You are in a need to still go shopping, stores are all crowded with so many people scrambling through what's left, you still have to wrap the gifts you already have, you need to clean up before family arrives, and you still have to send out holiday cards..not to mention your daily list of "to-do's." The perfect solution that solves my problem every time, is gift cards!
Gift cards are sure to please anyone! That friend that's coming over last-minute, get him/her a gift card! That one person that's hard to please, get him/her a gift card too. That way no matter how picky they can treat themselves to what they want, and are sure to be pleased. I have gotten gift cards for family and friends many times before, and love that call when they tell me what they used it for. So not only are you giving a gift, you are also giving an experience..a shopping experience, or a dining experience, depending on what kind of gift card you choose to gift.
I personally love gift cards because I still remember every time I have received one as a gift. I once received a Gap gift card from a friend who came to my job and surprised me, I still remember what I bought and that was years ago. The surprise also doubled as really memorable, which brings me to saying, make it special! Don't just hand over a gift card in an envelope, wrap it up in a box and bow! I once gave my sister a gift card in a huge box, I mean huge! With help from my brother, we put the gift card in a small box, and then inside a huge one, placed some bottles of water in it to weigh it. It was really heavy, as I needed help handing it over to her. That was for her birthday, and really that idea never gets old. Another great idea if you aren't into wrapping, buy a little teddy bear or stuffed toy, and place it with the gift card in envelope. Give some of these ideas a try, and tell me all about it. :)
I hope you have found this post useful, and appreciate gift cards as much as I do! ;) Gift cards are great to give and receive, and the solution to all your gift buying problems..specially last minute ones!
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- 16 New Years Block Party Dinner Plates
- 16 New Years Block Party Lunch Napkins
- 16 New Years Block Party Paper Cups
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- 16 Plastic Black Spoons, Knives & Forks
- 1 Black, Silver & Gold New Years Confetti 1 1/8 oz
- 30 Black, Silver & Gold New Years Cutouts
- 1 Midnight Marquee New Years Letter Banner 9 1/2 ft.
- 2 Gold & Silver Spray New Years Centerpieces 15 in.
- 10 Black Latex Balloons
- 1 White Curling Ribbons 66 ft.
- 1 Black & White Crepe Streamer each. (81 ft.)
- 2 Black Square Premium Plastic Bowls 128 oz
- 13 Cone Hats
- 12 Festive Tiaras
- 13 Whistles
- 13 Squawkers
- 12 Beaded necklaces
This year proves to be more difficult because we will be sitting around a table far from home and having a "traditional" family meal at another sister in-laws home. I'm nervous because I like to make him a version of everything that might be on the table. I'm thinking of making a whole chicken, and some sides to take with me for him to enjoy. Sides will include all the vegetables he likes, mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, pickles, I mean anything I can think of so he can have a feast. :) I always look like I'm moving in whenever I go visit friends or family for a day, or for a meal. I carry all the food, drinks if needed, plates, his silverware..I carry so much because I just don't want my boy to be left out. Happy boy makes happy mommy. :)
Many of the little kids in my family aren't even into food like my son is, which is so ironic. They can have it all, but pay no mind to what's on the table and what people eat during this or that holiday. While my son is very aware, and wants a piece and taste of it all. I say he loves food and appreciates it because he knows he can't have so much, so when he can, he appreciates.
Also have to figure out what I'll make for dessert for him as well. A busy day awaits, but in the end all worth it when I see my little boy eating away.
I'm thankful to proudly say I have successfully made sure my son is not left out during the holiday meals these past few years, what are you most thankful for?
So that's one of the items on our "wish list" this season. I know for sure my son would love it, because he loves playing on his grandpa's iPad.
Only reason I am questioning our purchase a bit would be because of the apps and books that need to be purchased separately. I'm horrible with anything that you spend so much money on and still need to spend overtime to enjoy it. It just becomes a new expense added instead of a new toy or item just purchased. I'd want my little boy to enjoy the LeapPad to the fullest, so I have to decide if I'm willing to continue to make more purchases.
It's a given with any gadget that you need to purchase more to enjoy it, so I really am liking what I see despite all that I just said. Really seems like the new must have for little ones this season. Wish I owned it already for our vacation coming up, sounds perfect for the long flights and waits in between.
Do you have it already? What are your thoughts?
Well, I turned on my laptop, went on the Twitter, and read some tweets. Went on Facebook, and read some status updates. And..some time later..still can't sleep..the longer I stayed up and online the more I had on my mind, and I just couldn't shut down.
Quite obviously I'm still up, but my mind has stopped evaluating my life to the extreme, and planning my "to do" list for tomorrow. Instead I see this amazing little boy asleep next to me. I smile at all he has to say, all that he thinks of, all that he does..everything that makes him who he is. Only three years old, and just an amazing little boy. A little boy who will make a walk across the street to buy groceries an adventure, a little subway ride an "adventure through the tunnels" as he calls it, a boy that makes anything and everything fun and sweet.
And so tonight, despite all my worries, all that I have to do tomorrow, I sleep, a short few hours, but I sleep with a smile on my face because I have my little boy by me.
The simple joys of life, the real joys of life. <3
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Well, that fear came very real the other day! We went to the farmers market earlier in the day, had bought some fresh local vegetables, fruits, and we got tempted to buying organic whole grain bread that our son is allergic to. Not the first time we had brought food our boy is allergic into our home. He knows what he can and can't have, and we usually put it out of his reach and if we eat it, it is when he is asleep or totally out of his reach. We are very careful with it, as it is basically "poison" to our son. We had just came in, and I had dropped on counter.
It wasn't long after we had returned back home, my son went to wash his hands after me, I exited to the bedroom to change. No big deal, normal, usual activity. I hear crumbling of paper in the other room, as I finished changing, I come into the kitchen to see my little boy with the long french bread in his hands out of the paper bag it was in..in his hands!!! My heart must have stopped right then and there for atleast a few seconds, I totally panicked. Ran, grabbed him, frantically washing his hands, checking him all over. Luckily he wasn't harmed, and not even a hive appeared. He didn't eat any of it, what I saw was what he had done. Pulled the bread out of its bag, and held it out of curiosity.
I gave him a long speech, telling him how serious it was that he never do that again. He even told me he touched the "allergy bread," which worries me more too. What if he now thinks that nothing will happen, because look how nothing happened.
It was total panic mode for a while, so to make up for it, we made apple pie together that evening. I wanted to make him that "exact" same bread that he can have, but unfortunately still haven't found a good bread recipe, and have never made "real" bread before. I have made many versions of bread myself. It was our first time baking apple pie, and his first time ever having. Unfortunately we had no patience, and didn't let the pie cool enough before picking at it, which made my son decide that he doesn't like apple pie because it is too crumbly! Once it was cooled completely, it was really very good, but he didn't want to try it. We will try again soon.
So it is very real, and scary when what he needs to stay away from will always be available and around him. Everywhere we go, anyone we spend time with, eventually eats something they are raving about, that he can't have. Saddens me that my son can't have it all, and scares me that it can harm him.
In the meantime, I am keeping a close eye on everything near him, telling him more about his allergies, and creating all that I can to make sure he doesn't feel left out.
Although! Totally unrelated to my usual posts, in non parenting news; I experienced my first hangover. I don't get out much being a full-time mom. But this time the party came to me. Our neighbor was having a party for their two-year old boy, and invited us. You might already be wondering how I ended up having a hangover at a toddlers birthday?! Well for starters the party started at around eight, and was full of drinks and music. What can I say? Every culture does it differently. And I don't judge! :) Never met our neighbors before until that night, and they were very nice people. Have shared the elevator plenty of times, and might've had "weather talk" but nothing more.
It was a last-minute invite while my husband was on the elevator with them, probably when they were talking about the weather..you know how those conversations go. At first we were thinking of not walking over five steps to their apartment, but then they came knocking on our door. They have parties very often, and the music is loud enough to fill up half of our apartment, so it was interesting to see the other side of the wall. My sister in-law was over with her son, and we had already had some wine with dinner already. When we entered next door, we were handed drinks right away, and they didn't take "no" for an answer. So we thought, why not, and drank it! It was a fruity red drink, that was secretly realllllly strong.
Lucky for me, my sister in-law stayed next door with the kids after we put them to sleep. So I danced, I drank another one of those fruity drinks! Before I knew it, I was feeling so drunk! I don't drink, I mean it is safe to say I don't. I don't even go out, and it is hard to remember the last time I really went out. Again, lucky for me, home was five steps away. So I nicely walked away from the party once I felt a little waddle in my step, and blur in my vision. Made sure all was well, went to bed as it was very late at the time.
Woke up in the morning feeling wonderful! Ha..so I thought. Lied in bed talking to my husband for about five minutes, talking about how great I felt, until I got up and my world spun! I felt worse than the night before. I felt dizzy, my head hurt SO bad, felt a heart burn feeling coming over me, felt like I could taste the alcohol, I was so thirsty, I mean "what was that red drink!?" I said frantically with a frown on my face. So that was the day, the day I experienced my first ever hang over!
Happy to report my day went by fine despite what I apparently put my body through, and after I had some hot soup as I was directed to have, I felt better. My little boy didn't know a thing, and I still made him yummy pancakes that morning with a side of hemp milk! That was definitely a moment I wont forget, dealing with a hangover while making sure I'm mommy first, because the headache can wait.
One thing to be learned from this post is; don't drink the foreign fruity red drink, not after you have had wine, and definitely don't agree to a second.
When did you experience your first hangover? Do you have any ways of "curing" the hangover?
We didn't put too much thought or planning into it, and we have made better ones. But this has always been one of our favorite things to do together.
It wasn't such a big deal some might say..but he goes through too much for a little three-year old. And his patience has been tested many times. I grew up with very few doctor visits, and very few issues as a child, so to see my son to deal with so much..simply breaks my heart. Asthma and food allergies. We don't want to, but we work for asthma and food allergies, we raise awareness with every person we talk to, and every new place we visit.
Sadly our next appointment is in another two to three weeks, so we won't be getting answers soon. Once we compare results with the skin test results, and if we have anything that looks like he might be okay with, we would have to set up another appointment for a food challenge. This will be a long process. And to think, I first made the appointment to discuss immunizations for my son.
We ended our Monday with a sweet treat for our little boy. He couldn't make mommy any more proud. Just wish all his allergies and asthma would go away!
He had over thirty skin pricks to test his reaction to allergens. Done on both arms and both legs. We have never done so many at one time before but went along with it. He was incredibly patient and understanding. I don't think even some adults could have the patience for what he did. They aren't just bunch of skin pricks, but skin pricks that make him itch! We blew on it together, sang some songs, and played "doctor" ourselves to help him get through it.
They turned into red dots right away, and some into bigger hives..some not! We blew on it to help with the itching. He said "ok mommy.." biting his teeth tight with a little shaky voice as I explained to him, why and what we were doing. It was a long day for sure, from the waiting room to waiting on the doctor, and to the skin testing itself. We brought in some fresh food to test, like onions, a banana, garlic, oats, and a couple more items that we were curious to get answers about.
In the end, I'm not sure if we got any real answers. We saw the results and the doctor concluded, my baby boy looks allergic to dogs, mold, tuna, string beans, salmon..etc. And might be showing improvement with some like wheat. But like I said, no real answers. As accurate as they say the skin testing is versus other ways of testing even blood. I didn't feel the excitement come over me. I wanted more. It was hard to even think of because it was the foods that he had an anaphylactic reaction to at six months.
And, no I really don't think I'm being negative about it, just really cautious of even thinking or getting excited too soon. I used to think and pray of the day that my baby boy would outgrow something, to hear he is getting better, but it has always been the other way. So my way of dealing with it is, just let it be what it is today. He has food allergies, asthma..and that's that. No maybe plans in the future, of course always hopeful, but focusing on today, learning to live with!
Also didn't help that this wasn't the first time my boy has had skin testing for allergies, and I couldn't help but notice the difference. This time, this doctor "pricked" him like twelve at a time, and usually it is done one by one. Something about this "new way" as he called it, didn't seem like much of a prick, more like a press on. So let it be, I am not celebrating anything yet. Instead thinking about how much we want to move because of his new strong allergy to mold. :(..and as always dreaming of a day my son can be safe around all foods and breathe well at all times.
I always wondered how he would carry all this on him, in a little bag, on a pouch... Then I stumbled upon the Bushmates Series Medical Holders; the Monkey asthma/anaphylaxis case from Activeaide.
My son wanted to carry it around right away. It is very cute and is lined with four protective layers, that are thermal silver inner layer, air pocket core, another silver thermal layer, and the plush outer skin. It has a soft outer layer much like a plush toy. Has a key ring right at the neck of the monkey to attach ID tags or to hang. I explained to him what it was and he understood it.
It fits exactly one EpiPen and my sons Inhaler medicine for asthma perfectly. I was concerned by how to clean the monkey as it is like a plush toy on the outside and lined so well, I think the option would be to wipe clean? It has a little key ring on its neck so you can possibly attach it to something, but I wished it had a strap so kids can carry it over shoulder for a hands free option, because I would want my little guy to have his meds with him at all time. With our test run, my son carried it around but put it down often, until I ended up carrying it for him as would be the case with any toy a child carries around. Despite my small concerns, I think it is a great way to get little ones used to understanding the need to carry their emergency medications in a fun cute way. Perfect for toddlers that are still with their parents/guardian at all times. Lots of a our children's childhood is lost with so many warnings and scares, this is a way to bring fun with the reality that brings responsibility.
It is absolutely great, a great fun way for little kids to carry their life saving medicines in! Fits his asthma medicine and an EpiPen perfectly as I mentioned, and my son already referred to the monkey medicine holder as his "life saver friend," in reference to my explanation of what it was.
Activeaide is an Australian based company that sells only allergy and asthma products. A company inspired and motivated by their daughter Melina who had food allergies at a young age they offer great products and have an extensive links section to help others with information related to food allergies.
*I received the item to review, but all opinions are a 100% my own.
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- 36 Be Afraid Lunch Napkins
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- 2 Plastic Table Covers 54 x 102
- 16 Plastic Orange Forks
- 16 Plastic Orange Spoons
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- 1 Be Afraid Halloween Letter Banner
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- 1 Clear Plastic Skull Pitcher 48oz
- 1 Margarita Rim Salt 8oz
- 2 Skulls & Bones Ice Trays
Hope you got an idea of how fun this party kit is with the many photos all over this page, of some of the items in the Be Afraid Ultimate kit. We are very excited and can't wait to set it all up. A kit that includes the drink mix, cool skull & bone ice trays, and the pitcher to serve them in..love! I chose the "Be Afraid" kit one because I know the kids will enjoy any party and it was a way to make it fun for the adults too.
Parties are fun, but nothing beats being well prepared, so don't forget to go to Party City or the website by clicking here Party City for your next fun party! And get to Halloween shopping!!
Oh and please feel free to share any ideas or tips you may have for me about throwing a Halloween party, it'll be my first! :)
So the other day, we had a great calm day up until about eight in the evening. The day had passed eventless, we went to the playground, cooked together, and the day was almost over. Then, I was catching up on the web, when my little boy right next to me started coughing. Didn't think anything of it, he was right next to me, and I knew he hadn't eaten anything he wasn't alright with. But then the one cough turned into two..until he couldn't stop. He literally couldn't stop coughing. He threw up as a result of it too. I responded by giving him Benadryl, and Albuterol pump for asthma. When it didn't get better, my husband and I ran out to drive to hospital. Only to find out something was wrong with our car!?! So right outside we called 911, and waited for the ambulance to arrive.
Strangest part was he would stop coughing for seconds at a time and tell me a word or two with a smile on his face. He wasn't in pain, but at the same time could not stop coughing. He was completely fine until that first cough, and then the cough didn't go away. It was so scary, and I felt helpless as he did say "help me mommy." Thankfully the ambulance came and took us to the hospital. When we got there, they gave him asthma treatments. And when it didn't improve as much as they'd wanted, gave him Prednisolone to help him even more.
So that was it, we spent hours there getting treatment after treatment, and waiting in between as they would come and check to see how he was doing. He improved enough to fortunately return home, tired, hyper and hungry. We have been taking the meds as prescribed and getting Albuterol treatments with the nebulizer for now. He sounds really congested and still coughing here and there. Hoping he improves and gets all better soon.
I'm proud of him for being able to deal with it all so well, taking his medicine even if they taste horrible, sitting still getting his asthma treatments. It breaks my heart to hear my little boy know how to say "nebulizer," "asthma," and so much more..it's bitter sweet. Everyone in the ER that came to hear his lungs were all shocked at how he knew what to do, breathe in and out, and the whole routine so well. I'm so sorry he has to deal with it all, but just very proud of him. First 911 emergency call..not fun, and of course we never want to go through that again...
Our windows face the back of the building, we are on the fifth floor, and our neighborhood is on higher ground. Everyone came over Friday night, with the unknown future but we all were determined to make the best of it. We had enough food, and drinks to last us a good while if we needed it. Once everyone was settled, we all enjoyed a huge dinner that I had prepared for everyone, reminded me of a good old family get together. We had three toddlers running around, the men just relaxing watching t.v., us women playing cards. Then, we opened up a bottle of wine, and played Pictionary as a family. It was so fun to laugh, and play with each other we almost forgot why we had all had gathered.
The night passed by fast, our parents were asleep, and so were the kids. But my husband, siblings, and I stayed up as we listened to every loud sound of wind and rain hitting the windows. We were so relieved to see the outcome of the hurricane turned tropical storm. We had some rain coming in through the sides of one of our windows from the strength and amount of rain, but glad to report that as the only "damage." In the end we had very little sleep, but a night we won't forget. By Sunday afternoon, everyone had headed back home, and I was at the toy store with my little family. The winds were still stronger than usual, but nothing unbearable.
So thankful to have been fortunate, just a reminder of who's in control. Mother Nature. Be kind to her people. I joked that Irene is her daughter sent out to deliver a message to us, but..really!
Hope everyone that wasn't as fortunate is doing well, and will recover soon from everything.
And oh..thanks Irene for being kind to us, as many of us know it could have been worse...