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A whopping 76% of you disapproved of this mother’s choice to include her daughters in her homebirth, despite their wishes otherwise. I agree with you. In her story she says she didn’t “have the time” to make alternate plans for her daughters when her labor began. That is a poor excuse, as it was obvious they didn’t want to be involved, and I’m going to say that 99.9% of mothers make alternate plans for siblings, even for a planned homebirth. Everything going perfectly is not always a guarantee, and there should always be a backup route in case something goes wrong. And if there are mothers who don’t at least have a plan B, then shame on you. Maybe you should get your parenting license revoked.

Today, I’m taking a fashion tack, as Heidi Klum has introduced a new activewear line for New Balance, with a few of the designs coming from Andy, a Project Runway contestant.  Nothing like free designs, eh Heidi?  The outfits, pictured above, run from about $98.00 for the pants, and around 170.00 for the dress and hoodieThe top is $118.00.

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Spike Gives It Four Paws Up!

I was at a rather high-end toy store not too long ago, and I was looking for a ball for my daughter.  I had made some out of wadded-up aluminum foil, which she loved, so I was looking for something a bit less homemade.  Not that there’s anything wrong with homemade, but I just wanted a ball that was actually a ball. So shoot me.

Anyhoo, I happened upon something called a Wiggly Giggly ball at this store.  When you roll the ball, it has squeakers inside of it that move as it rolls, thus creating very amusing “squirk” and “squork” sounds.  I thought my daughter would enjoy the added bonus of the squeaks, so I went ahead and bought it.

Well, we all liked it so much, I was about to do a specific post on it, recommending it for one and all.

Little did I know, this toy was REALLY for one and all.

You see, as the great Google showed me, the Wiggly Giggly ball is primarily a dog toy.

On Amazon, the reviews mostly say stuff like, “Choppers really gets a kick out of the squeaks!” and “Buster can hardly stop rolling this ball around the yard!”

Even all the YouTube videos are ones with dogs:

So great, Mother of the Year over here bought her daughter a product intended for dogs. Granted, mine does not have little dog paws all over it, which would have been a dead giveaway, but how was I to know?  I figured the rich people who normally populate that type of store would be averse to purchasing a dog toy for their precious offspring.

Next time I’m looking for a new toy for my daughter, I’ll skip the pricey toy store and hit Petco instead.

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

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.

Monday Teeny Poll

 

Well, it seems as if a combination of plot and celebrities is the most popular way to decide if you will spend your hard-earned money at the movie theater. I have a hard time seeing a movie when I dislike one of the main stars (i.e. Julia Roberts, as of this day, I still have not seen Erin Brokovich). The next most popular was from the previews, which doesn’t help me at all because I rarely get to watch television, and I haven’t seen a movie in a theater in ages.

Today I want to talk about shopping. Who doesn’t love a productive shopping session?

Sales, Sales, and More Sales

$7.99 and under Juniors at Macys.

Lancome free 7 piece gift with 32.50 purchase.

Spend $60 at Beauty.com and get $10 off.

Take 25% off all Tom’s of Maine products at Drugstore.com.

At Hanna Anderssen, get free shipping on orders over $100.

Also at Hanna Anderssen, select items are on sale for back to school!

Monday Teeny Poll

Aaand we have a winnah for favorite cold drink- iced tea! I just so happen to love iced tea, and drink it pretty much every day. I brew my own in my handy-dandy iced tea maker, and take it straight, no sugar. I used to have a Diet Coke addiction, and then I found out you can use it to clean your tile grout, and from that point on, I didn’t feel right about drinking it. Water and soda tied for second with 12% of the vote.

I personally hate water. As in plain water. Yeah, I know I need to to live and all that, but I hate how it tastes. Which is like nothing. Which is why I hate it. OK, wait, where was I? I have a feeling I could go on like this for quite a while.

Oh yes, this week’s poll question.

It seems that for some stores, the holiday season can’t come fast enough.

Food Not Found in Nature

In my never-ending quest to expand my son’s dietary repoirtoire, I took him to the grocery store.  He still seems to eat the same ten or so things, and I’m trying to get his portfolio a bit more diversified.

We trekked through the entire store, with no luck.  I would suggest items, only to have them rejected.

Fine.  I know better than to try to force someone to eat something.

Finally we reached the freezer aisle, and again, nothing caught his eye.  Until, that is, we reached the very last case.

At the bottom of it, rather fittingly, were these:

“Ooooh, Mom!” he said excitedly, “I want to try those!”

Now, I am well aware that there is no anatomical part of a chicken lableled “nugget” but for some strange reason, my mind rebelled against this particular incarnation of pressed, formed chicken meat.

To have chicken rings in my freezer would feel oh-so-very-wrong.

I stand by my decision to ban them from our house completely.

Hanna Andersson Sale!

For great prices on polos, tees, jeans, and more, go here!

For bargains on backpacks and lunch pails, go here!

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