My mother is a stickler for Thank You notes. Someone gives you something, write a note. Someone does something nice for you, write a note. On more than one occasion I was told, "If they thought enough of you to take their time to do something nice for you, you can take a few minutes of your time to write them a note.".
In our house, the rule was, you can't use the present until you write the note. This is a VERY hard rule when you're 7 but it makes for an adult that mails notes in a timely fashion. You were right Mom. It is a good habit!
But one of the other rules in our house was that the Thank You notes could be fun - or silly - or creative - as long as they said Thanks! Case in point - the note I received after Mom spent the night while in town a few weeks ago. Short, sweet, and silly!
So, at this point you're probably thinking "blah blah blah, write a thank you note" but a tip is coming your way in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... at stationery/invitation/paper stores there's always a section in the back of the store with sale items. If you're like us, and love all things paper, you've probably perused this section before thinking, "if only I needed 5 sheets with a trampoline on them for $0.10 each..." and here's where the Thank You notes can get really fun. What about using a trampoline card as a thank you note? "I Jump for Joy every time I think of using the new blender!". Or, like Mom, why note use a slumber party card to thank someone for letting you stay at their house?! So, the next time you're trying to find something to do with those super cute cards that are on sale at the store, think about thank you notes. After all, you're fabulous, your Thank You notes should be too!
P.S. Ever see cards with an "X" on them and wonder what you could do with them? Perhaps something is X-actly what you wanted! Happy writing!
1. A Christmas Wreath on the kitchen door at Becky's House
2. Garland and Ornaments over the sink at Jenny's House
3. Stockings hung by the ... TV with care ... at Jenny's House
4. A vintage vignette at Becky's House
So tell us, how are you decking your halls this Christmas?
A few months ago I received an email from Open Sky (if you haven't joined, click here and join now!) saying I had a credit for $10.00 that was about to expire. Not one to let free money slip away, I did a little online shopping and found a great deal on Bavaro's Pasta Sauce. 3 jars for $10.00 which means I only paid shipping! Score one for the bargain shoppers. So, on a rainy Sunday night, I decided to test out my new find and I was not disappointed!
Here's what you need to know before you buy a jar. First, at $7.99 from their website, it's not cheap. In fact, had I not seen the Open Sky, I doubt I would have tried it - they don't carry it at my store. Second, it's not a chunky sauce. If you like big pieces of tomato and peppers in your sauce, this isn't the sauce for you. But, if you're like me, and can make one jar of sauce last for 2 meals (just keep it in the fridge), and like to mix your fresh pasta in the sauce, Italian Style, it's pretty delicious! In fact, I'm looking forward to trying my other jars.
So, I'm curious ... what new deliciousness have you been surprised with lately?
* Note: I was in no way compensated by Bavaro's or Open Sky to tell you about this. In fact, I spent my own, hard earned money on it, which means I'm telling you exactly what I think. And, the pasta sauce jar image shown above - with the picture of my very own dinner - came directly from the Bavaro's website (www.bavarofoods.com)
In my years of work travel, I've been lucky enough to find treats in my room upon check-in on multiple occasions (because of my job, the hotels want to make sure that I have a nice experience). This has led to a family tradition we call the "swag bag". Why "swag bag", you ask? Because the first thing that Dad always asks when I call from a trip is ... "What kind of swag did you get?" (I think he's been watching a little too much E! with Mom!) So, we've started leaving "swag" when one of us is coming for a visit. Swag can be, and has been, anything from a magazine and candy bar to a vuvuzela (you know, those annoying horn things) during the World Cup. Anything fun, and usually funny.
I visited Mom and Dad a few weeks ago and walked away with this FAB "swag bag"!
In the bag ... a stack of magazines, a new keychain (orange ostrich in the shape of an ostrich), a Lilly Pulitzer book that Mom stole from my house, and a Kate Spade tote with a glitter bottom. I guess this means I'll have to step it up a notch the next time Mom comes for a visit!