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So this is happening.
Starting next week, the carpet is getting ripped up and hardwoods are going down, and all our furniture is going...I don't even know where yet. Crammed into the garage and a hallway. Maybe the bathtubs. We'll be living in the basement with a lot of boxes and some very confused dogs.
While it will be SO NICE to have the project done in time for the holidays, it's...um, not exactly convenient timing in the meantime. There will be no Christmas tree until the floors are done, and our holiday shopping budget is wafer thin.
(I set up a holiday-themed reading nook in place of the real tree, which has gone over really well. Ike has of course been wearing Christmas jammies since June.)
(Stockings for Hobbes the Tiger and Tahu the Bioncle, naturally.)
(Oh yay this guy again. I can't wait to forget to move him and bolt awake every night at 2 a.m., cursing the day I bought into this "adorable" "tradition.")
(Festive on the outside, about to go full construction zone crazy on the inside.)
My personal favorite holiday decorating tradition is how EVERY YEAR I make a list of decorations I want to buy for next Christmas. You know, once I can theoretically hit all sorts of mythical after-Christmas sales. Which of course, I never actually do.
For example: EVERY YEAR I pull out our tree skirt and remember that....ohhhhh, that's right, I've been meaning to buy a bigger one for at least a decade now, since the one we have dates back to the days of Tiny Apartment Trees. And then EVERY YEAR I'm reminded that tree skirts are a total freaking racket, because there is no way they should cost as much as they do. They are skirts! For a tree! Who even comes up with this nonsense?
But what can I say? I really like tree skirts, and they do keep the cats from drinking all the sappy gross tree water from the stand.
Since we're a couple weeks away from actually getting our tree, I figured I'd (ONCE AGAIN) go online and see if I could find a reasonably priced, non-ugly tree skirt. I did a quick search on RetailMeNot and sure enough, I immediately found a one-day only, 40% off (and free shipping!) sale at Pottery Barn for both tree skirts AND stockings. So I got a ridiculously good deal on a really nice tree skirt and some inexpensive stockings for the dogs and cats that coordinate all prettily with our existing line-up.
(Yes, We are Those People. We buy skirts for our trees and stockings for our pets. WHAT.)
In addition to tracking all the best online deals for just about EVERYTHING, RetailMeNot now lets you combine discount codes with cash-back offers, up to $30 cash in one click. I could sure use $30 right now, especially since I've got three children, four pets, one stuffed tiger AND a Bioncle to shop for this year. And if you're shopping at actual stores, they have a free app that alerts you to nearby offers that you can redeem through your phone at checkout. (I personally would rather eat sand than enter a real store this time of year, but I guess people who buy personalized pet stockings online probably shouldn't judge anybody else for anything.)
I ALSO found a code for 50% off holiday cards from Shutterfly. We've skipped the holiday cards the past couple years, mostly because of the expense and the hassle of getting the kids to cooperate for photos...but if I'm being honest for 50% off I can probably justify sending cards that contain nothing but pet photos.
(Poor Poppy's like, "thanx for the stocking but could really use bigger bed i promise not to eat it this time plz ok.")
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