November 12, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - Random Things I Love

I love posts when people share their favorite things.  Why?  Because it's fun to get the scoop on things before buying or to get a good idea from a friend.  So, today I'm sharing a few random things I really like.

1) Olfa sent me a set of their Precision Applique Scissors.  I tried them out and they are great for cutting out little details.  They were small and super sharp.  Both loops on the handle are big, which means if you are left handed they would work for you, too.  Also, it means you can squeeze three fingers into one hole to have greater control as you cut.  I was thrilled to add these handy little guys to my collection.

2) Where's Mommy App.  My friend told me about this app the other day.  It's a simple game for your kids.  It asks, "Where's the dog?" and they click the right button, BUT they let you add your own pictures and voice to it so it can be a totally personalized game.  Both my boys are loving it.

3) Classified Ads.  I just picked up a desk for $20 today.  Seriously?  I have way better luck surfing the classifieds than I do hitting up DI.  Here in Utah I go to  And I just sold a bunch of stuff on there.  You can't beat listing stuff for free.  I like Craig's List as well, but I have better luck here with KSL.

4) A timer.  I purchased a timer the other day.  Why?  Let me tell you the honest truth.  When I tell my kids I will do something in 5 minutes I have to hear them ask me, "When are you going to.." the entire duration of that 5 minutes.  Now they don't.  I set a timer instead.  It also gives them a visual aid to understand timing better.  And I really like it.

5) The mall.  I've never been a big mall person.  I never even bought a double stroller so I could go there. However, during these cold months it's a great $2 outing.  We play in the play area there, through a few pennies in the fountain, buy a pretzel with cheese to share (which we get 50% because of a fundraiser card we got talked into), and ride the escalators/elevators.  The boys love it and I literally spend under two dollars (pennies for fountain included :)

Do you have a random tip or thing you love?  I would honestly LOVE to hear about it.  Let's swap.  Thanks for reading.


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