Dear Holly: You Love Going to Marshalls with Nonna!

4 years, 4 months.

Dear Holly,

I have a feeling you might have initiated the idea to go to Marshalls, while Nonna and Papa were taking care of you when Mommy and me were in Colorado a couple of weeks ago.

Needless to say, by the time you got back from the store, you ended up with a new pair of light-up Minnie Mouse shoes, a Paw Patrol “smart watch” toy, and a tin of Paw Patrol cookies.

When you go with Mommy and me to Marshalls, you simply are looking to see what you will ask for the next time Nonna and Papa are in town!

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: This is My Favorite Picture of You This Week, Lounging Like a Preteen in the Backseat

2 and a half years.

Sometimes after I take a picture of you, I see you in a different way than I have before. This was the case when I snapped a picture of you last week while we were on our family trip to Destin in the 2019 Chevy Traverse.

Even though you are only 2 and a half, in that picture, I easily catch a glimpse of you years from now:

Relaxed, having fun, just chilling out while looking so cute.

Behind my jacket which is hanging over the top of your seat, you can see some of our shopping bags from when we went to the outlets.

It’s as if I am seeing you a decade from now, on the way back from you getting to spend all your own birthday money on clothes.

I love this picture.

Love,

Daddy

Toys for Nine-Year-Olds: Buying Tips When Searching for the Perfect Gift

Gifts for nine-years-olds are more than just objects to them because they’re slowly evolving into mature young individuals. While they can still be interested in toys, children at this age begin to explore different interests. It would be great if they could master some skills using their toys. Thus, you should take gift shopping for them seriously.

If you wanna save money while shopping for a gift, one can shop via Givingassistant.org.
If you’ve been trying to think about the perfect gift for a nine-year-old child, here are the buying tips you should consider.
  1. Development – Nine-year-old children have a natural curiosity about the things that are happening around them. As they begin to age, their attitude, emotions, and even hobbies also change. Therefore, when buying gifts for them, think about their interests. Kids at this age also become more interested in the arts, sports, sciences, and other areas of learning. So, you better consider their stages of development when searching for the best gift for them.

 

  1. Usefulness – When you give a gift to a nine-year-old child, be sure this is something that he can use over and over again. The gift shouldn’t be good for one-time use only. Instead, select a gift with a real purpose. If your goal is to spark their imagination, buy something that they can learn how to build while they’re playing. Also, avoid giving gifts that will only be placed in the corner, such as decors.

 

  1. Profile – Gifts for children aren’t tough to find. However, the problem comes in if you buy a gift for someone you don’t know. For instance, if you want to buy a birthday present for your nine-year-old godchild, you should make the real effort to get to know him/her better. By doing your research, you may discover something special about the child that will help you in your buying decisions.

 

  1. Good Quality – Aside from being useful, your gift should also be of good quality. Nine-year-old children value their toys seriously because, for them, it’s more than just an object that they can play with. If your gift is something that is used often, it should last for a long time. Take note, a child who receives a gift with nice quality will appreciate the effort and thought you put into buying it.

 

  1. Element of Surprise – Nothing is more exciting than receiving a surprise gift. Children at the age of nine appreciate gifts that offer an element of surprise. It means you put a lot of thought into buying a gift that will make them happy. Also, surprises create good memories that children may never forget.

 

  1. Experience – Children, because they’re young, love experiencing new things. It’s best to buy a gift that gives experience. Search for unique gift ideas for children. Create a list of all the things that kid is interested in and come up with the gift ideas that are aligned with their interests. For example, if your child loves music and acting, then you can buy him/her a ticket to a musical. A trip to a museum for your history-loving kid or a temporary hair color for your little fashionista are some examples.

 

  1. Creativity – Kids are imaginative. They can get the most out of your gift when you give them a toy that encourages their creativity. Craft materials, journals and notebooks, construction toys, and nonfiction books for learning are excellent options.

Final Thoughts

Consider these buying tips when searching for the best toys for nine-year-olds. With the kind of energy and imagination they have, you should find something creative, exciting, and useful. Since they are at a crucial stage of development, the kind of toy gifts you give can mold them as better individuals. Give them gifts that they can cherish all throughout their childhood.

 

 

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Target

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

A month ago during Mother’s Day, I told the story of how my son and I took the short drive to Target to purchase Mother’s Day gifts. My wife was perfectly delighted with what we picked out for her there.

Undeniably and by default, we are a Target family. We are there all throughout the week. Just a few days ago, I did an Instragram on how I finally spent some of my birthday money there on some good music:

nickshellwritesFinally getting around to spending some birthday money. #target

nickshellwrites Finally getting around to spending some birthday money. #target

Right now I’m thinking of the lyrics from the song “Spend Your $$$”, from Walk the Moon’s CD that I bought: “What do you spend your money on?”

With my wife and I being Dave Ramsey followers, we live by the concept of having designated “blow money”. Everything else goes to pay bills or it goes into our savings, which is how we recently bought a new car and already had the money in the bank.

When I think about it, though, when I do spend my money, I spend a good amount of my “blow money” at Target.

Well, the folks at Target had no idea about any of this; nor were they aware of my Mother’s Day post or about my birthday money Instagram. So it is a complete coincidence that Target reached out to me a few days ago and asked me to do a “Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea” post, simply based on the fact I am one of America’s most popular daddy bloggers.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

Merona Men’s Sleep Pants in Black, $14.99

Men’s Accessories Surf Sunglasses in Black, $14.99

Bevel Shave System Starter Kit, $89.95

Nate Berkus Cross Hatch Ceramic Photo Frame, $12.99

Bose® SoundSport® In-Ear Headphone, $99.99

Threshold Wall Mount Bear Bottle Opener, $7.99

A+ Men’s Eddie Sneakers in Tan, $34.99

Merona Men’s Weekender Bag in Navy, $29.99

S’ip by S’well Blue Raspberry Gummy Stainless Steel Water Bottle 15oz, $24.99

Merona Men’s Dopp Kit in Black, $12.99

Merona Men’s Five Link Bracelet Watch in Gunmetal, $19.99

Merona Men’s Bi-Fold Wallet in Black, $12.99

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

C9 Champion® – Men’s Softshell Jacket Ebony Heather, $49.99

Men’s Dad/Kid Sock Sets Pair of Thieves, $9.99

Merona Men’s Pique Polo in Grey, $12.99

Merona Men’s Belt in Cognac, $14.99

Merona Men’s Tie in Navy Pindot, $19.99

‘Dad’ Copper Mug, $39.99

Fitbit Alta Activity and Sleep Tracker, $129.99

Room Essentials 3 Piece BBQ Tool Set with Colored Handles, $10.00

iDevices iGrill Mini Thermometer, $35.99

Threshold Bryant Faux Wood Patio Bar Cart, $90.99

Threshold Beer Pint Decal 6-Piece Glass Set, $11.99

They sent me a nice new, classy belt (I desperately needed one!) as well as some leather sneakers (okay, I admit- I own more shoes than my wife, but I can always handle more!).

I say dads are easy to pick gifts for. As for me, I like practical stuff. So if you’re still trying to figure out what to get Dad for Father’s Day weekend, I suggest just go by Target.

As a husband and a dad, I can tell you for a fact that Target is always one of the easiest places for me to spend gift cards. (It’s the main place my wife and I were registered for our newborn daughter.) It really is one of my favorite stores. I consider it an honor they reached out to me to help people figure out what to get Dad for Father’s Day.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

Saving Your Family Money by Buying Retail at the End of the Month

Saving Your Family Money by Buying Retail at the End of the Month

I’ve spent nearly a decade working in the transportation industry. (I do that in addition to blogging and making videos for my YouTube channel.)

It’s simple common knowledge to me but I have to remind myself that most retail consumers are probably unaware of it:

You’re typically more likely to find better sales during the end of the month; which is when retailers are most desperate to move out inventory before the new month begins, because then they have to pay taxes on the inventory they didn’t sell.

I refuse to be the guy who pays full price for anything. And I don’t simply want a sale, I want the best sale.

Granted, there will obviously always be exceptions, like certain holiday clearance sales; but I have made and do make a living of off of this principle that retail stores typically save their best sales each month for those last 2 weeks.

So be at the right place at the right time. Wait until the next to the last Tuesday of the month before you buy what you want.

That’s what our family did last Saturday when we made a trip to Old Navy.

I created this “Old Navy Haul” video, which explains this concept, in addition to showing what I bought and for how much. It ends which my son hosting a “pants party”; a concept he invented recently.

My video features my newest song, “The Mandatory Dance,” which I wrote and performed for an upcoming episode of my super hero series, Jack-Man.

So keep this in mind the next time you plan a shopping trip. Make those coupons count more by buying when prices are predictably lower. Take advantage of the situation instead of letting it take advantage of you.

Please feel free to share any similar tips with me here. You may teach me something!

Saving Your Family Money by Buying Retail at the End of the Month