The time change definitely had an impact on our family. The girls were up before 6am almost every day last week; which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since the Husband was out of town for three of those days. I’ll take any kind of help I can get to make school mornings run a bit smoother.
But then L came down with a sudden fever on Tuesday night. I knew something wasn’t right when she was actually asking to go to bed at 5pm. This is the kid that goes to bed last and wakes up the whole house first thing in the morning. The hardest part was watching her tears as she sobbed about missing dance class. Clearly, that 45 minute session is one of the highlights of her week.
The hardest part about the time change is how dark it gets by 6pm every day. And I know the darkness is going to descend earlier every day for the next couple months. There is at least one little light at the end of that tunnel. My favorite holiday is in its way! And that means shopping. Fun shopping. The kind that ends with a smile and a hug. First up on the list is to get gifts for the women in my life. My mother, stepmother, mother-in-law, my sister, my sisters-in-law, aunts, friends and even a few cousins thrown in there.
With two large families, I’ll be buying a lot of gifts for women this time of year.
I spied these faux leather tassel necklaces a couple months ago and fell in love. I plan to give one to either my sister or my stepmother. They would both look fantastic with something like that. I may also be secretly hoping for one in my own stocking this year, too! (Available at Sweet Auburn Studio on Easy)
If you have someone really special in your life, you might want to consider giving her one of these gorgeous clutches from Lions in Four. I know a woman who travels with these clutches and swears that they are the perfect size. According to her, they’re big enough to hold exactly what you need and no more, making it easier to find all of your things. Plus, the company is socially conscious, employing women artisans in India and working with their non-profit to provide education and sustainable employment to women in India.
I gave these JayBird Bluetooth Headphones to the Husband for Christmas last year and kind of hope to get . He wore them through all kinds of weather and still says how fantastic they are. Plus, with his two hour training runs, I can definitely attest to the clarity of the connection when a call is put through during a training session.
In my dream life, I would have a robotic vacuum clean my floors after every meal. I’ve been hesitant over the last several years, but this Bissell version looks like it could be promising. (Update: The Husband got me one of these for Christmas. We love it so much we named her Rosie. Bonus point for those who can name the reference.)
A large Le Creuset Dutch Oven was a splurge we made several years back, and I’ve had no regrets. Yes, they’re pricey and heavy, but you just can’t beat the ceramic coated cast iron for any recipe that goes from stove to oven or vice versa.
We were gifted a Shun santoku knife for Christmas a couple years ago, and we love it. Shun knives are beautiful as well as functional. Just be sure to keep it out of the reach of the kids! (Tip: I’ve been told that Amazon does some pretty amazing lightning deals on these, so keep an eye out to get the best price)
The Husband and I are considering getting a set of these Govino shatter-proof wine glasses. Real glasses on stems are just too dangerous around here with three kids ages 6 and under. If they work out well, they might become a go-to gift for all the wine lovers in our family.