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Monday, March 17, 2014

My Girls Day Out with My Daughters- Art Show, Clothes Shopping, and IHOP

What a fun weekend I had with my daughters!  My friends and family always say that my daughters and I are always out doing something together fun and love how I'm always spending time with them.  I wanted to start sharing our adventures to my readers for you to join in on our fun too!

On Saturday, the girls and I headed to my girl's school county district office because they were hosting an art show of all county schools.  A select few students from each school were selected to have their art work displayed at the art show and Lauren was apart of the selected few in her school!

Art Show at Gwinnett County School District
Lauren's photo is on the top
Art Show at Gwinnett County School District
Michelle joining in the photo
It was such a proud moment for me to see her creativity and see that she's becoming the artist that I once was in school.  I hope her artistry blossom and becomes something huge in her adult years. 

Viewing all the art work in the gallery brought back memories of my high school years of all the art work I use to do.  It was very therapeutic for me and I was very passionate in it.  I would spend days at home working my magic with my art work.

My favorite art work I liked to do was portraits, abstract art, and pastels landscapes.

Art Show at Gwinnett County School District
Lauren liked the Mona Lisa photo someone created.







Unfortunately, I fell out of love with it and didn't pursue it further after my years in community college.

I just hope Lauren continues to stay passionate in it.















Spring is pretty much here so warmer weather is coming around the corner, so you know what that means?  SPRING CLOTHES SHOPPING!!!

My daughters are little fashionistas and love wearing the latest girls fashions. Sp they always want to make sure sure they have the latest must-haves each season.

We headed to the Mall of Georgia to get them some Spring outfits.

First stop, Justice. That store was a mad house!  Moms and young girls everywhere!  This was my second time shopping at Justice since Lauren begged me to go there and I didn't understand what the crowd was about.

I found out through an associate that Justice was having a 40% percent off sale of everything and an extra 20% off at the register.  That sale doesn't come often so it was like a Black Friday sale in Spring for them.

I couldn't wait to get out of that store!  I hate aggressive crowds!  What I also hated was my total, which was like $172!!!!!  What the hell?  That wasn't the plan of how much I wanted to spend there since we had other stores to shop at.

Off to the next store, The Children's Place.  I got a few cute Spring outfits from there and some leggings that my daughters desperately needed.  I spent about $68 dollars in there with my 20% coupon.  Not too bad.

The next store that killed my pocket book was Crazy 8.  They were having a 30% off sale with coupon.  Coupons with Crazy 8 is a new thing they're starting to introduce to see how well it does.  I told the associate I hope they continue because it'll help parents save a lot of money but still be able to afford name brand styles.

Did you know that Crazy 8 is the sister company of Gymboree?  So basically Crazy 8 is the cheaper version of Gymboree, just like how Old Navy is the cheaper version of the Gap.

Michelle really made out in that store and cop some really cute outfits.  Lauren found some really cute gold ballet flats and other outfits.  But once the associate rang up my total, I thought I was going to cry!  I spent $165 in that store!  AHHH!!!!!

Once we walked out of the store, we headed to Old Navy because I wanted to get a little something for myself- shoot I deserve it!

I manage to get myself a couple of see-through blouses and I did get Lauren and Michelle both a skirt.  What was the next damage to my wallet?  Like $77!  Someone just shoot me now!!!!!

Michelle needed a nice pair of slip on shoes since Lauren got a pair at Crazy 8.  She found a cute pair at JcPenney for $18 and the associate used a coupon to knock the price down to $16.  Not too bad of a price.

So we shopped until we dropped- literally!  I spent like $500 at the mall!  My budget was $300 and I can't believe I went over that.  My daughters sure are expensive and has expensive taste but you know what, I don't mind because they just recently made Honor Roll.  They worked hard during the school year and the clothes shopping was well deserved.

Mall of Georgia Girl Shopping- Justice, The Children's Place, Crazy 8, Old Navy, and JcPenneys
The girls showing off their prized possession


All that shopping worked out an appetite for us, so we headed to IHOP because after 4pm kids eat free with 1 paying adult meal.

Lauren and I had breakfast for dinner and Michelle opted for a regular dinner meal of a cheese burger with fries.  Lauren had a cheese omelette and I had a chicken fajitas omelette with a New York Cheese Cake Pancakes I shared with Michelle.  Those pancakes were pure perfection!  I feel so guilty eating it but hey, it's ok to indulge sometimes!

IHOP Breakfast for Dinner- Omelettes and New York Cheesecake Pancakes


After our fun filled day, we headed home.



On Sunday, we were suppose to head out to Stone Mountain Park to walk the trails of the mountain but took a look outside and it was pouring down raining.  What a bummer!  This would've been our first experience doing this but there is always a next time.  When we do go there I'll make sure to blog about it here.


P.S.  My daughters knows the value of money and are responsible on how to spend it.  I have never spent money like this.

How was your weekend?  Did you get to do anything fun and exciting?

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72 comments

  1. I hadn't heard of Crazy 8 until now. I did the store locator on the site and found one. I'm going to have to check it out!

    Congratulations to your daughter for making the art fair! And for both making the honor roll. :)

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    1. Hey Celeste!

      Yes check out Crazy 8! They have cute looking clothes that last for several washes. Prices are reasonable but now with them incorporating coupons you can come out with a lot good clothes for a good price.

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  2. What a wonderful day! I would have to pay my sons for them to spend time with me - lol!

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    1. I believe once my daughters hit their teenage years, they're not going to want me around. So right now I'm cherishing these moments.

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  3. You had a fun filled weekend, huh? I love art shows that showcase the kids work like that.. It makes them feel so special :)

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    1. We sure did! Lauren was very proud seeing her art work showcase at the art show!

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  4. Love crazy 8, so cheap. Your girls look very fashionable and those pancakes, what can I say, I want some right now!

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    1. Thanks so much Natasha! My girls loves fashionable clothes!

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  5. LOVE this, Louida! What a fun-filled day! I didn't know much about Crazy 8,so thanks for that tip, too! I am SO craving buttermilk pancakes from IHOP. Looks like I'm planning an IHOP run for the four of us in the coming days....

    We had a relaxing weekend, watching movies and playing with the kids. Scott and Scotty made a gigantic castle out of Legos, and also went to the park, where we took a ton of photos of Scotty and Kennedy together on the swings -- it was her very first time on the swings, and she LOVED it. :-)

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    1. Hey Courtney!

      Yeah go visit Crazy 8, you won't be disappointed. They have a lot of cute clothes for boys and girls.

      Aww I hope you post the pictures of Scotty and Kennedy on the swings to your blog. I'd love to see those! I remember the days when my daughters first got on the swings, they loved it! I need to take a trip to the park with my girls once the weather allows it.

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    2. Thanks, Louida! You think I should post the pics? I hadn't even thought about it...but maybe I will tomorrow. Hmmmm.

      Thank you for the inspiration!

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    3. Yes do it! I love your post about your children and your family.

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  6. It's so important to have this quality time with our children. I love the fact that you celebrated art during this time.

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  7. This is so sweet! I hope that when I have kids, I'll be able to do this stuff too!

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  8. They're so cute and it looks like you all had fun! You blew that budget out the water lol....great artwork I love seeing creativity in the classroom.

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    1. Girl yes! They better not expect much during the summer! LOL.

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  9. I love Crazy 8. They have great deals. You can save a ton.

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  10. Loren and Michelle are lucky to have a fun mom like you. I wish we had a crazy 8 here but we don't have any of the cool stores here in Michigan even if they did my small town Otsego I live in I would have to go to a distance to get any where. You guys look like you had a lot of fun. I love Ihop

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    1. You can check out Crazy 8 online. They have the same sales as stores.

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  11. Your girls are adorable! I'm so glad you guys enjoyed your day. You found a lot of great deals on clothing for them!

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  12. You must be so proud of Lauren, her artwork is beautiful! Your omelet looks so yummy too - I must say. Glad you had a fun day with your girls.

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    1. Yes I'm very proud of her! She always amazes me with the stuff she does.

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  13. Looks like a beautiful girls day out. Wish we had Ihop, they have some really good food lol. As for myself, my weekend was long and I only did some cleaning and cooking!

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    1. Wow I thought IHOP was everywhere. I need to get some cleaning done at my house too.

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  14. Mmm...you had me at IHOP. I haven't been there in a while so thx for the reminder that I need to go back!

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    1. Their menu has recently changed but the food is still good.

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  15. Anonymous10:45 AM

    We loved shopping at the Children's Place, it was one of our favorite areas back home. I have not seen one in our new town so I guess we will resort to online shopping. I am hoping the IHOP here is good, we have not been in years and can not wait to go get chocolate chip pancakes.

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    1. That stinks that there isn't a Children's Place store near you. Yeah go to IHOP and enjoy some chocolate chip pancakes! :-)

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  16. What a fun day! Lauren is quite the artist. One of our favorite places to shop is The Children's Place. I LOVE their sales.

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    1. I love The Children's Place! I save a lot shopping there using their coupons and rewards points.

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  17. I'm guessing everyone slept well that evening! :) Sounds like a blast.

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  18. I love the mall of Georgia and Stone Mountain. This sounds like my kind of day.

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    1. Are you from Georgia too Pam?

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  19. I love hanging out with my kids shopping. IHOP always had such great meal options for us. Can not wait to go again (Kim)

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  20. Sounds like a busy day, but fun! I always loved spending the day with my mother when I was little.

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  21. What a fun day! We have fun on our Saturdays with girl's day out.

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    1. I love having Saturday Girl's Day Out! Always fun!

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  22. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun that day! I used to love going shopping with my mom when I was growing up!

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  23. I really miss shopping at Justice. My daughter no longer fits in their clothes. But, I will tell you that when our house burned down just three days after my daughter's 10th birthday on which we did a shopping day at Justice, my Mom emailed them. They gave her a gift card to replace what she had bought on her birthday plus a really good coupon. I'll never forget that!!

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    1. Wow Erica, that was truly nice of them! What a wonderful gift! My daughters just reached the age to wear Justice so this was our second time shopping there. But to hear them do something so special for your daughter, I'll make sure to continue to shop there.

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  24. I only have one girl, but we love to go out to the mall and shop! We don't have a Crazy 8 here but she loves Justice! It's her go to store now :)

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    1. Justice is starting to be my daughters go to store as well since they are starting to out grow Crazy 8 and The Children's Place.

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  25. I have been wanting to go to Crazy8 lately. I love Gymboree too, isn't that their sister store? I had no clue that IHOP offers free childrens meals after four. Guess we need to hit up IHOP soon.

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  26. Yes Crazy 8 is the sister store of Gymboree.

    Yes IHOP offers 1 free kids meal with each paying adult meal.

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  27. My daughter is at the age where all she wants is Justice clothing. Their prices are a little more than I like to pay, even with their 40% off. I haven't been to Crazy 8 yet. I will definitely have to check them out next time I am at the mall!

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    1. Hey Theresa,

      I agree that Justice prices are a bit too high. I think you'll like Crazy 8 better. The highest size is 10/12.

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  28. Aw what a fun girls day out. I enjoy art shows and yum that meal at Ihop looks delidious.

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  29. Wow looks like fun. I have one girl who loves to be educated in the arts and the other hates it. I home your daughter like keeps her passion alive.

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  30. What a great family weekend! Too bad it rained for the final day but there is always next weekend. Your daughters are adorable and it is lovely that you have a budding artist in the mix. Lots to look forward to. I wish I would have had girls to enjoy some shopping days with but I only had boys who did not really enjoy shopping until they were older and did need their mother along with them. ;)

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  31. looks like a fun weekend! I love that you are so supportive of your daughter's interest in art!

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  32. We took the kids out and about shopping on Saturday but Sunday was a stay-at-home day. Your weekend sounds like it was a lot more fun!

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  33. Oh man, sounds like a great day. We love Justice here at our house. -Amber

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  34. Sounds like you guys had a fantastic day and made some memories together. Having girls is so much fun! I love spending time with both of my girls.

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  35. I love breakfast for dinner! We make it at least a couple of times a month.

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  36. I love girls days out with my daughter. We too love to go shopping. Looked like you had a great time

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  37. I love it when kids can display their own art! Love it, it makes them feel so proud of themselves.

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  38. I want to eat that omelet! Sometimes its fun to spend a little more money as long as you aren't breaking the bank! I'd say the kids deserved a fun day! Well done, momma!

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  39. That sounds like my kind of day. Every time we go to iHop it always ends up with a bit of shopping. Justice is too big for my daughter so it's usually Gymboree which I just love! There's nothing like a girls' day out!

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  40. Super fun mother daughter day!! My sister in law was just talking to me about Crazy 8 this past weekend! I hear it's awesome!

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    1. It's a very nice store. I like how the store has a tv and a floor mat for kids so the parents have a chance to focus while they shop.

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  41. I go shopping with my girls all the time. I enjoy it. As for the stores, I don't shop much at Justice or Crazy 8. It either Children's Place, PS Aeropostle or the kids section at department stores.

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    1. I actually never been in PS Aeropostle. I'm going to check their store out some day and see if they have good sales.

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  42. It looks like you had a great girls day out! I've had those New York Cheesecake pancakes before, and oh my goodness - so delicious!

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  43. Looks like it was a fun day! Now I wanna try those NY cheesecake pancakes!

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  44. Congratulations to your daughter! What a lovely art work :) Always admire kids who have passion for art. Keep up the good work :D

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  45. Wow, I am always impressed with kids who does art - because I simply can't, lol!

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