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Old 11-01-2012, 06:57 AM   #631
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I didn't know you were married to my brother! lol...you just described my mother completely!
Too funny!

Too many girls in her class are hurrying to become teens before it's time. I'll enjoy Christmases filled with toys as long as I can get them.

Has anyone been watching the toy lightening deals on amazon yet? I bought the sight words zingo and Wow toys Flip N Tip Fred.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:24 AM   #632
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That car was on my dd's list too. Oh well, she knows by now we don't always get everything we want. She is so excited about getting an AG doll. This is the first time she has ever shown any interest in dolls. My MIL came over and she showed her the catalog and told her about how much she wanted an AG doll for Christmas. My MIL told her she was being ridiculous and she would never play with any of that stuff. She made a big stink over it and told my dd she was definintely NOT getting her any of that stuff for Christmas. She wasn't asking her Grandma to buy any of it and I pointed that out to her but it really hurt dd's feelings. She keeps telling my dd she shouldn't ask for any more toys because she is 10 now.
Wow, I didn't know there was an age limit on asking for toys. Thanks for letting me in on the secret . Is there any way you could get MIL some 'elderly care' type things and tell her that you thought she was at the right age to be asking for those?
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:17 AM   #633
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Has anyone been watching the toy lightening deals on amazon yet? I bought the sight words zingo and Wow toys Flip N Tip Fred.
I have been watching but nothing has come up yet that are appropriate for the toddler age crowd yet - until today There are several Melissa and Doug items that I may be tempted by depending on what the deal price is. Of course, the last thing DS2 needs are more toys but I can't help it, haha.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:39 AM   #634
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Has anyone been watching the toy lightening deals on amazon yet? I bought the sight words zingo and Wow toys Flip N Tip Fred.

What are lightening deals and where do I sign up to keep an eye on them? I'm a prime member if that makes a difference.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:56 AM   #635
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Too funny!

Too many girls in her class are hurrying to become teens before it's time. I'll enjoy Christmases filled with toys as long as I can get them.

Has anyone been watching the toy lightening deals on amazon yet? I bought the sight words zingo and Wow toys Flip N Tip Fred.
Argh! Wish I'd caught the sight words zingo. I would've made an exception for that one.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:00 AM   #636
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What are lightening deals and where do I sign up to keep an eye on them? I'm a prime member if that makes a difference.
Being a prime member doesn't matter other than you can take advantage of the free 2 day shipping on top of what can sometimes (not always) be a great deal. The best lightning deals will happen on black friday and extending into the rest of the week following BF. You can find them by clicking on Today's Deals which is located at the top of the page near the left side of the screen pretty close to the amazon prime logo.

That being said, right now, if you click the little banner looking ad on the extreme right top side that says "Holiday Toy List" with a picture of a toy next to it, there are the special toy only lightning deals that are being presented this week as a special thing. It's only been a few toys a day whereas the week following BF usually offers a whole lot more.

I usually check the normal amazon price on the item I am interested in a little while before the lightning deal is set to start just to verify how good a deal it actually is. Also, if an item sells out you can join the waitlist. When you join the waitlist they tell you how likely it is that you will actually be able to purchase the item. Once on the waitlist watch your email like a hawk - if you get the opportunity to buy you will receive an email but you only have something like 10m to add it to your cart otherwise you will have to re-join the waitlist.

I hope this helps!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:46 AM   #637
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A gal on a local board had a great idea (IMHO) for a gift. She's giving a globe and a 3 month subscription to this:
http://www.littlepassports.com/littl...-world-edition


Thought that seemed really cute!
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:23 PM   #638
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I so wish we could convince the ILs to draw names or only buy for the kids! It is so stressful, buying for them, and expensive. The expectation is at least $50-75 per adult! After a few years of me picking up things here and there that I thought they'd like- and them being rude/silent when they opened them- I swore I'd never buy anything they didn't ask for again. So it has turned into such a GIMME GIMME thing- they make a list of expensive things, we buy them. I don't get it, where's the fun? But that's just how they are, apparently MIL used to take a young DH and his sister (at about 8 years old) to the store, they'd pick out their own xmas toys, and she'd wrap them and put them under the tree. That's not what Christmas is about for me.

In other news, I ordered a Hexbug Nano- for my cats! It gets great reviews as a cat toy, and I think the kids will think it's hilarious to watch. Santa brings for the furry ones here, too.
Oy! This is my ILs too. What gets me is that I am supposed to buy the things on their list, but they never EVER go with anything we suggest for me, DH, or DS. And nearly every year, it's the same. I have quite a supply of winter gloves and pj's. I tried doing my own thing with them, and I put so much effort in, but it wasn't worth it.

Plus, we usually exchange with them over thanksgiving, and MIL always wants to get DS something he really wants but she wants "options" and I never know what she is getting him so I end up buying things to give him for Christmas and then returning them if she actually picked something from his list (which she usually doesnt). I would prefer we just do away with the pretense of the actual suggestions since she doesn't follow them anyway.

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Not decorating until Thanksgiving weekend. DH will not allow early decorating. I understand, can't push Christmas too early like the stores, but I shop all year round looking for deals.
DS and DH are both telling me I'm not allowed to decorate until Thanksgiving. I told DH to do the outdoor lights when he did the halloween decorations because it was a freakishly warm day and he refused. I said, "then don't complain to me when it's below zero and snowing and you're out there stringing lights."

Ironically, DS wanted his Christmas train out yesterday so he decided it was finally ok for just a little Christmas stuff. He's four going on forty.

I work in retail, so I like to do my house early before I get tired of all the decorating from what I have to do at work.
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Are the holes for hanging pre-drilled on the back?
The letters I bought did have the holes, but I have seen them without.
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So excited. Went to three stores today to find the little people princess Cinderella coach. Got the only one in Walmart. It was released today! Dd2 is getting the entire princess set!

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A gal on a local board had a great idea (IMHO) for a gift. She's giving a globe and a 3 month subscription to this:
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Thought that seemed really cute!
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Being a prime member doesn't matter other than you can take advantage of the free 2 day shipping on top of what can sometimes (not always) be a great deal. The best lightning deals will happen on black friday and extending into the rest of the week following BF. You can find them by clicking on Today's Deals which is located at the top of the page near the left side of the screen pretty close to the amazon prime logo.

That being said, right now, if you click the little banner looking ad on the extreme right top side that says "Holiday Toy List" with a picture of a toy next to it, there are the special toy only lightning deals that are being presented this week as a special thing. It's only been a few toys a day whereas the week following BF usually offers a whole lot more.

I usually check the normal amazon price on the item I am interested in a little while before the lightning deal is set to start just to verify how good a deal it actually is. Also, if an item sells out you can join the waitlist. When you join the waitlist they tell you how likely it is that you will actually be able to purchase the item. Once on the waitlist watch your email like a hawk - if you get the opportunity to buy you will receive an email but you only have something like 10m to add it to your cart otherwise you will have to re-join the waitlist.

I hope this helps!
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Thought that seemed really cute!
I'm going to have to check this one out! Has anyone ever actually seen one. I''d love a review....the good & the bad?
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Oh Lordy I did some major damage at ToysRUs last night....I will be back with details once I revive my husband
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Alright, help me out here please. I have an 11 year old DSD that LOVES history but has not had much exposure beyond social studies class. What can I get her for Christmas that she would love?
On another front, what's everyone getting their fathers? He's the one I always stress over until December 24th and then end up running out and getting a gift card. Would love to be more stress free this year.
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Oh Lordy I did some major damage at ToysRUs last night....I will be back with details once I revive my husband
Looking forward to reading what you found!

I'm also intrigued with the passport adventure gift. I'm going to talk to dh about it tonight. I might try the month by month first since you can cancel it at any time.
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