A bargain? No, a steal!!

Howdy readers! How is everyone doing today?!

I wanted to share with you a great deal I found yesterday. My never ending quest for bargains and deals is something I thrive on. I have needed to buy a new set of drinking glasses for awhile. My husband and I have been married for 5 years (time flies!). We had 3 sets of 8 glasses when we had our wedding shower. At the time I thought it was completely way too much and stored 2 sets away. Well, five years later, and there are only about 8 glasses left. So many glasses have chipped and broken.

Back to my never ending quest for bargains and deals. I was at Kohl’s yesterday with my little one and decided to take a sojourn down the clearance aisle. Everything was 90% off! And most of it was odds and ends. Then, I came across a set of drinking glasses.

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They were glass and pretty solid too. I looked at the price and it definitely swayed my decision.

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They were $1.19 a piece!!! I looked at the bottom and the original price was $11.99. To me, that’s a steal!!! I bought four, even though my inner voice said I should have bought 8. Just because something is cheap does not mean you have to go over board and break the bank.

Buying these glasses totally made my day. Who doesn’t love a good bargain?!

Comment below with your bargain story. We would all love to hear about it :).

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The sounds of summer

Hello loyal readers! This summer has been so busy! I apologize for not writing as often. I do hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather :).

I saw a question a few days ago that asked about your favorite sounds. I read it a few times and really couldn’t come up with anything except for when my little one says “Mommy”. (I know, it is so cliche of a parent, but it really is the best sound!)

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Then I was enjoying a beautiful summer night with my husband and son. We had spent the whole day outside and were finally winding down from all of our fun filled activities.  As I let my mind wander from the show we were watching, I became aware of the sounds around me. I heard the mixture of neighbors’ conversations. The sound of children giggling and running up the sidewalk. I heard the distant hum of cars and their horns. The soft breeze made the leaves give off a pretty background music of sorts. Besides the sounds, it also had the smell of summer in the air. I can’t quite describe what it is but it’s a mixture of freshly cut grass, water from the sprinklers on the grass, and the remnants of a sun-kissed day. Am I getting too poetic here?

It is days like those that make going through the torture of winter and the impending doom after the autumn almost worth it. I absolutely love where I live. The only thing I would change is moving to a city where there is not that bad of a winter. You can’t have it all, can you now?

I hope you enjoy a day like the one I described above. I love paying attention to the type of day it is. People sometimes think I am ignoring them if we are in an outside setting. I am not ignoring them in the least. I am simply taking in everything. From the swaying of the trees to the chirping of the birds. Pay attention to your days. It helps to slow them down.

What are you favorite sounds ( or any other sense) of the summer? Comment below!

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Happy Independence Day!

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Happy Independence Day! Historically, the Declaration of Independence was actually approved on July 2, 1776 by the Continental Congress. However, by the time they agreed on the wording and such, the papers were officially dated July 4, 1776. How is that for you history buffs!?

American history is amazing! There is so much that happened in such a short amount of time (we are only 238 years old). We are technically a young nation. However, we have set an example for many ideals. Many would argue that point, but I firmly believe it. Does our country have flaws? Of course. But what country doesn’t? We just need to learn from our mistakes and move on from there. A widely used quote throughout the centuries in American history is “Let freedom ring”. We are so lucky to have these freedoms. Rejoice in that fact. Do not be embarrassed by it.

Here are some great tidbits throughout American history. Everyone should know these. It is our duty as Americans to keep the memories of those who fought for our freedoms alive. If you are also interested in more modern history, I suggest watching The Sixties miniseries on CNN. It is well put together and very informative.

I hope everyone enjoys this wonderful day! Relax! Eat lots of hot dogs and apple pie! Be safe! But most of all, show your American pride! Happy July4th!

Fun July 4th Activities

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Holy Hotness! I will not complain about the weather because I prefer hot over the outrageously cold winter we had this year. It is mighty steamy out, though. Today I want to share with you some fun activities you can do around the house when the day is at its hottest.

This activity I found on the Mailbox Facebook page. It seems super easy, especially for little ones. I was thinking of using a large index card for the flag shape. I then want to write in blue and red marker the color names so my son can see the color and know which cotton ball goes where on the paper. (I know it sounds great written down. I’m sure I will be coaching a lot. It is all about the modeling, though :). )

Another cute Independence Day art project are these patriotic stars for the lawn. The directions say you can use toothpicks to make a design on the star and then spray paint over it. I might just cut out a star shape and use washable paint. For the older kids the toothpicks might be a more exciting option.

These frozen watermelon pops seem super easy and extremely refreshing on a hot summer day.

Hopefully these ideas will make the days leading up to July 4th an exciting one! And don’t forget to let your little ones know why we celebrate this special day. It isn’t all about the fireworks :).

Let us know of any patriotic activities you do with your kids :). Comment below!

Who doesn’t enjoy all things free?!

Happy July 1st! Summer is definitely in full swing now!

I know during the summer many families enjoy taking vacations. I know we do! What better way to book a vacation then to find some free places to go while you are at your destination!! Yes, I said FREE! I was reading the July issue of Parents Magazine and came across a great article. It outlined free destinations in all 50 states.

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I love sharing all things free. Maybe one of these attractions is close to your home. That is always perfect since you won’t need lodging. Perhaps one is close to where you will be staying on vacation. It is a win-win all around. Here is to a fabulous summer and to even more fabulous FREE attractions!

If you know of a free attraction near you, comment below. I am sure everyone would love some free ideas! :).

I wish I had more time for a good book

Hello my readers! It has been awhile since my last post. The weather has been amazing, so the majority of my time is spent outdoors with my little one.

I did have a question for all of you moms out there. How do you fit in reading into your very busy lifestyles? I am craving to read a really good book. However, between taking care of my son, doing the housework, going on playdates, errands, etc., I feel that there is zero time. By the time my son goes to bed I am literally exhausted.

So, give me some tips: How do you fit reading into your daily schedule?

Comment below!! Thanks :)

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Happy Monday

Happy Monday! This picture of Elmo made me happy. I thought I would share it with you :).

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I feel the need to vent today. I don’t generally like to do that. Everyone has their own problems. I don’t need to add to them. However, this has been on my mind a lot lately.

I don’t know if becoming a mom has made me more observant. However, some people’s driving skills are severely lacking lately. I cannot stand when you are driving down a side street, not a major highway, and the person is right on your behind. And I am driving the speed limit. There is no need to drive 60 mph down a side street. God forbid a child, adult, or even a dog or cat steps out at the wrong time. The person behind the wheel will most likely blame the injured party.

Do you know why they will blame the injured party? Because it’s these people who feel the world owes them something. It’s those people who walk around with a chip on their shoulder like they are better than everyone else. Well, person who does not follow the laws of the road, listen up: you are not better than everyone else! There is no need to go so fast, or to go straight through a stop sign, or to tailgate someone. Unless the person next to you needs to get to the hospital right away (and in that case you should have dialed 911), you do not have to get where you are going that quickly. Who cares if you are a few minutes late? And if you 100% need to be on time, here is a suggestion: leave an hour before you need to.

I also plead with many of you (well, not my readers. I know you are all amazing people :) ): Do NOT touch your cell phone while driving!!! I will be honest with you. When I first started driving I use to text and talk on my phone all the time. Then when I started working I realized that I could hurt many people. No phone call or text is that important. If you need to use your phone, than pull over.

I have seen so many people disobey driving laws lately and it just gets me so irritated. Please remember that school is out. We need to be extra careful now since there will be so many kids on the streets. Safety is key people!

Comment below if you have had any similar experiences. I like to know it is not just me who is seeing this.

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Kitchen Tip Friday: Farmer’s Markets

Happy Friday! You know what that means :).

My son and I just had the best mommy and me time ever! We went to our local farm. Yes, there is a farm 15 minutes from my house. It is the only one near me and I am so happy that we live really close. We walked around and looked at the chickens, pigs, cows, etc. (We have seen these same animals so many times but he gets excited every time!) I packed us lunch and we ate under a tree on a picnic table. He loved watching the animals in the distance as we ate. It is truly a picture perfect day where I live today. Not a cloud in the sky, which is the bluest of blues. The wind is a perfect speed and the temperature is about 78 degrees. It is a perfect day!

We then took a stroll over to the farm’s farm stand. They grow all of their fruits and vegetables on site. The selection was amazing. Different types of lettuce, radishes, turnips, raspberries, and bunches of herbs. The display was amazing. I wound up buying some radishes, romaine lettuce, and raspberries.

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If you have a local farm or farmer’s market near you, I urge you to go. The produce is so much better and you support your local farmers. Plus, you just might get a picture perfect day to spend with your kiddies :).

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A great website resource for moms (and teachers too!)

Today’s post will be a short one.

I wanted to share with you a site I use for many projects I do with my son or once did with my students. It is called DLTK Kids. You can find almost anything. I find projects to do with my little one, cards I can print out in a jiffy, and I even found gift tags to put on presents. It is so simple and the patterns are cute. Plus, it is all completely FREE!

Here is an example of gift tags you can use for Fourth of July (it only saved the picture. But you get the picture.):

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You can also get certificates to reward your little ones with any good deed or accomplishment :). I hope you liked my sharing post for today! :)

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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. To those that celebrated Father’s Day, I hope it was an amazing day!

I want to be honest with you. I think I always have been. I feel like holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day are important because these people are extremely important to the family dynamic. However, I feel that these days have also become commercialized and somehow obtrusive to those who may not be participating for whatever reason.

I think everyone can see how big chain stores use these days as a way to up their revenue for their sales in that quarter. Sales on everything you can think of are advertised for weeks on end, until even the biggest skeptic is brainwashed into thinking that the item will never be any cheaper and they must buy it now. To me, something handmade by a little one is so much more precious and heartfelt than any material object.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can also be a day that hurts many people. It may bring up memories (good or bad) that send someone on an emotional rollercoaster. I only celebrate Father’s Day because of my grandfather and my wonderful husband. ( I will not get into my own paternal strife. I will save you the sob story.) I would never not celebrate Father’s Day. My husband has earned it and I want my son to shower his Daddy with happiness. However, from someone who has been there, Father’s Day is just another day.

This post is for those who may take a few moments on these days and wonder. Don’t worry. Mrs. Z understands.