Just a little reminder today: YOU ARE ENOUGH! What you are doing is enough. What you are working with is enough!
If I had my way, I would have ALL the wooden toys and puzzles, all the fancy manipulatives and unit studies. All those things are great and I LOVE to support small shops when I can. But it is okay to use what you already have on hand and what is within your budget!
Sometimes I have to tell myself the same thing, I tell my kids when they beg for a toy in the store (which luckily doesn’t happen that often anymore), it’s not that we don’t have the money for it (positive thinking) it’s that, that particular thing is not what we are budgeting our money for at this moment.
I’d rather spend money on experiences, fields trips, family vacations, more quality time spent together. So every time I see something fancy that we ABSOLUTELY NEED, I put it on a list and let it sit for awhile. Then I’ll come back and decide whether it really is something we NEED or just something I saw in a pretty picture and decided I wanted to take pretty pictures with that thing too🤪🤷🏻♀️ #beinghonestwithmyelf
This simple felt alphabet chart that we got from the target dollar spot AKA @bullseyesplauground was just $3 (if I remember correctly) and we’ve gotten creative with it. Using it in multiple ways. With two boys anytime you can add a little competition, that always grabs their attention. So we’ll race to see who can find their letter first. Or Radley just likes handing out the letters while Parker sees how fast he can match all the pictures to their letters. Among other ways we’ve decided to use it: check my stories!
Final takeaway: Work with what you have! You are enough! I’m all about splurging on high quality, sustainable options. However, if you can creatively expand a $3 purchase and use it for multiple things, why not? That being said, try not to be tempted to buy ALL the $1 + $3 things just because they are cheap. (talking to
myself here🙋🏻♀️) You don’t need ALL the things (trying hard to be more minimal and more sustainable this year) AND my absolute favorite: find those high quality, splurge worthy items for $3 at local thrift stores! They are out there! 🥰🎉