Easy Valentine’s Wreath for Kids to Make

While clipping coupons last Sunday, I noticed quite a bit of red in the ads and flyers. Inspired by all the Valentine’s Day images (flowers, candy, hearts, bears, jewelry, etc…) I came up with an idea to make collage wreaths with the kids.

I cut out images that reminded me of Valentine’s Day, as well as any red space – ads, flyers, paper – to use as the base layer on our wreath.  Macy’s had tons of red paper in their sales ad and JCP had great large photos of jewelry that we used for accent pieces.

The hubby cut out a heart frame from a cardboard box and I spread on some white glue for Oliver.  We started with the […] Continue Reading…

Potato Stamps for Valentine’s Day

I’ve read about using potatoes as simple stamps and decided to give it a try for Valentine’s day.  I chose a small potato that would fit in Oliver’s hand easily and cut it in half.  I drew a heart on the potato and used a knife to remove the potato on the outside of my heart shape.

It was hard to get a crisp line around the heart, so I used a spoon to scrape the edges clean.

I put some fingerpaint on a plate and let Oliver stamp away.


The hearts have a rustic homemade feel.  Perfect for wrapping little presents or for making a Valentine for Daddy.

The potato also turned into a great paint brush and hand painter once the novelty […] Continue Reading…

Gotta Love the Mall Trains

The mall has become one of our favorite cold weather places to take the kids for fun.  Oliver could spend hours pushing every button on the soda machines alone – until he hears the train whistle that is…

In the past few years, I’ve noticed a rising trend of electric trains in malls.  Whoever sells, buys and operates these things are brilliant!!! 

A train ride costs anywhere from $3 – $5 per person and travels either a part of the mall or the entire mall length depending on mall rules.  The train at our local mall travels a short path and costs $4 per person.  I’ve seen it make 4 trips in 1/2 an hour carrying anywhere from 2 – 12 […] Continue Reading…

Reciprocal (free) Entry to Kid’s Museums

One of Oliver’s favorite places to visit is Imagine It – the children’s museum in Atlanta.  It is very similar to the Marbles that we loved so dearly up in Raleigh, NC.  They have plenty of exhibits set up for kids to play with, to explore, and to learn from.

Oliver was over the moon about the full size tractor!  He felt like a very big boy up in the driver’s seat.

They had some very cool train tables with holes cutout of the top for 360 degree play.

There was an entire section devoted to this very strange “sand”.  The sand stuck together as if it were wet, but was remarkably dry.

The museum also had painting stations, balls for vacuum tubes, gears, […] Continue Reading…

February Already

A personal note to my 2pennies readers:

We are just about settled in to our new lives in Atlanta and I am starting to eke out some free time to blog again. It had been hard finding resources, from pediatricians and dentists to preschools and playdates, for Oliver and Evelyn . I joined a local MeetUp group for moms and gathered some great referrals.  Thankfully, the kids are all set to go now.  We even have a local “emergency contact”!  I never knew how difficult it was to get things going with kids unless you have a local, non-family member to use as a contact person in case the hubby or I get squished.

The house is as setup as it’s ever […] Continue Reading…

Happy New Year 2012!

All of us here, at 2Pennies2Rub, wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Bubba U

Every night, Oliver and I read books before he goes to sleep.  One of his favorite books is an alphabet book with pictures. He is so happy to be learning his alphabet and his smile is contagious.  No matter what is going on in the world, or in my life, he reminds me to slow down and appreciate the little things.  After a year like we just had, I am grateful for the reminder and am humbled to be a part of his little world.

I taped tonight’s reading to share with you the simple joy of a boy who is learning his ABCs.  If you ever feel stressed, just say, “Bubba U” and smile.



Super Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A few Thanksgivings ago, I thought I would be Miss Fancy Pants and make my own cranberry sauce to wow my guests.  Turns out, it was so easy and delicious that I will never go back to canned sauce again!

For simple Cranberry Sauce you need:

1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries
1 Cup of sugar
3/4 Cup of water

Wash the cranberries in some cold water and discard any bad ones that you see.

I like dumping my cranberries onto a cookie sheet and running my hands over them.  The bad ones are much easier to spot this way.

Throw the cranberries, sugar, and water into a saucepan, stir to combine and bring to a boil.  After it boils, reduce heat so it simmers.




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Organic Turkey and Trimmings Worth the Price?

Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year.  We had just moved the week before and the sewer backed up in our house 3 days before Thanksgiving.  I told the hubby that there was no way no how that we were cooking turkey this year.  After several “but, but…” and “no turkey?” I felt like the Grinch who stole the roast beast and caved in.  Where or where was I going to find a thawed turkey with 30 hours to go until Thanksgiving?

Why Whole Foods grocery store of course!  According to their website, Whole Foods Market is “the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods.”  I bought a nice 11 pound organic/free range turkey, organic yukon gold potatoes, organic […] Continue Reading…

Busy 3 Weeks

We have almost been in Atlanta for 3 weeks.  A quick update – Evelyn has pretty much been sick the entire time.  Oliver goes bonkers when he is stuck in the house.  We’ve unpacked about 50% of the boxes and the house is still a wreck.  That’s pretty much it!  Well, not exactly…

I do make an effort to get the kids out at least 4 or 5 times a week, even if it’s just to the grocery store.  My new favorite after hours exercise joint for Oliver is Ikea!  I’ve been there a half dozen times already and at 8pm it’s a great big place for Oliver to explore (run around like crazy/jump on the beds).  We’ve also become […] Continue Reading…

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