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Toddle Along Tuesday's topic this week is Places to Shop

Here are a few of my picks.


Ann Taylor and Banana Republic- where I'd shop if money grew on trees. Thank goodness they both have outlet factory stores :)  I love the classic styles and tailored looks. Many of their pieces can be worn season after season or just paired with a trendy article at the time. I've never had issue with quality either. I've gotten better about making smarter clothing choices so I actually can shop here versus just splurging on pieces that are a "deal". (See Below)

Where I shop because money doesn't grow on trees...

Kohl's and Target- where I bargain shop. I am a sucker for their clearance sections and the coupons from Kohl's. Plus they are closer to me than the mall stores.  I like to steer away from them sometimes for clothing because it seems like everyone around me shops there and I like to try to be different.

For the husband:

JC Pennys and Macy's practically give him free clothing when we walk in.  I have no idea why, but the deals he scores at these stores makes me green with envy!

For the boys:

Besides Kohls and Target for them I also get some great stuff at
Carter's and Old Navy, especially when they have sales.  I'll be sad when Carter's is no longer an option for us :(


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Franks Red Hot Sauce (regular or buffalo)
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