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It’s Summer!!!

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It’s summertime!!! Well maybe not officially, but it’s already summer around here!  The kids have been out of school for three weeks already. And somehow I’ve managed to get the “OMG, I’m so bored” look only once or twice, though I’m sure they do it all the time as soon as I turn my back.

Is she bored?!

So here’s a little of what we’ve been up to and planning to do to keep the boredom at bay:

  • Practice driving (for Monkey) yes, driving … as in a vehicle. A real one!
  • Go roller skating
  • Mastering potty training (for the Little One finally)
  • Go to the movies
  • Try new recipes
  • Teach the Little One to ride her bike
  • Bowling
  • Catch up on reading
  • Swimming

Kids in the summer time definitely aren’t cheap. Here’s a few tips to help entertain on a budget.

  1. Go skating on family night. Pay a flat rate to include skates for the whole family. Plus the family atmosphere is way better than going on days when you’d get ran over by the Speed Devil skating backwards to BBD. Well…. except if that’s you….
  2. Go to the dollar movies. Actually, it’s $1.99 in our area!  But they show a good variety of movies that are fairly recent.
  3. If you’d rather curl up at home with a movie, hit up a RedBox.
    redbox

    (Photo credit: kalebdf)

    They’re easy, convenient and everywhere. Plus it’s way cheaper than using On-Demand on your cable. AND I just read a post that claims that you can get it for free. Yeah, free.  I found the info here. However, I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll update you guys when I do.

  4. Go to a matinee for new releases.  You can save about $2.50, PER PERSON! Who cares if the sun is still out!
  5. Purchase a family pass for a neighborhood pool or water park.
  6. Most libraries have tons of summer activities. Involve your kids before they’re too cool to want to participate. They also have summer reading programs that rewards free treats and great offers. Reading = Free ice cream          Everyone wins. :)
  7. Like bowling? AMF bowling is offering FREE bowling for kids 15 and under ALL summer.
    Bowlingballs on ball return

    (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Here’s the link. You sign up and they will email you a weekly voucher that’s good for 2 games per day for each kid! For the rest of the family, they offer a great one time flat rate for the entire summer.

To further keeps costs down, always feed the kiddos before you leave the house. If not, stomachs will growl in unison upon passing the nearest fast food joint!

Hope this helps to keep a little cash in your pockets. Any ideas or tips that work for you? Pass them along!

Happy 3rd birthday!!!!

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That’s right! The Little One turned 3 today. And we’re all so excited. It’s amazing (and pretty entertaining, most of the time) to watch her change from a baby to a little girl.

I don’t know what I’ll do tomorrow! For the past few months every time she sees something she wants in the store I always tell her to put it on her birthday list. So on any given trip to the store she can be overheard saying “I want that for my birthday” many, MANY times.

Maybe I’ll convince her to start on her Christmas wish list. :)

Anywhoooo. Take a short stroll with me down memory lane to see how she’s changed.

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Awwwwwwwwwwww. Yes, she was born cool and with an attitude!

Here’s wishing the most special 3 year old a Happy Happy Birthday!

Baby J is ………8 months!

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It’s hard to believe that time has really been moving this fast. Baby J just turned 8 months. And she still impresses us every day.

Here’s what she’s up to now, she can:

  • eat table food
  • shake her head “no”
  • enjoy swinging
  • drink from a sippy cup
  • escape her big sister

Easy banana pudding

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I love bananas. Banana bread, banana milkshakes, banana chips, banana yogurt. Ok, I’ll stop now, because I just pictured myself as Bubba from Forest Gump!

The weird thing is that Baby J hates them. You give her banana flavored anything and it’s as if you slipped a her spoonful of castor oil! (Now that’s old school) And is something that as a kid I vowed that I would never give my kids!

This is her “No! Don’t make me eat bananas” face. :)

Anyways, my Mom and Dad were coming over so we cooked dinner and wanted an easy desert. So we went for this simple treat. It’s so easy that the Little One was my helper. And she did a great job.

Banana Pudding

  • 6-7 banana
  • 2 packages of instant vanilla pudding
  • milk
  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  1. Slice bananas up, making sure the thickness of the slices is fairly uniform.
  2. In a deep dish lay one layer of wafers and top with a layer of bananas.
  3. Repeat 3 to 4 times depending on how deep your dish is.
  4. Prepare pudding according to instructions on package.
  5. Pour immediately over bananas and wafers, and shake container to help pudding settle into the entire dish.
  6. Refrigerate (for as long as you can handle) :)

Hope you enjoy.

Photo dump

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Hey guys,

We haven’t had much going on around here. Just half finished (or barely started) projects, old recipes and a head full of ideas. So I’m sharing a photo dump. I take so many of the girls (especially the little ones) that I can never figure out what to do with them.  They always make me smile, hope they do the same for you.

(I should really add audio to this post because Baby J sounds like a baby gremlin! Although she’s way cuter than Gizmo. :) )

Dude, where’s my……..

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Original cover of Flowers in the Attic.

Original cover of Flowers in the Attic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Growing up, I always wished we lived in a house that had a cool attic. (What? Don’t all kids do that?) You know, I wanted an attic like the one from “Flower’s in the Attic”, well minus the selfish Mom and loco Grandmom. But you get the point. The type of attic that had enough space to run around in and play hide and seek. Well that never happened, but I kept daydreaming about it. For real.

Anyways, when we were house hunting I always checked out the attic to see if I’d ever find my dream attic (ok, dream attic is a bit much, but you know what I mean). All this rambling to say that as a kid, a huge attic = a fun place to hang out and play, but today as an adult a huge attic = major storage space. Yay!

Our attic is pretty large but unfortunately it’s not all useable space. But there’s enough space for lots and LOTS of storage. So if you were to take a look in our attic now it would consist of  50% Christmas items, 10%home decor, 40% baby items. Which means if and when things are purged, it’s the baby items that get the boot.

In our area there’s usually a few children’s consignment sales a couple times a year that I’ve checked out in the past. So this year I decided to participate to help get rid of unnecessary clutter. And it was fairly easy to do. I registered online and entered and priced my items for sale into their computer system. Afterwards I printed bar codes and attached them to my items. The hardest part of the process would have to have been the actual sorting. And here’s a few pictures of why.

the Little One trying on old PJs

Little One trying to convince me that they still fit. :)

However we still got it done. And afterwards I picked up anything that didn’t sale because we were having a neighborhood wide yard sale. So it gave me a second chance to sell anything that hadn’t previously sold. Here’s how we did.

Consignment Sale                                       Yard Sale

$130 approx                                                   $120 approx

- $ 30% consign                                            -$3 portion of ad cost

-$ 10 registration fee               -$17 kids (eating away our profits!) :)

$80 profit                                                                  $100 profit

Pretty good right?! Almost $200 for stuff we’d never use again that’s just sitting in the attic! And since this was our 2nd yard sale I feel like a pro, so if you decide to have one here’s a few tips.

Yard Sale TIPS

  • only sale what you would buy
  • if items are not in saleable condition use them elsewhere, like for cleaning rags or recycle
  • price things accordingly. your goal is to get rid of things, not get rich
  • be realistic and flexible
  • whatever doesn’t sell, no big deal, just donate it

At the end of the day not everything sold, but we got rid of a ton of stuff, got a pocket full of cash and had a good time doing it. ……..Until we fast forward to yesterday when the Little One asks me (for the 2nd time since the yard sale) Where’s my giraffe shirt?

The Little One wearing her giraffe shirt. It's like she knew something was going to happen to it :)

Photo Challenge 16: Your Shoes

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Turtle D's- pink Nikes

Monkey's- ummmmmm, this is a joke right?! :)

Mine- Baby J showing off our matching shoes

{Challenges 1-15}

Photo Challenge 15: Something Pink

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Turtle D's- Empty pink piggy :)

Monkey's- pink and blue "D"

Mine- the Little One's pink tee

{Challenges 1-14}

Seven months old!!!

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Yes, Baby J is seven months old!

Here’s what she’s up to now, she can:

  • pull up and stand
  • drink water from cup with help
  • demand eat food when everyone else is eating
  • wave goodbye
  • feed herself finger food
  • follow you around
  • fend off her big sister the Little One

Photo Challenge 14: Eyes

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Turtle D's- Cookie Monster's crazy eyes

Monkey's- Eyes

Mine- Can't say "no" to those.

{Challenges 1-13}

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