Went on a little shopping trip for my daughter to replenish our “clothes to grow in to” supply and I thought I’d post a few pics of the purchases because kid’s clothes are seriously so damn cute 🙂
I really cannot believe how fast my child is growing up!! Her 2nd birthday is next week and she has just started in on her 3t clothing. I try and stock up on clothing 2 to 3 sizes ahead and purchase in the off-season, because this is generally when I find the best deals– especially at the big box stores. All of the clothes and shoes featured are 2 to 3 sizes too big for her now, and upcoming spring is the perfect time to buy long sleeved shirts, sweaters, boots, coats and pants.
Hey there guys! Do you hear that? No? Neither do I!!! It’s the sweet, sweet sound of silence, YIPPEEE!!!
Things started getting crazy busy in my house just after thanksgiving- mostly prepping for a long stay/xmas holiday with my parents. December went by so fast I hardly remember what happened! January ended up being a relax and recuperate month while we spent a lot of down time together as a family and got our home and finances in order. Finally, we are all back to our old routines. Dish washer is going and baby girl is enjoying her breakfast while I type this- I love boring sometimes.
It feels really good to be back doing posts. I didn’t realize how much I loved it until I took a month off.
I was also really, really excited to see that in my absence, traffic was good and I have passed the 200 follower mark. That is so cool. I know it’s not a ton of folks, but even if it was just 10, it still makes me happy to see that others share my interests and appreciate my content.
My first posts up will be January Favs and an update on my DIY eyelash serum experiment- stay tuned 😉
Hope everyone had a great holiday and new year- I cannot wait to look through all the posts I missed!!
Yesterday I was able to have lunch with my best friend in the world at an amazing Teriyaki place in Vancouver, WA… She had some extra time after lunch so I decided to finally do some shopping for fall decorations. It’s a little late, but I was on the fence about fall decor for a while. What changed my mind was remembering how much fun my sister and I had when we were younger, decorating the house for Easter, autumn, summer and Christmas. She would had us huge boxes filled with knickknacks, candles, baskets, fabrics, fake flowers and other goodies and my sis and I would go nuts. When my daughter is older, I would like to give her a chance to do the same thing.
Here are a few pics of the decorations :
I thought this “Autumn” sign was cute, but needed something, so I hacked off a few leaves and berries from other decorations, then wove them through the letters or put them behind. I love the owl, but my husband finds it scary. 🙂
I have a B.A. in English and my husband has a B.A. in Geography…that being said, it’s not shocking that we have a TON of books between the two of us. I love family photos, and these are up all year round. Instead of taking them all down like I do at Christmas, I decided to short of decorate around them with candles, pumpkins and other fall junk.
This is my favorite decoration, I think. I love the tiny bit of bling the sparkly leaves add to it. I was tempted to hang it above the T.V. instead, but it was just too small in that space.
I wanted a contained display and thought about filling a large mason jar, but I love the shape of jar- next year though, I think I’m going to hunt for a vintage hurricane lantern instead.
God, I hate our DVD racks. I LOATHE them. My husband won’t let me get rid of them though, so I have to work with it…we have 2, one on each side of our television. I decorated them identically.
There you go!
Happy Fall or Autumn or Whatever!
How did you decorate your home? Link your blog posts about it in the comments!!!
This morning I was up early because of a dentist appointment, so my honey and I loaded the little one into the car and headed out for some brunch. We ended up going to the fabulous Delta Cafe & Bar in SE Portland. Love, love, love this place.
The drinks are wonderful and totally unique, the Cajun food they serve is delicious and the price is very reasonable.
One of the best things about Delta is the atmosphere- it’s 50’s diner meets violent Mardi Gras celebration- my daughter was so fascinated by the decor that she was unusually well behaved 🙂
Hope you had a lovely, lazy Saturday! 🙂
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When I got pregnant almost 2 years ago, I thought, “It’s only a baby! A couple of onesies, a couple of sleeper pjs, throw ’em under the changing table and bam. All done.”
This turned out not to be the case as gifts of clothing ( in all sizes and for all seasons) from friends, relatives and neighbors started piling up.
Figuring out how to organize Baby Girl’s clothes might sound like a frivolous pursuit, but when she’s on the changing table with a 5 pound diaper, knowing exactly where the clothing you need will be and being able to get to it without having to dig around turned out to be a life saver. She is 16 months now and we have stuck with the original plan.
I decided to go with a wardrobe because, unlike a dresser, I wanted to be able to see everything she has in one eyeful. The closet in her bedroom doesn’t allow for the easy access from the changing table that the wardrobe does and I also like the idea of having a few stacks or baskets stored in the wardrobe for other things.
The Hanging Rack: Baby Girl’s summer hanging rack is in order from left to right not by color or size, like most people organize, but by heaviness of the outfit. It’s very important to me that Baby Girl is wearing weather appropriate stuff and is comfortable. The left holds her strappy summer dresses in the lightest fabrics, while the far right are the few long sleeved shirt and long pants outfits she has for the cooler days this season. Instead of grouping all the pants and tops separately, I group by outfit, with top coming first. That makes it easy for a nanny or babysitter who may not be familiar with Baby Girl’s clothes to spot what goes with what…it also makes it easier for my husband, who tends to put together the most hideous outfits on the planet. 🙂 Pajamas hang in the middle because it’s the largest group and the most commonly reached for. Putting them right in the center with the footy pjs hanging down makes them easy to spot and access. For any kid under 3, I don’t recommend owning less than 10 sets of pajamas. For real. The milk/water/juice spills, the pee pee accidents, the sweating…we go through pajamas like crazy.
The First Shelf: I keep Baby Girl’s shoes lined up at the back, with her baskets in front. The basket on the left contains socks and tights- easy to grab so close to the shoes. The basket on the right contains a stack of regular old onesies. These are great to change into for naps and/or after an outfit has been covered in food. I also like to keep these simple to obtain because I am constantly tossing one into the diaper bag when we are on our way out.
The Second Shelf: I keep a basket on Baby Girls hair accessories on the left. If I have her on the changing table and she’s fussy, she’ll calm down when I grab it off the shelf and bring it over to her so she can dig through her hair bows and headbands. In the center, is a stack of whatever seasonal clothing item is in use. This summer, it’s her swimsuit and cover up. In the cooler months, its typically her winter coat, cardigan or rain coat. The basket on the right holds the small summer necessities- kick pants and diaper covers for under her short dresses, her summer hats and sunglasses. Fall and winter, this basket holds winter caps, gloves, scarves and mittens.
The Bottom Shelf: The bottom shelf is all the items we’ve purchased or have been given that Baby G doesn’t fit into yet, organized in stacks by size. I try and de-tag, wash and dry just before I swap wardrobe sizes out, and this makes being able to locate all the items in one size a breeze.
I love this kind of sh*t, I’m not kidding- especially when it’s about organizing items I enjoy, like clothing. If there are any fellow organizing psychos out there who have actually read this and have some interesting ideas/comments about how they do their thing- holla!
So this weekend, hubby, baby girl and I went out to our favorite garden center in Portland to pick up some spring veggies. We try and keep our vegetable growing going as much as we can because produce can be ridiculously expensive and it always tastes better from the garden. I try to avoiding feeding Baby Girl anything processed, which is a challenge that doesn’t always work out but…meh.
This is the awesome garden center we visit about 3 times a year:
This spring, we are planting in 2 8×8 ft. raised beds that my hubby made a few years ago. Here’s the before shot:
I was thinking about garlic and onions at first, but changed my mind because I wanted to go with what we eat the most, and what usually ends up being the most expensive. I went with broccoli and cauliflower, leeks, snap peas, kale and spinach, then carrots and radishes from seeds.
We eat a lot of broc and caulif, and it freezes well. Leeks also freeze well, and we’ve tried to grow them before without much luck, but I think with the milder spring weather and some changes to my planting method, they’ll work out better this year. Snap peas always do great, and this year we are going to let them climb some chicken wire. I’ve only grown kale and spinach in early summer before, so this is new territory. If you’ve ever had fresh spinach from a garden, you know how worth it it is to try!
Then we threw some chicken wire down over the carrot and radish seeds to keep the birds and cats out. TahDah! After:
Afterwards we headed to lunch at our fav Vietnamese restaurant, Pho.com. I swear I ate at this place almost once a week during my pregnancy. It’s delicious and my hubby is addicted to Vietnamese Pho soup.
Fun Day! I really shouldn’t have blown off homework and finals stuff, but it’s winding down now. I am so looking forward to spring break. My mood has been a lot better lately. I’m pretty sure that it’s due to those vitamins I started taking around Baby Girl’s Birthday, but it could also be just because things are coming to a close and I can see that YEAH, I’m gonna get through it. 🙂
You know how you tell yourself you’re going to change the way you do x,y and z by such and such a date, but then the time gets there and you don’t change? I’ve thought a lot about why that happens to me sometimes. I’ve realized that it happens for two reasons. First, the goals are usually selfish and unrealistic, and second, I don’t even want it bad enough to motivate myself to change.
Every time I try and tell myself I want to change my eating habits or start working out consistently, my aim always seems to be off. Wanting to be super skinny is just stupid, usually hazardous and and adds way more stress than is necessary, but I have to admit that years previous to this, that was my sole motivation. No wonder I was never able to accomplish it….it has never been what I REALLY WANTED.
What I wanted was happiness. In my warped little mind, happiness=thinness. Now that I AM happy, and NOT THIN, I can see that the two are completely unrelated, and each is do-able without the other.
My motivation changed when I became a mommy. All along, I knew that once Baby Girl hit the 1 year old mark, that things were going to change without me feeling like I’m forcing it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a struggle, but being mindful of how I treat my body seems to happen more naturally, without the constant weigh-ins, ideal weight photos on the fridge, rubber band snapping on the wrist, blah blah blah. All that is kinda bullshit anyway.
I don’t have time to punish myself any more. I am too old and too content with my life to feel a whole bunch of angst about the size of my body. I don’t need to be told it doesn’t define me, because I know it doesn’t and I’m only just now realizing it only had in the past when I let it…..which was way too often.
When I take good care of myself, all these thoughts and feeling, things i’ve wrestled with forever….it all becomes very clear and very simple to me. That’s motivation enough to keep going, baby or no baby.