Personal shopping

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holidays are just around the corner and since everyone else has come up with his/her “gift ideas list”, I thought I’d share mine (all of these have been tested and approved by yours truly)!  (FYI:  I am not receiving any compensation for these links and/or recommendations.)

WOMEN

(1)  Lagos Sterling Silver “Love Knot” Earrings

(2)  Lagos Caviar Hoop Earrings

(3)  Whole Foods Gift Certificate

(4)  Prepared Meal and Fresh Flowers Delivered by Instacart

(5)  Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Luxe Laguna Jacket

(6)  Greg McKeown’s ESSENTIALISM:  The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

(7)  Museum membership or membership renewal

(8)  Donation to a charity in her honor

(9)  A basket of her favorite jam and/or honey

MEN

(1)  Patagonia’s Better Sweater Vest

(2)  Museum membership or membership renewal

(3)  Donation to a charity in his honor

(4)  Gift card to COMIXOLOGY

(5)  Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep

(6)  Canali Reversible Belt

(7)  Peter Millar Sweater

(8)  His favorite home-cooked meal and movie

(9)  Dinner at his favorite restaurant

CHILDREN

This list does not include gift ideas for children because there is such a range of preferences for parents and children themselves depending on their ages.  But from personal experience, books, Lego sets, and visits to the museums/zoos are always hits!

Having It All

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Many of us have heard of the “Mommy Wars” (the opposing forces between working mothers and stay-at-home mothers).  There is a wonderful article that sums it all up in New York Magazine.  Admittedly, during my stock broker days, I used to look down on stay-at-home moms, looking at them with an air of superiority and thinking, “You couldn’t make it in the corporate world and this is why you’re at home.”  How things have shifted.  Funny how your opinions change when you’re in the situation yourself.

D and I have agreed that I would be a stay-at-home mother (at least until our child is school age).  We think that it’s the best way for our situation and the way we want to raise our child.  With that said, I still plan on working on AVIVA but just focusing more on the blog and advising people remotely instead of going on in-person shopping trips.

In addition to the above, I would also like to focus on writing more.  Not just about day-to-day stuff like this entry but more creative writing.  Stephen King has inspired me to release my inner fiction author.

Bring it on, Brave New World.