One of my first exciting things is my decision to make a move. I purchased a great little house over 2 years ago while going thru my divorce. It was close to the shop, great location, completely redone so I didn’t have to worry about a thing, and it was big enough for me and my little dog. It has been perfect for this time and allowed me to live, for the first time in my life, alone. And it has been a learning process and in the end wonderful. So I have enjoyed looking at homes over the past couple months and figuring out where my next move will be. I have learned and pretty much confirmed, for now, I am a city girl. Although I grew up a country girl and outside the city, I have become accustomed to and spoiled being 5 minutes drive from work and about anywhere of my main needs. I know, spoiled.
It honestly has been so good to hear the feedback on my blog. It truly means so much to me getting to hear from each of you, and also knowing so many others deal with January blues or depression. I’m not looking at it like misery loves company, but how we can support and learn from each other.
I did want to give an update on how things are going once I have gotten past my January. They are much better! I had sat down with my doctor and really explained my struggles and that I needed something different because it wasn’t really working. I wanted to make sure she understood the magnitude of my struggles. They now have a genetic testing that swabs the inside of your mouth to determine which medicines work the best with how your body processes them. It will look at each type of medicine and let you know if you are on the best, or an okay option, or really should change medicines. I decided it was worth the $30 to run the test and we followed it’s recommendation for what I needed and I am starting to feel like a million bucks! That is nice. It is nice to be excited about things and seeing past waking up each morning. It is night and day how my brain “feels”, and that is a good thing.
So in the process of me leveling out my life, and acknowledging how much of a recluse I have been for the past two years. It was a slow progression, but I believe when I went thru my divorce I made decisions based on my life at that time. I got a great little house that was enough for my dog and I. I have loved it here and it has been a simple and a comfortable home, but it has made me realize how my house is not very conducive to having company. More than two people it gets a wee bit crowded. So my eyes are on the look out for a more permanent home for my next adventure in life. Perfect time for spring cleaning, sprucing up things before I put this house on the market and embracing and continuing personal growth.
Challenges and adventures are what make me feel alive so I have the best adventure coming up in March, celebrating being 40 with a few more bucket items!
I planned at the end of December all of the fun products that I could share with you for Valentine’s Day and then…well ya know, life and hibernation occurred. And although I may have put it off, many people have someone special to buy for and we have amazing options for you!!
I want to share artist Bailey Marable’s amazing jewelry. It was a huge hit this past Christmas and fortunately, she is amazing all year round with her creations. We have already sent a couple out the door as I was putting them out.
Here are a few options for Valentine’s Day for the jewelry lover in your world. Granted, one doesn't have to have a reason to make someone's day with these, but the 14th is a good reason. :) I love these that Bailey brought in. So dainty and just feminine. Now, if you know me, there is nothing dainty about me, but the best part is if there is a piece that you fall in love with, Bailey is phenomenal in the fact she does have necklace lengths that she will gladly get you a size that makes you happy. Plus, there are also bracelets, I showcased those before Christmas you can find in a previous blog.
Feel free to give us a call to have one ready for you or hold one back. Plus don't forget we are always open online. www.notopinkadilly.com
I wanted to make sure to get some fun ideas out and I'm not sure I can do some products justice without telling you about them!!
I about forgot to share the best part of my trip. Elvis!! Well, the next best thing, Graceland. Although as my 83 year old mom liked to point out on my Facebook wall, "been there done that". I was thrilled to be able to visit again. 30 years later I am still very aware that Elvis might really be my first crush. He did die when I was 2 so extremely crazy childhood crush to have. Elvis and black Michael Jackson. I loved them both. I could recite word for word of the "Elvis and Me" movie. I not only recorded it on our VCR when it aired on tv, my sister eventually found me my own "Elvis and Me" vhs tape so I didn't have to fast forward thru commercials every time I watched. I am still just as enamored by him and Graceland as I was as a child. It's just now harder to understand why I still can't see in his bedroom and all those closed doors. It kills me!
It really is absolutely crazy to me that we are wishing another year in. I swear, the days just fly by so fast I am sometimes meeting myself coming and going. It was just a couple months ago I was getting back from Europe, then tackling Pinkadilly showroom changes, then holidays and here we are again starting it all over again.
I am not one that really sets resolutions for myself as the new year rolls in. It isn't that I don't believe in them, it is more that I set goals for myself. I try and work on things that I need to do to improve myself as a person, and that is hard!! In 2015 I turned 40 and I broke so many habits that I have done for over 20 years it is crazy to think of me not having those habits. My goal to start the next 40 years of my life without so many bad habits. I have been a smoker a majority of my life...and I love to smoke. BUT, we all know the reasons to quit. After my car was totaled and I was buying a new car I realized I didn't want it to smell like smoke. So I quit! *
I have had a massive addiction to lipgloss since I was about 16. My first lip addiction was with Carmex, and that addiction carried me thru my adult life when I then switched to another lip product that stupidly was just more expensive. It took me to weeks of weaning myself off and trying to live without slime on my lips, and now I am officially free of my lip balm addiction! And when I say it was an addiction, it was truly bad. I can't imagine the amount of "gunk" I have consumed! Besides that fact that this has been the first time in my life that I ever remember having chapped lips, my stomach and restroom issues have also massively changed. I know...weird. I won't go into detail, but shockingly different. And my final bad habit I had to break was picking my face. (I can't tell you how many hotel lamps I have broken from trying to pick my face...) I think it was my nightly wind down routine sadly. But, my vanity won out on that and I realized the damage I was doing to my face and I wasn't getting any younger so I also wiped out that bad habit. Note to self: never buy a magnifying mirror. EVER
In 2015 I worked on discovering again who Jenny is. Single after 20 years, living alone for the first time in my life, taking on a new career path...so many huge changes! I guess the universe just lined me up for a fresh start for my next 40 years of life.
One of my 2016 goals is to learn to stop, breathe....and to unplug near and afar. I think when traveling I have been able to shut my mind down because it is an out of site out of mind. Here I have really struggled with the balancing of maintaining a social life and spending time with those I love. It is hard! Anyone that is a workaholic you feel my pain. There is something in us that just has a drive to continue and to make things better. If I had the chance to work on (fill in the blank) or watch a movie or go to dinner with friends, without fail I have chosen to work. This year it will be different...2016 is the year I want to get back to enjoying life and those I love!
Most people would never guess that at the root of it I am horribly shy and have social anxiety. The thought of walking up to a stranger and having a conversation with them makes me want to vomit. I'm terrified! If I have to do as part of my job, I get it! But the having a social conversation, and remembering how to interact with people without being focused on getting a job done hasn't been the easiest for me, but I am working on it. Put in a training situation or a public speaking, I would way prefer that over a mix and mingle cocktail party. I know! Thus, why one of my mantra's for the year will involve becoming a social butterfly this year. :)
I am making a point this year to spend more time with people that I love. Enjoying my mom that is 83 years old...visiting people that I haven't made the time to just sit and catch up. Play cards or bingo with them, or my biggest challenge of learning to enjoy a dinner out. Food can be eaten in and the dinner enjoyed with conversation. My pile of papers will still be here after I get back and my to do list will still always overwhelm me. But I have realized that if that is the case either way, why am I not stopping to enjoy the journey and tackle those when I return.
We have talked about buying gifts for those people you love, but how about those other people that you need to buy for yet you have no clue what to buy for them or enough about them to make the gift personable. I'm hoping I can throw a few ideas your way that might help you plug in for those odd ones left.
Liquor...that is one of the easiest things you can purchase around is everyone's love for getting their drink on. We have lots of different fun gifts that fall into that category. From wine glasses that will hold an entire bottle in one glass, to traveling wine bottle holders, trays for cheese on top of wine glasses, openers and more. If you know the person has a love for a certain type of liquor come in and we can direct you to some ideas for the beer drinker, wine or maybe even bourbon drinkers. Our frozen beer glasses and wine glasses have been a huge hit. They were featured on the today show and are an easy gift to give someone. We have pairs or can buy individually. We also have a couple options of whiskey stones that are great for the whiskey, bourbon or scotch lovers.
Another fun idea for people you don't know a lot about is gift certificates....for your favorite local places. This is your chance to share the love of your community and also give back. Don't run out and get them a gift certificate for a big box, go to your favorite local eating place and get them a gift certificate and add a note of what makes you happy there. Or one for your favorite local mom and pop shop. Maybe they haven't heard about it and perfect way to put money back into your community plus share a place you enjoy.
How about a tea towel? Those are always a huge hit. Our tea towels that make you giggle are a hit year round. Everyone uses kitchen towels and they are an adorable and affordable gift. Plus, they totally make people smile. We have towels that hit just about everything. We have ones from Paris with the most adorable prints including Marie Antoinette, to BFF, mom's, teachers, drinkers and more...
Signs, signs, everywhere is signs...(come in and name that song today ( valid on TUESDAY) and you'll receive 10% off your purchase!) We have so many fun signs that you could use for all those random people left! We have signs (naming ones we still have in stock...) that are funny holiday ones, that you could give to any female. We have alcohol, wine, firemen, inspirational, song lyrics and more. Everyone loves these and let's be honest, they make us happy!!
We will be open today 11-6 pm so make sure to come by and let me help you check people off your list, and don't forget I will wrap for you! I believe a good chunk of other NOTO stores will also be open so stop in and I can help direct you.
Alright, I have put it out there. We know we all do it, and if you haven't been using PooPourri chances are there are times that you or your loved ones may have encountered some awkward times. I discovered this product while traveling on the east coast probably about 5 years ago. If you have ever spent time with me, you know I may have to use the restroom, a lot, and this product has been an embarrassment saver more times than I can count.
BUT, here is the kicker...you have to spray 3-4 squirts IN the toilet/"loo" before you go. Once you have started, you can't really go back on the smell...and you can't spray it in the air to cover the stink. Because then it just smells like poo and lemons. Plus...it does contain natural oils so if you misfire it enough times onto a tile floor, the oil slick seems like it could be a slippy hazard to me! Maybe just hint to the fellas that could be using it to spray inside the toilet.
This honestly is one of my favorite gifts to give. Not only is it the best for white elephant exchanges because everyone fights for it, it's also fun to give girlfriends. Although they say they never poop, this is one they wish I would give them yearly! :)
Here are other ideas who could use:
-white elephant exchanges
-secret santa exchanges
-backpack/book bag/work bag
-your guest bathroom
-where your partner "reads"
-anyone that poops! :)
Stop in, we have about 6 different scents and a few gift sets lefts! Plus, don't forget you can order online also. Kim has been able to ship out most orders every day so you will have a quick turn around time. If it's your first online order, enter coupon code POOP to receive 10% off your first order.
P.S. I have loved you all keeping up and stopping into the shop after reading! It's fun to know you are reading and enjoying.
There really is something to be said when you purchase a gift where thought has been put into it and noted to the receiver. If you have ever had someone that is an amazing gift giver, you would know what I am talking about. They are one step ahead on buying the perfect gift for you and you can't believe they thought about it or noticed the want/need. People like that don't come along that often, but when they do, they are amazing gift givers and you appreciate the thought that they put into the gift.
And although I don't believe I was born a good gift giver, I have learned over the years to pay attention, take notes, and try and make the gift reflect a need, personality, or love of/for the person. (which I might add has nothing to do with the price or the monetary value) It is more about taking notice of things that are mentioned or notice things that could make someone's life easier and trying to solve the problem.
The jewelry shown above is by Bailey Marable of Dulces Jewelry. They are not only gorgeous pieces that are hand cut, but you can really put some thought into gifts like these to remind people of a special time or place, something that reminds you of them, or a wish or mantra you want for someone. Of course, most all women love jewelry and sometimes the sentiment and the story behind it from even a friend can mean just as much.
We love being able to help you with your holiday shopping. We had a local chef come in after reading a previous post about our Gilden Tree Foot Scrubber. She had planned to give her loved ones home made spa products and knew those would be a perfect addition. I would have to agree! Every time they use their foot scrubber even long after her products are gone, they will look at the scrubber and think of her and her products often. Promise!
Who loves to play bartender? Who is loves a chilled beer mug or is a beer connoisseur? Pick up a mixed six pack of craft beers from Jac's Liquor on 21st and Fairlawn and tell them Jenny sent you. They will help you pick out a perfect combo. Maybe you have a wine lover, Tyler is extremely knowledgable on his wines and could help you pick out the perfect bottle for you. We still have a few of the chilled wine glasses left. Add those or ingredients in for Moscow Mules with two mugs and it creates a perfect gift.
-neighbor that you may partake in beer drinking with? Or wine?
-holiday party that you know host loves wine/beer...
-everyone should own a moscow mule mug!!
And NUGZ...oh how I love these things. They are one of the best way to create something personalized. Build a bracelet, earrings, necklace, bag and more that has colors, designs and personalized NUGZ snaps that complete reflects the person receiving. Having interchangeable snaps that you can switch daily to match your outfits and whims.
-grandmas, moms, daughters
-people who wear lanyards
We have created a personalized NUGZ piece for everyone from 6 year olds to 84 year olds. Women love jewelry, and their family...and this is a perfect gift that you can purchase and update each year or holidays. Plus, have a child away at school? The snaps are super easy to mail. Pop one in a card every month to let you child know you are thinking of them. Stop in and let us help you pick out a piece or make sure to check out some of the pieces that are available online. If have any questions or need help give us a call or drop us an email. firstname.lastname@example.org