, dress shirts, undergarments.
- Semi-whites–lightest pastels, screened t shirts, white background with colored pattern, etc.–no lint.
- Semi-whites–sweatpants, pyjamas, etc.–anything white or light with fluff.
- Light colors (no lint): khakis, shirts, etc.
- Light colors (with lint): flannel, sweatshirts, etc.
- Dark/bright colors (no lint)–wash each item separately the first time to minimize the chance of the color bleeding onto other garments. Jeans, shirts, etc.
- Dark/bright colors (with lint)–wash sweaters separately or in individual mesh bags to avoid pilling and picking up the lint from other items.
- Black (no lint)–dress pants, shirts, socks, underwear. Line dry to avoid fading.
- Black (with lint)–socks, towels, etc.
- Kitchen towels and rags.
Wow, I never knew there were so many ways to sort.