Thursday Things: Things Kids Say


This post may contain affiliate links.

This week’s Thursday Things is brought to you in part by Skylar (age 5) and some of the gems that escaped from her mouth on a recent trip to the mall:

1. I love Fashion Valley. Where else can you (window) shop at Pottery Barn, Tiffany, MAC and Mac, Williams-Sonoma, the Nike Store, Victoria’s Secret, F21, Anthropologie, Bath & Body Works, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton all within 100 yards of each other? And do it under palm trees and 76F afternoon sunny weather.

Fashion valley mall outlook with trees and flowers

Don’t answer that because if I find another mall like it, I’ll immediately have to go.

Can I borrow your credit card?

Neiman-Marcus, Macy's, and Nordstrom

2. As we were entering Bath & Body Works, Skylar exclaimed, “Mom, it smells positively delicious in here!”

I agreed.

3. Salespeople frequently suggest “layering” your scents in order to get more lasting power. Use the shower gel, the lotion, and then layer it with the body spray or perfume.

Skylar took layering to new levels.

She layered pear-scented hand sanitizer, Carried Away body spray (one of my personal faves), Japanese Cherry Bomb body wash, Paris Amour body butter with more hand sanitzer in coconut lime.

She smelled positively delicious. Or something like that.

Japanese cherry blosson soap, Paris perfume, sweet pea lotion, and twilight woods scented bath and body works

4. She loved it though and loved the way she smelled, which is all that matters, really). She kept raising her arms and hands right up to my nose and face saying, “Mom, SMELL ME! Don’t I smell good!”

I said, “Honey, you could be a mile away from me and I could still smell you and yes, you smell great.” This is what white lies are for. Don’t crush the joy, just don’t. Santa is real and so is the Easter Bunny until proven otherwise.

5. She was so proud of herself that she tried on such a wide variety of scents and smeared them all over her arms, face, hair, and body. I didn’t mention to her that you’re not supposed to put body wash on your face without running water and that lotion should be kept out of your hair, but she didn’t seem to mind.

She described herself as smelling like, “A vanilla flower with cookie butter brownies and pears.”

She wasn’t too far off on her self-scent analysis.

Jar of Speculoos cookie butter

6. I loved that she used the descriptor, cookie butter.

Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie anyone?

Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie

7. As we were walking back to our car, she had a free sample of tea from Teavana. This amounted to about one-ounce of herbal, non-caffeinated really expensive tea that I would never buy tea in a plastic cup.

She loves peach tea, hibiscus tea, white teas of any kind. She can recall tea samples that she has 6 months ago or longer.

For those people who say kids don’t remember things, mine has a memory like a steel trap, especially for tea and body spray.

Perfect Pairings peach Momotaro and Musee de the Glass Teapot advertisement

8. She was drinking her whooping one ounce of herbal tea and looked over the railing and saw this from our vantage point.

She exclaimed, “Mom LOOK! They have really pretty dishes in there. I bet you would LOVE that store!”

Williams-Sonoma storefront from above

I explained that yes, I love it but we can’t even go into it or I will fall in love with too many things and then we’d never be able to leave the mall. Wouldn’t that be awful.

From this post

Mixing bowl shelves in cooking store

9. We got in the car, I called Scott and put him on carwide speakerphone so she could hear him, too. Unfortunately he wasn’t answering his phone and she said, “Dad must have gotten a new ringtone and it’s really long.”

He did just get a new ringtone. How did she know?

And how does she know what a ringtone is? I don’t think I knew what they were or that they had a name until the year 2010.

10. We came home, ate dinner, and had one of these Creamy Mixed Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars for dessert.

Creamy Mixed Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars

And then my little perfumebomb got a really good bath and scrub down.

Do you have any funny-things-kids-said stories? Or any, whoa-I-can’t-believe-she-said-that things?

I did a similar post to this over Christmas in Aruba. Skylar had some choice things to say about a man at the pool. I am still laughing thinking about it.

They’re hard to remember off the top of your head and are the type of things easily forgotten if you don’t write them down, so for posterity sake, I wanted to jot these down.

These are the types of trips I want to always remember; her being a little girl, so full of excitement over an ounce of tea and body spray and so proud of herself. Sometimes she seems like such a big girl and I have to remind myself that she’s only been on the planet five years. Positively delicious.

Don’t forget to enter the KitchenAid 7-Quart Stand Mixer Giveaway and the Tofu Xpress Tofu Press Giveaway

Leave a Comment

Please note: I have only made the recipe as written, and cannot give advice or predict what will happen if you change something. If you have a question regarding changing, altering, or making substitutions to the recipe, please check out the FAQ page for more info.


  1. OK I am so homesick now. Misson Valley, Fashion Valley, UTC, North County Fair. Oh this things I miss living in the wild wild west.

  2. You make me want to go shopping!! Your daughter is so precious and it’s amazing the things they pick up and say!!! Your a lucky Mom to have such a sweet daughter!

  3. My aunt just posted a story on her Facebok page about how her grandson asked her how all grandmas are so smart. She told him it was because they have to take the “grandma test”. He got real quiet for a while and then said “oh! I get it! If they fail, they have to be the grandpa!”

    I sent that to my dad (a grandpa). He wasn’t as amused as my mom. ;)

  4. So Precious! Love your new blog emphasis but it’s still great to hear how Sklar is growing up once in a while!

  5. So cute! “Positively delicious” – I love it! My three-year-old comes up with some pretty entertaining stuff too. Kids are so funny, and SO perceptive.

  6. no kids… but my nieces and nephew (whose birthday it was today!) come up with some nutty things sometimes.

    that mall is outstanding! we don’t have anything that gorgeous (i.e. outside) near me, but i think it’s better that way. i would probably just end up just wanting to stay at the mall all the time and would accidentally keep buying things.

  7. My co-worker’s 9 yr old daughter recently had to go both dairy and gluten free and she noted that her tummy felt much better, however, when she was acting up and misbehaving a few weeks ago, she said “mom, the diet is making me act like this”.

  8. That’s so cute of her!! I agree with the kids having great memories thing. My niece is a little smarty pants…even at age 3, she would remember all this stuff from movies and when my husband and I were in Australia, she even knew what flag to point to when mom and dad said, “where are uncle Tyler and aunt Charmaine?!”

  9. Adorable!
    My 8-yr old nephew thought that I live in a hotel–it’s a condo building. But since he thought it was a hotel, he asked if breakfast would be in the lobby in the AM!

  10. Oh I love this post – so cute, so innocent and happy. And I would love to shop at that mall.

  11. Love this! Sounds like you had a sweet time together. Her comments on the obnoxious guy in Aruba are one of my favorite ever!

  12. skylar is just TOO cute! i laughed out loud… thanks for brightening my day. kids do say the cutest things! “A vanilla flower with cookie butter brownies and pears.” — she is just too much. must be all that cookie butter from TJs you bake with :)

  13. Averie, thanks for this positively delicious post! It did bring some good memories, and yes, you are positively correct: if you don’t write what they say, you forget. Thanks to Skylar for helping you with this post! :) I haven’t been to Teavana in about 6 months, and their tea is addicted! Tranquil dreams is one the best they have along with To Life!

  14. LOL, classic quotes! She is going to LOVE reading your posts when she’s older! Better start password protecting them now, it’s only a matter of time, haha. She’s obviously a precocious child!

  15. Adorable! Hopefully you got the smell out!

    My (now adult) little brother once said he was “wise behind his ears” instead of “wise beyond his years” (which we still tease him about). He also once asked for an air guitar for his birthday (he must’ve thought air guitar = electric guitar).

    I also think kids use great descriptions – I used to call short sleeves “high sleeves” – makes total sense!!