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Need a Holiday Gift Idea for Your SO? (Or a hint for yours!)

We splurged a bit on DW’s birthday present this fall.  I usually come up with something creative, but this year I had nothin’.  So, I opted for an old fallback I hadn’t used in maybe 10 years.  Jewelry.  With some subtle guidance from me, DD picked out a trendy pearl Yvel necklace.  It was a bit more than I intended to spend, but it was *perfect* for her .  Plus, DD would be very pleased to say she selected it.  Problem is, how could I possibly top that?

Saving you Money on Ebay!

Today, I was searching ebay to find a couple small gold coins for my kids to donate to the Salvation Army.  In the process, I discovered the Microsoft Live Cashback program.  I got a 30% rebate on my two purchases by using Live Search to find ebay auctions, using Buy-It-Now and paying with Paypal!  You have to follow the instructions, but it worked for me and I see both credits as pending in my Microsoft Live account.

I’m sure many of our deal savvy readers already knew about this.  For those who didn’t, have fun with your holiday shopping on ebay!  Here’s How:

Microsoft Live Cashback

Be sure to read the “How To” and “FAQ” links on the page linked above first.  When done correctly, you will see the Microsoft logo and Cashback image at ebay when you click Buy-It-Now for a purchase, before the next step where you commit to buy.  Ebay will then put up a link with terms, conditions and instructions about how to make your first purchase and how to setup your Microsoft Live account or link to an existing one.  Follow them and you are good to go!

So, whadja buy today?

Black Friday shopping just ain’t my thing.  I think I’d rather clean puked-on carseats all day than wake up at 3:30 AM to freeze my butt off outside waiting for stores to open so I could battle with hordes of crazy New Yorkers (and that says a lot because I absolutely loathe cleaning puked-on carseats).  I know some people look forward to this insane ritual every year but not me.  I love a good deal as much as the next person but I just never understood the attraction to Black Friday shopping.  Then again, I feel the same way about New Year’s Eve in Times Square.  I was born and raised in Manhattan but never once did I even consider doing the Times Square thing on New Year’s.  

But I’m always curious.  Did anyone brave the early morning crowds and snag any awesome deals today?

What I’m thankful for

Since today is Thanksgiving Day here in the USA, I thought I’d jot down some things that I’m thankful for.  Needless to say, I’m thankful for my two beautiful boys, my wonderful DH, my health and the health of those that I love, my friends, a roof over our head, DH’s paycheck in the bank and no foreclosure sign on our front lawn.  I realize that there are a lot of people all over the world that aren’t as fortunate as we are right now.  But I don’t need a certain day on the calendar to remind me to be thankful.  I try very hard to be grateful and appreciative of our blessings every single day of the year.  Life isn’t perfect but we shouldn’t be looking for perfection, right?  And always remember, when life hands you lemons – break out the salt and tequila!  LOL!  

But this is carseatblog afterall, so I also made a little list of things that I’m grateful for as a CPS Technician-Instructor and as a parent who has used CRs almost every single day since 1997!   Here’s what I came up with: 

She Passes Wind

Remember that Gas-X commercial where the line goes, “Your son Rip is on line toot”?  It’s a sensitive subject for many of us, but it can be especially sensitive for those of us who install car seats because of, well—isn’t it obvious?—our bums are usually smack in someone’s face as we work and they watch to learn.  If you’ve dared to have Mexican food, or an unusual amount of a tasty effervescent libation that day, chances are you’re in trouble when you go to help someone get their car seat installed.  They may watch to learn, but sight is not the only sense they may get to use.