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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kids Eat free Outback

Having two children who have now passed the phase of eating off our plates means two kids' meals when we go out to dinner. We have begun to look for Kids Eat Free deals of which we have already enjoyed a meal at TGI Fridays. Outback has just released a coupon for Kids Eat Free. The beauty of this is that you can choose the night that works for your family. Here is the link, remember to check that your location participates and that you don't try to combine it with other offers! You must print the coupon from the site. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Body Wash Review and Giveaway

Dial has a new scent added to the Coconut Water Body Wash family with the new Mango body wash.  Though I would prefer to really be in the tropics, looks like this summer the fresh tropical coconut and mango smells from Dial Coconut Water will have to mentally take me there.  The Purex Insiders provided me with a full sized bottle of Dial Coconut Water  refreshing Mango in exchange for my honest opinion.

I never do so well with any type of strong smelling body wash as I end up with a headache if the smell is too reminiscent of perfume.  The mango scent was light and refreshing.  The body wash provided a good lather and the scent lasted several hours n my skin. Dial is designed this wash to be hydrating to refresh dry summer skin.  You can find it now in your local retailers and two lucky winners will win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Coconut Water. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Check Out These Great Daily Deals

I love checking out Daily Deals and have scored great deals on entertainment, dining, and vacations.  Here are some deals worth buying.  They are in varied areas so check first that it is near you. As always check the fine print. Also if you share after purchase with many deal if friends buy too, you can get a discount or refund. 

Franklin Institute Tickets $9.25

Adventure Aquarium Tickets Discounted

Splashzone Water park Tickets Wildwood 

Back to School Haircut at Sports Page $8.99

Kayak for Two on Susquehanna Limited time deal of $40

Ticket to Philly Brick Festival $22

Cape May Whale and Research Center Boat Tour $15

Family Pirate Ship Ride $23 for two

Josh Groban at Montage tickets start at $10

Sam's Club Membership $45 including $20 gift card and food vouchers that basically pays for itself.
I was able to use a 20% off and get this for $36!

Great bowling package for Wilkes Barre.  Perfect night out includes dinner and fun! This is a very clean place and has great pizza.
$25 for 4 people to bowl 2 games including shoes, soda and pizza at Chacko's.