Category: For the kids

Shop Small Day 265: Gifts for the Sports Fan

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It’s that time of year…holiday shopping.  Hopefully you’ll add a few small shops for your gift buying.  I’ve found so many great shops along the way, so I thought I’d help gather a few of them by theme to make life (and shopping) easier.  Looking for a store I featured but can’t remember the name?... Read more »

Shop Small Day 248: AnaBanana Kids

It’s sort of bitter-sweet when your daughter grows out of the adorable children’s clothes. No more outfits on tiny hangers that make you croon “ohhh…so adorable!” Of course, it’s nice being able to raid their shoes and closet too once they get older. Even though my daughter is beyond the size ranges for this boutique... Read more »

Shop Small Day 237: Two Shopaholics Boutique

Here’s tip for checking out new stores while you’re out with the husband and kids. Stop at The Popcorn Shop first. Then, they’re happy strolling through town with their penny candy and popcorn, and you can duck in and out of stores kid-free! That’s how I discovered Two Shopaholics Boutique. This boutique is really several... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 235: Thoughts on Target

When was the last time you went into Target and only bought the 1 item that you needed? Before this year I hadn’t either! I know.  Target is the antithisis of a small business. If you remember way back from Day 1, contact solution is an “exception” since I’m one of the few people left in the... Read more »

Shop Small Day 234: September Updates

Wow! Almost 10 months into this challenge of shopping small. Although I’m not ready to even think about Christmas and cold weather, I am looking forward to buying holiday gifts from some of the amazing stores I have found throughout the year. Not to mention new ones that I’ve heard are opening soon. There are... Read more »

Shop Small Day 233: Out the Attic Antiques

You could go to the ordinary mall and find hundreds of the same item at various chain stores. Or,  you could go to the outskirt of the mall and find thousands of unique items all in one shop! Bring the family because there’s something for everyone at Out Of The Attic Antiques. This, my friends,... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 231: Honey Hill Orchard

It’s about that time of year again: more neighbors fall decorations are popping up every weekend. If part of your fall tradition includes a trip to the pumpkin patch, you’re in luck…especially if you’re looking for one similar to those you remember as a kid. Somehow, over the years, pumpkin farms became less about the... Read more »

Shop Small Day 229: Acorn Portraits

Believe it or not, my kids are almost 11 & 12 and we’ve never had professional family portraits taken. I’ve always found them too staged and figured the candid shots we take are better. Of course, that also means we’re rarely all in the photo together- especially since I’m usually the one snapping the pictures.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 226: Plainfield Dance Academy

It’s time to dust off those leotards and ballet shoes that are shoved into the back of your drawer. There’s a new ballet studio in town. Though my formal dance training days ended years (ok, decades) ago, I have to admit I’m feeling the pull of the studio: the barres, the mirrors, soothing classical music.... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 219: Glik's

It’s great finding a small shop you love while on vacation. It’s even better when they have an online store so you can keep shopping with them once you’re back home. I also love that this small business is making it big time! Welcome to Glik’s. Providing staples and trends since 1897, Glik’s is still... Read more »