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Doodlebug Craft & Vendor Fair

12 May

May 14-15, 2011
Saturday 9am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
6765 Rendon Bloodworth, Fort Worth, TX 76140 – at the intersection of FM 1187 and Drury Cross Rd., between Mansfield & Burleson

Featured Vendors:
Homemade Gourmet
Written in Stone
Wine Bottle Lights
Kinsey Metal Art
Tahamia Designs
Cowgirl Junkie & Co.
Scrappy Chic Boutique
Loving Prints
Rescue Woods
Thirty-One Gifts
K & S Boutique
Denim Vault
Got Bling
Celebrating Home
It Works Body Wraps
Sheets to Go

and adding vendors daily!!

Click here for the website.

Whole Foods Curbside Grocery Service – Limited Time Only!

9 Mar

Whole Foods in Arlington is offering personal shopping for FREE now until April 30th, for the general public!  All you have to do is e-mail them your grocery list, and call them when you arrive.  They will have someone deliver it to your car!

Oh how I dreamed about this service after my third baby was born and the thought of having to get groceries with all three children was more than I could bear!  Now, it’s finally become a reality.  This service is great for expectant moms, moms with new babies, or any mom who just needs a little help in the grocery department!  If someone you know could benefit from this service, don’t forget to pass the information along!

For more information or to submit your grocery list, e-mail Kirsten at parkway.concierge@wholefoods.com.

Updates on Feat #6: Not Spending

13 Feb

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

For the original Feat #6 blog entry, click here.

DAY 7 (Sunday):

I have to admit I haven’t been perfect in my Feat this week, but I did give it a really solid try, and learned a lot in the process.

The most shocking thing I’ve learned from this Feat has been pinpointing the feeling of an impulse buy – that almost obsessive feeling that you HAVE to have something.  I always heard that if you’re going to make a big purchase, you should sleep on it.  I think that could be said even for small purchases, too.

Friday I fought off the urge to buy a GORGEOUS Ikea lamp, and Saturday there was an infomercial for a shampoo (actually, a cleansing conditioning!) that almost broke me down.  But I resisted.  And really, once some time separated me from those items, I realized I could live without them.

And I’ve definitely learned which impulses purchases I cannot control.  I was able to put off the infomercial crap, and talk myself out of new clothes (my closet is jam-packed already), but food is my weakness.  I suppose that is a little different, since food is a necessity of life.  But I had plenty at home, and yet a few times I did end up going out to eat, which was NOT a necessity.

With the food, of course there’s the instant gratification you’re getting, when you’re really craving something decadent.  But mostly, what you’re buying is convenience.  I’m tired, I don’t want to cook, I don’t feel like dirtying up the kitchen, etc.

Today I found myself kicked out of my house (while hubby and kids were working on Valentine’s surprises).  The first thing that came to my mind was, “Where can I go shopping?”  But of course, I was trying to avoid that, so I had to be more creative.

I ended up going to a park near the neighborhood where I grew up, somewhere I hadn’t been in ages.  I sat under a tree and read a book in the shade and the cool breeze.  It was, without a doubt, the most tranquil afternoon I’ve had in recent memory.  This Feat was worth it, if for no other reason than that experience.  Money can’t buy that kind of peace.

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Rhea Lana’s Consignment Event

10 Feb

Looking to get rid of all your old baby gear?  Or maybe you want to stock up on some gently used kids’ items at a great price?  Then head to Rhea Lana’s spring consignment sale!

The event will be held February 16-19 at the Aristide Event Center in Mansfield.  Parking and admission are free.

Wednesday, February 16:  9 am – 8 pm

Thursday, February 17:  9 am – 6 pm

Friday, February 18:  9 am – 8 pm (HALF PRICE SALE)

Saturday, February 19:  8 am – 12 pm (HALF PRICE SALE)

You can join the sale as a consignor, shopper, or volunteer.  Volunteers get to shop early.  Consignors make 70% of sales, or up to 80% with referrals.

For more information, visit www.rhealana.com.


7 Feb

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

Wow, what do you know?!  My meditation (and the Gyan Mudra) from Feat #5 really DID lead me to my next Feat.  Cool…

I have decided that this will be my week of removing myself from the ugly world of consumerism.  This week, I’m not buying anything unless it is absolutely essential to my existence.

No restaurants, no shopping, no buying gifts.  Nothing that requires me to spend a single dime.  I’ll even avoid the Fort Worth science museum, which makes me pay for parking even though I have a membership.  (Not fair, people!)

And this week is the PERFECT time to do it.  I was grocery shopping today, and if for some reason I didn’t have access to a calendar, I clearly could have figured out that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  Rows and rows of candy, heart-shaped trinkets, and giant stuffed animals covered half the store.  It was enticing, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to get for my kids, so I ended up leaving that area empty-handed.

I’m glad I did!  This gives me the chance to be more creative with any gifts I give to my husband and kids for Valentine’s Day.  I always encourage my kids to give hand-made gifts to their loved ones – I think it’s time I do the same.

There might be one or two things that I have to buy; for example, I know my car needs gas, and since I have to take my son to school twice a week, I can’t avoid spending money on that.  And if we run out of milk, that would be OK for me to buy.  But anything else, I will just have to do without.

I’m actually glad that I didn’t plan this one out in advance.  I didn’t stock up on extra stuff I would need or want this week.  I did my regular grocery shopping today, and that should be fine to get me through the week.  And I’ll just have to use some creativity and ingenuity for the “extras,” like Valentine’s gifts.

This Feat was inspired in part by the book Not Buying It by Judith Levine, which I admit I haven’t read yet, but I’d like to.  (I’ll be borrowing it from the library, not buying it, of course!)  I heard an NPR interview with her about this and found it intriguing.  She trimmed down to the basics for an entire year.

In comparison, I know that one week is just a drop in the bucket, but I’m still going to give it my all.  I’m sure I’ll be feeling the pain at least a few times.

This does leave me with one dilemma, though…what if I have a gift card?

Slow Down the Season…Please!

20 Dec

I’m having a near-panic attack this holiday season.  Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with shopping for the perfect gift.  (I’ve finished my shopping AND wrapping already, which is definitely a new record for me.  And it was no small feat – I have a LOT of people to buy for.)

My panic attack has to do with the fact that it feels like the season is slipping away too quickly, and I’m afraid I’m forgetting something.  I keep feeling like there’s more I should be feeling, more I should be squeezing out of this month.

Christmas is only days away, which has me worrying – what holiday-themed celebration have we missed?  What movies did we forget to watch?  What crafts did we neglect to do?  It’s almost too late!

Perhaps this is more of a general feeling I have about my life right now.  My kids, now 3 and 5, seem to be growing so fast I can’t hang onto anything.  Even my memories are hard to hang onto.  And today, my son is sporting his first loose tooth.  How did all of this happen before my very eyes?

Since my shopping obligations are complete, I plan to spend the rest of this week reveling in as much family time as I can get.  Let the housework go undone; let the laundry pile up.  I’m going to watch Christmas movies, drink hot chocolate, and lay by the fire with my kids and husband.

And maybe by New Year’s we’ll have our first visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Shop ‘Til You Drop

30 Nov

I have boarded the buying bandwagon, as my Amex statement can attest.  Our brood headed to Little Rock for Thanksgiving and on Friday morning, it was me and a whole bunch of LSU fans in the new Target off University Avenue.  (The store replaced an entire mall so there’s a ton of parking.  A bunch of Louisiana fans up for the game had parked their RVs there; hence the wave of purple rather than the expected Razorback red!)

The Wall Street Journal reported retail sales were up 9 percent over last year during the three-day holiday weekend.  That’s not counting what is sure to prove a record-breaking Cyber Monday.  I keep an email account dedicated to online shopping.  When I logged in this morning—after not checking it in almost a week—I had 43 promotional emails.  Everyone from CVS and Shutterfly to Best Buy and Lands’ End offers LOWEST PRICE OF THE SEASON!  It’s enough to make a girl’s pulse flutter!

It’s also enough to make me glad I waited this year on certain purchases.  Typically I like to finish the holiday shopping by Dec. 1.  Not so this year, in large part because of our 5-year-old fickle pickle.  One day he wants a Wii ($200), the other day he’ll die if Santa doesn’t bring him a Kung Zhu ($8).  I may just hold off until Christmas Eve to see what the flavor of the day is.

Are we going to spend more this year than last? Possibly. Some of the deals are just too sweet.

Confession: I’m a sucker for a sale.

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