Sunday, February 19, 2012

Valentine's Day Lovin'

Valentine's Day... a day for love and romance. As a little girl I remember being so excited about Valentine' Day. Not because of a Valentine at school or the passing out of cards or any of that. Every year my Mom, Sister and I woke up to Valentine goodies from my Dad. All three of us were his Valentines. We would come downstairs to find the coffee table or kitchen table all decorated and 3 cards, 3 boxes of candy and 3 stuffed animals. It was so exciting as a little kid. Looking back I see the bigger picture. The impact that it had on us girls that he was always our number one Valentine... as it should be.
Now that I am the Mom, I enjoy going all out for birthdays and holidays. So every year I decorate the table with Valentines day goodies. This year I toned it down a bit because we had just had Chloe's birthday, birthday party and then two days at Disneyland. So I still put out a few decorations and they each got a card and a tin of candy.
i also continued the fun by making sure Chloe's lunch box was full of Valentines day love too. I used a larger cookie cutter to make her sandwich heart shaped. I included some Valentines day candies, a festive napkin and a heart shaped doilie that had a little love note written on it.

And despite being completely exhausted from our Disneyland adventures, Justin and I made 22 heart shaped rice crispies treats for Chloe to pass out with her Valentines at school.

I hit the clearance sale at Target the day after Valentines Day and stocked up on new goodies for next year. Lots of decorations, dishes and a new table cloth. I love being a Mommy and being responsible for creating those memories for my kids. Those are the things that make this "Homemakers" heart happy.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Always check Amazon first!!!!

So I LOVE Anytime I need a new charger of any kind (and we need them on a regular basis since our 15 month old American Bulldog eats them all)... I go to Amazon first. A few bucks later I have my new charger. We have also purchased books, toys for the kids, cell phone accessories and other various things on Amazon.
I go to an all womens gym and spa and I started tanning in October. I have not been seeing any difference so I caved and bought a $30 bottle of tanning lotion. Still no difference. Finally I decided to bite the bullet and buy the expensive "good" lotion. $63 later (and that's with a "discount" for being a VIP Member) I had myself a bottle of the "good stuff." A few days later I am at dinner with a friend and I mention my ridiculously expensive lotion and she shakes her head and says, "Oh Carli... AMAZON" Sure enough... the bottle I paid $63 for (after my "discount") sells for $23 on Amazon! Live and learn right?! But when I learn a lesson like that I must pass it along so no one else makes my $40 mistake!

Lesson learned my friends.... Lesson learned