There is an awesome article on TodaysMama.com right now where we have a bunch of amazing bloggers sharing what their favorite Valentine's gift has been - check it out!
Last night I was listening on NPR to an interview about a study that was done that showed that people who received "experiential gifts" were more excited than those who received material gifts. And it showed how much less expensive yet more effective "experiences" are. On the high end of the spectrum of course there are trips or concerts etc. On the low end of the spectrum there are simple things like lunch or a friend taking you for coffee/treats. It was an interesting interview and it's so true!
My favorite gifts from my husband and anyone else for that matter involve spending time - and I'm not going to lie - a surprise trip to Hawaii right now would be the best experience ever! ;)
Let's face it - I'm not a value shopper. Definitely not the kid you want to take to the store if you are looking to save some cash. I could have cooked our basic spaghetti dinner for a whole lot less but I can't help myself!
Could have bought: the 99 cent pack of noodles, but I opted for the 1.99 pack that was pressed on bronze plates and made in Italy. It made spaghetti feel more Italian . . .
I could have bought the 1.99 bottle of sauce - but I went with the $5 sauce because it was all natural and all that jazz. I had eco-unnatural food guilt.
I know you can buy the grocery store french bread that is like .99 or 1.99 but I had to opt for the loaf that came from the Avenues bakery and was all wonderful.
Well - that is 6's - I didn't really think about that one.
and finally -
Parmesan Cheese: Of course I didn't get the Kraft kind. I just had to get the bag of freshly grated cheese.
Who do I think I am with my fancy meal? Oprah herself?!?!
Needless to say -- I justified the greater expense by saying that there was still more expensive options. But let's face it - I'm not going to be helpful to anyone in this economy. Just tell me it was pressed on bronze plates and I'm there!
Check out our featured playlist this week on TodaysMama.com -- we all submitted our favorite LOVE songs just for Valentine's! I submitted the song by Belle and Sebastian in case you were wondering . . .
6yo had to get 2 teeth pulled at the dentist the other day (thus our first visit from the tooth fairy). They offered laughing gas - but he didn't want it so he just went for the numbing shot in the mouth. Next time - I am mandating laughing gas!!!! Look at what we missed out on!!!!!! (this is a YouTube clip - not my child! ;)