Christmas Stockings

Kim over at What’s That Smell? had an interesting post about Christmas Stockings and the meanings behind them and certain items that are sometimes put in stockings. Go here to read that post.

Anyhoo, one of the things she had on there that I really liked was a little “recipe” for filling your stockings. The “recipe” went something like this:

  • Something to eat
  • Something to play with
  • Something to read
  • Something they need

Apparently, Victorian children hung their stockings on their bedposts and that is what they found in their stockings the next morning. I really really like it and I think I am going to add that to my list of things to do each year. I think it would be something neat that my kids can pass on to their kids and so on!

So with that being said, here is what is going in their stockings:

Something to eat: I got them large candy canes. Zachary told me that he wanted Santa Claus to bring him a large candy cane. Not the most nutritious thing, but it will do for this year.

Something to play: I got a huge huge pack of playdoh that I will be dividing up between the kids and putting one or two (maybe three lol) tubs in their stockings and saving the others for Easter baskets.

Something to read: Zachary had a book order that I just turned in and ordered them each two books (dollar books too! Gotta love that deal!

Something they need: I got Zachary a pack of boxer briefs and Bella a pack of cute undershirts.

Their stockings are full and I spent about 10 dollars (if that) per stocking!!!


Could you do away with cable?

For quite some time now, I’ve tossed around the idea of giving up cable. The only problem, and I fully admit that it is REALLY silly on my part, is that I am a huge Days of Our Lives fan. I’ve watched the show since I was 11 years old. Sure, if I gave it up, I could watch the show on my computer, but do I want to do that? I don’t know about you, but I love to watch cable television. I remember when I was a kid, my parents refused to pay for cable. “Why should we pay to watch our television?”. So anytime I went to my friends house, I got my cable fix. They had every single channel! I remember it being the greatest thing in the world!

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Giving Up Cable Options

There are so many things you can do nowadays if you choose to give up cable and still be able to watch your television. When I was at Costco last, I saw this HDTV Antennacable. I was a bit unsure about it. I mean, growing up we didn’t have it and we had an antenna on our roof, so I guess, in theory this should work. However, my doubt was quickly erased away! I was at a friends house and they had one of these! She said it works great! They had the TV on so I was able to see the picture! It was NOTHING like the picture I remember on our TV back in the 80’s! It was great!

Other things I would get if I gave up cable would be subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime and/or Hulu. Each of those subscriptions cost money per month (you may be able to prepay for the year…I’m not sure, but definitely check that out since that usually saves you money), however the amount you pay is WAY less than the amount you are paying for cable. It also gives you an opportunity to check out the Comcast Cable Internet packages to up your internet. That is one thing I cannot and will not live without!

Did you give up service? What’s it been like? Please leave a comment letting me know how it’s been!

Love and Logic book series

This series of books was recommended to me by a wonderful group of women and let me tell you, it is the best damn book EVER! Right now I am currently reading Love and Logic. This book is written by Jim Fay and Charles Fay, phDlove and logic. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book and I am only on chapter 3!!!

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For instance, I have a very spirited 3 1/2 year old who loves to run off in stores, grab at things, etc. Today he grabbed some candy off the shelf. I told him that he had two choices, put the candy back or leave it on the end cap but he will be going to his room when we got home. He picked the candy up and proceeded to put it back where he got it. I was stunned. My child does not listen like that! I am definitely a believer in parenting with love and logic!

Be sure to definitely pick up a copy of the books in this series. While not every single thing will always work with every single child, there are definite tips and tricks you can take away from these books that will help. Kids may not initially come with an instruction manual AND I don’t want to parent mine solely from a book, but I am, however very open to learning new ideas. Especially as my kids get older and start approaching the tween and teen ages. Those, to me, are scary times!! I have this book coming to my house now:

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