Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Crewcuts - promo guide (Mar 27, 2013)


LOVEJCREW gets 25% off sitewide on $150+ at J Crew
CARDMEMBER gets 30% off sitewide on $150+ with your J Crew card
Promo also good in-store. Ends Sat, 3/30
 Shipping is free on Crewcuts, so no need to worry about hitting a minimum amount before free shipping kicks in.

Prices listed are before addtl % off and not on final sale.


Crewcuts/Girls 
* Bib tunic ($32.50)
* Classic glitter ballet flats ($39.99 & $52.50)
* Classic point-collar shirt ($29.50)
* Dazzling jewels necklace ($19.50) - potentially cute for a petite woman or any woman that wants a daintier necklace.
* Dot tee with sequin star ($32.50) - blue (the cutest option)
* Glitter ballet flats ($49.50)
* Mila ballet flats in grosgain stripe ($49.50) - mint citrus
* Minnie pant ($39.50) - British khaki
* Paillette jersey dress ($69.50) - navy & sea glass
* Poplin bubble dress ($78) - bright papaya
* Rosalie twisted dress ($68) -  So cute! Online only. There was an adult version of this dress, a couple of times in recent years.
* Sparkle purse ($26.50) - Irl pics
* Sparkle friendship bracelet ($12.50) - warm mustard



Crewcuts/Boys
* Club short in lightweight chino ($32.50)
* French terry baseball sweatshirt ($49.50)
* Lightweight chino in straight fit ($34.50)
* Nautical stripe #9 tee ($24.50)
* Ringer pocket tee in colorblock stripe ($24.50)






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25% off of $125+ for J Crew cardholders with CARDPERK thru 4/4

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Crewcuts - girls glitter purse


Crewcuts girls glitter purse(51402, $32.50) comes in disco green glitter and silver glitter. It's still on promo as of 3/26 for $26.50.

Silver glitter - I thought this would be a cute, first purse for Mini G. The glitter left a trail of dust on everything. I didn't let her see or touch it.


The grosgrain ribbon wasn't exciting either. Returned.



The glitter tote bag ($65) is cute for a kid or an adult who likes a smaller bag. Currently on promo for $55 before LOVEJCREW or CARDMEMBER, which expire today. I thought about getting one in a solid glitter, which I don't see online. I've seen it still in-stores.



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updated 3/25
   
25% off of $125+ for J Crew cardholders with CARDPERK thru 4/4 
30% off new arrivals, priced as marked. Free shipping with SPRINGTOIT thru 3/21 - 3/26

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Crewcuts - promo guide


LOVEJCREW gets 25% off sitewide at J Crew
CARDMEMBER gets 30% off sitewide with your J Crew card
Promo also good in-store. Ends Tue, 3/26
 Shipping is free on Crewcuts, so no need to worry about hitting a minimum amount before free shipping kicks in.

Prices listed are before addtl % off


Crewcuts/Girls 

* Poplin shirtdress in scroll print ($69.99) - final sale, not promo, but waned to share the Jules scroll complement
* Bejeweled 15 tee ($68)
* Bib tunic ($32.50)
* Bold-stripe tunic ($42.50)
* Bouquet pocket tunic ($36.50)
* Bicycle-print chambray skirt ($45) - so cute
* Caroline cardigan in sequin hearts ($58)
* Classic café capri ($42.50)
* Classic glitter ballet flats ($39.99 & $52.50)
* Classic point-collar shirt ($29.50)
* Collection silk taffeta Joliette dress ($128) - flower girl or party attire
* Dazzling jewels necklace ($19.50) - potentially cute for a petite woman or any woman that wants a daintier necklace.
* Dot tee with sequin star ($32.50) - blue (the cutest option)
* Dotted knee-highs ($7.50)
* Everyday leggings in classic stripe ($19.50)
* Everyday leggings in neon ($22.50)
* Glitter ballet flats ($49.50)
* Grosgrain bow knee-highs ($10.50)
* Heathered neon cardigan ($78)
* Kids Barn jacket ($69.50)
* Long-sleeve sequin glitter-stripe heart tee ($28)
* Long-sleeve sleep set in stripe ($42.50)
* Mila ballet flats in grosgain stripe ($49.50)
* Minnie pant ($39.50) - British khaki
* Mosaic diamond headband ($12.50)
* Navy stripe knit tunic ($39.50)
* Paillette jersey dress ($69.50)
* Petal poplin dress ($88)
* Poplin bubble dress ($78)
* Rib-knit over-the-knee socks ($7.50)
* Rosalie twisted dress ($68) -  So cute! Online only. There was an adult version of this dress, a couple of times in recent years.
* Sparkle purse ($26.50) - Irl pics
* Sparkle friendship bracelet ($12.50)
* Stone pattern bracelet ($12.50)
* Stripe heart long-sleeve tee ($29.50)
* Toothpick jean in polka dot ($68)


Crewcuts/Boys
* Baseball sweater-jacket ($59.50)
* Club short in lightweight chino ($32.50)
* French terry baseball sweatshirt ($49.50)
* Graphic sailboat knit pant ($29.50)
* Kids Barn jacket ($69.50)
* Lightweight chino in straight fit ($34.50)
* Long-sleeve skull tee ($22.50) - skull & hammer/wrench, instead of crossbones lol
* Neon clover tee ($22.50)
* Nautical stripe #9 tee ($24.50)
* Painted leather bracelet ($12.50)
* Ringer pocke tee in bar stripe ($24.50)
* Ringer pocket tee in colorblock stripe ($24.50)
* Undefeatable tee ($21.50)


30% off sale items with GOODNEWS 3/11 - 3/15
Promo also good in-store





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25% off of $125+ for J Crew cardholders with CARDPERK thru 4/4

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Thank you, again.


I really appreciate the beautiful thoughts and comments shared about my mil. I think we are still in shock. She passed away only 26 days after the pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I'm probably repeating that fact, but when we step back and look at things...well, it just keeps us in a state of feeling like it's not real. Of course it's very real. One thing that's so odd -> different to me is there was no funeral and there will be no memorial. Funerals are for the living, but definitely a part of what I come to expect after someone has passed. Apparently my mother-in-law didn't want a funeral or obituary. I think there was some baggage that remained packed and carried until the end. I do get what my husband has said. There are people who would attend that he wouldn't want to attend. People very close in relation that couldn't be uninvited. However, I am really sad that I will miss remarks and stories that people would share about her. I did get to say goodbye. It was very, very difficult. Maybe I am repeating that fact, too. I dunno. I'm sure there are a few times I've visited with relatives and figured it might be the last time I see them. But this was very different, knowing that she could pass the next day or in a couple of days. The moments we shared were very...I don't even know what the words are for it. I've never experienced anything like that in my life. One thing that surprised me is that mil looks so beautiful and at peace, to a degree, with what was happening. In fact, I told her how beautiful she looked. I think I expected her to look tired, wizened, dry.

So that's what's going on. If you've seen me blogging and tweeting and thinking wth! is she doing?...life has continued on in a regular way, to some degree. Without a funeral or memorial to plan, we've been focused on other post mortem details...like items she had intended to gift us for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And more complex, like her personal affairs. It's a trip how life just moves on. We were looking at miserable looking people in the store thinking why do you get to carry on...you don't seem like you want to be here...without knowing what they're going thru of course, but it seems unfair she was taken from us so quickly. We haven't gotten stuck on that, just remarked to each other about the life moving on-thing. And my husband & I spend a little bit of time each day remembering her and talking about our feelings. This experience has definitely changed our marriage. For the better. Of course Mini G doesn't know what's going on, but mil sent a rocking horse to Mini G for her birthday last year and she's been riding it like nobody's business since she passed. It's really cute.

Thanks for reading...

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2/26 approx 8am


My mil passed away this morning.

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My husband and his dad were there bedside her last hours and minutes, and watched her last breath. This is a tough time, but I still see it as a gift that they were able to have this last month and the final  moments this morning. Mil passed away at home, as were her wishes. And there were some other circumstances my husband hoped for that were realized when this day came. Thank you so much for your prayers, emails & support! I'm convinced all of the support I received helped us get thru this as gracefully as possible. I'm incredibly sad for all of the things that mil & I talked about, but didn't get to do together. I'm especially sad that she won't see Mini G grow up and Mini won't get to spend time with her. I do have lots of pictures of the two of them together in the few times she saw her. And I have mil on video, reading a few stories to Mini. I treasured them when she recorded them and of course they mean so much more now.

The business of burial begins. There won't be a traditional funeral. I'm not sure if they're doing a memorial later. I'll find out this weekend. With no funeral to organize, G Money wants to come home tomorrow. I told him he has to see his dad thru the paperwork process for cremation, etc... Believe me, you don't want any errors made on the death certificate and have to repeat the process again. Been there...

Life continues on, almost without skipping a beat. I always find that part a little odd.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

What about...toddler airline travel

Thank you for your support & prayers. Things are not looking good with mil. She will likely remain in the hospital until her passing. Although I don't set that in stone because things keep changing. At any rate, Mini G & I will be flying for the first time together for a visit and I want the airline travel to go as smooth as possible. I know there are websites and blogs for this question, but I'm appealing to my blog community to help. Also, I don't have a lot of time to research. I heard the tip about getting the baby a new toy so they're occupied. Mini G still takes at least one bottle, so I will have that on hand for the descent.

* What's airport security like these days? I haven't flown in eons. Any tips for it to go smoother for me with a baby? I'll need to take my laptop, fwiw.

* Can Mini G have her own backpack? I'm thinking I could get one and put the toys in that.

* Do I need to put the carseat in a plastic bag before giving it up to luggage checkin?

* Umbrella stroller recs that are good for travel?

* Do I need to bind the stroller in any way or should I look for one that has a carrying case?

And anything else you can think of because we don't want to create this scenario while on board...


 lol

 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Let's Talk - what's been going on


I...I'm not sure where to begin with this one. Maybe Nov is good. We were supposed to visit the ils this past Thanksgiving. We ended up not going because mil thought she had bronchitis or something she didn't want Mini G or us to catch. We never made follow up plans to visit because she continued to be sick. I'll spare you the details that followed because I can't say I remember them exactly. I just knew of visits to a homeopath doctor or physician, that it could be gallstones...I didn't think much of it. At least I wasn't worried. I hoped she'd improve so we'd be able to visit and she could see Mini G. That's all I was thinking about, assuming the best.

About 4 wks ago, mil finally went to the hospital. Western. They ran a lot of tests. She had a swollen liver. They did an MRI, biopsy. At this point I told my husband he should go up there to help out and see what was going on. He said no, he wanted to wait until his dad gave him the directive to do so. He didn't want to spend time up there if they really didn't need him and then not be able to return when they did. Two days after my suggestion his dad told him to come up. That was a sad goodbye. I figured he'd be gone a week and would miss Mini G very much. Hopefully me, too. lol G Money was very emotional, but I still didn't think anything awful. I felt bad that she was sick enough that he needed to go up there, but very happy that we live close enough to drive in a day and he was able to do so. The next day more test results came back and the news was cancer. Pancreatic.

The whole way everything went down was odd. They mentioned cancer during that week. Then the next day said they didn't think it was because mil was so cheerful and not presenting the disposition of liver cancer patients. (big fat eye roll) And then the third day she got the diagnosis. I wish medical personnel wouldn't speculate out loud. Especially if they're not physicians. It's 10x worse. You hope they are telling you something accurate, giving you some inside information having see it all as a nurse. Maybe telling you something that the doctor isn't saying. It's awful when they're wrong.

Needless to say it's been a rough couple weeks. I think it's been 2 weeks as of today. We were hoping they were wrong, looking up all sorts of things online. Lupus became something to hope for. But, the cancer has metastasized. MIL's liver is 70-80% damaged, so no chance of surgery or a transplant. They said the cancer would attack it. Oddly, they never said she has Stage X cancer, with X time frame to live. I don't know if it's because they're not being thorough. Perhaps they really don't know. We have been thinking they're waiting to see if they can get her liver to work a little better and then give more information. At times I've been chomping at the bit, wishing I were there to ask questions. It's possible that G Money and his father have been told the information and just didn't hear it or are rejecting it. His dad mentioned that to me, in short. Accepting the diagnosis, but not the prognosis. And G Money vacillates between the fact that she might die soon and hope that will, spirit and mixing in some holistic remedies will extend her life a little bit. I think he's been afraid to ask certain questions, as if not speaking them out loud will make everything bad stay away for a little longer. For example, a nurse came to talk w/them about home care. If/when she is released, what is the home set up, meals, who will be there to care, etc... I asked if it was Palliative Care, but G Money didn't know. See, one of those things he didn't want to ask. Also, it just may have not crossed his mind at the time. He's been staying overnite with his mom, in her room. If you've ever stayed overnite in a hospital, you know it's completely unrestful with nurses coming in every few hours for a shift change, administer meds, etc... Neither he nor his mom are getting any sleep. I think he's done a great job of dropping in and navigating the hospital world. I wouldn't call it a game, exactly, but it's good if the patient has a strong advocate. He has stepped up, which is good.

I made myself sick last week, stressing and worrying. It's not good if I go down right now because I'm 100% responsible for Mini G, but I did. It was pretty bad. Thankfully my mom came over to help and my sister did, too. Also last week I let Mini put water on my computer. Totally my fault and a quick accident that friend my computer, so that was really stressful for 3 days and another reason I was a little absent.

Of course one thing that's incredibly sad is thinking about how Mini G won't get to know her grandmother. We are talking about the two of us going up there very soon. However...I don't know. I lost my train of thought. Actually I have about 25 trains trying to leave the station at once. There are so many things we're concerned about. How will his dad survive without her. Literally. He can't cook. That can be overcome w/Meals on Wheels, but we cannot see him on the property alone. Not to mention that mil's mother is still alive. I said she'd have to get moved the in-law set up to a home. She might not want to go for it, but at a certain point G Money is going to have to make decisions and they're going to have to follow the plan. He's afraid that if his mom goes, then dominoes.

There's a host of other things I can't mention. I'm not sure mil would be really excited about me writing about this online, which is why it's better over here than on Gone Shopping. Would it surprise you if I told you she doesn't want anyone to know? It's made me sick, I tell you. As I said, it's only been a couple weeks. I hope she changes her mind and allows people to call her. I hope it would make her feel better than she would expect. However, I can see not wanting to explain everything to people over and over, not wanting to answer questions or hear "let me know if there's anything I can do...", knowing there is nothing. As soon as I found out, I mobilized my team. I told my mom & sister that I would need their support very much. I called my dad who lives in another state. Moral support, if nothing else. I've made prayer requests. I cannot imagine what her state of mind is, combined with pain, plus tons of meds. I just wish she thought she might get a good feeling from family and wanted them to come around. It's an incredible amount of stress on my husband and there's only me for him to vent to. No one else is around to help him out.

Ugh. That's it. I am trying to be at peace with this, but I guess that's asking too much as we stare down this long road. What I am 100% sure of is you think you have time and you don't. Take that trip. Make amends. Finish your degree. Whatever you want to have no regrets about...make it happen.

Thanks for reading...