a) It's so hard to make them stay and eat when they just want/need to run and play- if they need to sit down to eat anyway, I may as well use that time driving!
b) The smaller one sometimes gets backed up from long trips, so the activity right AFTER eating can help her digestion. Also, I'm less likely to have to stop again in 20 minutes when the bigger one decides he needs to poop.
c) When the kids get to spend nearly every minute of the stop playing and being active, I feel much less guilty strapping them back in and plugging them into electronic distraction devices.
d) I can get the food I like from wherever I want and eat at a park instead of stopping at McDonalds to appease the kiddos. It may mean an extra drive-through stop, but I really don't like McDonalds, and I save time because I don't have to wait for the kids to eat AND play. – Lisa
I don't always feel comfortable negotiating the price of one item, so I usually ask if I can group the items I'm purchasing for a flat rate.
ie if a car seat is $20 and then I want a bread machine and lawn chair, each priced at $5, I offer $20 for the 3 of them. I've found people usually are more receptive to negotiating when you're taking more off their hands! – Leah
On my “weekend wrap-up” post from this week:
Hi Jordan, Did you know that Denny's has unlimited refills on the hot chocolate, they don't tell you that, but it's so true! Even at full price we go there just for the hot chocolate sometimes because I just love the whipped cream, so probably three a visit. YUM and free refills! Why don't they put that on the menu???? – Sydney
That sounds like a great weekend. My husband and I bought a foreclosure 2 years ago and have done nearly all of the work ourselves (interior and exterior). We finally got to the back yard and now have grass growing!!! It is definitely hard work doing it all yourself, but it feels so good when you FINALLY get it all done! – Ashley
On my “my favorite laundry concoction” post:
does the tide with bleach take the color out of colored clothes? – Audrey
Thanks for the question, Audrey. My answer? NO! It's not actually bleach, it's a bleach alternative. So it's not only safe on colors, but my clothes have never looked cleaner or brighter. That's probably mostly due to the Clorox 2 color booster/stain fighter that I use, but either way…my clothes look great.
Thanks for all the great comments and emails, keep them coming!
Have a fun, cheap, or free weekend –