Things I Love

  • My little Boo, of course.
  • My husband who gave them all to me

Thank you Mr. Bubbas!


Monkey Conspiracy

We go to the thrift store at least a few times a month.  I get most of Boo’s clothes there and also manage to scare up other things as well.  Sometimes I find a ton of stuff and sometimes we just walk out with a few things.  My favorite are the post-holiday sales where all the clothing is 50% off.  Sean teases me about how excited I am when the thrift store is half off – MY FAVES!

So now that Boo is older and can ride in the cart seat, he likes to point at things and even grab stuff sometimes.  The thrift store we currently frequent has shelves on top of the clothing racks where toys and stuffed animals sit.  I am not exaggerating when I say that Boo manages to find a monkey almost every time we go.  Not just any stuffed animal or toy, a monkey specifically.  This kid is really in to monkeys. How he manages to spot a monkey in a big heap of toys and stuffed animals is beyond me.

The good part is that since it is a thrift store, they never cost more than a few bucks.  That is extra good because I am really not interested in prying a plush monkey out of a screaming child’s hands.  We went yesterday and he found this guy, which he clutched the entire way through the store.

I should mention that since I am a bit of a clean freak, the stuff we bring home from the thrift store always gets a good scrub.  In the case of stuffed animals, however, it is more of an individual thing.  Boo tends to like Beanie Babies and since the crazy from the 90’s is pretty much over, the thrift store is chock full of them (at 50 cents a piece I might add).  Beanie Babies are SUPER easy to wash in the washing machine (no dryer).  Because they are more beans than stuffing, they dry out fast and the fur stays soft.  Some of the ones we come home with still have tags and if the tags are in good shape, then I assume they were just on display and I don’t always wash them.  My sister is gagging right now because she is UBER worried about bed bugs.  I am less so, I guess.

Here is our complete collection…

He was screaming at me while I took this picture because he wanted the monkeys.  Boo hoo.

Learning Tower Love

I love our Learning Tower!  Pretty much every other baby gear item has annoyed me in some way and I can’t wait to be done with all of it.  The Learning Tower is great, though, and we couldn’t wait to get it.  Boo loves to see what we are doing/working on and was not happy to play with toys on the kitchen floor while I was cooking.  Since so much of my day is spent in the kitchen, it made sense to invest in something that would allow him to participate and me to cook without hearing whining.  We actually asked for it for his birthday and my parents got it for him – thanks!

I originally saw it here and thought it looked like a neat contraption, but I didn’t have a kid at the time, so I didn’t really “get it”.  I totally see the value now because Boo can see what it going on in the kitchen and while he can’t really help much yet, he does like to splash in the sink and dig in the drawers.  I would much rather have him participate in what I am doing, when possible, and learn about food/cooking than be on the floor just wondering what I am up to all the time.

Hot Tip: Costco currently has the best deal on these suckers – they are not cheap.  It killed me that this thing cost so much since I am the queen of getting things used and/or cheap, but I scoured Craigslist and they disappeared in record time if they were under $100, so it didn’t seem realistic to get a used one.  Also, I figured that we will get daily use out of it for our kid(s) and then sell it later to recoup some cash.

Nursery Lamp

While browsing the IKEA site in preparation for my trip last night, I found this super cool lamp that is perfect for the nursery.

I originally fell in love with this lamp in orange, but couldn’t really think of a good place to put it.  At the time I first admired it, I had no idea it had a dimmer feature.


Fast forward to yesterday when I am browsing through the lamps looking for ones with a dimmer function for the nursery.  Come to find out, this lamp which I have always loved has a dimmer and it is the cheapest lamp ($30) IKEA sells with a dimmer – bonus!  Well that sealed the deal except that I decided the striped version would work better in the nursery since I want all the injection of color I can get.


It is actually a pretty sizable table lamp, which is good because it fits really well on top of the white Lack side table I picked up last night.  This lamp uses 2 40w bulbs so at its brightest it can light the room, but you can dial the light down very easily with the dial dimmer switch – perfecto!

Nursery Plan

My mother-in-law painted our nursery and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!  We used SW Gleeful and it is just perfect!  It looks like such a fresh new room now with new carpeting and a fresh coat of cheery paint.


It looks a bit brighter in the room than this swatch looks on my monitor, but you get the idea.  Chartreuse is my favorite color and I knew it would be easy to accesorize with blue or pink, although we are not very gender specific anyway…   The crib and dresser/changing table will be white.  The crib has been a bit of a fiasco, but that is for another post.  For now, though, I will show you the other pieces in my plan.

We will use this dresser with a pad on top for changing.  I think it will be a bit handier and more useful later than a traditional dedicated changing table.


For a nursing chair, I had originally purchased a glider from Craigslist with the intention of recovering it.  The more I think about it, though, the more I think that I could just as easily repurpose a chair from the living room – with a new cushion of course.  I only paid $20 for the glider, so I am certain I can easily re-sell it for at least what I paid if not a little more.


I think the navy will be a nice crisp compliment to the bright green walls and the other white furniture.

I am also eying this side table so that I will have somewhere to put a lamp.

22519_PE107398_S3I would like to keep it simple in the room without a lot of clutter so that there is plenty of free floor space to set up a play mat or to pull out books and toys once the baby is older.

For decoration, I like the idea of these floating shelves for a dynamic display of pictures, stuffed animals, and trinkets.


That is all I have for now – more on the crib later.  Fingers crossed!

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