About 4 years ago, my little Lolly was just under one. I decided that year to start my shopping in early October, mostly because I was finding some good clearance deals and I was just so excited to be celebrating our first Christmas with Lolly where she would actually care about what was going on around her. We were in that good phase where everything was going well....Lolly was in a good routine, I was feeling good and finally over having a baby, the house was actually clean most of the time and dinners were not coming from McDonald's every night. A good place.
Fast forward to early November that same year. Lolly and I got sick. Just a pesky, annoying virus. She was better in about 3 days. Two weeks later, I was in the hospital with pneumonia. Not good. I was there for 5 days and came home just before Thanksgiving. I was very grateful for the wonderful medical care that I received, but it was a long time before I started feeling like a human being again. Thankfully, and by complete accident, I did not have to worry about going out in the crowds to do our Christmas shopping because it was done. And the few little things left and grocery shopping could be done by CG. I think if I had had to send him out to buy all the Christmas gifts for our sweet daughter, the poor guy would have had a heart attack. Or course, at her age, she really didn't care. But every year this is in the back of my mind encouraging me to get Christmas shopping taken care of early in the season.
Also, December is a pretty crazy month. And gets crazier every year as our family grows and our children get older. The benefit of having the shopping done is that it leaves all of the December more open to celebrating the season as a family. It also takes the focus off the gifts and puts it back where it should be. I cannot even begin to tell you how much this has helped me over the years. Plus, I truly believes it saves money in the long run. Have you ever been out shopping at the last minute and got caught up in the craze, suddenly feeling like you don't have enough and need to get just a few more things. Those few more things really add up and usually are not necessary. Shop early and avoid all that.
Now, I'm sure all of this has just been riveting storytelling. But you may be wondering why am I boring you with all these details. Well! This is where the fun begins. I'm not just going to tell you to do your Christmas shopping early. I'm going to help you!
This weeks giveaway is sponsored by All Things Good Store. First of all there are a few promotions going on to share with you. Right now everything in the store is 15% off until October 20, 2009. If you register as a new shopper you will get a $10 gift card to be used on anything in the store. AND, on orders over $100, you get a $25 gift card. This is for everyone, not just the lucky winner.
To make things even easier for you, I've looked through the site and found a few things that would make great gifts for people on your lists.
For all the cow lovers in your life, there's the Floppy Cow Plush.
For the Bug Catcher, a wooden home to make the creepy crawlies feel welcome.
We all need a little pampering and this Coconut Lime Bath Tote Set would be fabulous. There are many different scents to choose from so everyone will be happy.
For the emergency preparedness gurus, the Hand Crank Radio & Light.
And for the Domestic Divas in your life, the Martha Stewart Mixing Bowl Set. It's a good thing.
And one of my personal favorites, Wind Chimes.
Now for the giveaway details. One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to All Things Good to spend any way your heart desires. Here's how to enter: comment!
Receive one entry for each of the following:
- Basic comment telling me how much you adore my blog. ;o)
- Tweet it!
- Facebook it!
And just to be extra nice.....All Things Good Store is offering all my readers a 20% discount off orders of $10 or more until the end of October. Just enter coupon code LADYPC in the promotional code box when you're checking out.
Now Let's Get Shopping!
*Full disclosure: I did not receive any monetary compensation for this giveaway. But it is my mom's store so I definitely benefit by getting a discount on cool things.
**Thank you Kristina P. for sharing the full disclosure necessity.