Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ I think I just took my longest break from blogging ever!  Life has been unbelievably crazy around here this year, so we’ve basically been just trying to get through the days.  In December my husband left his job to start a new career and is back in school for this month.  He was always home to pick the girls up after school and make dinner, so now we are adjusting to me being the first one home at 5:30 ish and fitting everything in that we need/want to do at night.

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~ I’ve had a cold now for 6 weeks.  I’ve tried over the counter medicines, vitamin c…. nothing is helping me kick this.  Any ideas?  I’ve been slacking on my challenge group for healthy eating and exercise because of the cold, but I’m determined to crush it next time.  This salad looks really good!  IMG_8105

~ I placed my first order from PeaPod from Stop and Shop today.  It will be here on Saturday, so I’ll let you know how it goes.  There’s just no time and something had to give, so I gladly gave up grocery shopping.:)  Plus, it was so much easier to comparison shop for the cheapest items when I was doing it online instead of in the store. IMG_8106

~ Ella and I are obsessed with the Great British Baking Show.  It’s such a fun show to watch! IMG_8108

~ Ella has a front tooth that’s super loose.  She’s really hoping to lose it at school because they get their name on a board in the nurse’s office and get a little container for the tooth.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her!

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Another week without posting!  This past week was crazier than the week before – work’s crazy, home is crazy… it’s all crazy!  But, the Koala Crate, Kiwi Crate, Doodle Crate, Trendsend and Stitch Fix reviews will be posted in the next week.

~ We did so much this past weekend:

Roller Skating

Roller Skating

The girls went roller skating for the first time at the place where I went to skating parties as a kid.  They did a great job – Ava took off in her skates!  We will definitely be doing more skating – especially since I found out I don’t need to wear them to be on the floor with the girls:)

Roller Skating

Roller Skating

Story time with Santa

Story time with Santa

We also went to story time with Santa at An Unlikely Story.  I really wish it was closer to us, the event was fabulous.  Santa read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  The girls had a lot of fun.

Lights at the KOA

Lights at the KOA

And finally, we went to see Christmas Lights at the local KOA.  If you have a Hulafrog for your area, it’s definitely worth signing up for the emails and following it on Facebook even if you don’t have kids.  They list free and cheap activities in the area for kids, but some are great even for adults.  The cabins were decorated by local organizations and businesses and it was only $1 per carload to check everything out.

Lights at the KOA

Lights at the KOA

~ I have all my Christmas shopping done, now it’s time to get everything wrapped and mailed!

~ I’ve been sticking with my 21 Day Fitness/Healthy Eating Challenge on Facebook and I’m so glad I have.  After two weeks of no weight loss, I’m finally seeing some results on the scale!  I know without this challenge I wouldn’t have stuck with it as long as I have.

~ I am loving The Great Holiday Baking Show on ABC and now Ella is totally hooked!  We’ve watched each episode together quite a few times.

 

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

 

~ I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I last posted!!!  Work has been crazy busy, last weekend was filled with activities and the kiddos have been off the wall with Christmas excitement:)

~ I think all of my Christmas shopping is now done.  The last box should arrive tomorrow.

~ I’ve been doing a 21 Day Challenge on Facebook.  It’s run by Beachbody coaches but you don’t need to be doing a Beachbody program to participate.  Each day I need to post a healthy meal/snack and my workout.  Yesterday I had to drink half my body weight in ounces in water.  Now my Facebook feed is filled with pictures like these:

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and while my weight is still completely stuck, I have been sticking with the 21 Day Fix eating and workouts.  So, I’d say this is a win.

~ I’m excited and sad for Survivor to end next week – it’s been an amazing season.  These guys are pushing so hard to win.

~ I’ll be getting caught up on reviews, so be on the lookout for reviews of Trendsend by Evereve and Kiwi Crate , Doodle Crate and Koala Crate Christmas ornaments.

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Let the Christmas craziness begin!!!  I feel like it was just Halloween and now it’s December.  I have no idea what happened to November.  I have so much Christmas stuff I want to do with the girls and there’s just not enough weekend between now and Christmas.

 

~ Tonight is our town’s Christmas tree lighting, I have my work holiday party Friday night and on Saturday is our town’s Christmas celebration.  Ella will be walking in the parade and performing with her dance school.  She is beyond excited!

~ I think I have my Christmas shopping almost done except the photo gifts I hope to get done on Sunday.  Now I just have to wait for Amazon to fill my orders:)  I’ve mostly stayed away from the Lightning Deals but couldn’t resist helping Santa by grabbing this yesterday.

~ I am the room mother for Ava’s preschool class and need to come up with a gift the kid’s can create at home and send in for the teacher (some classes make a book or a calendar).  Any suggestions??? I’ve tried looking on Pinterest but so far I haven’t found anything I really like, but I need to get it sent home on Tuesday so there’s plenty of time for the families to get them done.

 

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Trendsend by Evereve to Charge Styling Fee

Starting Monday, December 14 all Trendsend by Evereve boxes will be charged a $20 styling fee.  This will be deducted from your order if you keep any items.

What do you think of these changes?

~Elizabeth

 

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Currently…

I’m linking up with Becky at Choose Happy for her Currently post.

Reading… Shopaholic to the Stars.  I like easy, fun reads most of the time, so I just downloaded this to my Kindle from the library to read again.

Celebrating… two more pounds lost!  I finished almost one week of 21 Day Fix and then Thanksgiving arrived:)  I got back on track today and am part of an accountability group on Facebook, so I’m really excited for the next three weeks.

Decorating…  for Christmas!  All the decorations went up over the weekend and now it’s time to wrap the gifts!!!

 

~ Elizabeth

 

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Koala Crate Storytime Review and Coupon Code – November 2015

Koala Crate is for children age 2-4 and used to arrive at the end of the month, but now it arrives in the middle of the month with our Kiwi Crate.

Coupon Code:  If you use my referral link, you will save $10 off your order.

I had peeked at the theme online when my box shipped and wasn’t sure what to think of this.  As Ava gets closer to 4, the boxes have been hit or miss for her (some have been too easy).  But, I shouldn’t have been worried as this is probably one of our all time favorites!

First Look:

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

 

The Directions:  Unlike Kiwi Crate, Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate, the instructions for Koala Crate are geared toward the parents and not the kids.

 

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

I always find that the directions are very clear and easy to follow, but you do have to read all the projects through before beginning because the projects usually share materials.  There have been a couple times we’ve used up a material in the first project only to discover that we should have saved some for another one.

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

The Materials:

As always, there were three projects included.

Dress Up Puppets:

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

This is definitely our favorite out of the box.  There are two pages of clothes and accessories that go with the four “dolls” and the four backgrounds for the puppet theater.  The girls played with them in the theater for a day, but really enjoyed putting them on the fridge where they could use all of the backgrounds at once.  I LOVE that Koala Crate included an envelope to store all the little magnet pieces:)  It’s been over a week since we did this, and the girls still play with these magnets daily!

Puppet Theater:

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

This made an adorable theater with magnetic backgrounds for the people and props.  The curtain was a cute addition, but it did get in the way of playing (especially if two kids wanted to play).  And unfortunately, the magnets have a black background so if they fell face down in the puppet theater they got “lost”.  It was an adorable idea, but the girls had way more fun using the magnets on the fridge!

Letter Card Games:

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

The front side of the cards have letters while the backs have corresponding pictures.  In the instructions, there were different card games you could play with these, but Ava likes going through the pile and saying her letters the most.

imagine! magazine

Like every Koala Crate, this one came with an explore! magazine.  The girls really love these – they include comics, puzzles and hidden object pictures.

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

The coloring pages are always a hit and I love the instructions for extra crafts!

Koala Crate Storytime - November 2015

Koala Crate Storytime – November 2015

 

  Final Thoughts:

Koala Crate  is $19.90 per month (less if you prepay for multiple months at a time). This was a more successful month than some months – this box was actually a big hit with Ava and Ella (6 years old).  But now that Ava is 3.5 years old, I do feel that she’s more ready for the Kiwi Crate projects and will be changing her subscription once this expires.

Did you get the Koala Crate?  To learn more or sign up, click here (once you create an account, you will receive a $10 credit off your subscription).  The referral code works for Kiwi Crate and any of the new subscriptions (Koala Crate, Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate).

~Elizabeth

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