Need a fantastic gift?

My prepackaged little gift sets are perfect for the person that has everything.  They likely don’t have these cute little remedies in their pockets already.  Just sayin’.

First up, what I call the Hiker’s Gift Set.  Includes hydrated clay, Bone Flesh and Cartilage salve, and black salve.  For all kinds of ailments you may find on your travels through the forest or ghost town or beach.
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Why yes, I named this one the Ouchies Gift Set.  Well, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know what an ouchie is, correct?  Hydrated clay, BF&C, and colloidal silver.  I use colloidal silver sparingly as it’s an antibiotic, and I’m wary of antibiotics from the doctor without a darned good reason.  But when I have a cut or cranky ingrown toenail that’s trying to become annoying and infected, a drop or two (or small spray) of colloidal silver, covered up with a bandage, tends to fix me right up.
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Last, but certainly not least, my Relaxation Gift Set.   Hydrated clay for a mini mask or to use on drawing out ickies from blemishes, Coping Cabana because it’s fantastic, and lavender magnesium to help calm and ease emotions and muscles.
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It’s Christmas Day!

By the time hubby and I had rolled out of bed (grandma, auntie and auntie’s boyfriend were already up/here), the kids had all sorted the gifts into piles.  So I didn’t have an idyllic little photo of all the packages under the tree.  Ah well, it happens.
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He was kind of happy.  He *loves* cars.  And Legos.
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I have no idea what the 10yo was looking at, but hey, this mostly clear photo has all the kids in it.
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Grandma buys them matching shirts about once a year or so.  Why yes, I still stick my kids in matching shirts while out and about a bunch of the time.  Easier for the perpetual head counts.
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His reaction was awesome.  He was beyond excited/thrilled/you name it.
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He cracked me up.
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The 7yo’s hilariously fun and excited reaction to the Infinity game thingie he got.  He was thrilled.
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The younger two attacking gifts.  They didn’t get *as* much for Christmas, but they were happy.  They have the benefit of older siblings and the siblings’ toys, they’re not exactly starting from scratch toy-wise.  Well, and we’re mean, we make them share a lot of the time.
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He got Hungry, Hungry Hippos.  Was his gift from his siblings.  Super cute, he was excited.
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Hubby got me one of the new insulated Klean Kanteens.  And when they say it keeps things hot for up to 6 hours?  They’re not kidding.  Kept a drink hot for me for like 3 hours, and not lukewarm, either.  The cafe cap pops apart nicely for cleaning, too.
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Then a new mixing bowl to take the place of the 11yo purple one.  Eeep!  I’ll likely start putting it through it’s paces within the week after I finally wash it.  Oh, Grandma got me a cute butter dish, too.  Because she knows we use butter.  Lots of butter.
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Hubby also hit the half off Tattler sale, after some slight nudging from me.  Odds are I’m not going to run out of lids next year.  I hope.  I ran out of them this year and had to start using disposable lids again during my last few canning sprees.
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I don’t have any fabulous photos of hubby’s gifts, but he got a few pretty cool ones if I may say so.  Made him a perler bead Husqvarna chainsaw ornament, got him a few hard-to-find books by one of our favorite authors, and a few gift cards to a particular restaurant he likes to frequent.  But there’s a few gifts that haven’t made their way to my doorstep yet, and I’m plotting something fabulous for his birthday that’s coming up shortly.  Who knows, maybe he’ll have a pedicure day or something.  *snort*  🙂

Christmas catchup, third post.

MIL took us all out to eat at a fancy restaurant the day after Christmas. 
Yeah, our busy kids + a fancy restaurant = parents that don’t get to eat much of the food.  Which was a bummer because it’s a nice restaurant with good food.  Hubby had to snarf his dessert rather than enjoy it.  I didn’t even have a chance to hit the salad bar.  I’m still sad about that.  Anyway, afterwards we came back and she brought in all her gifts for the kids.  I don’t think I got a photo of the good 15+ pounds of various chocolate/candies she also brought for the kids.  She did stockings and gifts and all sorts of stuff for them.  Sigh.  She’s gotten better though, this isn’t near as much as she’s brought in years past.

Babe got a horsey.  He’s managed to smack a few people with the pole of the horse already.

Awww.

Ripping open the big boxes.

Oh baby was he excited.  The other week when we were in a neighboring town, we stopped by a toy shop that had a Quadrilla set all set up to look at/play with.  Just to see how the kids would react.  The *loved* it.  So the 8yo was beyond thrilled when he saw that’s what he got. 

Complete with hats for everyone.  Different hats for each one.  They’re big and fuzzy, cover the ears, and have those handy pom-poms for whapping people with.

He had to rip open a package before bedtime.  So exciting.

Building/assembling it for the first time.  It comes with a booklet/pamphlet of how to build those suckers.  8yo followed the instructions to the letter the first few weeks, now he’s starting to get the hang of the pieces and what they do, and is branching out into his own combinations and own creations.  Which was our evil plan. 

And this was MIL’s gift to me (along with a Starbucks card, yeehaw!).  It’s really, really pretty.  I have just the right spot to put it in (year round, I’m not taking that sucker down), out of kid reach even.  Now to actually get it up one of these days…