Spring 2017 Consignment Sales

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In past year’s I’ve just put this info in a Google Doc and shared that but thought I’d put it on my blog going forward as it makes it easier to find and share!  This is not a comprehensive of all of the consignment sales in the KC area as there are a ton of them.  I’ve pared the list down to the bigger and more popular sales that are most often recommended for shopping and consigning.

Spring 2017 Consignment Sales

Just Between Friends Lees Summit: February 24-26th
The Pavillion at John Knox Village: 520 NW Murray Rd, Lees Summit, MO 64081

Rhea Lana’s of the Northland: Feb 26 – March 2
Picture Hills Shopping Center 6501 N Cosby Ave KCMO

Rhea Lana’s of Overland Park: Feb 26 – March 4 
9101 Quivira Rd. Overland Park KS (north of Court Furniture)

Here We Grow Again Olathe/Overland Park: Feb 27 – March 4
11934 South Strang Line, Olathe KS 66062  

Kids Closet Connect of Lees Summit: March 1-4
Harris Park Community Center 110 SW Blue Pkwy Lees Summit, MO 64063  

Just Between Friends of Shawnee: March 2-5 
Parkway Shopping Center: 11225 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee KS 66203

Just Between Friends of Overland Park: March 16-19
Ritz Charles: 9000 W 137th St. Overland Park KS

Just Between Friends Northland:  March 17-19
PAC Complex: 6014 Missouri 9 Hwy, Parkville, MO 64152

Rhea Lana’s of Lee’s Summit: April 9-13
13720 A Highway 40 East, Independence, MO

Kids Closet Connection of Overland Park: April 12-15
Overland Park Convention Center: 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66213 

 

Year of Dates

a year of dates

Several friends gave me this idea as a gift for Tyler, whose birthday falls right after Christmas.  I really want to spend more quality time together in 2016, so it seems like a great time for this!  Here’s what we have planned:

January:  Sushi date and Tyler’s work holiday party

February: Hot chocolate at Christopher Elbow Chocolates and arcade games at Up/Down.

March: Pasta making class at the Kansas City Culinary Center.

April: Date in downtown Lawrence.

May: Lunch out and a game of mini golf.

June: Recreating our first date: picnic and a visit to the Nelson Atkins museum.

July: Drive in movie

August: First Fridays in the Crossroads District

September: Tyler’s pick

October: Brew at the Zoo

November: Brunch and a movie

December: Dinner and a carriage ride on the Plaza.

25 Books of Christmas Tradition

25 Books of Christmas!

This is our third year doing the 25 Books of Christmas and I get a lot of questions about it so I wanted to write up how we do it and share some ideas for where to buy the books and how to display them!

What it is:  Like most crafty mom ideas, this one came from Pinterest.  The general idea is this- wrap up 25 books, let your kid open one every night leading up to Christmas (so open first book on November 30th, last book on Christmas Eve).  We always read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on the 24th but otherwise the books are in no particular order.

Where to buy the books:  Most of my books are from the local consignment sales.  Kansas City Moms, I’ve had the best luck finding holiday books at the Just Between Friends Overland Park sale.  They are in a bin marked “Christmas books.” Go to the presale for the best selection. You’ll find them at the fall sale but sometimes I see them in the spring sale too.  Other places to find books: Half Price Books, Amazon (check out the used option, you can find titles for super cheap there), and Marshalls/TJ Maxx also has a great selection of holiday books at a discounted rate.

What books to get:  This is totally up to you.  I do NOT buy a new set of 25 books a year.  Props to you if you are bout that life but I am not, lol.  I usually add one or two new books a year and retire some of the books that Gretchen has outgrown (board books, lift the flap, etc).  Our 25 books are all Christmas or winter themed.  I know some that don’t go for a theme but just 25 random books.  I keep with the theme and after the holiday season is over the books go in a bin back to the basement.  So they are “new” every year.

Here are the books I am using this year.  For a complete list of all the books we’ve used since starting the tradition check out my board on Pinterest.

  1. Twas the Night Before Christmas
  2. Olivia Helps Save Christmas
  3. Frosty the Snowman
  4. Angelina’s Christmas
  5. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
  6. Christmas Wombat
  7. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  8. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
  9. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
  10. The Polar Express
  11. Snowmen at Christmas
  12. Madeline’s Christmas
  13. Bear Stays Up for Christmas
  14. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
  15. Snowmen at Night
  16. Merry Christmas Everybody (a Grover story)
  17. Corduroy’s Christmas
  18. The Littlest Christmas Tree
  19. Merry Christmas Curious George
  20. Chick n Pug Christmas
  21. Madeline in Texas
  22. Clifford’s First Christmas
  23. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  24. Paddington Bear and the Christmas Surprise
  25. My March to the Manger

How to display your books: Pinterest is full of ideas for this, but here are the ways I’ve done it.

2013:  Wrapped each book and numbered them.  Displayed them in Gretchen’s front facing bookshelf.

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2014:  Wrapped each book but did not number them.  Placed them in a basket under the tree. Let Gretchen pick a random book each night.  (She was 2 so telling her which book to choose was not gonna happen).

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2015:  Laziness won out and I did not wrap the books this year!  Instead I put the name of each book in one of these little envelopes from an advent kit I got at Michaels on clearance last year.  She will open the envelopes from 25 down to 1 (good way for her to practice her numbers!) and we will bring her the book from wherever we decide to stash them.

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Anyone else do this tradition?  Would love to know what books you use and how you display them!

Fall Fun Wrap Up

Our fall ended up getting a little crazy.  Between Gretchen breaking her leg and the exciting World Series win for the Royals, it was a very eventful fall!

We accomplished almost everything on our list with two exceptions.  We decided not to do family photos this fall since Gretchen was in her bright orange cast during prime photo season, and we didn’t make it to the Midwest Balloon Fest (not really torn up about that, it sounds like the event was a bit of a disaster with very few actual hot air balloons on display!)

Here’s what we did check off the list, in no particular order!

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Go trick or treating

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Go apple picking (we made it out to Cider Hill Family Orchard twice this season)

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Make a Thanksgiving craft

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Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose

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Go on a hike (we did a fall scavenger hunt at the Overland Park Arboretum)

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Have a cider slush (perfect after apple picking in August, lol!

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Fall craft

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Pumpkin hollow at Deanna Rose

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Make an apple pie

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Visit the pumpkin patch (we visited KC Pumpkin Patch at their new location)

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Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, KS

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Roast pumpkin seeds

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Decorate pumpkins

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Host a Halloween party

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Drink hot apple cider and eat cider donuts (visit to the Louisburg Cider Mill)
Not pictured:
Make applesauce
Make pumpkin pancakes
Make a pumpkin recipe

31 Weeks at Deanna Rose Farmstead

When Deanna Rose opened for the season on April 1st we didn’t set out to go every week until they closed on October 31st, it just kind of started to happen and as the season went on we made a point of making a visit each week.  Most weeks I took her, some weeks Tyler did, sometimes we went together, and while we were on vacation she went with her grandparents.

I love seeing the animals and the flowers grow throughout the season.  There is so much to enjoy and discover there, we never got bored with it.  Also, it’s free Mondays – Thursdays, can’t beat that!  Usually we only did one side or the other.  Sometimes we only went to play on the playgrounds or see the goats.  During the hottest parts of the summer went during their evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Much cooler and MUCH less crowded.  Those were some of my favorite visits.  We made some great memories and I’m so sad it will be closed for the next 5 months.

Some pictures that chronicle our adventures at the farmstead this year.

Spring

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First time meeting her favorite goat, Benjamin.  AKA “the goat with no ears”

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Bottle feeding Benjamin for the first time, he is a hungry little goat.

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Every time we went she had to check up on him and see how he was doing

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Introducing Daddy to Benjamin

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She loves the colorful garden stones throughout the children’s garden and butterfly trail

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First time fishing, sadly we didn’t catch any.

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First time riding the ponies.

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Her legs were too short for the pedal tractors this year but I bet by next spring she’ll be doing it!

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I love watching things sprout and grow in the children’s garden.

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She loves to sing the alphabet song while she walks along the alphabet stones.

Summer

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Summer evening. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

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The butterfly garden, love the creative ways they grow things out here.

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Showdown with a very territorial rooster

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Only time we saw all three bunnies out.

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She loved to find the “G” brick.

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Playing in the little cabin with her daddy.

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Trip to the farm with her 5 cousins.

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Watching the baby ducks swim.

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Holding hands with her cousin Hosanna

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Milking the “cows” with two of her cousins

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Feeding the ducks with Hosanna and Karis

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Checking on Benjamin (can you spot him by now?)

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That one time a rooster got loose and chased us down.

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Feeding duck food to the fish.

Fall

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Hay bale slide at Pumpkin Hollow

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Visiting Pumpkin Hollow with a friend

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Riding the cow train for the first time

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Ghosties

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Night of the Living Farm (with her broken leg)

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Last visit to the farm this season

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Absolutely loves dancing to the Disney songs at the gazebo

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Til next year Deanna Rose!

Fall Fun List

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Fall Fun List:

Visit the pumpkin patch
Go apple picking
Eat cider donuts
Go on a hike
Maple Leaf Festival
Midwest Balloon Fest
Night of the living farm at Deanna Rose
Pumpkin hollow at Deanna Rose
Make applesauce
Fall craft
Decorate pumpkins
Make pumpkin pancakes
Host a Halloween party
Roast pumpkin seeds
Go trick or treating
Make a pumpkin recipe
Drink hot cider
Have a cider slush
Make an apple pie
Get family photos taken
Turkey craft for Thanksgiving

Summer Fun Wrap Up

You can see my entire summer fun list here.

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Make popcicles– we used our awesome Zoku popcicle maker for the first time during potty training weekend.

Go to a Royals game– we went for free thanks to tickets from Tyler’s work.  Gretchen’s favorite part was watching them warm up, she still talks about it!

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Weekly visits to Deanna Rose Farmstead– we often went as a family during the evening hours on Tues/Thurs but also each took her on our own at various points.  We had so much fun there this summer!  We haven’t missed a week since they opened in April!  Gretchen loves visiting her favorite goat, Benjamin.  Most memorable trip was when Tyler got attacked by a rooster.

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Berry picking– we picked Strawberries at Wohletz U-Pick in Lawrence and blueberries at The Berry Patch in Cleveland, MO.

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Visit a new park: we did this many times this summer, but our favorite new park is probably Little Mill Creek North.

Feed the ducks: another fun activity at Deanna Rose.  When Gretchen’s 5 cousins were in town we took them there one night and the kids enjoyed feeding the ducks together.

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Have a picnic in a park/go to an outdoor concert: two birds with one stone!  We had a fabulous picnic while listening to a blues band at one of the Overland Park Sunday evening concerts.  Joined by two of my favorite Oklahomans 🙂

Visit a new pool: we went to Splash Cove several times this summer, Gretchen loved the water slides and the little wave pool.

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Visit Beanstalk Children’s Garden: This was a HOT summer day and my kid was a crankypants.  Nonetheless, it was a fun outing with one of our mom’s groups.  Gretchen ate a ton of cherry tomatoes right off the plant. Want to visit again next year before it gets crazy hot!

Visit Storyland at Crown Center: We made it out twice this summer, once right after it opened and again right before it closed. This was a fun exhibit, can’t wait for the next free exhibit in the winter!

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Visit a farm: I organized a tour of Shatto Dairy Farm back in June.  It was a bit of a hot mess between collecting money from over 50 other families and then a torrential horrible downpour during the 90 minute drive to the farm.  Wish we could have a do-over!  Gretchen loved sampling all the different flavors of milk but her favorite part was probably the barn kittens.

3 year photos: My friend Brooke German took Gretchen’s 3 year photos and they turned out great!  Can’t wait to get family photos done with her this fall!

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Wash a car: this was a fun activity on a hot summer night. She loved soaping up the car and quickly moved on to helping us wash our real car!

Ride an outdoor carousel: she got to do this a few times this summer.  At the Omaha Zoo, the K, and the KC Zoo.

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Go to a zoo: Memorial Day weekend we took a trip to Omaha and visited their amazing zoo.

Visit a museum: Also stopped at the Omaha Children’s Museum on our trip.

Other things I don’t have pictures of:

make lemonade
plant flowers
visit the farmers market
do a fun summer craft
Frozen on Ice

Not accomplished:

ice cream truck-  Dude. I don’t know what it is about our cul de sac but the ice cream truck never came by 😦  We would hear him in the nearby neighborhoods but he passed us over.  Maybe next summer!