Friday, December 19, 2014

Whose Expectations Are We Meeting?

"Would you just get your Bible and get in the car already?"  Something about that phrase seems so wrong, but it was a reality two weeks ago as I tried to rush the kids off to Sunday School on time.  We are Christian and it is Advent and so I thought even though the kids maybe needed a morning at home, that we ought to head out to Sunday School.  I could hear the stress just pouring out of my voice, which really was a wake up call to just stop and work on taking things easier.


The month of December, if you are celebrating any type of holiday, is often stress filled.  I could probably post a list of expectations of things that need to be done.  While the parents are trying to do it all, often the children are so filled with anticipation and excitement that their behavior heads off track.  At least it happens in our house and after parenting for the past 7 holidays, I am still struggling to balance the joy and peace that the season brings with the stress of fitting everything in. 

Here is the thing, whose expectations are we really trying to meet?  I think children really do have much simpler expectations than what we portray.  In fact this year I have to admit that in a way to find joy in the season, we have let some things go.  There are no lights on the exterior of our house this year, no gingerbread house to decorate, or homemade fudge.  This year we are hosting dinner on Christmas day and we are ordering the food.  That means no rush to the grocery store and that we can relax and enjoy the dinner too.  I didn't make any homemade ornaments or frame pictures for the grandparents.  Better yet, we don't even have an Elf on the Shelf and the PNP has not even sent the kids their Santa message.  There will always be more gifts to buy or cute crafts to make, but maybe I will get to them next year. The thing is I have done enough to give my children and our family a great Christmas. 

So this year let an older relative host for dinner, buy gift bags for presents, and tell Santa not to wrap the stocking suffers.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Amazon 25% Off Any Book

I love this deal that Amazon seems to offer each December.  I missed it last week so I was thrilled to see it pop up on my Amazon screen today!

Here are some really cool books that are very giftable from Amazon!  Use the code BOOKDEAL25

http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Chain-Reactions-amazing-machines/dp/0545703301/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418407784&sr=1-6&keywords=lego+books


http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Garden-Inky-Treasure-Coloring/dp/1780671067/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418408019&sr=1-9&keywords=doodle+books



http://www.amazon.com/Bedtime-Math-Excuse-Stay-Series/dp/1250035856/ref=pd_cart_bxgy_1_p?ie=UTF8&refRID=1SCE3B9ANFQ63KXCRFMX

http://www.amazon.com/Awesome-Facts-Everything-National-Geographic/dp/1426310498/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418407945&sr=1-3&keywords=National+Geographic+kids

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Free Shipping Best Buys Disney Store

If you are looking for something small and not too flashy at Disney Store, today is your day since the shipping is free site wide using code Freeship. Ebates is offering 3% back as well s start there.  If you are new to Ebates, I believe you will get an additional $10 gift card for the store of your choice.  We are heading out of the Disney stage for both my kids so hitting that $75 mark is not as easy as it used to be.  This means you can still pick up that set of Frozen silverware that encourages your preschooler to eat for $6.95 shipped.
http://www.disneystore.com/anna-and-elsa-flatware-frozen/mp/1341407/1000349/


There are still some great sale items running, like some Pj sets for $12.  These make great birthday gifts for the under 6 set.  We are in the market for a particular Merida ornament that is running $8.  

One of our favorites is one sale, though it is no longer a rolling cart.  Still one of the most use toys in our house. 
http://www.disneystore.com/belle-enchanting-be-our-guest-tea-set/mp/1362456/1000265/
Best of luck and enjoy!




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Personalized Disney Fleece Throws $11

Disney is offering their fleece throws for only $10 with personalization for only $1. It is especially a wonderful gift if ,you like me, have a child with a rare name.  This is one of  the most used gifts at our home and in the bedroom it only ranks second to their pillow pets! The codes are all listed on the Disney Store site.  Free shipping if you hit $75.
http://www.disneystore.com/olaf-throw-blanket-personalizable/mp/1362760/1000334/








http://www.disneystore.com/ariel-nightgown-for-girls/mp/1355869/1000305/
Another great deal is on Disney pajamas.  We love these nightgowns that are on sale for $20.  They actually make great dress up as well and can be worn more comfortably than regular costumes while at the Disney parks.

Use Ebates for 3% back.  I am seeing on deal sites that code DMR15 can get you $15 off $100.  The pajamas and blankets make great gifts and I usually stock up for winter birthdays. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Under Armour Hoodies

Since being exposed to middle school kids on a regular basis, I am quite certain Under Armour hoodies are nearly the uniform for teen males.  It has even reached down to my own 7 year old.  Under Armour has the hoodies 25% off today.

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/big-logo-hoodies/boys?iid=hero

The Boy's Hoodie is on sale for $33.74 and with Ebates you are able to get an additional 8% back which brings it down to about $31 plus there is free shipping.  Join Ebates now and get a $10 bonus gift card too! 
 



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lands End Fleece Sale Another Amazing Day!

MY friend Kelly tipped me off to a great sale over at Land's End.  It is 30% off everything , but 50% off home slippers and robes.  This includes some great gift items.


http://www.landsend.com/products/womens-fleece-clog-slippers/id_258671
This is the best price I have seen on these slippers.  I was happy to get them last year for $18, but today you can purchase them for $12.25.
http://www.landsend.com/products/spinnaker-stripe-sleeping-bag/id_226439?sku_0=::T5X
Another great gift idea for the kids that have EVERYTHING, This sleeping bag marked down to $30.00.  Other colors run $40. 

http://www.landsend.com/products/print-large-open-top-tote/id_273055?sku_0=::W4Q

 Cute open top classic Land's End bags make a wonderful and generous teacher gift at $22.25.

http://www.landsend.com/products/solid-packable-cinch-sack/id_253763
Cinch Sack on sale for $4.00!

There are so many other things like duffels for kids $15, fresh Christmas wreaths for $25,  Little Tripper Diaper Bag $8.50.  Why go out shopping with these high quality gifts available right from home?  Land's End offers guarantees on their products so you can shop with confidence. 

Shipping is free over $50 and Ebates is offering 6% back!

Barbie DVD's as low as $3.99 shipped

It almost pains me to share this, but I know I am not the only one suffering from the Barbie DVD affliction.  So here it is folks... When researching the price of the latest Barbie DVD, I came across some great sales on a few others.  If you are a fellow Prime member this is the deal for you since shipping is included.

http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Christmas-Carol-Kelly-Sheridan/dp/B001B7CNZQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1417009003&sr=8-8&keywords=barbie+dvd
$3.99


http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Nutcracker-Kelly-Sheridan/dp/B003ZIXNWG/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1417008900&sr=8-9&keywords=barbie+dvd
$3.99
http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Perfect-Christmas-Mark-Baldo/dp/B005GJCGIE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417009028&sr=8-2&keywords=barbie+dvd

$3.99

These are great little additions to holiday gifts or even check out the other options for under $6 to add to birthday gifts.  There are even a few of these that are very watchable as an adult!