Posts Tagged ‘clearance sale’

Shopping Success!!

July 3, 2009

I knew you would be excited to hear how my day has gone so far… and it’s only half over.  I took my son and his two cousins to VBS and had THREE whole hours by myself to shop.  On the shopping list was a singular item:  a bathroom scale.  It seems our current model checks to see what mood you’re in when you step on it.  It is seriously sinister.  If you look weepy and tired, it adds several pounds to see how you’ll handle it.  If you wake up well rested and peppy… no bags under your eyes… and you’re singing.. it subtracts at least five pounds to add to your joy.  I got on and off and on one morning and got two readings that were TEN pounds apart.  That’s when I decided to buy a new bathroom scale.  Rick said it was user error.  He almost got a scale upside the head, but I was in the middle of believing the lower of the two numbers and felt quite nice at the moment.

Back to shopping.  I descended on TJ Maxx and was immediately sucked into the purse section, but resisted (this time). My middle name should be CLEARANCE!  I am drawn to that section of the store like a bee to honey.   Next, glittery and blingy… the jewelry counter.  And yes, they have clearance jewelry.  Adorable clearance jewelry.  Just this morning as I was putting on my five-year-old swirly sterling silver earrings I decided I would love some new cooler ones.  Well, BINGO!  $8!  Sold!  Then I found two different sterling cross necklaces for awesome prices as well.  One a grad gift and one to take to Colombia.  (I realized AT the jewelry counter that we need to start gathering gifts for those precious women who are taking care of Zaza.)

Then off to the books/stationery/gift wrap section.  (I also figured out last night that before we leave for Colombia I should address all the Thank You cards to all who have lovingly helped us bring Zaza home.)  Can you say Clearance??  I found two boxes of 24 each, handmade rag paper cards with purple flower pieces in them.  Cool.  And $4 each.  Total bargain.  If you happen to be a recipient of one of these cards, know that the original retail price was $24.  You are worth the $24! 

Off to the children’s department.  There has been much talk lately on the Colombian adoption groups about the children being smaller than us North American behemoths.  I know Zaza will be 5 or 6 and could possibly be approaching a birthday (6 or 7!)  so I was on the lookout for size 4-5 items.  Jackpot in the underwear clearance bin!  Pink Polo panties for pennies!  And then right next door was Sketcher glittery sockies with the favorite red tag. I save Rick SOOO much moo-la.

Then it was 11:30 and I had to head back to the church to get the boys.  You guessed right…. without a bathroom scale.

All By Myself… don’t wanna be…

May 31, 2009

All by myself

OK, it’s not true, but my kids think that I know a song for every occasion and I didn’t want to disappoint them.  Yes, I’m all by myself.  It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but ahhhhhhhh the feeling of no responsibility…. no children to feed…. no agenda… no guitar hero to listen to.  Mother’s truly enjoy the simple things in life. 

My husband went with our son Austin to the grade 5-6 trip to Disneyland.  They left today after church and get home on Tuesday night.  So it was supposed to be me, Larisa and Keeve.  Two hours before church we got the distress call that the nanny couldn’t go to Disneyland for the teacher’s two little girls, so Larisa was called in for Disneyland nanny duty.  (tough life)  So it was supposed to be me and Keeve.  But yesterday Keeve got invited to a Diamondback’s baseball game.. and for a sleepover… which turned into two sleepovers.  Whoooo Hooooo!

I’m sure you’re wondering WHAT does a mother do for 24 hours of alone time?  From church I went straight to Baja Fresh.  Nothing sings freedom like grilled mahi mahi tacos.  From there I drove to the Teacher’s Store because I had a coupon that expires today and there’s always things there that I need… like a planner for the Fall.  But, much to my sheer shock… the store is closed down!  The sign on the door said “Come visit our other stores in NM and UT.”  Whatever.

On to the 99 cent store.  (Where is the blasted cent sign on the keyboard?)  They have sunscreen so I was all about that stop.  Austin spent Friday on the lake and even though he looks like a lobster, I know he used up the entire tube of sunscreen that I sent.  You can’t beat $.99 for sunscreen.  And again, adding to my disappointment for the day… they no longer carry Sesame Oil!  Heaven forbid!  I’m going to have to pay Walmart prices now for sesame oil for Chinese Chicken Salad.  Bummer dude.

On to TJ Maxx.  This store was sadly unerstocked in every area I searched, with the exception of purses.  Their purses ROCK, but I couldn’t justify two purse purchases in the same month.  (But it’s June tomorrow!)

On to Marshall’s.  Rock on at Marshall’s.  I FOUND ZAZA’S PURPLE BUTTERFLY BEDDING….. ON CLEARANCE!  If that isn’t a miracle I don’t know what is!  Marked down from $75 to $36.  It was truly a sign from on high that she is coming home soon and it was the heaven-ordained time to purchase her butterfly bedding.  In the cart the quilt and pillow sham went.  On to clothing.  Oh my word.  They actually had 8 bras in my size that I could try on…. truly the second sign from heaven in the same store.  It almost washed away the anxiety from the teacher store closing.  THEN there were multiple pants that I also loved…  So, after trying on 19 items in the now over-heated dressing room, I had some decisions to make.

Rick’s manly voice of warning from this morning at the breakfast table came blasting through my mind, “Now don’t go all crazy buying clothes while I’m gone.”  Brother.  Like he’s tele-pathetic or something.  We all know that “All crazy” means hundreds of dollars.  And I knew with the current list of money-sucking activities in the next few weeks, Rick would not see the beautiful butterfly bedding as the sweet sign from God that I did.  I’m sure Rick could find a blanket in the linen closet that he would think was perfect for Zaza’s bed.  NOT Happening!  So, I narrowed the purchases to a pair of pants that can be converted to capris (2 fer 1) and a bra.  All necessities.  How could he argue?  (quite easily actually).

Sensing that my sugar levels were at an all time low from over-exertion in the dressing room, I refueled at Starbucks with a Double Chocolate Chip Mint frappuccino.  I counted it as dinner.  That’s a cheap dinner, even for Rick.  Then again, no it’s not.  Costco has a dog and a pop for $1.50. Anyway,  I’m home and it’s eerily quiet around here.  Maybe I’ll see if I can beat my guitar hero Hit Me With Your Best Shot score.  NAH!