Archive for December 2, 2012

Stumped for Ideas This Christmas? I’m Hosting a Giveaway that Might Help You.

Based on the sheer volume of people searching for stocking stuffer suggestions I know that many of you are stumped for Christmas ideas this season. Do you feel like you buy the same things for people year after year? Do you want to find something unique? Are you interested in hand crafted items rather than items sold by big box stores? Are you in need of a little help when it comes to finding the perfect gift?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above you might want to check out the new gift finder tool at NOVICA.

NOVICA provides talented artisans around the world a place to express their talents and provide access to the world market. They sell a huge range of unique, hand crafted items including belts, women’s hats, women’s accessories, dresses and jewelry.

I turn to NOVICA whenever I’m searching for unique gifts. I usually buy one or two things for the people on my list and then find a few things I want for myself. In the past year alone I purchased two necklaces, a pair of earrings, a comfy hammock swing and two beautiful handmade belts.

I can spend hours searching the NOVICA website, so I was intrigued by the new gift finder. You can search for broad categories such as romantic gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts by personality, spiritual gifts and unique gifts. One of these categories is sure to help you find the perfect gift for someone you love.

The fine folks at NOVICA would like to help one reader check a name off their Christmas list. Use NOVICA’s gift finder to find a gift for someone you love. Leave a comment with a link to that item and you will be entered to win a $75 gift certificate to NOVICA.

For an extra entry follow me via RSS or twitter and leave me separate comments letting me know you did so.

One winner will be randomly selected on Monday, December 10th. Good luck!

It seems the very last entry won this contest. Congatulations: Alice B. An email is on it’s way. Please respond within 48 hours.

December 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM 21 comments

What is the Rule in Your House?

My mom and I had a lengthy discussion yesterday over childproofing. There are two schools of thought. First, move the items that might be in harms way. Second, leave the items exactly where you’ve always placed them and teach the child that he is not allowed to touch them.

I’ve noticed that while most parents childproof their own homes many grandparents choose not rearrange their belongings. If a glass ornament decorates a coffee table it will NOT be removed just because a child is coming over to play. If a set of antique candle holders line the fireplace they will not be moved to a new location just because little fingers might reach and break them.

My son learned to pull himself into a standing position and cruise at 7 months and being quite tall and very active it was easy for him to grab onto anything that was the height of a coffee table. For the longest time my mom displayed collectibles on an end table in her living room. Every time I brought my son over to play I feared he would grab one of these tiny objects and accidentally drop it onto the floor.

While I certainly discouraged my son from playing near the collectibles and encouraged him to play elsewhere in the room, I jumped up every time he walked over to that table. While this didn’t put a total damper on our visits it did make them more stressful.

Is it up to grandparents to childproof their homes on days when the baby comes over? I’m not one to keep a lot of knick-knacks and tchotchkes all over the house so for me the answer would be a resounding yes! While I am happy to teach my son his boundaries I want to enjoy the time with the people I love. I don’t want to spend that time worrying about tiny fingers grabbing onto breakable objects.

So I’m curious what are the rules in your house or the house of your children’s grandparents? Do they move things when your son or daughter comes over or are you expected to continually discipline your child until they learn to avoid areas that aren’t kid-friendly?

December 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM 6 comments


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