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Day 15: Best Boys Clothes!

UPDATE (10/3/13): I’m not certain what is going on with the actual store, it was very empty the last couple of times I was in. However, they’re website is still up and offering great deals!

Today started with a quick trip back to Tischler’s & Peter Rubis.

My kids were hungry for ribs & since we haven’t had them for a couple of months I agreed. Unfortunately, there weren’t any in the display case at Tischler’s. So, I asked the man working if they happened to have any- and he said he’d be happy to cut some for me. Gross- but fantastic! Love their customer service.

I kind of over-did it at Peter Rubi’s,
image but everything has been so good. Plus, my skin doesn’t look so great, so I needed some avocados (don’t know why eating avocados helps my skin, but not complaining!).

At least shopping hungry led to more veggies instead of junk food.

On to Red 21. By far the best clothing store for boys. My son was never a “teddy bear” or “cutsie” type of boy. He’s had a ball in his hand or wheels/skates on his feet since he was two…sadly I’m really not kidding. What we have saved not buying toys for him (very few ever interested him), we’ve made up in hockey fees. Red 21 carries mostly Wes & Willy which is incredibly soft and tagless (very important for kids that hate scratchy tags/fabric). Even though he’s a “sports” kid, I’m not thrilled about Nike or Adidas splashed across everything he wears. These shirts have great sports themes without promoting any specific teams. Not a sporty family? Don’t worry, they have plenty of pirates, dinosaurs, dogs, rock & roll, and preppy too. But, these clothes come with a bit of a price tag- $35 for an everyday shirt is a bit much for me. That’s why I watch for their 75% off sales (2-3 times a year). Word of warning, go the day it’s advertised. I waited 3 days and there was nothing in my son’s size (10-12). This is the one I really wanted, only in navy:
image 3T was the only left *sigh*

The only other non-chain store in this 30+ store “mall” is Barbara’s Bookstore. It’s definitely not “The Shop Around the Corner” but it’s ok. The youngest employee seemed most familiar with the books I wanted and had some decent recommendations, but they didn’t have them in-stock. The do have a decent selection of unique magazines, but it didn’t have a cozy, curl-up and read kind of atmosphere: I felt more claustrophobic & anxious.

Any recommendations for a favorite bookstore?

Day 3…

It isn’t often that I get one-on-one time with either of my kids. So, when it does happen, they tend to get a little spoiled.

Since my son was at hockey camp all day, my daughter had me to herself.

I promised at the start of winter break that she could get her ears double pierced. Today was the big day.

For the past couple days I searched for an independent store that does piercings, our local tatoo shop was the only option. My 11-year-old vehemently opposed. I offered to get another tat if she said yes, but even that wouldn’t persuade her.

Merle Norman it was. Did I break my shop small pledge already? Maybe? We did have to buy their earrings (they refused to use the ones she brought), but we didn’t buy any of the “special gifts” the sales lady tried to upsell. I think we made up for local shopping the rest of the day.

Time for lunch. Her choice? Sushi. We hit our favorite, Wild Tuna. Love that the owner, Susan, greeted us by name and asked where my son was. She could have placed our order for us: Godzilla & Snow Mountain maki, but I think she believes one day we’ll actually try something different. A little pricy for lunch, but so delicious, and a fabulous special mom/daughter lunch (though my son is going to be crazy jealous!).

Next stop, our town meat market, Tischlers. I’m not a big red meat eater, but needed a few dinner options & lunch meat/cheese for the start-up of school. Their pork chops are always delicious (2 are big enough for the four of us) and I like their commitment to quality, local- antibiotic and hormone-free meats. Deli meat & cheese was a little more expensive than our regular grocery store- but I bought a little less than I normally would- confident we’ll have less waste. Side note, their slogan cracks me up: Friends don’t let friends buy grocery store meat!

Next stop (and next door to the meat market) is my favorite produce shop: Peter Rubi’s. Unfortunately we don’t have year round farmers markets & I can’t go in my back yard for an avocado or orange, Peter Ruby’s is the next best thing. I love their wooden crate displays, old-fashion market feel, and amazingly fresh produce. Every item states where it’s from (many from midwest) and their prices are incredible. The owner, Brandon, is only 24 but incredibly knowledgeable & helpful with suggestions. Must be from working at farmstands as a teenager!

Although today was a relatively expensive day, I still think we did pretty well. Between the dairy delivery yesterday, and meat & produce markets today- I spent less than $100 on (hopefully) a weeks worth of groceries. I feel really good about what I bought & am even happier that even shopping with a kid in tow the only extras that went into my cart were a few additional apples and “love juice” (a blend of beets, carrots, & apples)- I think she was drawn to the color & name, fine with me!

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