Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Kids Love Aldi, Too!

You guys know that I love Aldi, but did you know that my kids love Aldi, too.

They have so many favorite products.  I am excited to show you them today.

The only things my kids don't love from Aldi are their cheese penguin crackers (similar to goldfish), Aldi brand cereals, Aldi hummus, Aldi popcorn (like Skinny Pop) and they aren't convinced that the Aldi version of their favorite breads is good (cinnamon swirl bread and wheat bread).

They really LOVE everything else.  They'd never know if it was Aldi brand or name brand from another store.

I snapped some pictures during our latest Aldi run.  I try to run most of my errands when Olive is at school.  And you'll have to excuse Fletcher's one shoe on and one shoe off.  You guys... he was having a MOMENT about a scratch on the top of his foot.  You would have thought he needed stitches by the way he was acting.  Luckily, "The Banana Clock" turned things around for him.  Although he did refuse to wear a shoe on his hurt foot throughout the whole store.  It was snowing outside so just know that I got plenty of judgy stares as a result.  It's fine.  He's fine.  We're fine.

Let's get shopping!!

We always stock up on the fruit that's on sale for the week.  This time it was strawberries and lemons.

We love this naan flat bread for pizzas.  I add a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and then top with cheese.  Pop it in the oven until the cheese melts.  Delicious!  I was really excited to see $2 off stickers on it this trip.  I picked up a package of the mini and the full size.  I hadn't put pizzas on the menu for the week so they went right into my freezer.  They thaw perfectly and you'd never know they were frozen.

Aldi knock off Girl Scout cookies are so good.  They're under $1.50 at my stores which is a lot less than the $5/box Girl Scout cookies were bought last month.

Chips and Salsa are amazing!  My kids love both.

The kids love all the cheeses - string cheese, blocks of cheese and shredded.  It's all delicious!  It's so much more affordable than other stores.  We use this for lunches, charcuterie boards, pizzas, tacos and more.

Pretzel rods.  My kids love them!

My kids ask for these every time we go to Aldi.  I almost never buy them because $5 for fruit strips seems like a splurge.  I think I'll surprise the kids with a box of them for Summer road trips.

We love the creamy peanut butter.  It's a good deal at $3.19, but I've seen it go as low as $1.49.  Any time it's marked down or on sale I stock up.

Both kids love this Aldi nutra grain bars.

Aldi surprises me with their name brand finds.  They had these bags of mini cookies on clearance for $0.99 on this trip!  What a deal!  I bought 4 - Oreos and Nutter Butters to save for fun car snacks for our next road trip.  Tip: If you find a product majorly marked down - grab it while it's in stock.  Their markdowns do not last long and won' be restocked.

We love all of their boxed pastas.

Great deal on fruit pouches!  We love the Apple Peach.  I try to keep these on hand for an easy, healthy snack on the go.  It's not something we eat every.  I just always have them in the pantry.  The Apple Peach is delicious - I even grab them for a snack sometimes.

Super deal on milk!

We love their frozen rice and edamame.  This trip they were both majorly marked down.  I bought a couple of each for our freezer.  My kids love the edamame in the pods.  We serve them just like the restaurants do - steamed and salted.  The kids think they're so fun to eat.

My kids drink water 95% of the time, but these juice boxes are a fun treat for pizza night or a fun surprise at a picnic lunch.  They love both flavors.

We always admire the plants and fresh flowers.  We bought hyacinth bulbs back in February and these plants are going to do double duty - be pretty house plants and fun party decorations for Fletcher's construction themed party.  They were just $4.99 in the pots.  Great deal!  Sometimes I will let Olive pick out a plant or flowers for her teacher at that price.

And that's a wrap!!  I always fill my cart with fruits and veggies first.  Move on to cheeses and then stroll through the store.  Aldi really is an amazing store.  Be brave and check out a nearby store if you have one. 

If you're new to Aldi check out this post with all of Aldi Tips in it or head to my instagram (@polkaodttyplace) and look at my Aldi highlight bubble for more Aldi favorites.

What do your kids LOVE from Aldi??

Monday, March 18, 2019

St Patrick's Day Weekending

Hope you had a fun St Patrick's Day weekend!

We had a busy one filled with lots of St Patrick's Day fun!  We baked treats for friends, went o a parade, ate lots of rainbow foods and had a nice weekend.  Our babysitter got sick last minute and had to cancel so that was a bummer.  Luckily, it all worked out just fine.  We enjoyed an evening at home and will reschedule with her again soon.

The weather cooperated for us to go to our local St Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.  It was sunny, beautiful and chilly!  We all bundled up and had a great time.  The kids got lots of candy and saw everything from firetrucks to hugging ducks and lots of friends.

We've been in our city for 3.5 years and we are both getting to the point where we know people most places we go.  Kevin saw coworkers from the hospital, I saw friends from lots of different circles and then the kids saw their friends.  Sure is nice to love where you live.

St Patrick's Day!  All the green, clovers and rainbows.  We celebrated by having lunch out at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

We did rainbow art.

Baked rainbow treats.  This holiday drawer in my kitchen island is one of my very favorite spots.  Excited to swap out all the rainbow sprinkles for Easter pastels this week.

Delivered clovers to Kevin's office.

Mailed out some cute kid art St Patrick's Day cards.

Olive loves tennis so much that we signed her up for a second session.
Fletcher is the sweetest brother cheering her on from the sidelines.  He's dying to get out there and play with her.

Olive swapped out her first pair of unicorn earrings for these rainbows.  They're so cute.  Justice has really cute earrings for little girls in case you're in the market.

I made a rainbow charcuterie board.

Rainbow Jello - Kevin loves it so much that I made some for him to share with his students.

St Patrick's Day lunch.

We had to really bundle up for the St Patrick's Day parade.  It was sunny and blue skies, but it was only maybe 40 degrees.  I was glad we brought blankets.

Fletcher was hilarious at the parade.  He was yelling HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY to everyone, insisted on hugging this giant duck, grabbing all the candy and just loving life.  Glad he finally warmed up enough to participate.

Did you do anything fun for St Patrick's Day this weekend?

Friday, March 15, 2019

10 Things I Say Everyday

10 Things I Say Everyday.

I've seen this prompt floating around different blogs this week and loved it.  I started thinking about the things that I say over and over again every day.  My days are rarely boring, but there's a lot of routine and repetition in parenting young kids.

What are some things that YOU SAY EVERYDAY?

10 Things I Say Everyday

1. Good morning to you!  Good morning to you!
It's my job to wake up the whole house so we have a silly little good morning song we sing.  I'm not a morning person so I have to pull it together and set the tone for the whole family.

2. These are your options
I always give options so the kids get to pick.  Both options are things I approve of - gold fish or pretzels, smoothies or an apple, bike ride or side walk chalk?

3. Where's the last place you saw it?  Retrace your steps.
This is great for my kids and my hubby - ha!

4. Listen to his/her words & Stop hitting your brother/sister.
When the kids are frustrated with each other I remind them to listen to what the other person is saying and to get off of each other regularly.

5. Just a minute.  Pay attention.  Hang on a sec.
Everyone seems to want something right this second.

6. What was the best part of your day?  and I love you!
We go around the dinner table and take turns asking each other this question.  We also make sure to say lots of I love yous.

7. It's time for book club!
We try to read together every day and I call our reading time book club.  Each kid gets to pick a set number of books and we sit together on the couch and read them.

8. Teamwork!  If you want to do ________________, then you have to clean up ______________
We try to only have one or two toys out at a time and work together to get things cleaned up.

9. Sure, I'll snuggle you.
Both kids love to be snuggled.  They hop up on the playroom couch and make sure to leave me a spot in the middle.

10. Do you need to go to the potty?
We are working on potty training so I'm regularly asking this question.

10 Things that I HEAR all day long...

1. Hold me, Mommy!  Hold me!
2. Do I have to wear socks?
3. What are my options?
4. Can I watch this on Netflix?
5. Will you buy me a car?
6. Can I have one more snack ?
7. Will you play a game with me?
8. How were the kids today?
9. I love Mommy the most! (We have an ongoing silly competition where the kids think it's hilarious to tell us that they love Mommy or Daddy the most)
10. Will you rub my piggies?

Happy Friday!!  Hope you have a wonderful St Patrick's Day weekend.

It's time to link up with my favorite blogging buddies for High Five for Friday.  Join us with up to 3 different blog posts and be sure to look around to find some new blog friends.  Also linking up with The Bolin Bunch today.

Becky @  By BMG Blog
Della @ Della Devoted
Tif @ Bright on a Budget
Whitney P @ Come Home for Comfort

Thursday, March 14, 2019

St Patrick's Day Home Tour

St Patrick's Day is one of our favorite holidays because we love anything Irish.  I've been collecting decorations for years and I look forward to pulling them out every year.  The past couple years I have really tried to pair my decor down to things that I really love.  If I don't love it - it gets donated.  That's freed up some space in my holiday closets and makes decorating more fun since I don't have to weed through decorations that I don't use or love.

Welcome to our home!

Family Room:

My mantel was looking a little plain with just one garland.  Then a fun package showed up from my parents with several other cute garlands.  Looks much better with layered garlands on the mantle. 

I love this bright and cheerful spot!  My house plants are doing great.  

Sunny kitchen window.

I love decorating this tiered tray in the kitchen.

Our Notre Dame bathroom fits in perfectly this time of year.

 I did a fun St Patrick's Day DIY this year.  I love to doing hand print and foot print art with the kids.  As you can see above, we have done several canvas art projects.  This time I wanted to do something with finger prints that was FREE.  Here's the BEFORE pic.  I removed all the ribbons, wiped it off and spray painted it white.  We let it drive overnight and distressed it with sand paper.

Ta da!!  The next day we lined up our paints in rainbow colors + pink and started finger printing.  I helped make sure the red line went where it needed to go and then guided the kids with the other colors.  Both kids helped and it went pretty smoothly.  It also helped that if we made a mistake, we could just wipe the smudged print right off.  It dried quickly and is hanging in our playroom.

Our orange cats seem very Irish this time of year.
Topher follows the sunny spots all over the house and naps.  He turns 10 this Summer.

Scrappy - remember he's the outdoor cat that came with our house - is happy to be fed every day and talked to every day.  Just make sure there's a window between us.

 Did you decorate for St Patrick's Day?

Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?  We are going to the St Patrick's Day parade in our city, getting a babysitter for date night and making some rainbow treats for friends.