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Ready, Set…Go! Time to Make Summer Plans

Yesterday was a busy and fun day. First, a friend made me (it was 20 degrees out) run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir (more than once) while our children did a great soccer program called Junior Academy at Boston College. My friend was so nice and encouraging that I didn’t feel bad that I was probably slowing her down (okay, definitely slowing her down).

After the session we went to the Teen Life Fair at the Mall at Chestnut Hill and so at least 20 neighbors and friends. What a tremendous resource for teens for community service, camps, internships and more. It was fun to connect with people and organizations that we know and learn about new places and opportunities. The Melanoma Foundation of New England had a table with a small covered apparatus that showed sun damage to your face. Umm, yeah. I think I need to make an appointment with my derm (Krauss Dermatology) who, coincidentally, is donating $1 for each Facebook like to their page to the Melanoma Foundation of New England. I know! Small world! I got a pencil and a nice lip balm and the girls took the no tan pledge (it may have helped that I let them see the amount of sun damage to my face in the screening area). You are welcome, girls. Everyone else, do something easy and good – Go like this page on Facebook – Krauss Dermatology. You did? Great, many thanks!

I saw so many people I knew there – like Lauri Meizler of Joos –  I got a nice and much needed pick-me-up from the Green Lemonade (I’ve tried them all – and once upon a time even did the cleanse).

Other great organizations there included The New England Baptist Hospital, REI, The Munroe Center for the Arts, Land’s Sake Farm and the Enviromental Science Program (known as Envi Sci) of Newton.

Teen Life partnered with several companies to make this event happen and the goodie bags were wonderful (each had a sample of Coach perfume, a lip balm and a YA fiction book) and were just right for holding all the paperwork and great information. Wonderful event – many thanks to all!

Husband and Wife – The Good Gifts – Day 9

It is true that I nagged wildly hinted flat out asked for an iPad and I did get one for my birthday. Then I had the rare treat of outfitting my new toy in a cool case – but this was just when the iPad 2 came out and cases were either ugly or overpriced. I stumbled on one in Urban Outfitters that I loved and the price was right – $30.So I snapped one up in orange.  http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/search/search.jsp?searchPhrase=ipad+case&listViewSize=&indexStart=0&sortBy=&sortOrder=&categories=&categories2=&categories3=&categories4=&skucolor=&priceLow=&priceHigh=&skusize=&brand=&maxPrice=&minPrice=Now it is only $14.99 – you win! I like the other cases here as well, especially the tromp l’oeil one here. If you are into Vera Bradley there are some great cases for iPads and laptops – I found a great selection at Just Next Door in Newton.

How about some new SmartWool socks and a great pair of waterproof mittens and some winter walking shoes (we can get matching ones at REI) capability mom is going to copy her friend and get the same shoes from solomoncapability mom might buys these at REI for spouse– because I am fancy like that.

What else? I always like books, real ones or ebooks for my e-reader or iPad.

Wish List? I loved State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett and want to read

The Sense of An Ending, by Julian Barnes and Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

I could really use and iPhone 4S because I need someone to organize my life and I think Siri might be my new BFFL (Best Friend For Life).

While I will never say no to anything from Tiffany’s (let’s be reasonable) or Folklorica, my real new anything jewelry is from Kiki D. Design which was recently featured in the new Newton Living Magazine. Designer Beth Kurson takes beautiful vintage findings and makes them modern and lovely. Check out her store for more great pieces.Kiki D. Design Bracelet

 

But enough about me!

Husband Gift Ideas:


Running stuff from UnderArmour – of course, not in red, in black. Some more cold weather gear from REI – and they are having a great 30% off sale – plus check the outlet for last season’s gear. Great prices on basics. NY Giants gear for mine is always a hit. Techie? Apple or PC? New camera? Pragmatic Mom found a cool one –  The Sony Cyber-shot. Pretty basic but go ahead, load his iPod with some tunes. How about J. Crew shirts or stuff from Brooks Brothers (shhh…they have a kickin’ sale right after Christmas if you can wait).

Give him his favorite childhood game like Rock’em Sock’em Robots or a baseball or football to toss around with the kids. Winter sports abound here – not into one? It’s never too late to start – grab some skates, snowshoes or cross-country skis – make it a family present and you have a new family activity.

Hope this helps!

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom so hop on over to her blog for some more great ideas!

The 12 Days of Shopping

 Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation EngineersMail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?)

 Dec 9Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies Personalized Holiday Tags


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