July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites - Art Supplies for Kids

Happy Friday, friends!
Today I am sharing Five Friday Favorites that your little artist will love.
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Art Supplies for Kids
Art Supplies

[One] These Melissa & Doug Paint Cups have definitely made our life easier!

[Two] I love all of the super cool options out there for watercolor sets, but this Melissa & Doug Jumbo Watercolor Paint Set is most definitely my favorite!
[Three] When it comes to painting (Can you tell we love to paint around here?), I love any kind of unique tool/brush that adds a little extra texture! Check out these Funky Brushes by Alex.

[Four] When it comes to being creative, I like to provide kids with options! This Giant Art Jar by Alex offers just that: pipe cleaners, felt, googly eyes, craft paper, sequins, pom poms, stickers, foam, and more!

 [Five] Paper, Scissors, Glue, and TAPE - My kids love it all, and Creativity for Kids has this adorable set of Wonderful Washi Tape that comes with a super cute carrying case!

Want to see my favorite free-art activity idea for kids? 
Check out our Paper Bucket Art Box!

July 2, 2015

My Love Hate Relationship with Target

My Love Hate Relationship with Target

Things I Hate:
Customer Service: It is rare that I have a good experience with Target's Customer Service...whether in store...or on-line...or over the phone. I will leave it at that. 

Website: I have never been able to log on to Target's website (and I've spent a lot of time on there over the years), and had their site function correctly without any issues. Before I log on, I prepare myself that I am going to be incredibly frustrated before the process comes to an end. 

Location of Bathrooms in Store: I would prefer if there were bathrooms in the front and the back and on each side of the store...you know, for people with potty-training toddlers in tow...but this something that I wish was true about every store.

Things I Love:
Inventory: Target's inventory...well, to put it simply, it's dangerous.

Shopping Carts: I love how smooth their carts glide through the store...and I love the size of their shopping carts...and I love that I finally found a shopping cart cover to cover the ginormous child seat on the front of the cart.

Cartwheel: As much as I am loving the Walmart's Saving Catcher program, Target still wins in my book because here's what happens....I use my Cartwheel app to save an additional percentage on some of the items that I purchase (You load deals on to the app - You can even scan your items in store to see if there is a deal on them that day.). I pay with my Target card to save an additional 5% on everything. 

Coupon Policy: On top of those two things, I also use lots of coupons. Target allows you to stack Target coupons with manufacture coupons. I do all of this at checkout and save loads this way! 

Target Card: With the Target card, shipping is always free (no minimum purchase), so it's also nice to have things quickly shipped to the house. Like the time I ran out of baby q-tips...I purchased them for just over a $1.00, and Target had them at our doorstep the next afternoon. 
*If you are not able to pay off your credit cards every.single.month with no exceptions, do not touch the Target card with a ten-foot pole.*

Grocery Prices: While Target does not get any praise from me for their customer service or their website functionality, I will say that I save lots of money there! Oh yeah, and their groceries? In my experience...in our local stores...at least on the items we buy...Walmart's prices really aren't any cheaper. *This may differ from region to region - I'm not sure.*

Starbucks: Our Target has a Starbucks inside - no explanation necessary.
Psst...did you know you could use your Target Card at the Target Starbucks and save an extra 5% on your coffee? Hallelujah. (Target gift cards work at "Tarbucks", too!)
P.S. Tarbucks = Target + Starbucks.

Speaking of Target...and gift cards, I just love this little Teacher Gift Idea from Landee See Landee Do. The beginning of the year...the middle of the year...the end of the year...

Interested in more tips for saving money

July 1, 2015


Welcome July!
Summer is in full swing, and each month is one step closer to our meeting our baby girl!
We are so excited!

Currently, I'm...

Craving - This pregnancy has brought with it a love for salad. Before you start thinking that sounds like a good thing, I will admit to you right now that I do not believe a salad is a salad unless there is a.l.o.t. of cheese on it...and a happy dose of yummy dressing - low-fat dressings need not apply. Pssst...I also may or may not have recently indulged in this piece of heaven on earth...

Grilling - We have been giving our grill a workout! Talapia, Salmon, Steak, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Veggies, Pizzas, we've been grilling it all!

Listening - We have been listening to Christmas music. For our family, this isn't really an unusual occurrence...We enjoy it year-round - and a little extra lately as we look forward to Christmas in July. There are some parts of the holidays that I prefer to leave in December, but Christmas music...well, it's welcome around here anytime.

Planning - We are currently planning our final weeks before our baby girl arrives. There are a few people I would like to see before we bunker down at home with a newborn, and there are a handful of projects I would like to complete before her arrival.

Decorating - Speaking of projects, we are getting her nursery ready as we speak. When you start putting together a little one's space, it makes their arrival feel so close you could just jump up and down...but when largely pregnant, I suggest keeping both feet planted firmly on the ground.
When I found this wall hanging at Hobby Lobby, I may have screamed...or burst in to tears...or loudly yelled, "There! That one! That's it!" Whatever I did was enough to make the friend who was with me consider an intervention on my behalf.

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June 30, 2015

Tuesday Talk

It's Tuesday, friends, and we're so glad you're back for another week of Tuesday Talk!

Today, I've included some recent posts from All Kinds of Things:

Throughout this third pregnancy, I have done a little comparing of pregnancies. It has been fun to look back and see the similarities...and the differences. Let's start with hubby's reactions to two lines on the stick...

As I think out loud about this, I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter...

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June 29, 2015

What I Learned from Morning Sickness

If you've been following along with me over the past several months, you know that this third pregnancy has brought with it some new experiences...some first-trimester yuckies that were very different from anything I experienced with my first two babies. 

Just after sharing Our Pregnancy Announcement, I began to chronicle my first trimester:
A Diary of How I've Been Feeling - Part 3
A Diary of How I've Been Feeling - Part 4 

Journaling my thoughts and feelings...and trying to find the humor in the yuckies was therapeutic for me, and I'm so glad I kept a diary of sorts.

Over the course of those beginning months, I learned a few things.
Well, I guess I should say that I was reminded of a handful of things that I think God has been trying to teach me for quite some time.
(Needless to say, I am not a quick learner.)

What I Learned from Morning Sickness
Morning Sickness

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. When I am sick, I want my hubby and I want my mommy! Period. While other people's thoughtfulness is appreciated, when a gal is sick, there are very few people she feels comfortable calling on to hold her hair back as she leans over the potty. I didn't like crying and saying things like I can't do this! or I need you to come help me! but when you feel your crummiest, sometimes it's simply best to admit that you need support...especially when you have two other little ones running around the house wondering if their mommy is ever going to get off the couch again.

I am not indispensable. During this time, my hubby pitched in even more so than he already does around here. He truly kept things afloat. Meals weren't always made the way I would've made them. Laundry was not always folded and put away in the way I usually do it. Outfits for little ones were not always put together in the way I would've chosen. But you know what? Everything was taken care of...and while it was taken care of differently, it was taken care of well. 

The house will not crumble if I don't do my chores.  Routines, organization, etc. all keep things running smoothly around here. However, when a gal is laid up on the couch for weeks and weeks, a good bit of that goes out the window, and amazingly enough, when I started to feel better, the house was still standing.

Cartoons will not kill my children. You know how I mentioned that I was on the couch...for weeks? Well, so were my kids. They hung out on the couch, too - watching cartoons. Lots and lots and lots of cartoons. Because I typically try to limit screen-time, I felt terribly guilty about this new routine of ours. I really tried to pull myself together. But I just couldn't. My little ones suddenly knew every cartoon character that is currently popular, and I felt like the worst mom ever. Couple this with the fact that they were eating large amounts of goldfish crackers that the grandparents had brought...and I felt like a total failure...but they lived, and so did I.

Throughout this third pregnancy, I have done a little comparing of my pregnancies. It has been fun to look back and see the similarities...and the differences. Let's start with hubby's reactions to two lines on the stick...

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