Feliz Dia De Los Reyes …It’s 3 Kings Day

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When I was little, we would fill a shoe box with grass, the night before Three Kings Day. I remember
that come January the east coast was cold and finding enough grass to put in the box for myself and my sisters was a chore. I wondered if there would be enough grass to satisfy the camels of los Tres Reyes or if we would end up without gifts. Mami would always convince us that there was enough and come morning she proved us right. They always left us regalos. It has been many moons since we celebrated the Three Kings in my house. My sisters and I are all grown now. Our traditions of our youth have not been practiced with the next generation. However, I know that when my kids finally come to greet this earth, they’ll have similar experiences as mine. In my old age I’ve realized how important my Spanish Heritage is.

What cultural traditions do you celebrate?

…I leave you with a small piece of today’s mass.

Sunday’s Second Reading:

Until then,
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Es Noche Buenas and I finally finished wrapping presents! with @KevinHart4Real #ihartholidays


My last gift wrapped!

It’s Christmas Eve and I have officially finished wrapping my last gift! Note to self: Next year purchase gift cards! I finished my holiday shopping weeks ago, yet I managed to pick up more stocking stuffers than I knew what to do with. When I stopped at Kohls on Friday to pick up wrapping paper I walked out spending close to 300 bucks. Why? No idea! Did you go crazy this holiday season?


Did you remember to buy batteries for any of the gifts you bought? Kevin didn’t forget. Check out this hilarious video of Kevin Hart.

What do you think of my handmade card on the wrapping paper in the photo above?  Do you get creative with your holiday wrapping?

Until then,

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Today’s GIVEAWAY for Cyber Tuesday!


It’s Take Charge Cyber Tuesday here on My Pocketful of Thoughts.  What?  You’ve never heard of Cyber Tuesday?  It is possible I just made it up, however, nowadays the retail industry seems to make up their own rules when it comes to holiday shopping.  Black Friday started at dinner time at some stores this year claiming that they are trying to save lives.  So in the spirit of the holiday season, I have looked for a deal to make today special!


Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of announcing the Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway that took place on their Facebook Page.  It was twenty opportunities for you to snag one of their great products for FREE!  The Rattle Rumble Push Toy was their last giveaway item this past Sunday.  Did you win?  

If you were NOT able to snag one of their twenty favorites, today is YOUR lucky day!  Today on My Pocketful of Thoughts we are teaming up with Melissa & Doug and giving ONE AWAY to a LUCKY reader!  YAY  Here’s your opportunity to cross another person off your holiday shopping list.

Just complete the steps in the rafflecopter. A winner will be announced on the My Pocketful of Thoughts FB Page and here on the blog next Tuesday.  Come back DAILY to tweet for more entries!  GOOD LUCK!
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Until then,

PS if you’re looking where to start check out Ghost of Holiday Shopping for everything you need.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Week!

It’s that time of year again, where we embrace the commercialized holiday of St. Valentine.  While February 14th is no longer recognized as the day to remember Saint Valentine, the martyred saint; his name is kept alive year after year.  We fall in love with the idea of love.  We hope that on this day, the love we give away is returned.  We look forward to the gifts, the dinner, the cards and the sudden decrease of money in our wallets. We do this all with smiles on our faces! This year let’s give this ‘Valentine’s Day Industry’ a message and not buy the flowers, chocolate, jewelry and fancy dinners.  Let’s make cards out of construction paper, and bake cookies instead!  Let’s celebrate in March and tell this money-making industry ‘WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THIS RIDICULOUS PRICE GOUGING FIASCO CONTINUE!’

Who am I kidding?  I sent my boyfriend an email with my wishlist of potential gifts on Friday; to which he laughed.  I think that gifts should come from the heart.  However, this month I have been trying to stick to not spending any cash towards items that are not absolute needs (#NoUnnecessarySpendingFebruary).  Of course, the best sales are going on, now that the winter months are almost over, so I see so many cute things and I’m like adding things to shopping carts and then abandoning them last minute.  It really is hard.  Anyways, my whole point was to give an idea on this Soulful Sunday.  Normally I would post sales going on and places to find awesome deals despite the price hikes that Valentine’s Day brings.  However I thought back to Christmas time, and the things I got or gave and I have to say that giving the gift of making memories was at the top of my list of favorites.  Last month, my boyfriend and I used one of the Christmas gift’s I got him, A Two-Hour Photography Workshop at Grand Central (NYC) with Judith from Sundays in New York.  
                               We took the train into the city and had brunch at Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Grand Central Station.  I tried my first Bloody Mary (didn’t like it). 
We got to visit the nooks and crannies of Grand Central.  We laughed with the rest of the class as people tried to avoid the cameras.  We learned things, together.  It was an experience, a memory made to last in our book of memories.  Isn’t that what we really want anyways?  Memories to keep us warm when we’re bored in the nursing home at 93?
Simply Vera Platform Heels, Vera Wang for Kohls
Maybe I’m wrong, though :)  Comment below and let me know what you’re looking to get for Valentine’s Day, what your favorite Valentine’s gift has been thus far OR let my boyfriend know how great I look in these shoes!  
Until then,
djRelat7

Happy Holidays and Happy Massaging!

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I hope that everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend filled with lots of laughter, love and warm memories!  This past week I gave my boyfriend and myself the gift of massage!  I got a Groupon deal with Massage Therapist Janice Strileckis and I was thankful.  Who doesn’t want to pamper themselves at a deal on this Money Monday?  She seemed to find every spot that ached and at the end I was super relaxed!  Everything a massage should be!

I got to talking to her for a bit and we both agreed that if you didn’t take advantage of the Groupon deal, that doesn’t mean you still can’t treat yourself for an after holiday treat!  So for My Pocketful of Thoughts readers, we’re saying Happy Holidays with a 60 minute Swedish Massage for a whopping discount for $60!  Mention code DjRelat7 from My Pocketful of Thoughts to get the discount.  Appointments are required and are subject to availability. See the PS below for contact information! This is available for a limited time, so take advantage of it today!

Happy Holidays from myself and Janice!

UPDATE: This offer is no longer available!

Until then,