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I know it's only February, but a girl can dream, right? I swung by Gymboree this week to grab my kids some new swimsuits (I typically take my kids to the beach alone, and need SUPER bright swimwear to keep a close eye on them so I shop early). They've got some great deals going on right now, here's what I grabbed:
Call me crazy, but I love valentines day! I've been with my husband since I was 15, and at 15, you celebrate anything that involves gifts! We've continued to celebrate every year, but with a family dinner instead. We split it up, boys and girls, with the boys cooking a surprise meal and the girls making a special dessert or two...or seven. We finish off with a fun scavenger hunt (matching bible verses about love to the right verse number) leading to a bin or bag of treats for the kids to SHARE (no individual gifts), and then my husband and I usually head to dinner the next night to celebrate alone. This year, we got the kiddos some perler bead and rainbow loom refills and some yummy "Righteously Raw" chocolate, seriously, nothing major. Just fun. We are still recovering from Christmas, but it's about the right time to refill the parts to some of their Christmas gifts ;)
I'm on a mission to drink more water, and in doing so, I realized that my kids aren't drinking nearly enough, either. I've been sending them to the barn with water bottles and I'm finding them unopened at the end of a ride, so if they're not drinking much water when they're outside, how much less are they drinking when they're INSIDE? I whipped this up on Tuesday and told them that if they earned all of their stars by Saturday they would get new shopkins (for Bella and Jesse) or a minion surprise (for Eli). They're on a successful path :)
I LOVE Shelby Jane and Co. I discovered her little etsy shop back at Halloween, and have since ordered quite a few dresses. Her dresses are so simple, timeless, and perfect for girls of any age. She recently sent us some dresses to photograph, and I think this may just be my daughter's Easter dress!
I fell in love with ALDI about three months ago, and my grocery shopping life will never be the same! With the exception of our shelled hemp hearts and lara bars (both of which I order through Amazon), I buy every last grocery and household item between ALDI and the farm stand. I mean, less than $250 for organic or whole, good quality food for two weeks at a time?! I'm there! Here's what my last trip, which was a household restocking, looked like.
WooHoo! It's been awhile since I've participated in a Friday Favorites and linked up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci!, and I am so excited to be back in the swing of things :)
Here's what I'm currently loving:
This age! Ahh, this age. The best.
And these "Daddy aren't you proud" eyes!
And this snuggle munchkin. Swoon.
And lastly, who has one of these? I homeschool, I should not need a lunchbox, right? But I have been drooling over those planetbox lunchboxes for two years! I finally decided to just go ahead and order them (great for the beach, right?) and then I found the yumbox! Ahh!! Which one?!
If you know me at ALL then you know that I just swear by Gymboree clothing! My kids have always been dressed head to toe Gymboree since the day they were born, and you can save, reuse, and even resell on ebay for a great price! The beginning of this video shows what I purchased, and about halfway through I explain how we keep this and affordable way to dress our kids!