Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A few of my favorite things

I buy a lot of unusual things off of the internet. Sometimes this is a good thing sometimes it’s not! Whenever I go to Wal-Mart I get strange looks from people asking me where I got my car seat and stroller. So I thought I would make a list of some of my favorite purchases/sites.

1. Lucy’s car seat. LOVE IT! The actual seat is a little big (Graco Snugride) but the cover is the BEST! Now before you’ll comment about manufacture safety and such... it’s flame resistant, a million times cuter than the manufacture cover and I have taken it off 5 times to wash it and this thing still looks fabulous . My mother, Lucy and I were in a car accident which totaled my parent’s car and I think Lucy was the only one not even slightly injured so it definitly holds up. I purchased it at http://www.nolliecovers.com/ its baby girl Paris print and I also got the matching blanket for the full set. I love it so much I think I will get the Mimi Mouse toddler cover this summer.

2. The bugaboo chameleon stroller in denim. I do love it as an all purpose stroller. Now it does have its drawbacks don’t get me wrong , it’s heavy, if you take it in the car it takes up a lot of room, and it has two, sometimes three pieces. However that said it rides and drives like a DREAM. The turn radius is incredible and I love the height adjustment on the handle. We took the bassinet portion down when Lucy was 3 months and now use the regular seat. The bassinet was great when she was a newborn in the hot summer months I felt it was cooler for her to lay in than her car seat would have been in a regular convertible stroller. I also own the Graco carseat conversion set (piece #3) which makes it easier to go from the car to the stroller. I love this stroller and think it will not only last for Lucy but for our next child as well. A pricey investment, but absolutely worth every penny.

3. The Beaba Babycook . I am trying to start Lucy off eating healthy (some days are better than others). I love the babycook because it’s just 3 easy steps: cut up the veggie or fruit to a size that will fit into the basket, steam and puree. I then freeze the food in ice cube trays so I have equal portion sizes. I really can’t convey how easy and how much cheaper than buying jarred food it really is. Lucy’s favorites have been squash, apples and banannas. Some not so successful fare have included sweet potatoes, carrots, and green beans.

She likes it too!

4. My diaper bag; the Pink Lady by Petunia Pickle Bottom boxy backpack. Alright, I will admit that I made an expensive mistake when I bought my previous diaper bag. It was a Juicy diaper tote. It was like a black hole, bottomless pit, Mary Poppins bag. I couldn't find anything in it most of the time. The Pink Lady has not let me down so far. It has so many compartments for organization and storage. I love the fact that there is a completely different section of the bag for diapers and wipes with a changing pad that is attached but it can also be easily removed. I also love that the color goes with the rest of my stuff.

5. The red door consignment shop http://www.reddoorconsignments.com/. Lucy, like most babies, outgrows stuff sooo fast. I buy a lot of her clothing at my local consignment shop. I turn in stuff she has outgrown to gain credit to buy new stuff, so I hardly have to give them money. They are super picky about what they take. (The Juicy bag went there for the next unsuspecting first time mom!) They carry a lot and I mean a lot of name brand clothing, like Gymboree, Gap, and Pottery Barn Kids, for a fraction of the cost. I got an outfit that Gymboree still had in stores for 90% off what I would have paid for it at the retail store.

Recent Red Door Purchases

6. Esty if you don’t know about this site you have been living under a rock! No really it is great; Esty.com. I mostly buy hair bows but I have been branching out lately to other items.

Alot of Lucy's Esty Bows

7. This is my husband’s favorite, Pampers diapers. I went cheap one time and bought the store brand and boy did I regret it. I almost ruined 2 pairs of pants with blowout diapers (totally negating the savings). Pampers are soft and fit Lucy wonderfully right now that she is just a sitter and not a crawler. I may reassess when she starts to crawl. They also have a pee pee strip for squimish hubbies.

8. The Medela Pump in Style backpack. This is the reason I still nurse Lucy after almost 7 months. For the first few weeks of her life I think this was the best purchase I made. If I was sore I could take a break from nursing and pump and it never compromised my supply. It is super quick and easily carried anywhere. When I had to go back to work for two weeks it was great, however, I do think people began to wonder what in the world that noise was in the bathroom of the airplane! TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY.

9. Baby Einstein Jumperoo. Lucy spends at least two hours a day in it. Does that make me a bad mom? Andy and I took her to the store to “test drive” them. This was the second one we put her in. When I took her out she cried, no really. I put her in the fisher price one and she just stared at the Baby Einstein. Well it was an easy decision from there. I love that I can change the toys up on it to keep her attention from day to day. The one drawback is our dogs really like it too! There new favorite pass time is to try to remove the toys from the hooks (they have already ripped up two of them at about fifteen bucks a pop. So dog owners, either buy cheaper toys or keep the pups away).

10. The Graco Infant car seat swing frame. Lucy lived in this swing the first 3 months of her life. It was the ONLY way I could get her to sleep. I love it because it is so small and it folds so easy. In my tiny house, space is at a premium and the fact that it could be placed in a closet for storage sold me on it right away. It is also wonderful when we have been out in the car to be able to come back and place the car seat on the swing so she can finish her nap without any interruption. A MUST HAVE.

11. Lucy’s room. I won’t go into extreme detail about it; I will leave that for another post. I adore her crib, chair and other furniture.


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