Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Minnie Mouse Toy Find

Bear is obsessed with Mickey and Minnie lately.  I'm happy to indulge him as he is stretching his vocabulary when he wants to talk about them.  He really liked the Minnie Mouse figure with the snap on clothes so when I saw two different toy lots for sale for the small Minnie figures I jumped on them right away.

From what I figured out there are about 6 different sets total between the two lots.  Two of them were the exact same so I kept the best ones and resold the duplicates.  I sort of knew this going in but neither seller wanted to separate their lots.  I figured they don't need multiple sets so I might be able to resell some to offset the cost.  I was able to, but more on that later.

Here is what I kept.  I would say this is about half of what I purchased and I still feel like it is a bit much there.  From what I can figure out there is an agility pet training course, a flower shop, Minnie House, Pet salon (1 of 2), and pet vehicle.  There were some other odds and ends that kept like a car and scooter.

I sold the additional agility course.

The flower shop is missing the counter, but who cares.

The Pet Salon was the other duplicate set.
They were both in similar condition making it easy to
figure out what to put in the lot I was selling.

As for the figures I pretty much divided up the duplicates keeping the best ones for my kids, then it was a toss up among the rest.  Nothing was in bad condition so I had Bear pick a few that he liked and I picked a few for the lot I was selling.  In the end half went into each lot.  It felt silly to keep even this many figures, but if Bear messes a few up they can be retired or something.  

Tucked in the back of one of the lots were these two gems.  Bear was beyond excited to have them.  He uses them along with the Minnie stuff.  While I would have liked more Mickey Mouse stuff, this stuff will hold him over for now.  Heck that may be all I can find, who knows.

When all was said and done I picked up two lots for a total of $25.  After cleaning and posting them on the for sale for $25 someone picked them up rather quickly.  This means that everything you see above cost me no money at all.  It did take a small bit of time as I had to post it on a for sale site and deal with several no shows.  I picked them up from a location I was going to anyway so no extra costs for gas.  The only technical expense was that of the Clorox wipes that I would have used anyway.  All in all, I was able to have it not cost me anything I'll call it a win!

OK, the pricing of my lot for sale is going to spark a bunch of emails so let me address that in advance.  When I picked up the Minnie Mouse Lots there were dozens and I mean Dozens of people posting their own sets in various conditions.  I happened to snag two of the best looking and cheapest lots.  By the time I had picked them up and went to resell them the prices on these Minnie toys had sky rocketed.  They went from being $10-15 to $45-50.  Nothing changed about what was being sold other than the demand for them.  I could have posted my lot and made a profit off of it.  I have done that in the past, however, I just wanted it gone.  If someone had tried to haggle I would have dropped my price.  No one did and my lot sold relatively quickly.  I'm honestly happy this toy was at no cost to me.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dear EV (May 2017 - Ten Months Old)

Dear EV,

Another month flies by!  How are you already 10 months old!  I wish I could freeze time!  Now would be the age I would keep you at if I could.  I love how you light up when you see family members, how you melt when we hold you up high then bring you back down for kisses, and just how eager you are to discover everything you can. 

That eagerness means that you don't like to sit still.  In fact, I think you crawl miles all over this now empty house every single day.  You have even started to climb!  I think you will be the one I worry most about with your fearless nature.  That trait I hope stays with you as you but doesn't give me heart attacks on a regular basis.  

I've mentioned before that you have a big personality.  That you know what you like, when you would like it, and nothing else will do.  This has become acutely present during this move.  For the most part, this hasn't been to back, but heaven help us.  The closer you get to bed time the more vocal you are about getting exactly what you want.  This can make for some long (and loud) evenings.  

I know this behavior is coming from two places.  The move is rough on us and we can fully understand it.  The second is from those dang top two front teeth.  You are chewing on everything lately which I am hoping will help those teeth work their way out once and for all!  The grumpy behavior will likely be short lived, but I just keep reminding myself of the saying "this too shall pass."  The good and the bad, it all passes.  

OK onto your current stats:

Weight: 18.63 lbs (birth weight: 6 lbs)* 

Length: inches (birth length: 19 in)*

*Done by us since you don't have a doctors appointment until you're 12 mo.

Diaper size: you and still in size 3, but you are moving up to size 4 very soon!  They are getting tight on you so we must move you up.  Though I don't think you have ever exploded a size 3.  This has more to do with that cute big belly and getting a good fit on you.

Clothing size:  I have moved you up to 6-9 mo clothing and wow was it long overdue.  Who knows you wouldn't practically fill out a sleeper lengthwise when we just moved you into it.  We will have to make it work for now as I do not want to have to move you up to the next size anytime soon.

  You have a strong preference for real food.  You prefer a chunky or thick puree over a bottle of formula any day.  It has become a struggle to get you to drink enough ounces during the day.  Who know this would be the complete opposite of your brother.  I am hoping you start to take solids a bit easier as we introduce them more and more to you.

Likes: I handed you a spoon and since then you don't like to never go anywhere.  You like that more than any teething ring, or teething toy we have.  You chomp away on that spoon day and night!  The other toys you seem to like are the musical soccer ball, the push jeep, and the VTech cube that may become the death of me.  You also love this Netflix show of nursery rhymes.  It is our last ditch effort when we need some peace and quiet to get stuff done.  

 Clearly being confined is not your thing.  You also seem to really miss the swivel aspect of the exersaucer.  The pop-up one doesn't have that feature.  The transition to the pack and play has not been an easy one either.  You are however doing better with it as time goes on.   

 Standout moment(s):  This month one of my favorite things happened!  I walked into your room in the morning and you were standing up at the railing yelling.  There are tons of milestones you have gone through and plenty you will soon have, but this one, right here, is my favorite.  I honestly never thought I would get the chance since the room was filled with boxes of your stuff.  I assumed I would be seeing you do this for the first time in the pack and play.  I am so very happy to see you do this in your crib first though.  There is just something about the sight of you standing there with your huge smile that makes me melt.  I love it!  

Looking Forward:  I am looking forward to seeing you try to walk on your own.  You have started to try to stand independently which is going amazingly well, but I can't wait for those first steps.  



Friday, May 26, 2017

Favorites on a Friday

It's been a little while since I have done one of these.  Here are a few things that I am loving lately.

French Press Coffee - While this is more because the Keurig is in storage, I don't hate it.  I try to take the time to stop and enjoy my coffee since it took a little bit of extra work to get the delicious pick me up.

The Time to Clean
- "If you have time to lean, you have time to clean."  please tell me that quote is not lost on you all.  Anyway, we normally have our HHG packed up, moved out, and then leave ourselves within a day or two.  It left very little time to deep clean the house the way it is expected for a final move out.  This time we have more time than we know what to do with.  So I can clean a little bit at a time without killing myself to get it all done.

Jake Owen "American Country Love Song" - Or the whole album really will likely be playing on repeat this summer.  His stuff is always perfect for long car trips or even hanging by the pool.  

Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Granola - I love this stuff.  I can even eat the cluster as is, however, I typically have this with my Greek yogurt for breakfast.

These Cookies I hoard - They are my favorite cookies ever, but they only come out at Christmas time.  I can also only seem to find these at the commissary.  I seriously hoard these things like the end of the world is coming.  This is my last bag and I'm savoring every last bite!

What have you been loving lately?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lightly Worded Misplaced Post

The Last Minute things that needed to be done the night before the packers came.  This post belongs sometime after all the sorting and selling, but before the movers come.  Obviously, this one slipped through the cracks.  Here it is now.  Better late than never.

Testing out the new kid equipment

Last minute laundry the day before the movers came.

Pictures off the walls

Cleaned outdoor furniture

Packed my kids books because I don't like the packers doing it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Home Tour: Eve's Nursery

This poor abandon post has been sitting in my draft folder for months!  The house is currently empty, but I want to make sure that this gets posted as its Eve's Nursery.  The place she came home to and spent the first 9 months of her life in.  Better late than never right?


I guess at six months old I should get around to doing this post.  I like many aspects of her nursery and the rest well, it is what it is.  The room as a whole is as good as its going to get while we live here.  I know it sounds terrible to say that, but let's face it, we are only here for a few more months.  At the next location, I will take some extra time and care in how I unpack and set up her room.  There will hopefully be better closets or storage so it won't be so crowded.  Until then this will have to do.  Now with the lack luster intro to her room, here we go.

This is the smallest bedroom up stairs.  It worked for Bear (who was still in the crib) when we moved in.  We did not want to have to take it apart to move it out of the room so we switched Bear to the other room.  This by default then became Eve's nursery.  When I started moving in all of the infant items we had scattered around the house it quickly began feeling cramped.  Understandably so with all the extras that come with her being the second child.  I think we did the best we could with what we have to make it work for her.

As you will see there is a LOT in there.

The closet is behind the chair.  I am not going to open it, but it's not very big.  It is however very packed with stuff.  More than I care to share with the world.

The pictures on the wall behind the chair are some of my favorites.  They don't exactly fit the room per say.  What I love about them is that Hubby picked them out.  When I was looking for art for her room he didn't like anything I picked out.  We were walking around Target when he found these confessing that he loved the two pictures for her room.  How could I not use them?  I will make them work better in the next location, but they aren't as dark as the pictures make them out to be.

 I found the nightstand/table at a yard sale and thought it would work perfectly for this space.  I needed something there that I can use to put a drink down on it or her humidifier.  I really like the more ornate table for her that went along with her lamp.  To me, it was a bit more feminine.

Like I said earlier, her crib is the same one that Bear used.  It was in great shape so there was no need to get a new one.  I did get new bedding.  I love her ruffled bed skirt.  I would like to put that on her toddler bed when she moves out of the crib.  The same goes for her sheets.

We needed artwork for the room that was cheap so we made the pictures above the crib.  We each made one.  I really like how they came out.  I hope she likes them too.  

There just so much in this corner of the room, but the basics are in this picture.  The labeled pic is from early on as you can see there is less on the cloth diaper holder.  

The cloth diaper holder is one of the best investments.  We did a bit of cloth diapering obviously and this just made storing them and accessing them so much easier!

I knew I wanted a mirror over the changing table.  I was hoping to find a bigger one, but I loved this frame too much to pass it up.  The plan that we never got to was to hang the bow holders and her yarn letter on either side of the mirror.  Next location maybe?

There are hints of the mint color in the scuff marks on the mirror that are hard to see in this picture.  I love it!

On top of the cloth diaper storage is sort of a catch all.  The wooden board was simply to keep the top from bowing.  Bear picked out a hat like his that covered the fact that we never trimmed the board to fit.  Oops!  Eve has acquired quite the doll collection already!  Thank you, friends and family, for this.  Some plush dolls/Disney princesses, a toddler doll, Groovy Girl dolls, and a Jelly Cat Bashful Bunny.  There is also a bath toy (paw patrol's Everest) and her "piggy" Bank which is the fox.

 This picture was sitting up there as a well for a long time.  I got around to getting a frame for it just before taking the pics for this post.  This is one of my favorite things in the room. 

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out.  I will make some changes for the next location and as she gets older, but I am happy with the choices I made for her room thus far.  The decision to not pick up a bed in a bag style nursery was the best choice we could make!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kitchen Set Finds

My used toy finds lately seem to be never ending.  The saying is usually "you get while the getting is good."  There just seems to be plenty of amazing deals out there and these two toys certainly fall into that category.  

A little while ago, I was browsing the local second-hand kid's shop looking for deals.  I didn't find much as I thought everything is way over priced for the most part.  I did, however, find one decent deal.  The leapfrog picnic basket set. I cleaned it up and I don't think it looks half bad.  Two stickers needed to be removed.  I hate stickers on kids toys even if they are meant to be there.   The toy is meant for 6-36m so I figured it could be a good Birthday gift for Eve.   Paid:$5  New: discontinued so grossly over priced online.  I call that a win in my book.

Another kitchen related find was the leapfrog cook and play Potsy.  It's a 12-36 mo toy. I wanted this for Bear back when he was little, but I couldn't find it then.  Someone local was getting rid of their set and I gladly took it off their hands for a whole $10.  Bear saw it and joyfully freaked out. He wanted to play with it right away.  I cleaned up off, not that it needed it, before letting him try it out.  Let's just say this toy may cause some tears when Eve gets it for her birthday.  Thankfully she always seems willing to share with her big brother, at least for now anyway. This is missing the 2 cups and 2 utensils the blanket.  This didn't bother me as I felt the savings were worth it.  Paid:$5   New: $18

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Staring at Trucks All Day

AKA...the day the movers came.

They arrived right on time at 8 AM sharp which normally never happens. I'm very happy that they wanted to get an early start as the kids seem to do better easing into the morning.  This site though brought with it lots of nervousness in me.  I knew it was going to be a long day and I just wanted it all to go smoothly.  

 I mean doesn't she look thrilled to be awake?  She mean mugged just about anyone that looked at her for a long time this morning.

 They started with the stuff downstairs first because pretty much all the heavy items were down there.  The washer, dryer, deep freezer, gun safe and treadmill are not easy things to pack.  They pulled everything out onto the driveway or lawn.  It didn't look so bad at first.

I tried to relax a bit so Hubs made some french press coffee.  There was no way I was making it through today without coffee.  It was delicious as always.  Thank you Hubs!

Bear is not a fan of mornings either however his butt was the first one up.  So when the excitement of the big truck arriving ended he wanted to get in the poor movers' way.  I would love to say that the iPad was hardly used but by this point in the process I just wanted the kid quiet and contained.  Eve was content for a while just playing in her corral area with the toys so we let her be.

I was able to plop my butt down in the middle of the living room with my hot cup of coffee while the kids were entertained.  I had a good view of what was going on outside as well.  Normally I never pay this much attention to the packing.  That's Hubs job.  However, I couldn't help but watch this weird live Tetris with our stuff.

Remember how I said that it wasn't bad at first?  This is when I started thinking that we have too much stuff.  That I need to seriously downsize on the flip end because this is just a lot when it's displayed out on your front lawn.

I needed something to do to get my mind off of how much was there so I went to help Hubs take apart the crib.  Now, normally we let the movers or packer do that sort of thing.  They asked if Hubs minded taking apart some of the furniture as they were short handed.  The only item he felt comfortable taking apart was the crib as it's all by hand.  Until putting the screws back in.  Which this new tool made it very easy.  

   We left Bears IKEA Kura bed, our bed and the kitchen table for them to take apart.  Time wise I think it took two guys 20 minutes to take apart Bears bed while the third guy took apart the kitchen table and our bed in that same time.  The crib took Hubs (and a very little bit of help from me) about 25minutes start to finish.  So it did save them some time. It also gave me the opportunity to take a Clorox wipe to it.  

Once they emptied the downstairs you realize how much random dust/debris and dog hair work their way into every little nook.  I was also shocked at the color difference in the carpet!  The top pick is where my treadmill was for almost 2 years.  I swear we vacuum more than normal and even clean the carpets more than normal.  Thankfully the vacuum over this made a world of difference, but yuck!

The pups couldn't be in the back yard while they were emptying out the lower level as they had to go through the back yard with everything.   That meant the dogs were stuck out in the porch.  It was sunny but not a terribly hot day thanks to a cool breeze, however, the dogs liked the makeshift shading.  

At this point, they moved onto the grass. They seem to need more space as they were trying to find just the right item to fit into the crates.  I swear that is not an easy job.  "Bring me a light small item this big." I don't envy having to do this especially not as we looked on.

I mean the goal is to pack the crates full without damaging anything.  They certainly had enough stuff to work with!  

Right around noon the first truck was packed and on its way out.  We had a total of 5 crates on that truck.  

The second truck arrived and they quickly began filling the crates with the majority of stuff from the upper level of our house. 

Like I said earlier, Hubs was not going to touch Bear's Bed.  It was too many pieces and too many ways it could go wrong.  We did not want to be responsible for that.  Eve napped in her car seat while they emptied the upstairs.  Bear also took a break for lunch and watches some videos on the iPad.

This was our view.  One person brings things to the stairs and someone else bringing it outside.

Once the house was clear we all went outside to get a bit of fresh air.  Bear had fun just sitting around watching the movers fill the crates until the garbage trucks came by.  

This is our setup now.  Eve's corral is off in now corner to give her some space to play without being in the way.  She liked the freedom.  

I mentioned Bear liked to watch the trucks that kept coming by as well as the movers.  For the most part, this was his way of doing so.  Aside from the moving trucks, we had the Garbage truck, Recycling truck, two tree cutting trucks, and several larger pickup trucks driving back around our tiny neighborhood. He seemed to enjoy it the most.  Little boys and their trucks.

On a side note...  This is Eve's first move.  It needed to be documented for some odd reason.  She handled it pretty well so far.  Now we will see how she does in the pack and play.  Fingers crossed it goes well, please!

They finished up and closed the 11th crate at 4:30 PM.  Technically we filled 10 1/2 crates and there were tons of moving blankets in with the last of our stuff.  Thankfully they didn't need anything else, but they did seem to have to mount some items on the outside.

Goodbye Stuff!

When the truck pulled out we were itching to get out of the house and get some food.  We really hadn't eaten all day so we need deliciously gross food.  Naturally, that meant Red Robin.  Bear would actually eat something more than just gold fish crackers and Green Machine.  I'm happy to report that he ate his whole meal and some of mine.

Now it's time to set up our cots and the kids beds so off I go!

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...