For those of you that don't know, I am the proud mama of 4 kids and I pay the bills by bartending in the evenings, sometimes until 3 or 4 in the morning. Thus- my weekends are insanely hectic. Which is why I didn't post Sat. or Sun. That being said...I was giving!
On Saturday, we gathered all of our winter items that were too small and took them to the Salvation Army homeless shelter downtown. On Sunday, we made a donation to the Gaston Arts Council(who could use plenty more donations, yo) AND got to see The Nutcracker ballet...I took my 5 year old and he LOVED it! I don't have any pictures, but I will post day 5 later today.
The point of doing this is to ensure that I teach my children and remind myself, that Christmas should not be so damn materialistic...My oldest honestly wanted an iPAD2 and an iPHONE "and thats all mom" he already has games, gaming things, a computer, iPOD touch and a cell phone...why on earth would he even think he needed anything else and WHY would he think I would spend 1000 bux on just him this holiday?!? Because of MATERIALISM. Because I haven't done my job keeping them sheltered from commercialism. I allow too much TV and I indulge in too many name brands. I'm a sucker for packaging. The funny thing is, I don't care where my clothing or home items are from. But if my children want something, I've started buckling and buying it for them. I need help. I desperately want to get back to basics and help them see life can be fun without all of the technology, commercials, names, status. Any body out there have any hints or tips?!? They would be greatly appreciated.