Thursday, June 7, 2018


Three or so months ago Kaitlin sent me a link to get a free top with this company (Universal Standard) that specializes in nice plus-size clothing, but also stocks sizes down to 6 or something (which I find very funny, but whatever, it works for them!).

I did the clicking, the entering, and got a free top in the mail a few days later.

The top was $50. Unless it's for a specific occasion that I have to buy it for, not a price I'm likely to match with my own hard-earned-by-my-husband cash.

Except guess what you guys.

I freakin love this shirt.

I talked to Kaitlin. She freakin loves her shirt too.

It's drape-y in a good way. It's modest. It's comfy. It feels good. It looks good.

The only thing it hasn't done is stand the test of time, since we only got them a short while ago.

What to do, what to do.

On the flip side, I bought 4 tops from H&M on a Black Friday sale for $3/piece with free shipping right after having Spencer. Thought they were awesome. After 6 months of wearing them (and washing them in garment bags, and never drying them), they are pilling all over, 2 of them are lopsided and are constantly having to be pulled back over to be balanced around my neck and not show my bra. One was permanently stained within hours of putting it on, and unfortunately I cannot fault the company for that. They need to be thrown away.

How do you balance quality with cost?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Best Baby Thing That I Never Knew About But Maybe You Did and You Didn't Tell Me Okay

It's a Nuby product, meant for introducing solid foods at 10 months + without the risk of choking.

But I popped some frozen mango in that puppy, and bam - teething solution. This baby was all over it and sobbed each time I took it away to put a fresh and frozen piece in it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Current Etsy Thoughts

Writing these down to get both feedback and a place to remember them:

Pioneer Trek clothing

Handmade faux chenille blankets

Paci clips

....For one day when my kids don't need me 24/7 and I have a separate craft room. ;)

Feel free to add your own thoughts, feedback, criticisms, aspirations, daily musings, etc.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Guys I've been de-cluttering like crazy and

Thank you. Pretty much EVERYONE I talked to who had any remotely decent gap in age between their children of the same gender expressed disappointment with their decision to save clothing.

So guess what?

I did it!

I'm getting rid of it all!

I've gone through everything and separated it into donate, offer to friends, and take to consignment piles. Unfortunately I can only take 10 items per week to consignment, so it's all in a big bag, but hey - it's all in a big bag that will go away over the next month or so! I have a storage bucket filled with all the nice winter clothing, to be consigned at the end of summer when they start accepting those items. And if something crazy happens and we move before that happens, I will simply sell them on eBay in huge lots. Yep.

Feels good to get rid of it all.

Saturday, April 28, 2018


I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but thanks anyway for reading.

Around 18 months ago, Caleb decided to drastically change his diet to get healthier. And it worked. Eating whole food, plant-based was a crazy good decision for him, and he lost a lot of weight quickly, and had energy, was happier, etc.

But the second he told anyone about it (save a few people here and there), he would immediately be flooded with accusations such as, "But what about protein?!"; "You don't need to lose weight."; "You're just losing muscle"; "You're going to waste away; your body is eating itself!"

Yep. He was being hounded for eating vegetables.

I know most people probably didn't have mal-intent here, but isn't it crazy how misinformed we are as a population, how essential we've been led to believe meat and dairy are to our bodies?

Now, I couldn't care less if you eat meat or eat ice cream.

I eat ice cream. And meat. And yeah, Caleb's fallen on and off the plant-based wagon a few times.

It's just absolutely crazy how, rather than praise and support, so many people were worried and upset with him, as if his decision to try to be more healthy were hurting them.

He was absolutely eating more food than anyone in the rest of the house, possibly combined. But it was food that was good for you. He has always been super considerate as well - while I have incorporated his diet into the family's as a whole, he has never pressured me to go out of my way and prepare food for him - he makes his own meals unless I let him know that what I'm making will be within those same guidelines.

He started his diet by just eating potatoes. Just potatoes. For 2 weeks. I don't know that I would do it, but it reset his palate and helped stop all the cravings. What's funny is some people immediately talked about how bad potatoes are for you. Even I thought they were a waste of food. Yet less than one minute on Google can prove to you otherwise. One Google search! Why had I never thought of this? I let things I had assumed trump actual information just sitting there in cyberspace.

A week or so ago, an old once-friend of mine posted on Facebook that her husband had to do an elimination diet due to some health problems....once she listed the things he couldn't eat she was basically in crisis mode and didn't know what on earth she could make for her husband?!

I can understand that overwhelming feeling of something new, but seriously - other than the elimination of nuts, the diet she described was a plant-based diet. Over the last 18 months it has become clear to me how much you can still eat when eating plant-based. It's a lot! There are a lot of foods that grow out there, peeps!

But I was so sad at the swarms of people who didn't express sympathy (which is still appropriate), but rather, expressed absolute horror for her, laughingly suggested that he just drink water for the next 6 weeks, didn't know how they would survive, said it wasn't worth it, etc.


FYI: There are tons of foods that are not meat that have plenty of protein. And calcium. Even though I know you know this, it's worth repeating.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Ok, my grumpy side is here again.

I'm confident I've been just as guilty about this as the next person, but this (I think) recent change in language drives me bonkers:

"I got an invite to that party."

"Give me your address if you want an invite for our wedding!!!"

"Sending out invites today!!!"

When did people quit using the word invitation?

That is all.