How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Hope it was as lovely as mine. The little guy got lots of attention, as usual, and we all ate way too much food.
Calvin w/ Grandma (w/ matching outfits!)
Today, I thought I'd chill with the baby at home, maybe get some gym time in since I'd stuffed my face the night before for Thanksgiving. But then the sis came over and convinced to come out, and check out the new H&M in Scottsdale.
No pics, but the crowds in there were insane. They only had 1 fitting room area, and the lines at the register were absurd. On a lighter note, they did have some good deals. I also got some denim leggings, and short sleeve tunic in cream, with gold flecks; but I'm returning some knit dresses that were on promotion (I got sidetracked, and bought them on impulse!) I hate it when I do that. I bought everything in a Medium, because I didn't feel like waiting half an hour to get into a fitting room. I need to head back there when I can think clearly about what I have in my closet, and have time to try things on.
I was hoping they'd have a nicer selection of jeans, but at $50 for a pair, I might as well score them at Gap or Urban Outfitters, for a wider range of rinses and fits. I also found their second floor to be a complete waste of space - it had a section of children's clothing and an extremely small section for maternity wear. Cute stuff, but it didn't warrant an entire floor.
Then, went onto Paradise Valley mall and got my brother's Christmas present (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for PS3), and my sister's (new Nike kicks), since they BOTH wanted their presents early this year. I hope this isn't a new tradition, because it kind of ruins the spirit of gift-giving, and really kills Christmas day!
However, I did manage to splurge on myself a bit when we walked into the Aveda store. I knew I was a goner when the sales person asked me to have a seat, and she unveiled the whole Enbrightenment skincare line upon my face.......... The Enbrightenment line focuses on fading sun damage and signs of aging, and I can give an "AMEN" to all of that!
My Aveda haul
(Enbrightenment cleanser, toner, mask take-home sample, and Balancing Infusion)
Can't wait to try this! It's got rosemary, and geranium essential oils, and smells absolutely divine!
Ahhhhh. Was it me? Was it the lighting? All my makeup was off, but my skin looked like it was glowing?! Too bad my total would have come to somewhere around the $300 range if I'd purchased everything she'd used. I compromised, and purchased the cleanser, the toner, and a small vial of essential oils to moisturize my skin. I still need to score the mask, the moisturizing lotion, and maybe the cream for more intensive moisturizing at night. (My sales lady was a doll, she gave me a little container of the mask to try out at home! Yay!)
My hand-picked Angel
I also picked a "Christmas Angel" thru the Salvation Army's gift-giving program. You might have seen something similar at malls near you. There are Christmas trees with paper "angels" on them, with a child's name, what they want for Christmas, and their clothing sizes. I picked a 1 1/2 year old girl by the name of Devany. I can't wait to pick out some things for her. Times are tough, and we certainly aren't rollin' in it - but we can definitely help make sure Christmas can still happen for one family's little girl, and I feel really good about making that happen. I'm just sorry I can't do more of these, and help out more kids.
So please - if you guys see something like this in your local mall, be sure to grab just 1! It isn't some random drop box for money, or canned goods - it's someone's child, someone's baby. And maybe this year, Mom & Dad don't have the funds to make it happen for them. So while you're out, maybe hold off on buying that $20 lipstick, and give a little to someone in need. Drop off dates are just a little more than a week away, so do it soon, if you can.
Count your blessings, and pay it forward.
Me and my real-life angel, and most incredible blessing ever. Love u. Muah!