1. Thanks for your sweet comments on the Day in the Life posts. (The last part will be up tomorrow.) They are time-consuming to do but I am always so glad to look back on them. Everything changes so fast with a baby/toddler. That's both a good thing and a bad thing! Finn is in a fairly easy stage right now but I'll be happy to trade in some of our current challenges (potty training, listening or lack there of) for new ones, even though those come with learning curves of their own.
2. The learning tower that we have for Finn was made from these Ana White plans. I got a couple of questions about it. My husband is pretty handy but he says it wasn't that difficult to make. We decided not to make it folding (it's an option in the plans) because even folded it takes up quite a bit of room to store so we just kept it simple. It's not really as bulky to have in the kitchen as I'd imagined though, and we have a tiny kitchen.
|on the highest platform setting at 18 months|
|on the 2nd platform setting at 26 months|
3. The bibs Finn is wearing in the cooking pics and picnic pics are the Bumkins Bibs
in the Junior size. We have three, including two of the Keith Haring designs which are especially cute.
4. One more question from the Day in the Life Posts... Finn's favorite iPad apps right now (26 months) are Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, Toca Doctor, Elmo Loves ABCs (this has been a longstanding favorite for awhile now... definitely worth the $5), and Montessori Matching Board. We also get quite a bit of use out of the (free) PBS kids app, My Zoo Animals Search and Find, and Potty Time with Elmo. The shape puzzle he's playing in the post is from Toy Tangram which I think is just okay, but he does like doing that one puzzle in it over and over. He is not allowed a ton of time with the iPad, but I have no shame letting him use it in the mornings so that I can take a shower and also when I have to drag him to doctors appointments.
5. This past Christmas I was introduced to Lush products for the first time and I have to say I'm obsessed. I just went without the Ocean Salt Scrub for the first time in months and I don't want to do it again. My skin has seriously never looked better. I've been using the Therapy Massage Bar on my belly instead of the belly butter I used with my first pregnancy on the recommendation of someone at Lush and it's amazing. She said the Neroli oil in it has been proven to improve skin texture and tone... also it smells amazing. I can also vouch for their Dream Cream and Cuticle Butter. I have to say I've been impressed with everything I've tried from there and it just seems a lot higher quality than most products I've used recently. Just so you know, I'm not getting paid to say this (although hey Lush I will happily take anything free you want to send my way).
6. The Honest Company is really pushing the cuteness levels with their new diaper patterns...have you seen them? They are tempting this cloth diaper loving mom, especially with the new anchor and peacock patterns (a boy could rock these, no?)... AND the 4th of July one? I just ordered a pack for our summer vacation to Maine; these are definitely my go-to disposable diaper for trips. On the advice of my friend Marisa I also decided to try some of their home and beauty products... I'm especially interested in trying their natural bug spray. I'll do a review when they arrive if anyone is interested.
Have a Happy Wednesday, friends!