Nov 27, 2015

Holiday Shopping PSA: Need A Reality Check?

Nothing says I hate my life like shopping for holiday gifts at the last minute, with a child in tow.  I know, I've done it. Twice. Last year I vowed to NEVER find myself in a line that snakes all the way to the back of the store, to buy over priced crap because I'm in a last-minute-pinch.  So I made a plan. A really good plan to not only save time, but money too!  Here are my best 10 Tips To Save BIG On Holiday Shopping... and not find yourself crying in a mile long line holding overpriced junk.

Before I get started, I need you to repeat after me...


1. Plan ahead. Everyone's been naughty, just make the damn list already! Probably the biggest mistake I make is heading to the stores with a loose list of people to shop for, and a vague idea of what I want to get them. Nothing says FAIL faster!  Make a list of anyone and everyone you may want/need to buy gifts for, then add your vague gift ideas... maybe even go so far as to just come out and ask them what they want. Then use this as your master list. Stick to it, and when that person has been taken care of, write down what you got them, and cross them off the list.

2. THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU! I am so bad about shopping for myself during the holidays. So bad. As much I am a huge fan of retail therapy, there are two major flaws with this:

1. My holiday shopping time and budget is limited.
2. The post holiday clearance sales in January are WAY BETTER.

It's best to leave yourself out of the equation until after the holidays. Plus, won't it feel so much better trading in Auntie Nell's ugly sweater for the one you've had your eye on since the holidays... that's now half price!?

3. Leave the distractions at home.  When possible, avoid taking your child(ren) with you.  Even if this means trading all of your lunch breaks until January.  Brown bag it and shop in peace.  We all know, kids not only complicate the mission, they can make it costly needing extras... and don't forget the chance for meltdowns and diaper blowouts.

4. Price shop from home.  There are way too many apps and websites available today to not to compare prices, both online and in stores. Pull out the list you made and start going through it before you start shopping. Write down where the best deal is, then check your list once finished for stores or websites that overlap. This can save you a bundle on shipping and time.  Between the coupon apps and the compare-and-save apps, there is no reason to pay full price anymore.

Example:  I needed a big ticket item from a big box hardware store. I went to their website, found what I wanted, then searched for a coupon code.  I was able to save 20% at checkout with a coupon code I found on  What made the deal even sweeter was that I opted for in-store pickup.  This was fast, seamless and saved me time and money. DO THIS!!!

5. Crowd-Sourced Deals.  There is a new trend going on where websites are crowdsourcing for cheaper deals. Basically, if 10 people show interest in an item, then the website reaches out directly to the manufacturer for a bulk buy rate, then passes the deal on. Look for theses deals on those big ticket items.

6. Coupon like a crazy person.  Coupons are everywhere these days, don't buy without them! Don't just rely on coupon specific websites and apps, check the website for the store you are heading to.  Many are offering in-store coupons.

7. Don't discount the discount sites. Websites like Amazon, Groupon, Zulily, Overstock, Wayfarer...  all will be fighting for attention this season, so capitalize on it!  Most are even offering free shipping on the smallest orders. I have each bookmarked this time of year to check quickly for steals on things on my list.

8.  Shop Secondhand. What does every parent have in common at 2am on Christmas Eve/Hanukkah? They're putting together toys. So, if you are going to give your child a fully assembled toy anyway, why not just buy it secondhand, shine it up and slap a bow on it? Secondhand children's stores and higher end consignment shops have incredible deals on gently used items... so worth checking out!

9. Hit up Pinterest and get crafty. Make something for the person that has everything.  Every year I knit hats and scarves for family and friends. They all look forward to them now; some even put in orders for specific colors.

10. Regift it! Before you do any of the things on this list, grab a box and walk around your house filling it with crap you don't want anymore. Remember, your crap is another person's treasure. Somehow. Once you have filled the box, sit down and decide which friend/family member or what holiday party's Secret Santa you can pawn your crap gift the goods to.

How do you save big during the holidays? If you have any tips or tricks, please please please share them!!!!
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Nov 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Humor, Jokes and Dysfunction That Will Make Your Family Seem Normal

To get you in the spirit of family fun and of course, heaps of dysfunction, here are a few Thanksgiving day laughs to get you going...

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Nov 23, 2015

5 Ways To Reconnect with Your Partner Over The Holidays #FeelTheLove

In T-minus a few days, the Holidays will officially take over. Between the parties, presents, family gatherings, work obligations, and of course, the children, the stress level can go through the roof, leaving even the strongest couples bickering.

Not. Good.

Don't let this be you and your partner. Take time for each other during the holidays; Reconnect, make memories and be intimate! Be reminded how you two made it this far in the first place.

Below are five fun ways to keep the fire burning bright between you and your partner this holiday season... and beyond!

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Nov 22, 2015

PARENT PSA: Before You Let LEGOS In Your House, READ THIS!

Today's Parent PSA is well overdue. I've known about the dangers and life changing effects that come with owning Legos for some time, and should have said something by now. This blog is after all built on the back of my fails and lessons learned. So, here goes, a very important public service announcement about the havoc legos can cause if you let them and tips for controlling the chaos.

First of all, letting Legos in your home will immediately put an end to a few things...
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Nov 18, 2015

I Challenge You To Be Someone's Holiday Miracle #ChainOfBetters

Recently, a very close family member reached out in despair. He's a single father of a six month old and terrified. In addition to the regular fears that come along with being a first-time parent, he's barely making it paycheck to paycheck. Listening to him share his fears about buying the basics for his baby broke my heart.

After getting off the phone with him, I couldn't stop thinking about his situation and the anxiety he is carrying around.

I had to do something.

I decided to send him the two things he's the most worried about running out of, diapers and formula. I grabbed my computer to do some online shopping, when I realized I didn't know what size diapers he needed or the formula he used.

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Nov 17, 2015

YAY! The Holidays Are Here, Bring On The Family Dysfunction...

The holidays can completely consume me if I let them, and not in a good way. I get so wrapped in buying the perfect gifts, making the perfect dishes, finding the perfect holiday party outfits... Then there is the juggling family celebrations and the dysfunction junction it creates.

Well, this year, I'm not having it.

Just kidding, my family is nuts, I have no control. In fact, I jump right on in with them!

I know my family and the strange dysfunction the holidays instills in them. Here's how it's gonna go down.

Regardless of it being Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas Brunch, half my family will arrive late,with at least one person/family being REALLY late. Which, will piss someone off enough to accelerate their drinking, so once the late comer walks through the door shit will hit the fan. Those two will spend the next hour or so not speaking until the late comer drinks enough to get on the level of the pissed off one, and try to hash it out.
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How a child changes your life

Everyone is greeting you, your parents, aunts and cousins are bothering you with lots of advice and this happy period seems to last forever. But here you are, after 9 months already carrying a sweet baby in your arms and singing lullabies. Despite all the sleepless nights, the two of you are the happiest people in the world, due to the little one who ties you even stronger. Your life gets a new sense and millions of reasons to get better day by day.

Even though your closest friends are very happy for you, everybody understands that you are estranging more and more each day and sometimes you can’t even recall the last time you have gathered together. Well, to tell the truth, you can easily figure out the main reason why some friends are avoiding you: they don’t have children yet. Therefore, probably, they think you don’t have much in common anymore. Or maybe they simply don’t want to disturb you as you are experiencing the best time in your life.

Whatever would be the reason you probably don’t want to miss your friends, do you? So invite them to start a frank talk on this issue. Just tell them how happy you are. Explain that the fact that you got married and became a mother/father doesn’t change anything in your friendship. All of you are simply following a newstep in a mature life. Encourage them to arrange their lives as well, to build a family and raise a child.

Are they singles? Encourage them to meet new people, because only in this way they will be able to find their love. Are they too shy to start speaking with a girl? Nowadays, everybody knows that’s no need to waste time looking for the perfect partner in a cafĂ©, club or wherever else. Online dating is a wonderful opportunity for the people which are afraid of personal contact or simply don’t have much spare time.

Find out the list of the best dating sites for them where many womenare looking for men and vice versa. Using the websites settings they can even try the matching system, which will help them meet singles sharing the same interests and tastes as they do. Finding a trustful dating website is already a half of success. So go along! Good luck in building your friends’ happiness.
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