Can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since we’ve been back from Munich. And we are 6 weeks away from my due date, yay!

The trip

Munich is a beautiful city. Obviously, with a nearly 2 year old child, we weren’t able to visit even 1/10 of what we would have like to visit, but nonetheless we enjoyed the time away from home and the chance to experience a different culture.

Website?

As MR. SLM mentionned in his previous post, not much has happened in terms of websites… I’ve been adding some content there and there, with little success so far. I looked at different options, but I think the overall problem is that I would almost have to start from scratch to bring them back. Taking care of a SLM and the house is taking a bit of a toll on my productivity. Also, I do feel WAY MORE TIRED than I did with last pregnancy… I remember back in the pre-little man days, even with a full-time job and working late, having all the energy in the world to do extra work at night, whether it was on the website or on the house.

I’m actually interested in a new way of making money from home. I won’t be saying too much for now since I’m still learning about it. I’m hoping to start working on it after our renos are done.
Meanwhile hubby has been playing with “options tradings”. I stay away from all of these, he knows that if it was up to me, everything would be conservatively invested in bonds teeheehee.

Saving money on toys – garage sales are the best!

I learned to scour the internet for used things a few years ago, when we had to quickly furnish our place before putting it for sale. A patio set for a fifth of the price, cheap mirror for the bedroom, trendy set of table and stools for a fraction of what it is sold in store? Deal! When SLM was first born, we obviously, as new parent, bought a lot of things new, but as time went on, I realized that kids couldn’t care less about how new their toys were. Over the last year, I have bought my share of toys off Kijiji (Craigslist not being too popular in Montreal). The good thing about it is that not only you feel good about paying less, but you also feel good about recycling. My SLM is turning 2 soon, so I was thinking of getting him a new batch of toys. However, I wasn’t too lucky this time around with the internet, and have found nothing interesting in weeks!

So we were out just last weekend, shopping for a present for some neighbour’s kid, and sipping on our Starbucks frap (yes I do indulge in Starbucks!), when we noticed a garage sale. Now if you think Kijiji and Craiglist are great for finding cheap stuff, garage sales are a million times better! Parents were selling their toys at some ridiculously cheap price, and we ended up grabbing a bucket of mega blocks for 2 bucks, a toy cash register for 2 bucks and a beautiful rocking horse for 10 bucks. We ended spending a grand total of 14 dollars. As a comparison, we had just spent 10$ on 2 coffees at Starbucks… Plus our SLM loves his new toys! He’s been playing non stop with the cash register, and the blocks, and is starting to like his horse – he was a bit unsure of it for the first few days. A quick look around the neighborhood and I realized that there were gazillions of those garage sales in summer. We just never took the time to stop! So my goal for the next few weekends is to go down those neighborhoods with lots of families and young children, and look out for those great garage sales.

Pictures

Enough chatting, here’s my update in pictures:

Toys-

2$ for the cash register

Cash register

2$ for the mega blocks

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10$ for the rocking horse

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Renos-
Pre

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Fixing the cabinets – SERIOUSLY WHY DO PEOPLE PAINT OVER SCREWS AND HINGES??

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Almost done!

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Gardening –
Flowers

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Veggies and herbs (currently growing in the backyard are chives/green onions/mint/basil/sage/thym, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries)

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Update in pictures Spring 2016
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12 thoughts on “Update in pictures Spring 2016

  • July 6, 2016 at 11:59 am
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    Hey SLM,

    Those are some awesome toys that you picked up, especially the horse! Nice job on that.

    The reno looks amazing, as does the garden 🙂 I’m looking forward to hearing more about this home-earning thing you’re thinking about.

    Tristan

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    • July 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm
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      Hi Tristan!

      Thanks, although MrsSLM deserves all credit for the garden. I’ll try poking her to talk more about the home-earning idea.

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  • July 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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    I love Craigslist/thrift shops/consignment stores/garage sales for kids’ stuff! Especially clothes – they grow out of them SO FAST.

    The garden looks amazing!

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    • July 24, 2016 at 11:01 pm
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      Yeah they definitely outgrow everything too fast! We try to strike a balance between that and the occasional “oh my god that looks so cute” stuff from Gap, etc. MrsSLM deserves all credit for the garden, she’s been working hard transforming it.

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  • July 24, 2016 at 12:11 am
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    Hey SLM,

    The pictures look great. The toys remind me of my days when I was a toddler and if I want to go back to the simple times of being very young.. I would play endless hours on the megablocks! You guys also have a beautiful garden. It’s going to be more rewarding when you grow the fruit and vegetables and get to literally reap the rewards 🙂

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    • July 24, 2016 at 11:01 pm
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      I had those exact same blocks as a kid, buying them brought back so many memories.

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    • July 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm
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      The portfolio page is horribly out of date 😛 Well, only slightly horribly out of date, haven’t touched it in 3-4 months. It’s not as financials heavy now, but it’s definitely still very skewed towards banks. That’s not even including the Canadian ETF’s we hold, which in turn hold 40-50% financials. From the looks of your site, you’re from Germany? The TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) is dominated by banks and energy, which is why our portfolio leans so heavily in that direction. I’m trying to balance it out a bit, moving more money into renewables, etc. as well as US and international ETF’s. As time goes on it should get better.

      I should say though, I don’t have a problem holding our banks heavily since they rode out the 2008 crash so well, and have been paying dividends out since … like the 1800’s.

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  • July 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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    The cash register brings back memories of the 1970s :-). I remember playing with that all the time. We acted like shop owners.

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    • July 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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      Haha nice! Well so far the little guy loves it, and it’s hard to beat that price!

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  • August 4, 2016 at 11:14 pm
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    I love garage sales. Another good way to get cheap toys/clothes for the little one is joining many of these moms groups on Facebook. 🙂

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    • August 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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      Great suggestion, we’ll have to try that too!

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