After a week full of being awesome (I mean, I made freaking file folder games), I was a bit out of ideas (and energy) this morning. The kids, on the other hand, were ready to go. After about fifteen minutes of them bouncing off the walls, I decided we needed to head out on an adventure! So, we packed up the backpack (Sweet Cheeks is learning responsibility and carrying her own stuff around), and headed for the door. While it was a beautiful day, managing a trip to the park with two adventurous tots on my own is a bit of a disaster (and I’m not a fan of the ER).

I also wanted to keep it cheap… so… WE INVADED A TOY STORE!

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Most toy stores (the smart ones) have “try me” stations. These incredible marketing ploys lure your children in and convince you that you need a $300 train set in your life. In reality, your kid with play with it for a couple weeks, lose all the pieces, and never use it again. Forget that! We spent about 45 minutes playing with trains… and it didn’t cost us a penny.

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Next, we made our way down to the V-tech aisle… and pushed EVERY button in sight. This is another incredible marketing strategy. Do you see how LOW all the products are stored? Everything is on demo mode… which means pressing any button results in flashing lights, sound, music… and excitement.

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Another 45 minutes of button pushing (the store was practically empty, since school is back in session… so we weren’t bugging anyone) and we were off to explore some more!

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Munchie found his twin, The Hulk!

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Sweet Cheeks picked out a delicious and completely healthy lunch option… which she proceeded to put in the stroller… because it was simply too heavy to carry.

About two hours after setting foot in the store, we headed home… had a real lunch… and a VERY long nap. I would say the adventure was a success!

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