Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was family-filled. Really, just Saturday, but it was all day Saturday.
Due to the fact that I had to get on the road to meet up with my family way too early for a Saturday morning, I decided to take it easy on Friday night and even attempted to get to sleep early. So, I propped myself up in bed in my sea of pillows with my book and decided to rest early and hopefully fall asleep early. Is it just me, or is it every time that you try to go to sleep early it’s as if everyone knows and tries to stop you from sleeping? Long story short, my phone kept ringing, and each time I would jolt awake and not be able to fall back asleep. I had to be up by 6. I made it to the family adventures in time, don’t worry.
The entire family (almost 20 of us) went out for a family dinner to a Chinese food restaurant. This place is known for their duck – they serve up to 300 whole ducks a day – but being a vegetarian, I ordered vegetable fried rice. Needless to say, I wasn’t full by the time dinner was over. But, my mom and dad had a gigantic piece of my favorite chocolate cake at the house for me. How horrible is it that after dinner I came home and ate half of m chocolate cake? Does it make it better that I only ate half and not the whole thing? Either way, I did it, and it was delicious.
Now, I literally spent the time with my whole family and extended family all day and night, so you can imagine, I needed Sunday to recover. My friend and I got smart. We decided to make the most of what could be a lazy Sunday: We grabbed our yoga gear and yoga water bottles and went to a 9 a.m. yoga class. What a way to get motivated for the day. I spent the rest of the day preparing food for this week’s breakfasts and lunches. I am ready for the week!
Do you ever see something in a store that reminds you of something from when you were a child? I feel like most of the time I do not remember much of my childhood (sorry mom, I know this makes you sad), but there are some items that will spark a memory, or at least trigger a past moment that makes me smile.
Recently I have had two moments just like these. Both of my moments made me think of my grandfather. When I was in the grocery store ice cream isle the other day, I saw black cherry ice cream. Usually impossible to find, it brought me right back to having ice cream with my grandfather on a hot, sunny day. Then when I was in line at the pharmacy I saw candy orange slices. I don’t like them, but they, too, remind me of my grandfather as they were his favorite candy.
When I brought these moments up to a friend of mine, she told me she always remembers seeing the clear plastic gumdrop trees during this time of year. They are these little Christmas tree servers that get decorated with gumdrops. Apparently, she remembers the gumdrop tree at parties when she was younger. I have never seen a gumdrop tree, but now that I learned about them, I wouldn’t mind having one.
Is anyone else in holiday shopping panic mode? As of today there are just 9—count them, NINE—shopping days left! I have just realized there are people I’ve forgotten to buy gifts for, gifts I somehow thought I purchased but did not, and I still need host/hostess gifts for holiday parties and some stocking stuffers. I would like to get all of these things online as I have limited time and the malls are crowded. And if they were all in one place online, that would be even better!
All this week on Live With Kelly, they are sharing great gift ideas on the Holiday Gift Giving Guide. A few of the products they showed are exactly what I need! On Tuesday they shared gift ideas for guys, you can see the entire video here. Two items really piqued my
interest; the Rip 60 Training System (shown at 0:25). And a Portable Grill (shown at 1:37). This isn’t the same grill as shown on Live With Kelly, but it’s the same price and has the side tables!
On Wednesday, they showed some great stocking stuffers. They showed a wine bottle cover that looks like a Sock Monkey! (see it at 5:20). They said it was $12 on the show, but Taylor Gifts has it for just $9.98. This is such a great hostess gift…I’m getting a couple to have on hand!
After ordering a few of these items, I’ll be almost done my shopping!
Then I have to start wrapping…
It is now less than 2 weeks away from Christmas. Have you purchased all of the gifts you need to buy this year? Has any person or item slipped your mind and you need ideas fast? Now is crunch-time! Make a list, check it twice, and be sure you don’t forget someone important to you. I have made my list below of some of my favorite stocking stuffer ideas. Check out this link for even more stocking stuffers
Personalized Pendant Necklace
Personalized Stainless Steel Charm Bracelet
GPS Cup Holder
Micro Touch Max
As I was awaiting my brother’s arrival to my apartment to pick up the mattress and box spring I stored for him, I took the rare opportunity to do one of my favorite things: wake up early, get some things together and the dishwasher running, and get back into bed while the dishwasher did the work and watched TV in my cozy warm bed on a chilly morning. Coffee would have been nice, but not nice enough to make myself. Anyway, while I was watching TV something fun caught my eye…an air hockey table.
I am not sure what it was about the air hockey table that made me smile, but it did. I don’t even remember what the commercial was for. It got me thinking about playing air hockey. When I was little my brother and I had an air hockey table and we used to play it all the time. I distinctly remember it always being fun, but everyone’s fingers were always getting beat up and it hurt. It also got me thinking of the other games I used to play. We used to play pool at my friend’s house on her dad’s pool table and I was terrible…by far the worst pool player ever. And even as I grew older I was still a horrible pool player. But, even at that I always wanted my own pool table.
I love easy and relaxing mornings that get me thinking about good times from when I was young. Maybe I should buy a pool table and an air hockey table when I buy my own house.
As of yesterday I found myself in holiday shopping mode! I am not sure what registered for me to make the switch, but suddenly, I felt the need to purchase every gift I need this season. I made a list of the rest of the people I need to shop for, and I began to think about what to do from there.
I love shopping for presents. I love purchasing a gift for someone that I know is perfect and that they will love. I hate when I cannot think of a perfect gift. I do not like to give someone something that they won’t remember. Sometimes it’s just not so easy to come up with the perfect gift. For example, a group of us are participating in a Secret Santa gift exchange. I was actually really excited for my pick! I like this person, and I know he is very appreciative of anything ever given to him. But especially because he is so nice and appreciative, I want to be sure to get him something extra special…but I don’t even know where to begin. This is why I am thankful for the Gift Finder I can go to it and search for great items that he might like based on his likes.
So, while I am on my shopping mission to finish purchasing every gift I need, I will definitely be using a Gift Finder for assistance on the tricky people in my life. Happy shopping!
Yesterday it was a dark and dreary day. It rained. And when it wasn’t raining, it was cloudy. Almost
every person I talked to seemed to be having a bad day, and the general, overall mood of the day was “I just want to go home.” I was not an exception to the rule. So, for today, I decided to cheer up, lighten the mood and laugh a little. Below you will find my top five favorite gag gifts for the season. Enjoy!
1. Humping Dog
2. Farting Santa
3. Money Soap
4. Mistletoe Headband
5. Santa Drinking Hat
It’s a funny thing that happens once Halloween is over–everything goes immediately from fall to winter even though winter doesn’t begin for nearly two months! Look around, listen to everyone talk…all of a sudden we went from fall and pumpkin flavored everything to holiday shopping and winter seasonal items. And I am not exempt from the chatter.
I started thinking about the holiday party I am hosting—my annual friends gathering. I have probably seen each of these people at some point throughout the year, but this is the one time of year when we are all in the same place at the same time. I have many of my decorations, serving pieces and table sets ready, but as I looked at my dining chairs, I thought they looked very old, drab, stained. I can’t have company over to sit on these dirty chairs! And I definitely don’t have money to have them recovered or to purchase new ones. But these dining chair covers will do the trick! And I always have to use extra chairs to fit everyone around the table. These chairs don’t match my existing chairs, but with these long chair covers
I can mix and match, and no one will be the wiser.
Hooray for DIY easy fixes that won’t cost me a fortune! Best of all, this is a lasting, year-round solution, not just for the holiday season.
I need a new “I need to save money” plan. As much as I try to save, I get mad at myself too frequently for spending money in the morning for coffee when I have a perfectly good coffee pot at home, and I am certainly capable of turning it on as I get ready for work in the morning.
I need a plan of action that is do-able. I know that by not spending the money on coffee every day I could be saving a lot of money every year. The problem is that I cannot see the money being saved. So, I think I have come up with a plan that has the potential of working.
My plan is to set up an online savings account for coffee savings. Every day I will take $3 out of my checking account and put it into my coffee account—or more realistically, I will deposit $15 once a week. This also means that if I want coffee I have to make sure to do it myself. I will need to buy a travel mug. I know I keep talking about it, but I just need to do it already.
I think this could work. I’ll work on getting that mug this weekend, open my new coffee account, and hopefully will start saving Monday (because Saturdays and Sundays are meant to be fun). I’m really interested in suggestions you have for my coffee savings plan.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only because it’s when we celebrate Halloween, but because I love seeing all the vibrant colors and decorations people have out like pumpkins and scary door mats.
Another reason I love fall is because of all the scary movies on tv. I really enjoy watching older Halloween movies over and over, every year until they become more humorous than scary. All I need is to snuggle up in a cozy blanket and a bucket of popcorn. I can’t wait to watch my favorite zombie and ghost flicks this week!
What about you, do you like to watch scary movies?