Thursday, April 27, 2017

How To Show Mom You Care

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I always loved my Mom's long hair.

The other mothers I came across always had short hair. But my mom? She had flowing long hair. And the thing is, she was in the military, so it meant she always had to put it up. When she was in ROTC summer camp, some people told her that she had to cut her hair. It was too long. But my mom showed them that she could keep her long hair and would twist it up into a bun.

My mom taught me a lot growing up. How to be a leader. How to plant stuff. (But, well, I have a black thumb.) How to enunciate. How to be a good mother.

Now she's an amazing grandmother.

She's done so much for me, so I always want to show how I care. One thing I like to do is buy her cards from American Greetings. I grew up in the military and now I'm a military spouse, so I shop a lot at the AAFES base exchange on Joint Base San Antonio. There were rows of American Greetings products in the card section:

For almost every occasion you can think of, American Greetings has a card. I was focused on finding Mother's Day cards for the women in my life. I wasn't only buying for my mother but also my Nana Jo, who also lives in the area. She's 95, soon to be 96, and is one of my favorite people in the world. I believe I got my love of reading from her. We're forever talking about books we've recently read. (Jodi Picoult is a favorite author.)

Lucky for me, there is a coupon out so I was able to save money. If I bought 3 cards, I saved $2!

I also picked up gift bags and sparkly tissue.

There are lots of ways you can show your mother you care and that you are thankful for all they do.

1. Buy her a gift. I mean, this is pretty obvious, but pick something meaningful up. I've framed special photographs, and these always seem to be a hit. My mom loves horses, so I've found horse themed gifts. American Greetings has the cutest gift bags and I always have a bunch in the closet for special occasions.

2. Get her a gift card to her favorite store or restaurant. Mothers are always thinking of others so sometimes they need the push to get something for themselves.

3. Book her a massage. I know my mom is always running around, so her muscles could probably use a squeeze.

4. Pick up some chocolates. Well, you can't go wrong with chocolate!

5. Offer to cook her dinner. I'm not the best cook in the world, but a meal always tastes better when someone else makes it.

6. Buy her an American Greetings card! I picked one up for my mom, Nana Jo, and mother-in-law because American Greetings has a card for EVERY mother.

My mother means the world to me. I'm lucky that she's only 45 minutes away now. We're a military family so there were many times where we'd be far away and American Greetings cards were always there to keep us connected. The good news is now I can see her whenever I want.

And yes, she still has her long hair.

To learn more about American Greetings, check out their site here. You can also find them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

Do you buy cards for the women in your life?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude.

Hey, It's Okay.... still be amused how worked up people got over the Unicorn Frappuccino. be confused on why my daughter wants a fidget spinner. I guess they are all the rage at the moment. She can't take it to school though, because her teacher will take it away. "She's already taken like five fidget spinners," Natalie told me seriously. have immediately thought, "Do I have to go?" when Tom mentioned a going away BBQ for someone he works with this weekend. Followed by, "If I have to go, can I bring a book?" Ah, the life of an introvert. not be doing anything for Fiesta. Apparently it's the thing Texas does for like two weeks and it just seems like a crowded drunken mess to me. The kids actually have off school Friday for the Fiesta parade. Natalie was like, "Are we going?" and I was like, "Nope!" Too crowded. Nowhere to park. Pass. love trying all the new drinks that are released. I tried the Unicorn Frapp, the Minute Maid slushie from McDonalds, and recently, the Froot Loop milkshake from Burger King. It basically tasted like the cereal with vanilla milkshake. If you like Froot Loops, you'd like the shake.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Into Kawaii Stuff? Get A YumeTwins Subscription Box!

"It's so kawaii!" my daughter started shrieking when she was 9.

I had no idea what she was talking about.

"It's so kawaii!" she yelled at her stuffed animals.

"It's so kawaii!" she shouted when her mini burgers were served at a restaurant. (The waiter had a "WTF" expression on his face.)

"It's so kawaii!" she bellowed at a dress in Target.

"Natalie," I finally said. "What's kawaii?"

She stared at me as though I were the odd one. "It means cute in Japanese." There are animals who are kawaii too. They have wide black eyes. Natalie said this shirt was kawaii.

When I heard about the YumeTwins subscription box, I knew I had to try it. Maybe I'd even be cool for a minute in my daughter's eyes. When the box arrived, I told Natalie that there would be kawaii items inside.

"WHAT?" she screamed, making my ears ring. She's one of those loud girls who scream and bounce around when excited. I never understood those girls so naturally my daughter is one.

As she opened the box, she yelled, "I already know I love everything!"

So here's what she got:

A stuffed porcupine, which made her go, "OOOOOOO! I'm calling you Bun Bun!" It's proper name is Shinada Easter Bunny Nature. I've no idea how to pronounce Shinada.

A magnet, which is now on our fridge:

A bento box, complete with chopsticks, which Natalie has been learning to use:

A cup, which made Natalie shriek, "It's GUDETAMA!" and I was like, "Bless you," and she went, "NO! That's what it's CALLED!"

What? Huh?

She also got a Gudetama pen, and the magnet up above is apparently Gudetama too.

I guess the character is Gudetama? It's like a blobby eggy thing? I don't understand.

Look, I don't get this kawaii stuff. But if you have someone in your life that gets and loves it like my kid, pick up this box. It's not that expensive either. It's $29.99 a month, or if you do a 6 month subscription it's $28.33. It's free shipping worldwide, and the items in the box seem like great quality. My daughter has been loving on that Shinada toy (Bun Bun, remember?), and it's still in good shape. She's been using the Gudetama cup, and there's not a chip on it. (She showed it off to all her friends, who were like, "Where did you get that GUDETAMA cup?" and they started shrieking and my husband was like, "What the hell is going on out there?")

If you want a box, check out the YumeTwins website. And no, this isn't a sponsored post. I paid for the box, and I'll probably pay for others, because my daughter gets so excited and for a brief second, she does think I'm cool.

Even if I did think she was sneezing when she said Gudetama.

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