Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money.
Do you know what you can buy for $20,000?
A Volkswagon Beetle.
A Mediterranean Cruise for four.
Cartier diamond earrings.
Vespas for all four of the adults in my family.
An entire kitchen remodel.
A two bedroom house, if this Zillow listing is to be believed.
I have never claimed to be a budget shopper, and I
sometimes often buy completely unnecessary things for Babystar. But, like, she doesn’t have a PONY or two story playhouse or anything. I freaked out yesterday when the one changed to a two. But Babystar still brings me a million times more joy than everything on that list. Well, except maybe the Vespas.
YOU GUYS HOLY CRAP BABY COSTS A LOT OF MONEY!!
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Toddlers like balloons.
Toddlers love balloons.
Toddlers are obsessed with balloons.
I know, I know, I shouldn’t generalize. MY TODDLERMONSTER CAN NOT GET ENOUGH BALLOONS in her life. She’s living that balloon life.
This Peanuts balloons has been around longer than the actual Peanuts comic strip. I think we brought it home in late January. I will miss this one when it’s gone. $6.99.
This lucky little guy moved in at the beginning of the month, but he’s still hanging around looking shiny. $3.99.
And these superstars were given to Babystar when we left the Children’s Museum last week, or the week before, they are all running together. We drove them ninety miles home because we love that little ToddlerMonster.
They hang out near the sky because they are stars, duh. Also because one of the strings is only about four centimeters long.
Does anyone else have a balloon-obsessed toddler?
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Babystar likes tools.
Since it’s kinda dangerous and pretty dirty and maybe illegal to let her play with the tools on my workbench, we got her a set of toy tools. (Yes, I said MY workbench. I 100% guarantee that my husband would agree.)
They are cute and sturdy and BPACDEFG-free and made of recycled materials in the USA. This is my first Green Toys purchase, but I totally dig them. I bought them at Home Goods so they were less expensive than usual. Which I also totally dig. ($16.99 instead of $27.99.)
Babystar digs them too. She took the pliers on the airplane to Florida earlier this month, and ‘fixed’ the airplane window. Whew. Those other travelers don’t know how close we came to a possible broken window. Babystar to the rescue.
(Note: I had to go to their website to look up the actual retail price since I bought them at Home Goods. They have a pink set. Gross. GIRLS LIKE BLUE TOO. At least the tea set comes in both pink and blue too. BUT STILL.)
And while we are on the topic of fixing things, the living room ball pit has been getting some serious
abuse aggressive love by visiting older kids. It’s totally to be expected, and a large part of me wants it to break completely and be out of my life, but alas. Babystar loves it too much. So we bought some Duck tape (yes, Duck, that’s the brand) and fixed the broken loops. $3.77. She picked yellow, so they don’t match the other loops at all but whatever. Also, we took the ball pit downstairs so it maybe gets less abuse and so I maybe don’t have to look at it as much. Win-win.
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