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!
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.
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.
Enough chatting, here’s my update in pictures:
2$ for the cash register
2$ for the mega blocks
10$ for the rocking horse
Fixing the cabinets – SERIOUSLY WHY DO PEOPLE PAINT OVER SCREWS AND HINGES??
Veggies and herbs (currently growing in the backyard are chives/green onions/mint/basil/sage/thym, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries)