A Family Thanksgiving!? Without a Dining Room Table!?

Last year we bought a house.  It is a 1980, 2700 square feet home in more mature and safe neighborhood.  The only way we could afford such a place was that it was NOT updated.

We found out that just basic things were done to the home like new carpet, paint etc… but there is still what my kids call a “yellow” bathroom full with a yellow tub, sinks and toilet (which now has a white toilet seat with it since Walmart doesn’t produce the mustard yellow ones anymore).

So the house has been great for my family, but going from a 1400sq ft town home to 2700 sq ft has left some rooms empty like my formal dining room.


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My dining room has a hutch, which is filled, a nasty ugly chandelier, and my beautiful African women painting that I bought at Ross a couple of years ago.  It’s my favorite piece of artwork that I own.

Anyway, last week my in-laws mentioned that most of my husband’s family (parents, aunt, cousins, siblings and their children) might come for thanksgiving this year….  Most of our family is at least a 6+ hour drive away and we only see them all once or twice a year.

We thought, “Oh cool, we typically are the ones who drive over. It would be fun for them come here.”  (It probably makes a huge difference that we actually have room for people now when they come and visit)

Then we thought….. well wait we don’t have a dining room table, nor do we have sitting space to accommodate all those guests!!!

Maybe NOW is the time for a dining room table, and our sectional!

My husband and I talked about it for a bit… but ultimately came to the realization that we don’t have an extra $2500 for a sectional or a dining room table!

Solution?  Well, we could set up our folding plastic table in the dining room and do Thanksgiving buffet style… OR I did find a bench table that would be great in our breakfast nook.  We could then move our kitchen table with leaf into our dining room and cover it with a nicer table cloth.

The bench table solve our tiny breakfast nook problem, our not wanting to spend all that money now problem, AND would give us a table in our dining room…. (if for nothing else the table would make people walk around the chandelier rather than straight into it.)

Yup it won’t be pretty…. but we’d rather put that “$2500” toward paying down our home than furnishing a dining room. The kids are still young and well, I don’t want to buy something expensive that if it got scratched or “kid marks” on it that I would get mad about.


20 Shirts for 80 Dollars

The new school year is right around the corner!  I can’t believe summer is almost over!!!

With the new school year comes lots of back to school sales.  The sad thing about my town is that it is small…. There’s a Macy’s, Walmart, Old Navy and Ross… other than that there aren’t any choices for kids clothes.  Not to mention kids go to school with the same clothes as other kids because, well, that’s all my little town has!

Typically, we make a trip to Seattle to go shopping for school clothes.  However, this summer we have two people having surgery in our household, so we are not going anywhere this year.

Walmart is typically hit and miss for clothes, our Ross is picked through, and I only shop the clearance rack at Old Navy unless their jeans are on sale (their jean sale comes in August).

So I looked online for kids t-shirts.  I simply typed into Google’s search engine,  “cheap boys t-shirts.”

One of the first links was for Children’s Place.  I clicked it over to a tab to get to later, because really Children’s Place is WAY out of my budget normally…. normally… but not this day.

I eventually went back to Children’s Place and found that their t-shirts were on sale for $5 each and if you spent over  $75 you’d get free shipping!  I thought that was a good deal since I hadn’t found any clearance items for my son yet.  My plan was to spend the full $80 and then have a good supply of shirts.

My kids had their first taste of online shopping that day.  I think they liked it… at least they acted excited.

I went to check out, but before submitting my order, I looked online for a coupon code… and behold, there was a 30% off sale!  I had missed it being advertised on their website when I first started looking, but when I searched google for the coupon code, it came right up!

I added the code and my bill dropped dramatically…. I called the kids back up and we shopped for more shirts!

In the end I paid 80 dollars (ok it was really 84 something at the end with tax) and am getting 21 shirts!  Not too bad.  It came to around 3.50 per shirt!  That’s that’s a second hand store price- and these are brand new.

Needless to say, I am pretty excited about my buy.