Amazing comment conversations on yesterday’s post! Thank you all for sharing your wisdom (and for the very respectful mini-debates there — fascinating). I think we will continue celebrating but not rewarding strong efforts. Of note, starting next year there will be no real report cards for a while (the Montessori school sends out reports on mastery with comments, but does not issue any numerical or letter grades until middle school).
Saturday = SPORTS DAY
I just banged out my own workout (21DF Dirty 30 – this workout seems to withstand the test of time!). Kids have TENNIS (C) / SOCCER (G) / SOCCER (A), and there’s also a mini-neighborhood outdoor birthday gathering, then takeout night. Whew! I have very few plans other than to do some online shopping for the kids (bathing suits + some extra uniform shirts for C + probably some shorts for all 3).
Speaking of shopping, OMG. I have spent down my allowance fund to nearly zero. I’m the kind of person who SO NEEDS AN ALLOWANCE FUND. Because if I did not have that clear barrier, I would just keep spending. We put a certain $ in it every month.
Thankfully, the barrier is there and I really respect it (as does Josh) so I can feel happy about spending for fun sometimes rather than guilty/icky. DISCIPLINE IS FREEDOM, as Gretchen Rubin would say. I don’t know if Josh would be as on board with this phrase (he is definitely a Questioner) but honestly neither of us are naturally frugal so barriers + automatic savings are really important for us.
So, what did I use up my allowance on? I already mentioned Simplified, but the Sephora Sale is currently going on, so I bought my staples. And! Honeypress NC, opened its virtual doors, and I was excited to support them! Honeypress is a “Filipina-owned stationery boutique based out of Clayton, North Carolina that curates specialty paper goods, party supplies, and novelty gifts. We also specialize in unique, high quality Japanese stationery products.”
I mean . . . Japanese stationery and North Carolina . . . two of my favorite things. I had to. I got some sushi washi (mostly for Annabel), some colored/dot pens I’m dying to try, and a floral notepad because despite having TONS of paper, I often can’t seem a blank sheet to scribble on / write a one-off list!
Finally, I stumbled upon the Allure subscription box on Modern Ms Darcy and . . . well, apparently I’m in an indulgent mood because I ordered a month to try ($23). It looks like mostly skincare with a few makeup products (though . . . they did not ask any complexion or skin type questions, so I guess they product won’t be very personally tailored!). I don’t think I will continue this long term because I don’t think I will get through the products fast enough, but it will be fun to try for a month or two.
PS: NONE OF THE LINKS IN THIS POST ARE AFFILIATE or advertisements of any kind. I just wanted to share.