Friday, April 24, 2015

The waiting has ended. The blessing we had most been hoping for has arrived. 10 weeks ago this charming little boy entered our lives and we couldn't be more grateful. We'll avoid names on a public blog and we will affectionately refer to our little man by his in-utero nickname: Pod.

Our Pod has changed life completely. Schedules are out the window and we are discovering a new meaning to the word "routine". I haven't gotten on here for 2 years (shame on me), but I'm starting up again in hopes of keeping up with documenting the little things so I can look back on projects, dreams and life with gratitude ... and detail before the details are a blur of forgetfulness!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ever Hopeful

We're still in the waiting stages of growing our family. But, in hopes of what is to come, my husband surprised me with my birthday gift: this OiOi Jungle Leather Satchel diaper bag.

Remember my earlier post about diaper bag envy?

He did :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rustic Inspiration

My husband is a cowboy. Back in high school, during my horse show days, I loved Western style. But, as the years went by, the horses were sold, my work took priority, and by the time we started dating, nothing remotely resembling a horseshoe, cowboy boot or rustic wood was anywhere to be found around my place.

Before we were married, my house was very classic - straight lines, bold colors, black framed art. After the wedding, the Western influence started taking form: the barnwood bookshelves, lantern style candleholders, log furniture.

We've found a balance. I still wear heels and pencils skirts most of the time, but my Fat Baby boot collection has grown. My jewelry box contains more Montana Silversmith than it has in years, and when I think about a nursery, I just can't envision it without a cowhide rug. Boy or girl, I will have to have cowhide.

As I Googled nursery ideas, the picture began to form. I cut, clipped and pasted the various elements I could see populating my nursery. My favorite is this crib. I think I'll have to talk my handy husband into making me one. And, of course, the cowhide.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Germless Grocery Shopping

I've always hated putting babies in shopping carts. Whether it was a sibling, a little one I was babysitting or one of my nephews, there is something decidedly gross about shopping carts. All the hands, big and small, the purses, the little mouths: it's like the Petri dish no one thinks about. If we really stopped to think about it, we'd wear gloves when using those things.

The first mom to invent the shopping cart liner was a genius. I don't know who she is or where she is today, but thank you. Thank you for coming up with something so simple, yet so brilliant, to keep baby hands and mouths off of yucky cart handles.

I did a little bit of research today and read many reviews on various cart covers. Of course, my favorite find would also have to be one of the most expensive (oops), but I'll just have to take that up with my husband when the time comes. So, here is my introduction to The Buggy Bagg. The Buggy Bagg collection of grocery cart covers includes three models: Original , Elite and  Jr.

Each of the designs works the same way in terms of functionality:

The Original and the Elite are virtually identical in terms of design. The primary difference is in the fabric. The Elite is described as having the "Same great features as the Original Buggy Bagg but with a little more flair! Buggy Bagg Elites are made in the USA from designer fabrics only found in the USA." 

Personally, I am leaning towards the Elite for two reasons: first, the fabric options are fantastic. Second, and more importantly, I love supporting companies that are not only manufacturing their products in the USA, but are also purchasing key components [i.e. fabric] in the USA as well.) 

The Original comes in three fabric designs, whereas the Elite gives Mom NINE designs to choose from. Both of these Baggs offer the following: 
  • Excellent/Durable Quality
  • Covers 100% of the seating area.
  • 2 safety straps
  • Plush quilted fabric for the utmost comfort.
  • Matching detachable pillow included.
  • 100% machine washable.
  • Folds to compact size.
  • 4 elastic bottle cup holders.
  • 2 toy loops.
  • 1 large diaper bag section for wipes, diapers, toys, snacks ect.
  • 2 smaller compartments for personal items
  • Protects child from viruses, bacteria, & bodily fluids left on the seat.
  • Protects from cold seat bars.
  • Lets you shop with ease, while your baby shops in comfort and style

The Buggy Bagg Jr. is a has fewer bells and whistles, but is designed that way in order to fold up into a more compact unit - specifically for the purpose of fitting into a diaper bag. It comes with the following:
Jr. Features:
  • Excellent/Durable Quality
  • Covers 100% of the seating area.
  • 2 safety straps
  • Plush quilted fabric for the utmost comfort.
  • 100% machine washable.
  • Folds to compact size.
  • 1 large diaper bag section for wipes, diapers, toys, snacks
Jr. Benefits:
  • Protects child from unsanitary shopping cart seats
  • Protects from cold seat bars
  • Lets you shop with ease, while your baby shops in comfort and style

Advertised with the caption, "installs in 30 seconds or less with one hand", the promo video makes it look pretty darn easy:

Since I'm still in the research phase of baby stuff (see Post #1!), I read a lot of reviews. And I really don't read reviews off of manufacturer's websites. I prefer outside sources such as Amazon. So, check them out here!

Amazon Reviews on the Original. 
Amazon Reviews on the Elite
Amazon Reviews on the Jr. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cloth Diapers ... ?

I never thought I would develop a fascination with cloth diapers. I remember changing my little brother's cloth diapers when I was younger ... and poking him with the diaper pins. And those ... ummm ... horrible plastic diaper covers.

But there is a new generation of diapers available these days and the reviewers rave about them. I happened across BumGenius Elemental diapers through a friend who is expecting. I started reading the reviews and realized no one had anything bad to say:
"Easy!"       "Organic!"       "No more rashes!"       "Soft!"       "No leakage!" 

They are an adjustable, one-size-fits-all design. They are attractive and feature a variety of colors and patterns: 

The recommended wash cycle sounds slightly labor intensive, but every mom who reviewed said it really isn't a deterrent and well worth the trouble. They consistently commented that if you follow the proper wash instructions, you'll avoid stains, smells and other issues commonly associated with cloth diaperage (is that a word? It is now!) Should a stain settle, every last one of them said a soak in the sun will take it out. Amazing. 

The other comment was longer dry times (one mom said a normal 60 minute cycle, plus an additional 40 minutes). If you live in a nice, sunny area, line drying may be the best option for you. 

Here are the care instructions bumGenius recommends: 

Prewash: Your organic diapers will need to be prewashed 5-7 times in 
hot water with a bit of detergent in each load. Dry warm.

Regular wash routine: Wash cold with ¼ of the manufacturer’s 
recommended amount of additive free detergent. Wash hot with 
the same amount of detergent. Double rinse. Dry warm.

They even have accessories available to make the process a little more enjoyable! 

     Insert Sock: especially helps with overnight diapering. 

     Diaper Pail Liner: washable liner with an elastic edge secures tightly to your diaper pail. 

     Traveler Wet Bag: hide it away in your diaper bag until you're back at home with your washer. Just
     toss it in with your diapers to wash!

     Diaper Sprayer: high pressure sprayer attaches to your toilet to easily clean your baby's soiled diapers
     before washing. They also recommend using it to spray the potty chair when potty training!

All of this is making the impossible possible: maybe cloth diapers are within reach for me. Me. The unyielding "I will never, ever, ever use cloth diapers" person who couldn't stand the thought of leaking, pins, plastic covers, etc., etc., etc. 

Maybe it is possible.

(P.S. Check out the Cotton Babies [creators of bumGenius] blog here.)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Looking Fabulous

Something about this diaper bag just screamed HAVE-TO-HAVE-IT to me. We can all spot a diaper bag from a mile away. Polyvinyl, brightly colored, maybe sporting some stripes or paisley. Don't get me wrong - I like a few of the standbys. But this diaper bag by OiOi grabbed me. Distressed leather is easy to care for, easy to clean, easy to oil and keep its rustic look. It reflects the promise of chic, low maintenance and timeless.

Plenty roomy, accessories to boot, and on sale here at The price tag caught me a little bit, but this look doesn't go out of style. I would buy it with the plan to last through all of the little grasshoppers we hope to have ...