As They Grow

Need to get rid of your kid/baby clothes, toys, games, furniture, books, sports equipment, and everything else related to baby?  Stroller, carrier, bumbo, boppy, diaper bag, hair bows?

As They Grow is a city wide consignment event that lets you do just that.  You pick your price, tag your clothes, drop it off to them at the location, and they put them on racks and sell them!  It’s truly brilliant the way they set up and run everything.  It will be in mid March this year and really crept up fast!

I didn’t sell anything last year, but went to buy clothes and made such a killing for all 3 of my kiddos.  I saved so much money and bought lots of cool toys and books to give as Christmas presents to my kiddos.

If you don’t want to sell, that’s okay too!  Just go and buy and enjoy the great deals!

Maybe I’ll see you there!  Last year I ran into like 3 people from my previous ward.  I am totally going to beat them to the 5t-6 sized clothes to get my kid a nice Sunday suit! You know who you are! *wink*

There is another consignment event tentatively scheduled for July put on by another local group.  They are still trying to track down a location.  From what I hear, As They Grow is much more organized and just plain better for what ever that’s worth!

Smith’s Great Sale 2/2- 2/8

I got all this (100 items including the shrimp ring) for $71 OOP (out of pocket).  I’ve learned the sale cycles so I buy items when they are at their lowest price AND I do a clip-less coupon approach.  It’s easy, saves time AND more importantly it saves money!

I’m hosting a FREE Grocery Smarts class in my home at the end of February AND I’m feeding you!  What more could you want?  (I also have a toy room if you need to bring your little ones).

This trip I got charcoal for $2, bagged cheese for $2 a lb, sliced cheese for 49 cents, hot dogs for 39 cents, baby lotions for $1.50, and lots more!

In the past I’ve gotten jumbo packs of diapers for $2.50, salsa for 9 cents a jar,  tortillas for 10 cents, canned veggies for less than 30 cents each, packs of dishwasher tabs for less than $1 a box,  cases of bottled water for $1.79, hummus for FREE, cool whip for FREE, bags of shredded cheese for FREE, toothpaste and toothbrushes for FREE, deodorant for 25 cents, RoTel for 16 cents a jar, a box of copy paper for $5 (normally $50), a Sonicare electric toothbrush for $9 (regularly $49), and an entire pantry, freezer, and bathroom stocked up with items my family uses.  Oh, and I NEVER pay more than a $1 for a box of cereal (Kashi, Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Trix, or any kind)!

You too can learn the best deals and when to stock up on the items you use most.  Let me know if you or anyone you know is interested and I’ll get you the info.

We’re Moving!

There, I said it. 

Yes, we’re moving out of the ward (I know, that’s like an unpardonable sin, please forgive us and bring us boxes to help in our adventure after you recover from the shock).

No, we are not walking away from our house (Mike would find that to be unethical and unpardonable).  We will rent out our current house so if you know any families who are looking, send them our way!

Yes, we’re staying in Vegas.  We are moving closer to family back over to the west side of town.  Hey, this is free for all to see so talk to me in person if you want to know where.  And if you have a boat, then you’ll want to come visit us =o)

Um, we are, well, really pregnant ME, is hoping and praying we can move before the baby comes (June 15), because it would be so much more enjoyable to move before a C-section than after.  So here’s to hoping the new stuff in the new house can get done before Memorial Day so we can move at the end of May. 

And seriously, feel free to drop by with boxes!  I’ve already gotten 2 loads from Freecycle, but I can tell already that we will be through those in no time!  And I just don’t have the energy or motivation to get to the store as much as I used to, but I know from helping previous people move that grocery store boxes make great moving boxes! 

In other news, I’ve added some posts to my blog.  We’ve got Christmas through February now taken care of =o)

Global Warming in Vegas?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Check out what we did today… in Las Vegas… in December.   I had flashbacks of college days in Cedar City where I really learned how to drive in the snow!  This wasn’t bad at all!

Mikey had a blast playing in the white powder while Joshy slept soundly in the carseat.  Now if only it would head east and drench our neighborhood so we wouldn’t have to drive to the other side of town to play.

What Would You Do?

An earthquake hits Las Vegas (we ARE on a major fault line you know) and 100,000s become injured.  Large sections of the city are without electricity.  The emergency personel are overwhelmed.  What do you do?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training helps you prepare for any and all emergencies before hand.  From the CERT website “The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community”.  The best part- IT’S FREE and you get FREE stuff for taking the classes.  Free training for emergency preparedness!! There’s no CPR training so you can’t use fear of mouth to mouth as an excuse for not taking the classes.

So classes are every Wed evening for the next 5 weeks (off for Thanksgiving week though) over near Jones and 95. Hubby just took the first of six classes in CERT and he loves it!  So he’s looking for others to take the free class too.  The skills you learn could very well save your life and the life of those around you.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue provides this training free to anyone in Southern Nevada interested in attending.    If anyone is interested in the FREE classes, let me know.  You can miss the first class (already past) but not any of the other ones.

Upon graduation, you get a backback full of emergency essentials, vest, hat, and the knowledge and preparation to help when disaster strikes.  Anyone interested??

Row Row Row Your Boat….

We’ve had a boat shaped little pool/ sandbox toy forever in the backyard and we finally used it this summer.  Mikey was so excited he stripped off his clothes including his swim shorts and got down to a diaper.  The crazy thing is that the water was cold and he didn’t seem to mind a bit.  He wanted someone to play in there with him so bad, but I’m a wimp and the water was too cold for even me!  He didn’t stay outside too long, but we at least got some cute pictures of our little water boy!  Look out Michael Phelps, Mikey is swimming your way in a few years!  Isn’t it crazy how white my kid is… and how fishlike Michael Phelps is?

Summer Lovin’

Pink Ladies

So this is a picture of Patty, me, and Mandy!! We are all SUU graduates who moved to Vegas to be teachers and ended up teaching at the same school for a while. They invited me to dinner to take a break from the boys and we made it a Pink Ladies’ Night and got quite a few stares! So we each wore a pink shirt, khaki knee length modest shorts, and sunglasses on our head! We headed to Applebee’s just to chat more than anything! Sometimes it’s so much fun just to get away and hang with friends for dinner and girl talk =o)

Thanks gals for the fun evening!! Now if I could just get you 2 married off to keep my end of the bargain, right??

Bittersweet Memories

So when I went away to college I knew I wanted to be a teacher because 1- it would be an easy major and I could zoom through college since my major was “decided” and 2- growing up in Las Vegas and then coming back to be a teacher would be a guaranteed job! So even before college I started collecting fabulous teacher finds at yard sales, thrift stores, from former teacher friends and colleagues and this past week I gave it all away! We’re talking like 7 years of collecting wonderful artifacts, books, resources…. you get the idea- it has become useless stuff taking up precious food storage room! Let’s face reality- been there, done that, got the faculty t-shirt and I am not going back!

Someone in my ward just finished student teaching and will be teaching 3rd grade this coming school year. Imagine my excitement when I realized I could just pass off everything to her to help her get started (I taught 3rd grade for 3 years.) So 2 days of sorting through stuff and I have condensed 9 boxes down to 2. Mikey really liked the pattern blocks and geometric shapes so I couldn’t pass those on. I did keep a few other items like ABC and number flash cards for my kiddos as well. I seriously passed on so much teachery stuff that I had forgotten I owned! I hardly miss the stuff and I rarely miss teaching, so overall I am just happy to help out a brand new teacher and gain some precious storage space =o) Now I need to have this attitude when tackling the closets and craft room that so desperately need cleaning.

Mikey’s favorite thing is to line up whatever he’s playing with into these long “trains” that span the whole family room. So here’s some pictures of Mikey and his new toys from mommy’s classroom teaching days!