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How to Keep Cool…

If I hear one more person (myself included) say “It’s so hot”, I may spontaneously combust. Yes, yes it is. I’m hot, you’re hot, we are all hot. What does my family do? Heck, we head into the city where it is REALLY hot..because we’re bright like that. The real reason? I had a hair appointment (with the same wonderful stylist I’ve had for 14 years) and brought tweens and teens with me, also because I am mean. I thought…How bad could it be? Umm…pretty bad. We were all a little quiet and a little cranky by day’s end.

While I was getting my hair done, the girls wandered into Alex and Ani – their bracelets are a teen trend right now. It was so hot that they came back to the salon (Jerel @ 119) where I was still in process. So I sent them to the Roxy’s Gourmecapability mom at georgetown cupcaket Grilled Cheese food truck for lunch (it’s parked in front of the Boston Public Library). I ordered a straight up grilled cheese (just in a purist state of mind) but the menu is inspired. Next time I’ll have one with guacamole and also get the truffle fries. Yum. We inhaled our sandwiches in the salon, it was too hot to hit the pavement with a grilled cheese in hand and then headed to the newest cupcakery, Georgetown Cupcakes.

It’s a cute place but there aren’t many seating options so we were back on the hot, hot street. On the way back to the car we ducked into the always sweet Sugar Heaven. Who knew they had an ice cream shop in the basement? We cooled off there at the cute counter seats and then braved the heat once more. Next the shops at The Prudential Center – sure, they have nice stores but the air conditioning was our goal. We hung out in Barnes and Noble for a bit – love their book selection but always find the staff hard to, well, find. Once you locate one they are super nice and helpful, though.

A quick stop into Vera Bradley for some gift ideas…vera bradley at prudential capability momand back home to play cards and eat delicious cupcakes in our air conditioned family room.

kickin' it old school to beat the heat - A/C, card games and some cupcakes capability momIf I didn’t have the kids with me I would have stopped at the Copley Square Farmer’s Market -especially because Sofra and Siena Farms are there but they were done in by the heat. Next time!

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. 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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