FREE PAW Patrol Trick-or-Treat Event at Target! 10/26

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, 2019, here’s just the thing!

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Target is offering a FREE PAW Patrol Trick-or-Treat Event between 10am-1pm! It looks like there will be trick-or-treating, giveaways, and even an opportunity to watch a featured episode of PAW Patrol!

Kids are invited to come in costume (but I’m sure they don’t have to!).

You can find out if your local Target is participating here.

Make sure to follow Fun2Find Deals on Facebook to find more great deals and freebies!

LEGO Deals – 20%-43% off!!

Looking for LEGO Deals? Here are the best ones I’ve found TODAY!

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LEGOs are hard to find deals on some days. Usually 15% off is considered a good sale on LEGOs! All of the sets below are 20%-43% off at the time of posting! Amazon prices can change at any time, so make sure you verify pricing before you buy!

Fantastic Beasts, Star Wars, & Harry Potter fans will be thrilled at these first 3…

Then if you like flying, dinosaurs, or Marvel Super Heroes, you’ll want to check these out!

Of course, I had to include a few LEGO Friends Deals, and that Disney Princess Castle is AMAZING!

Annnnd… if you’ve ALWAYS wanted to own the LEGO Star Wars Solo: A Star Wars Story Kessel Run Millennium Falcon 75212 you can get it now! The Widget below is saying $149.79 at time of post but if you click on it, the price drops even further to $135.99! Regularly $170! That’s a steal!

Make sure you follow Fun2FindDeals on Facebook so you can see what’s on sale in real time!

Back to School Shopping at Jane!

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I know that by the time we get to the end of July most of us start thinking about Back to School. If you follow me on Facebook, you have seen a ton of deals on backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, pencils, scissors, and all the things that come with school! When you *have* to buy the things, you might as well get a good deal on them!

Real quick, though, have you ever checked out Jane for those Back to School items that can’t be found just anywhere? Don’t know what I mean? Well… just keep reading! I’m going to show you a few of my FAVORITE deals in a few categories.

For the Teachers

Jane often has lots of great items for teachers (or teacher gifts, too!). From t-shirts, to personalized classroom items, to fashion to wear to work! Are you a teacher? Have you seen these Classroom Door Decals?! You can welcome your students before they even walk inside your classroom! There are several different sayings available!

Another great deal for teachers are all the fun T-shirt options! Jane frequently has different styles and colors every few days and all different grades are represented. You can wear this t-shirt on the first day of class, or anytime throughout the year!

Or, here’s another adorable option!

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A Personalized Lanyard would be a great way to easily differentiate yourself (and your keys!).

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See more Back to School items here!

Personalized Kids’ Items

I just love personalized items for my kiddos, and they love them, too! They get super excited whenever they see their “letters” on things. “Mom! It’s T like my name!” They also make great gifts for littles in your life like nieces and nephews when you want something extra special! Here’s a couple in the Jane Back to School Sale that I just love!

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Boys’ & Girls’ Fashion

I frequently look for clothes for myself on Jane, but did you know they carry boys’ & girl’ clothes & shoes as well?! Check out these styles that are currently on sale on Jane!

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My little boys have “Whale shoes” (I thought they were sharks when we bought them so we actually call them shark shoes, but my husband pointed out to me after we got them home that they are, in fact, whales) and B really likes to wear them! T, not so much, but that’s ok because I like that they know what they like and don’t like. Grab these adorable Muk Luk Kid’s Canvas Shoes for only $13.99 in 3 different colors/styles + free shipping during the Back to School Sale!

See more children’s items here!

If you have a child who is hesitant to go to school, or you just want to send a little extra love, this necklace is precious for them to keep with them all day long!

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What do you think about all of these great things I found during Jane’s Back to School Sale? Did you find anything you like? There’s many more options available! Also, make sure to follow me on FB to find ALL the best deals on a little bit of everything!

Check out this Personalized 150 pc Art Kit – Perfect for summer indoor activities!

Full Disclosure: Links in this post may be affiliate links. I use these to help keep my blog up and going! I appreciate when you use my links to purchase products (and I know you appreciate knowing it doesn’t cost you any extra!), and I also appreciate you hanging out and reading my blog! Also, find my deal page to see great deals HERE!

As we finish up the last few days of school, I know parents of school-age kids are planning alll the things they want to do while school’s out! I hope you have a lot of fun activities planned! I’m sure you’re also looking for things to do on the days you’re staying home and need some quiet activities! I saw these Personalized 150 pc Art Kits over at Jane and think they would be PERFECT! A little too grown up for my twins, but awesome for school-age kiddos! They’re only $24.99 + free shipping! That’s a better price than Amazon and Walmart as of post time by $30-$40! Wow!

Product Details:

  • 150-Piece Amazing Art Kit
  • Personalize Any Way You Choose
  • 14.75 x 11.5 x 1.75
  • Makes an amazing Gift

This deal is good through tomorrow, so if you want one, order before the deal is gone!

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Product Review Wednesday – Step 2 Kid’s Art Easel

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Some of my favorite gifts for the twins have been things we never asked for! Last year for the twins’ 2nd birthday their Aunt Khaki (Aunt Kathy) got them this Step 2 Easel and some additional dry erase markers. It has been wonderful!

The boys love to color on both the chalkboard side and the white board side. And they really enjoy playing with the magnets as well! It’s super fun! I was really impressed the other day when B told me he wrote his letters and sure enough I looked over and the kid had written his name with no prompting, and pretty will for being barely 3 years old! 

I’m really proud of this! 😀

The boys are really into spelling right now. They usually ask, “What is his/her letters?” pretty much about everyone! They can spell Mimi, Papa, Mom, Dad, their own names, their babysitter, and they’re always working on a new word or name! We use the easel to practice writing a lot!

Since the boys are only 3, and are super curious, we have had a couple issues with chalk and marker turning up where it shouldn’t be. The chalk is definitely easier to get off things, just an FYI haha. I didn’t give them the markers for a while and we had a bit of a learning curve, but they’re sticking to the white board better now. So far our only casualties have been a chair I recovered last year and the wall. 

If you need a travel easel we have had great success with these little wooden boxes! They’re pretty much the same thing, only smaller! We use them for quiet time (I only give them magnets, not markers or chalk if I’m not supervising), in the car, church, or any time we need some sort of quiet play! These would also make a great gift for a little in your life. 

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Tip of the Day – What can Kids get free at Starbucks?!

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Since I was out of town and didn’t get a Product Review Wednesday blog posted, I’m going to share this tip with you today! I thought more people knew about this, but recently found out a lot of my mom friends didn’t know… Did you know that you can get a free “Puppucino” from Starbucks for your kids or pets? Well, you can! It’s a little cup with a dollop of whipped cream and it makes them sooo happy!

For budgeting reasons I try not to go to Starbucks very often, but when I do go I don’t always want to buy something for the twins, too. Is that mean? Lol. The great thing is I don’t have to buy anything for them and we can still all leave with what we want! I just ask for a “Puppucino” for the boys and the barista puts some whipped cream in a little cup for FREE! What’s crazy is each time we go I ask them to make it SMALLER. They like to spoil my boys with more whipped cream than they really should be having and it cracks me up. 

The other day my Mom called me and said she was having a fun day with the twins’ cousin K and wondered if we wanted to do something. I wasn’t sure we could tag along because I needed to go to the grocery store. Well, even though I usually use grocery pickup (Walmart’s is always free, or I use Dillons/Kroger’s if they have super good coupons specific to pickup) because it’s hard to go to the store with two 3 yr olds, my mom talked me into going to the store with them. So, instead of TWO 3 yr olds we went to the store with two 3 yr olds AND a 2 yr old 🤪.

We wanted to make it a fun adventure so we stopped by the in-store Starbucks first, of course. Each of the kiddos got their very own FREE Puppucino and Mom and I got our favorite drinks. Mom’s still learning her favorite drink but mine is a black & white mocha half caff… in case you needed to know 😉

The only negative to our awesome plan was that the kids were pretty much done with their whipped cream by the time we got our drinks… and thus hyped on sugar before we even started shopping. 

Ya know, you live and you learn. To be honest, they actually did a great job. It went really well. I think K kept my boys distracted and they were good little shoppers. It just makes a better story if I act like a martyr pushing 3 cousins around. 😂

Oh, another random tip is that our Dillons (which is a Kroger brand) also give kids free fruit to snack on while you shop. So after the Puppucinos were gone K and the twins got to munch on orange slices. 

It turned into a fun adventure for the kids and I got my grocery shopping done, so I call that a win! Does your local Coffee Shop or Grocery Store have a similar option for kiddos? Never hurts to ask if you don’t know!

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Thoughts on age 3 – Times Two

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My 3 yr old twins switched personalities at 1 years old. Not everything exactly, but the calm, easy going one is now my Curious George who is always finding trouble. And the one that always bit me the first year and refused to nap or be held by anyone else is now pretty easy going and would rather do what he’s supposed to than go find trouble. Most of the time anyway. Haha. 

Have your kids ever done that? Switched personalities or at least swapped characteristics about themselves? It’s the craziest thing! 

What’s funny is my Curious George knows himself pretty well, even at 3 years old. When we’re in a hurry we have them take a shower in our bathroom instead of a bath in theirs. Several times I’ve forgotten to take my husband’s shampoo out and they’ve emptied it 🤦🏼‍♀️. Or I have taken it out and they’ve emptied another bottle of soap. Now when we send them into the shower, Mr. Curious George says “Mom, you forgot to take it out,” and points to the giant shampoo bottle he looooves to pump out and wash down the drain. What a kid! Reminds his mom to child-proof the shower!

Can you SEE the attitude?!

It makes me laugh every time. What kind of kid knows his own self control level so well that he asks the temptations be removed instead of getting into trouble!? 

He’s also learned the art of asking for “Just one more.” He’s realized if he doesn’t ask for much, just a little bit, just one more, he can often get away with just a little more. 

We were warned so many times when the boys were 2 that 3 would probably be harder. I’m not gonna lie, there are some things I don’t like about age 3. The boys have more autonomy so they don’t always like to listen. And it’s more purposeful now. But there are some things I LOVE about age 3. 

I love how creative they are! They can think for themselves and they come up with the funniest/craziest ideas. The things they say and do! I shared this little anecdote on my personal facebook page the other day. They crack me up! 

Since we’ve given up naps (aaaah) we have been working on having a “quiet time” in their room in the afternoons. Mostly so Mom can have a few minutes of quiet. At age 3 they aren’t super good at spending time alone yet, but I feel like we do have some good days where they play happily together without me for a little while. There have been some disastrous days as well… but I try to forget those 😉 

Playing nicely together for a few minutes in their room during “quiet time.”

I’ve been picking up kid’s toys on sale for our quiet time adventures. We have a no-electronics policy during quiet time, so I need things to keep their attention. I made a list of them here

Another things I love about age 3 is being able to give them a small task, and they can do it. Like putting their plates in the sink after a meal, or picking up their dirty laundry. They can also buckle themselves into their carseats now (though sometimes they tell me they don’t remember how). 

We definitely have our whiny moments… hours… days… and from what I hear, we always will! Yet we also have so much fun! My 3 year olds are the biggest challenge I’ve ever encountered, and they’re the biggest joy to my heart. 

Quiet Time Ideas for When Your Little Kids Don’t Nap

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Now that our twins are 3 years old, we have come to a point in their lives that I dreaded very, very, very, very, very much. They have reached the age where most days they do. not. nap. Cue the mommy tears.

We tried and tried and tried to get them to continue napping. Some days they still would like to take one, but I don’t let them. That sounds horrible, but the problem we have when they nap is their little brains won’t shut off until almost 11 pm! We tried napping earlier but they still couldn’t fall asleep at night and this mommy needed some quiet time in the evenings, and my boys needed a good night’s sleep, so naps went out the window.

Since we all seem to do better when we have some peace in the afternoon, we have been working on implementing a Quiet Time. I’m not super picky about what the boys do, but we do have a few rules.
1. They must stay in their room unless they need to use the toilet.
2. No electronics.
3. They must be as quiet as can be expected from 3 year olds and try not to fight with each other or their afternoon TV time will be taken away. I use TV time and fruit snacks as their reward for a good quiet time, and they are starting to understand that those things will get taken away if they pick on each other or don’t play quietly in their room.

One asleep, and one playing by his bed 😍. Also, please ignore the temperature on the monitor. It wasn’t that hot in there! I checked many times!

Yesterday was a magical Quiet Time, and although it totally messed up bedtime, I was not even mad. One of my twins laid down in his bed, covered himself with a blanket, and took a nap with absolutely no prompting from me. His brother quietly played at the head of his bed while he napped. (How sweet is it that they had to be close to each other even while one was sleeping?!)

As I’ve been deal searching I’ve been gathering things for the boys to play with that they can get out during Quiet Time. They really enjoy playing with these specific toys, and I appreciate that they can’t make much of a mess with them! Our favorite options so far have been…

Fajiabao Wooden Educational Toys, Double Side Magnetic Cute Animal Jigsaw Puzzle Drawing Board

I don’t have a specific Doodle Board on Amazon to recommend, because we got ours at Dollar Tree! And I love the chalkboard/whiteboard but when they’re alone in their room I take away the markers & chalk and just let them play with the magnets. They also have a basket of books in their room that they can look at and I turn soft music on their CD player to hopefully calm the mood. Most of these also work great for in the car when we’re traveling!

I feel like this mom thing is mostly trial and error, but so far this is what’s working for us for Quiet Time. Have you had to phase naps out for a little one?! Did it go well for you? I’d love to hear what you’ve learned!

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From My Mommy Heart

I don’t know why God saw fit to give us twins. 

I remember the moments of literal insanity from lack of sleep during that first year. More than once I thought my baby was purposely being mean to me by waking back up just when I’d laid down. It was rough (is the understatement of the century). The hardest year of my life. 

I remember choosing on their first birthday that year two was going to be better. I was going to get out more. I was going to start living life again instead of just surviving. And it wasn’t easy, but we did. We started going to the zoo with friends. I took them grocery shopping (oh that one time I forgot my wallet…) just to prove I could. Our double stroller barely fits through doorways and is no fun to maneuver by myself, but we got out and we did things. Everyone warned me that when they started crawling and walking that life would get harder, but I loved it. When they were mobile they could follow me around and I didn’t have to carry two babies around the house. Year two was rough, but we did it. And enjoyed it.

Around their second birthday I realized I needed to start doing something out of the house. Their attitudes were normal 2 year old attitudes, but double time. Some days it was more than I could handle. I decided to go back to work PRN. Somehow taking care of someone else’s babies during the day made me super excited to return to mine. The boys grew even closer to their Dad, their Mimi, & Grace, who all take care of them while I work. Life was busier and thus harder, but it was good.

We are now smack dab in the middle of year four. I have two 3 year olds around constantly. Neither of which EVER stop talking or asking for things (how many times a day can 1 child say “Mom, can I have a rolla bar please?”). I’m not the best mom. I don’t handle the constant of two little ones perfectly. But there are these moments that make me stop and catch my breath. I can tell that I’m starting to see why God gave us two babies at one time. 

When they sit down together and have a 3 yr old discussion without fighting, it’s the best. When they happily play together, there’s nothing like it. When they have conversations or tell jokes or laugh with each other, it makes my heart pause to try to take it all in. When they haven’t seen each other in 30 seconds and giggle and hug because they’re so excited to be back together, my momma heart just about bursts. This morning they were outside playing in pajamas that don’t match, wearing their shoes on the wrong feet, just the way they like it. The breeze is cool and the temperature is amazing, and they were playing so happily together my heart almost couldn’t take it. It was a gift from God and my boys and it made my heart swell.

I still believe it’s a choice we have to make to thrive when life is hard, instead of just surviving. This is not something I have perfected by any means. And I still look back at that first year and wonder how we ever made it. The only way we did was by relying heavily on my mom & other family, friends, and God’s grace to make it through. Having moved past that it’s amazing to look ahead and see that my boys are growing into smart, kind little men with generous hearts towards others. I love seeing the things that delight them. My heart hurts when they are hurting. And I’m slowly learning that though I may never fully know why, God knew what he was doing when he gave us twins.

As I’ve thought about this post, I want to add a little bit to the end of my blog… to hopefully encourage YOU if you’re going through a hard time! It won’t always be this way. Things change, kids grow, jobs aren’t always the same. I would encourage you to reach out to God, and family or friends that you trust to help you get through it. Tomorrow will be different. Next week isn’t going to be the same as today. And by next year you might not even recognize yourself. If you need someone to specifically pray for you right now, please feel free to comment here or message me via my facebook page. I would be happy to lift your name to God to help you get through whatever you may be going through. Hugs, to you, my reader.

Some Days Don’t Go Your Way (and that’s ok!)

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I was 100% out of commission on Tuesday. We had a busy weekend at the race track and I didn’t sleep well (I never do when we’re not home! WHyyyyyy). We got home late on Sunday but I felt ok. I worked 14 hours at my “real” job on Monday. Once again I was tired, but I felt alright, and went to bed as early as I could. Tuesday morning I woke up and knew I didn’t feel great, but thought I’d be ok after napping for a bit. Nope. After my nap a full on migraine hit. I’ll spare you the details, but when my headache gets that bad my stomach gets upset and it’s not very fun. Luke came home at lunchtime and worked from home, and I slept until 3 pm. I think I could have slept all day, but at least at that point my headache was better and I was able to stand up. 

I had a huge to-do list for yesterday. Laundry, cleaning, blogging, finding & posting deals. My body had other ideas. I think I just did too much without enough rest and everything shut down. I’ve only had 3 or 4 major migraines in my life, and this was one of them. I’m super thankful it didn’t last longer, and that I was able to function a little by afternoon. However, it wasn’t fun. 

I’m sharing all this not to make you feel sorry for me, but more just to say that it’s HARD when life throws you curveballs that you have no control over. Tuesday was rough. I feel like I just lost a day. Then the past couple days have been rough because the boys have had rougher attitudes since they got to watch a lot of TV on Tuesday and kinda eat what they wanted (granola bars… they would live on granola bars if I let them). Now there are rules again and that makes for some unpleasant attitude adjustments.

There was a bright spot in our rough day though. My dad stopped by in the evening after I was feeling better, and the boys asked me to build with them using our magnetic tiles. It was a lot of fun to just sit and build things together. I’ve been wanting to get some of the name brand sets for my boys like this really cool one from Picasso Tiles, but have been waiting for a sale. Right now we have 2 off brand sets, and we love them! They were $10 or less each when I purchased them and have been such a huge hit in our house! (Set 1 and Set 2 we own). I will definitely be getting more! If you haven’t tried them yet, I’d definitely recommend a $10-$15 starter set, (and then you’ll be hooked)!

I don’t have any exciting words of wisdom to end with, but I do want to encourage you today! Remember that it’s ok if your day doesn’t go your way. And if your house is a mess because you didn’t feel up to cleaning. And if your children watch a little too much TV. Haha!

Annnnnd… If you do need something to keep them busy other than the TV, I REALLY recommend grabbing some magnetic tiles. Follow my FB page Fun2Find Deals for more deals! I post deals on magnetic tiles and so much more!