I thought it would be fun to do a little monthly chat on My Frugal Adventures. I have been blogging for over 5 years now and sometimes I find things I really love but they might not be a super great deal so I never get around to posting them. See that little tiny person above getting squished by her big sister? Hard to believe MFA was born before she was! And that other gorgeous little one in the blue? That is the reason I started couponing- to save money so I could stay at home with her and not go back to work ;).
I know some of you visit this site regularly (and THANK YOU for that!!) and I thought it might be nice to take a break from the deals and just have a little chat with some things I have found, loved and just the things going on behind the screen here at My Frugal Adventures. Remember Coffee Talk from Saturday Night Live? Let’s channel our inner Mike Meyers and all talk amongst ourselves.
We limped to the finish line for school and we are finally done as of this week. The last week of school I still put little notes or stickers or whatever in lunchboxes for my girls every day- usually I write a little something “So proud of you! Let’s go swimming after school” or whatever. The last week of school I found a note tucked in the fridge from my preschooler that read “I No Carrot!” which still cracks me up- she meant she doesn’t like carrots and stop putting them in lunch- but just represents the ongoing battle to be sure my little darlings eat real food and not just junk day after day. Anyone else fighting the good battle there? That is a big focus for summer- a sugar detox for our entire family.
This week we are actually on a little vacation to Southern California- we drove down to Palm Springs to visit Grandpa Joe and then we leave for San Diego for a whopping 7 days. I can’t wait since the heat this summer in Sacramento has been awful! So I am actually going to a conference in San Diego but catching a day at the ball park with the family (our beloved Mariners are in town!), a day at Legoland and I am hoping to catch some time at the beach too.
Any San Diego folks have restaurant recommendations while we are in town?
Here I am with my girls at the Children’s Museum- they LOVED it and we had a terrible time pulling them away after spending about 4 hours playing games, doing crafts, painting a car….
One of the highlights was in the dress up area where they had typewriters and sewing machines and other props and my 5 year old sat down at the typewriter and said “Mommy what is this?”…. cut to my flashbacks of having typing classes in high school and I suddenly realize I am ooolllldddd.
I just heard about this nail polish that is supposed to last an entire week. I have a love- hate relationship with nail polish because it literally lasts a day for me. So I just got this polish and it has been amazing! Mine lasted 5 days and on the 6th day I just had some small chips on the nail tip- easy touch up time. You are supposed to use the top coat with this polish and I did not so I can’t wait for that to come and then I bet this lasts the full week for me. I got it in Lobster Roll which is a pretty happy redish orange color and best of all it is really affordable- about $5.
I just finished The One and Only from Emily Giffin and loved it. I finished this book in like 3 days. If you aren’t familiar with Emily Giffin she does lovely stories that are compelling and easy to read. Her book Something Blue was a movie starring Cameron Diaz years ago.
My hair has been so sad and dry lately from spending time in the sun and the pool and not taking good care of it in general. So I discovered this amazing leave in product called Its a 10. I ordered it off Amazon and I have been LOVING this stuff. I just picked up the conditioner at Target because I love the leave in so much.
I am loving these little weekend bags from Target for $34.99. I keep trying to justify buying a new summer travel bag when I already have a few… Sigh- we’ll see if the temptation is to much to resist. There are so many cute ones– a blue pineapple bag, a striped one, a light floral pattern and this orange one looks eh in the photo but in store it is really pretty. And my favorite color is orange! Meant to be right?
And as for behind the scenes- I have been working on photographing some of the fun stuff I have been making and doing with the kids. We always have a long Funner Summer list and this year is no different!
I think I am also gonna start a redesign of the blog. Nothing fancy but maybe a change to the graphics and then hopefully I can find the time to update some of the older articles on the site. Those have been woefully neglected.
Another project in the works is putting all the recipes on one page for quick reference, kid’s activities on one page etc… Hopefully it will be a super easy reference place for those of you that like those posts. (And PS- did I say thank you yet? Thank you! It is so fun for me to venture off the beaten path and do something a little different once in awhile. I really appreciate the support on those posts because it is nerve-wracking to put yourself out there.)
And that is about it for my first ever Behind the Screens of My Frugal Adventures. Does anyone have cool stuff they are up to this summer? I’d love to follow you on Instagram and see what you are up to! Just hashtag #funnersummer14 and I will see what fun things you are doing and creating!
And now back to regularly scheduled programming…