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Prior To Parenthood {For The Love Of Blog}

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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

More of us prior to parenthood!

 The Audi and I liked to travel before we had children.  Sure we still travel, but to different places now.  Kid friendly places.  Places like Disney World.  It’s where the kids like to go.  And honestly?  As you will see below we like the land of the mouse too.  It’s a place for adults and kids to vacation.  #Truth.  You know it’s true.  We all know it’s true.  So here are just a few of our scrapbooking memories in pictures
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Most of these pictures show our love for travel…hopefully baby will feel the same way!!
Dinner in Ambergris Caye
Yellowstone
Chatsworth House (Derbyshire, England)
Manchester, England
The City of Light
 I did buy some really cute Paris fashion items on that trip.  I might still own the clothing too.  #holdontoclothingforever
Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri Botanical Garden
Zion National Park
Antelope Canyon
Nashville
It’s Dr. Audi! (Philadelphia)
New York City

St. Louis for my brother’s wedding

Disney World

Lake Powell
And now…

It’s MODERN DAY!

As in September 6, 2014.

Keep in mind that we were living in San Antonio when that blog post was written.  Hence the reason for our visiting St. Louis for my brother’s wedding and then traveling to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  At that point in time we weren’t yet St. Louisans!  Weren’t we such babies in those pictures???  I don’t quite know where the time has gone.  I guess 12 years tends to age a person. *wink*

Have you been to any of the places we traveled?

Christmas in July at OrnamentsandMore.com!

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Just the other day, I was chatting on the phone with my brother and then a couple of days later with my sister — and, oddly enough, the rotation for our sibling Christmas gift-giving came up in both conversations!  The Ornaments and More Christmas in July sale came at a perfect time, especially if you’re looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping this year!

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Ornaments and More Christmas in July Sale!

Coupon code is SANTA20.

Can be used starting TODAY (July 7, 2013) through the end of July (July 31, 2013) to save 20% on total order on site.

Shipping fees & Maryland tax not applicable to coupon.

700+ new gift ideas for 2013!

I’ve received two ornaments from Ornaments and More over the past year, and I love both of them!   Here are two new ones from the What’s New for 2013? category on the site that caught my eye…

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2013 Baby’s 1ST Christmas PINK Onesie Ornament Glittered Heart

No, you remembered correctly — I’m having a boy.  But, one of my dear friends in California just delivered her twin baby girls yesterday morning and another friend is due with her twin baby girls next month!  (And, yes, I completely geared myself up for the possibility of having twins when I found out that I was due the month after!)  These ornaments would make sweet gifts for these sweet girls that I can’t wait to snuggle.

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Glass GRADUATION Cap & Diploma Glass Ornament Glittered Stars

And, my brother is graduating in December with his degree in Math/Statistics with a minor in Physics.  WOW!  We’re so proud of him, and we’re especially excited to see where he’ll be heading and what he’ll be doing once he’s finished with school.

Remember that all personalization is included in the cost you see listed on the website — any name, any year, etc.!

Head on over to Ornaments and More to take a look at their many options!

Ornaments and More {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Because I’m a thrifty shopper and I like to pick up great deals all year long, I have a large stash of gifts for all occasions on the top shelf in my closet.  I have gifts for baby showers, birthdays (for all ages and genders!), and for fun holidays throughout the year.  My biggest stash, though, is my Christmas gift stash.  We determined a couple of years ago that Santa was only going to give three gifts to each of our children, but then we each usually give gifts to each member of our little family, we have a swap for each of our extended families on top of the gifts we give our parents, and we also like to give small gifts to neighbors and friends.  By the time that’s all said and done, we end up with quite a large list — and I’m sure you can relate!!

I had the opportunity to work with Ornaments and More last year, and I’m excited to feature them again on Dandy Giveaway in anticipation for their Christmas in July sale that is right around the corner!  I absolutely LOVED the baby boy ornament that I received for my youngest son last Christmas; in fact, I liked it so much that I opted to receive another baby boy ornament to replace the one I had in storage for my oldest son!  I like these ones so much better, and I plan to use Ornaments and More again when Baby Boy #3 makes his appearance in time for the holiday season.

Ornaments and More has an incredible selection of high-quality ornaments for incredibly reasonable prices.   In both of my experiences with Ornament and More, the ornaments are shipped quickly, and the customer service was top-notch.  My favorite part is that the personalization is done by hand and is NOT computer-generated!  Because our last name is Johnson, we’ve tried to choose more uncommon first names for our little boys; we love all three names, but it can be tricky to find ready-made personalized items for them.

Ornaments and More has an ornament for lots of different occasions; here are a few of my favorites for some special events that are coming up or might have just happened in your home:

Father’s Day (right around the corner!):  Licensed to Grill Personalized Christmas Ornament

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Weddings:  Just Married Christmas Ornament Old-Fashioned Car

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Graduations: Personalized Graduation Ornament Tassle Cap and Stars

New baby:  First Christmas Ornament Baby Boy Snowflake Personalized

Ornaments and More is hosting a giveaway for Dandy readers — any ornament of your choice!  Be sure to enter below!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Saturday, June 15th, and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Ornaments and More, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Uncommon Goods {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I remember my mom telling me when I was in high school that it was incredibly difficult to find gifts for me, which surprised me!  I’ve always looked forward to all holidays and special occasions and haven’t ever been disappointed in gifts that I had received.  Thinking more about it, though, I don’t think that it’s because I have incredibly high expectations for gifts or because there’s just one gift that I have to have — rather, I’m pretty practical when I purchase items and I’m not very sentimental.  I suppose that that combination had made it difficult to find something that I would appreciate or would even keep for very long.

I realize now that one of the reasons that I had never really thought about it before was because my mom has always been such a good gift-giver!   She does the most amazing job of putting together fun, small packages to send to my boys every holiday, and she’s the aunt/sister/cousin/visiting teacher who not only remembers your birthday but also has a card and thoughtful gift in your mailbox or on your doorstep just in time for your special day.  I, unfortunately, did not inherit that innate ability to show my love and appreciation through thoughtful gifts, so it has taken me a little longer to learn the ropes.

On Mother’s Day this year, I woke up to find the sweetest letters written to me by my husband and my two boys, and they did such a great job of showering me with their love that I knew I wanted to make Father’s Day just as special for my husband and father/father-in-law.  If you’re like me and need a little extra help in the gift-giving department, then I would highly recommend starting your search at Uncommon Goods!

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Uncommon Goods features a variety of items for gifting for all ages, all price ranges, and all reasons!  You can search through their large inventory by category, but my favorite search link is the “Occasions” tab that will open up a number of choices ranging from more common gift-giving ones (birthday, baby shower, anniversary) to ones that my mom thinks of ahead of time and I don’t think about until after the fact when it’s too late (graduation and housewarming).

And then, if you still need more help finding that perfect gift, each of the Occasions is split further into more specific categories!  Since Father’s Day is on my mind, I spent most of my time there — they split it further into Gifts for Dad, Gifts for Grandfather, and Gifts for New Dad.  Here are some of my favorites from their Father’s Day gift selection:

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World Scratch Map

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Guitar Pick Punch

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Working Man’s Hygiene Kit

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Dad Infinite Joy Personalized Art

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Travel Chef BBQ Set

Enter below to win a $50 Gift Certificate to use at Uncommon Goods for your next gift-giving occasion!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the  morning of June 7th and will be emailed within  24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a  new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Uncommon Goods, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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