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The Day After Christmas…

December 27, 2009

Okay it’s here.
The day AFTER.

The crazy is over.
The presents finally wrapped, (and unwrapped about 14,000 times the speed of light), the husband put together the new kid bookshelf AND the new telescope (with only minor expletives mind you). Believe it or not all the clothes and boots fit! (Seriously surprised me there…we didn’t take a single thing back!)

The girl Tween kept saying things like… “I sure am getting a LOT of clothes this year”…and “I don’t have to put any of my stuff together, like the cool racetrack the kids got…”…. “Oh look another present with a shirt in it…”
It’s official she isn’t a little kid, and she’ll admit it, she doesn’t want little kid toys anymore. Two things on her request list this year? A gift card to Borders, and a gift card for iTunes….
Um… those both fit in the stocking… now what? She got a telescope that’s what!

My newly turned 9yrold Sassy girl (Christmas Eve Birthdays just plain suck btw) was the most exuberant over all her packages. She couldn’t help herself.. several times she flew off the handle, screaming and jumping up and down… only to calm herself long enough to ask… ‘What is it?’ She is American Girl Doll crazy (in a good way), she makes outfits for her doll herself. In fact I’m so not kidding… One of her main anticipated gifts was: {drumroll please}…. A Sewing Kit…. ??As in a Dollar Store sewing kit. Talk about the cheapest Santa Claus gift ever, eh? Instead I found an Alex Brand ‘My First’ Sewing Kit. She’s very happy with it, needless to say jumping up and down and everything. I believe she plans to attend a college that specializes in Art/Fashion/Hair and plain general CREATIVITY. She oozes it from her very core.

I’m not sure how to clearly document this. How very in love my 5yrold little boy is with the boy-world-action-adventure-friendly-Alien-Kid next door…. AKA: Ben10. Here’s how his wish list documented:
“I want a Ben10 Alien ‘SET (whatever that is) and a Ben10 Wii Game and a Bakugan” that last part I assume was thrown in for good standing with the older boys at school as he has like zero idea what the heck it really is.. The Ben10 *set* ends up being a teeny tiny ‘Alien-Making’ kit. Complete with minuscule arms and legs and torsos and little alien freaky heads, which you place in 4 different wheels then spin around and combine to create various creeped out mixed up aliens in about a 1:10,000 ratio. Weird? NOT to a Kindergartner. He sat there all day creating and playing and basically ruining his eyesight working on itty bitty bite-sized Ben10 dudes… He was in heaven it was clear.

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Were there grown-ups in this scenario?

You betcha.

The Dad had his heart set on one of those fancy calf massage thing-a-ma-bobs… (And I really did try to locate one… but they were kinda pricey and I had better ideas…) He ended up with a brand new fangled Kindle! Yay! And believe me for a total geek of a news junkie like my dear husband is… having the New York Times downloadable to your bedroom in the morning with your hot cocoa is like heroin to the corner crack addict.

He also has been wanting a really nice speaker system for his iPod to dock with at work. Here’s what I found him…. A JBL ‘On Time’ iPod Dock… and cha-ching! I found a killer deal on it! Total toss up as to which he likes better!


As for the Mom in our world… that would be me… I had a wish list as well. I’ve learned, in 15 years of Christmases: MAKE A LIST, and check it twice. Cuz when I’ve handed him a bit of a list in the past thinking he would look it over and maybe get one or two items on it… oh no. He got me every SINGLE thing on that blasted list! Which is sweet and all, but there were years we couldn’t afford it!

So this year on my (shortish) list:

A waffle maker (ours didn’t make the big move to Oregon)
A tablecloth (my one nice one got a massive stain on it this Thanksgiving)
New Measuring Cups (I really really really want the dang NON-traditional sizes 3/4 and 2/3! Yippee)
Knives. Stinking Sharp Knives. The end.
Oh. And a new laptop, is that too much to ask….? (Srsly, mine is literally falling apart, the hinge all busted, and the wifi broke-HELLO! It’s a laptop…not a plug into a cord-top!)

Uhm… lets just say once again my under the tree gifts left nothing off the list.
My laptop? Using it!
My new waffle maker? Makes superb waffles…crunchy, but light and fluffy at the same time. I’d share but we ate them all!
My knives... oh my freaking lovely… like buttah. I almost cried when I cut potatoes for Christmas Day Clam Chowder. Oh wow. Have I mentioned I love my Santa yet?
I did get measuring cups, but the 3/4 and 2/3s?? Back ordered… I guess there was a run on the odd sizes this year huh? Oh well.

Here’s to hoping your week after Christmas is just as fun filled, slicing and dicing, dancing and grooving, miniature loving, doll fashionista creating and star gazing as ours is!

I’m loving my ‘week off’…. ta ta!

GIVEAWAY: Patient Style, Gifts For Mom!

December 16, 2009


Improving the Patient Experience

Who in your life is pregnant and heading to the hospital soon?
What a perfect gift idea for that mom on your list! has a large selection of maternity patient gowns
I called my local birthing center and they totally approved of wearing your own stylish gown!

I’m not having any babies but I recently needed foot surgery and I would have loved a pretty patient gown to wear instead of the ugly paper-towels they clothe you with in the hospital?? Check out all the different designs of the PatientStyle gowns.

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A whole selection of pretty pajamas for the mom AND dad on your list (heck for yourself)!

Are these the bestest jammies ever?? I love the day glow pink bubble gum dots… and my 9yrold daughter is totally jealous!!

Every Christmas Eve we let the kids open ONE gift. And they already know what will be inside…. Pajamas! In fact I think they would be seriously upset if I sneaked something different into their one open gift tradition… they love it, even if they complain a wee bit.

Great gift ideas like for expecting moms, and an eclectic mixture of patient gowns, fabulous gift baskets, anti-microbial items, and my favorite: Pajamas!!

Diabetic Healthy Lifestyle Basket
11 Items – $75
I love this. I recently had a friend who’s child was diagnosed with diabetes, plus my husband is type I, and my mom is type II.

Snowman Pajama Set
Totally my favorite set on the site! giveaway contest


Patient Style is offering
one pair of Children’s Pajamas

to one GoodNCrazy reader!


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The winner will be notified and have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If no response is received within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. Open to participants 18 years and older.

*disclosure: Patient Stlye provided a pair of Pajamas for me to test sleep.

GoodNCrazy Gift Ideas For Mom

October 27, 2009
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There are several of these ‘Free to View TV Shows on Your Computer’ sites. This one is new to me. I tried it out over the weekend and I had an Aha! moment. There are a lot of new TV shows out there and if I try to DVR them all (knowing I’ll never get around to watching them…) it fills up my DVR; (and let’s face it). What’s the real reason for DVR at MY house? For my kids to tape a gazillion Halloween shows all month long. And Ben10, and Wizards of Waverly Place and then it will be Holiday shows… and well… there isn’t room for the mom shows.

Another reason I’m checking out Fancast is to see if I can watch whole seasons of shows I’ve missed in the past. I’m only on Heroes Season 3 right now.. (DO NOT TELL me what’s going on right now!!) However, I was bummed to see they don’t have past seasons of Heroes. But they do have the pilots of most of the shows I want to check out this season. I watched most of ‘The Good Wife’… compelling and interesting, and probably I’ll watch a few more of that series when the hubby is away on business! Yay for my laptop and Fancast! Cost: FREE.

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Shiseido Zen
I received a sample shower gel from a PR rep at blogworld… and I gotta say, I don’t love heavy perfumes. Haven’t since I was 16. I much prefer a lighter lotion or shower gel. I never smelled the Zen fragrance before and was expecting it to be a little like my grandma? WRONG. I totally like it, it’s light and flowery and not overwhelming. And the shower gel is so yummy in the morning when you are still waking up! I love how moisturizing it feels. Cost: $35 (Which at first I thought was kinda pricey… till I smelled it and used it. I’m buying one for my sister… DO NOT TELL her…shhhh!) I wish the screen was scratch N sniff.. all I can say is test this out next time you are in Macy’s or Sephora!

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The Sacrificial Sock
Every Home Needs One! That’s what the website tells you…
At first I was all… huh? Are they serious….? Ohhhhhh now I get it, it’s a gag gift! How funny. How very very funny. Need a white elephant gift no one else will have at the boring office party this year…? Or do you have a funny friend who always comes up with the best stuff.. this year YOU will win that prize! Cost: $9.95 plus shipping.

No more lost socks. The Sacrificial Sock Saves the Day!
Oh my gosh the instruction page is hilarious… plus there is a whole discussion about how to accurately use your Smack Talk… here are some examples (as we all know how intimidated washer and dryers can be… ).

  • “Your mama was a Cement Mixer.”
  • “your lint trap smells like cat urine.”
  • “If I wanted it to take 5 hours to dry my jeans, I would have used my hair dryer.”
  • “The next load is dirty diapers.”

    and more… srsly funny.

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