Friday, October 10, 2014

Alex Craft Kit $6.48 shipped

I would hurry on this one!  Get the Alex Toys Do-It-Yourself Wear! Cap it Off Jewelry Party for $1.49 plus $4.99 shipping.  Shipping runs $4.99  per item, but the closest price runs over $10 shipped!  This is a cute gift for ages 4 and up.  Follow this link over to the deal, but be careful because Amazon frequently changes prices!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bogs For Kids - One Boot for All Seasons

Our first pair of Bogs came through luck when I was able to score them for under $40 at Marshalls.  Once we had the first pair there was no going back.  The boots run typically about $78 and at that price are worth every penny.  They serve as both rain boots and snow boots if you get the -30 degrees rated ones.  They make a rain boot version, but I prefer one boot for two purposes.

My kids use them every day as we live on a wooded property.  The kids use them to creek stomp in the spring, puddle jump in the summer, hike in the fall, and sled in the winter.  We were able to get our last set on clearance at REI, but had been coming up empty so far this year.  I was able to get Cole a used pair on Ebay, but even then they typically resell for nearly $50.  I just found a great deal over at Garnet Hill Kids for Cecily.  Shipped to me they cost $60.50.  I buy up a size since they can run small.  I keep our leftover pairs for friends that come to play and don't have boots.  I promise these boots won't disappoint especially if you are an outdoors family!

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Read Aloud Season

One of my favorite things to do is read to children.  Children's books to me are like shoes to other women.  I can never have too many books.  I get to read to Cole's class on Wednesday.  On Mondays Cecily and I go to the library and I was on the hunt to find a new book.  I think this may be a good option for second graders.

For me a good read aloud varies by age.  Ones that include a bit of repetition are preferred as you can keep the students engaged.   Don't only stick with fiction, there are great non fiction books that the students would love.  On a lighter not, any book that is silly or allows you to do voices is a great bonus. 

Here are some of my favorites from years past:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You Have to Let Them Go, At Least a Little

As I sit on my porch, I joke with my friend that if the kids disappear then we are only telling Social Services that they have been gone two minutes not ten minutes. We live in the world of breathing down our children's necks.  Living in fear of the worst happening at any time. The worst does happen and will continue to happen.  Has our helicopter parenting stopped bad things from happening? Has my nighttime worrying in some way improved my children's lives?

We live on acreage that is surrounded by more acreage.  There is a stream running  through the property for a few months of the year and a trail that leads in a circle from our house through the land and back again.  Our property is bordered by a busy road that is blocked on one side by a thick section of trees, another side is dotted by posted sides set up by a distant neighbor, the third laced by the traditional Pennsylvania rock wall and finally a swamp blocks off the fourth side. 

My son is 7 and could adventure in the woods for hours.  In a society that would probably dissuade any parent from letting their children venture out in the bear ridden woods alone, what was I to do? The children simply did not want me sitting on a stump a few feet away from them while they played.  WiFi or no WiFi, I didn't want to sit on the stump either. Not just because at times it could be boring, but more because I wanted them to have freedom to work together and create without mom there to sort everything out. 

Since there was that little sense of concern with the what ifs,  I needed a point of reference before sending them out: a play area where the kids and their friends could go alone and then be found easily. So was born Cliffhanger, a rock that I found centrally located in the middle of the two crossing paths.  In my usual style I pointed it out, came up with a catchy tune about Cliff Hanger and viola the kids were intrigued.  Since I couldn't just let them go off unattended, yet they certainly didn't want me camped out watching them we dug out these radios. You may remember them from the days before everyone always carried a cell phone.

 Perfect for communication every few minutes to check that the kids were fine. Also in case of a need they could contact me more easily than yelling from the woods. The kids never go back alone, always in a group. This means Cole has to have a friend over to head back, as Cecily is still a little young to be released from more than an ear shot away with just her brother.  I also always send the dog, because he knows the trails better than all of us and leads them home directly every time. 
The best thing has happened.  They have built a fort from materials they have collected.

  No fort is complete without a No Trespassing Sign.
I love that the kids have worked together to make something of which they can be proud.  I also like to hear the stories about which friend came up with which idea to improve the fort.  Some of the best playing happens when children are left to their own ideas and have to learn to work together on a common goal.

Monday, September 8, 2014

From the Land of the Ferns...

It's been a year since our move and we have settled well into our money pit house.  The house is a work in progress and sometimes point of great stress, but the woods make it worth it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Cheaper Shave

It wasn't long ago that I was able to coupon and get free or cheap razors weekly.  Those days are gone and our reserve has run dry, so I needed another option.  I looked into a service that would deliver us  razors on a schedule to our home, but found an even more reasonable and convenient method for us.  I found Dorco where if you spend $25 you get free shipping. 

We placed an order over a month ago and have been very happy with our new razors. I shave every day summer or winter so my razors get a good workout! Rich raved about the men's one and he is very picky.  Check it out and please share with others if you are impressed!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Purex and Cartwheel

If you don't use the Cartwheel app from Target, then you must start! It is a great way to save and every little bit counts.  Get ready for back to school this year as Target and Cartwheel pair up by offering 10% off using the Cartwheel program.  You can stack this promotion with coupons for further savings. So head over here to start saving with this deal! Even without a smart phone you can print from home.