(There is a small chance I am being a little dramatic, but I have seriously considered the idea that an addiction to heroin might fit better in to my life than my weekly (FINE, sometimes twice weekly,) trips to The Target.)
It always sounds like a good idea.... We'll just go pick up some new markers. The boys have been so in to coloring and our marker selection is pretty sad. I would hate for them to have to function with inadequate marker options, let's just pop in Target and buy a new pack so no little people around here have to suffer. I hate to see my little people suffer. Do they sell ponies at Target?
I can make a list for Target which includes no less than 5 absolute necessities, any day of the week. It's a talent really. I create need to help fuel the economy. Really, I'm basically an economist.
So today, I made the following list:
- Baby veggie pouches
Those baby veggie pouches are almost $2 each and I planned on buying about 10 so now that's $20. I'd still bet on being able to leave with less than $50 spent.
What kind of fool am I? A Target fool.
So we go to pick up these things and on the drive there Aiden and Cole start their car fighting. Cole makes some sort of proclamation that does not sit well with Aiden and it's on. We then have a "YES!" and "NO!" battle that is really quite remarkable.
Cole remains calm and firm in his position, despite the fact that it is usually incorrect. Aiden, unable to stand the idea that Cole is on the side of incorrect goes quite rapidly from simply speaking to fully freaking out.
This annoys me.
So, I add a slip n slide to the list. I know that sounds crazy, but my plan was to buy something fun that I can prominently place in our house to remind them that there is no way they will ever have it if they can not be nice to one another and quit whining.
Cole could totally pass for an Asian boy, but not a blonde.
See, economist, math whiz, and parenting genius.
Once in the store we see Father's Day cards. How can I not buy a Father's day card for Alex and my Father? Aiden picks out a beer can card for my Father and Cole grabs a squirrel card for Alex that tells him to feel free to "Play with his nuts! It's Father's Day! Nice.
We pick up the markers then successfully navigate by the clothing section without a single purchase. I am amazing! Next is baby food, Slip N Slide, padlock for gym, then on to the grocery.
It's tricky in the grocery.
- 3 half gallons of milk - list!
- bagels - desperate for breakfast ideas, impulse purchase
- Parmesan cheese - list!
- 3 pack of vanilla milk - actually saving money by not purchasing at Starbucks twisted logic
- raisins - list!
- Honey Mustard pretzel pieces - too delicious to resist
- Squeezable applesauce - everything is starting to look good, been in Target too long
Oh Ashley, I do too.
At the checkout I add a pack of gum, because it doesn't count if it's less than $2, and am shocked when the total is $101.50. I wanted to punch the Target employee in his scanning arm for incorrectly tallying all my merchandise. How does this happen?
I'm not going anymore. EVER!
FINE. Not until next week.
But not without a list.
One of my favorite things at Target is the affordable clothing, because I love clothing. It makes me happy and it can completely alter the way I feel about myself.
Some might say that this is shallow and materialistic.
(I bet you think I'm going to give a counter to that statement, but no, I accept it.)
I have been wanting to start a weekly post about clothing in some capacity for a while but nothing really felt right since I'm not an expert by any means. I also usually buy cheap clothing from Target and Old Navy so I'm not particularly style savvy in that I'm hitting the designer labels.
I have to pay for Target people, I have no money for designer anything.
My InStyle magazine has a feature though where their editors will show an outfit they are loving, their go-to outfit. I thought it might be fun to show what my go-to outfits are, regardless of style factor or price point.
Also, this is my blog so I can basically make up whatever I want so I wanted to do it!
I'm going to call it Threads Thursday and regardless of what else I ramble on about, I'll show you an outfit or something I'm loving that I managed to work into my closet.
I'm starting with my going out outfit that I put on when I am invited basically anywhere these days. If you invited me to dinner, a movie, a PR lunch for Stoneyfield Farms, date with the husband...whatever, you could expect me to arrive in this.
But I would look more tan. I would readjust my shorts ban to not stick out at my belly under my shirt. And you would see my head, probably.
Shoes are from JC Penny - Remember that post? Find it here.
Shorts from NY& Co
Shirt from the legendary Target
Necklace from my favorite do-good while shopping organization Noonday Collection
Happy Thursday Everyone!
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