Tuesday Treasures

Find anything good this week? I sure did. Our local Once Upon a Child had its $1 clearance sale this week (if you have or buy one of their reusable shopping bags, all clearance items are only $1), and a friend convinced me to be there just as the store opened on the first day. And I’m afraid I went a little crazy.

I got all of this — about twelve outfits for my youngest — for $24. And it felt great. I hate to say it, but you lose a bit of the joy that comes with shopping when you decide to go fair-labor, and I really needed a little retail therapy. And I almost never buy new clothes for my youngest because, well, she’s a baby, and it’s summer, and she’s happy in one of her older sister’s old onesies. But I love seeing her in these old, new clothes. She’s all set for fall now with a little broken-in trousseau of her own.

This is one of her new, $2 outfits. Despite all my efforts, and despite the fact that we were only there for a little while, she got a touch of sun at the park yesterday. Ugh, I’m officially the worst mother ever. Does anyone else have red-headed, fair-skinned children? I want to feel like I’m not alone in my war against the sun.

Well, moving on, I had to post about another “treasure” that graced our household this week; my husband made a new top for our train table and a whole series of “monster truck hills” for my boys.

In case you didn’t know already, my younger son is obsessed with monster trucks. The new set is already seeing a lot of action in our household . . .

I love the angles and curves of the hills outlined in black and white and the timelessness of little boys playing with trucks and cars. And hurray, hurray, hurray for fair-labor toys! Especially those made by a loving, thoughtful, and talented daddy.

I would LOVE to see pics of any fair-labor treasures you’ve bought, found, or made this week; just post a flickr or blog link in the comments.

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3 Responses to “Tuesday Treasures”


  1. 1 Julie July 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Those clothes are adorable – I especially love the little blue dress and the orange!

  2. 2 Anna July 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I have a red headed fair skinned boy, he’s gotten his first freckles this year at age 4. I love Badger products, they are all organic and made in New Hampshire. Theres a face stick you can shove in your purse and wipe it on. With the exception of the zinc you could almost eat it. I use it on me too, I’m often burnt before the boys.

    The first time daycare put sunblock on him, he came home looking like he was slapped around. His face and arms were beet red. He reacts badly to most sunblocks unless they are one year old already. I don’t know why. And they tell you not to use them if they are more than 1 year old!

  3. 3 everydaychaos July 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Anna, I’ll definitely check those out. Does Badger really work well? I’ve used Coppertone and Banana Boat SPF 50 on my kids, and the younger two still burned with them, so boy am I ready to try something new. And I’m always afraid to get sunscreen close to their eyes or mouths, so even with sunscreen and hats there’s always someplace that just isn’t quite covered. I’m so frustrated by it. I’m actually waiting for the linen to go on sale at Joann’s and then I think I’m going to make some long-sleeved summer shirts for them so that they can hopefully stay cool but completely covered at the same time. I feel like it’s the only way to really protect them.


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