I shared recently that some of my wonderful friends chipped in together and bought me an Amazon gift certificate. I pondered here whether I should use it toward homeschooling stuff or on myself. Overwhelmingly, everyone that commented said that I should get something for myself. (Including some of the people that chipped in toward it that seemed to indicate that they would hunt me down if I didn’t use it for myself.)
So, I used their gift certificate, some Amazon affiliate money, and then a small amount of some money I had in Paypal to get the following 10 items for myself:
1. Thank You Notes by Jimmy Fallon and the Writers of Late Night — Jimmy is the best. This is the only part of my order that I haven’t received yet, because the book is so darn popular.
2. The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City — So I don’t really live in the heart of the city. But, I don’t live out in the country either, so I was hoping to get some great tips for around our house.
3. Creative is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative — Loved her book Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally so much that I had to give my copy to my sister, Kristin, after I read it. Then, when another sister (Kristin’s twin) kept picking it up to check it out, I bought her a copy and sent it to her. So, I was looking forward to also reading this one.
4. Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser – I hate to floss, and I loved our Waterpik when I was a kid. For the record, only one of my three kids likes the Waterpik after testing it. Three out of three kids, however, did manage to spray the bathroom wall.
5. Original Life Hammer Escape Hammer – I saw these on a show once, and kept thinking that I needed to buy one for each vehicle. I left them on my wishlist for about a year. I finally realized that if something happened where one of us needed these and I had let them sit on my wishlist for a year, I would feel even more miserable.
6. Collage Couture: Techniques for Creating Fashionable Art – This book is just as cool in person as it looks in the preview. Very excited for this one!
7. The Artist Unique: Discovering Your Creative Signature Through Inspiration and Techniques – Yes, another cool art book.
8. Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing – I saw this book in a post about a family writing club on SouleMama. I just had to see it in person. Love it! I’m going to have to show it to Jack and see if he wants to start a writing club with me. (If he does, then I’ll get him his own copy too.)
9. Youcat – The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church (appropriate for high school and up). Yes, I am long since done being what would be considered a “young adult,” I suspect. (Well, unless you ask the retired couple across the street, since he calls me kiddo.) I still thought that I would enjoy it.
10. Painted Pages: Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media – Oh yeah, I did it. I got yet another art book. This is something I totally wouldn’t normally do, so it was such a fun splurge.
(Know what we also ordered at the same time, but with different money? A treadmill! It, sadly, hasn’t arrived yet.)
Thanks so much to my friends that made the greater percentage of this shopping trip possible! You guys rock! (And, thanks to all those that encouraged me to treat myself. That was definitely fun.)
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