This March, I turned the big 3-0! Yes, it's true. But instead of a party, all I asked for was an exciting trip... Then I remembered we have a 1 year old. So we carefully evaluated just how big and how exciting... And although he's plenty old enough for grandparent overnight babysitting, being without Rowan an entire week was really going to bring down my level of carefree galavanting (i.e. I might've had panic attacks.) We decided to use our Skymiles for free tickets and keep it in the States, and we planned a trip to drive down to see the Redwoods from Portland.
One day I was in Sephora desperately trying to find a dry shampoo for my "reddish" hair. I couldn't find a product I had once used, and the employee said, "Oh this one will work GREAT for you!" So I blindly trusted and bought it.
It ended up being just the clear kind that doesn't look all white and dusty but also wasn't for dark, brunette hair, and it did not work very well. This set me out to google to find an alternative, and I read that cinnamon with a starch could do the trick. You KNOW with all the pumpkin-baking going on in this household we have cinnamon! So I decided to try it.
Now also -- just to clarify -- there are indeed dry shampoos that exist for redheads. I just needed something that week for my labor hospital bag, and didn't have time or money to go order, test, and possibly be disappointed. So if you're in a pinch like me... keep reading!
Today is Black Friday, and the Christmas shopping season is official! Let me just start this post by saying I am very anti-toy. Okay not really... I know they are necessary for your child's development and happiness, but with a tiny house and Christmas just around the corner, I'm mildly stressing about it! Also, last Christmas was so easy with a 2-month old... we didn't buy him anything! haha.
Fast-forward a year-- Rowan just turned one in October, so we are pretty stocked on toys! I've had the urge to donate half of everything we own, but I already drive Zack crazy with my anxiety-driven purging.
So I was thinking, what toys can we give him that he will like the best and play with the longest? Some pretty schnazzy research a few years ago showed that when kids could make more discoveries on their own with an item, that their playtime was significantly longer. But okay... that still doesn't tell me which toys may be the best for different stages.
Again, I'm no expert, and observing my child is a singular, unique situation... but maybe these picks will help someone navigate picking fewer, better toys!
If I could've only had one type of toy for each stage, this is what I would choose...
Halloween 2013. Zack and I were flying home (to Nashville) from our honeymoon with a group of friendly, cat-ear-wearing flight attendants. Two years later, I have a nap-fighting toddler who finally fell asleep, and I just raided the Halloween candy stash for a Reese's -- the only candy I like/love/regret.
If you missed part one of my honeymoon reminiscing, you can read here where I talked about the crazy ways we ended up having a free trip!
The title of this post is misleading, because I'm not really experienced enough to tell you "how to" do the best European honeymoon by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, I'm just going to recall all that we were able to squeeze into a week and a half without going over our Honeymoon Budget. So who knows, maybe it will help someone as you plan some adventuring. And if you are just here for the outlined itinerary without the stories... scroll down! :)
In honor of our "honeymoon week," I thought I'd post about our 12-day honeymoon in five cities and two different countries... that was free! (Read the full travel journal here.) Okay, I admit it, my post title is a little bit "click bait" material, but I'm really serious that our honeymoon was free (to us). Here's how...
When you say the words "cloth diapering" you most likely get only one of these two types of responses: the "why yes, of course! Help save God's green earth" or the "WHY?! Whyyyy on God's green earth?!" I am completely sold on the idea of cloth diapering, yet when real life gets in the way it can truly seem like the dumbest idea. Therefore, I have invented what I'm calling the lazy parent's guide to cloth diapering. Someone surely has already come up with something similar, but I'm just gonna pretend like I'm unique for one second!
The first part of this idea I credit to myself (haha!), because I have been known to be somewhat of an obsessive recycler/waste-hater. The second part I credit to my mom, because she is all about doing what you need to do to keep things clean and organized (even if it means using some paper plates so your party clean-up is more efficient -- or something like that.) Then the third part I credit to Zack, because he has helped me to become more of a "baby steps" type of person rather than the all-or-nothing perfectionist that I used to be. OKAY OKAY, I'll get to the point already...