We celebrated a little early since my husband has to work on her actual birthday. When you have so many kids, just family can be a party alone! Lately our style with birthdays have been very low key for our sanity’s sake and not to overwhelm the child. We let them pick out all the meals for the day and pick the celebratory activity. They get 2-3 really cool gifts and preferably gifts that will keep all the kids occupied all day ha!
The night before I decorated very simply with a banner and tons of balloons all over the floor, which kept them very entertained all morning while I had coffee and made a special breakfast.
Elly opened her gifts, one of which was a huge amusement park Lego set that took them all morning to build, while the parents took it easy win-win! We saved money on the big set by buying it on Ebay. It was still in the sealed bags but just missing the box. That is one way to save on Legos.
Her choice for fun was spending a couple hours at Peter Pipper Pizza’s arcade.
Everybody had a ton of fun and then we headed home for dinner and cake.
When you have a lot of birthdays throughout the year, you can get burnt out on store-bought birthday cakes. I was so happy when Elly picked out this chocolate chip cake from a cast iron skillet cook book. unfortunately I am no Martha Stewart and when I inverted it onto a plate, it fell apart BUT it was still soooo good.
We enjoyed it with some Ice Cream sandwiches and then called it a night. I really enjoy birthdays like this. While a big party, bouncy houses and lots of friends can be a lot of fun, they can also be very draining on the mother! I didn’t want birthdays to be days where I stressed yelling at everybody to keep the house clean and then being too busy to actually enjoy the birthday with my child. As I grow older, I realize more my limits and what I can handle with joy. I don’t know how long I can keep these simple birthdays going but while my kids enoy them, I am going to take advantage! 🙂
Our motto here is to help you make a buck, stretch a buck, save a buck and lately we find storage auctions is just such an awesome way to do all three.
-We save money by getting things for free after we sell a few things to make up the cost of the unit.
-We definitely stretch money by using very little to accomplish so much (provide for our needs and pass on great deals to our community).
-We make a buck by selling the items that we don’t want or we know we can flip for a great profit.
To tell you the truth there is a sadness factor involved in it for me. However these customers chose not to pay their bill for whatever reason and the company has the right to sell the contents to recoup their costs. If you do this and do come across items that are of sentimental value (like photo albums) you can always return those to the storage facility to be returned to the owner. I think that would be the right thing to do. When talking to my 8yo about it she reminded me how our Pastor preached that one day we will loose everything anyways! So true.
Even just after doing two, I see why people say it is a lot of work but a lot of fun. It’s quite an experience. You just don’t know what you will find. Even though this last one was scary, a week later we want to do it again! We just know better now and I anticipate the more we do it the better we will be at it. It’s a fun project to do as a family on a day off rather than out and about spending money! lol
With this last unit it seems the big money maker was the Nintendo 64 and games ($130 for those video games alone!), who knew that was back in style? The minute I listed it my phone blew up that day and I kept trying to make the best deal. Suffice to say that one item alone made up for the cost. I also had some great Harley Davidson clothes, lots of other name brand clothes, other very vintage tools and manual, old records, books, toys, and even this super cool 2 seater scooter school bus that the kids play with every day and another vintage red flyer tricycle. Joe also mentioned a few of the tools he got, there were so many and he kept a few things himself. I also kept a lot of kitchen stuff. Overall I think we did very good for a morning of work.
In this video we pass on all the tips and advice we have from our couple times doing it. Hopefully we will have more to pass on as the time passes and we have a few more under our belt, but I tell ya- you learn quick!
It has been a VERY busy last 4 days. My clean laundry pile on a bed shows it. It has now reached Mt. Everest proportions. We are all digging deep in our closets for something to wear today yikes! I’m keeping it real. All my staples and favs were in that pile needing to be ironed so….I dug through the modest ministry bin and thank goodness found this gem. Thank you whoever donated it and hopefully you are good with me borrowing it today 🙂 My weight watchers goal for the week was actually to get a skirt that did not have an elastic waistband (ALL my skirts are elastic waistband) so guess what?! This is not an elastic waistband. Wahoo!
For my top I dug through my ebay clothing pile I haven’t listed yet. Pretty sure this belonged to some teenage girl but hey it fits! My girls said they want to join in on the #modestmonday pic , so much more fun!
If you entered the giveaway for the skirt please check the comments of that post to see if you are the winner. Another giveaway coming soon!
Here is our clip of the week.
I’m back with another video on what I sold on Ebay the prior week, hope this gives you some ideas!
There were many scores at this last week storage aution but I am really happy about this book just loosely thrown in there. This book is about 100 years old. I think it makes an excellent history book for our homeschooling.
** Also I announced the winner in the comments of Monday’s Skirt Giveaway so please check it out and email me if you are the winner!** Thank you to to everyone that participated. Come back for another giveaway on Monday!**
I created a shipping video in real time to show you how to ship from home and schedule a mail pick up in less than 5 minutes!