$1200 Alphabet Noodle Soup


$1 for Alphabet Noodles $2 for organic carrots $1.50 for organic celery $3 for cute vegetable cutters $1 for organic chicken stock $4 for organic cooked chicken DO bring ingredients together on stove top.  DO NOT sit your MacBook next to the stove top where chicken stock can magically jump from the box over the pot on to the most expensive piece of electronics in your … [Read more...]

Forty Days Unplugged


The title is an exaggeration.  I can’t entirely unplug my computer.  I do need email, skype and everything else to stay connected me to family in the USA.  I did however cut out the tv, the ipad, facebook, and my internet surfing habits.  This social experiment involved not just myself but my children and occasionally my husband. Let me be clear that this is my own … [Read more...]

Crispy Green: Our new favorite go to snack


Anyone else have kids who act as if they haven't been fed for days but dinner is still a solid 30 minutes away? Its a tough situation because I understand that kids can't control their hunger but I don't want them to spoil their dinner with snacks.  When I am on top of my game I can offer some fresh veggies but let's face it most days I am not.  I need something quick, small, … [Read more...]

50% off at See Kai Run. Great selection!


See Kai Run is having a winter markdown and its spectacular.  50% off everything in the online store.  We love See Kai Run shoes.  They are flexible, adorable and durable.  What else could a mom want? They have 3 lines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  As if the shoes weren't enough See Kai Run has a fabulous website that makes browsing for shoes so easy.  Use the drop … [Read more...]

Going out of Business sale at Nubius Organics


Save 40% off everything at Nubius Organics until January 29th using code CLOSEOUT40.  They have a great selection of all your favorite organic and environmentally friendly items.  Shipping is not free but looks reasonable for most items.  Check it out!  Shop Nubius Organics … [Read more...]

My Very Own House Cottage: A playhouse for winter!


Like most kids Thing 1 and Thing 2 love playhouses.  It doesn't matter if they are two sizes too small, or even if they are smelly or dirty.  They love them.  We didn't have one.  I was hoping to snag a used one this summer but it never happened.  This fall I came across My Very Own House Cottage.  A playhouse made out of cardboard.  Better yet it can be folded up and put away … [Read more...]

Update: Goldilocks and the hair brush showdown

wet brush

A couple of months ago I described our search for a painless hair brush for Thing 2.  We tried out the tangle teezer and the knot genie.  I promised I would try out the wet brush and I am glad to say we finally have.  For those that missed our first post I will recap by saying that Thing 2 has very fine but super straight hair.  She is frequently referred to as Einstein and its … [Read more...]

Kiwi Crate offers a Cabin Fever Cure


Kiwi Crate is a new innovative company that provides inspiration and hands-on projects for your favorite preschoolers.  They offer monthly boxes which can make creative play easy for busy parents.  We do a lot of art and building here but sometimes I feel a bit lost about what to do next.  I have a long list of blogs offering up inspiration but a box shipped to my front door … [Read more...]

Hung by the chimney with care


Growing up my mom painstakingly took the time to cross stitch some beautiful stockings.  She even made my husband one when we got married.  I love them and really, really, really want to uphold the tradition in my family but Thing 1 is 4.5 and still doesn't have a stocking.  I refuse to give up the dream that I will one day cross stitch stockings just like my mom did but I am … [Read more...]

Goldilocks and the hair brush showdown!


Thing 2 is approaching 2.5 and does not like getting her hair brushed.  Up to this point it hasn't been much of an issue since its barely past her ears and she has never had a haircut.  I like to avoid using excess products which is just about all products.  We wash my daughter's hair with water most nights.  The only time we breakout the shampoo is for when it truly gets dirty … [Read more...]

Reversible stroller for under $100. Today Only!


Kids.woot is selling the First Years Indigo for $99 plus $5 shipping until midnight (CST) tonight or while supplies last.  I didn't get a reversible stroller until Thing 2 was already 18 months but I am so glad I did.  Reversible strollers aren't just for itty bitty babies.  Both Thing 1 and Thing 2 are in their toddlers years and still enjoy facing Mommy and Daddy on walks. … [Read more...]

$499 Uppa Baby Vista: This Weekend Only!


Uppa Baby Vista is only $499 today and tomorrow at Magic Beans!  Use code VISTA499 to snag this deal.  Looks like Magic Beans isn't alone this weekend.  Check out Hip Baby Gear and Goore's too for this same great deal!   SHOP Magic Beans Now!           … [Read more...]

Wonder! will be the new way to shop this winter.


Wonder! aims to be the Cabela's of children's retail. The first store is set to open next month outside Chicago. If all goes well they hope to open up to 19 more stores in their first 5 years. I am jealous that I won't be in Chicago to check out this store for myself because it sounds pretty awesome. What will make Wonder so different? They aim to be a one stop shop for all … [Read more...]

DIY Light Table: the solution to a rainy day


Ever since reading the blog: Play At Home Mom I have been obsessed with obtaining a light table.  I also decided I wanted to go big since the table could become a multifunctional craft/train table for us.  Unfortunately going big meant forking out over $500 for this table at constructiveplaythings.com.  Even if I somehow rationalized this purchase they won't ship something this … [Read more...]

New cloth trainers from Gro-Via coming this winter!


I have described my love for Gro-Via cloth diapers here before.  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw babysteals announce that Gro-Via is coming out with new trainers this December. From first look they remind me a lot of Antsy Pants.  I like my Antsy Pants a lot but it looks like the Gro-Via trainers may have the better product.  The hidden pocket appears more … [Read more...]