Target Car Seat Trade-In 2020: Everything you need to know!

Target has started their Great Target Car Seat Trade-In for 2020! Here’s what I know!

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What is the Target Car Seat Trade-In? It’s a way you can safely recycle old car seats that are expired (or just really dirty and gross from use!). And you get something in return! Target corporate explains it this way: “Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20 percent off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear, such as playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers.”

When is it?  Target’s current car seat trade-in event is going on now until September 26.

What kinds of car seats will Target trade in? “Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged.”

When can the coupon be used? The 20% off coupon will then be eligible through October 3, 2020. The coupon can be combined with other offers!

Can the coupon only be used in-store? No! While you have to go to a store to drop off the car seat and get the coupon, you can use it in-store or online!

Our youngest cutie in her Graco Snugride 35

Fun Fact: Target started it the program in 2016 and have already recycled half a million car seats! This equates to more than 7.4 million pounds of car seat materials recycled already!

There’s the skinny! I love this program because it’s good for the environment, and good for you! You can see the full details here.

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“Back to School for You” Luxury Gift Basket Giveaway

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This time of year is back to school and often becomes a time for busy-ness (and maybe a little stress!). So much to do! I want to help you out and reduce your stress as much as possible! My friend Kelly over at Kindred + Kel was the perfect person to ask to help me out! She makes incredible gift baskets when you need that perfect gift for someone special in your life.

She has personally put together this amazingly gorgeous gift basket full of goodies for YOU and I get to give it away!!

This custom gift was designed by Kindred + Kel and features:
• Farmhouse Inspired Kitchen Towel with Fringe
• All Natural and Palm Free Soap from Bell Mountain Naturals in a Reusable Carrying Case
• Handcrafted Nut Butter Bars from Big Spoon Roasters
• 100% Pure Essential Oil Diffuser Blend from Slow North
• Handcut Mini Gem Soap from Bell Mountain Naturals
• Charcoal Detox Face Mask from Wild Botanicals
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Average retail value for all of these items is $70!

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Power Tools + Cleaning = Yes!

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I’ve been trying to clean my stand up shower.

My guess is that it’s as old as our home, so about 20 years old.

It gets that orange gunk on it that builds up in all the corners and no matter how hard I work to get it out, I can’t seem to get it all. I’ve even taken a tooth brush to it with little luck! The hard part about a stand up shower is all the little corners that are hard to get to when the door is open and impossible when the door is closed.

I recently asked in one of my mom groups what other moms do to clean their shower and I got some great responses. My favorite was this nifty tool:

You guys, this thing is amazing! It worked easily with the drill we already own and did an insane job of cleaning our shower. Much better than even the toothbrush did! The link above is the exact set I bought (please note it does NOT come with the drill), but I wish I would have searched around a bit for a better deal. I looked on Amazon and came up with a similar set for a few dollars less.

I also used Barkeepers Friend (BKF) to clean. An acidic toilet bowl cleaner was recommended to me, but a friend told me she used toilet bowl cleaner to clean the shower as a child and it took the finish off and essentially ruined the shower. So… I’m not recommending that one. But I do find good success with BKF! There is a powder and liquid form of BKF, but I’ve had the best success with the powder version. I also use it on my kitchen sink to keep it white!

Powdered BKF

I wish I would have taken before and after pictures, but you can see that the orange gunk is gone! I was even able to get up in the corners and under the door well with the smallest piece. I used the extension piece the whole time (you can see it on the drill) because it seemed to make it easier, especially in the back corner behind the door. And the powdered residue you see in the pic is the Barkeepers Friend that I haven’t scrubbed up or rinsed out yet.

I did get a humorous text exchange when I asked my husband where our drill was… 😃 

I still need to figure out how to get the orange out of the caulking around the door and shower, but I’m not sure that’s possible. It seems ingrained in the caulking now. Any ideas welcome!

I LOVE learning new tips like this that make life a little easier (and things a little cleaner!). Please comment below with any shower cleaning tips you’d like to share! Also, please join Fun2Find Deals on Facebook to find great prices on a little bit of everything!

A Little Bit of Family History…

My mother in law saved a little bit of everything. I know that cleaning her things out after her passing was a huge chore and took quite a while. But, oh! The treasures we found! One of my favorite things we found were baby clothes that belonged to my husband and his brother! The twins had already outgrown most of them by the time we went through those particular boxes, but they’re still so much fun to have.

Recently, my sister in law found racing suits that our husbands wore when they were little! We’re guessing they were about 2 years and 8 months old respectively in the pic, which was taken in 1989.

My husband and his brother in 1989

My Father-in-Law worked for Goodyear at the time, so the shoulders have Goodyear patches on them and of course the helmet in the original pic is a Goodyear helmet. One of the neatest things about that is now that my FIL is racing again, we have recently acquired Goodyear as a sponsor of the Lear Speed team! What an honor to have things come full circle!

B age 3

Since Daddy’s suit is for an 8 or 9 month old, we borrowed his brother’s suit to take pics. We were able to grab a few at the Pueblo race with Papa Boyd’s race car! The boys were thrilled and did NOT want to take it back off!

T age 3

I know the boys’ Grandma Lorri would have LOVED to see the boys in their uncle’s suit! I am thankful that she saved precious items like this that we can use to honor her memory.

My twins’ cousins: L age 4, K age 6 months

My SIL went so far as to remake the original pic, and I just LOVE it! Especially K’s smile! He quite enjoys pretending to be his uncle!

Thanks for coming along to see a little bit of our family’s history today! You can check out the Lear Speed team on Facebook to learn more about our current racing season!

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Let’s Get to 1000 on FB!

If you’ve been with my page for a little while, you probably know how excited I am each time my page grows a little bit in numbers! Before I really got serious about sharing deals the Fun2Find Deals Facebook page hung out at around 150 likes for a very long time. In the past few months I’ve been working really hard to make it a fun page to be a part of, and YOU have been AWESOME in making it fun for me! We’ve also grown exponentially, and are currently almost to 800 likes!!! 😲😲😲

I want to do something really special when we get to 1000, and I want you to be a part of that, too!! I’m still trying to figure out all the details, but I want to give away a gift card to one of our newest members, and to the person that invited them! Sooo…. head over to the Fun2Find Deals Facebook page to enter!

Thank you for all of your likes, reactions, comments, shares, & purchases and for making Fun2Find Deals a great place to be! I’m here because of you and I REALLY appreciate you!

Moms, You got this!

There’s a popular athletic brand that has the motto “Just do it.” You may know who I’m talking about. While intended to be an encouragement for athletes, I really think this motto really would better fit new moms, or moms of littles. Maybe moms of older kids, too? I don’t know much about that yet, but I’ll let you know in a few years.

Why do I say this? Well… because (at least for me) the first few years of motherhood make it hard to do things. Just getting out of the house is a marathon by the time you’ve changed diapers or helped littles use the potty, gotten everyone looking somewhat presentable, out to the car, buckled in, and remembered to pack the diaper bag or your purse full of snacks, water, and supplies for any and every situation that may come up while you’re out. It’s a little nuts. By the time you’ve accomplished getting everyone into the car, it feels like it should be time to take a nap (for mom at least!). Not time to drive TO the event, whatever it may be, and expend more energy, then pack back up and get everyone back home.

Yet, even with that daunting task of getting everyone in the car ahead of you, Moms, do it. Just get out. I can’t take credit for this thought though. A fellow twin mom stopped by one day to bring me the twin breastfeeding pillow she’d sold me. And when she dropped it off (she’s definitely a true mom friend if she knew not to expect me to be able to come get it!) she told me the best advice she had for me was to make myself get out of the house with the twins. Let me tell you – it’s terrifying to take 2 newborns into public. Not so much because I didn’t want people in their faces (it was winter so I was able to keep them pretty well covered and out of sight) but because they needed to eat every 2 to 3 hours and nursing 2 at once was a task all in itself. Plus they cried a lot, I was super tired, etc.

I took her advice seriously though. My mom went with me the first several times to help load them up and care for them. I think our first outing was to the mall to get me a few new clothing items for my new mom bod. We definitely went with a purpose and shopped as quickly as possible. We did have to walk to the other end of the mall to look at another store but never stopped to talk to people – I just kind of yelled answers back at people:
“Yes! They’re twins!”
“2 months old!”
“Sorry, can’t stop to let you look at them, we’ve gotta keep moving before they get hungry!”
Strangers have a lot of questions about twins, btw. We even scoped out a little area near the dressing room where we could stop to nurse if needed, but those little fellas did amazing. They were still quiet when we were done, so we raced home and were there for our next feed.

It felt so good to just get out and do it.

Exhausting? Yes!
Terrifying? Of course!
Empowering? Absolutely.

Now that the boys are 3 we’ve done so much more than I would have guessed. We have taken them to visit my husband’s side of the family – 3.5 hours – countless times. We’ve gone on 9 hour drives to Texas and Colorado half a dozen times. And in fact, we have even driven to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which is at least 16 hours one way and flown with them to Florida. All of these trips were daunting, and there were moments during each trip that we didn’t enjoy, but do I regret any of them?! No! We made awesome memories on each one.

But you know what? It’s not always the huge outings/trips that are the scariest.

Last year some of the children’s leaders at our church approached me to see if I would teach a class at Vacation Bible School. We had never been ANYWHERE by 9 am 5 days in a row. But I said yes. And we did it. The twins got sick Monday night of VBS (it’s a M-F morning program) and someone had to teach my class Tuesday morning… but by George, we got through it and the rest of the week was a success.

This year when they asked me again, it was much easier to say yes. I knew it would be hard and we would be tired at the end, but we did it. We were almost late a few days, but we did it! No one even said anything negative to me the days that the twins and I walked in flustered, cutting it just a little close on time. I appreciated that so much! They understood I was doing my best, and I was in class and ready on time, and that’s what mattered!

For the sake of reality, you should know that I also say “no” to many things I want to do or that are available for me to do. We definitely cannot and should not try to do everything. But don’t say no to everything that scares you. Get out of the house, and go do things! If your kids yell a little too much and don’t listen and you have to leave early, it wasn’t a failure. You still tried it and did it!

I want this post to encourage you that even though there are things that are hard as moms, and even when they don’t go perfect – like VBS when my kids got sick or we ran late in the morning – it’s still worth it to get out and do them! Don’t try to do #allthethings, but do get out and do some things! You got this!

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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!