The Holiday season can sneak up on you. One minute it’s “Trick or Treat“… then the next we are carving turkey slices and peeling yams for casseroles. Celebrating and being truly thankful is so much more pleasant than just going thru the motions.
I have always loved decorating the house for the holidays. Hanging up out snazzy color accents and holiday art (i.e. a combo of favorite holiday cards & pictures taken over the past years). And it’s imperative to spend time jazzing up the tree with twinkly lights, garland and ornaments galore. (In fact, if you’re like me you have enough for two or three trees…) Playing my favorite tunes in the background is part of the fun.
I learned a thing or two about gift-giving budgeting a couple decades ago when I bought my first house. As any good realtor would tell you “don’t make any major purchases when you’re buying a home…” so in order to have a house of my own by December, I had to buy all of my holiday gifts by the first of October! Happy Christmas to me as a new homeowner and still having the funds to give my favorite people gifts.
You still have time to start that principle of purchasing early. Hey, you may even find a great deal on something that you can use for the next few years… (especially if it’s something you create thru a website that is offering deep discounts -like a personalized coaster set or puzzle).
Let us know what kind of things you’ve been prepared about doing for the holiday season!
Gift Giving ideas from my Etsy Shop:
Holiday Wine Charm Set (Set of 4)
On sale now from my Etsy site!
Looking back, it’s been a whirlwind of a year. It’s been nearly 10 months since my last posting. Where has the time gone?
Most of my week’s time has been spent working for one of the PNW’s oldest “start-up” company – Nordstrom. Huge in the retail business and quickly becoming more noticed in the technology scene. My Talent Acquisition co-workers and I have been putting great people to work in the IT side of the house with fervent energy. I stepped into an office downtown near Pike Street Market (see picture – taken out of a window on the 11th floor) last August. Our building has beautiful views of downtown Seattle. Taking public transportation into work really cuts down on wear and tear on the vehicle – and it allows time to read, make new acquaintances, and get a bit of exercise walking from the bus stops.
Wanna-B-RockStar has been keeping pace. Am offering up Inventory pricing on Etsy sales thru July 7th. Take advantage of the Coupon Code CHRISTMASINJULY to receive 20% off your purchase! Email me if you don’t see what you are looking for. A few of my regular Wine Charm sets (i.e. Seattle/PNW, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Idaho, Alice & Wonderland, Garden, and Beach themed) that are not listed on the site; but I will still honor the coupon code thru July 7th.
Hope you have a great Summer Solstice! Keep tuned for my next posting.
Question of the day… Are you ready for School to start?
I know I am!
We’ve had two young girls bouncing around the house with loads of energy and a high propensity to be in all sorts of business. We’ve participated in swim lessons. Sold treasures at our Community Garage Sale. Packed (and unpacked) the car for Art Shows. Made our way to the Wild Animal Game Farm in Sequim, WA to feed bread to the deer, llamas, and bears. Took multiple swings of the tennis rackets on several local tennis courts. Broke in the new Bicycles. As well as visited the library for “Splat the Cat” books! Our latest adventure together was school clothes shopping. Am surprised our youngest did not wear her favorite outfit to bed last night 🙂
Am not ready to completely dismiss Summer for Fall, but am willing to present a “Welcome” sale for those of you who need a treat!!
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Promotion on Etsy Wanna-B-RockStar Shop:
On Sale now!! ** USE Coupon TAKE2 for these ITEMS ONLY by September 15th to receive $2 off your purchase!! **
Be good to yourself!!
There’s nothing better than embracing another culture during the holidays! My husband and I just returned from Waikiki Beach. We spent 12 wonderful days resting, taking lots of pictures, swimming, sunning, and goal planning for 2014. I uploaded one picture to represent each day.
Everyone loves getting a great deal on purchases! I know I do. Have created a Coupon Code for my new Storenvy shop on-line. This precious 5 letter code gets you 5% off any product in my line. Please contact me if you’re looking to make larger purchase for an event [company party, wedding, fundraiser, etc.] I will send you a code for 10% off.
Coupon Code: take5
** This offer good only thru December 10th, 2013. Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for orders over 100.
My friend and I ventured to the Mall this past weekend. It had been quite a long time since I’d had to “fight” for a parking spot in a mall parking lot. It was full of mini-vans and huge SUVs smashed into skinny, compact parking stalls. We saw families with small children in tow carrying their Build-A-Bears and American Girl dolls. Serious shoppers passes by us with armfuls of bags (both paper and plastic). And of course one out of every four people carried a coffee cup from one place or another! Tis’ the season? Yes, Christmas music serenaded from speakers above.
I also got busy and opened up a new shopping spot of my own – a new on-line storefront at Storevy.com (http://wannabrockstar.storenvy.com/) Please take a moment to check it out and drop me a line with your thoughts!
Go ahead, belt out the “Jingle Bells” and “Here comes Santa Clause” with stamina this season!! I’ll be singing right along with you.