Giving Coupons to a Random Shopper

During my lunch break I headed out to Rite-Aid to buy two boxes of cereal. I saw an ad on the front of the weekly sales circular for Lucky Charms and knew I had to buy some. I haven’t eaten the stuff in ages, but as soon as I saw the ad I began to … Read more

Day Nine: Birthday Gifts for My Mother-in-Law

It just so happens that May 31st is my mother-in-laws birthday, so yesterday’s gift was a birthday present for my mother-in-law. I bought a very cute serving tray that can be used to serve chips and dip. As usual I put off the shopping trip until the last possible second. Not only did I wait … Read more

Day Eight: More Time with My Mom

My mom is a whiz at the daily jumble, so I found an online version of the game and played with her for over an hour. The jumble provides four scrambled words that must be unscrambled by rearranging the letters. As a kid my mom and I played this game together on Saturday mornings and … Read more

Day Seven: Dinner for My Family

For my seventh gift, of the 29 day giving challenge, I prepared baked ziti, a large garden salad, grilled chicken and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I shared the meal with my parents, in-laws, close family friends, and my husband. It wasn’t anything too special, but it was a really tasty meal.

Day Six: A Cookbook for My Dad

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my dad is in need of a major overhaul to his diet and exercise plan. On the drive down to North Carolina I talked with him about our family’s concern. Since he was stuck in the car with me on a six and a half hour trip he … Read more

Day Five: Donating Dresses

Today’s gift wasn’t very original. I dropped off a bag full of clothes to a donation center. For the past few months I’ve been staring at a bunch of dresses that I haven’t worn in ages. The dresses all fit and have only been worn a hand-full of times, so at first I had a … Read more

Day Four: Time with My Mom

Twice a year my parents vacation with my husband and I in North Carolina. While my husband is working on ‘fix-it’ projects around the house, my parents and I lounge on the beach chatting about nothing and everything for hours. My mom is definitely a night owl, and Sunday night after my father went to … Read more

Day Three: Supporting the Troops

I recently stopped acquiring freebies from Rite-Aid and CVS. Our cupboards and closets were overflowing with deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and other toiletries. When I returned home from the drugstore one Sunday morning with yet another tube of toothpaste I decided I had enough toiletries to last me at least six months and temporarily suspended … Read more

Day Two: A Gift for My Mom

For mother’s day I gave my mom a copy of Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul. My mother is an amazing woman who suffers from unbelievably low self esteem. One day she said, “I may not have been good at much in my life, but I was good at one thing, I was … Read more