How to Save on your Kid's Valentine Gifts

Learning from my tips to avoid paying $8 per kid for Valentine's Gifts

A long time ago when I was kid, my older brother would always come to my school with flowers and surprise me for Valentine's day and it was one of my favorite memories from my childhood days so I have always wanted to do something special like that for my niece's. 

The problem was by time I was able to afford to buy them something I had a job and I had to go to work during their school hours but now I am off and able to get to there school and visit, even if it is just a short period of time.  

So this year I made it a point to make sure I could get them something even if I can't deliver it to them at school because I don't think J would act remotely calm when he is around other kids. 

Where to go?

If you are a Target kid [aka adult age women that wonders around Target aimlessly in search of everything and nothing at the same time.], then you know all about their dollar section but this year after I picked up all these cute things in the dollar section I made it to their Valentine section and found a bunch of really cute things that were much better budget options than what I found in their dollar section.

TIP: Don't just go to where you think you will find the budget stuff, clearance sections, sales, etc., are also great places to find things. I feel like you have to think outside of the box because a lot of people will always gravitate towards the easy and the known. 

Also don't wait last minute then hit yourself on the head later on wondering why you couldn't find anything on a budget.

How to Save on your Kids Valentine's
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How to Buy

The Target dollar section gets you in two ways, it is at the front of each store and by only giving you one item at a time at a dollar.  The dollar section got me this time but next time I definitely know to look past the dollar section and make my way around the store. 

Your better option is to buy multiple items at a lower price and then divide them up.

For instance, the pack of pencils down there was $3 dollars for 16 pencils which ends up being about .18 cents for each pencil. There was also a pack of bubbles in hearts, 4 for a $1 - each costing .25 cents.  

The dollar section also had smaller bags at 2 for $1, then I found 8 for $2 once again .25 cents per bag!

Tip: Buying in bulk is good for your household as it is in gifting as well! 

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Stock up

Lastly, if you find stuff on sale stock up for the next year.  Buy totes or boxes and keep things for the next year.  I wish I had time after Christmas to go back to the store and stock up on Christmas Decor but I know that some or most items can be very cheap after the holiday or the day before it is to happen. 

If you have the space to spare in your house, totally stock up on items that won't expire and you can use next year.  The dollar store even has small totes for a $1.  

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I hope you loves found this post, helpful.  I know I shop at Target a lot and I am always looking for ways to save money. If you have any tips or tricks you would like to add to this post, please put them in the comments below.  

Have a wonderful rest of your week!  Love y'all! 

Kid's Valentines Crafts on Budget

Self Love + Body Goals

hello there, loves!

2018 

It is officially 2018 and whilst I have been under the weather and so had J, the other day I had a moment where I stopped and looked at myself in the mirror and was kind of in a little bit of a shock/awe state. I was genuinely amazed at all my body has gone through and while I know it is less than most, and more than some it doesn't take away what it has accomplished. 

I have to put in kind of a disclaimer here, this year's body goals are simply to eat better, and live better than last year.  I am in no way shape or form going to put some ideal image in my head in hopes of being a thinner me, I simply want to enjoy the body I have by eating better when possible, and doing more with life in general. 

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I guess it's kind of inevitable to put up one of these post for the new year, and yeah I'll probably do the whole new year, new me thing but I wanted to put out there how exceptionally proud I am of my body. 

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Not only did it grow a baby, but it was sliced open to bring that beautiful, amazing, miracle of ours into this world and I don't think I have ever been so thankful of my body in it's state as it is today. I have the worst posture, I know. 

I stretched y'all my skin hung and looked gross for a while there and there were days I was like ugh, who wants to see this naked?  I had developed this bump of "skin" I guess from J sitting so low my entire pregnancy and I thought it would never go away. I didn't think I would look good in lingerie, or a bikini ever again. And maybe I don't but I am still going to rock the hell out of them.  

I struggled with self-confidence for all of my life, I hated being in front of the camera and I hated my smile [I still want braces], and I was never, ever the girl who got the guy [with the exception of E]. 

BODY GOALS

This year my body goal isn't to necessarily lose weight but to eat better as much as possible, to run more because it is my best stress reliever and I really do love it, and to just tone my body if I can. Plus can I get my booty back? I lost that thing mid pregnancy and haven't found it yet. 🤦🏽‍♀️

NOTE TO SELF:

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My one tip for myself and you as well is to do as much as you possibly can without making it too hard on yourself because once you start making this a job or something else to do on your list you will grow to hate it, and your goals will get tossed to the side and you'll be left as you were by March or sooner. My plan is to do better this year, I just know that there is a better me out there I just have to get rid of a lot of shit. 

CURRENTLY READING

I am also currently reading  "Get Your Shit Together" by Sarah Knight, I literally just started but I love it so far.  And while I am already feeling like I am going to accomplish great things this year. 

6 Months Post Partum | Self Love

I am 6 months post partum and I am finally starting to feel good in my clothing, isn't that crazy?

We need to stop allowing the world to tell us when we should be back to "normal".

I don't have money to pay someone to consistently train me and tell me what to eat. I'm doing the things my gym offers and my life allows. Doing your best is better then doing nothing at all.

I have loose skin because I rapidly grew the first few months I was pregnant and put on 30lbs pretty quickly. Everyone at 6 months would ask if I was due any day now, my answer was always nope 3 more months.

C-sections are no fucking joke, you are sliced open in an area you use to do a lot of things, sitting up being one of them. And honestly you don't realize how much of those muscles you use until you can't use them or it hurts to do so. 

Before I got my membership I felt like I was never going to look good again, my ass was flat [still kind of is 🤦🏽‍♀️], my love handles were huge and I just felt like shit in general.  Going to the gym has helped me so much feel better, and eat better because let's be real who wants to eat the little calories they burn during a workout.  You eat better, you drink more water, and you exercise you look and feel better.

Now I'm starting to feel better in my clothing and old stuff is getting a little less snug but it took me 6 months and it will take even longer for me to get where I want to be.

I don't feel pressured I just know I can do better and look better.

But I just wanted to put this out there for anyone who felt like they aren't living up to societies standards, because honestly society isn't living up to my standards now a days so fuck society. 

What do/did you do to make yourself feel better after baby?

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