White, Black and Red All Over

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I love the color red. I also love any excuse to wear the color red. I don’t mind it being the main color or the accent color; it is beautiful. Between heart healthy month and Valentine’s Day, we have plenty of  opportunities to wear the beautiful color. If you’re looking for some of the hottest items in red this February, check these out!

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How are you rockin’ the color red this month?

 

Holiday Items You Need To Do Now

Get more information about my better holiday webinar!

I know you want to rock the holiday season this year! Let’s do it together.

You’re absolutely right. It’s only November 2 but the time is now here. We are officially in full-swing holiday countdown mode. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, school performances, holiday parties, travel arrangements…and the list continues.

I have made a commitment to myself this year not to be overwhelmed. It just doesn’t make sense. The holidays are a time of peach and joy and we just go crazy with all of the busy.

Not only am I committed to not overdoing it…I’m committed to helping you too.

From shopping hints and tips to ways to create fun holiday memories.  I’ve also been researching and working with store brands to give you discount codes and information about the hottest gifts this season!

In order to make sure you receive everything holiday related, make sure you subscribe to the holiday newsletter too. This newsletter will have weekly information you don’t want to miss delivered right to your in-box.

Here’s your list of things to consider this week:

  1. If you need to schedule any medical appointments during November and December, schedule them now.  If you get a flu shot, this is the time as the weather is changing.
  2. Make sure you get money back from your holiday purchases. Sign up on http://www.ebates.com now. This will be my first year doing this, but from that I hear, it is a must. We can make money from our purchases!
  3. Speaking of money — figure out how much you have to spend and commit to sticking within your budget.
  4. Decide on the specific dates you are traveling. Figure out when the kids get out of school and plan your travel dates now.
  5. Start thinking about gifts for those who are closest to you. You don’t need to actually buy or make any decisions yet, just start thinking.
  6. This holiday season, on-line shopping is where the deals will be. Some of those deals will be available from the first week of November. Be ready.
  7. Talk to your family about one fun thing you all can do to celebrate the season. It can be a hot chocolate night, it can be Christmas caroling, and it can be more than one thing. But discuss and start to make plans for at least one thing, just for your family,
  8. Remember the phrase People, Not Things. This was my goal for all of 2015. I wanted to make sure that the people in my life knew I loved them. There’s no better time than the holidays to reinforce that with those you love. People, not things.

The holidays are supposed to be fun, not stressful. It took me several years to realize that, and this year I am going to teach you how to enjoy this season.  Join me for a free webinar this Saturday at 10 a.m. entitled “Rock The Holidays With Less Stress, More Fun, & Great Memories.”

In the webinar, we’ll chat about ideas for making your holidays great.  Specifically, we’ll cover the following:

  1. What you can do this week to get a jump on the holiday season.
  2. Great ideas for family fun that will eliminate eyerolls from your older children.
  3. The hot holiday items for 2015 and who will have them on sale.
  4. The science — yes this is a science — to make your holiday shopping better for your nerves.
  5. Great ideas for homemade holiday gifts that don’t look cheap or cheesy.

To sign up for the webinar, click here.

Let’s make this a holiday season like no other!

 

Special Giveaway from Weekend Shopping!

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in  a private shopping event for TJX Rewards members here in Dallas. TJX is the parent company of Marshalls, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Sierra Trading Post. My family has been shopping at these stores for several years.

As a single mom, there are no better stores to purchase quality and affordable clothing for the kids and me other than TJ Maxx and Marshalls. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while then you know of our family’s love of Converse shoes and the majority of our collection comes from those two stores.

Fun shopping at TJ Maxx in Dallas

As a TJX Rewards member, you can sign up to receive  email updates about specific store events for free here. Note: although TJX does have a Rewards credit card, you can sign up for their email list without applying for the card. Once you are on the email list, you will receive  notifications of periodic private shopping events.

Of all three of my children, Tyra does not like shopping. She is easily overwhelmed by the crowds  and endless racks of hidden deals. However, this past Saturday morning, Tyra was awake and ready to partake in the early private shopping event from rewards card members. The sales associates were helpful and friendly, all while serving customers a nice continental breakfast.

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I’m sure it’s no surprise when I tell you I bought another pair of Converse from TJMaxx. But, I also updated my home office at HomeGoods for less than $35. All three kids also bought headphones, and enjoyed the opportunity to take selfies in the store.

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TJX Rewards private shopping event

Our adventure at the shopping event has benefits for you! I am giving away a free lunch tote, courtesy of TJX Rewards. The contest will run all week, with the winner being announced this Thursday, Here’s what you have to do to win:

Sign up for the blog’s email newsletter here.

Tweet: “@twillisbestshot I want to have the Best. Lunch. Ever!”

You can do one or both. If you do both, it does count as two entries in the giveaway. The winner will be announced Friday via the email newsletter and right here on the blog.

Good luck…and here’s to the Best. Lunch. Ever!

Still Need School Supplies?

Whether we are ready or not, the school year is up on us and it’s time to rock and roll. About two weeks ago, I was so proud that I had accomplished everything and bought all of the kids school supplies on-line. I love on-line shopping, and I knew I did a great job for my three kids. Except for the baby composition notebooks.

You see, I’ve quickly found that when you are buying things on-line, you must read the description of what you’re buying, as items in the photo may look bigger than they are in really life.

The kids and I are still laughing about the “baby journals” that I bought but once I figured out that I needed to buy a few more items, I did what any good mom would do. I posed the question on Facebook. Where are the best places to buy school supplies?

And here are the responses I received:

  1. Office Depot (in-store and on-line)
  2. Walmart
  3. Big Lots

By far, the most responses I received were for Office Depot/ Office Max. However, I received one suggestion that you can take the Office Depot weekly ad to Walmart and they will price match. And if you use Walmart Savings Catcher, if you make your purchases at Walmart, the app will check to see if there are better deals and reimburse you the difference.

I did my shopping for school supplies at Office Depot on-line and had a fabulous experience. The baby journal incident was totally my fault, not theirs, and some of the items were delivered the very next day!

And just because I want you to enjoy the baby journal experience in photos…here you are.

CJ showing the journals a la Forrest Gump.
CJ showing the journals a la Forrest Gump.
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Jada letting the dog know that she has a composition notebook that’s just her size.

The Weekend of July 6th!

Happy Day of Dragging after the long holiday weekend!

That pretty much tells what things are like around these parts.

Oh that and today is July 7, which means it’s the day after July 6. And that isn’t a typo, because our weekend didn’t really get good until Sunday and that’s how I’m choosing to remember this Independence Day weekend.

First things first…dessert.

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This is what I decided to do this year and it was so wonderfully easy. I bought a box of ice-cream sandwiches and dipped them in red, white, and blue sprinkles. Voila!!!

Now on to other issues.

I decided to take the Three Amigos shopping on the 4th of July. They needed summer clothes and I needed retail therapy. Ya’ll it was rough. I can’t even begin to speak favorably of that experience. Gone are the days of cute matching outfits and stylishly classic separates made by a certain clothing designer with polo players as his logo.

We are now about wearing winter beanies in the summer, drop crotch pants, and arguing with any suggestion that someone by the name of  “Mom” will make.

And there’s the one child who absolutely hates trying clothes on in a store. And once she does, it’s either everything fits (when it doesn’t) or nothing works (when they do).

The whole experience made we want to declare my independence from motherhood. So I’m now working on alternatives to shopping with three tweens/ tweens. And let me tell you, because we will be on vacation with my parents next month, there were certain things I felt they absolutely had to get. Because as we all know, they need to represent our family appropriately and when it comes down to it, I’d rather just deal with their attitudes before I have to hear parenting judgments from my elders.

So it was rough. Very rough. For me and for them.

But there was also watermelon. And we all know that watermelon makes the world a better place.

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But in a quite funny turn of events, there were two little worms. And that brought great humor as all three of attitudinal children who wear winter beanies in the summer, were now terrified of live worms they discovered while shucking corn on Saturday.

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And I realize that we live in the city (well, suburbs), but we embrace some aspects of county living. And shucking corn is one of them. And that’s what we call it. To use some official term related to corn husks just isn’t right.

By then we made it to Sunday, July 6! The kids donned some of their new gear and we headed to the annual church anniversary celebration for one of our churches. Yes, you read that correctly but that’s a post for another day.

We danced.

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And played sports.

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And took selfies.

 

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And had our first snow cones of the summer. I would tell you how many we actually had, but a certain 11-year-old in my house says that I don’t need to blog about everything. So we’ll save that for another day.

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And the best part of it all, FIREWORKS!

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And we had a fabulous July 6th!

How was your Independence Day weekend?