Monday, March 28, 2011

Do They Sell Good Feelings At Target? GIVEAWAY BLOG!!

Do you ever feel like you're not doing anything?

I mean, I know we're all working our assess off making peanut butter sandwiches, settling disputes about who really had the blue light saber first and cleaning up....everything, but what are we doing? I often feel overwhelmed by the sheer mundane nature of my "job." 

I know, I know, I have the most important job in the world.  I'm doing the best work that can be done.  I don't disagree, I'm making people.  People. That's huge.

The fact is though, it takes a long time to make these people and they tend to be difficult on a thousand different levels along the way.  It's joyful, it's challenging, it doesn't feel like I'm actually doing anything and it's straight up boring sometimes. 

So what's a Mom to do?  Well, we have play dates with women we like and other kids we can stand, we search for joy or wine on the really rough days, and we go to Target as much as possible to shop for reasonably priced  items that we can wear and put in our house that makes us feel good while we drink Starbucks and strap all three kids into a very large cart.  It's wonderful.

I have been to Target four times in the last seven days. This is just ridiculous.  I'm not that bored, right?  I mean getting all three kids out of the house four times in a week is sort of impressive so there are bragging rights about that.  And it's not like I'm volunteering for the homeless at Target,  I'm just buying crap I think would make me look pretty.  What am I doing?

The truth is though, I love it there, and my kids love it there. I think I've been four times this week because I've been a little bored and Target gives me entertainment, and reasonably priced fashion. 

Since embarking on our oh so tight budget I've banned Target from our list of potential activities or places to run for milk (so we have an excuse to buy a tee ball set for the boys and a new swimsuit cover up for me,)  I've avoided it because I knew I'd rationalize $100 worth of shampoo and shower curtain rings because it's easy to do and frankly, I kind of want to buy some stuff.

There is a certain kind of therapy in shopping that I can not explain, and don't really want to, because I just love it and would hate to ruin that by discovering it's actually really unhealthy.   Whether it's Target or elsewhere, it is a true joy to be able to purchase things that I find beautiful and get excited to have in my home.  Unfortunately it also comes with a whopping helping of guilt. 

What's a girl to do though?  Well, as usual, I have all the answers.

I have this friend, Jessica, that started a company selling goods made by artisans from around the world whom are trying to work their way out of poverty by making beautiful accessories and home goods.  Furthermore, proceeds go towards placing orphans in forever families (Jessica is adopting from Rwanda and also helps others raise funds for their adoptions). Shopping entertainment meet do-good for the world possibilities?  Oh Jessica, you are brilliant!

(Yes, she is as great as she sounds and yes it is sometimes difficult to be friends with her because it wounds my image of myself as a great person.  Unfortunately I love her though and so I put up with all her fantastic-ness.  Someone has to do it, I worry she's scaring a heap of other people away.) 

Anyway, so she started this amazing company.  Noonday Collection.  If you've seen me wearing excessive amounts of beads around my neck, cool bracelets, or my friend Jenn wearing a belt that I am determined to one day own (or perhaps steal from her)....it's all from there. 

I was thinking that maybe instead of going to Target to soothe our souls this week, maybe we could head over to Noonday to check out all the stuff...and perhaps feel like we're doing a pretty damn fantastic thing in the process, perhaps even inching our way closer to Jessica's goodness level? 

Well, at least we could buy some pretty stuff and help another woman and children out in the process.

In honor of all the retail therapy we all need for doing this Mom job, and my dedication to each and every one of my readers (I just know there are tens of you out there reading and waiting for this) I'm doing my very first GIVEAWAY!

Here's what you can win.  The dainty necklace


I love it.  LOVE IT!

So,here's what you have to do to win:


1) Like Noonday Collection on Facebook (comment here that you did, one entry)

2) Subscribe to their newsletter to get weekly style inspiration (comment here that you did, one entry)

3) Facebook about this give away (comment here that you did, one entry)

4) Follow @NoondayStyle on Twitter (comment here that you did, one entry)

I'll take comments until Monday, April 4th and then pick the winner on April 5th.

I'll use random.org to pick a comment number and if you are lucky and super smart for reading my blog....you'll win.  So clarification:  if you do one of these things, comment once that you did it.  If you do another, comment again.  You want to have as many individual comments as you can...four.

Also, if you live in the Austin area and want to come drink some wine with me and look at this stuff in person, (or you could just drink the wine and talk to Jessica)  please email me themommytherapy@gmail.com and I'll send you the evite.  Let's hang out!

Happy shopping therapy ladies...there might be life beyond Target. At least periodically.

(I am not giving up on Target entirely either, I'm not that desperate for for goodness, that place rocks, but so does Noonday.)

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linking back up to Amanda's Bloggy Weekend at Serentity Now - A Mom's Solution to Staying Sane

40 comments:

Laurie said...

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave one comment per checklist, but here's one.

Following on FB!

Laurie said...

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave one comment per checklist, but here's two.

Following on signed up for newsletter!

Laurie said...

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave one comment per checklist, but here's three.

Following on twitter!

Laurie said...

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to leave one comment per checklist, but here's four.

Shared your blog on FB!

Leslie said...

I too have no idea how many times I am supposed to do this so here is # 1....

Leslie said...

Here's #2....

Leslie said...

And once again...here is #3....so smart - yes!

Emily Sue said...

I like Noonday Collection on FB!

Emily Sue said...

I get their newsletter & it rocks!

Emily Sue said...

I shared the link to your blog post (and I feel your pain) and the giveaway on FB!

Cheryl said...

YOU ARE HILARIOUS! And I have actually been to a trunk show for Noonday in Houston. They are fabulous and yes she is fabulous!

Following Noonday on FB

Cheryl said...

I posted about this giveaway on Facebook

Cheryl said...

I just subscribed to their newsletter. Thanks for a chance to win!

AubreyLaine said...

I like Noonday Collections on Fb
aubreyfick@yahoo.com

Bella Michelle said...

Yeah, I admit it...Target just makes me feel good. There...I said it!

Now, off to see your friends goodies!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I take my kids to Costco for entertainment. And for the $1.50 hotdogsandacoke dinner special. Not proud.

Target has also been banned from my Budget Resolve and when I drive past one now I tend to get a little twitch and feel the bugs crawl all over me so I just reach into my console, pull out my crackpipe and take a hit and then I feel better. I know it is just an addiction swap, but a girl's gotta do. And the crack is cheaper.

I did the facebook thing and I have already done all those other things, so I don't know if I get one entry or 4.

Either way, I want to win. Because I can't have me enough Noonday.

Laurie said...

I wish I could click on *like* for Missy's post. Funny girl - perhaps crack IS the answer. I was looking to lose some weight, too. Thoughts, Missy?

Hi Anon! We're all smoking crack over here now while we make lists of irrational luxury items! Yay us!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

newsletter

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

facebook

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

twitter

BY THE WAY, the new spam catcher on blogger is so good, there's not much need for that darling, unannoying word verification anymore (HINT HINT)

Melissa said...

I already "like" Noonday on FB =)

Melissa said...

I shared the link on my FB profile.

Shea said...

I am signed up for the newsletter

Shea G. said...

I follow noonday on twitter.

Shea G. said...

I follow Noonday on FB.

Shea G. said...

FBed about the giveaway.

The Mears Family said...

I love Noonday and follow them on Facebook!!
Anna

The Mears Family said...

And I get the newsletter. Jessica rocks! And adopting orphan babies from Rwanda (or anywhere else) rocks too!
:-)
Anna in Rwanda

genki_wave said...

I liked Noonday on facebook! This necklace is so pretty. And after checking out their website, I am lusting after that Inca Chain necklace!

genki_wave said...

I signed up for their newsletter too!

genki_wave said...

I posted the link to your giveaway on FB.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I had to laugh at your mention of how many times you've been to Target. ;) We're the same way. I Liked them on FB!

gatheredinthekitchen.com said...

Your humor is just the therapy I needed after spending a day drenched in baby puke and pee (gotta love little boys!!). I "liked" them on facebook!

Amy M. said...

Love it! I 'liked' Noonday on FB!!

Jennifer H. said...

I shared the link on FB

Cheryl said...

I linked this to a post on my blog today, so if you get any random necklace entries, you'll know why. ;)

Miranda said...

Follow them on twitter. @randi094

Miranda said...

Subscribed to their newsletter

The Raudenbush Family said...

Shoot...totally missed this one.

Adoption Agency said...

Probably this was the post i needed for. Really enjoyed this.