A Post About Gift Cards And Being A Faux Supermodel


I don't know about you, but I ADORE getting gift cards! Many people feel as though they can be kind of cold and unthoughtful, however, I would much rather receive gift cards as gifts because then I can purchase whatever I want. To me, they are the ideal practical gift.

Anyway...

Two months ago, one of the companies I work for gave their employees reward points for achieving their goals. And I honestly didn't realize how many points I had accumulated over the past few years, which totaled $250.00. They sent us a list of various gift cards so that we could use the points as money to purchase them. I chose two $50.00 gift cards from Barnes & Noble, two $50.00 gift cards from Best Buy, and one $50.00 gift card from Options Card, which you see in the photograph above.

I already used one of the Barnes and Noble gift cards and am waiting to use the two from Best Buy until I really need something electronic. And the one from Options Card, I just recently used to purchase some black dress shirts for work. I went online and searched each stores' website to see if they had what I was looking for. Eventually, I found an AMAZING sale at Old Navy on black dress shirts for only $12.99 each!

Yet, I was apprehensive about purchasing clothes online without trying them on because of my slight build and having to buy a lot of my clothes in the young men's department because I'm too small for most adult men's clothing. But then I thought, "What the hell, for only $12.99 and not actually having to fork out the money from my own pocket, why not?" So, do you know what I did? I bought THREE of the same shirt in size small.

And about six days ago, they arrived....


Believe it or not I kept forgetting that I had it, so I didn't open the package until DAYS later. But when I finally opened it and saw what the shirt looked like, I was extremely happy that I had made the purchase. Not only did I immediately love the soft cotton material, but it fit perfectly!

And what I especially like about this shirt is that it can be worn dressy or casual.

Here, take a look...


Since I sometimes wear a tie at work, I wanted to show you what the shirt looks like with some of my ties...



Here is the shirt with an open collar under a black sport coat and also with a black turtleneck...


I decided to have a little fun with these next few photographs by creating faux magazine prints, almost like an ad for Old Navy. I played around with some photo editing software to create more of a 'magazine' look. And these modeling poses are what you typically see in many men's fashion magazines.

So, here I am striking a few poses.

Ronaldo....a faux supermodel for Old Navy.




*Note: If anyone is looking for a 58-year old, 5'7" munchkin-size runway or print model, please contact me. I'll pay you $100.00 an hour to hire me.

Have a SUPERmodel weekend everyone!
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  1. Hi Everyone!


    I just wanted to let you know that I have an early call at work today, so I'll be responding to comments and visiting your faaaabulous blog later in the day.


    Thank you for your patience and understanding. Have a GREAT weekend!


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  2. Theresa H HallJuly 25, 2014

    Ronaldo, You are charming, entertaining, have a great sense of fashion & humor plus the shirt looks great.

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  3. Great purchase, Ron, and what a fabulous way to spend the vouchers. If ever you need a career change you'd do great in the advertising world. How DO you manage to take such good pictures of yourself? I've tried it and scrapped every one with a major Grrrrr sound. The shirt is great and I just love those ties.


    Had a heavy WI day yesteryear and thought I was late reading your blog. Seems I was wrong. Anyway, have a marv weekend even if it is busy x

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  4. Haha this is such a fun blog post! I need to do a posing blog! Too fun! As for gift cards I think I am in the minority here but I HATE getting them. Not because they are cold but because I literally ALWAYS lose them and I never get to use them! It is absolutely frustrating!

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  5. What a fun post! You are such a handsome man, I would hire you in a second!

    I can't really say that I like getting gift cards. I always seem to forget I have them. I do give them, but only when I know exactly what stores my recipients like. Even on my old blog when I did a giveaway, I always gave my readers a choice.

    Love the pictures, Ron! The black shirt becomes you!

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  6. Ron, I love the shirt and this post! "If anyone is looking for a 58-year old, 5'7" munchkin-size runway or print model, please contact me. I'll pay you $100.00 an hour to hire me." You are so funny!


    The shirt looks great with your ties. And I love your faux Old Navy pictures. What a handsome man!


    I adore receiving gift cards too. My girlfriends know that if they ever want to get me a birthday or Christmas present to give me gift cards from my favorite stores so that I can purchase whatever I want. And sometimes they'll give me the same card from the same store so that I can use them all together and not have to pay the difference.


    Have a wonderful weekend Ronaldo x

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  7. Rob LenihanJuly 25, 2014

    All right, the great Ronaldo is coming down the runway...or is it the Ronway?!? Great post, Ron. Those shirts look fabulous on you and I'm so glad they fit perfectly.


    Like you, I'm not the tallest guy in the room (thought I am the sexiest!), so I am reluctant to buy shirts online. But this really worked out so well.


    Gifts cards are an excellent gift for adults--they save all the grief of bringing stuff back or throwing stuff you don't like into the back of the closet, never to be seen again.


    Nice job, buddy, now take those glasses out of your mouth and strut your stuff this weekend! See ya!

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  8. "If anyone is looking for a 58-year old, 5'7" munchkin-size runway or print model, please contact me. I'll pay you $100.00 an hour to hire me. ROFLMAO!


    And I feel you because I'm short too and have the hardest time with finding pants. They need to open a store for shorter guys like the one's they have for taller guys. Short guys unite!


    I really like your selection in ties. Particularly the black and white one. Cool!


    Gift cards are the best gift but I'm always afraid I'm going to lose them, so I place them in a safe place but then forget where I put them.


    Great post, Ronaldo!

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  9. Ronaldo the supermodel, I'm reading this post at work and Lol! You are one funny man! I love the faux Old Navy print ads and that last caption.


    Not only do I like getting gifts cards, but I also like giving them and will often come out and ask someone where they like to shop so that I can get them a card where I know they will make good use of it. You're right, they are so practical.


    I like the shape of your beard how groomed you keep. I've always wanted to try growing a beard but I have areas on my face where it doesn't grow in as even so I get patches.


    Great purchase on the shirts!

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  10. If there is a market for such a model as you describe - honey, you are a contenda'. You are a handsome man...

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  11. Mark PetruskaJuly 25, 2014

    I agree with you on receiving gift cards. Many people find them impersonal, but because they let you buy ANYTHING YOU WANT, I am always happy to receive them. Hell, I'd wallpaper my house in gift cards if Tara would let me!


    And if I had a house.


    Details, details...


    Have a great weekend, Ronaldo.

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  12. Wow, you are quite the poseur aren't you?
    It's a nice shirt, like it.
    We get things called "E-stars" at work that can be spent on an online catalogue.
    So far I have accumulated a microwave, two stereos, a garden trimmer, cooking utensils, feather pillows, a DVD player and......a galvanised steel pig-shaped watering can!

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  13. Ron, once again, you crack me up! Super fun post, my dear!

    I happen to LOVE your black shirt -- and might I add, it appears to fit perfectly, despite your not trying it on before buying??

    Love how versatile it is, too! Dress it up or down, use it as a background to add colorful ties and accessories -- what's not to love?!

    You amassed quite a fortune in rewards -- and I can tell you're going to enjoy spending the gift cards. Sometimes I'm more in the mood for the cash, but gift cards are always appreciated. When I bought my new phone, the company gave me a Visa rewards card to spend as I wanted -- and that was fabulous! (I'm pretty sure I'd have already eaten up that Best Buy reward of yours, though, ha!!)

    Happy Weekend, dear!!

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  14. Hahaha........I like that contemplative, eat your glasses look! They really are good photos of you ya know. And Old Navy oughta hire you. Just sayin'. Don't ya just love a good bargain.....and one you were prepared to be a wash, even! Such a great end result for you--I'm glad. I know the struggle in hoping to get something to fit and the 'SCORE!!!' when it actually happens. It's cool it happened at that price.
    Ummmm......I'm going with the black and white tie, though I have to admit the gold one was close to winning.

    Enjoy the weekend, sir. I'm hoping all the rain for the weekend is over and that I'll have a good couple of days to watch butterflies and hummers! (I know.......dream on, huh.....LOL)

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  15. Hey there Rob!

    "the great Ronaldo is coming down the runway...or is it the Ronway?!?"

    Bwhahahahhaaha! That CRACKED me up, man! You are SO clever with words!

    "Like you, I'm not the tallest guy in the room (thought I am the sexiest!), so I am reluctant to buy shirts online. But this really worked out so well."

    Yes, you most definitely have sexiest over me, hands down!

    "Gifts cards are an excellent gift for adults--they save all the grief of bringing stuff back or throwing stuff you don't like into the back of the closet, never to be seen again."

    AMEN! To me, they're such a practical gift.

    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have SUPA weekend!

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  16. Greetings Theresa!

    Welcome, and thank you for stopping by, it's so nice to meet you!

    I was SO happy with these new black shirts because I have such a challenging time finding clothes that fit.

    Have a wonderful weekend and please stop by anytime :)

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  17. Hola Denise!

    Thank you :) I had so much fun putting this post together. And I LOVE this new shirt because as I shared, it can be worn dressy or casual and the material is soft and comfortable.

    " And sometimes they'll give me the same card from the same store so that I can use them all together and not have to pay the difference."

    Yes, don't you LOVE that? That's why I got two of the cards in TWO'S so that I could double up. And I got lucky with the Options Card because I ended up getting THREE shirts without having to pay any difference. In fact, I even had some money left over on the card.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have wonderful weekend too!

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  18. Hey there Melissa!

    Aw...thank you :)

    "I can't really say that I like getting gift cards. I always seem to forget I have them. I do give them, but only when I know exactly what stores my recipients like. Even on my old blog when I did a giveaway, I always gave my readers a choice."

    Yes, I know many people who feel the same way, either they forget that they have them or they lose them. That's right, I DO remember you posting giveaways on your other blog. That was SO neat because you always gave your readers a choice.

    I LOVE wearing black. I even wear it on my days off work. To me, black is a classic color that suits any occasssion.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a FABU weekend!

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  19. Hey there Valerie!

    Thank you, I needed to go shopping to purchase more black shirts for work because black fades so fast, so I have to stock up every so often. These cards came at the BEST time!

    "How DO you manage to take such good pictures of yourself? I've tried it and scrapped every one with a major Grrrrr sound."

    I placed my camera on a table in front of me and then set the timer to go off in 10 seconds. Trust me though, I had to scrap a lot of these photographs myself because they were very blurry. This is first time I actually used the timer on my camera so I really didn't know HOW they would come out.

    "Had a heavy WI day yesteryear and thought I was late reading your blog. Seems I was wrong."

    Do you know what's funny? All week I've been so discombobulated with what day it was because the days seem to be flying by, I can't keep track.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a marvi weekend too!

    X to you and Joe!

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  20. Hey there Shae!

    Ooooo yes, yes.... please do share a posing post because I would LOVE to see it! In fact, I think we ALL should do this and start a monthly blog theme "Posing Faux Models" HA!

    "Not because they are cold but because I literally ALWAYS lose them and I never get to use them! It is absolutely frustrating!"

    Yes, I do know what you mean because I thought about that myself. Sometimes though, the cards have a tracking # so that they can reissue a new card if you lose it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a super weekend!

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  21. Aw...thank you, Grace, you're a sweetie!


    Much thanks for stopping by and have a SUPER weekend!


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  22. " Many people find them impersonal, but because they let you buy ANYTHING YOU WANT, I am always happy to receive them. Hell, I'd wallpaper my house in gift cards if Tara would let me!"

    Ditto, Mark! I feel the exact same way, you can buy ANYTHING you want. And very often, whenever I receive a gift card, it's the PERFECT time I could use them for something I need.

    "And if I had a house.

    Details, details..."



    HA!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Have a grrrrrrreat weekend!


    X to you and Tara!

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  23. Hey there Dale!

    "Wow, you are quite the poseur aren't you?"

    HAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I learned it from it from Madonna....VOGUE...strike a pose!

    "We get things called "E-stars" at work that can be spent on an online catalogue.So far I have accumulated a microwave, two stereos, a garden trimmer, cooking utensils, feather pillows, a DVD player and......a galvanised steel pig-shaped watering can!"



    OH. MY. GOD.....that's absolutely AWESOME!!!!! WOW...that's A LOT of great stuff you got. Way to GO! Which reminds me, I could used one of my gift cards from Best Buy to purchase a new DVD player because the one I've got is starting to go. So, thanks for giving me the idea!


    Have a super weekend and thanks for stopping by!


    X

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  24. Hey there Debbie!

    Thank you :) I had so much fun putting this post together.

    "and might I add, it appears to fit perfectly, despite your not trying it on before buying??"

    Yes, it does fit perfectly so I am SUPER happy that it turned out this way. You have no idea how hard it is for me to find men's clothes that fit my body type.

    Yup...I am sooooo going to enjoy spending these :)

    "Sometimes I'm more in the mood for the cash, but gift cards are always appreciated."

    Absolutely, CASH is great too!

    "When I bought my new phone, the company gave me a Visa rewards card to spend as I wanted -- and that was fabulous!"



    Yahoooooooo! And I hear that more and more companies are starting to do this because it's a GREAT incentive to purchase something!


    I can't WAIT to use the two from Best Buy!


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a most excellent weekend!

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  25. Hiya Mel!

    "Hahaha........I like that contemplative, eat your glasses look!"

    HA! I just couldn't resist.

    "Don't ya just love a good bargain.....and one you were prepared to be a wash, even! Such a great end result for you--I'm glad."



    Yes, I DO love a good bargain, and then on top of that not having to pay for it.


    *doing the happy dance*


    Thanks, I love that tie because it looks like a black and white sketched drawing. And I can't remember WHERE I got that thing!?!


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. And I hope the rain is over too, so that you can enjoy watching those beautiful butterflies and cute hummers! The weather has been gorgeous here - sunny but very cool for this time of the year. And I'm LOVIN' it.


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  26. Hey ho Robert!

    Thanks, buddy :) I had so much fun putting this post together over the past couple of days.

    "but I also like giving them and will often come out and ask someone where they like to shop so that I can get them a card where I know they will make good use of it."

    Yes, I've done the same thing and for the same reason. Gift cards, to me, are the perfect practical gift.

    I've had a beard and not had a beard so many times in my life. I've also had just a moustache. But when I was younger and first grew a beard, I too had patches. It's only been since I've gotten older (and grayer) that my beard has come in even. I have to trim it almost every single day because my hair grows so fast and I don't like a messy-looking beard.



    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy, and have fantabulous weekend!

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  27. Your beard looks impeccable, Ron. Okay, so I guess there is hope for me having a full beard one day too!

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  28. "Okay, so I guess there is hope for me having a full beard one day too!"


    HA! Yup...you will. Believe! :)

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  29. petra michelleJuly 25, 2014

    Ooooo la la! What isn't there to love about everything on this post, including the prospective male model in the black shirts, aka Johnny Ronnie Cash! ;))
    I love to give/get gift cards too. A great way of not having to disappoint someone with a gift they're going to stash away or even regift. Part of my birthday present to my niece recently was a Victoria's Secret gift card which she truly appreciated because their prices can be a bit steep considering she's still a student but with champagne taste.
    But I agree, it can be risky buying online. But if it's a store you're familiar with, you can get their online clothes for so much less because you're not paying for the overhead as their merchandise will come from a warehouse.
    And are you sure you're not already a model, Ron?! :))

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  30. " aka Johnny Ronnie Cash! ;))"

    Bwhahahahahahaha! OMG, Petra...that was BRILLIANT!!! And yes, I do look like Johnny Cash in his infamous black shirt trademark that he always wore.

    "Part of my birthday present to my niece recently was a Victoria's Secret gift card which she truly appreciated because their prices can be a bit steep considering she's still a student but with champagne taste."

    That was so thoughtful of you because yes, Victoria's Secret CAN be a bit steep. But oh, their merchandise is so ooooo la la!

    "But if it's a store you're familiar with, you can get their online clothes for so much less because you're not paying for the overhead as their merchandise will come from a warehouse."

    You are so right about that because they didn't carry the black shirt I saw online (or the sale) in the actually Old Navy store here in Philadelphia. So, I had to purchase it online. And I'm so glad I did.

    "And are you sure you're not already a model, Ron?! :))"

    Nah, just a FAUX model :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend. Have a spectacular weekend!

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  31. I just cannot BELIEVE I typed yesterYEAR instead of DAY... I think I need serious medical help.... grins.

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  32. OMG! You will pay ME! TOOOOO funny!! I just LOVE your take on life!! What an awesome gift! My brother and I just had this conversation last Christmas. He kept telling me that gift cards were too impersonal. Are you freakin' kidding me???? Gift cards give me the gift of SHOPPING!!! Hellllooooo??? That is my MOST Favorite Thing to do in the entire world!!! It is the BEST gift of all!! You are rockin' all the looks my friend!! Have a fab weekend Ron. xo

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  33. HA! OMG Valerie, I didn't even notice that in your previous comment. That's okay because in my last post I noticed THREE days later that I left out the "a" in my "Have super Monday, y'all."

    I swear to god, I need to hire a proofreader!

    Have a wonderful Saturday, dear lady!

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  34. Hey there Jeanne!

    "My brother and I just had this conversation last Christmas. He kept telling me that gift cards were too impersonal. Are you freakin' kidding me???? Gift cards give me the gift of SHOPPING!!! Hellllooooo???"



    HAHAHA! I couldn't agree with you more - Hellllooooo!


    Gift cards ROCK!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a FAB weekend!


    X to you and the girlz!

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  35. Ron, those poses crack me up! Not because I think they're silly, but because I think they look so REAL! You totally have a sexy Sean Connery thing going on in that second picture! But I think the 'relaxed' photo should be called 'come hither!' Totally hott!

    I've been on vacation, but hope to be back blogging next week. XO

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  36. Hey there Bijoux!

    Thank you :) I had so much fun putting this post together and editing the photos to look like magazine ads.

    " a sexy Sean Connery thing going on in that second picture!"

    Ha! It's so funny to read everyone's different views who I look like in some of these poses.

    "But I think the 'relaxed' photo should be called 'come hither!'"

    Bwhahahhaha! You are too much!

    Hope you're having a faaaaaaaaaabulous time on your vacation and thank you for taking the time to stop by. You're a sweetheart!

    See ya next week, my friend!

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  37. BenzekneesJuly 27, 2014

    From one clothes model to another, I have to say your contemplative pose is definitely your best! I would use it for head shots if you are trying to shop yourself around!

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  38. Thank you, Benze :)


    And thank you so much for stopping by and catching up on my posts. You're sweetheart!


    (((((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))))))


    Have a super Sunday, my friend!

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  39. Smart, Ron. Very smart!

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  40. Ron, I would very much like to pay you $100 to come to my house and do those poses on my couch as people come in and out. You would bring a very decorative class to my home, no doubt. "Why, yes, that is my 'Ron Model....' and no you CAN'T have him. Well, maybe you can take him for ten minutes... but he can't pose on your couch... only your rocking chair. NO I MEAN it... you CAN'T HAVE HIM!"

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  41. Bwhahahahahahahaha!

    Katherine, you CRACK ME UP, girl!

    And hey, you wouldn't have to pay me. You could just give me one of your Zombie Barbie Dolls in exchange, okay? HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and have a faaaaaabulous week!

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  42. AkelamaluJuly 29, 2014

    Love the shirts and the poses! What a great bargain the shirts were and the points/gift cards - How Generous are your employers???

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  43. Thank you, Pearl :)

    "What a great bargain the shirts were and the points/gift cards - How Generous are your employers???"



    Yes, I LOVE bargains and it was SO generous of my employer to do this for us.


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  44. Lookin' good, my friend! I love gift cards and good deals...both make me smile!

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  45. Aw...thanks, Suzi

    " I love gift cards and good deals...both make me smile!"

    Aren't they the BEST? :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope your week is going faaaabulously!

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  46. I LOVE your modeling photos! Love them.


    And I so agree about gift cards. I'd much rather pick out things myself. I'd be in heaven with Amazon cards. In fact, when my son got Amazon gift cards for his graduation, he promptly sold them to me. He just wanted the cash, but I can always use them. And I'm saving up points on my credit card to take a cool trip some day.

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  47. Thank you, girl :)

    "And I so agree about gift cards. I'd much rather pick out things myself."

    A-MEN!

    " I'd be in heaven with Amazon cards. In fact, when my son got Amazon gift cards for his graduation, he promptly sold them to me."



    Way to go!


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