Spring Shopping Decisions

Kohls Girls Dress Twirling Winner

  I absolutely love that my 7 year old daughter makes her new dress selection based almost exclusively on the Twirl Factor.  The best twirler wins, every time. When Spring comes it always puts me in the mood for getting out my warmer-season clothes, and maybe doing a little shopping to add a couple fun styles and colors to my closet. Remember when we weren't so critical of ourselves when we went shopping?  No, "ugg - this makes my hips look huge"... or "yuk - this color totally washes me out".  I miss those days.   … [Read more...]

1st Grader’s Perspective: Spotting Wildlife

I love when its snowing, and it just builds up on their back.

We recently got to spend the weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park.  You can often get good deals on condo rentals in the winter there, since not having a ski area nearby makes it their off season. And if you haven't hot tubbed outside, in the snow, in winter... you are missing out.  Make sure you book one with a hot tub! This is a majestic and beautiful area, and my favorite part is getting to see lots of elk. … [Read more...]

1st Grader’s Perspective: Mall Purchase Criteria

Shake It Up Sneaker Boots from Payless

Spoiling the kids.  That Big Black Hole that's so hard to free yourself from ... once you've been sucked into its bottomless vortex.  It is so hard to strike a balance, isn't it?  You get sick and tired of your child with their sense of entitlement, which you know that you have fostered, constantly asking for more.  Then discarding the new toy or piece of clothing within days - no longer meriting their interest. That's it.  You're done.  No more new stuff. The questionable object of my 6 year old's affection:  "Shake It Up" sneaker boots, from Payless. Days later (Weeks later?  Hours later??) you find yourself swinging the other direction.  You see something you know they would love.  It fun to give your child presents!  It's just something you want them to have and enjoy, purely because you are their parent and love seeing their eyes light up with excitement and (albeit fleeting) gratitude.  Is that so wrong?  Aaaand... and the cycle continues. I love … [Read more...]

1st Grader’s Perspective: Mom’s Bad Haircut

scissors haircut beauty comb

It’s not that I’m totally unselfish, or do not enjoy being pampered from time to time.   But I have never been one to spend great amounts of money on my hair at beauty salons.  There is a part of me that would love to have my hair dyed and highlighted professionally on a monthly basis.  However there is another, larger and stronger, part of me that is way too cheap to fork over the $100+ per month that this habit would demand.   Whether I have the money or not, I can’t get past all the things I would rather spend $100 on! Between that and having longish, not-a-hairstyle hair … I typically scrape by with a combination of coloring my own hair and getting it trimmed about once every 6 months.  (I know.  Who do I think I am, right?  Bragging all up in here about my gorgeous doo...) My signal to call and make that appointment is usually the morning I look in the mirror and realize, “Ok.  Your hair’s not pretty.  It’s just long.”  That means it could use a little shape up.  So I go and … [Read more...]

1st Grader’s Perspective: Movie Candy Smuggling

Movie Theater Popcorn

Are you a Movie Candy Smuggler?  How about a "Sodas and Bottled Water in your Huger Than Normal Purse" Movie Goer? Image courtesy of digitalart Oh, I'll patronize them for their $64.50 large bucket of hot, buttery popcorn.  It's out of my realm of control, really - I have to do it. It doesn't matter what strategy I try to employ, prior to a trip to the movie theater.  I can be filled to the brim after eating an entire ribeye hanging-off-the-sides-of-my-plate steak dinner, five minutes prior to leaving for the theater.  It won't matter.  The second I get a whiff of the concession stand's steaming, freshly popped popcorn ... I'm getting in line for some. … [Read more...]