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So guess who fell off the Tito’s vodka wagon?


Oh yes, just a couple days on the cheap stuff and my husband is already back to drinking his glitzy Grey Goose. Some people simply have no recession willpower.

What’s that Rick? Oh, he wants me to tell you that he bought it on sale in Jersey.

It still cost more than Tito’s. I can promise you.

Well, no matter because I already have another genius way we can save just bundles.

Like some of you, we still have gifts to buy. I was kind of stressing over the whole thing until I saw this sign in the West Village.


Yes, That’s Benny’s Burritos! Now it just seems so obvious. Buy all your loved ones a Benny’s Burritos gift certificate for Christmas and Hanukkah!ย  Nothing rings in the holidays like a Chicken Chipotle burrito.

And if you’re looking for free activities… Well, Santa is totally free (you know, if you don’t count the cab ride there and the overpriced hot chocolate afterwards).

Summer hesitantly put in her x-mas order…


But Dylan wasn’t getting anywhere near that jolly, obviously untrustworthy guy from up North…


“Dylan, don’t you want to tell Santa what you want for Christmas,” I asked.

“No. Daddy is telling him what I want,” she responded.

Apparently, she’s got the gift thing covered. That girl sure knows how to delegate.

After visiting with Santa, Summer tried to convince her daddy that he should buy her this little stuffed deer.


The cost for this mini deer at ABC Home & Carpet?


Completely true.

If Summer wants that dumb deer, she better go back and have a little chat with Santa. Because her ‘rents are too busy blowing their money on overpriced vodka.

P.S. Happy Hanukkah to everyone.


We pretty much celebrate every holiday around here. Well, not Arbor Day because that holiday is pure evil, my friends. But definitely all the rest.

mama bird notes
This holiday season is truly about gratitude for all our precious gifts and the strength to face our challenges. Contributing mama Diane LeBleu shares her challenge in an honest, beautiful piece called, “Merry Christmas! I Have Breast Cancer!” Click here to read more.

Jodie and Tammy won The Children’s Place giftcards. Congrats ladies! Send your mailing address to Kelcey@mamabirddiaries.com and I’ll send these giftcards along.

36 Responses to surviving a sucky economy: the addendum

  • calikim says:

    Well in that case, HAPPY Kwanza!! Enjoy the Gray Goose!! That Tito’s looked NASTY!

    And 65 bucks for a little deer?? Man, NY IS overpriced!

  • Terra says:

    What a great looking santa! i am jealous. Our santa trip post is going up in the morning…it went a little better than yours and we got free cookies and skated right passed all the overpriced stuffed animals at the mall (got sidetracked at the sketchers store though)

    Love your photos…Your little darlings are just too cute. Their eyes say it all!

  • amy says:

    Your Santa looks so old world, I love that! And what exactly does that reindeer do for 65 bucks? It should come with a bottle or two of Grey Goose for that price!

  • Rhea says:

    Those burritos will certainly kick up something…but it isn’t bells, my friend. hehe

    Happy Hanukkah! And Merry Christmas!

    My kids never trusted those Santas either.

  • Bitsy says:

    1. That is the swanky-est Santa I have ever seen! Our redneck Santas here in the south do not compare.
    2. THOSE EYES!! Wow! I would have had a very hard time saying no the deer.
    3. Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!

  • Cathy says:

    Too bad you don’t have Daveco’s–the largest liquor store in the world–in your back yard! It’s got libation deals galore. Hey, put in an order with me any time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!

  • shay says:

    I read that wrong at first and thought the deer was $6 and I thought that was a teeny bit much but $65?!!??!?! wow. just wow!

    Love the vodka shot. Is it really that much better? Maybe i better not try it. I’m pretty happy with the cheap stuff right now and should probably not spoil that.

  • Jordana says:

    What the heck is Santa putting in Summer’s face? A little mouse? No wonder Dylan didn’t want to go near. BTW, LOVE the menorrah!

  • Ellen says:

    Hey there, just found your blog, LOVE your voice. Seems like Grey Goose may be a must for a lot of us these days, if nothing else to take the edge off all the economy worries. Personally, I prefer scotch. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and about those burritos: Huge fan of Benny’s, but you can give a box Trader Joe’s burritos for even less. !!! I found you because I’m also featured on The Ultimate Role Mommy Blogroll, and wanted to reach out. I put up a post today about two kids vs. three, and was hoping you could join the discussion over at http://www.lovethatmax.blogspot.com

  • Patrick says:

    “What’s with the white mouse?” was my first thought too. It might be a small, stuffed polar bear but I’m with Dylan, why take the chance?

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    The best religion you can have; celebrates everything that rejoices with food/family/friends/fun. Let us know how the Grey Goose goes with Rick’s stomach/intestine/colon problems. Maybe you’ve discovered a cure…

  • pajamadeen says:

    $65.00 for Bambi??? !!! My my, Summer has champagne taste and beer budget parents. I think she should trade in her parents for a newer model. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Okay, so Jodie and Tammy won The Children’s Place giftcards. So that must mean I won the Honda generator giftcard. Fork it over!

  • Milena says:

    Now that is what I need. Some Vodka. Rick has the gist of how one should celebrate Hanukkah,ย  no doubt about it.

    $65 for the bambi??? Give me $30 and I’ll get you a real live one. Not including shipping and handling though. That’ll be about 300 to get it to you in New York and you also have to sign the clause that says the bambi is non-returnable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I wouldn’t trust that Santa either. He looks fishy. Dylan’s a smart girl.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    In case anyone scoffs at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, he’s got a full page ad in New York Magazine…..along with a photo of himself in it.ย  A true success story…

  • patois says:

    Now, that Santa? He’s worth the outrageous sums of cash. He looks fab, not like some cruddy Santa eating Bennie’s Burritos and knocking back Tito’s.

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