Tuesday Talk-I’m Talking About It!

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It’s Tuesday and it feels like December here in Texas!  WAHOO!  The high yesterday was 45 and today it’s 48.  That is CRAZY for October in Texas.  Needless to say, I’m wearing ALL the layers, have a fall dinner in the slow cooker, and will be lighting the fireplace any minute.

Today, I’m teaming up with Fancy Ashley for Tuesday Talk.  It’s the third Tuesday of the month where we chat about anything and everything!

I try to come up with topics I really would love some feedback on since we’re “TALKING” in these types of posts.  And I’m totally pulling a Hobby Lobby.  Yes, before Halloween has even happened, I want to discuss a few Christmas things.  I know.  I know.  There’s time for it all, but really today is more like a brainstorming session.  Several family members have asked about Christmas ideas for the kids, so it got me thinking about some of the best gifts they’ve gotten through the years.  If your kids are like mine, they receive gifts they play with or use all year long.  And then they also receive gifts, they’re excited about for five minutes and then it’s never picked up again.  Those gifts are wasters-they waste money, they waste space in our house, and I’m trying to avoid those this season.  All those decluttering books would be so proud of me for even attempting to avoid those.  🙂

This is a list of some of the items my kiddos have received as gifts they’ve genuinely loved…

Garmin Vivofit Jr.I got these watches for Nixon and Ebby Lee last Christmas.  They wore them all the time until their bands broke {so I’d think about getting a replacement band for back up-I didn’t have those and we lost the actual watch part when they broke}, which happened because you had to stretch the band to get them on/off.  My favorite thing is they could set the timer on the watch, always knew what time it was, and WATERPROOF!  I’d highly recommend these for gifts!  All three of my big kiddos will be getting one this year!

Dude PerfectI’ve shared before we’re Dude Perfect fans in our house!  Whether it’s a Dude Perfect t-shirt, hat, or toy my boys are all about any of the above.  If you have a Dude Perfect loving kiddo, you might want to check these out.

Nerf GunsThese are a can’t miss with my boys.  Did you guys know you can pay $7 for a teeny Nerf Gun and go all the way up to $300 for one with all the bells and whistles?  I didn’t know that until I was searching.  WHOA!  My kiddos do not have those particular guns in their closets.  😉  These make great birthday gifts as well.  They’re my go-to for boy’s gifts.

Favorite Player Jersey-Nixon’s at an age where he’s not “into” many toys.  Last year he got a favorite player’s football jersey for Christmas and was a big fan.  If you have a kiddo who’s into sports, grab his favorite jersey.

Basketball, Football, Soccer Ball, Kickball, Tennis Balls…you get the idea.-95 percent of my boys time at home they’re outside throwing, kicking, or passing some kind of ball.  It doesn’t matter how many they already own, they get excited about a new one.

I-Pad Mini-My big kiddos got these for Christmas one year.  We leave them put up most of the time so when we head out on a trip, have a crazy rainy weekend, or just for a more special occasion…they’re a treat!  You can find refurbished I-Pads and other devices for great prices right now.

Race Track-I got this for Nixon years ago based on the recommendation of a friend with a kiddo a little bit older and we still have this track upstairs.  Anytime other kids are over I hear them playing with it.

Sleeping Bag-All four kiddos got these last year and we use them all the time!  We let our kids sleep in our room once a week and they use their sleeping bags.

Bike-This is pretty self-explanatory.  🙂

American Girl Dolls and Accessories-Ebby Lee goes in and out of stages where she’s really interested in her American Girl dolls and then she won’t play with them for ages, but the good news is those dolls and accessories are built to last.  Britt will get the satisfaction of playing with them-as well as grand babies.

Easel-Ebby Lee’s favorite thing to play is “school”.  She got an easel for her birthday one year{I think} and still plays with it.  

That’s my short list of the Slaughter Kids’ Favorite Gifts.  I’m always on the hunt for great ideas and I know you moms, grandmas, aunts, and friends are as well.  PLEASE let us know what gift has been a hit for the kid/kiddos in your life.  I’d love to get a jump start on my Christmas shopping and I’m hoping you guys give me some great ideas!  Thanks in advance!  And now I promise to not discuss Christmas-until November 1st. 😉


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