EAT | May Dinners

I’m aware it’s August. That being said, I’m barely aware that it’s mid-August because somehow the last three weeks (months?) have flown by and I cannot account for the time.

Luckily I’ve been keeping huge post-its in the drawer with our meals so you all can keep up with what we’ve been eating. (Let’s be honest, these posts are only for me at this point.)

Here we go.

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TODDLER | Books We Love, Spanish too! 2 yo – Q4

If you’re reading this, my little baby girl is officially a threenager. She’s been preparing extra fun tantrums for the last few months so I think she’ll fall into the new role just fine.

Storytime continues to evolve, and now that we have given her a big girl bed (that took over her reading spot) we’re trying to figure out the best way to read at night. On the bed? In the chair? While bothering her brother? While not bothering the dog? It’s a work in progress.

Luckily she still loves reading and having us read to her, so we will continue to do so until she can do it herself. Then she can read to us!

Here’s what she loved these last few months:

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EAT | March Dinners

I know it’s May. I’m a bit behind. That’s actually a pretty accurate statement for my life in general right now. I mean, I spent yesterday finally filing emails that had been in my inbox for a few months (and this is from someone who usually keeps less than 25 emails in my inbox period), so as you can imagine writing about our dinners hasn’t exactly been top priority.

However. Now that I’ve gotten a lot of other little things off my list, here come the meals.

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TODDLER | Books We Love 2yo – Q3

Three months closer to my little girl turning three. It’s true what they say – the days are long but the years are short. I’m trying to savor every story time with her although they’re changing. No longer does she sit still the entire time, and no longer is it just her. Sometimes her little brother joins in too. I hope he’ll have an expansive vocabulary just like she did, and maybe sooner, since he’s getting a dedicated story time from the start (and not just random books I was reading out loud while breastfeeding like I did with my daughter).

She’s been into some fantastic new books this last quarter and I’m loving the new stories we have in our collection. Here are the ones that have been in heavy rotation since December.

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DO | Take Action – Take 2

A few weeks ago, a friend tagged me in a post on Facebook. The purpose of the FB post was to see how many likes and comments she could get, and each of those translated into $1 or $2, respectively, to be donated toward a charity that helps others. That person would then tag 10 people to do the same. I was one of the tagged.

I participated in the challenge, but I chose to split the total amount between dollars donated and calls made, since I believe calls help sometimes just as much as money.

My total was 143 (a combination of likes at 1 point each and comments at 2 points, and I included the comments I wrote back to my friends), so I rounded up to 144 and donated $72 to the ACLU and pledged to make 72 phone calls over the following few weeks.

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DO | Get What You Want

When you make a purchase online or in store, most retailers want to ensure your satisfaction. This means they have easy return policies, price adjustment policies, and helpful customer representatives. Big box stores (some of my favorites as you’ll see below are Target and Amazon) can afford to not do these things, but know they’ll benefit more in the long run from having happy customers. Smaller businesses can’t afford to miss out on the opportunity to provide excellent service to their customers because the future of their business depends on it.

It also depends on you, the consumer, to let them know when they’ve done things that aren’t up to your satisfaction. This isn’t to be nit-picky – this is to let them know when their products aren’t doing what they should, or their staff isn’t doing what they should, and both of those things are important if they’d like to have you as a customer again.

As a side note, I must throw a big blanket apology out there to everyone I ever served in the retail world when I didn’t or couldn’t give them what they wanted. In my heart I usually wanted to (unless they were nasty), but I also wanted to keep my job and that meant complying with some pretty awful store policies. I’m sorry you wasted your money on those products and were unable to get satisfaction when you came to me for help.

Just in the last few weeks I’ve had multiple experiences with products where the product I purchased did not arrive as it should have, didn’t stand up to normal wear and tear as it should have, or changed prices.

Now, getting what you want in general is important, but for the purpose of this post this is only referring to the retail realm of this world. Since I’m a consumer almost daily in one way or another, it’s also important for me to know I have a chance to voice my opinion and get things righted.

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