Saturday, October 29, 2011

Great Multi-Use 18" Doll Bed

Okay, most people would call it a multi-use nightstand, but I was specifically looking for something like this for Monkey Girl's doll that would fit her room. Pottery Barn Kids has the Kendall Storage Console available for $199 in either white or espresso.

We got it in espresso to blend with her bedroom furniture. She didn't have a nightstand so this was the perfect find! The bottom cubby is large enough to be a bed for her 18" doll. She keeps books and puzzles on the second shelf and the top shelf fits her clock and water bottle perfectly. Before I ordered it, I was concerned with how small the top shelf might be, but it's perfect for holding essentials and not large enough for her to clutter the top (like Dadda monkey and I tend to do with our nightstands).

The console is very well constructed and a beautiful piece. It's not quite as dark as the other espresso furniture in her room, but it's not too far off to be a distraction. I think it's going to grow with her really well since it's so functional, attractive, and solid. Even the back is not your typical particle board backing.

It was easy to put together (at least that's what Dadda monkey says) and Monkey girl loved it. She was even more excited that evening when we put the console in her room, and put her doll, Abby, to bed. I like it so much that I'm considering getting another one for Bro Bro monkey's room even though he has one nightstand. The storage in this console is great and easy for toddlers to use. One word of warning, Bro Bro monkey now uses this as a ladder to climb into his sister's bed.

(I still have to get that wall paper border residue off her wall)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Eversave Texas Hill Country & Winery Tour

Today for San Antonio has a fantastic deal. For $30 you get to tour two historic Texas towns and up to three wineries. I have yet to experience the hill country wineries, but I keep mentioning to Dadda monkey that it's something I'd love to do. While we live here, I need to take advantage of all that the hill country has to offer. To top that off, getting to do it for $30 AND not having to drive is a bonus. I'm sure you'd meet some fabulous people, with similar interests, if you decide to jump on this, but hurry because this deal ends on October 22nd.

As a bonus, the great people at Eversave have offered this Save ($65 value) to one of my readers! is a place I check frequently because of the great deals they offer. I've picked up a few Saves from them before and it's a fun, easy, and cheaper way to explore businesses in the area. As a note, the winner of the Save will be announced after the winery tour deal has ended so if you want to ensure you get to go on the tour, grab it now!

How To Enter:
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1. Let me know if you've ever been to any of the Texas hill country wineries OR what great deals you've picked up from Eversave.

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This giveaway will remain open until October 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM, central time. The winner will be chosen using I will post the winner on my blog and also email the winner (please make sure your email is visible on your profile or post it in your comment). The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email or I will choose another winner via Good luck!


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Back From Florida

The monkey family has returned from our vacation. We had a nice visit with my parents near Tampa. Most of our friends criticize us for not taking the kids to Disney World while we're there, but I've heard it's really better to wait until they're older. Monkey girl is currently 3 and Bro Bro is 2. Not to mention, we're there to visit with family who lives there so there will be return trips to the area. I'm not denying them the Disney experience permanently.

We took Monkey girl on a tugboat ride and watched a dolphin play in the wake. Also, the Largo Central Park playground is fantastic! That park will definitely be a spot we go to again (repeatedly). All in all, we just got a chance to relax and spend time as a family, but it's good to be home!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Neighborhood Teen Jobs

We're going on vacation soon and I was trying to find a teenager in the neighborhood who might be interested in making a few bucks by coming by and caring for the dogs. I know when I was a teenager that was a great job. Easy job, no travel, and a great way to pick up some spending cash. I posted to our neighborhood facebook page and I asked some friends, but I couldn't find anyone interested. I know there are teenagers here, I've seen them around. How could this be so difficult? So, we asked the vet and they had a recommendation, but who knows how much that will cost us. I just thought this was a win-win situation for both parties if we found a neighborhood teen. I'm still holding out hope so maybe not this vacation, but the next we'll find someone interested in it.