Did anyone participate in the craziness that is Black Friday?? Amazon.com matched several deals online and I snagged some great deals on movies, toys and video games last night. I got up around 7 this morning and popped into Target to get some bedding items and it was completely empty!
Here were some of my favorite deals:
Free 8x10 from Walgreens.com (pick up in store for no shipping fees). Only one free 8x10 single-image print per household. Coupon code TURKEY8X10 valid for one use per account thru November 30, 2013.
50% off Gap and Old Navy. I got the girls pajamas and myself some slacks and sweaters.
20% off of Anthropologie.com I sent a ton of links to my husband who hopefully purchased some Christmas gifts here :)
We have finally set our sights on the garage renovation. Our old house had essentially a three car garage and an extra storage room but we definitely downsized in that area with this home.
The good thing here about the garage is that there is a significant amount of cabinet storage. The bad thing is that we need a different kind of storage, one that doesn't take up so much footprint of the garage. The north side of the garage has shelves that are about chest high. The shelves are a bit rickety and hold a lot of our leftover construction supplies for the kitchen renovation. The eastern side of the garage (closest to the laundry room) has hallow cabinets that go from floor to the ceiling. They would be great if they didn't take so much space away from parking the cars. We need that extra square footage to get in and out of the cars while they are parked inside. The picture below is P tearing beginning to tear them down because he was tired of looking at them.
The lighting in here consists of an old light bulb that has seen better days. Seriously, doesn't that look like what you'd find in a Alcatraz prison cell?? I think it would look so much better with a pendant light in a bright fun color. And see that brown that surrounds it? The entire garage is painted that ugly mousy brown....
The spot in the picture below drives me nuts. I love the idea of a utility sink and this one has served us well but it's so disgusting and old! It's also built into this rickety old shelving unit that has also seen better days. I'm sure this was on the cutting edge of house perks in 1962 but now it's just a gross looking. This is a great work area when we are outside so I'm thinking of replacing it with a peg board, new counter and new utility sink.
We've already made some progress so I will update this weekend with the small changes which have made a huge difference.
Those of you on my Facebook may have seen the LoveforJLK hashtag and story. JLK is the daughter of our friends the Kranz’s. We met before kids and to be honest her mother Libby is one of the few people that I can totally confide in with minimal judgment and complete honesty. Libby is hilarious and a staunch Republican. Don’t ask me how we get along so well but we do!
About three weeks ago, Libby’s daughter JLK was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable brain tumor. Just like that they went from anticipating JLK’s 6th birthday to hospital stays, to tumor and finally cancer. To say that the family is devastated doesn’t quite encompass just how serious it is. I personally can’t even wrap my head around it.
JLK is 6. She loves dress up and princesses. She is such a beautiful and zany soul. At a recent play date, JLK and A filled their bellies with fruit rollups, pirates booty and played a board game. They laughed and chased the kitten when they thought we weren’t looking. They watched cartoons. They were just kids with no cares in the world. On our way home A told me that she had fun and that she wanted to see JLK soon. She doesn’t really know that JLK has brain cancer or really, that anything is going on. She just knew that there was fun to be had and treats to be eaten with her friend. I bit my lip the entire way home trying not to cry while listening to her chatter away about JLK. This is so real but I can’t bring myself to tell my daughter the details about it....
The family was told they had 9 months. 9 months to cram in as much magic, togetherness and love as they possibly can.
You can follow their journey here. Please send any good thoughts and prayers their way. And if you are so inclined and want to help, there are two ways to donate funds for Tony to stay home when JLK is done with treatment. We can’t take away tumors or cancer but we can help ensure the family is together as much as possible right here, right now.
I'm linking up with Jen again for Thursday Thoughts!
Kiki turned 8 months old today! She is such a little happy baby, always smiling and giggling. She brings so much light into our lives and she adores her big sister. She beams and laughs out loud when her sister plays with her or reads to her, it is so great to see them together. At 8 months she is babbling "Ma-Ma," pointing, sitting up and rocking on all fours. Watch out world she will be crawling soon!
Everyone is talking about Black Friday but I'm not sure if people realize that the majority of the deals in the store can be found online. Amazon.com usually price matches the majority of the stuff. I've got my eyes on the Monsters University Blu Ray and a few video games for my nephews.
I sent the husband my Christmas list for this year which includes this cute Starbucks mug. He broke my Rodarte one that I got last year so here's a way to make it up to me P!
I'm still trying to process the passing of our dog. It's
weird, I know that she was in pain and had tried to prepare myself but
the house feels a lot more empty without her.
This story about San Francisco turning into Gotham for this little boy makes me so happy!
We found her via a Craigslist ad nine years ago. We wanted a companion for our other pug and so
set up a date to talk to the owner. We met at a local park where we talked to
the owner and he told us that with a new baby they just couldn't take care of her.
She was so skinny and malnourished. She had an ear infection and had been living
outside. I knew that even if she didn't work out and get along with Mookie that
we would take her anyway and then try to place her with a pug rescue group.
She was an awesome companion and a compliant dog. Even when Mookie was mad as hell about moving and kept trying to run away, Sassy
would stay close to her home. She wasn't ever really a fan of being outside, but
one some warm days she would stretch out and nap in the sun with Mookie not far
from her side. It was interesting, during the day they acted ambivalent towards
each other but at night they often cuddled together on their bed.
We knew things weren't right with her when she started walking slower and not quite making it outside to go to the bathroom. Muscle detrioration, old age, pain management and making her
comfortable were the conversations that surrounded our little dog.
Sassy girl passed away
yesterday peacefully with her Dad and awesome vet by her side. Somewhere, she is running around not limping or breathing hard from the pain.