The Wheelin' Dealin' Nana

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Hound dog, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I picked up Evan's xmas......... a Little Tykes work bench and all the tools ect in like new condition for 15.00.

    I've just nabbed Jo Jo's Circus figures and house for Brandon (they don't sell them anymore) for Brandon who is nuts for the show.

    And from the same lady, snatched up Mickey Clubhouse board book set for Conner.

    Let this Nana have little to no money and watch her work her magic. :hi5::bigsmile:

    This is only part of the reason the grandchildren are positive I used to work for Santa as an elf. :rofl:
     
  2. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Mickey books for 4.00 Jojo set 7.00 and a drip pretend coffee maker for Aubrey 2.00 :)
     
  3. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    DANG you're good.

    Help me figure out what to get Jett and Meghann for Christmas? Meggie won't care...
     
  4. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I dunno........what are Jett's interests? They have these really cool build it yourself kits at Lowes that are priced pretty nice. I got one for Darrin last year but it was a bit "old" for him.

    Hmmm. Meggie...........oh don't even get me started. lol I mean Travis got Aubrey a Little Tykes kitchen for her first xmas. :rofl: I do know the grands always liked those floor toys.......I'm not sure how to describe it but baby is on the floor, the toy is a frame that is place over them with dangly toys that light up and make music ect when baby whacks them. Do they still make those?? Shoot for that matter.....Nichole might have one. I'll ask her. lol
     
  5. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    That said............I'm at a loss for Kayla and Alex. Kayla at 12 has hit that in between age. She's not allowed makeup ect, Katie has already told me that. And Alex is 11, but he's not 11 due to the MRDD if you understand what I mean. I haven't been around him for a year so I'm not sure just how far behind he is, might still be where he was before which was around age 7 or so maturity wise.
     
  6. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I would go look for elf nailpolish and lipgloss for her. Elf is not meaning Santa's helpers but instead means eyeslipsface.com. They sell their products at Walmart, Walgreens and if you watch you can find them at Biglots. The prices in the stores range from $1 to $3 and online they often have amazing deals like fifty percent off, etc... You could probably give all of your girls makeup for very little and even get a magazine subscription if you spend $30 before shipping online. The magazine changes, and if you wnat their deals you sign up for their email or send me a pm because they will sometimes send 2-3 different discount deals per day via email.

    Their products will NOT hurt the skin, and some are actually very good for the skin. If Kayla has acne, go to Walmart and get her a $1 zit zapper. It is a clear roll on that has tea tree and other things and it has been amazing. Jess has super sensitive skin, and eczema and very very painful acne. This zit zapper is super helpful and so is their acne cover up pencil with brush (one end is a brush to blend, and I can see why mom wouldn't really like it, but it blends well and has several things that really help heal the acne so you don't hurt/scar.

    They also have a matte finish top coat that is awesome and gives a fun new look to any nail polish you have.

    You might be able to find a cheap mp3 player for Kayla, and some sites to download free music. I have kept my eyes out in the past and gotten mp3 players for under ten bucks. the most versatile was a disney one that takes an school district card. It doesn't have any memory in it, but I got five 2 gb micro school district cards with adaptors from ebay for ten bucks shipped. I have some with audio books, some with music, one with xmas music, etc.... I get the micro with adaptors because my phone and one of the other mp3 players takes them and they can be used in cameras, etc.....

    Why not write down some of your stand-by recipes in a book for Kayla? You could print them and put them in one of those cheap photo books and then handwrite messages or print photos of what it looks like when you are done, and the photo book would protect the pages while she cooked.

    For your adult kids, the book I keep mentioning here, the Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Daczian will save WAY more than the cost of the book and you could end up saving them hundreds over a year's time. I think that using ideas and recipes I find there has easily saved husband and I twenty to thirty grand in our marriage - and that is a LOW estimate. I have other titles that would also be helpful and fun. Heck, Kayla might even like the make a mix cookbook just because it is different and maybe would give some healthier alternatives to what her parents cook. Sort of foster a bit of fast food rebellion, Know what I mean??

    Take a look at the Home Despot and Lowe's websites and/or call the stores to see when they do kids' projects. Usually they are free, the expensive ones here are never more than $5, and the child gets to make something and take it home. The child gets the item, and the experience.

    Another thing that might be awesome for the kids would be to figure out how much the Children's museum in Cinci (at union terminal) costs, and take your own snacks one day and give them that experience. It is a truly amazing place and I know husband and I loved it as much as the kids. Step, I think that you would love taking Meggie there in a year or so, and if Jett showed any itnerest, they have some awesome things. He may be a little old, but given some of the issues, it might still be fun. You could do another museum there if it wasn't fun for him. THey have a a special quiet place to go and nurse or take a quiet time with a child.

    What about jewelry making for Kayla? Lots of craft places have beads on sale now, and you can get finding for very little. Last year J took some fish hook style ear wires and mini ornaments and made amazing earrings. husband's sister is still wearing her pair regularly a year later because they go with a lot of her clothes and are really pretty. You could go to a thrift store and find old necklaces to take apart too. She might have a ball with that.

    I think you are a very special Nana and of course they think you are Santa's special helper - you are a Nana!
     
  7. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    The jewelry making thing is a good idea for Kayla. Thanks :) Museum, not so much. They've got no way to get there.

    I just hit paydirt again.

    Just picked up Brandon Thomas the Tank complete bed set with curtains for 10.00.

    For Darrin, a full microscope set with test tubes ect even a telescope. I know these are expensive but I got it for 20.00 and it has all the parts. :)

    Woot! I'm on a roll tonight lol
     
  8. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Naw, I'm not just "santa's special helper" I used to be an Elf because I worked in a toy store with a direct line to Santa. Even had an official Elf hat. (the way I kept kids in the dept in line during xmas season lol ) I'm just "retired" now.......but that direct line to Santa is still open to me. lol

    I don't quite remember how this got carried over to the grandkids.............but they tell all their friends (in top secret of course) that their Nana is a retired Elf. :rofl:
     
  9. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Anyone who can afford it, get your kid the Nabi 2 tablet. It is the best kids tablet out there. Well kids from 4 to adult. It has parental controls if you want them.

    It is just as good as any expensive Samsung galaxy tablet you might think about for yourself.

    Im thinking Jett or onyxx here. You would have to wipe it for onyxx to get rid of the kiddie software but thats easy. Jett...I would leave it on.

    For Meggie...oh lord...There is a leapfrog puppy named Violet. Get her that. You will be adding this connect to Violet for a long time to come. Violet talks to her. You will be amazed and Violet will be her best friend.
     
  10. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    For Kayla... (us not being that far away from having had a pre-teen girl...) Bubble bath, or high-quality bath soap, or perfume. Maybe funky toe-socks, they seem to be back in style again around here. A collectible-type stuffie - the kind that looks pretty sitting on her bed or dresser, not meant to be "played" with. A pretty night gown.
     
  11. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    There are great (and inexpensive) nail decorating kits. I bought one for Jess for under $10 at Walmart. Do you all have Claire's in the US? Here they have 10 for $10 sales. I stocked up on nail polish to get a wide range of colors to use with the kit. The kit is pretty neat and very easy to use. Basically has hundreds of stencils to create nail art. They are all reusable.

    Casey, for Meggie Meghee , since she isn't likely needing much and obviously won't have a clue, how about something he can have as a special keepsake for her lifetime, pass to her own kids etc?
     
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