Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Roundup: Best kids clearance sales right now (Part I)

Happy Monday, Friends

This week I'm looking online for fantastic clearance kids' clothes.  I admit, my habit of buying ahead means my kids wardrobes are pretty much stocked for the next 12 months.  But some of these sales are just too tempting.  Most retailers are busy getting rid of their summer stock, so it's not hard to come up with cheap shorts, tanks, and swimwear.  But I did see a surprising amount of clothes that can easily transition into Back-to-school and Fall.

Here are a sampling of my favorite online finds, with shipping info as well.  Keep in mind that sizes and colors are limited in many of these styles.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Morning Round-up: A Few Favorite Apps, Websites, and Blogs.

Morning, people!

This week for my Monday Morning Round-up, I wanted to tell you about a few apps, websites, and blogs that I use frequently.  Some of these are pretty old (at least to me), but they're the kinds of things I like so much I want to make sure everyone knows about them.  And there are no pictures this week.  You actually have to read through all this.  Sorry!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Morning Round Up 6.23.14

Happy Monday friends!  Did you have a fabulous weekend?  Here in Minneapolis, we had the first sunny weekend in quite a while, and it was lovely.  

Our family celebrated Boo turning six with a Minecraft-themed party.  What can I say?  Nothing I made for the party was Pinterest-worthy, but he loved it and had a great time.  

Here are some links:

Another gem from McSweeney's: I Regret To Inform You That My Wedding To Captain Von Trapp Has Been Cancelled.

Stop Saving Your Stickers

What you can use to pit cherries if you don't have a cherry pitter

Photographs of the Last Women Footbinders of China 

Look at this breathtaking picture of a delta in Iceland.

Travelling with food allergies this summer?  Look at this chart Comparing Airlines' Allergy Policies.  And then, if you're like me, shake your head in wonder that ANY of them still hold on to the ridiculous peanut tradition.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Morning Roundup 6.9.14

Happy Monday!  

It's the first day of summer vacation for us, which means after I painted my toenails and took a picture of the book I want to read, I went back to my usual routine of cleaning, prepping food, entertaining kids, etc.

Need some summer reading ideas?  I like YA fiction because it's fast-paced and a book can usually be read in a day or two.  Here's a good YA reading list with a lot of classics and best-sellers.  I'm guessing most young people have read them already, but for a mom who's read about four fiction books in the last six years, it's a good place to start.

When you're looking for stuff to do this summer: How To Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Psst.  It's next Sunday.  Four Father's Day Gifts You Won't Find at The Mall

Fanny packs here, and more fanny packs here.  They are HOT and I'm going to get one.

Chipotle caters now?  What?  What?  I can't wait to have a reason to do this!

I'm working like crazy trying to get done with my Summer 2014 Bucket List, plus update my spreadsheet of local activities.  So stay tuned.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Morning Roundup 6.2.14

Greetings friends!  Here is a friendly little broccoli plant growing on my patio.  

More details on my makeshift vertical garden are forthcoming.  Until then, here are some good links.  

I discovered this salon in Minneapolis last week.  They specialize in cutting and caring for curly hair.  I've never experienced a haircut quite like this one, and I will definitely be back as a regular customer.  


Are you listening to me yet about thrifting?  Here's another reason thrift stores are awesome.

I'm OK with not putting this one on my bucket list:  a selfie on top of the Christ the Redeemer statue.  

Minimalism with Kids.  Something I think about a lot.  

Have a lovely week!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday Morning Round-Up 5.19.14

Happy Monday, People.  It's raining today in Minneapolis, so it's a sucky way to wake up after the most stellar weekend weather we've had in a long time

Ah-hmm.  I'm going to brag about something for a minute.  I went to my favorite thrift store, Arc's Value Village (Richfield), last week.  They have this awesome personal shopper service there, which sounds weird for a thrift store but actually makes a lot of sense for bargain hunters who don't want to go digging.  It hadn't been a super day in terms of donated goods, so my personal shopper was apologetic about not having a lot for me to choose from.  She did have this cute DKNY animal print sweater, something I never would have chosen for myself, but I fell in love with.  You can't see it well in this picture, but I also got a fun green chunky bead necklace.  

Now forget all that.  Let me turn your attention to the shoes.  

When I walked into my reserved dressing room, they were sitting on the bench waiting for me.  I zoomed right in on the imprint on the buckles and saw that they are Tory Burch.  Interesting.  I'm not someone who needs to have bling-y status shoes, although I'm certainly not opposed to them if they are comfortable and the price is right.

They hadn't been tagged yet, so I put them aside in my "maybe" pile while I tried on clothes.

When I was finishing up in the dressing room, my personal shopper ran in back to talk to the pricing person.  When she came back, she shouted through the door, "I think your mind's going to be made up about these shoes!  They're $3.99."


So, if you aren't hitting the thrift stores yet, WHY NOT?  Yes, you have to put in a little time, and many times you come up empty-handed.  But the more you go, the more you increase your chance of finding a completely amazing treasure.

Here are some links:

I think I'm going to need this giant coloring page of Paris.

For something completely bizarre, I give you Random Correlations.

Your Future Healthy Home Will Have Plants Inside Its Walls  Sign me up for this!

Who wants to go on a picnic?

The Best Time To Write and Get Ideas, According to Science

Run an Empire: if anything can convince me to start running, it's this insane new app.

Have a great week!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Morning Round-Up 4.21.14

Happy Monday, Friends!  Can we safely call it Spring yet?  

I came down with a cold over the weekend and spent my Easter Sunday napping and watching TV.  My family surprised me by getting some flowers for our patio planter boxes.  I'm a little nervous that it was too early to plant them, but we'll see.  It's so nice to look outside and see some color again.  

If you only have time to click one link today, please, please, please look at this.  Piip-Show: A squirrel walks into a bar...  The site is in Norwegian, but the cuteness translates.

Craigslist Mirrors.  Yep.  

And some people get a thrill from pictures of Things Fitting Perfectly Into Things.

Finally, just look at this blogger's cute hair!  I'm completely inspired by her reasons for doing it.