Last Thursday, Madison and I participated in our first Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. My daughter joined over 300 kids who also participated at my place of employment and enjoyed many fun, educational activities sponsored by them. My employer organized a bunch of group activities with the children and also allowed for ‘shadow’ time with mommy or daddy. Here’s a recap of Madison’s first experience.
I love gifts…who doesn’t? However, over the last few years, I’ve been less of a “gift” person and love to focus more on creating and enjoying the experiences. To see the smiles on the faces that I love, gives me complete joy and that is my gift. Needless to say, I honestly do not want an actual physical gift for Mother’s Day. It will mean more to me to actually do something unique and exciting rather than the typical going out to eat, opening up a gift, blah, blah, blah…boring (to me at least)!
Earth Day is April 22, 2016!
Last Monday, my oldest daughter came home with a notice that her school will be focusing and celebrating Earth Day and, of course, asked many questions. Like any typical 5 year old, she wanted to know what is Earth Day and why will she be celebrating it at school for the week. I explained that Earth Day was a day to take time and acknowledge the importance of taking care of the Earth we live on. She really understood Earth Day better when I told her we were wishing the Earth Happy Birthday! and just like we take time out on her birthday to do cool things, we will also do that to the Earth. Of course, I reminded her that we should take care of the Earth every day, but Friday will be a day to celebrate keeping our Earth green and clean.
One thing I’ve learned being a mommy to 3 girls is that you must learn to stretch the dollar! With expenses ranging from $1500+ in childcare costs per month to that monthly mortgage payment that keeps a roof over your family’s heads, the last thing that’s on my mind is paying full price for clothes that will no longer fit in 60-90 days. The struggle of growing kids! In addition to shopping off season and sale racks, I’ve been shopping my ass off at local consignment events. One of my favorite is Just Between Friends (JBF) consignment event! JBF is a seasonal consignment event where parents and friends come to shop for gently used children’s clothing at a deeply discounted rate. You can either shop sale items at 50-90% discount price, sign up to sell your own stuff as a consignor, and/or do both. In my case, I’ve only shopped at the pop-up events and do not plan to be a consignor. I live in the South Jersey area so I rotate between the Lower Bucks County (PA) and the Mercer County (NJ) events. Most recently, I attended the Lower Bucks County event and here is an honest review of my experience:
Inspired by Rachel Travel – Travel Black to Love, my family has prepared a BUCKET LIST of 10 things we MUST do as a family before our girls turn 18. Thank GOD we have a while before that milestone due to the hefty price tag of some of the activities. Regardless of price, we are determined to make it happen even if we have to start saving now (which we’ve already done by the way!).
We ask for one favor, let us know what’s been crossed off on your bucket list!
I’ve seen it on TV. I’ve read about it in newspapers and on blogs. However, I never knew how those families got there until a close friend share the lottery announcement on Facebook. So…I clicked the link and entered the lottery. I honestly didn’t think my family would get picked (because I don’t have the best of luck in lotteries), but WE DID! We were heading to the White House for President Barack Obama’s final Easter Egg Roll in his administration.
Here’s our story.