I’ve been buying the Keen brand of shoes for my kids for awhile now, for one big reason: they’re the only brand that really seems to hold up to the abuse that my kids put them through! I first bought some when my oldest started quickly wearing a hole through the toe of his shoes, and I noticed that Keen shoes have rubber that comes all the way over the toes which completely solved that problem. Overall, they just really seem to last much longer than other brands, enough so that it’s been worth it to me to pay more for them. (Our kids generally have two pairs of shoes at a time: a sneaker and a pair of dressier shoes, so that one pair of sneakers they have go through a lot!)
Home & Family
Summer reading programs for kids are about to start! Not only does the Pikes Peak Library District have a summer reading program, but you can also do ones from Barnes and Noble, Why Not Books, and the Air Force Academy Falcons.
Here’s some of what I’ve found while thrifting lately:
I’ve been looking for teacups for our homeschool group kiddos to use during their literature class and finally rounded out the collection we needed with eight of these from Goodwill. I also got some from an estate sale but unfortunately forgot to take a picture. They were all $1-$2 each.
Amy emailed with this question:
Where can I find/ purchase fresh honeycomb in Colorado Springs area?
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Here are my latest Goodwill finds:
I got the gold vase-thing without knowing what I was going to use it for, but I’m always wanting pretty containers to hold things in so I knew I’d regret not buying it! Right now I have it on the back of a toilet with two rolls of toilet paper hiding in it.
The daffodils in the silver pitcher weren’t a Goodwill find, but I did get them for a steal at King Soopers because they were expired. I don’t really love spring flowers at this time of year because I know we have so much winter left, but I couldn’t resist some daffodils at $2 (and tulips for $0.25 each)!
Several years ago on vacation, we did an impromptu cooking competition based on the Food Network show Chopped and the kids have been begging for another one ever since! We promised them that we would do it on Christmas break this year, and I was ready to avenge my loss from the vacation competition.
(We call it Chopped, but it’s really a little more like Chopped meets Iron Chef meets Guy’s Grocery Games.) We went to the grocery store on a Sunday morning before church – which, let’s be honest, was a really bad time because I’m pretty sure Jeremy and I were both planning our meals during the sermon – and the kids each picked out one ingredient for us to use, and then Jeremy and I picked one out for each other.
In my heart of hearts, I want all of my kids to learn how to cook – not just make cookies, but prepare a meal. However – as with things like crafts or cupcake decorating – I’m not terribly patient when trying to cook with my kids!
I’m constantly looking for little things that I can have them do with my supervision and instructions but very little direct involvement, and here are two things of that sort that are working well for us right now:
Yesterday I stopped at the North Academy Goodwill and hit the jackpot! The main things I like to look for when thrifting are books and dishes (because I can never have enough of either!), and normally at this store, I look at the very small kids’ book shelves and only occasionally find a book I want to purchase.