Skip to main content

Retail Therapy Day

I am working on a series of posts about breastfeeding, and still have many more posts related to cloth diapering to edit and publish, but for today I thought I'd actually post about what I'm doing -- today. Before I started reading blogs much, I thought that that's what most of them were, because a "web log" sounds like a daily journal to me. Obviously, blogs are sometimes daily journals, and can be very popular as that, but most of the ones I read are more like articles or editorials than personal journals. I'm still in the early stages with this blog, so I'm experimenting with different styles of writing, and different topics, and thinking that I'll naturally start to focus in on what is best for me over time. This flies in the face of all of the advice that I've gotten from friends, and from professional sites such as Pro Blogger and his 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Oh well. Without further ado, my day today:

Average has the day off today, so we both got to sleep in. Sweet Pea slept until about 10:00 AM. I got a load of wash going, put away some clean clothes, ate breakfast, and played around on the internet. I cleaned the food dehydrator that Average's mom loaned us, then washed and pitted the plums that I picked two days ago at a friend's house (thanks C, N, and A!) and Average helped me load up the dehydrator. This is our first time drying food. I'll post again with the results. Some photos of the process:



Cutting the plums, I was reminded of how dull our knives have become. When I mentioned this to my husband, he suggested we take them to get sharpened, something we have been meaning to do for about two years now. So, we actually went and did it! We wandered around the mall and wasted some money on chocolates and giant pretzels, then I suggested we head across the street to visit a baby store that I recently realized sells cloth diapers. I had gone in there the day before our trip to see if they had wet bags, and discovered that not only do they have cute wet bags in a variety of sizes, they also sell Fuzzibuns and Bum Genius diapers, which are two of my favorite brands of pocket diapers. At the time, I didn't have any spare minutes to browse around, but filed it away as something to do later. Now, after my second visit, I love this store. They have high-quality items, which means they also have high prices, but it is so much fun to look! I regretted not visiting earlier, and not registering there before Sweet Pea's birth (we didn't do the registry thing at all). I ended up buying three items: the perfect baby book I'd been looking for for months (it says sweet pea on the cover!!), a pink Bum Genius Organic one-size all-in-one diaper (most expensive diaper I've bought, but I've heard fantastic reviews), and another large wet bag (we are going out of town again at the end of the month, and I somehow lost one of our wet bags).

It was some pleasant retail therapy, but I think I came away with more wants than I went in with. I hate it when that happens. In general, Average and I have been trying to avoid falling into the trap of buying everything under the sun, and all new, for our baby. We haven't actually spent much on her because we have such generous friends and family who have bought or passed on to us nearly all of the big items we wanted and needed. But gosh, baby stuff is so cute! How does one stay strong in the face of all of the adorableness? Perhaps balancing my checkbook later today will help to kill the drive to buy... which brings us back to the rest of the day.

I checked the plums when we got home and they still have a long way to go. I was hoping to put in peppers tonight when the plums are done, but that might have to wait until tomorrow. Average took a nap when we got home while I nursed Sweet Pea. Now I'm typing away while he plays with her. Plans for later include picking apples from our backyard trees, trying to get Sweet Pea to take a really long nap, more laundry and a small sewing project, checkbook work, and going on a date tonight to the movies.

Comments

  1. I miss you Rose!

    Lots of love to all,
    Erica

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi! I found you on the cloth diapering bloggers forum. I live in Oregon also- very close to Eugene! :) Small world!

    ReplyDelete
  3. There is so much marketing psychology that goes into all of the stores' design and layout! They definitely know what they are doing. Pretty much, I have to stay out of stores if I don't want to buy. Can't wait to hear how the dehydrating goes!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Woollybottoms Giveaway

I am hosting my first giveaway! I have been wanting to do this for a while, and I'm so pleased to have it finally planned. The item I chose to give is a new pair of Woollybottoms - wool pants for babies. The retail value of these is $29.00. I have been really into the wool pants thing lately, as you may have noticed from my recent posts (about Nifty Knickers, and my baby blue longies) so this seems like a good fit. Wool pants can be used as a cloth diaper cover, or just as snuggly warm pants for the winter or for bedtime. These ones are "footies" so they should keep your baby toasty! The pair I am giving to one lucky winner is light blue with fish fabric for the footie part. Maybe a little more boyish than girlie, but Stella would definitely wear these if we got to keep them. They are size medium, and have the following measurements:
8" waist (elastic)
9" rise
18" length


Here they are:




To enter, simply comment below and let me know why you want to win, or wh…

End of May and the Garden is Planted!

This week has been extremely wet here in western Oregon. By Thursday morning, the rain was really getting to me. I was worried my new starts were going to drown and that the seeds I'd planted last weekend were going to rot. Luckily, there was sun that afternoon and when I went into the backyard I discovered many of my seeds had sprouted, and everything other than the two lemon cucumbers was still looking fairly healthy. We now have nearly everything in, except for the corn. From left to right, our beds contain:

1. thyme, rosemary, lettuce, broccoli, cilantro, oregano, and cabbage.
2. carrots and potatoes (planted late - just a couple of days ago)
3. 8 tomatoes and 2 peppers
4. strawberries
5. half of the bed is strawberries (which we might move to join the other bed to give us more room for other things), cucumber, one lone eggplant, and a couple of echinacea
6. empty for now, but it will be soon filled with corn - we are doing seeds in containers and will move them one they are u…

Baby Blue Recycled Wool Longies

The first time I made recycled wool diaper covers, I made "shorties" that fit like little shorts, or a more typical diaper cover. For that project, I bought several wool sweaters at Goodwill and followed a pattern I found online that basically consists of cutting a triangle out of the sweater, cutting off the sleeve cuffs and neck, and sewing it all together, using the sleeves for the leg holes and the neck for the waist. I can give more specific instructions if you'd like, just ask in comments, but unfortunately was unable to find the site that I originally got the pattern from. To size the sides of the triangle, measure your little one's waist and add a half inch. Katrina's Sew Quick blog has some great patterns for a variety of types of wool diaper covers.

Here is one of the first ones I made, clearly it is a little bit big at this point.

You can see another photo of my handiwork in the bottom photo of my "Diapering My Active Nine-Month-Old" post.

Swe…