I’m Featured On More Than Mommies Again

I almost forgot that I had signed up for this. But at the end of last year or beginning of this year the ladies over at More Than Mommies were offering blogs who had been a part of their weekly Sunday Sip a chance at a 2nd feature. It seems like eons ago and also at a time when I was far more active in my blogging. So this weekend when I got the email saying this was my Sunday I was excited. Maybe this is just what I need to get back into this. Life has been crazy of late and blogging has been put on the back burner. But now maybe there’s a new found reason to make some time for blogging.

Please head on over to More Than Mommies and learn a little more about me. That includes what has been keeping me busy of late. Tell them I said, “Hi!” What a great bunch of ladies who really give so much to the blogging community.

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A Week In The Life Of Monica #6

Moving right along in February I had another fun filled week. And I know you’re dying to know what happened. So here’s the blow by blow of my week.

Saturday February 8

A quiet Saturday.  My middle daughter was still at a friend’s house.  The little ones enjoyed their very first Paczki donuts in the morning.  A special treat.  My husband and I both had to work at night.  I started cooking dinner before I had to get some work done and asked my oldest to finish.  My middle daughter came home just in time for dinner.  I worked the rest of the night.  My husband came home from work and got the little ones to bed.

February 8 2014

Sunday February 9

More work.  That’s how my day began, working.  My husband also had to work.  He came home right around dinner time.  We ate and spent Sunday hanging around.  I did laundry and got the little ones a bath and to bed.  And the rest of the night was spent folding laundry, watching TV, and working.  Anyone seeing a theme here?  No wonder our kids are always complaining about boring weekends.

February 9 2014

Monday February 10

Back to school for the three big kids.  I was up at my usual 5:15 am getting my middle daughter ready to leave for school.  Brought her to her bus stop, came home, worked out, took a shower, got my oldest daughter up and to school.  Then I came home and woke my son up.  Got him ready and my husband brought him to the bus stop.  After they were all off to school we went to Walmart to get a few things we needed.  We checked out a tattoo shop and chatted with a tattooist for a little while.  We came home just in time for my son to get off his bus.  Gave the little ones lunch and then I needed to make some phone calls.  I ended up being on the phone much later than I anticipated and my daughter was texting me about coming to pick her up.  Got off the phone and went to get my teen and brought her out to Moe’s for some chips and queso, something we like to do together often.  Then we had to go pick up her sister from her bus stop.  Got her and went back home.  Had dinner and I had to work.  My husband got the little ones to bed.  The older two followed shortly after.  I finished working and went to bed.

February 10, 2014

Tuesday February 11

Another day of driving people to and from.  Got my middle daughter off to school around 6, came home, worked out, and then I had to get my oldest daughter to school and husband to work.  So we had to get the little ones up and loaded into the car.  Got my daughter to school and husband to work and got the little ones home and fed them.  Brought my son to his bus stop and came back in and started getting my youngest ready for her to finally go back to school.  She hadn’t been back in a week.  We headed off to her school where I was worried we’d have more tears, but to my surprise and relief she didn’t cry at all.

February 11 2014

I left her school and went back to Walmart because my middle daughter needed a piece of poster board.  Then I went to Kohl’s to try to find something I needed, but was not successful.  It was time to go pick my youngest up.  Found out she had a great day and didn’t cry at all.  Brought her home and waited for my landlord to come over to collect rent.  He never came.  Got my son off the bus and we had lunch.  I put my youngest down for a nap and took a nap myself.  I had to go get my middle daughter from her bus stop and my oldest had stayed after school so I had to pick her up too.  Got them both, found out my landlord was finally going to come, had to tell him no one would be home, and went and got my husband from work.  We came home and got dinner ready.  After dinner I had to help my oldest daughter with her Social Studies project.  My husband put the little ones to bed.  I finished what I could do (drawing a picture) for my daughter’s project and she completed it and went to bed.  I went to bed shortly after.

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Wednesday February 12

This day started out like every other.  Bringing everyone to school.  My husband and I went out and got a few new outfits for our youngest daughter.  We got something to eat and then went home and waited for our son to get out of school.  My middle daughter had a half day so we had a little mommy daughter time.  I took her out to lunch.  By the time we finished her oldest sister was getting out of school.  She wanted me to take her shopping, but she wanted her sister to come so we went to get her and went shopping.  I got each of them a few new things and then we went home.  We had dinner and I had to work again.  We were anticipating a snow storm the next day and slowly we started getting notification that there was no school for each of the kids.  So everyone stayed up a little late.  My husband put the little ones to bed and played Scattegories with the two older ones while I worked.  Then everyone went to bed.

February 12 2014

Thursday February 13

SNOW DAY!  We woke up to quite a bit of snow.  It had started earlier than predicted.  My husband had to call out of work.  He attempted to stay on top of it, but with snow falling at over 2 inches an hour it wasn’t easy.  And as always there are people who are just crazy enough to go out in this weather and there’s bound to be people who get stuck out in front of our house.  Here was one of many incidences like that this day…

February 13 2014

While everyone was outside digging in the snow I was inside completing a training thing for work.  Everyone came in cold and snow covered.  We got them warmed up and spent the rest of the day just hanging around watching the snow fall.  My oldest daughter even took to some selfies with her little siblings that night.  Slowly we got the calls that school was canceled for my middle daughter and delayed for my son and oldest the next day.  So another late night for everyone.  I was still expecting completely canceled for my oldest though.

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Friday February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I woke up to check to see if my oldest daughter’s school would cancel.  I was kind of thinking if they didn’t I would just keep her home considering that the recycling truck got stuck on our street in front of our house.  Do not stop at our stop sign when it snows, ha.  They did cancel school so another snow day.  My son had been complaining of a stomach ache, but I didn’t think too much of it.  I went out with my husband to dig us out.  Ice fell on top of the snow so it was a heavy wet mess.  After 2 1/2 hours of shoveling I got it mostly done.  My husband had stopped to go in and relax before going to work so he was out there for about an hour.  My oldest came out to help me finish the job.  My husband left for work and we finished up and came back in to my son throwing up.  So I had to clean that up.  I had to go across the street to get some ginger ale and crackers for my son so I picked up up something to eat too.  My oldest daughter and I walked, or rather slid, over there.  My daughter bought me a card and some flowers for Valentine’s day.  We had dinner and then I had to work.  My husband came home from work with flowers, a balloon, candy, and chocolate covered strawberries for me.  We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day since our anniversary is a few weeks later, but none the less it is nice to get treats.  He had some stuff for the kids too.  They stayed up for a little while longer and shortly after my husband and I went to bed too.  It was a very exhausting day.

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And that was this 2nd week of February.  Check back next week because it’s shaping up to be a good one.

How was your week?

Write A Love Letter To Yourself


I watched this video where people were asked to write a love letter to themselves. They reacted just about how I think I would have reacted at first, but they did it. And I got to thinking this would be a really great writing challenge, but also a really great way to help boost our own self esteem. So I decided to do it and share it here on my blog. Not to be a narcissist or anything like that, but because I think this is a good place for me to keep stuff like this to come back to and I think it’s something we all should give a try in order to reflect upon oneself and hopefully gain a new found respect and love for oneself. A great way to boost our own self image.

I also began to think of this in terms of being a mother to a preteen daughter and a teenage daughter. And I thought about their self esteem. It’s something I know they struggle with on a daily basis and I try so hard to stop them from getting down on themselves. It is hard, you have to lead by example. Those years when your body is changing so much and your peers are looking at you and pointing out every single fault you wish no one would ever see were hard on us all and I don’t think any of us would want to go back to it. And because of that I thought this would be a good exercise for them to really look at themselves and understand why they are so great. And not because I tell them they are or their father tells them they are or anyone else, but because of the things they can find value in and how it is they can foster that and remember that when they do get down on themselves.

So I asked my teen if she’d do it. I’ll ask my preteen too, but she has a lot of school work to get caught up on first. My teen said she’d do it, but then she said I’ve never written a love letter before. I had to explain to her that a love letter isn’t always about romance. She has written letters to people telling them how she feels so she absolutely has written a love letter before. I hope she does it and I kind of hope she lets me read it, but that will be up to her. It is her love letter after all. But I am sharing mine with you all and with her right here and now.

Dear Monica,
This might be the hardest letter I have ever had to write. And that’s sad, because really it should be the easiest to do. I love you, faults and all! And I know I don’t show it enough, but I really do.

You are so determined and passionate. When you set your mind to something you do everything in your power to see it through. Family first is your motto and I love that about you. Keeping priorities straight is definitely a good thing.

You might even be generous to a fault always trying to help those in need and making sacrifices and bending over backwards for others. Not everyone sees all of the little things you do, but it’s not going unnoticed, I assure you.

You have a beautiful smile and a pretty terrific sense of humor if I do say so myself. And all of these things are what make it so easy to love you, but not always show you that I do.

I hope to change that and remind you on a daily basis how special you really are. If you’ll allow me to that is and I really hope you do. You deserve to be loved and treated right Monica and I want to do that for you. So will you let me?

Love always,
Your first love
Monica

If you write yourself a love letter will you please do me a favor and link me to it? I would love to read it and I would love to hear what you think of doing this exercise.

Changes At Monica’s Mom Musings

Monica's Mom MusingsYup, that’s right, there are going to be changes here at Monica’s Mom Musings.  I have been fighting with this, but it’s just something that has got to be done.  If I don’t do it, then I feel like I’ll be deceiving you, but if I do do it, then it means admitting that my kids are growing up.  Who wants to admit that?  Well, certainly not me, especially when it comes to my baby, but I’ve gotta do what I have got to do.

So since my youngest daughter will be starting “school” at the end of the month my tagline has to change.  Mind you, it’s not school school.  She is super excited about this as she has been trying to get on the bus with her big brother for months now.  She has her Doc McStuffin’s backpack and is just ready for this.  She turns 3 in less than a month and what that means here is she can no longer be in the Birth to Three program and her speech therapist will no longer come to the house.  To receive her speech therapy she has to go to a classroom without me.  So for an hour and a half two days a week I will bring her to school and leave her.

But why does that effect my blog?  Well, since the moment my blog began my tagline has been “Blogging my way through parenting.”  And then usually I’ll add toddler to teen.  It is how I let people know the wide age range of kids I’m here parenting.  It’s that toddler part that isn’t really true anymore.  My youngest isn’t toddling about much these days.  She is quite sturdy on her feet and capable of walking completely on her own and running from me when I take her out of the car.  I have to say, thankfully she only does that when we get home in our own driveway and she never runs out into the street.  She climbs stairs like a champ and really hasn’t been a toddler for some time now probably.

But now knowing that she will be starting a school program even just 2 days a week has me realizing that I now have a preschooler.  I don’t quite like the ring of Blogging my way through parenting.  Preschooler to teen, but it is what it is.  It doesn’t have the same ring to me as toddler to teen, but she’s just not a toddler anymore.

Even though they are all growing up right before my very eyes you will still get the same kind of blogging from me.  It’s still all about the parenting.  And all about my thoughts in parenting.  I might still talk about things to do with pregnancy, the baby stage, and even the toddler stage of parenting.  And even beyond that you’ll get stuff from me about preparing for college, having a teen driver on the horizon, and dating.  Eeek, dating.  Boy am I glad that’s something that hasn’t actually come about yet.  I don’t entirely see it in the very near future, but I won’t be able to say that forever.

Over the next year there might be some other changes you’ll see on this blog, visually, but it will still be the same me.  The same writing, the same kind of topics, and the same tone.  But whatever changes happen to Monica’s Mom Musings in the coming year I hope will just make this blog that much more enjoyable to be around, even if that means I don’t have a toddler anymore.

So now I want to know, what are you hoping to hear from me the most in 2014?

2013 On Monica’s Mom Musings

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This has been a good year in my personal and professional life, but I would have to say also here on my blog.  My readership has grown and I’m so happy to see all of the new readers interacting here.  Upon reflecting on this year I wanted to share with you some of my favorite posts from the last 12 months.  Let me say it’s hard to pick just one from each month so there will be a few from each month.  So please don’t mind me while I reminisce.  And please be thinking about what one of your favorite posts I have written this year is.  What got you to keep coming back?

January

I started out the year right away with my reflections on parenting in this piece about how after having four children I still can’t figure out the trick to getting kids to sleep in their own bed at night.  FYI, one year later all 4 kids are in their own beds all night long (unless they are sick).  So lesson here is it just takes time and consistency.  It will happen and I look back on that time now and think, oh that wasn’t so bad.

Then I shared the glories of raising a teenager.  This post had a list of the most obvious signs that there’s a teenager living under my roof, you know in case you didn’t know.

And of course I had to give props to my preteen too.  The second part of the How You Know series was How You Know There’s A Preteen In Your Home.

Finally in January I wrote about dispelling the negative stigma of developmental delays.  As someone who has dealt with developmental delays in all of her children in one form or another I think it’s really important that people get the help that’s needed rather than doing a “wait and see” approach.  The earlier you get help, the better.  For the record, my 2 year old who turns 3 in just over a month will be going to school starting the end of January for speech therapy and I’m so happy she’s going to get the help she needs, but also she so wants to be in school so this will be a nice taste of that.

February

February started with a birthday in our house and some reminiscing about not having a baby in the house anymore.  I wonder if her 3rd birthday will make me as sad?  I’ve already been thinking my tagline on my blog has to change because the baby is more of a preschooler than a toddler now.  Parenting preschooler to teen just doesn’t have the same ring to it as Parenting toddler to teen does though.

Then on Facebook I had an argument with someone about whether or not it’s right for people to share stillborn pictures.  It got quite heated and prompted me to start a campaign to share angel babies.  I was happy to share my friends pictures of their little ones on my Facebook wall, although I didn’t end up with a whole lot to share.  I still wish people would understand how hurtful it is when they refuse our angels and how we choose to share them.

For Valentine’s Day I had a party and shared some Valentines ideas with everyone.   I love getting my craft on, in particular, baking.

Giving my teen and preteen a little love I wrote the Top Ten Reasons I Love My Teen And Preteen.  Totally still loving all of these things about parenting a teen and preteen too.

And because there was some debate about the Yahoo CEO and how she was running the company I just had to put my 2 cents in for all they were worth.  I am a little sad that Marissa Mayer did not heed my request to go back to the original Yahoo layout though.

March

In the beginning of the month my husband and I celebrated 13 years of marriage.  I shared 13 things about us the couple.

I went on a bit of a tangent about not blaming Hollywood if our kids say or do things we don’t like.  Because ultimately it’s on us parents to make sure our kids are not watching inappropriate things on television.

And then I took a look at the use of social media in this day and age as it relates to my older children, in particular my teenager.  It’s funny how quickly things can change too.  Back in March she had no smartphone, today she has one because she actually needed it for school.  But still there are a lot of rules and I reserve the right to remove things on her Facebook.

And then there was my rant about teacher’s getting a bad rap.  I don’t envy teachers at all.  Seriously dealing with students, parents, and school administration.  They have a lot of different personalities at work there and I just expressed in this piece how I don’t think they are always the reasons our children aren’t as successful as we’d like them to be.  Go ahead and read it, it was a real good one.

April

The month of April brings a lot of birthdays around here.  So I tend to have party planning ideas.  Two very popular posts that still get hits daily are my One Direction party plan and my 1D party invitation post this month.

In April I was really hashing out plans for the upcoming year of education for my kids.  Boy was that tough and looking back at everything I said in my post titled Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, Oh My I am so happy to say that everything has worked out this year as I had hoped it would when we were making those tough choices.

My middle daughter turned 11 on the 11th and I shared 11 Things About My 11 Year Old.

April tends to be a month where we are really beginning to look ahead to the next school year and with that comes discussions with teachers and school administration.  I gave my pointers in how to properly advocate for your child’s education even under the most hostile of circumstances.  Sometimes we just have to remove ourselves and ignore the things that were done in the past in order to focus on the future.

And then on April 22nd my oldest turned 14 and I wrote 14 Things About My 14 Year Old.

May

I lived on $1.50 of food and drink a day for 5 days with my oldest daughter.  This was my 2nd year doing it and it’s always very eye opening.  Here was the recap of my Living Below The Line this year.

Hey, everyone with school aged children should know how to treat head lice.  Here were my pointers after I dealt with a terrible case of it a few years ago.

A tribute to my mother for Mother’s Day.

So I tackled some of my views on abortion in this month.  Mostly that I don’t think that pregnancy crisis centers are such a bad thing, but I think the way abortion is done in America does need to change.  You might be shocked by what I think needs to be changed about it.

Breast is best, but how long do those benefits of breastfeeding truly benefit a child?  This was a post I had a lot of fun writing since after having four children I have fed each of them so very different, but to look at my kids you wouldn’t be able to tell which one had no breastmilk and which one had nothing but.

June

I wrote a letter to my daughter’s classmates who think her skin is too white.  It’s not easy being fair skinned, it takes a lot of hard work to maintain that ivory skin.

Here was a list of ways that I know that I’m parenting right.  Parenting is tough so it’s good to know when something is going right.

And the controversial topics just kept coming.  Plan B was approved to be sold over the counter with no age restrictions and lets just say it wasn’t something I was happy with.  Still am not, but unplanned pregnancy is not something I have yet had to be concerned about either.

I reflected on what it was like to have more children after experiencing a loss.  Having another child just does not erase that loss, ever.

And another popular post was my Crayon Wreath Tutorial.  This was also a huge hit with my son’s teacher.  I might be making more of these in the future.

July

I shared my husband’s fears of having a teenage daughter.  Boys!  Luckily she’s not dating, but it probably isn’t too far off and realizing that boys are noticing your little girl can be hard.

I had some pretty strong views on school uniforms which I shared.

And my teenage daughter said her goodbyes to a young girl who was her age and lost a very long and very hard battle with Cancer.

August

Here’s a post I didn’t think needed to be written.  Parenting is hard.  Who didn’t know that?  Well, I guess it’s better to be said than just assume that everyone knows it.

We moved in August.  Okay it was just down two flights of stairs, but it was a move none the less and it definitely caused us stress.

I shared some lessons I learned in my 14 years of being a mom.

September

For childhood Cancer awareness month I announced that I was shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s.

A post about making that all important decision about getting your child a cell phone.  One thing I will say is never say never because things always change.

It’s always good to see a plan fall into place the right way.  So the kids all started out school with high expectations and it was a true test to see how everyone would do.  For the record everything is still working out great.

Here’s an important one for just about everyone because we probably all know someone who has experienced a loss.  Ten Things Not To Say To A Grieving Mother.  Seriously, go read that one, it’s a good one.

October

I love Halloween time.  So once October hit I was very excited to get my decorations up and that included the new addition of this Louie The Spider Wreath.  I’m very proud of this DIY tutorial.

This is another popular post that gets hits daily.  Five Birthday Party Ideas For Little Boys.  I love planning a party and even though my son had a Chuck E. Cheese party this year stuff like this is always floating around in my head.  You never know when a friend is going to ask for a party idea after all.

I called MANA (Midwife Alliance of North America) out on not releasing their homebirth death rates by the end of the year as promised.

November

I blogged every day for the month of November so there might be a lot of posts for this month.  To start with there was the 6 Fun Facts About My 6 Year Old.  I love that kid and he starts out November right with his birthday.

And then his birthday is quickly followed by my birthday where I shaved my head for St. Baldrick’s this year.  That was amazing by the way and I’m so beyond thrilled to have raised over $1000 for childhood Cancer.

I made a Tie Dye birthday cake for my son’s birthday party.  Everyone was asking how I did it, so I wrote up a tutorial for it.

What better thing to have right before the holidays than a holiday shopping guide?  I wrote up a list of ten items that make great gifts for the impossible to shop for.

December

And for the final month of the year I started out with an update of what I look like one month after shaving my head for childhood Cancer.

And I gave my thoughts on children and an allowance.

I did some reflection on what it’s like living 5 years without a piece of my heart.

Not to toot my own horn, but  this past year produced some good writing.  I am looking forward to what this year brings.  I’m hoping for lots of big changes on the horizon in my family and in business.  Maybe even some changes on this blog.  I look forward to seeing what the new year brings for us all.

So tell me, what was your favorite blog post of mine from 2013?

Hair Chalk

ellorefemmechalk2My daughters love having some sort of color in their hair, but they aren’t so sure yet that they want to do anything that’s permanent.  Especially my eleven year old.  For her first day of school this year I offered to buy her something special and she chose hair chalk.  It claimed it would work in all hair colors.  My daughters both have brown hair.  It’s a medium brown, but we had a heck of a time getting some of the color to show up.  That was kind of a disappointment for my daughter that it didn’t show up as bold as it looked in the pictures.  We haven’t used it since and I’m not entirely sure if it’s because she has so much hair and I was using too big of pieces of hair.  But I’m also willing to try out different hair chalks to see if another kind will work better in her hair.

So when US Family Guide Bloggers sent me an opportunity to try out Ellore Femme hair chalk I knew I had to try this for my girls.  Here’s what they have to say about their product:

 

If you don’t know what Hair Chalk is, then prepare yourself for amazingness! It’s a super fun, temporary method to add some serious flair to your hair. These vibrantly colored hair-chalk sticks from Ellore Femme help you to easily paint rainbow hues onto strands. The easy-to-blend dyes are formulated with natural plant pigments, rendering the chalk non-toxic. All 24 colors easily wash out in the shower.

Spontaneous hair color

Set with heat

Blendable colors

Nontoxic, natural plant pigments

Washes out after one shower

Use on wet hair

24 vibrant shades

May transfer onto clothing during application

May cause respiratory irritation if inhaled

And my readers also get to try this out for less too.  Use promo code BL15 to save $30 on Elorre Femme 24 piece hair chalk.  Regular price is $44.99, get it with this promo code for just $14.99.  By the way, I spend $10 on the other brand of hair chalk I purchased for my daughter and only received 4 colors so this is an amazing deal!  Just go to Elorre Femme and use promo code BL15.

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Holiday Gift Buying For The Impossible To Shop For

Gift IdeasNow that we are getting into the gift buying season you are probably starting to make a list of who you’re shopping for this year.  You are probably also trying to figure out what to get everyone.  Some on your list hopefully are very easy to shop for, but what do you do about the people on your list who are not so easy to shop for?  You don’t want to resort to cash or gift cards because that seems so impersonal.  So then what do you do to show you really put thought into that gift this year, while still maintaining your budget?  Well, here are ten gift ideas for the people on your list who are hard to shop for.

10 Unique Gift Ideas For The Hard To Buy For

  1. Tickets to a show.  A concert, the theater, the opera, a sporting event, or whatever the gift receiver is most interested in get a couple of tickets to the nearest event.  In case you’re wondering I’m a Def Leppard fan and Mets baseball fan, hint hint…
  2. Personalized items.  If you know someone who plays the guitar, then personalized guitar picks.  A golfer, personalized golf balls.  Whatever the person’s hobby is, get them something they’ll use with it and have their name printed on it.  They’ll love that you thought about their interests and gave them something that’s generally generic and made it all their own.
  3. Fruit of the month club.  The gift that keeps on giving year round.  It doesn’t have to be fruit, it can be flowers or chocolates.  Something that will make them think of you every month and smile as their treat arrives.  Flowers are really a great way to spruce up the home.  Be careful with the candy.  You don’t want to give that to someone you suspect might be making a New Years resolution to lose weight.
  4. A membership to a gym.  If you know that someone has been wanting to join a gym, but hasn’t been able to justify the expense, then buy the year membership for him.  Make sure it’s something he really wants though.  You can also sign a person up for a cake decorating class, a basketball team, or dance lessons if it’s something they have been saying they want to do.  Hint hint for husbands, your wife might really enjoy doing some ballroom dancing with you.  This could be the perfect unique gift this holiday season, but you better be willing to join her without griping about it, otherwise she’s going to wonder why you even bothered.
  5. A Swiss Army Knife.  This is always a practical gift for just about anyone.  We all need tools for quick fixes in an emergency situation.  Having a Swiss Army knife on you at all times really makes that easier.
  6. For the 21 and over crowd, booze.  Unless you are dealing with a recovering alcoholic (please make sure you don’t give alcohol to someone who’s a recovering alcoholic) this is always a great go to gift.  Give a person your favorite bottle of wine, or if you know what his favorite libation is get that for him.
  7. The gift of adventure.  Get someone a day of skydiving or bungee jumping.  Or give him a helicopter tour of the city, or maybe flying lessons if it’s something he has always wanted to do.  Depending on your budget this could really be a whole lot of fun.
  8. Keepsakes.  If you have a special memory with pictures put together a photo album of this time together with the person.  Be creative.  The ticket stub to the first concert you went to together and all of the mementos from that evening in a memory box.
  9. Your time.  If this person has small children, then offer to babysit so they can go out on the town for an evening.  If it’s a single friend who doesn’t get out a lot, then pick a date to go to a movie of his choosing.  Your aging parents/grandparents, then offer to do some yard work around the house one weekend.
  10. Donations.  Making a donation in someone else’s name is a great gift.  Support someone’s alma mater by purchasing something with the school’s logo on it.  If you know of a cause that someone is really passionate about, then donate money to it.  Shameless plug here, and another gift idea for anyone who has me on their list of impossible to shop for people, St. Baldrick’s.  I for one would love to see a donation made to childhood Cancer in my name.  Give kids with Cancer Moments Like This…

So there you have it.  Now you have 10 unique gift giving ideas for the impossible to shop for this holiday season.  Do you see any on this list you think someone might like?  Do you have any to add to it?

Thank A Veteran

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On this Veterans day I really want you to take the time to say thank you to a Veteran. Over the years we have gotten a little jaded towards the military and what they do, but much like the firefighters of 9-11 they run into dangerous situations without thinking and help people.

Right now countless US service members are mobilizing and headed to the Philippines to help those people out of the devastation they have experienced. Maybe they’ll help keep order from looters, maybe they’ll help rebuild communities, and maybe they’ll help rescue a family who has been stranded for days buried under debris. That’s something to be thankful for.

But even beyond that, we can thank them for protecting us from other terrorist attacks.  They are on the front lines everyday risking their lives for us so that we can enjoy the freedoms we enjoy. So no matter what you might think about the military and what they are doing in other countries they are doing great things. They have done great things and they deserve our respect and our thanks.

So to all the service men and women of our country, past, present, and future I thank you for what you do. Keep up the good work!

Have you thanked a veteran today?

Happy Halloween From Monica’s Mom Musings

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It’s Halloween.  Time for little ghosts and goblins to go out and spread cheer throughout the neighborhood.  Remember, take it slow as you’re driving home from work tonight.  There might be some early trick or treaters out there.  Lets keep everyone safe.

Check that candy before you eat it and make sure you are well lit while walking around.  Stay in a group and watch where you step.  If any costumes are a little long tape up the ends to help prevent any falls down the stairs.  Remember the basic rules like look both ways before crossing the street, kids.

Those are my safety tips for the night.  I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween.

Sundae Spa

sundaespalogoTaking a spa and melding it with sundaes makes for the perfect mother/daughter experience.  Could there possibly be such a place that would put icecream together with manicures and makeup?  Yes, there is, it’s called Sundae Spa.  Here’s what they have to say about it:

Sundae Spa is a Deliciously Interactive experience. Salon and Spa for kids. Includes Dessert Manicures, Pedicures, Facials, Hair wraps, feathers, extensions, glam strands and more. We also offer make your own customized dessert counter products that include, body spray, lip gloss, chapstick, soap, scented bouncy balls, slime and much more. Not enough? We offer private parties in our private party rooms, Thursday Event Nights, Girl Scout Events and Much more….. Check it Out!!!!

My Readers can enjoy a Weekend Party for 5 at Sundae Spa for only $149.95 use this exclusive coupon.

If you take advantage of this, then please come by and let me know how it was.

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I am sharing this deal with you as a part of the US Family Guide Blogger program.