Gumball glory

September 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

$4 thrifted. With skittles, all things are possible. And it gives a good economics lesson too.

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Ruler games

September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted: such pretty old and sturdy rulers. $.79. Our school always needs these.

 

Best find ever!

September 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

Butter soft deerskin lace-up boots for baby. $8 thrifted. Totally worth it.

Urban harvest

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our subdivision has a number of apple trees in the ornamental landscaping. And this year seems to be a bumper crop. We walked a little way from our house and picked a nice bucketful to make into applesauce. Apple picking is always a wonderful experience. Complete with the requisite squished apples and buzzing bees. And ours have worms and everything. I think they are nearly organic as they are not cared for as an orchard.

Pinterest project- boot tray and game storage

August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Filling a boot tray with rocks seems rather silly, but it makes muddy boots infinitely more stylish. Or anything wet coming into the house. River rocks are least expensive at the Dollar Store.  We have also found the rocks useful for other things like one memorable rock skipping contest.  We also used them (scrubbed) as filler to bring a wine demijohn up to the proper lever. Handy things to have around.

Those purple and black shoes are Merrell Pace Gloves. Best shoes ever! They are minimalist runners and I use them daily and cannot say enough about how comfortable and durable and washable! they are.

One other little pinterest handy helper we have used is to get travel soap containers to corral card games. These work perfectly and are hardy for travel and kids.

Flea market finds

August 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

 

For my second trip to Mile High this summer, I got a blissful few hours of solitude and a selection of fun finds. A few more wooden hangers for the closet. $2. Some day I will have enough to get rid of the plastic ones.

A dollar fan.  How to bring joy to a 6 year old in two seconds flat.

$1 for this set of stamps. Still in the $16 packaging. Endlessly useful for school and creative activities.

Keens, always the keens. Little ones for the little one. $4.

We have been on the lookout for trains. The 4 year old turns five soon and this will be his gift. This box is huge! And very full of train building fun for years to come. $20.

And 3 vintage Fisher Price play stages. I had these. I loved these! $13. The car elevator still goes up and the school bell still rings. Now I’m in the market for the little cars and people.

Balance bike- product recommend

August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

My oldest children are 6 and 5. They are working on using a 2 wheeler, but mostly just fall over. We got this balance bike through kids Woot. (Our brand is Treehaus, but any balance bike is probably good.)  And every minute for the last week the kids are riding it. The oldest has gotten the hang of the balance and can now ride the two wheeler! The thing they like best about it is they are allowed to ride it inside. It has rubber handles and no pedals to gouge things. It is adjustable and so fun to zoom around.

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