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October 30, 2008


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I am trying to approach this holiday season with the same approach I use when I go to Costco. I make a list, plan and budget and then quickly go through the store so I don't get tempted by all the impulse items I would surly buy if I stopped to really look. Of course the holiday season is about so much more than gifts and spending but it seems almost impossible to escape spending even when doing simple things like baking cookies not to mention having friends and family over.

While we are finacially secure right now, KNOCK ON WOOD, I am well aware of the potential for that situation to change. I don't want to find myself in Janaury with huge debt because there was one more small thing I just had to get for my loved one. But how do we avoid that? I am not sure and am really looking for suggestions for ways to scale down. Until then, I guess I will keep my list handy and my head down.


There are times when how MUCH to spend isn't as important as WHAT to spend it on! This is especially true when you're a new GRANDMA and you're looking to spend on your grandkids, make that kind of spoil your grandkids (but in a good, healthy way, OK?).

I FINALLY have a grandchild and she will turn one in late November. ( I enjoy your blog SO much, are there other grandma's out there too?) I'm also the mother-in-law of a young woman who is discovering every day the unique challenges of this job called "raising a child;" I've also sent her (and some of her friends) to your blog for its helpful insight and resources.

I've got First Grandaughter Birthday and really first Granddaughter Christmas coming up and I need help. She's bright for her age (I guess every mom and grandmom says that but this time it's really true!) so I need some toys that will challenge her and also engage her motor skills and preferably have sound effects and/or music sounds. She's on the verge of walking; it's a "go" any day now.

I don't know if you can recommend websites to go to or specific (and SAFE) toys, but I hoping for some sort of guidance. I've already been to some websites (like, and looked at some toys, but how do you know which ones are the ones kids really like, ie. which ones are kid-tested to make them squeal with delight? Thanks for any help you can give me; I guess you could call me "perfectgrandmawannabe!" but I'm also, and affectionately, known as....catmama.

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