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How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

8 Ways to Make Food Shopping as a Parent More Bearable

No one is denying children aren’t the gift that keep on giving. But, as a parent, there are just some tasks in day to day adult life that shouldn’t be accompanied by kids. Namely the weekly food shop. Opening yourself up to a world of whining, potential tantrums and…

12 Days of Shopping with Pragmatic Mom - Great Gift Ideas for those tough to buy for people!

I am rarely quiet – no, really, except when I’m writing – but especially about gifts and while I do like to share – my children now pipe up when the iPad ad comes on “Mom, Isn’t that what you want for Christmas?” – I had never said so, maybe just hinted and I am encouraging the shout-outs at this point (so useful, for work, right).

capability mom likes the apple ipadI am super easy to buy for – my husband is not but he makes up for it by being a super creative gift giver. For instance, this past Mother’s Day, I got laundry baskets. Yup, three of them with easy to read stick on labels for easy sorting. I know, you are thinking, what a lucky, lucky woman. I did initially have that really fake Laura Petrie voice (link for you babies who don’t know who this is, ignore the talking fish, not really part of the show), “Oh, how nice, REALLY?” but in a sweet way because the children were there. I think everyone (else) enjoyed my confusion and POLITENESS because when I finally saw the card with theatre tickets (to Wicked – it was wonderful), there was much laughing, yes, especially by me.

Maybe I want some new Smartwool socks (oops, already bought some), maybe some winter walking shoes (we can get matching ones at REI capability mom is going to copy her friend and get the same shoes from solomoncapability mom might buys these at REI for spouse.

Not so creative? I always like books, real ones or ebooks for my Kobo e-reader - we may need that iPad because we are fighting over need another e-reader.

capability mom chooses the hunter rain boots in black

I have Bogs boots for the snow - I like these from Hunter, too.

I also really want nice boots (size 10) – I think I found some cute ones.

I meant to put these plates in the Hostess post but I do like them for myself – Found on Etsy through Cool Mom Picks (see sidebar).

capability mom loves this green leaf in these hope johnson ceramic plates on etsySo it’s not all about me – although it is tough – He will usually buy his own stuff.

Husband Gift Ideas:

Running stuff (UnderArmour gear) Cold weather gear from REI – Books, Special Roibos tea, Giants (as in New York) gear, J. Crew Shirt, load his iPod with some tunes. In the past we have given him baseball gloves (for our children), Rock’em Sock’em Robots, and other games from his childhood. Hope this helps!

The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom. Each day, please visit her blog to see the other half of each post. Thanks!

Friday, Dec 10: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

Sat, Dec 11: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

Sun, Dec 12: Personalized Gifts: Fancy Return Address Stampers and Personalized Stationery from Pixie Chicago

Mon, Dec 13: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Tue, Dec 14: Tutors/Teachers

Wed, Dec 15: High Tech/Low Tech

Thu, Dec 16: Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

Fri, Dec 17: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer - Pragmatic Mom

Sat, Dec 18: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List) Pragmatic Mom and Capability : Mom

Sun, Dec 19: Dog/Cat

Mon, Dec 20: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

Tue, Dec 21: ’Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts

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