December 31, 2007
December 20, 2007
- Wrap teacher gifts for Chatterbox to take to school in the morning.
- Purchase token of appreciation for office parking garage attendant?
- Make Candy Pretzel treats for neighbors.
- Buy gift for nanny's daughter.
- Take inventory to make sure I received all of my online purchases.
- FIGURE OUT WTH TO DO ABOUT OUR NON-EXISTENT CHRISTMAS CARDS.
December 17, 2007
Due to technical difficulties that I won't dare bore you with, I am late in getting photos of our holiday swag up, as part of BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes, but all's well that ends well, so without further ado...Season's Greetings from the Fergie Household!
And I really wouldn't be a good hostess if I didn't offer you something to eat, so please try some of my tasty Bourbon Meatballs. I've made then for two holiday parties already this year, and they were a huge hit. Here is the recipe from Southern Living, with some of my own modifications:
2 cups barbecue sauce
1/2 cup bourbon
1 cup honey
1 cup prepared dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (32-ounce) package frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs, thawed
Cook first 5 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes. Add meatballs; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes. Yields 10 to 12 appetizer servings
But save room for dessert. You must try my White Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Brittle. It's heavenly. Which is, you know, appropriate at this particular time of year.
And now it's time to survey the decking of the halls.
Our front door wreath.
The kitchen mistletoe.
The dining room buffet. Notice the vases filled with the pretty tree ornaments that I couldn't put on the tree because Conan-na the Barbarian, and her sidekick, the Mini-Destroyer wouldn't let them last one day on the tree.
The dining room table centerpiece. And if you have the nerve to suggest I iron the tablecloth, well you can just see yourself out. You know where the front door is - it's the one with the wreath on it.
One living room endtable. That's a Russ reindeer that I got at a holiday party gift exchange. He's much cuter in person.
And the other endtable with my glittery holiday tree. Are you trying to block out the toys that keep creeping in the pictures? Me too.
The Kwanzaa table. "Habari Gani!"
*Happy Holidays! *
I am a perfectionist and can't leave well enough alone. I will do something as many times as needed until I think it's perfect, or as close to perfect as possible. Two weeks ago I took the annual Christmas photo of the kids to put on our holiday cards. It took about 45 minutes to get enough photos where they were all smiling, or at least looking, at the camera. It was a huge fiasco and I kept going until I was satisfied with one. After sending out a large batch I decided that the card should be a family portrait, and not just one of the kids. So this weekend I set out to try and do this all over again.
This was no easy task. I got ready almost two hours before everyone else. Then I washed and untangled daughter's hair and braided it all pretty and nice. We fought the whole time but I tried to maintain a Christmas spirit about it. Next, I convinced Oldest to get dressed in a nice shirt. Any shirt with buttons is considered a church shirt and he's not into it. Last, I dressed youngest in cute jeans, white shirt, and a Christmas colored tie. He discovered how fun taking the tie off was so keeping it on was a fiasco itself. Meanwhile, Hubby was still on the couch shouting at the TV. I convince him to get ready so that he can participate in a memorable picture with his beautiful family (not exactly how I put it but after several failed attempts at the nice way, I resorted to more "assertive language").
After setting the camera up on the "adjustable tripod" (baby highchair with adjustable height), we were all ready.
Here are my first practice pictures. Doesn't Oldest look so handsome! Never mind that he hadn't put his shoes on yet. He was such a good sport.
I wanted a few with just the just kids and this one represents most of those photos. Oldest is the only one smiling and looking, while Daughter intentionally does not look. For each photo, she intentionally tried to scoot her way out of it, just to drive me crazy. She was still holding a grudge about having her hair done. This was about our 15th picture.
More practice photos, just wanted to make sure that we had the right height. Hubby was just having a blast.
I ultimately went with the photo on the left. I was not satisfied at first because Oldest had his eyes half closed and was chewing a piece of candy. But Youngest and Hubby were done with the entire process. But after looking at the picture though, I thought it was perfect. It makes me laugh. Daughter has a sneaky smirk, Youngest is jamming the 10th piece of candy I had given him to try and keep him still, Hubby was seething under his breath because he was missing the game, and I'm just praying that we are looking. Perfect!
December 16, 2007
December 13, 2007
Here is just a sample of a few things I have purchased on Ebay, for a fraction of the price of what they are retailing.
- Just this week, I bought the latest model of the best flat iron out there. I've been eyeing it for quite some time, but I just didn't feel good forking over $150.00 for it. I've seen it on the Internet for better prices, but those prices do not compare to how much it was selling on Ebay. I paid $49.99 for a brand new Chi Biosilk Ceramic Hot Iron by Farouk. $49.99 I said.
- If flat irons aren't your thing, how about a nice shag rug, just like the one you saw in Potterybarn that cost over $800.00? I paid less than $200 for mine, including shipping. And before I made a purchase, the retailer sent me as many samples as I wanted, free, in all colors I wanted. How neat is that?
- And since this is a blog about motherhood, I can't leave out my mother related purchase. I bought my Combi Twin Savvy stroller on E-bay as well. Again, brand new for a great price. I also bought the matching car seat from another seller.
While Ebay offers great prices, here are just give a few tips for you Ebay virgins to ensure you don't get scammed.
First, buy only from sellers that have a history and a good one at that. When you look up items, the ad provides info on each seller. The seller is ranked based on their selling history and customers that have purchased from them in the past are encouraged to provide feedback so that subsequent purchasers can feel good about making a purchase.
Second, when you are in the market for something, test it out in a store first. I would recommend you do that for anything purchased on the Internet, regardless if you get it on Ebay.
Third, do not bid on an item days or even many hours before the bidding ends. You may end up bidding against yourself (the seller) and drive the price much higher. For example, let's say you want the flat iron and there are over 40 sellers offering the same product. Check the prices, then check the time the bids end. If you see several in your price range, watch them. Wait until about the last hour or less before the end time and start bidding on it. If it doesn't look like there are many bidders, your chances for getting it at a low prices are better. About 15 minutes before the close time, place your bid. You can even set Ebay to bid automatically for you,until your max bid is reached, so that you don't have to sit in front of your computer to see if you have been out bid. If you do that, be careful at the increments you set. I've won a bid on just .50 cent increments.
Last but not least, don't try to get that Louis Vuitton bag you've been asking hubby to get you for your birthday. For those types of products, you are usually not getting the real thing and too good to be true really is the case.
With Christmas fast approaching, I recommend you give Ebay a shot. It's not just good for the deals, but if your kid really wants this year's hot item with a waiting list in all the stores, you can probably find it on Ebay, for a premium. But hey, the kids are worth it.
I give Ebay shopping 5/5
Love it, can't live without it!
December 11, 2007
December 05, 2007
December 03, 2007
Yesterday we went to see a holiday light show sponsored by a local hospital. You stay in your car and drive through an elaborate display of lights, listening to accompanying music on your radio. It was big fun. Sunday was also Day 2 for the infamous advent calendar. My sister and I had one of those every year when we were growing up as long as I can remember. My mom even sent them to us at college. I know Chatterbox and Giggles don't quite get what all the fuss is about, but once they realized that CHOCOLATE was hiding behind each little door, they got real excited. Speaking of chocolate, my Ghirardelli Hazelnut Hot Cocoa and marshmallows are patiently waiting for me at home. Hubby has already gorged himself on eggnog - each year he continues his quest for the perfect blend.
The inside of our house is almost all decorated. The living and dining rooms mostly because that's all I can keep up with. I was just putting the finishing touches on last night when the power went out thanks to a wind storm. Which was a blessing in disguise because, the decorating, dishes, and laundry all had to wait. I'll try to finish up this evening. The only bummer is that we don't have outdoor outlets for some bizarre reason, so no outdoor lights... Any ideas on how to make the exterior festive?
Other holiday activities we have planned: 2 holiday parties, a cookie decorating party, a trip to a puppet show rendition of The Nutcracker and, of course, a visit to see Santa at the mall.
Ho Ho Ho!