Mini Kids Thrift Haul. 

My in laws are in town, so I’ve have a bit more free time to do some running around sans kids. I had a little time today so I took the 20min dive to Pasadena to th Salvation Army. The one there is always better than the local one. I got some great finds for the littles, here is what I found. 


A pair of grey Velcro sneakers for Bubs for playing in the yard. He has out grown all his shoes except his converse and a brand new pair. Niether of which I want him wearing out in the backyard. So these suit that purpose perfectly. 

I also found these cute old navy jean shorts for him. 

That all I found for Bubs, but I got a few cute things for Baby V. 

This super cute Tommy Hilfiger swim suit and Carters sun hat. The suit is marked 3T but I compared it to another swim suit that was 18m and it was the same size. Weird, anyway it should fit this summer. 

Also this cute top and shorts. It’s not a set but it works perfectly. 

The top is Gymboree and the shorts are Carters. 

That’s it for this time round. Have you had any good thrift finds lately?

*curtsie*

Time for a change. 

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Pregnant me teaching a Mom and Tot class.

I am changing the name of my blog. If you haven’t already noticed, My Hole in the Head is now The Dancing Mommy

I needed a change to kick me in the ass and keep up with blogging. I wanted a name for my blog and my YouTube channel that gave a clue to what this is all about.

I started out writing this blog and doing videos as a way to try and organize my life. Do little organizational projects and blog/vlog about them. Well, that didn’t really pan out. I’m still trying to be organized but I’m not good at keeping things up. As obvious by the length of time between blog posts.

My Hole in the Head was a name I put on this blog because I was so busy I needed something else to do like “a hole in the head”.

I really think tIMG_4066he new name will help me be a little more focused on what I’m about these days. My kids, and all things mommy related. I have a 4 1/2 year old boy and a 14 month old girl.
My love of finding a good bargain. It could be sales or thrift shopping, the hunt for a good deal is the best part. And dance. I am after all a dance teacher and choreographer, I can’t leave that out.

Also, the balance of running a business, teaching classes, being a stay at home mom (I know that doesn’t really make sense. I’m home with the kids in the day, and teach in the evenings), being a choreographer, and keeping up general house stuff IS a dance it’s self.

That’s it, The Dancing Mommy.  Now other things just might creep in, but that’s the general idea.

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Dancing in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at 6 months pregnant.
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Bubs showing off while I’m giving notes after dress rehearsal of “Oz”. Little V was born a week later.

*curtsie*

Celebrity Look,Thrift Shop Challenge ! 

Since I’ve been on vacation, and with many more thrift shops at my disposal, I decided to take on a challenge. Recreate celebrity fall looks with thrift shop finds. 

I went on Pinterest and found some looks I liked, not necessarily celebs that I like, or even heard of. But looks that I would actually wear. Then I set off looking for items to recreate the look. 


Total cost of this outfit is $33.00. I found Banana Republic jacket at Previously Loved for $20. That’s what started the whole thing. These jeggings are Calvin Kline and were $6.99!


This outfit is totally me. I live in a black turtleneck in the winter. This outfit was $18.00 including the sunglasses!


I couldn’t find light jeans that fit that I could rip holes in, so I went with the $7.99 ones from the previous look. The jacket is Michael Kors and I found it at Salvation Army for $9.99!!! This outfit was $28.00. 


The pants aren’t exactly what I wanted for this look but I went with it anyway. This outfit was $31.00 including the cuff bracelet and the shoes. 

I really should have put on my spanks for these pictures. Oh well, I worry about the mummy tummy after vacation. 

I loved doing this! I might do it again for winter or vacation looks! Let me know if you love the thrift hunt and if you have any good finds lately. 

And I’m off!  

Summer Outfits for the Curvy Girl. 

I’m a size 14-16 at the moment. After having a baby at the end of January, my life hasn’t stopped. And not just busy with baby, I also have a 4 year old, I teach dance classes (off for summer now! Thank god!), I own a dance studio and I’ve been working on choreography for three shows. Ya think that would cause a few pounds to drop off wouldn’t you? Not so much. The eating a double cheeseburger at 10:30 at night after rehearsal doesn’t help either.

I’m usually a size 12 anyway, so I’m generally a curvy girl. So I thought I’d share some easy summer outfit ideas for us busy girls with curves.


Casual BBQ or running errands.

Tank-Old Navy

Plaid shirt-Winners

Shorts-Target (from when we had a Target sniff sniff)

Sandals- Born brand from Winners

Bag-Vintage Coach from Model Citizens in St.John’s


Farmers Market or yard saleing😉

Top- Target (Florida)

Shorts- Target (Florida)

Sandals – Target from when we had it.


Top-Gap

Shorts-Winners

Bag-Longchamp


Dress-Tommy Hilfiger from Winners

Bag-Michael Kors


Top-Winners

Jeans-Gap

Bag-Rebrcca Minkoff


Top-Joe Fresh

Belt-Ardenes

Skirt-Winners

Shoes-Payless

Bag-Kate Spade

Here’s a few of behind the camera cuteness. As you can tell I ended up with a bit of a theme with the blues and whites but I guess that’s what I’m into theses days. It doesn’t show the spit up stains, lol. Winners has opened here and it has taken the place of Target as my happy place. Although the minute I get to Tampa it the first place I go. Also, you may have noticed I have a thing for bags. My theory is “A handbag will always fit. You’re never too fat for a purse.” I’d rather spend my money on something that will always fit, no matter what. 😉

Nothing like being able to run around all morning in your underwear and no one looks twice. 

Check out my look book  on YouTube!

And I’m off!

Baby Girl Haul!

If you haven’t been keeping up with me, we spent a few weeks in March in Tampa,Florida at my mom and step dads place. Baby V was only 6 weeks old and my husband was able to take parental leave from work, so off we went.

Of course I did some shopping for both kids, because, well, there isn’t anywhere to get baby things where I live unless you go to Walmart. I hate Walmart. Winners opened here while we were away, so things are looking up!

I did my shopping for Baby V at a few places, mostly discount-y type places or sales. With the way the Canadian dollar is now, I wasn’t spending full price on anything.

My favourite place to shop for both Baby V and Mr. Bubs was Reruns 4 Little Ones and the best part was that they are pretty much around the corner from my moms place AND they have a stamp card towards discounts!

Here’s what I found there:

1. I LOVE this dress. It’s Janie and Jack and it’s so precious with the smocking.

2. I actually picked this up thinking it was just a little terry cloth dress. I got to the cash and realized it was a bathing suit and cover up!!! I can’t wait to put her in this this summer.

3. This is also Janie and Jack. I just love navy and white.

4. This was her Easter outfit. But I’ll still put her in it this summer. It’s just too sweet.


I found some great deal on Carters stuff. Some from the Carters outlet at the new Tampa Premium Outlets and some from Babies R Us where they actually had buy one get one free!

 5. This little set has a onsie (in a mesh bag for some reason) that says “Beautiful in every way”. I just love the colours.

6. I got these pants for her because they were a little looser fit. All the pants she has are leggings.

7. I had to get these sleepers with the ballet slippers on them. Obviously.

8. I love this little suit. I actually will put the onesie on under the top. It will be too small of I wait until it’s warm enough to wear short sleeves.

I got these outfits at Ross, which was also not far from my moms place…awesome!

9. I got both of these in a size 6months so she could wear them this summer.

10. This one had 4 pieces! A top, onsie, shorts and pants! The bow on the bum is just too sweet.

I did buy more summer things she wore while we were there, but I brought them to the consignment shop before we left. They would be too small for her by the time the weather warms up enough here.

Now we just have to wait for summer, which I really hope will come. We are starting to see signs of spring now though, so we’ll get there.

Check out my video so see and hear more about my baby girl haul from Florida!

And I’m off!

My Florida Haul!

I’ve been back from our trip for about three weeks now, but it’s never too late to share a haul,right?

With the exchange rate the way it is at the moment, shitty, I really didn’t do much shopping for me. I did however buy things for the baby and Mr.Bubbers. I’ll do a separate post on that haul. This one is just the things I bought for myself. I did get to my favourite place,Target about 5 times. Also, I got a few things at Nordstroms rack.

What I got at Le Target:

*please excuse how wrinkly everything is. Eventhough they’ve been unpacked for a few weeks the wrinkles seem to have stayed.


1.Love this t-shirt with the little neon orange elephants!

2.I wore this outfit so much while I was in Florida. The shorts and top are Merona and really light and flowy.

3.I’m still obsessed with this colour this spring.

4.I certainly didn’t need another chambray shirt, I have about 5 of different shades of blue. But I loved the patch pockets on this one.

Ross just happened to be super close to my moms place. So I had to go there.

5. This coral colour top, is my other colour obsession for spring. I love it!

6. I always love navy no matter the time of year. I love the “longer in the back” type tops.

7. Again with this turquoise colour. My mom and I both bought the same one. It’s rounded on the bottom and looks super cute with shorts.

8. These Skechers memory foam loafers are the most comfortable things I’ve ever put on my feet. I was even wearing them around the house as slippers!

The non clothing stuff I bought was a couple bags from Nordstrom Rack and some packing goodies from the Container Store. My internal organized person loves the Container Store. I wish she’d come out more often…..


My treat to myself was this beautiful Rebecca Minkoff canvas tote. This is my summer bag for sure! This was a great find at Nordstrom Rack

The other bag I bought I actually bought the last time I was in Florida.  I left it there to use when I’m there. But I used it so much I decided to bring it home.

 It also came from Nordstrom Rack. It’s a Lasportsac. I used it as a beach/pool bag. It’s so light and it has three outside zip pockets perfect for sunscreens and sunglasses.

I wanted to get a few more Eagle Creek Pack-it system packing cubes. That’s what I got at the Container store.

I got one set of the spectre compression cubes, one set of the spectre pack-it cubes, and the spectre stuffer set mini. I also found a small expandable packing cube by Lewis and Clark at TJ Maxx.

Check out my video to hear a little more about what I got!

And I’m off!

Brave or stupid..First time out with the two kids! 

I actually did it. It had to be done sooner or later, so I bit the bullet and did it. I went out with Mr Bubbers (3 1/2) and Baby V (11 weeks), all by myself, no husband, no friend, just me and the babies. 

I know this doesn’t seem like a huge deal to a lot of people, but this was the first time I’ve done it and I have a bad back. Which makes the getting them in and out of the f@&)in car seats a little difficult. But I did it. And it wasn’t that bad. 

 

Baby V chillin in her bouncy chair while i get ready.

 
Playing with the baby gate, waiting for mom to get her face on.
  
We went to Walmart. I hate Walmart.  But there is not much choice here, I had to go for costume stuff for my end of the year show in May.  

 
I figured if I parked right by the cart corral, I could lift baby V’s seat right from the car to the cart. No carrying, less back pain. 

Bubs was such a good boy while I got what I needed I took him to McDonalds for lunch. Another “did it alone with both kids” thing to check off.  

  

She’s pretty chill
 
I was really proud of myself. Out with the kids AND got stuff done for the show!

We are in major show mode at the studio now, so stay tuned for some dance show posts. 

And I’m off!