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The Hostages

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
By Glinda

My family likes to drive.

Well, we used to anyway.

Until my daughter made her appearance into the world and took advantage of every time she was strapped into her car seat to let everyone know in very loud and screechy tones exactly how much she hates being in the car.

She might actually enjoy being in the car if she was allowed to roam free, but of course, that’s not an option.

So she fights her harness like a wild cat, trying to wriggle out of it and generally making our lives miserable every second of the drive.

Which is very unfortunate for everyone, as we go in the car quite a bit.

No amount of toy rotating or desperate song-singing or even her brother’s weird faces will deter her for long.

She’s been known to cry so hard that she vomits. Cleaning vomit out of a car seat and off of a crying child is very, very low on my list of preferred activities. It ties somewhere around finding a parking spot at the mall on Christmas Eve.

So until she makes the connection (hello, why has this not happened yet?) that 99 times out of 100 that a car trip means something really fun at the end, we are all held hostage. Since she’s already a year old, we’re not all that hopeful this will occur any time soon.

We’re considering investing in a covered wagon.

Things I Love: Columbia Trekster Diaper Bag*

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
By Glinda

One of the most important pieces of baby gear is your diaper bag.  A good diaper bag can mean the difference between frantically pawing for minutes on end whilst your baby screams, or having easy access to your item of need.

I’d had one of the ubiquitous, cavernous diaper bags for the Munchkin, and while it was handy for the first few months, it stopped being so when used for shorter trips, as well as when he got older and just required less stuff.  We wound up just switching to a regular old backpack, which while not ideal, was serviceable.

So with the arrival of my daughter, I swore I would choose function over form, and I’m glad to say I was right.  I usually am, so it wasn’t a total surprise, but it’s always nice to have my superiority confirmed.  After doing tons of research, I chose the Columbia Trekster Diaper Bag, and haven’t looked back since.

There are so many things I love about it, it’s hard to put it all down without sounding like a shill.  It is lightweight, and entirely comfortable to carry.  You can carry it like a traditional backpack, or it works over the shoulder, too. It is ideal for short trips, which, let’s face it, make up the majority of outings with baby.  However, it does have enough room that you could use it for a day trip as well.  It has a handy middle zipper that allows quick access into the bag without undoing the main zippers.  It’s got an insulated pocket, a key fob, and a dedicated pacifier pocket.

It manages to pack in pretty much everything you need in a compact, easy to use bag.  Love it.

Oh, and did I mention the best part?  Your man will have absolutely no qualms about schlepping this puppy around, as pretty much no one will recognize it as a diaper bag. Win all around!

* I received no compensation for this review.  I bought the bag with my own money.  OK, well, maybe I used a gift card I got from my baby shower, but technically, my own money.

Things I Love: Peek…Aren’t You Curious?*

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
By Glinda

It had been a while since I had been to one of my favorite shopping malls, and I happened to finally stop by a couple of weeks ago.  They have done some remodeling and taken out some kid-friendly features in order to appear more “upscale” so I hadn’t been in a really big hurry to go back.

But, a new store that I’d never heard about had popped up in my absence, and I have to say I was really, really impressed with the quality and design of the clothing. I know y’all like to see the goods before buying, but there aren’t a whole lot of these stores in brick-and-mortar form, so online is the way most of you will be able to access their stuff. 

And what wonderful stuff it was!  I liked many, many things, but here are a few of my favorites:

Little Peanut Dress

The fabric is soft and lovely, the garment itself well-constructed.  I adored all of their “little peanut” line.

Stinson Polo

The ultimate in surfer cool, I liked a lot of their shirts for boys.

Frida Skirt

The picture does not do this skirt any justice.  The embroidery is absolutely beautiful, and again, the skirt is well-made.

Junglie Elephant

Their whole line of Junglie and Bunglie animals were some of the softest, cuddliest I’ve ever felt.

Oh, and I always award bonus points to stores who emphasize books, and they had a large and impressive book display in the very front of the store.

*I am not affiliated with Peek…, nor am I receiving any sort of compensation for this review.  Good clothes are hard to find, and I wanted to pass the info along.

Things I Hate: Babyproofing

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
By Glinda

Let me clarify, I don’t hate the idea of babyproofing. Who could possibly hate the idea of keeping one’s child from sticking their finger in an electric socket?

No, it’s all of the things that take hold in your paranoid parental mind as you are browsing through the websites.  There are things on there that never even crossed your mind until you saw them staring out at you from the screen.  Then some sort of strange hypnosis happens and your brain starts thinking it’s a good idea to get that “VCR shield.”  And you don’t even HAVE a VCR.

There is nothing more frightening for a parent than thinking their child will somehow harm themselves, and the babyproofing industry takes advantage of that, and then some.  There are a million and one ways to part you with your money, all in the name of safety.  Because no one in their right mind is against safety.

How did the people of the past ever function without toilet seat locks?  Or baby gates?  Or, of course, VCR shields?

Somehow, our species has survived for centuries without them.  People used to regularly have open flame in their homes, for goodness sakes.   Or a horrifically hot stove that was “on” at all times to keep the house warm in the winter.   And yet, here we are.

I’m guessing that there is no substitute for just plain watching your kid like a hawk, as hellacious hard work as that can be. 

So I’m sorry babyproofing industry, you’ve only got me for some outlet covers and a couple of baby gates.

All Wrapped Up

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
By Glinda

Things I Love: Sourpuss Onesie*

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
By Glinda

This is my life in four words.

*Given to me by my prescient sister.

WTF? Baby Product Of the Day

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
By Glinda

These pacifiers have been recalled because the base can easily separate from the nipple.

But my question is, who the hell fills up a nipple with corn syrup?

Nothing like a direct pipeline of pure sugar into your little one’s body, not to mention the tooth decay factor.

Sunday Buffet Brunch

Sunday, July 18th, 2010
By Glinda


Again with the 80’s. I can’t help myself.

Drop-side cribs = banned.

Neck circumference measurements for kids instead of BMI?

OK, because Inception is out and I have this thing for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Which makes me feel ooogie because he’s awfully young.

Nance wonders about “The Biggest Moments in Bras.”

Preschool = good thing.

Today is National Ice Cream Day!

Lolebrity has a little Lil’ Wayne.

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