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Window Shopping Wednesday; The Travel Edition

I’m working for myself now and pinching pennies, but a girl’s gotta dream. So we’re starting Window Shopping Wednesdays on the blog. A weekly post dedicated to dreaming of the day we can shop our little hearts out. Until then we scour the world wide web finding motivation for me to keep trudging along in this crazy little freelance world I live in.

Week 1, Let’s go! This week’s theme is kiddo travel, since we’ll be flying cross country very soon and need lot’s of entertainment and easy kid solutions.


1. Lately Lily Books – I saw these and immediately fell in love with the watercolor illustration style and the story of this traveling little girl. There’s a whole series including flash cards. Love it!

2. Feed Our Small World T-shirt – I saw this in a second hand store and fell in love. Totally regretting not buying it. Hmm, wonder if it’s still there?

3. Kids Camelbak – Necessary to look cute while keeping hydrated on those hot Disney days

4. Scary Cute Long Sleeved Tee – When your kid gives up on Halloween costumes it’s important to have a festive backup plan.

5. Toms – Easy on, easy off. Perfect for on-the-go theme park days

6. Madisons Patriotic Project – We love books, especially when traveling. My mom recently shared this website with us. It’s a friend of hers who is an author and child psychiatrist. Visit her website, her books also have accompanying teaching tools! Check out Dr. Vanita Braver.

7. Disney’s Frozen Spot It Game – We’ve been working a lot on our letters lately, and this game looks like it travels well. Definitely something that can keep us occupied on a plane… at least for a half hour.

8. Trace Letters Workbook – All day, all night “mom can you make me letters.” Why didn’t I think of this sooner? Pre-drawn dotted letters. I’ll be damned if this kid doesn’t learn something on this vacation.


I should consider myself lucky that since Rylie was born she never cared to play on the stairs. We made such a routine of going up and down the stairs at certain times, always holding hands, that it never even occurred to her that they would be used otherwise. At least not until recently.

“Mom, I don’t need you anymore. I’m a big girl now.”


Now I stand at the top of the stairs, waiting for her to hit the bottom and hoping it’s not with her face. I hold my breath, my heart races and terrible images flash before my eyes.

She’s not the most graceful of children. I’ve seen her run into doors and walk straight into walls.

She’s the kid who stands in front of the swing set, gets kicked in the head. Falls down, stands up, gets kicked again.

I tell her repeatedly not to walk on the freshly mopped floor. I suppose I didn’t specify, which explains why rather than walk, she runs across it, always ending up a sobbing mess. Thank goodness for band aids and Elmo ice packs.

She’s fallen on her face more times than I can count on my hands, always resulting in a lump and bruise on the left side of her head. I convince myself she gravitates toward this side because her brain is so big on the left, making her a left-sided math wiz like her dad.

Growing up is so hard… on me, not her. Today she wanted to “show her friends her room.” Should we start looking at colleges?

Two Treats and a Nickel


It’s been a year now and we’ve finally found the secret of our potty training success. Candy and money.

I have a 2 (almost 3) year old penny pincher. This girl will do just about anything to earn money, including going number two on the toilet. I bought her a piggy bank when she turned two. She keeps it on her table and adds to it every chance she gets.

“Mom, if I go poop on the toilet can I have 2 treats and a pickle?”

Pickle meaning nickel. Two treats AKA CANDY.

I wonder just how long I’ll have to keep paying out nickels. Will she increase her price on her third birthday?

She’s mastered the art of negotiation at home and school. Her teachers have been paying her in chocolate to clean up the class for them. I suppose it’s a win/win situation.

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