Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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Friday, December 17, 2010
Favorites. It's not really fun when people play favorites. Unless you are the favorite and this Christmas I am doing just that...I'm play favorites with what I think are some of the best Christmas gifts for 2010. If you are doing some last minute shopping; keep my top 10 in '10 on the top of your list.
1. Give back with TOMS shoes. http://www.toms.com/ I love these darling little shoes. Man, woman, or child, they can be yours. So, here's the great part: For every pair you buy, TOMS will give a pair to a child in need. *The ones I ordered ran small all across the board, so I would recommend ordering up a full size.*
2. Meet my new favorite necklace. I like to consume ACAI and soon I will get to wear it on my neck as well. Neat concept don't you think? Not only does it look great, but it's another gift that gives back. The Andean Collection was founded to "bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America." Local artisans actually make gifts like this great necklace. Check it out at: http://theandeancollection.com
4. Leave it to Kate Spade to make a great cover for your I-phone. Whether you have a 3G or 4G, there are a variety of covers that are really cute. Here's one of my favorite looks for Iphone 4. I wish I could have gotten the picture to work right, but I'm not the techie I strive to be so follow the link: http://www.katespade.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10963449&cp=1855186.4233966
5. I love these! Dainty, useful, and reasonably priced; you can never go wrong with Pottery Barn's jewelry display frames. http://www.potterybarn.com/products/jewelry-display-frames
7. My nephew got this gift a little early; The Veggie Tales Nativity. It has been all the rage! Baby C has tried to confiscate it from my sister's house. When visiting today, the trips relentlessly fought over Larry. If you have a young child, I whole-heartidly recommend this gift. And it's on sale too! https://bigidea.com/products/toys/toys_content.aspx?pid=253
8. This gift keeps my children entertained for hours on end. From Fisher-Price, it's the Follow Me Thomas train.
You guide the train along it's path with a light. Everywhere the light goes, the train follows. It's really a neat gift. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4048063&CAWELAID=564068317
9. I am slightly bitter about this next gift idea. The Tyler-Poppy flat from Coach. I love a cute flat. I love navy and green together. I am bitter because my feet are so incredibly large that these do NOT come in my size. I'll try to control myself. And just in case you have feet like the rest of the planet, here's the link for you to purchase a pair:
10. Last, but not least, the smell of burning toast can be smelled in the wee hours of the morning throughout my house,thanks to my husband's favorite toaster. It's not just any toaster...it burns a star in the middle of his toast. It's not just any star...it's the Dallas Cowboys star. I've never seen a man eat a piece of toast quite like it. Yet, I have to give it props. So, if a Cowboys fan resides in your home, make his day and make that man some toast. http://shop.dallascowboys.com/product/dallas-cowboys-protoast-toaster,1490,0.htm
Posted by Jessica Kirkland at 11:08 PM
Monday, December 13, 2010
Posted by Jessica Kirkland at 6:51 PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
As I prepared my gluten-free Thanksgiving feast tonight, I watched the movie "Eat Pray Love." I did just that. I ate approximately two M&M cookies from each batch I prepared, prayed for God to forgive my gluttony, and unfortunately loved every last morsel of them. Sigh. I am sure you are absolutely dying to know what I will be eating tomorrow, so I will keep you in suspense no longer. The usual: turkey, gluten-free dressing, gluten-free macaroni, gluten-free sausage balls, gluten-free gravy, and cheezy soup (my kids request). Oh, and assuredly some additional, sinful, gluten-free M&M cookies. Just like the movie, I've found my way on the gluten-free path to eating. Just like the character in the movie, I will probably be lying on the floor trying to button my jeans by the end of the day. See, that is the thing about gluten-free; you can actually eat just as bad as the traditional American diet (especially with a little effort). Once you get over the shock of your new lifestyle, you find yourself finding ways to eat bad. I still have to watch myself. Sometimes, I watch myself eat cookie, after cookie, after cookie. Then, I pay for it, and start a New Year's resolution early. All that gluten-free talk aside, here are some things I am thankful for on this Thanksgiving:
1. A husband that is a good friend, good dad, and likes to spend time with his family (despite having to give up a little hunting every now and then).
2. My children. I'd just like to say that my life would be so boring without them. They really do light up each day. I'm glad to be around to watch them giggle and grow.
3. Good friends. I used to be a friend junkie. I always felt like I needed "more friends" to be happy. Yet, over time I've realized that a few life-long friends are more than most people see in a lifetime. Friends are important- my life would be empty without mine. Happy Thanksgiving to the best friends a girl could ever ask for: Joy, Megan, Penni, Jennifer, and Georgie!
4. God's truth. I am thankful that when life gets confusing and I lose my way, that I can always look to the truth of God's word to bring me to what matters.
5. Gluten-free cookies. I am thankful for gluten-free cookies. Really. Really. Thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Posted by Jessica Kirkland at 10:41 PM
Friday, November 12, 2010
Every year during the month of November, thousands of women (and some men as well) converge on Reliant Arena for The Houston Ballet's annual Nutcracker Market. Crazed women, like myself, rush the arena with only one thing on the brain: shopping! Here's 10 things I learned this year:
1. The Doily is back.
A doily (or doilie) is an ornamental mat, originally the name of a fabric made by Doiley, a 17th-centuryLondon draper. Doily earlier meant "genteel, affordable woolens", "evidently from the same source"
Yes, the kind that my grandmother used to use as a drink coaster. The doily can now be spotted on women's clothing. You can hot glue a doily on just about any type of material and call it "vintage." A sassy, vintage doily outfit goes for around $70.
2. Shopping in heels is apparently okay. I saw more platform heels today in one place than the entire Dillard's shoe department has in stock. I've got three words for you: why, why, why? No sane woman shops in high heels?!?! The walk from the car to the front door alone is enough to rub any civil big toe the wrong way. Next year, I think I will have a designer Bandaid booth on aisle one so all the platform heel gals can buy some for their aching feet on the way out.
3. Puff paint and plastic tubs go a long way. I guess I am not clever enough to combine plastic with paint. A plastic tub from Wal-Mart with some football's painted on it was selling for $25+ dollars. Plastic? Puff paint? Seriously? However, they were quite cute and I must admit I loitered in the booth for quite some time.
4. Baked Potatoes are hot. Baked potatoes were all the rage in the food court. They adorned every plate and table. Hot ones, loaded ones, chopped beef ones. Those spuds rocked the dining area.
5. Don't sit directly in front of anyone's booth. Yes, we were asked to move. Yes, I got embarrassed. There was a "check your bags" booth in the midst of the food court. Mind you there were people sitting all around this booth (to the left, right, and front and center). The tables were full, the standing room only tables were full, and behold there was but one clear spot. Just as my jeans hit the floor I heard: "Ladies, please don't sit there, that is the front of our booth!" Hmmm... I guess we were the straw that broke the booth's back. Yes, we relocated.
6. The Marshmallow gun has evolved. Last year, my mom's cousin, gave us some gifts from her friend that was the creator of "The Marshmallow Gun." We've been shooting marshmallows across the house for a good year now. Apparently, their weaponry has gotten more sophisticated. This year, we can launch marshmallows with a high powered cross bow, regular bow and arrow, and a more sophisticated gun. Go Marshmallow gun, go!
7. The beanie has gone banded. Clever little girls. Such great marketing ingenuity makes me smile for them! Ladies, the beanie is out, the knit headband is in. Still covers the ears. Still fashionable. Doesn't tossle the hair like a full covering beanie. Pricing was very reasonable as well.
8. Pregnant women get golf cart rides- wild ones. Thank you Jennifer for being pregnant. Thank you Valerie for having the nerve to ask the cop about helping our dear, delicate, pregnant Jennifer to the car. Thank you cop for volunteering to take all of us and our packages speedily to our car (which was practically parked downtown it was so far away). We almost got hit by a tram full of passengers and clipped a cone or two on the way back, but it was nice hitching the "wild" ride to the car.
9. Traffic jams do occur indoors. I am not quite sure which was worse: the traffic jam of crazed women inside Reliant or the bumper to bumper traffic on 288 coming home. I have never walked so slow indoors in my life. I think my legs actually hurt from cutting my stride in half all day.
10. Mommy's are tough cookies. Not many things shock me. I left NM with one sack in hand and my purse. My back was absolutely killing me after 1/2 day of shopping. Yet, I witnessed mommy after mommy with children strapped to their body (in some very fashionable slings mind you). I know those times. Desperate times. You just want to shop! You get so stir crazy in your home that you are willing to strap large, heavy toddlers to your back just to have some fun! Desperate times call for desperate measures. Oh...my heart went out to these ladies- the absolute pain they must have endured towing those children on their backs. Yes, you are correct - no strollers allowed at Nutcracker Market
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Baby steps my friends. Baby steps.