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    What I’m Buying

    March 5, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    I made a purchase yesterday that was relatively fun, so I thought I’d share. It was a bunch of little gifts for people I love, which made the money especially fun to spend. We try to run a tight ship around here, so I am always seeking out relatively inexpensive gifts that are a good fit for the recipient.

    I am a bibliophile, so I tend to buy books.

    A lot.

    And yesterday was no exception.

    First, we have A.’s birthday book. Yes, I admit that in the bustle of preparing for the party, I forgot to actually buy the gift! How is that for a scatter-brained mommy? Thankfully, others spoiled her, and we gave her something she really likes {food}, so she didn’t notice.

    But I’ll have to shape up for next year. Four-year-olds aren’t so oblivious.

    Before I go on with the books, I think I might mention that my mom and I recently bought a box of these to split:


    LaraBar Jocalat, 1.7-Ounce Bars (Pack of 16)

    These bars are sort of like candy bars and sort of like a fudge brownie. The important thing is that they are casein-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and free of all flavors, preservatives, and colors. The ingredients list is truly amazing: organic dates, organic almonds, organic walnuts, organic cocoa powder, organic cocoa mass, organic cashews.

    And that’s all.

    Most importantly, our little taste-tester was absolutely ecstatic.

    Do you remember in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that Charlie’s family was so poor that he received a chocolate bar once a year, on his birthday? We look at these bars this way. With the free shipping, the price worked out to $1.59 per bar. And the children will get one on their birthday, at our Easter celebration if other kids are eating candy, and in their stockings at Christmas. This is our GFCF version of the special treat.

    So…on to the books! We have a family tradition of giving nice, hardbound books. If you are our child, you are guaranteed one at Christmas and one on your birthday.

    This year, A. is getting her first book of poetry:


    When We Were Very Young by Milne

    I went ahead and ordered E.’s birthday gift. He will be six in May. {Six! I can’t believe that…} I am thinking that this will be the traditional turning-six gift around here, because I am in love with it so:


    Now We Are Six by Milne

    My nephew, S., is turning seven next month. I thought he needed a book that would drive his mother {my sister} crazy:


    Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons,
    Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites,
    Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

    And finally, for my sister, who needs this book just as much as I did:


    Healing the New Childhood Epidemics:
    Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies:
    The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders

    What have you been buying?

    And by the way, to those of you who have been shopping online using my Amazon links, thank you!

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    3 Comments

  • Reply rebecca March 5, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Well, we will see if it works! The movers are packing the other house on Friday and holding the truck. Then, on Saturday, the moving truck for our home is coming up in the morning to pack our things. Once we are packed, their truck will arrive so they can move in and our truck will travel to our new home. Whew! I am exhausted just thinking about it.

  • Reply Brandy March 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Sounds darling, Rebecca! I can’t wait to see it. You are so good at making things beautiful…

    Congratulations on finalizing the house. You move Saturday. Does that mean they move in on Saturday? How do you time something like that?

  • Reply rebecca March 5, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Well, we are buying a house. Rather, we bought a house. On Monday.

    The house has more bathrooms and bedrooms than any of our previous homes so there will actually be a designated child’s bathroom.

    I have been buying a few small items for this bathroom, including two pictures with sea creatures and a few drawer pulls shaped like sea horses. I didn’t buy enough drawer pulls for every drawer, just enough for a whimsical accent. And… the best part was the 70% off that they were on sale for!

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