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Entries in christmas (3)


It's July and I've already started my Christmas shopping!

When do you start your holiday shopping?

Some of my friends think they are getting ahead by starting their shopping in September or October. But me? I start in the summer. I don't buy tons of stuff but I pick up things here and there that I just know my mother would love, or a teacher might appreciate. For the girls it's harder because they still like to make a list. I both love and hate the LIST. I love that they are still enjoying the holidays of their childhood. But I hate that making a list seems, well, spoiled. Even if they KNOW there's no way they are getting everything on that list.

What am I possibly shopping for in July?

Christmas cards! You see giving and receiving holiday cards are big for my family. Truth be told I took about 3 years off from sending cards and the number of received cards was noticably smaller (I'm going with the theory that most people rely on getting MY card to have my address). Why do we love getting Christmas cards?

Because every year we sort through the previous year's cards and use them to cut out gift tags! My mom did this with me and now my girls are enjoying it too. It can be a fun and creative way to reuse uniqe Christmas cards and it means I don't have to go out and buy tags for presents!

Here is a perfect example of a card that would be great to use for a gift tag:

You could cut out around the oval for one tag. You could cut out the MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year to make a rectangular gift tag. You could even cut out around the snowflake! What I love about this holiday tradition is that you DON'T have to be Martha Stewart to do it! You can be creative and feel crafty and not have your fingers hot-glued together. #winning

Where am I finding Christmas cards in July?

Glad you asked. Through my good friends at Global Influence I learned about and saw they have Christmas cards available right now! Can you imagine crossing THAT off your list already? I know - feels good, doesn't it? Take THAT frienzied December! I've got my cards ordered already!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I received compensation for helping to promote the sponsor. All opinions are my own and I really do cut out gift tags from old Christmas cards and of course the more interesting the card the better the tags!


Book Review: REAL SIMPLE new uses for old things

I just got this book for Christmas from my sister-in-law and each page gives me an 'ah-ha' moment.

I love that the items are already in my house, it's just a new way of looking at them. I may become a hoarder because now everything has a new way to be used!

For example:

Use Post-It notes to clean out a computer keyboard

Use scraps of wall paper to line drawers and shelves

Use that blue painter's tape to reseal bags of chips

Do you have a tip? I'll see if it's already in the book!


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Powermat is the BEST present for the person who has everything

Do you have one person on your list who has everything? The type of person who, if they don't have it, they go out and buy it for themselves the month before Christmas or their birthday leaving you with NO good gift ideas for them? (Special note to my brother, JP - you can stop reading right about now. Go on, click on a different post, check your email, blah blah, blah.)

My brother the gadget guy

My dad used to be this person. With his passing, my brother seems to have assumed the roll. He is always in line to get the newest iGadget. And, whatever gadget he doesn't have, he buys for himself! His little 4-person family alone has 3 iPhones, 2 iPods, and 1 iPod Touch. That's 6 devices...that I know of! I'm guessing there are a few lying around his office collecting dust bunnies.

image via Yutaka Tsutano on Flickr

This is an electronic family for sure. 

But what they DON'T have is a way to charge all of their technology!

Powermat A Great Gift that Saves Charging Space

I received the Powermat 2x Portable Wireless charger to review and now I know what I'm getting my brother for Christmas! His family NEEDS this, and I know for sure he doesn't have one yet and has no plans to buy one...score!

Powermat 2X Portable Wireless Charger

More than that, Powermat will save them space and electricity. Powermat can charge multiple devices wirelessly and knows when they are fully charged so it can cut power. Simply place the device with either the appropriate receiver or universal cube attachment onto the Powermat and it starts charging.

For items with a Powermat receiver (sold separately based on your device) you will feel a little 'handshake' to know it's charging. For items using the Powercube (universal cube with tips to fit hundreds of devices including phones, PSP, Nintendo DS, etc) you'll see a light go on. What's great about the Powermat I received is that it has a rechargable battery so you can take it with you and continue to charge even if there is no outlet around!

How's that for a gift for the person who has everything?

I think I nailed it.

Happy shopping! Have you found a great gift for the person who has (or buys themselves) everything?


Disclosure: I received a Powermat 2X charger and two receivers for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and I really am going to give one of these to my brother so JP, if you are still reading, Merry Christmas! This post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.