Here we are in the middle of February in Milwaukie, Oregon and it is threatening to snow or freezing rain or at least ice up, but before we know it winter will be over and we can get out and explore everything from parks and hiking trails to camping and wilderness! I know that isn’t everyone’s’ cup of tea, some people actually like going shopping at the mall.. gasp!
If you haven’t already explored our about page to find out we have a little one – he is almost 18 months as of writing this and currently running around in just a diaper, because he refuses to get dressed. We are a really active family and like to go out in the middle of nowhere – you know off the trail. To take the little guy, he definitely needs a ride and strollers are not going to cut it out there for us. We have had two different carriers and have like each of them for specific reasons.
The first carrier we had was the LÍLLÉbaby Complete Original 6-in-1 Ergonomic Baby and Child Carrier. I loved that I had him close to me, how easy it was to use, and the 6 different features. However, this was just for the time while he was small. Remember, we go off trail/wilderness hiking,-we are not strolling the neighborhood, dog park or local mall. While this is an excellent carrier for those tasks, we needed something a bit more tough with storage and would work better long term for our purposes.
That brings us to the Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier!!
We continue to use and enjoy this carrier. It works well for both my husband and I to use and the straps adjust so easily when we switch who is doing the carrying. Other important features include the weight limit, height adjustments, sun/rain shade/cover, and most of all passenger enjoyment. The view from this carrier is much more interesting than the Lillebaby, which has his head resting below or at shoulder level. Besides the view, our toddlers just outgrow the cloth type carriers so fast. The Osprey carrier can do it all. The biggest drawback is the size and it doesn’t fold down much.
If you have questions or anything to add about either of the carriers don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Of course, we would love to hear about your favorite carriers too. Before you go – don’t forget to subscribe to our blog emails and follow us on your favorite social media platform!
It’s not too late to get something special for the young ones in your life! Just today, I was shopping for my 3 boys and I found some cute ideas on Amazon. My boys are 1, 9, and 12 and I was able to find the perfect gifts for each of them. Take a look at some of the gifts I found!
Did you find what you were looking for? Need more ideas to help with your Valentine’s day shopping? All of these great ideas and more can be found on this list. What did you find? Tell us which of these ideas you love. Did you find another idea that’s too good to not to share? Leave a comment below to let us know!
I almost forgot! I was able to get a 20 page 8×8 hard cover photo book for my son for FREE all I had to pay was $7.99 shipping. I put a few of his favorite things he did leading up to his birthday this year.
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In my previous post, The Circus is Coming!, I listed the majority of the costs involved with this party. While others tend to go a smidgen overboard with children’s parties, I don’t. I realize that I need just enough to get their imaginations going and that is how far I go. Although, some would say I go overboard anyway. This party did end up costing roughly $180. That total does include things I will be reusing and re-purposing around the house, for other parties, and using in my childcare.
What wasn’t mentioned
- Plates $1.00
- Napkins $1.00
- Forks $1.00
- Cake $31.99
- Admissions $15.00
- Nickels $35.00 (for our family and all attendees!)
The cake was too large!! Apparently, nowadays when people don’t RSVP at all that does mean that they will not be showing up. Hey, we have some extra cake around to enjoy. We could have gotten away with a quarter sheet instead of a half sheet. Next party I will remember this.. so if I invite you an you don’t RSVP and you plan on showing up don’t count on having a treat bag or any cake!! Just kidding!
The cake topper was great for the kids. Did I mention I won that from Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company. My son loved it when he saw it. I wish I had a picture to share of that look when I first showed him Marty. He was in shock and wanted to know if it was for him and if I had gotten it for him!
So we were able to have a wonderful party location, decorate, have cake, make our own custom treat bags and custom invitations…most importantly have a great time and celebrate a birthday.. all for about $180.
My favorite part about it all – The mess wasn’t at my house!
My oldest son is turning 5 on Saturday! We are planning a carnival/circus themed party that we will be having at Electric Castle’s Wunderland Cinema & Nickel Games. Choosing to have the party here turned out to be a real bargain! Children 5 years and under receive free admission and for adults admission will be $1.75 each. All the games take nickels and we will be providing $2 for each child that attends. Comparing this to the bouncy facilities that cost about $8-14 per person for two hours without add-ons like treat bags (that are filled with non-theme related junk).
The cake, which we are purchasing from Safeway, will be topped by Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company. Earlier this year I participated in a giveaway on Artisan Cake Company’s FaceBook page and won a free custom cake topper no larger that 6 inches tall and 6 inches across. My son had no problem deciding on Marty, from Madagascar 3, doing the Afro Circus song and dance! It was a little difficult for me to find a suitable picture to send over the Liz. We cannot wait to receive our delivery of Marty!
Well intended as I always am, I waited too late to really plan out fancy invitations. Instead, I used what I had on hand and some things I lucked out finding at the Dollar Tree. The card stock I used is Recollections Primary Cardstock Paper 50 sheets for $2.00 purchased at Micheal’s. The raffle tickets I picked up at the Dollar Tree.
For the envelopes and treat bags I found popcorn bags at the Dollar Tree. After using Publisher to quickly put together the invitations, cutting, folding and gluing the tickets on, I opened up ten of the popcorn bags to make twenty basic envelopes. The popcorn glued to the outside of the bags was found by searching google for pictures of popcorn cutouts. I used paint and word to fill an entire page with popcorn. The coloring of the butter was done by my son and myself. For the invitations already given out I used the popcorn for the recipients name, each letter in the name had its own kernel.
Of course, now I hop on amazon to complete the theme. I will list out what is from amazon.com now.
We purchased a disposable helium tank at Micheal’s with a 40% off coupon was $19.79. And the banner flags are from the Dollar Tree. The Animal Crackers were not the best deal, I paid $1.25 per box at Safeway and went ahead and purchased 20 boxes!!
There is more to come! Stay tuned for the party! 🙂
We left our house an hour before the show was to start. Normally, finding parking in downtown Portland is a chore and we had never been to this theatre before. We actually found street parking about a block away from the door. We were inside with plenty of time to pick up our tickets at will call and poke around. We ending up buying a couple of snacks, something I would suggest against. It was very pricey and it would have made sense to bring some snacks from home. I will admit it, I forgot!
Our seats were on the second level stage left and the view from there was amazing. My husband commented that he felt like we were Statler and Waldorf. I couldn’t help it I had to laugh! Our son hasn’t had enough exposure to the Muppets to know what we were talking about, but he was extremely thrilled with our seats.
The play is narrated by Jack, you know from Jack in the Bean Stalk, who immediately dives right into involving the audience in this parody play.
If my son had to choose his favorite part of this play he wouldn’t be able to decide. He spent most of the play sitting on the edge of his seat, giggling and dancing to the musical numbers. He did tell me he really liked when the Table of Contents fell down from the sky and when the Giant threw the Cow Patty down from his cloud.
But, he will go on and on about the rest of the play. Like when the prince switched the pea for a bowling ball under the mattresses and the frog who tricked the princess into kissing him by letting her believe he was a handsome prince. Or when the prince called his princess, forgive me I might not remember correctly, honey boo and a loud questioning reply came back from a fellow audience member “Honey BOO??” and everyone laughed.
For my favorite part, and probably most parents there would agree, it was the DJ Ugly (Duckling) in the House! I liked it so much I did my best to dig out my cell phone too try to take a picture. Sadly the picture turned out too blurry. I was afraid that my real camera would cause to much of a distraction even with the flash off (it has an annoying orange light).
There is still time for you to take your family! I would recommend this play for ages 3 and up. The play runs 1 hour almost precisely, which I think is perfect for the younger ones. Remember to take your own snacks and drinks.
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VeggieTales Easter Giveaway (ends 3/17/13) | She Scribes.
In honor of the DVD’s release I have a special VeggieTales prize package that would make the perfect Easter Basket stuffer. The prize package includes;
- The Little House that Stood DVD
- 25 Favorite Silly Songs CD
- Super Coloring Activity book
- Walmart gift card!
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.