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Never miss the opportunity to fun things with your children and family that are fun AND free.

This weekend the Reagan Library in Simi Valley hosts something called Presidents’ Day. Look-alikes walk around. There are arts and crafts. Speakers. Shows. Fly-bys. Lots of fun for the kids. This does not include normal admission to the Reagan Library but you do not have to go in. Most events are outside in the courtyards.

In Los Angeles there is a Chinese Lantern Ceremony as part of Chinese New Year. Research China or Chinese New Year a head of time to give you things to point out or discuss with your family.

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eBay tip

If you are up in the middle of night listing things on eBay schedule to post things at a ‘decent hour’. If you list things consider when other people will be up. Since the most common auction is a 7 day auction but you can not choose a time difference it will end the same time and hour you begin it.

It does not always happen but it is nice when auctions get into a bidding war at the end of the auction. The chance of this happening increases when your auctions is ending at a time that more people are on the internet.

BUT, it does not stop there. I am in California. But I have to think about where others are as well. Now, I do sell internationally (why not?) But that is another topic. So, When I list something I try to schedule the auction to post around 4pm, my time. That way in the rest of the U.S. it isn’t too late at night and people might still be online.

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Homeschooling fun for Valentine’s Day

Well, I had great plans for Valentine’s Day. I thought I’d cut red paper hearts and sprinkle them all over Little D and Baby K’s floors. I’d lead a trail to the kitchen table where their presents were. They’d wake up to the smell of pancakes and eggs, Valentine-style….. what is the saying? ‘The best laid plans often fail.’

Well, Little D has a cold. It started with a cough and stuffy nose but he tossed and turned all night long last night. He was coughing in his sleep (with a bedtime cold medicine in him) and the coughing kept waking him up. He even woke up in the middle of the night to ASK for medicine. This is huge because he HATES taking medicine. So, I got nothing done. I spent the whole night patting his back, covering him up each time he kicked off the blanket and was then cold, and sleeping beside him.

So, this morning, NOTHING was done for Valentine’s Day. 🙁

I did make a nice breakfast. We had pancakes (I tried to make them heart shape but it didn’t work) and eggs. I added red food coloring to both so we had pink pancakes and red eggs. I made waffles as back up too and all of those were eaten as well as the pancakes. The kids were not too keen on the red eggs.

Since Little D is sick I let them rest in bed (Baby K is also getting over a cold but it was a small one). They watched The Neverending Story. I LOVE that movie! LOL! They both enjoyed it too! (thanks to my mom and Mark that let us borrow the movie).

I set out the candy and Valentine things on the table in their place settings and when the movie was over they saw that it had all ‘appeared’! They were actually a little disappointed. They thought they’d get presents and toys for Valentine’s Day and Little D was asking for Legos! So, we talked about Valentine’s Day and it’s meaning.

We did not get much bookwork done. It was not worth the effort with them both sick. But while Little D played a Clue Finder game on the computer (new game that says it is 2nd grade level) Baby K and I made chocolate chocolate chip cookies from scratch.

While they were cooking Baby K played a math game on the computer that was really cute. It showed three grandfather clocks and a digital time at the bottom and she had to click on the correct analog time on the one of the clocks. When she got it correct a little mouse ran out and and ate a piece of cheese left where she had clicked at. She didn’t even realize it was ‘work’ she was having too much fun giggling as the mouse turned into a triangle shape when it ate the cheese! (this link was from mathwizard. I’ll find the link and post it later).

For lunch I made grilled cheese sandwiches and I grilled them in the waffle maker. This was a complete accident (waffle and sandwich maker look the same from the outside) but the kids loved it! Same sandwich, new look!

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eBay tip # 2

Buy packing/shipping tape when it is on sale. There are about 10 different types of tape you can choose from if you go to an office supply store. Some are industrious. Others labeled as packing or moving tape. There is clear or brown tape. So much to choose from.

In my experience the second to cheapest or cheapest works just fine for my eBay shipments. The store brand is often the cheapest but check the sales.

www.overstock.com sometimes has free shipping and incredibly low prices for tape (sign up for their e-newsletter online).

Today I found out that Office Max is having a sale and there is a coupon for 50% off shipping tape (limit three). It expires on Saturday and the closet Office Max is about 8 miles away but I am going that way anyways and going to map out my driving to save on gas.

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