Dressing Up Tippy Toes

My lovely and dainty 5 year old daughter walks on her toes a lot.  When she prances through the house, she is on her toes.  When she runs through the yard, she is on her toes.  When she walks to the bathroom, she is on her toes.  You get the idea.  So, it is very hard to have her wear “flat” style shoes.  She loves the look of the shoes, which is why she begs for them, which is why she has some! (don’t judge me, please!)

Her feet are also wide.  – Double Whammy.  For her pink Easter dress, I did not want to have to buy new white shoes that she would wear once.  We usually buy her a pair of dressy sandals in the summer and she wears those to church, so she didn’t need white dressy shoes for the summer.   It just so happened that we had a pair of flats that would fit her and matched the dress.  Only problem – her toes walking made them come off.  So, I used a little hot glue and solved the problem! 

First, gather the necessary items:

Shoes, ribbon, glue gun


Cut the ribbon into 4 equal and appropriate lengths, I cut mine about 11 inches, which was way too long, we had to trim it quite a bit, I would say 7 or so inches would be enough.

Now, using the glue gun, glue a piece of ribbon to the part of the shoe where you would like the tie to go. 

There you have it!  Added ties onto “flat” style shoes! 


Garage Sale Breakdown

I have been on the garage sale fence for a while, because, in part of the tax deduction that donations will yield us.  For a long time I have processed the amount I would have to yield at a garage sale compared to the amount I would receive as a tax deduction and I’d like to go through that today.  For illustrative purposes, let’s say we are in the 15% tax bracket and the item we are selling is a ladies dress shirt.  You estimate it will bring in $1 at a garage sale, but the donation will give you a tax deduction of $4. 

Since the donation gives you a tax deduction, the actual amount of cash you will see in your refund, or that you will save on a tax payment is 15% of $4 or $0.60.  In this case, it would be better to try to sell the shirt at a garage sale. 

This all assumes that I can itemize my deductions.  If I cannot itemize, then this all a moot point because it will always be better (monetarily speaking) to re-sell the items, either by garage sale or consignment.

PBS Kids Discussion #4


When my husband is home, there is a strict no Calliou policy, but for some reason my kids stare at the TV while that show is on like they are watching the first man on the moon.  Mouths open and everything.  Not sure why or how Calliou’s crack-like show captures the children’s attention, but it does.  Rating on a scale of 1-10 is about a 2.  I am not sure why Calliou always has to be so whiny and argumentative.   We prefer to leave Calliou unwatched, but an occasional episode slips through and the kids are extra happy when it does!