Trips To Target

Back in The Golden Years{let’s refer to them as such}, Abigail and I used to make weekly Target runs. Once, twice, three times a week, we would head to the great Red Bulls Eye- grab a latte and head to the toy section to say hello to a heap of stuffed animal friends.
But, the sun has set on The Golden Years and my monthly $50 Target budget has been discarded for more worthy causes{read car payment}. The one to three weekly trips are no more and I honestly don’t think we have set foot inside a Target since sometime in December.
Lucky for us, Grammy is here to visit this week.
Wa ha ha ha.
We were able to slowly peruse the aisles of the glorious beacon of Red Card savings while lazily sipping on a freshly brewed latte.
Look at that. She is in awed wonder.
Β After grabbing our lattes, a few necessities, and getting a head start of Abigail’s spring/summer wardrobe{SINCE WHEN CAN I BUY HER CLOTHES IN THE LITTLE GIRL SECTION. Someone. Hold me}, we headed over to the toy section for her reward of good behavior.
We never buy her anything and she does wonderful with that. She knows that we won’t be leaving with any new toys. But, it’s still a lot of fun to look and snuggle some really big friends!
Β Target induced bliss.
Β This crazy girl.
Even though we have seahorse at home{seahorse is her lovey}, we still have to stop and say hello and hug and snuggle the seahorses at Target. Every. Time.
Β Aren’t these toys just the worst??
Thank goodness we never owned one.
Does anyone have tips on how to get your kid to LOOK at the camera and SMILE for the camera? Because, I mean, really.
Anyway, thanks Mom/Grammy for the fun trip to Target today! I shall reward you with Stir Fry tonight πŸ™‚
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    1. Lovely indeed.

      Thanks! My hat is from Charming Charlie's. LOVE that store! Another total weakness/no self control possible sort of store. Her bow I found at a consignment sale last year. It's one of my favorites πŸ™‚

  1. i'm pretty sure you need that GIANT DOGGIE. i mean really. and i love her for snuggling the sea horses. . . she's just making sure they're loved before they go to the final homes. SO thoughtful πŸ™‚

  2. Cash & I are headed there tomorrow…wish me luck. πŸ™‚ I will have self control. You are adorable! Please when you find out how to get your child to look & smile at the same time, please let me know. πŸ™‚

  3. I am dying right now!!! Because 1. She is SO CUTE!! 2. I just browsed the aisles of Target with Mia for the first time in months and it was SO FUN! 3. I seriously took a picture of that toy and sent it to Eric asking if we should get it for our crappy little cemented back patio (seriously, it would stay outside. NEVER come inside) and he said yes. Maybe we SHOULDN'T get it?? And 4. I love that she understands that she can play with the toys there but won't go home with them! I hope I can teach that to Mia!

    1. It's just that the toy is SO LOUD. I mean, really, so loud. My sanity trumps the ball popper. lol.

      I mostly "trained" her with it by laying out expectations before we ever go into the store, then keep reminding her while we are there, and then do warnings as we get close to time to leave. It has helped her learn that it's a fun thing to do but that we won't stay all day and we won't bring anything home with us. So far, no meltdowns πŸ™‚

  4. Mine does not have a ball popper push toy, so I don't know firsthand the annoyance…I can only imagine. We'll leave that one at the store!

    Trips to Target are the best. We go about once a week, but we are pretty good about nothing buying all the things. Mostly. Sometimes. Good for you for cutting it out cold turkey when you know it is too much of a temptation!

    1. We've never had one either, perhaps the tile floors and empty space around that particular aisle make it extremely noisy- but it's almost more than I can take! Ha!

      They really are the best. I mean, my budget was only $50 to begin with so it's not like I was a super big spender, but when I really sat down to think about it, I was never buying things that we *had* to have or things that I couldn't find anywhere else. So, I decided to be a grown up and nix it from the budget{hopefully only temporarily though!!}

  5. That's awesome that you've raised her to be able to enjoy the toys at the store without tantrums about wanting them! My parents always had "store rules" that they would remind us of before we arrived at the store, one of them was no asking for new toys!

    1. Thanks πŸ™‚

      My parents had those same rules and my Mimi still tells the story about how one time I quietly asked her, "Mimi? Do you have any extra money?" lol. I didn't ask straight out but I sure did try to navigate around the gag order.

  6. Yaya for trips to target. Sometimes I just like to go and bask in the aisles and not buy anything. Actually I can go through and talk myself out of a lot of things (my checkbook thanks me!). I love that Abigail is happy just playing with the toys in the store. I was thinking the other day, maybe I won't bring Ellie by the toys section…just the clothes and home decor. But now that I have "seen" how you do it, I think I can too!!!

    1. Definitely! I've read before about some moms who never take their kids past the aisles so that they don't get the gimmes. Which is fine too. But, for me, I think it has been valuable to teach her that there are lots of things that we want, but we A) don't always get them. B) sometimes we save for them or C) they are something we can wait patiently for as rewards, birthday/christmas presents.

  7. What a great post with amazing photos! I absolutely love that she knows she is just looking and therefore just loves on everything and moves on. I love Target!

  8. What a fun and cute post:) Have you heard anything about the fisher price sea horses starting fires? I don't know if it's true and they haven't issued a recall but thought you might want to check into it if your daughter has one at home.

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