Do your kids play rough with the pages and flaps in their books? No just mine? Do you hit the renewal limit on your book club books before you’re through them? Oh, again, just me? Well, just in case you ever have these problems 🙂, you can rely on Thriftbooks, They have a great selection of used books. Most of what we’ve purchased have been retired library books and we love giving them a new home (or a great price).
- Multi-purpose Toys
We live in a small space and one of my son’s absolute favorite words is “more.” These two things do not go hand in hand. I love finding toys that we can put to multiple uses and provide fun for both of my kiddos, despite their two year age gap. Right now, I’m loving our play eggs, yep, our play eggs. These things work for so many things: (1) play eggs in our play kitchen, (2) grocery items when we play store, (3) egg hunts, (4) identifying colors and shapes, (5) fine motor skills practice, and (6) memory games to name a few. Plus, Luke and JJ both love playing with them. These are the eggs we have, but you can find many varieties at different price points. These make a great Easter basket fillers too!
- Leaving Old Pictures in Frames
I belong to many minimalism/organizing FB groups and the rise of printing photos on canvases has led to questions about what to do with those canvases when you want to hang new pictures. I stick to framed pictures for family photos or prints (including my kids’ originals) I know I will want to change regularly or even every few years. If the frame allows, I love to keep all of the pictures that have been in that frame right there together. That way, every time I go to update my frames, I get to experience a time capsule of memories. It’s a much more tangible and nostalgic way to relive memories than the digital “On this Day 7 Years Ago” reminders that pop on my phone for some reason. And it brings me a great deal of joy.
I’d love to hear your ideas for multi-purpose toys to give us inspiration for things to add to our Activity Jar. Let me know if these 3 things spark anything for you and I’ll be back with more soon.