Thursday, July 28, 2011

$1304 worth of toys (95 items) for $393 ;)

**I put a list of items, prices and discounts at the bottom of this post.

I admit it - I'm a shop a holic. And a deal-a-holic, especially when it comes to Target's clearance sale. I wait for it every January and July, to stock up for the coming Christmas for two reasons:

1) we have a lot of people to buy for
2) we buy toys and clothes for the women's and children's shelter, which is something my mom used to do when she was alive. I have a firm belief that no child should go without a present on Christmas morning, and that no parent should ever be in the position where they aren't able to give their child a present. We buy gifts in the hope that the holidays are a little better for those at the shelter.

So, obviously spending a thousand dollars on toys would be amazing - I would love being able to do that, but I just can't. However, what I can do is spend wisely to make the best use. With my son now, it's a little harder, because I know he'll want a couple bigger things like a video game or something, but this year he's into Legos and such, so I can still get a couple good things for him at the sale.

My daughter however, is still little, and is happy with little things, especially Littlest Pet Shop and anything related to dolls.

Anyway - back to the point - today, I bought $1,304 worth of toys at Target for...$393!!!!

Oh yeah, I am one happy camper. It's going to make for happy kids for me, and a great Christmas for the families at the shelter!

I cannot wait to drop the gifts off at the shelter tomorrow - it's going to be the highlight of my weekend!! Have a great weekend, everyone!!


Here is a list of what we got, for those shop-a-holic, deal-a-holics like me ;).  I broke it down into categories, because I like to make sure I don't have more boy stuff than girl stuff and vice versa for the shelter.

Type Toy   Original Price Discount
Animals Furry Frenz Coach and Stage $19.99 $4.98
Animals Furry Frenz Scoot and Scurry City $30.99 $7.74
Animals Kung zoo Hamster $5.00 $2.50
Animals Kung zoo Hamster $5.00 $2.50
Animals Kung zoo Hamster $5.00 $2.50
Arts Designer Doggie Kit $18.29 $4.57
Arts Aqua Sand $5.00 $3.50
Arts Aqua Sand $5.00 $3.50
Arts PlayDoh Elefun $7.04 $1.76
Arts Moon Sand Construction Zone $14.99 $3.74
Arts Crayola Glow Explosion Sand $14.99 $3.74
Arts Spongebob Doodle Pad $5.99 $1.76
Arts Spongebob Doodle Pad $5.99 $1.76
Building Knex $11.39 $5.68
Building Knex building Kit $21.09 $5.27
Building Dragon Universe lego-type set $19.99 $4.98
Building Harry Potter Lego Set $19.99 $4.98
Building Pirates of the Carribean Lego Set $49.99 $12.48
Building Lego Motorcycle - Technic $39.99 $19.98
Building Halo Lego-type kit $10.09 $5.04
Building Knex $11.39 $5.68
Clothes Girl's Scarf $7.99 $1.98
Clothes Hello Kitty Belt $7.99 $1.98
Doll Tangled Doll vanity $20.79 $14.55
Doll Circo Twin Dolls $19.79 $4.94
Doll My Generation Doll $19.99 $13.98
Doll Doll Swing $9.74 $2.43
Doll Tangled Color Change Hair $21.99 $5.48
Doll Barbie Cut and Style Hair $21.99 $5.48
Doll Angelina Ballerina Doll $19.99 $4.98
Doll Baby Alive $24.89 $6.22
Doll Barbie $10.99 $5.48
Doll Barbie   $10.99 $5.48
Doll My 1st Baby Alive $19.79 $4.94
Doll Baby Alive Get Well $19.89 $4.97
Doll Circo Twin Dolls $19.79 $4.94
Dolls Circo Twin Dolls $19.79 $4.94
Dress Up Ironman Arc Light for Clothes $6.99 $1.74
Dress Up Ironman Mask $8.99 $2.24
Educational Leap Frog learn to Groove Mic $15.99 $3.98
Educational Leap Frog Tag Reader Penguins of madagascar Book $13.99 $3.48
Figure My Little Pony $12.99 $3.24
Figure My Little Pony $12.99 $3.24
Figure Zoobles $7.99 $1.98
Figure Zoobles $7.99 $1.98
Figure Littlest Pet Shop $8.99 $6.28
Figure Littlest Pet Shop $3.99 $2.78
Figure Littlest Pet Shop $3.99 $2.78
Figure Littlest Pet Shop $3.99 $1.98
Figure My Little Pony $14.99 $3.74
Figure Polly Pocket Kit $16.99 $4.24
Figure Bakugon Holder $9.99 $4.98
Figure Bakugon Holder $9.99 $4.98
Figure Tron Action Figure $9.99 $2.48
Figure Tron Action Figure $9.99 $2.48
Figure Bakugon Mechagon $17.99 $4.48
Figure Bakugon Mechagon $17.99 $4.48
Figure Pokemon Center $15.99 $3.98
Figure Bakugon Battle Gear $5.99 $1.48
Figure Bakugon Battle Gear $5.99 $1.48
Figure Bakugon $7.99 $2.06
Figure My Little Pony $12.99 $3.24
Figure Angelina Ballerina Toy $6.84 $1.71
Figure Angelina Ballerina Toy $6.84 $1.71
Figure Polly Pockets $10.99 $2.74
Figure Polly Pockets $10.99 $2.74
Figure Transformers Action Figures $9.99 $2.48
Figure Thor $12.99 $3.24
Figure Thor $12.99 $3.24
Figure Ben 10 Humongosaur $8.79 $2.18
Figure Ben 10 Spidermonkey $8.79 $2.18
Figure Transformer vehicle $14.99 $3.74
Figure Phinneas and Ferb Set $9.99 $2.48
Figure Phinneas and Ferb Set $9.99 $2.48
Figure Phinneas Squishy Head $5.99 $1.48
Figure Dr. Doofenshmirtz Squishy Head $5.99 $1.48
Figure Talking Phineas $9.99 $2.48
Figure Talking Ferb $9.99 $2.48
Figure Strawberry Shortcake Twirling Flower Fashion $14.99 $3.24
Game Monkey Dunk Game $14.79 $3.68
Game PlayDoh Smashed Potatoes Game $19.99 $4.98
Game Rock Em Sock Em Robots Game $18.99 $4.74
Game Toy Story Airport Adventure Game $20.99 $5.24
Game Hyperdash Game $19.99 $4.98
Game Sorry spin Game $18.99 $4.74
Game Moustrap Game $19.99 $4.98
Game Balderdash Game $24.99 $6.24
Game Funglish Game $19.99 $4.98
Game Battleship Build Game $14.99 $4.98
Game Uno Spin Game $9.99 $4.98
Game Lego Connect 4 Game $9.99 $2.48
Game Playdoh Toy Time Race Game $14.99 $3.74
Vehicles Matchbox Rolling Barrel set $17.99 $4.98
Vehicles DC Super Friends Shake and Go car $11.99 $2.98
Vehicles Cars Hotwheels $4.99 $1.24
$1,304.10 $393.23

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dolly & Me Hair Accesories ;)

Just got done creating a new line for my shop - Dolly & Me hair accessories! I have them listed on etsy, and in addition, I'm giving 20% off with coupon code THANKS. These would be great for Halloween, Christmas, or everyday.

Dolly & Me Accessories - Red and Ribbon Fancy Clips
Dolly & Me Accessories - Pink and Ribboned Fascinator Clips
$10.99 USD
Dolly & Me Accessories - Purple Satin Clips
$10.99 USD

Have a great week, everyone ;)


Friday, July 22, 2011

Who loves free stuff? 5 Blog Giveaways!! (Jewelry, Hairpieces, etc!!)

I'm so excited to be part of Flapper Fashion's giveaway week, where she has 5 days worth of giveaways listed! Go and check it out - It's amazing! I really want to win the charm from Tuesday, or the ring from Wednesday!  Go on over there and take a chance on winning something great!  And I'm offering a 40% discount on today's giveaway blogpost for her!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hobby Lobby 90% off - Gotta love a sale!

There's not much I love more than my kids, my husband, and my family and friends. The only thing that takes a close second is a good sale ;)

I stopped into Hobby Lobby for some sequined trim. But seriously, I have never, ever walked out of there or Michael's with ONLY what I went for. I think I have a sickness (or weakness ;)!)

They had 90% off of their clearance home goods. $157.85 worth of goodies for...$23.87. A savings of 133.98. AWESOME!

Oh, I went a bit crazy! I bought 6 baskets, 2 metal signs, a decorative box, and six candles for my fireplace! The three stacked baskets in the first picture, along with the dark ones, are for displaying items from my shop at craft fairs. The light colored moses basket is for my daughter to carry her dolly in. (It has a broken piece on the side, but I'm going to fix it in a later post!)  The motorcycle sign is for hubby's man cave, in honor of his motorcycle, and the fishing sign is for my son who has discovered a love of fishing with grandpa. The decorative "amor" box is for all the little trinkets and love letters from my sweetie over the years, and the candles are filling my fireplace for a little pretend fire during the summer.

EEK! I love sales ;)

Etsy Photo Shoot #2

I have so much fun at these photo shoots with all the little models! They are too adorable each time ;) These are all items I've added - or am adding - to Prose Boutique!

200 Follwers? :)

If I can get to 200 followers here on Facebook, then I will host a giveaway of items from my shop, Prose Boutique! To enter, "like" Prose Boutique on Facebook, and leave a comment here with what item you'd like to win! For extra entries, have your friends "like" the page - and then have them leave a comment here or on my wall with who sent them!

I'm really excited to be running my own little company, and I want to share the joy I have in sewing - so be sure to "like" me for a chance to win!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Everyday is a Good Day

The past two weeks have been a bit rough. Our dryer broke. My husband's car was hit around midnight while it was parked outside by a hit and run driver (thankfully, no one was in the car). Our septic overflowed in the basement, thanks to roots growing through the pipes. And my car was almost hit yesterday by a teen driver who swerved into my lane (causing me to swerve into oncoming traffic) - but luckily, no one got hit.

And it's weeks like this where I often find myself taking a few deep breaths and remembering it could be worse. No one is sick, no one is hurt. Those broken things are replaceable and fixable.

In the midst of these days, I've come to find that I truly look forward to every single morning. Not just because I wake up breathing (thankfully!), but because of how each morning starts.

Around 4 a.m. when my hubby gets up for work, my daughter climbs into bed with me to snuggle. Okay, 80% snuggle, 20% flail every limb and bruise me. But snuggling trumps ;)

Then when my "cuddle" alarm goes off (this is what my son calls it, because it's set for a half hour before we get up, so we can snuggle), he crawls out of his bed and into mine. My daughter snuggles up against my back, I snuggle my arms around my son, and for a half hour I am in heaven.

I know it won't always be like this. He's nearly six, and the days where snuggling mom are no longer cool are rapidly approaching. And before I know it, my little girl will be growing up and I'll be snuggle-less in the mornings.

When the real alarm finally goes off, I give them each some tickles and their smiles light up the room, before they attack me with kisses and ask for five more minutes of snuggles.

It's in moments like this that nothing broken or frustrating even enters the realm of my mind, because I'm too busy experiencing first hand how lucky and blessed my life really is. And on weekends, when the whole family is snuggling in that big ol' bed, I know I never felt more complete than with my wonderful little family. They are my whole life, and I'm perfectly okay with that.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Spicing up the Little Black Dress

I recently had a wedding to go to. In typical girl style, I had to find a new dress. What I came up with not only saved me money, but became a useful way to change up plain t-shirts, too! (and I make them for my shop, here).

Obviously, right? Because the 20 I have in my closet just wouldn't do. (I don't understand either. Apparently, this is just how it works.)

So after at least 10 stores, and what felt like 10 million dresses, here were my thoughts:

1) I'm too fat.
2) I'm too pale.
3) This dress is too hot.
4) That dress is too thin.
5) This dress is too long.
6) That dress is too short.

Oh, the comments could go on and on. When I got home, and was playing around with flowers for headbands, I thought, hmmmmmm....

Now, I have a cute, little black dress. Very simple, with some ruffles at the bottom and a drop waist. It's thin so it's great for summer, but it is so plain. And black. And this was a wedding I was going to. I didn't want to permanently alter my dress, but I thought of an even better solution - make a clip that I can clip onto the neckline, and change out!

I made two, and from there picked one. One was multi-colored with spring colors, the other was a royal blue. My husband's favorite color is royal blue, so I went with that one. I even made an extra flower to clip on my little black purse, but I forgot to take a photo :(

So anyway, I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures, but it was a point and shoot, and it was dark. I did make a couple for my shop, too.

BIG Discount ;) I love a deal - especially for Chocolate Day, which is July 7!

Tomorrow is Chocolate Day - and also 7/7 - so I am hosting a little deal at my shop - 40% off your entire order (excludes shipping). Please feel free to share the deal with friends.

Some of the items available include:

Feathery Panda Pretty
Feathery Panda Pretty
$4.99 USD

Blue Satin Rosette & Rhinestone Headband 
Blue Satin Rosette & Rhine...
$4.99 USD

Pink, Frayed Heart Shirt with Matching Hairclip 
Pink, Frayed Heart Shirt w...
$14.99 USD

White Satin Floral Bib Necklace
White Satin Floral Bib Nec...
$15.99 USD

Mischevious Monkey Headband
Mischevious Monkey Headban...
$4.99 USD

Pink & Blue and Just for You
Pink and Blue and Just For You

Go Green (and pink) Bib and Matching headband

Go Green (and pink) Bib an...
$14.98 USD

The Little Black Dress Remedy - Bright Spring Colors
$16.99 USD
Peach Satin Rosette


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