Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The other super-duper major thing (other than my impromptu kitchen makeover) that I crossed off the to-do list was getting this baby a carseat. We decided even before we were pregnant that we wanted to sell our Graco travel system and get and seat compatible with our BOB stroller but one that was smaller and only usable for up to 22lbs. After trying to sell it for months and getting not a single inquiry, the opportunity came up for us to donate the set (and some other big baby items) to a local mom who didn't have the means to get what she needed for her baby, who is due around the same time as my bambino. We had been looking for a new carseat for months and couldn't find one that we liked that was compatible with our BOB. We fell in love with the Maxi Cosi Mico seat (which is second best rated by Consumer Reports) and decided we'd just make it work with our stroller. We tried looking used and ended up finding one about two hours north of here. It was just a year old and had a small bleach stain on it but she was asking $100 less than the retail price at Toys-R-Us. Then we started looking new in the states and figured with the free shipping they were offering, we could ship it to a friend of my mom's (who was making a trip over here) for about the same price as the used one once we factored in how much in gas it would cost us to drive up there and back. THEN, we found out it was illegal to use a carseat purchased in the USA in Canada. So it really felt like we were back a square one and with finances seeming to get tighter ever week, we were really trying to figure out how to make this work. Then my husband remembered that a few weeks before I had, on a whim, checked our AirMiles balance and had quite a number available. So we checked to see if we could redeem them for Toys-R-Us gift certificates, which we found out we couldn't. But we could get HBC gift cards. So we called The Bay and to our delight, were told they stock the seat in the color we wanted. Yay. So we ordered all of the cards we could with the AirMiles we had and they came in the mail just over a week later, on Thursday. So I called to double check that they had one in stock before I drove an hour there and found out they had one left. The lady told me she would put it aside. I got a all back from her about 10 minutes later and she had checked the stock room to find them didn't have any ones in boxes, just the floor model. I told her that wasn't a problem and that I would be in the next morning. I got to the store and found the women I'd been speaking with, we checked out the seat and then she proceeded to inform me that because it the seat was the floor model, it was on sale for $35 the regular price. I was floored! We got to the till and after the cashier rang through my five gift cards, I asked her if she could check my HBC rewards card for anything I could redeem. She came back and said that there was $10 worth and took that off the price as well.......so when the dust settled, I took home a brand new seat for $60 when it should have cost me over $250.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Not gonna lie....I actually got up in the middle of the night just to see what it looked like again. My husband mentioned how stark it looked (because we were so used to lots going on) so I spent Denay's whole naptime yesterday rearranging and doing my best to lessen the starkness without adding the same amount of busyness back into the room.
All that being said......I l.o.v.e it.
We were sitting at dinner on Thursday night and I told Trevor how much calmer I felt with the new color. It's a big change and I've had moments where I feel like I might have just whitewashed the room but it feels cleaner and crisper and much more tidy but still has some color and personality.
What do ya'll think??
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Notice Denay's hand in each picture.
She sat down knowing she needed to sit still and she really didn't move....an inch.
She was so very proud of her ladybug face.....and I love her.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
After my big kitchen overhaul, standing back to admire my work, I realized I now had an overwhelming urge to repaint my kitchen the same cream as the dishes......grrrreat.
Problem being, the only paint I ever want to use anymore is the Benjamin Moore Natura paint. It's low VOC and covers perfectly in two coats. It's also really expensive. So if there are any Benjamin Moore employee's reading this, hook a sister up!
I think I'll still eventually do it, just maybe in the the new year.....but don't you worry, when I do, you'll know about it!
Thanks M&D for the fabulous new dishes.....we kinda, sorta love them.....