Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Best Christmas Gifts of All

I dedicate this post to all of the wondrous gifts out there this holiday season. My first find came this past weekend when we were searching for a tiny tree to put in Small Child's bedroom. We found the tree, but we also found these.
They were so stealthily hidden, it's a wonder I found them in the first place.

And for those of you deeply saddened by the whole Hostess kerfloffle, cry no more, for you can now make your own Twinkies at home.
Next up, we take a step back in time to the year 1975 where these were all the rage in every household.
Now, I understand there is a definite need for this item as some of us still have some treasured vinyl stored away. (Ahem, hand raised ever so slightly.) However, I found it odd to see so many at a book store that doesn't even sell music.
And finally, the pièce de résistance. This item is so spectacular, I have no words. But feel free to supply your own comments below.
Yep, that's right. Now you can have your very own Justin Bieber duck tape.

What magical gifts have you found this holiday season?

Friday, November 23, 2012

All I Want for Christmas...

I was digging through my grandmother's old cedar chest and found a letter I wrote to Santa in either kindergarten or first grade. (This is based on the fact that my name is listed as Krystalyn Thompson on the envelope. My last name was changed when I was six.)

Dear Santa claws claws How do you spell your name x______________

1. I want a Alarm clolck 2. and from Animal barn I want tweety bird and a kangeroo and elephant 3. I want a plush toy dog 4. all the sweet treets collection one cookie purse one Ice cream sunday and one spoon full and some furniture to go with the Ice cream sunday 5. dolly pops 6. Kelly and Elly

sign Krystalyn

whew I'm finhesh at last

contund on the other side (I guess I wasn't quite finished.)

write Yes for yes write n for no
Y. N. (Clearly I expected him to write back.)

Kissy Kissy
Santa Claws! (Yes, I adored Santa. And check out my mad art skills.)

Most of the toys I discovered from TV commercials, but Kelly and Elly, I found in the Sears catalog. I remember pulling that thing out many, many times so I could stare longingly at Kelly and her little stuffed elephant.

And what did I find under my tree Christmas morning? (Click on picture for more detail.)

Yes, the only item on my list that Santa brought me was Kelly and Elly.

So, did Santa make the right decision all those years ago? I can tell you this: I had to Google most of the items on my list, and have no clue what I meant by Animal barn, but I knew exactly where to find Kelly and Elly.

I'm pretty sure I still have her pajamas too.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wilde's Meadow by Krystal Wade

Earlier this month, Krystal Wade, one of my fellow authors over at Curiosity Quills, released the third and final book in her Darkness Falls trilogy.

Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who’s already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her Draíochtans.

Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.

Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way. Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?

About the Author: Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers--who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas--sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?
Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.


You can find Krystal here:
Click here to go to Krystal's Amazon page and view the other titles in this series.

And make sure you check out Krystal's Wildest Moments blog fest. The prize is a Kindle Fire!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Operation Christmas Child

I consider us pretty lucky in that both my husband and I have work, we manage to pay our bills, put food on our table, and keep our child in nice clothes. Our child is lucky that we have a very generous family, and his Christmases are packed with toys and fun. As Small Child grows older, we're trying to teach him to be generous as well. This year, his day care is taking donations for Operation Christmas Child, and we decided to use that to show him how he can help others.
We went shopping yesterday and picked out some presents at the store.
Then we packed the box.
All done!