In fact, a quick trip to Macy’s kid shoes department website shows that I’m behind the times. Simple rainboots have been replaced by thematic rain ensembles, which to my mind, means more fun in the outdoors.
For example, I especially love this Fairy Collection set, with rain boots, umbrella, and slicker from Kidorable . In green, it is too cute for words, and is exactly the sort of thing that most little girls will love to death. Look at it! Even the clothes hanger is super cute!
For the boys, also from Kidorable, here’s everything needed for a dragon-slaying knight, rain boots, rain coat, backpack/shield and umbrella (check out the handle on that
And if that doesn’t do the trick, there’s also a fireman, and a butterfly, and a ballerina. Puddle jumping just got a whole lot more fun.]]>
I knew that the Munchkin needed some new board shorts. It just so happened that a fairly well-known surf brand was having a sale, so I did a little reconnaissance.
Sure enough, they had a bunch of styles, all at a pretty good price.
I was by myself, and I was tempted to get him the style that I normally buy for him, which tends to be colorful and include some sort of Hawaiian-related floral element. Children Fashion
Because, duh, I’m a girl.
But then I thought to myself that perhaps a nine year old boy would not appreciate flowers on his shorts, and tried to remember that he is definitely at the age where his clothing is being judged, especially by his peers. Not that there is anything wrong with flowers on board shorts, in my opinion, but they just aren’t really in style in my area of the country right now.
I wound up choosing instead a green-gray plaid, which also had a very subtle camo element going through the fabric. Normally I despise camo on “civilian” clothing, but ever since my husband took him here, my son has been very pro-military. Which, fine, I’m technically pro-military myself.
He loved them.
He then told me that he was very relieved that I didn’t get him any with flowers, as one of his older friends had been making fun of his other board shorts. You know, the ones with flowers on them. And while I am very aware that it was just teasing, and truly kids will tease other kids about pretty much anything, I was glad that for that one moment, I wasn’t THAT MOM.
You know, the one who buys their nine year old boy shorts with flowers on them.]]>
90% of you do not agree with the rather heavy-handed tactics planned by New York City to promote breastfeeding to new moms. While I think we can all agree that it would be ideal if everybody could breastfeed, the harsh reality is that no, not every single mother can breastfeed. Whether it be due to health conditions, failure to latch properly, failure to produce enough milk, or simply having to go back to work, breastfeeding is difficult for many. To assume all mothers should breastfeed exclusively is to not live in reality.
Today I’m sort of excited about this.
It was a well kept secret.
Nobody told me about what would happen to my feet.
Yeah, you know, those things that, prior to the birth of my son used to be a size 8, and are now a size 9 after my daughter.
I had a size 8 foot for many, many years. I was never informed that pregnancy would cause my feet to both spread and elongate. For a little while I tried to jam my feet into those 8’s, but barring some drastic measures a la Cinderella’s stepsisters, it wasn’t gonna happen.
When my son was only a few months old I attended a wedding, and it never even entered my mind that I wouldn’t fit into my old heels. Agonizing hours later, I came to the uneasy conclusion that hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of perfectly good shoes were going to have to be donated.
During the seven years between my son’s and daughter’s births, I managed to build up a fairly sizable selection.
Only to have my hopes dashed again when I tried on my 8.5’s.
So it has been a year or so that I have been devoting to yet another set of shoes that fill all of my needs.
I’m still not finished.
If the shoe industry was smart, they would run ads inspiring women to get pregnant. Why has nobody pushed this angle before? Pregnancy equals different shoe size, equals big money for new shoes. Get on that, shoe industry. You’re welcome.]]>
Hey, remember last week when I said my computer was fixed?
Well, it wasn’t. Or at least I did something else to piss it off which also had to be fixed, which we really haven’t determined yet. Either way, almost a week on the computer, lost. I was given a laptop to ostensibly use, but I hated the thing so much I just glanced at some headlines, glanced at my emails to see if anything big was happening, and hopped off.
So, apologies and onwards and upwards and all that jazz…
My last poll question was regarding cruises, and the majority of responses (45%) said that they hadn’t and had no desire to. 27% haven’t but would like to, and the next two responses of “yes, and it was great” and “I have, but it wasn’t what it was cracked up to be” were split with 13% each.
I must admit wanting to try cruising at least once. I have my eye on a Disney cruise as soon as my daughter is old enough to stop throwing tantrums, which at this rate might be in five years or so.
Anyhoo, I’ve been shopping a lot lately, and want to know:
A good work friend of my husband’s is having his first baby in July. He and his then-girlfriend were kind enough to send us a gift card when our daughter was born, so of course I am going to get them something.
I’m torn because I know that as a first-time mom, she will definitely need a bunch of “practical” items, some of them she may or may not even know she needs yet.
I sort of pride myself on being the person who can be counted on to get a useful baby gift, rather than some weird baby book that the person might not even like, or things like thick, wintry socks for a baby born in August. Trust me, I’ve seen that.
For some reason, this time I keep leaning towards cute.
I love cute things, but I rarely buy them for babies other than my own.
But my head keeps telling me that I’m being selfish, and to get something that can be used many times, rather than a froggy hooded towel.
It seems that almost all of you are in it for the stuffing, with 48% of the vote. Dessert and alcohol tied at 14% (imagine that) and turkey came in with 11%. Which is suprising because I don’t know all that many people who are crazy about turkey. NOBODY voted for sweet potatoes, which boggles the mind. Your house must not feature the ones my sister makes.
Today I wish to ask your opinion of this rather highly rated shirt from a popular tween store called Justice. I want to warn you that it is made of polyester.
So here is a little guide to help you out a bit.
Buffalo Nickel Tails Side Hand Painted Cuff Links
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for cuff links. When I was a little girl, I remember going through my parents’ jewelry cases and seeing cuff links and having no idea what they were for. These are real Buffalo Nickels and are a nice departure from your boring old black/silver combination.
James Perse Lounge Long Sleeve Crew
My husband used to be the kind of guy who never wanted to spend more than five bucks on a shirt. I kid you not. So on a daily basis for almost twenty years, my eyes have been assaulted with the most ugly, godawful shirts you could ever have the misfortune of seeing. But about six months ago in a sudden moment of clarity, he decided that life was too short to wear crappy shirts all the time. He felt he deserved a little luxury, a little comfort, even when relaxing at home. And indeed, shouldn’t that be when you feel the most comfortable?
Incase Monochrome Soft Touch Slider Case-4G
What would be more appreciated than a wonderful case for his beloved iPhone?
Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT 7″ In-Dash Navigation AV Receiver with iPod/iPhone Control, Bluetooth, Pandora
Make him the envy of everyone in the neighborhood with this uber cool navigation system from Pioneer. It has everything he could ever want, and maybe some things he never even knew he wanted. Until this came along.
Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player
This little device will allow him to watch almost everything he wants on television, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, Pandora, sports, plus more. Enough, in fact, to keep his butt glued to the couch so that you can have some time to do some more online shopping without any pesky questions being asked.
Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control
Sick of having five different remote controls for everything? Then this top-rated baby is the solution. Even better is that he will be so enthralled with this gift, he won’t realize it isn’t just for him, technically. You know, like when he buys you a KitchenAid stand mixer. Sure, you love it, but you won’t be the only one eating the results.
Logitech Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones
Does he do a lot of traveling? Work in a noisy environment? Or does he just have some really annoying neighbors? His ears will thank you forever.
How to Be A Gentleman
Do you have a certain younger male relative who constantly mistakes family gatherings for frat parties? Then this short, quick, and to the point handy dandy guide is just for him. Gently given advice, but sometimes greatly needed.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap
Does he want to be the ultimate man? Of course he does! Then get him this soap!]]>
My daughter is tosser/turner/flipper type of sleeper. She also has pretty much no body fat and gets extremely cold at night, but won’t sleep under covers due to the tossy/turny thing. My solution so far has been to have her wear footed pajamas at night. Well, that worked well until we got to size 3T, when the manufacturers apparently made the decision that they could suddenly stop placing the piece of fabric over the top of the zipper which helps to keep the zipper from digging into the neck. So, her zipper tends to annoy her, which in turn annoys us.
Do you know that in all of the vast Amazon, I could only find ONE 2-piece long sleeve footed pajamas? ONE! Come on now, I know that there are two year olds that are quite big for their age that could totally still be wearing footed pajamas but are ready to start potty training. And do you know what will hamper potty training? Yup, a 1 piece footed pajama!
So clothing manufaturers, what is so hard about making a 2 piece pajama set where the pants happen to have feet? What, I ask?
Also, when my son was about three or four, zip-off pants were everywhere. And I loved them unconditionally. There was nothing not to love, and they especially make sense in the climate we live in, which can be warm in the day, but darn cold at night and in the mornings. But I was only able to buy them for about two years and then, poof! Gone! Never to return!
Sure, I could buy them at a specialty clothing retailer like REI, but I’m not willing to pay that much.
Why do clothing manufacturers hate me so much?
I often bring my son along because he enjoys going, and also because he is forever optimistically thinking I will buy him a cookie or an Icee or something from the food counter.
Him: I need some new toothpaste.
Me: Ok, go pick whichever one you want.
Him: (putting a tube in cart) Ok, I’m taking this one.
Him: No, wait a minute… (goes back to shelf)
Him: I don’t care if it has Disney Princesses on it, I want the Bubblegum flavor.
Now, should I be proud that my nine year old doesn’t care if his toothpaste has the decidedly uncool (for him) Princesses on it, or that in order to get the Bubblegum flavor, you have to get the Princesses?
Me: We need a hand soap refill, choose one for us. I’ll let you decide which scent you like best.
Him: (coming back to cart in record amount of time) Got it.
Me: Oh, what scent did you choose?
Him: I dunno what scent it was, I just picked the pink one. Things that are pink almost always smell good.
Now, should I be concerned about his generalizations about the color pink, or that the scent he actually chose was pink grapefruit, and was the nastiest, most godawful-smelling soap I have ever used in my life?
And does anybody blame me for not taking him to Target with me last night?]]>