I haven't posted a Frugal Friday in awhile as I am trying to save my money rather than collect things with my money - but on a recent drop-off trip to my favorite consignment shop the girls and I spotted a few things that made our hearts sing. Ella has been asking for a pram for her "Dolly" ever since Vivian was born (we had a pram for her.) So like Mommy, Ella always wanted one - but it was an expense that I wasn't willing to make until I spotted this beauty for $12 bucks! Here is one on ebay - I think I did pretty well considering the pram we bought isn't ripped or smell like a yucky basement. It is a keeper and finds like this excite me! Now the fighting over it I can do with out - but I reason it is a part of life.
Ella is precious caring for her baby. This carriage really helped Ella get into her motherly role. Her imagination has grown with it and I can sense that she really believes her dolls are alive - and that they need her. She is a good Mama to her children - I am flattered by her imitation... except when she gets impatient with them - I think to myself "do I really become that flustered? Hum.
Then I spotted these chalkboards and couldn't resist - perfect tools for homeschooling! I'd like to someday be able to chalk like this. Perhaps this will be my "before" picture but I don't expect an overnight success.
I spent $10 bucks for the both (actually used my store credit) - a steal if you ask me - one for each so there is no bickering. They enjoy drawing on them - but mostly they like watching me tell stories through the pictures I draw on the boards. This is all new to me, a first and I am learning as I go. We are all having such a good time with our frugal finds.
Here is a really cool demonstration of Waldorf Chalkboard Art.
It is when I am not in the habit of buying things - that things become more special to us. Mom didn't just buy another new toy - Mom bought a toy - and they were excited and thankful. Now if I could just stop buying them ice-cream cones every other day - the experience might go back to being a special treat that conjures up feelings of joy and deliciousness.
Enjoy your weekend and may you find that special frugal find that makes your heart sing.