A Craigslist Hunt: The Sandbox

Sandbox Fun

Lately I’ve been all about Craigslist. Now that Little J is getting older, summer is coming, and we finally have a big, fenced-in backyard, I’ve been on the hunt for outside toys. Since Little J is an only child, I really wanted toys that he could happily play with by himself. We used to live about 15 minutes from the beach, and whenever we went, Little J would just sit and play for hours in the sand. So now that we live at least 45 minutes from the closest beach, a sandbox seemed like the perfect summer toy!

Oh, I should mention that I briefly flip-flopped between getting a sandbox and a sand table, but I ultimately I decided Little J would love to actually sit in the sand while playing.

I considered buying a sandbox brand new, but I wasn’t thrilled with the prices. I get that it’s an investment that you can be used by several children over several years…but I just wasn’t happy paying $50-90 for what is essentially a shallow plastic tub.

I found this sandbox for just under $30 at Kmart, but from the photos it looks a little smaller than what I wanted. I also considered building a wood sandbox, but I’m already planning on building raised planters for my garden and really don’t want to take on another project.

Using a plastic kiddie pool is another option, but a sandbox lid is a must to keep out the ickies and neighborhood animals. The blog Mama To Three Chicks has a great post about making a washable fabric lid for a kiddie pool sandbox. I also read another blogger’s post (and I wish I could remember where exactly I read it, to give the blogger credit!) who used two different sized plastic kiddie pools for a sandbox. The smaller pool was the sandbox and the larger kiddie pool was placed over top as a cover. When not being used as a cover, the larger pool can be filled with water. Then your kiddo can have a sandbox and a pool to play in at the same time.

The only issue I was having with the kiddie pool option is the scarcity of plastic pools! All the pools I’ve seen in stores are inflatable. I’m guessing it’s because it’s cheaper for companies to make inflatable pools. Anyway, I have had a couple of leads on stores that are selling the plastic kiddie pools, but driving around this area and visiting multiple stores to find a $10-15 plastic pool just isn’t how I want to spend my time.

In the meantime, I’ve noticed used plastic sandboxes with lids regularly going for $15-25 on Craigslist. As long as they’re in good condition, it seemed like buying one used was the most sensible option for me.

This time of year, used sandboxes are getting listed on Craigslist almost every single day. I’ve seen prices from free all the way up to $50, depending on the brand, model, and condition of the sandbox. Sounds great, right? Buuuut they go fast. I mean, really fast. I can email someone 30 mins after their posted, and the sandbox is already gone. The only ones that stick around are overpriced.

So I set up an email alert for “sandbox,” and decided on the model I wanted (Step 2 Naturally Playful sandbox), how much I was willing to pay, and how far away I was willing to drive to pick it up. Within two weeks, I had Little J’s “new” sandbox!

I filled it with five bags of play sand from Home Depot, and Little J played for hours straight. The sandbox is plenty big enough for him to use for several years. Including the price of the new play sand, Little J’s “new” sandbox cost just under $50. If I’d bought the same one brand new plus the sand, it would have been about $113. I’d call this Craigslist hunt a success!

Little J is ecstatic over the play sand!
The sandbox is ready to go.
He loves this box! The center of the lid goes up high enough that all of Little J’s toys easily fit inside.


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Review: Make Bath Time Fun with Nûby Octopus Floating Bath Toy

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It’s been a while since I did a NĂ»by review! We received the Octopus Floating Bath Toy, designed to help develop hand-eye coordination. And it’s fun too!

The toy comes with three little rings that you toss and want to catch on the octopus’ tentacles. This is Baby J’s new favorite toy. His face just lit up when I placed it in the bathtub the first time. And he’s been taking it to bed with him. -_- Yup. I have photo proof.

Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy- It's not just for the tub! My Life: A Work in Progress
Getting ready for bed.
“Why is she taking my picture? Mommy’s weird.”

This BPA-free toy is designed for 18 months and up, but Baby J’s not coordinated enough to toss the rings onto the tentacles. Actually, I tried from about three feet away and only got two out of three. Obviously I need to work on my fine motor/throwing skills. Baby J just places the rings on the tentacles, pulls them off, and repeat.

I think the only thing that would make this toy more fun would be to include even more rings to toss. There are six tentacles but only three rings. Or perhaps sell some rings separately too, so we can add to the set.

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Great Expectations Giveaway Hop: Nuby Sea Scooper and Brica Magical Firefly Mirror 8/18-9/1

Welcome to the Great Expectations Giveaway Hop hosted by princess among superheroes!
The Great Expectations Giveaway Hop is a fun way to not only celebrate the upcoming arrival of the host’s new baby, but also get all the things a new mom or dad could want in one place! All participating bloggers have secured awesome prizes worth at least $25 fit for a baby shower! Don’t forget to hop around and enter to win the GRAND PRIZE sponsored by  project pomona, daddyscrubs, buttons diapers and tiny love worth over $200!
Here on My Life: A Work in Progress, you have the opportunity to win a Nûby Sea Scooper and Brica Baby In-Sight Magical Firefly Auto Mirror, for a total average retail value of $49.98.
Nûby Sea Scooper:

This BPA-free bath toy scooper makes cleaning fun, quick, and easy after bath time is over. Grab the handle and scoop up your baby’s toys into the whale’s tummy, entertaining your baby in the process! The built-in drain holes allow excess water to drain away from the toys and out of the pail. Use the easily installed wall hook to hang your scooper and toys out of the way until the next bath time. (ARV $14.99) Read the review HERE.

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Brica Baby In-Sight Magical Firefly Auto Mirror:
The Baby In-Sight Magical Firefly Auto Mirror by Brica lets you choose from two modes: entertaining or soothing. Each mode has up to 24 minutes of music (eight songs) available and features choreographed lights. In the entertaining mode, LED lights slowly flash in shapes and patterns along with the music. The lights fade on and off in the soothing mode. The included remote lets the driver control music, lights, and volume from the front seat. To conserve battery life, the mirror has an auto shutoff. The mirror is crash-tested and proven to be shatter-resistant, providing superior reflection and a distortion free image. (ARV $34.99) Read the review HERE.
Brica Baby In-Sight Magical Firefly Auto Mirror
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