Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Day at Disney Springs {Our Version of Legoland}

Last week I shared with you our day at Disney's The Magic Kingdom. Today I want to recap our time at Disney Springs. Disney Springs is an open air shopping center with restaurants, a large pond that you can boat across and a few hotels. It's perfect for shopping, especially if your little one likes Legos. Connor had asked to go to Legoland but we didn't want to pay the expensive fees since we were planning to go to Disney later in the week. Lucky for us, the Lego Store at Disney Springs gave Connor all his little heart could want in the form of Legos.

Connor has been playing with Legos daily for the last year or so. While they make a mess and I find them all over our home, it occupies his time for hours and he loves building new creations. When visiting Disney Springs, he called the Lego store Legoland and well, we let him believe it. Mean Momma and Papa, right? I don't feel one bit guilty as it saved us a ton of money. Here are some highlight from our day out along with photos from our day at Disney Springs. 

--- Connor got to build two Lego racers and race them against other boys and girls.

--- He won the second race, bringing him more joy than I ever expected.

--- Connor walked out of the Lego Store with a full container of new bricks, included sixers which he had to have more of along with 3 new Lego men. 

--- He is now the proud owner of a new potato head that is half Buzz Lightyear and half Stromtrooper. 

--- A boat ride with a pretty view and a hot air balloon is the perfect way to end a day of shopping.

Disney Springs is such a fun place to shop and dine, even people watch. When we make back to Orlando I am certain we will spend another day here. I mean, it is "Legoland" after all. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Lesson in Luck {Free Clover Printable}

A couple weeks ago James and I attended a Christian concert where someone mentioned that we need to stop saying how blessed we are and instead realize that we are in fact spoiled. I don't want to harp on feeling entitled or the difference between being lucky, blessed or spoiled. But it did make me start thinking that I need to more appreciative of the every day things my family has instead of focusing on the things we don't have. It's much easier to want things than to appreciate them, isn't it?

With that in mind, I wanted to sit down with Connor and talk with him about how important it is to be thankful for the things we often take for granted because we don't know what it's like to do without. With the help of Dr. Seuss Connor and I had a fun but grown-up conversation about how we need to give thanks often. 

I love this Seuss book. It's not as popular as others but "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?" is the perfect way to remind little ones of how lucky they are. I know it's often a "grown-up" topic but I want to raise a grateful child, not one who feels like things should be handed to him. Once we read the book, I asked Connor to tell me what he is thankful for and we wrote each answer on four leaf clovers and place them on display on his art easel. 

This particular afternoon Connor was thankful for Jesus, family, Trolls music, toys, friends, TV shows, monkeys, Mommy, Daddy, his school and snacks. Sounds about right for a 4 year old. I'm not sure what it is his loved about monkeys this particular day but hey, we went with it. I know many of these items are materialistic and we talked about how not everyone is lucky enough to have access to cable TV or have a room full of toys to play with. He asked if everyone has a Mommy and Daddy and I told him not always and explain not all families look like ours, that God has created each family different, making everyone's life unique. It might have been "big" talk but I feel confident that Connor understands the importance of appreciating what he has (monkeys included).

I'll be the first to admit that I am not good with grown-up talk with Connor. It's hard for me because I see him as my baby, not a little boy who needs help understanding the world and how lucky he is to have the life he does. I've been very honest with him about how other little boys and girls don't have as much as him so it's important for him to donate toys that he no longer plays with. We've done that twice now, each time allowing Connor to choose what's donated.
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What are you thankful for this morning?
What do you think your little ones would be thankful for if you were to ask? 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Target Clearance For The Win

I can't tell you the last time I've been so excited to share with you my monthly Target finds. This month I focused on the clearance aisle from Valentine's. You'd be surprised at what Target considers clearance. Here is what I scored this month for $10 at Target.

When I went shopping the clearance was marked 70% off and there was still a ton of items left to pick through. This month I spent $10.58 which included my items, tax and my 5% discount with the store's Red Card. I walked away with 9 items. Here is the price breakdown for my goodies...

Reese's Heart Candy $0.50
You Had Me At Coffee $1.49
Green Wire Basket $3.00
Be My Hero Valentine's $0.90
Washi Tape $1.20
My Day Chart $0.90
Phonics Word Flashcards $0.30
Wooden Clips: $0.90
Bubble Sticks: $0.90

I think the winning item from my haul was the mug for just $1.49! They are usually $4.99. I am going to try and do the same kind of shopping after Easter. Many of these items we've used already and others are put back for Valentine's Day next year. I was able to score another of the Be My Hero Valentine's super heroes so we already have Connor's class Valentine's for next year. And for $1.80.

What did you find this month at Target? Be sure to link-up with us below!