(Almost) Wordless Wednesday : #365 Kids

The 365 Kids Project

You know the Project 52 that is all the rage in blogland? Where you take a portrait of your kids once a week every week? Come on now! Calling it portrait is pretentious (especially since most of the pics are taken with an iphone) and taking a picture of my kids once a week seems pretty slackerish. Perhaps there is more to it and maybe I am just not artsy enough to get it. But I decided to do something different this year and post an everyday picture of my kids to Instagram. Every day. I hashtagged it #365Kids.

And while I haven’t made it every day, I still love seeing the results. I will take these funny moments over hipster 52 portraits every time.

Making Life Simpler With Target Phramacy

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So did everyone see this hilarious blog post about a trip to Target? I can’t relate at all.
I WISH!

This is so me. Target totally draws me in with their awesome style. And their spa like shopping experience. Yeah, there are no woodwind sounds (thank goodness) but clean aisles, in store caffeinated drinks, and cool items are pretty much the spa treatment for this stressed out mom. And hey they even have lounges and scented candles, though the staff frowns upon you laying on them and huffing the candle scent. Not that I would know. *cough*
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A Pumpkin and Peppermint Parent Playdate

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client Nestle Coffeemate

Cbias CoffeeMate Shop Peppermint and Pumpkin Playdate

Forget Friendsgiving, I am all about Momsgiving. Friendsgiving is all the rage in the blogosphere but the thought of making another big meal? Pashaw. What I really want to do is hang out with my friends. After all, tis the season to be thankful and I am super grateful to have a supportive group of friends, especially during the hectic holiday season.

So I decided to have a parent playdate. Because we parents need to see our friends too!
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Get Your Healthcare On, Yo!

This post was sponsored by Anthem BCBS through The Motherhood.

Affordable Care Act The Motherhood Anthem BCBS

One thing, as I have listened to the debates and opinions, is that so many people feel fine paying out of pocket. As someone who has been immersed in ongoing health issues… YOU DON’T WANT TO DO THAT! Consider this: the average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is $30,000 and even something (relatively) simple like a broken arm can cost $2,500 or more without health insurance. And that is without surgery!

Why I want to write about the Affordable Care Act:
• 42% of Americans are unaware that the ACA is the law of the land
• 45% know nothing at all about the health insurance exchanges
• 75% of uninsured adults are unaware that they will have new insurance options
(sources: Kaiser Family Foundation and Enroll America)

Let me break this down for you!
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Unconvential Wedding Gifts From Target

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Sometimes I really love this whole blogging gig. Like when Target says “hey want to go to our store and show how you can pair up some items to make a cool wedding gift with the theme “Be Yourself, Together?” Um, YES!

They gave me a list of frequently registered products and told me to come up with an gift that paired one of them with other products available at Target. Well I LOVED the idea so much that I came up with five ideas!

Shopping from a Target Wedding registry is so much fun because the couple can add all sorts of things. And it is easy to find items that make the gift truly special and unique. Click below to see how I what I would give a couple that represents the old saying “opposites attract”!
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The Two Dollar Gift Any Dad Will Love

Cheap Gift For Dad
Still need something for Father’s Day? Well if you live within driving distance of a Walgreens, you can make an awesome gift for just a dollar. For reals! And it only takes a minute or two!

Don’t believe me? click though and find out how!
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Summer Fun at the Lego Brickathon Event

We got a fun package in the mail over the weekend from everyone’s favorite toymaker: LEGO! Seriously, aren’t Legos the best? I played with them longer than any other toy (not ashamed to say it, I was still building stuff with them in Junior High.) They never failed to spark my imagination.

One beef I do have with them is that everything seems to be pre-fabricated these days. Kids are all about what is making what is on the box. What happened to the pure love of Legos? So I was extra happy that the package actually included a neat little “10 to click” packet that had ten Lego bricks and some fun ideas on what you could make with them, nary a painted or branded Lego in site.

If you are a Lego lover too and want to get your build on, check to see if there is a Lego Brickathon happening near you. These free events are sure to spark a love of building with Legos.

There’s one happening close to me here:
July 25th – September 4th
Branson Landing
100 Branson Landing Blvd.
Branson, MO 65616

Want your kiddos to get a little surprise in the mail? Lego would love to send one reader of The Guavalicious Life a Build With Us pack.  The prize pack contains: LEGO Club Magazine, 10 Bricks to Click (pack of ten bricks with building instructions) and pirate hat.

Just leave a comment with what you would build with ten Legos.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post; thoughts and text are my own.

No Buy July : Week Three Update

Well I just finished entering in my receipts and checking our balances so here is the update for Week 3 of #NoBuyJuly. This week was not good. And like any good wife, I blame my husband. He is the king of impulse shopping. Plus he went out twice this week.

That’s taking the easy way out though.

The real killer was groceries. We are just spending way too much on them and the challenge going forward it going to be figuring out how to cut that bill while still eating clean. I will say though, that I have really curbed unnecessary spending on “things.” I haven’t entered a Target (other to return things) all month. I almost cracked last night with a cart full of Old Navy sale items that would be perfect for BlogHer and Iceland.

But I stayed strong. In fact, we are thinking about extending the no buy thing into August.
Even if No Buy August doesn’t have the same ring to it.

By the Numbers:
Groceries: $147.52
Going Out: $39.50
Eating Out: $33.28
Misc (pullups and batteries): $40.12

 
Want to know more?
The No Buy July mission.