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Last Minute Gift Idea

16 Dec

There is still time to order from my Etsy.com shop for the holidays(within the US)!

I love giving my jewelry as gifts to almost everyone on my shopping list. Sometimes though, we all have gift emergencies. I have great treasures in my Etsy shop for women of all ages and a few pieces that are suitable for men, but some folks fall outside of that demographic or I just don’t know them well enough to hazard a guess on their tastes or personal style.

For example, I adore our UPS man, but all I really know about him is that he wears a brown uniform, goes above and beyond what I expect a parcel delivery person to do, he’s got a nice smile and fabulous eyes, and he brings treats aka stuff I ordered and forgot I ordered. Yay! Everything is a surprise!

(Holy cannoli, I just realized that I picture our UPS man as the UPS guy in Legally Blond. Funny. I don’t think I really know what our UPS guy actually looks like. Weird. I’m not bending and snapping though, not with these old joints! I’d get stuck and not even be able to sign for my packages. How embarrassing!)

Anyway, for those “I need a gift for someone and have had cash on hand since around the time they introduced debit card transactions at every checkout under the sun” predicaments may I suggest:

Amazon.com printable gift cards! That’s right! You don’t even need a legal name, full name, or email address. Just punch in your info and a message and any amount. Pick a graphic for your card (there are over 50 at last check…lots of them remind me of Target’s gift cards). Checkout and in a few minutes Amazon will email you a link which lets you print the foldable card (made me all nostalgic for Print Shop on the Apple IIc, though an inkjet printer and the modern graphics make these much prettier).

So while I suggest jewelry, jewelry, jewelry, and related adornments, I do know that sometimes you need a one-size-fits-all-tastes-and-budgets-last-minute-solution.

Without further delay, here’s the linkey-do so you can check out the options for yourself.
Amazon Printable Gift Cards

xo
Bek

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Need a pocket?

30 Jun
Pocksie!

Pocksie!

Ever find yourself needing a pocket for a little hands free carrying of tiny stuff?

Going for a walk with the dog, and want to take your ID (you should always have ID on you. Don’t make me mom-out on you) but no pockets and not so much a fan of the fanny pack? Need a covert little storage area on your person while you play devastatingly beautiful spy for the evening?

These are “Pocksie” and they are available through Amazon.com. You get 6 for $9.99 and they are this fabulous soft, thin, stretchy flannel-y material. There is adhesive on three sides with one side left adhesive-free (that’s the opening)- you stick them to your clothes (on the inside, typically) with the opening facing up, and your clothes become the backing to the pocket and voila! A little hidden pocket for your ID, some business cards…That sort of thing. They are beige, pale beige. I would love to see these in black as well, to blend more with a wider variety of clothing- and to bust up any confusion as to where you stick these (you do not stick them to your skin!).

I test drove these by sticking them to the inside of a fairly thin, soft cotton jersey loose fitting t-shirt (I didn’t want anything close fitting supporting it as this was one of my personal product tests and I wanted fairly clean anecdotal results). I jammed my insulin pump (heavier than most modern cellular phones) in it and went about my day. And it stuck. All day. It stuck really well and I was amazed at the end of the day how well it was still sticking- I had to give it a good pull to get it off (probably not a good match for silk!). I would feel confident wearing these under anything, holding ID, credit card, or a small cell-phone. Of course, your mileage may vary *insert disclaimer here* but I do recommend grabbing a 6-pack of these and keeping them on hand. On the inside of a loose fitting, single layer shirt you could clearly see where my pump was- but with ID and card, it wasn’t so noticeable.  I would probably use these under clothes with a more substantial fabric anyway, so for me that is a non-issue.

I bought them to see if my insulin pump would fit in them. My Animas 2020 was a very tight fit (not easy to get it in or out, but for a formal affair and the perfect outfit, I would be much happier with a little tugging to get the pump out than looking like I am losing my underthings…as was the case when I tried the leg thing- which is great if it fits you well… not so friendly on my curvaceous stems) and from the looks of it a Cozmo would fit well (not necessarily with the Cozmore backing)…

Women who wear insulin pumps are often faced with this dilemma as the choices for carrying their pump when all gussied up are usually- a case with a clip, reenacting the “pencil test” with their pump, or a “leg thing” (like a garter).
While my pump does have an integrated clip and I usually wear pump, tubing, etc fairly exposed (frankly, on most legging or jeans wearing days I just don’t give the aesthetics of this life improving device another thought), there have been moments during workouts or dress up that I have longed for a comfortable, concealed way to carry my pump.

The Awesome That Is Amazon.com Prime

19 Jun

I am obsessed with Prime. Me obsessed? I know, all of my readers are shocked. :-)
We have had Prime for two weeks and already it has paid for itself- we can buy necessities through Amazon.com and have them delivered 2 day for FREE. Ok, not totally free- Prime has an annual $79 membership fee. BUT last week I needed two different weight medicine balls, all other sites were charging $15-$40! for shipping the balls. As I was ordering a few other things and rationalized that around the winter holidays two day is sometimes the only way to get Santa’s sleight here on time (or to relatives that live elsewhere). Of course, we shop handmade whenever possible, but on occasion a sibling or a parent really digs a DVD or has mentioned a book they would like… We eat a ton of almonds in this house- and really like the flavored Blue Diamond ones- I bought a 6 pack and had them shipped Free (under Prime’s 2-day shipping) and I definitely saved some cash, and stocked up our Hurricane kit.

I have ordered so much over the past year- because I can’t get to the store, or the store I can get to doesn’t have what I need. Prime makes sense for our family. I can get some grocery items, some medical supplies, home improvement supplies and tools, and even physical therapy & occupational therapy tools. It’s also great for those “I’m too busy to get to the store and junior has a birthday party to go to in 3 days! I need to grow more arms!” moments…

Anyway, the $79 definitely pays for itself and I think is a great tool for folks like me who can’t drive and don’t live in an area where it is safe or even manageable to walk to the store… Of course Prime only works on goods shipped/fulfilled by Amazon- and each product page lets you know what is and is not Prime eligible.


Click here for more info on Amazon Prime

xo
Bek

Hello Friend.

26 Dec

Hello.

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Boy’s big wish from Santa this year was for an “xo laptop”…

We decided to tighten our belts more, suck in our guts, and instead of a mountain of less expensive goods that get lost in the shuffle, get him one through the “Give One Get One” Program.

The benefits are many.
1. We bought one, the one that we gave will go to another child somewhere else in the world as an educational tool…

I love this idea, but our home economy doesn’t really allow for this degree of charity… After all, almost all of our money, goes to directly support individuals with type 1/juvenile diabetes, arthritis, autism/asperger’s, and depression and a slew of other issues.  When looking at the cost, the “2-fer” part makes it look positively cheap… When looking at the reality that we just get one for $xxx it is still a wise investment as it will help boy with skills in all areas. Sure we could do that on our regular computer, but that would wind up in lost time and money (on hold with customer service, having computer serviced, possible emergency intervention by Geek Squad) and the cost quickly (trust me on this one) takes care of itself…

2. Our mac may now be safe from the mad clicker/deleter…. He has no interest in our boring mac’s.  He has a swanky, rugged looking, very useful machine that we are not yet regulating…(the xo will have to go on the same “time bank” as other activities, but we are giving him another day to explore…)

3. This is an adventure for all of us- we are mac and ex-windows XP people…So we have quite a bit to learn…The “xo” let boy jump right in and explore… So far he has drawn pictures, made digital music, written some bits for a story he is working on, played “secretary” with me (he dictates, I type…), and made the speech emulator say “Who farted?” followed by a laugh that he had to spell out…He also took a bunch of photos of himself. The amazing thing is that we didn’t show him any of it. We showed him how to open the case and shut the system down, but that is it. He is learning this new-to-us OS the way I learned mac… Marie Montessori is smiling down on us…

4. I tried to explain the “give one, get one” thing to him and the intentions of OLPC, and his interpretation seems to be that there is a kid, elsewhere in the world, that he is connected to because they have, in a way, twin computers. I think his perspective is somewhat like my own at his age- do you remember those “for the less of a price of a cup of coffee” from back in the days when a cup of coffee was less than $0.40 commercials? Well, I wanted siblings when I was a kid and I was adopted. In my brain this equated to being able to buy a sibling for $0.40/day. I remember rolling coins for my mom on occasion and thinking, “Wow. This is like a month of a sibling.”…I digress…

Speaking of the concept of “other” and a world without boundaries, I know it’s probably not possible (or way far outside of my noggin to even think about without sweeping some other important stuff off the table) but it would be amazing with the give one get one if participants on either end could opt into a penpal sort of a program (via the xo, of course)…

Anyway, here is boy waving and saying “hello” to whatever friend may be out there….

(and check out that sweet swiveling screen! I have already been informed “Your Macbook screen just sits there”… :-)

Anyway, there is more to chat about regarding our Christmas morning, gifts, mayhem, etc…But I am going on day 2 of being in bed (boy is sitting on my bed in the photo…he grabbed his laptop and sat right next to me with our CushTops/lapdesk-y things and we went to “work”….

Wishes Granted Everywhere….

7 Aug

Ok, just the material wishes….

I have always adored the wishlist feature on Amazon.com… It makes shopping/giving so much easier and I am convinced it is a clutter buster as we don’t always wind up with things we will never use (or can’t use…I’m not an XS. I haven’t been an XS since I was a fetus.)…

On the other hand, all of you know I love handmade. Most of my amazon.com list is comprised of books on metal technique, SID, SPD, ADHD, etc… There are a couple of tools, and occasionally a big ticket item… I often use my wishlist as a holding place for things I will buy myself…Of course, if anyone wants to get them for me before I save up enough ducats, than hey. I’m not complaining! I like them because they give direction to family members that are far away when buying for boyo… It’s all good…

What I really love is handmade stuff (and not just because I am a maker of handmade goods)….

I have a million things I adore on Etsy.com and SmashingDarling.com that I would love to put in a wishlist… Etsy has a favorites list but I tend to favorite things either I want to give to someone else or that I want… Last year I wound up with a really cool nitroglycerin holding keychain from hubby. Um, I’m not on nitroglycerin…I can’t remember who I earmarked that for, but it wasn’t me…. So until that allows for greater organization and clarification I am so excited that Amazon now has a Universal Wish List button that you can add to your browser.

You can add anything from anywhere. It adds a title, image, and link…You can put a description and the price if you would like… When someone views your wishlist they just click and bam! they are on the item page… The only potential issue I can see on this is that checkout will of course be with the linked site, not with Amazon…Might confuse those who are not yet familiar with venues like Etsy… For now though I am hoping it brings more exposure for the fabulous Etsy (and all of us who peddle our handmade goods there…Me included, of course…) and a great way to organize and add to wishlists….

Here’s a link to the button!

Now head to Etsy.com and have fun! Enjoy!

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