August has been a crazy month so far. LM started school on the 8th. On the 9th my mom got a call that my Grandma was in the hospital in No. Ca. On the 10th hubby went out of town for 10 days. On the 12th LM and I headed up to Ca after school to see my Grandma. Nine hour drive just the 2 of us. A first. We stopped half way to spend the night which ended up being a story all its own. We came home on the 14th and I swear we stopped at every rest area in Ca! Some are quite nice. On the 16th my mom called to say that my Grandma was moving to AZ and I needed to go pick out her room at the assisted living facility so she could move in on the 17th. She arrived and we spent the rest of the week getting her settled in her new room. I can't believe that all of this happened in only a week.
We were able to stay at my cousin's house while we were in No. Ca. so that was really nice. They have a fabulous yard with grass (which we don't have here) so after a day of driving and hospital visiting LM was happy to check out all the fruit trees and run around in the grass.
We have had a relaxing weekend. Hubby and I had a date night while LM stayed at a friend's on Saturday night. We went to see 'The Rise of the Planet of the Apes' AND 'The Help'. We had some movie gift certificates so we decided to use them up since we had the time. And it is still blazin' hot here so the movie theatre is a great place to be. Both movies were good. 'The Help' was REALLY good. I am still reading the book but when the hubby said he wanted to see the movie I jumped on it.
I have had no time to work on anything DIY or craft related although I have a list a mile long of things I want to do. I am almost finished with LM's room. Hopefully that won't be much longer.
I am hoping this week is a little less hectic. I am trying to get into my new schedule now that school has started. Let's hope it happens this week. Tuesday is my scrap booking day and I am working on getting everything together for my retreat in September. I want to get a lot done when we're there but it all depends on the planning and organization. And the time is tickin'. September will be here in the blink of an eye.
The meteorologist on the news said things will be heating up this week. Honestly, how much hotter can it get? Maybe I don't want to know...
It's not quite last minute but when I was shopping this weekend I noticed things are really picked over (I'm talking to you Christmas sweaters at Target.) And if you are truly a last minute shopper, many of the toys, electronics and clothing that are the HOT gifts this year will have been snapped up by the early birds. But that doesn't mean that it's gift cards for everyone on your list. In fact, this is about some fun, thoughtful and quick gift ideas to help you avoid the gift card abyss.
Photo Gifts and Books- There's still time to download your photos and make cute gifts for everyone on your list. Walmart.com offers a few same day gifts: prints on canvas, calendars and photo books to name a few. Download your photos online and pick up your personalized gifts today. Snapfish also offers store pick up on some gifts at Walgreens. Photo gifts look like you put much thought into what the recipient likes yet most sites are very user friendly and offer preset tem…
I have a confession: I loathe 'dollar stores'. As luck would have it, I believe we live in the town with the most dollar stores per capita. We have a Dollar Tree, Dollar General, TWO Family Dollar's and a 99 cents only (where everything is really $1) in a town of about 50,000. That's 1 dollar store for every 10,000 residents if you're into statistics.
Dollar stores are big business. In 2011 Family Dollar stores reported net sales of $8.55 billion. Dollar General's 2011 FY sales were $14.81 billion. That's a lot of stuff! Dollar General positions itself in rural areas, some of which are too small for a Walmart, which makes it the go-to store for all things bargain-y.
Dollar stores have even made it into the blogosphere. Blogs like Dollar Store Crafts, & Dollar Store Mom feature really neat crafts using supplies from dollar stores. Many are kid friendly which I know I like. Many of the crafts are so amazing you would never know they were so inexp…
I have opened a shop at Society 6. I am super excited to share some of these fun holiday items with you! There are pillows and prints and canvas and travel mugs. Even clocks! Head over and take a look. I'd love to hear your feedback too.
I'm also open to your ideas - I have a bunch swirling around in my head but I love to hear what other people think and would like to see. I can do custom items too. Or just switch out colors to match your decor.
These items make really fun and unique gifts. And did I mention the free shipping?
I've ordered a few things from Society 6 in the past and have been happy with the quality and I'm sure you will be too.