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Sep
23
2015
Sep 23, 2015

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With the start of the new school year, I’m sure many families were out and about shopping for much needed stationary supplies amongst other things. We didn’t need to do much shopping given that I’m such a stationary hog. Gosh, I LOVE all that stuff. I can’t even tell you how many new packages of neat pens I have at home that have yet to see the light of day.

Of course, I couldn’t resist at least one trip to the store just to see if there might be something we should pick up and my child came home with this bottle of Elmer’s school glue.

Now, today’s post is not about the glue itself. Instead, it’s a hidden math lesson. – Continue Reading

Sep
19
2015
Sep 19, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - lego LED flashlight key chains

Rummaging through my archive images and I come across these little Lego key chains. I had picked them up one random day when I ventured to a street sale. Dragged by a dear friend who has been going to this street sale for years, I agreed to tag along.

Boy, was I glad I did. Thanks to this one trip I stumbled on to these little Lego key chains. I picked up three perfectly new Lego key chains for $10. Talk about a fantastic deal!  – Continue Reading

Aug
23
2015
Aug 23, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - mushroomsI am a big mushroom fan. The big kid also happens to love mushrooms. On this particular occasion, we decided to have a quick and easy dinner with leftover steak, mushrooms, a carton of mushroom soup (I know, not the best choice but at least it wasn’t in a tin can), and some penne pasta.

That was the plan. It was a hot and muggy day and we wanted a decent meal at home that wouldn’t require too much effort (ergo the carton of mushroom soup).

As luck would have it, we get to the grocery store and THE MUSHROOM SOUP IS GONE! I guess a bunch of other families had the same idea we had because that store shelf was EMPTY. – Continue Reading

Jul
14
2015
Jul 14, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - zip it pencil case

You may know this as a Zipit pencil case. I know this as a ‘super awesome deal that I spotted at a store’. Given that I hate shopping, I tend to make the most out of each shopping experience. I usually pick up what I need and do it as quickly as possible but I also keep my eyes open for inconspicuous deals that most people might miss.

Case in point: tucked away in this little corner of the store were a few shelves with odds and ends. I decided to take a closer look. There, sitting in a little bin were a few of these Zipit pencil cases.

Compactly packaged, these Zipit pencil cases are relatively unassuming so I can see why most people didn’t bother with them but I know a good deal when I see one. Regularly sold for about $7 or more, I managed to pick up a Zipit pencil case for only $2! Solidly made, infinitely cool, you know this Zipit pencil case would be a big hit for my big kid. That’s one school supply I don’t have to worry about and September is nowhere in sight! – Continue Reading

Jul
11
2015
Jul 11, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - kiju lemonade frozen juice box

The sun is shining. The air is warm and there’s just a slight breeze in the air. The birds are chirping. Yes, it’s a gentle Saturday.

I wish every summer day could be like this.

What better way to enjoy a Saturday summer day than with a frozen juice box. Cut off the top, squeeze it out, and you’ve got an instant summer hit. It costs much less than all those other frozen treats at your local convenience store and the ingredients in it are also a million times better (slight exaggeration but you get the idea).

The best part about a frozen juice box is that it also takes its time to melt. It’s also got a built in straw so you can slurp up whatever’s left in the juice box!

I mean, does it get any better than this?

Here’s to an amazing weekend. Wishing you all a very happy juice box.

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May
21
2015
May 21, 2015

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If you drink coffee, chances are you’ve been to a Starbucks in the past little while and you’ll know that they’ve rolled out a new line of baked goods. I’ve also noticed that the prices for said baked goods has increased since the new line has been launched which leads me to the question: are you doing this because you want me to have a better product to chomp on or are you doing this to make more money?

You see, I don’t have an answer to this question. I’ve never been a big fan of overly priced baked goods and that’s not a pet peeve I have with just Starbucks. I don’t like pre-made half baked doughnuts that get flash baked for me at the store. I don’t like squishy weird muffins that are too sweet to consume, and there’s plenty of other ‘I don’t like’s that I could mention.

I mention Starbucks now because of their latest product switch up. As far as I can see, most of the products (like the chocolate chip cookies and oat fudge bars) look the same but the prices have gone up. Maybe they’re made with better ingredients now. Maybe not. I have no clue.

Now I may not be the best baker on this planet but I just can’t justify spending that kind of money with my cup of coffee. I’m also not a big fan of lining up which is why I bring my coffee from home in a travel mug but that’s a completely different story (and saves me about $500 a year I might add).

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The bottom line is, it’s still a packaged good which means it still can’t be as fresh as whatever I’d make at home. So, why waste my money? I’d much rather support a local bakery where I know the goodies are made right there in the kitchen at the back of the store or give my big kid a few dollars so she can spend it at the school bake sale (which I also contribute to, I might add).

Since the launch of the new baked goods, I’ve tried the Starbucks chocolate chip cookie and I honestly couldn’t tell if it tasted any better or worse than the previous product. I mean, it’s not horrendous. It just tasted like a typical chocolate chip cookie.  In fact, I only bought it as a funny surprise birthday cake for a pal at work. I stuck a candle in it and wished him a happy birthday. If it wasn’t for the special occasion, I probably would have left that cookie right there in the display case.

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In the ideal packaged baked goods world, here’s what I’d like to see:

1. simple ingredients
2. freshly baked
3. affordable prices
4. great taste that comes from the natural ingredients (nothing weird, please!)

I mean, the list could go on forever but I think you get the idea. This is probably why I bake so much. One day, when I grow up, I’m gonna be a GREAT baker.

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Dec
13
2014
Dec 13, 2014

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Question: is it cheaper to eat steak or a burger combo from a fast food restaurant?

Our family was at the local grocery store the other day and picked up a pack of steaks. We got 3 steaks for under $18. The steaks were fresh, good quality, and were a hefty decent size.

We got home, stuck it in the fridge and decided to eat them the next day. The only thing is, eating 3 steaks is a bit excessive so we made 2 and froze 1 (this is starting to sound like a typical math problem. Grade 3 math anyone?). We paired it with some plain pasta (daughter’s choice) and steamed organic sweet potatoes (my choice).

As our family sat down to eat together, we of course commented on how yummy the food was (the hubby is great at making steak. I, on the other hand, do an exceptional job of boiling it). We continued to talk about a bunch of other things and somehow we got on to the topic of the cost of our meal.

– Continue Reading

Aug
7
2014
Aug 7, 2014

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I think I’m a relatively even tempered person. I have my likes and I have my dislikes but for the most part, I think I’m a fairly optimistic, upbeat person. For example, I know I hate shopping but I do do it. I just do it my way which includes the occasional online shopping trip at trusted websites.

I get regular emails from different stores and on this particular day, I decided to visit one website (which shall remain nameless since I have no intention of drumming up any awareness or business for them) because it was a brand I trusted and it had a really good sale.

I was in a pretty good mood until I got to the website. Now I KNOW I’m a techno turtle (Have you seen our Facebook page? I’m hardly ever there) but I know my way around technology and I KNOW how to use websites. This company’s website is by far the WORST shopping site I have ever been to. Press a button or a link on the website: it just hung and did NOTHING. Press the ‘next’ button to see more options: again NOTHING. Try to add to my shopping cart: again, nothing. Tried to use their filter system to customize the sizes that I wanted to search for and it took about 3, 4 clicks for it to even register that I’d clicked it.

Now, before you tell me that I might have been going too quickly for the website to handle I wasn’t. It also wasn’t my computer given that I was patient enough to try it on 2 different computers at 2 different locations and the website was a total disappointment on both attempts. I was even savvy enough to try the website using Google Chrome, IE, and Firefox. Nothing worked to make the process smoother.

So, what did I do? – Continue Reading

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