Category Archives: holidays

Gift Baskets for Grandparents

When it comes to gift giving and long distances it’s always important to make sure things will arrive on time. I like to give gifts for Easter to friends and family that don’t live near me. I usually send items via the post office. This time of year the line is not nearly as bad as it would be if I needed delivery before Christmas in December.

My grandparents are very special to me and I always remember to send them something. This year I’m sending them a homemade gift basket that Lady Bug and I put together. She drew a couple of pictures for both of them to hang on their refrigerator. She also painted a cute little plastic light catcher for a window. I’ve added a jar of my grandmother’s favorite blackberry jam and some of my grandfather’s favorite salami. It doesn’t sound like much but with the inclusion of a family picture of Lady Bug and I the basket is complete.

My grandparents are happy with nothing at all. I just like to send them a little something to let them know we are thinking about them.

A Big Mess

What a mess! Today I took Lady Bug out for a drive to see some of the neat Halloween decorations and she got car sick. She ended up vomiting all over the back seat. The car smelled awful. We just got this car and I was enjoying the new car smell and didn’t want the car to have a horrible stench so I looked up car carpet cleaning tips.

I knew that stomach acid is acidic so I would have to neutralized with something. After a bit of looking online I found a website that instructed me that baking soda or a mixture of club soda and water would help dilute the stain and remove the problem. I found that I could apply vinegar and blot the stain to help.Then repeat with a detergent. It also said not to scrub the stain because it might cause nap distortion of the carpet fiber. I really don’t want a big spot to look funny in the back seat so I made sure to follow the directions.

The stain is gone and the car smells fine again. I just hope Lady Bug doesn’t get sick again on our trip this weekend.

A Day at Disney World

What  blast we had today!  Lady Bug was totally enamored by all of the Disney characters she saw.  We took her picture with every character we could find. She had soo much running around in her butterfly costume too!  It was neat to see all of the other families in costume today too. Usually when you got to an amusement park only a few people are dressed up, and they work there. Today families were celebrating Halloween in full costumes at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

There was a parade with the Headless Horsemen as the Grand Marshall. Lady Bug loved the fireworks show too. She named every Disney Villain she saw during the whole thing. I think her favorite part though was trick-or-treating around the park. Everything was decorated in elaborate Halloween style. The staff and the park was all very friendly and made Lady Bug smile all day long as she carried her little Mickey pail around collecting candy.

We had soo much fun I think we should do this again next year. I’m exhausted now though so time for sleep.

Pampering Myself

After work yesterday I decided to pamper myself a bit. I went to the nail salon and got a manicure and a pedicure. I’ve been wearing a lot of open toe shoes and sandals lately and my feet really needed some extra tender love and care. I love sitting in the massaging chair and relaxing as my feet soak in the warm bubbly water. It feels great when the massage my feet and calves. Sometimes I wish I could bring that chair and the manicurist home with me.

Today I got a holiday design on my toes. I got a variation of a french manicure.  I had them paint my toe nails red white and blue, with stars and stripes. They look absolutely amazing. As for my finger nails, I always have them done in the traditional French manicure. I think it looks the most professional and never clashes with any of my clothes.

A Bunch of Errands

I had a bunch of errands I needed to do this afternoon.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get everything done before I needed to pick Lady Bug up from daycare but I did manage it just in time.  First, I had to pick up my suit from the dry cleaners.  I plan to wear it to the conference this weekend.  Then, I had to run to the bakery to get the cupcakes that I ordered for Lady Bug to take to daycare tomorrow for the costume party. She’s dressing up as a butterfly and is really excited. The cupcakes turned out cute.  We got chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.  Each cupcake has an adorable little butterfly piped on top.

After I ran to the bakery, I made a trip to the auto parts store to get a new set of windshield wipers.  Although my car is new to me, it’s still used and the wiper blades seem to be wearing out. I don’t want to get caught in the rain and not be able to see as I’m driving down the road.  The guy in the store made my stop really fast.  I told him the make and model of my car and he entered it into his computer and got the kind that I needed. I’m sure it would have taken me 20 minutes to figure it out without him.

I felt really accomplished getting everything done in a little over an hour, and I wasn’t late to pick up Lady Bug.  I do have one last major errand or chore to do though, and that’s pack for our trip this weekend.