Blueberry Apple


The holidays are just creeping up on us here, now, aren't they? I've been shopping for the holidays like crazy, but not as most of you would think. This year I've decided to do something different. This year, to purchase gifts, I have been selling things from our home on our city Facebook swap, and I made a promise to myself that the budget for holiday gifts would be the money I make on what I sell. And not only that, but ALL the gifts I would buy would be second hand (if possible).
So what have I sold? I've sold a few of my high-end handbags, but I've also sold some of our clothing and shoes. I've sold gently used toys and books. I've sold homegoods. And what have I bought? I've bought a lot of books because they will each get a-book-a-night for Hanukkah (and at the rate I've gone, they may just get two-books-a-night). I've bought two balance bikes. I've bought puzzles and some clothing. From the very beginning, I really wanted to get Harper a dollhouse. You know, the ones that are huge and expensive! I've been trying to find one second hand for months, and I was about to give up when I got news that my husband's boss was getting rid of a dollhouse that his 11 year old girl no longer wanted. AMAZING! And what did he want for it? Nothing. Free!! The only money we spent was the gas and tolls it took to get into Brooklyn. We are so excited. The last thing on our list now is a yellow (it must be yellow!) Mini-Kick Scooter for our Adler. I'm starting to think that we will not be getting one of these second hand, but I have some credit towards Amazon that I may use instead. Whew. So that's our plan. Any good ideas you have for the holidays? I'd love to hear them!
Harper's lunch here is in an EasyLunchboxes container. She has slices of apple cut out with a mini-flower Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutter. She also has blueberries and Trader Joe's Oyster Crackers. Harper is still on the Bugs On Some Bark kick, so she is eating cucumbers slices with cream cheese and dried cranberries. For a little treat, she has yogurt covered pretzels, also from Trader Joe's.