I will Boycott Hallmark this year & I have expressed my concerns to them! Have you seen the clip of the little girls @ lunch.. checking their lunch bags for Valentine goodies from their Parents? You probably have. As a Creative Mom.. it MAKES ME MAD!
Okay, so maybe the stickers on the apple is a little much.. but, the heart-shaped sandwich?.. Come’ on!! They are knocking us creative moms who actually put THOUGHT into what we give our little one’s. Haven’t they ever heard of “It’s the thought that counts.” ???? GEESH! And, the look on the little girls faces after they saw the Hannah Montanna card.. they were ashamed of their gifts. What are we teaching our kids! There are MANY children in America today who’s parent/or parents have lost their jobs recently. All of us want the best for our children & sometimes we may not be able to afford a singing card & that’s okay. We should be teaching our kids good economic values.. like, if we don’t have the money.. we don’t buy it & it’s okay to “make” a card or a “heart-shaped” sandwich!!!!!!
I PERSONALLY feel that the commercial sends the WRONG message to our kids. I feel that with our economy the way it is.. this year.. there will be MANY cut-backs & us mom’s are going to have to be more creative with what we give & how we spend our money.
I don’t know about you.. but, we are doing cut-backs. Here are a few:
* We’re NOT eating out as much.
* I’m doing alot more “meal planning” I plan my meals around the weekly sales paper (which saves ALOT of money)
* I do alot more bargain shopping.
* We eat more left-overs! LOL!
Yesterday, on one of the morning shows, they were talking about these tough economic times & what us Mom’s can do to help out. Here are some of their suggestions:
*Don’t isolate yourself
(stay in touch with friends, do get-togethers, cookouts, etc. etc.)
*make your community a collective one
(carpool your kids to school, dance classes, soccer practices,.. etc.)
*Pamper yourself AT home.
(special bubble baths, do your on pedicures and manicures)
*take time to breathe & exercise
(start walking, running, aerobics… etc.. ) this is one I SOO need to do
*Enjoy the family time!
(plan a family night,.. go on a picnic,. it can even be in your backyard or living room floor, kids love this!)
These were just a few suggestions that I thought were a good start for us Moms. So, I wanna know.. what are you and your family doing to cut-back? Leave me some GOOD comments with tips.. or even write your own post about it & leave your link here! I think we should help each other out! Don’t you think?