Monday, July 13, 2009

Good Monday Morning!

Well guys and gals, its a pretty nice Monday morning here! I am hoping to get a bit of shopping done today...find some good deals! I went to Goodwill yesterday and finally figured out that they change the color of the week on, this week is Black, and already I found a beeswax candle for only $2.00, a throw pillow for $1.50 and a pair of yoga pants for $2.00.
I have no shame in thrift store a hard working mama of a busy and rapidly growing two year old, I think that thrift stores are a blessing!

Even if you go to your local thrift store to buy things and then sell them on craigslist, its helping us mamas out! So find out the colors of the week, deals of the day and deals of the week at your local thrift store and start your treasure hunting! you'd be amazed at what you find.

Last week I found two little tikes play structures at my thrift store for only $20.00 each, I sold one for $75.00 and am keeping the other for my little, not so bad at the end of the day.

Now, I know what you may be thinking...I thought it too. Is it right to buy something from a thrift store and sell it for more on craiglist? I didn't think so at first, but my husband told me, "honey, they get it for free, they've made the amount of money THEY deemed fair, and so what happens to it from there is not their concern" so...I decided it was ok. Hopefully I'm not going to hell for that one...

well, off to start my day!



Sunday, July 5, 2009

Grocery Outlet

I don't know about where you live, but my grocery outlet has vanilla swiss almond Haagen Dahz right now for only $1.49! if i had a bigger freezer, I would buy a ton more!

Macy's Sale

I just got back from Macy's and all the juniors maxi dresses are only $19.99 marked down from like $38 and up. Go get em
gals! I checked TJ Maxx afterwards, and nothing cute there.....found a candle on sale and a cute wallet....oh, and a max and ruby movie.

Matchbox Jets

So, my son has a completely unreasonable amount of matchbox jets in his toy collection. It all started with buying him a jet in Target to keep him from screaming the entire way through the store. I figure its worth $2.97 to me to have a peaceful Target shopping trip. I don't know about you, but if I have a screaming child, I can't think clearly at all and I usually end up leaving Target with half the items I needed, of course without the ONE major thing I needed. And, I have to go back, or buy them somewhere more expensive. Anyhoo....I started buying him these jets. Jets for pee pee in the toilet, jets for being a good boy in Target, jets for not hitting anyone at school....jets just for being cute. And now, we have probably 50 jets. These things are not only built great, but they are entertaining as well. My son plays with these things for hours. I have jets in my purse for restaurants, I have jets in the car for long trips, I have jets in every room. When we first got them, we had to take the jets to bed with us, and co-sleeping with a boy and his matchbox jets is not so comfortable.

I am giving these jets the thumbs up, because they are made well, they are inexpensive, and they are a major source of bribery for any little boy....


Craigslist, ahhh, craigslist. I recently discovered a TON of kids stuff in my backyard that I have been packrat-ing.... I guess its not so much "discovered" but more like, "realized" and I put it on craigslist. I had play structures, basketball hoops, stroller, kitchen, you name it, we have it! or should I say, had it. I put the items on craiglist, and I sold all of them this weekend! It amazes me not only what you can find on craigslist, but what you can sell too! Things that would normally make it into the goodwill pile are now worth a penny or two, to a hard working mama! You know girls, in this economy, we can't earn enough money....every penny counts!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Oh So Tired

Do you ever have those days where you are just struggling to stay awake? I tell ya, for about a week now, I can't stay awake, I am so tired that I have to nap every few hours just to function....which isn't easy being a stay at home mama. I am learning a few tricks here and there to napping while my little guy stacks jets and GI Joes on my back, playing peacefully. I sure would like to know why I am so tired though. Last Saturday I spent the entire evening and night literally throwing up every meal I have ever eaten in my lifetime (or so it felt) I was sick into Sunday, then queezy monday, tuesday, get the picture. Now, I know what you are thinking....pregnant right? But no, I have been taking preggo tests every day this week. Maybe its just burnout? Maybe all my multi tasking, anxiety spending hours are finally catching up to me? Could it be? I wouldn't be too sad to know that all my major stressors this year, are finally coming to an end. I have had drag out terrible arguments and such, I have had to deal with my husband working out of town 5 days a week, I have had to deal with a long long winter, and well......our fantabulous recession we are in. Could my body finally be saying ENOUGH?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Green Smoothie

So, yesterday one of my girlfriends introduced me to the "green smoothie" When she first started describing it, it sounded so good. She said it had papaya, pineapple, mango (or something like that) fresh mint, and then......spinach. I was a bit turned off by the last ingredient, but I knew I was trying to change my ways and eat healthier so I thought I'd give it a chance. I have been having stomach issues for a week or so now, and I needed a little "green smoothie" in my life.

I poured myself a glass, and it went down surprisingly easy! It actually tasted good too! I left her house feeling refreshed and actually able to stomach a real meal last night, which I haven't been able to do for a few days. It doesn't look appetizing, it doesn't sound appetizing.....but it smells great, and will make you feel great too! Here's the recipe;

Green Smoothie

2-3 C. Fruit such as mango, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, etc...
1 - 1/2 C. greens such as chard, spinach, lettuce, kale, beet tops etc...
1/4 C. Herb such as Cilantro, parsley or mint (I use fresh mint)
2 T. Chia seed gel (you can google that....super interesting)
1-2 T. Coconut Oil
add water to top of fruit, blend.

Try it!