Saturday, April 22, 2017

Children's Activities the Expense of It All

As moms we want it all for our kids. We want to sign them up in activities to keep them busy, keep them social and well because everyone else is doing it.  I started with library and a moms group when my first was only weeks old.  It continued from there.  Swim lessons, town soccer, balance bike racing, dance classes, the list goes on.  The price of it all can add up to a mortgage payment itself. How do we do it, why do we do it?  Asked today, my answer was, we just do.  I go without, my husband goes without, all for the kids to go with.

I find when we are busy, they sleep better, behave better- once in activity.  We are better honestly, I have always been an on the go person, always out. Transitioning to said activity- they never want to start, leave house to do for "fear of missing out" on a show or game, move off couch at times.  Though I am heard all kid do this.


Currently they have private hockey lessons, separate coaches, karate twice a week for Jack, Art/Drawing class for Charlotte,  and LEGO Club after school for both, which I run.  BMX is about to start in May for both. Now the expensive comes in, equipment, monthly charges, per session charges.  Honestly I have never thought about it. We have decided or the kids asked to join a club or sport, and we signed them up and paid.  Maybe it meant no date night, that month, limited extras, trips to Target or the mall.  We just did it.  My thought it as home they are going to just choose video-games, TV, iPad or sit around so if they are enrolled in something they are out, busy, occupied beyond the screen.

I know eventually the kids will choose less. They will pick a seasonal sport, or just one altogether.  They are young, so we will take it as it comes.  I will continue to do without so my kids can do with.  So if I have to write another article, and another job has to be worked.  I can only hope when they are old enough they remember all they did and they do it for their kids too.


How do you manage it all with your kids?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

National Puppy Day is March 23rd! #peppypets

Peppy Pets Fever On National Puppy Day  - March 23rd
The Next Best Thing to a Real Puppy – Peppy Pets from TPF Toys

Love is… a new Puppy!  Puppies emit oohs and awes, a  je nais se quoiemotion that is nearly universal.  And while so many would love a new puppy, a real life new dog is not always in the cards.  


Peppy Pets to the rescue!   Young children and parents alike will love the irresistible personality of these adorable dogs! They are great for training kids how to take care of their pup without the mess by going for walks with Peppy Pups and playing with them so they get all the attention they need!Or a great companion for your other pets!

Peppy Pets™ brings to life the authenticity of puppy friendship, complete with a pup that follows its owner everywhere.    The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in its step and when walked by its owner, can run, jump and wag its tail like a real dog. 

Whether for National Puppy Day (March 23rd), or anytime - Peppy Pets are a perfect addition to the family.


Brimming with personality and no batteries needed, Peppy Pets have ultra soft fur, distinct paw pads and springs in their feet that help these eager Peppy Pups move and prance, just like a real dog.  Peppy Pups bounce, jump and waddle as they go for “walks” with their kid owners, and turn heads as they go. Peppy Pups adore cuddling, snuggles and squeezes, showing characteristics of a real dog that all pet lovers embrace.



Peppy Pets from TPF Toys is  available at retailers nationwide.   Ideal for children ages 4+, Peppy Pups are available in available in - soft brown, and black and white - and are available at Toys “R” Us nationwide, priced at $19.99.

Monday, January 23, 2017

We Collect Pressed Pennies From Everywhere

Our Pressed Penny Collection

What do you buy on vacation for souvenirs? We do pressed pennies. We travel a lot and with two kids that can get expensive and honestly how many stuffed animals do I need?  About 3 years ago we started with pennies. We became members of the Bronx Zoo and every time we went the kids wanted something. I had noticed the pressed penny machines everywhere, since we would be coming a lot I figured this would the best bet to keep the kids happy, not break the bank and have a cool collection of something.

Bronx Zoo and Disney

And so it began. A penny collection.

We then went to Disney World in 2013, the kids wanted everything! What is a thing to collect while there without spending a lot? Pennies (which technically cost $0.51)!!  We stuck mostly to pennies but sometimes did quarters while in in Disney. National Zoo in DC was another great penny collecting location.  I also use it as a teachable moment, talking about the animal or image on the penny and asking the kids questions about facts too.

Some of our Pennybooks



Everywhere we go now the kids take turns cranking the machine and taking ownership of half the family collection. Typically most gift shops have books for the pennies, the "big purchase" we make.  We will date the pennies sometimes to remember when we visited, especially if its a frequented location so we take our time collecting. Recently in Universal Studios Orlando, we also added to our collection with a new book.  Smaller attractions and even rest-stops on road trips have pennies.

You can go to this website:  PennyCollector.com  They list all the pennies in locations, we used to this to double check our completed NYC Zoo/Aquarium collection.


Tips:
  • Use an old M&M tube to hold your quarters and pennies (I organize them 2 quarters/1 penny in stacks)
  • Go on PennyCollector.com and get list of all pennies in that location (great for larger parks like Disney, Zoos, Attractions)
  • Find penny holding book at gift shop or order generic one from AMAZON 
  • Save SHINY/NEW pennies for the pressing, they come out and look better
This stays in my car until filled. 

This is not a sponsored post, just a great mom tip/hack.