Sunday, February 24, 2008

Not our parents' diapers

At a baby shower this weekend, the subject of cloth diapers came up. I know it's kind of a hot topic, at least here, where I'm constantly inundated with "going green" talk. Later that day I saw this post on MommyKnows and was pretty impressed with the 21st century high-tech cloth diaper shown. This isn't the square cloth secured with safety pins as in our parents' day! The price is pretty hefty, but I think at some point I'd like to try cloth diapers. Not now - I'd never hazard doing so without my own washing machine, but I think it would be nice not to have to chase diaper sales/coupons and do my small part in NOT contributing to those HUGE piles of trash on the sidewalks on Thursday nights in my neighborhood. So momfriends, what do you think? Would you ever use cloth diapers?

MommyKnows and (a great place to shop and learn about cloth diapers) are hosting the bumGenius 3.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper Give Away.Go on over and comment and be entered to Win one of two bumGenius 3.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Snow Dump 08!

I LOVE when it's snowing and I don't have to go anywhere outside. Right now we're getting some huge flakes. I was tagged by Ellen to list the first ten songs on my mp3 player shuffle. I got a Zune for Christmas, with speakers, which is essential for me since I rarely walk around listening to an mp3 player anymore. Keeping track of pacifiers, diapers, phone, hairbows, coupons, metrocards, Cheerios, stroller shields and my own sanity while I'm on the go is enough for me, though I admit having it with me on the train between 59th St. and 125th St. would probably make that eternal stretch much more bearable.

1. Girl Like That - Matchbox 20
2. American Girls - Counting Crows
3. You've Got a Way - Shania Twain
4. I Asked When - Brett Dennen
5. What Kind of Love are You On - Aerosmith (Armageddon soundtrack)
6. Invisible City - Wallflowers
7. One Good Love - Rascal Flatts
8. Come Down - Toad the Wet Sprocket
9. Ride a White Horse - Goldfrapp
10. Backseat of a Greyhound Bus - Sara Evans

I tag Lachelle and Heidi.
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Extra Extra

We love the shuttle bus, which operates every now and then when there is subway construction on the weekends. Though we can't take the stroller on board, it is a free and quick trip to church. Charlotte has been doing great at church, playing with friends and entertaining the gospel essentials class.

She's also started waving hello and goodbye, especially to Helaman when he comes and goes.

Things I'm Grateful for this Week:

Valentine's Day! Helaman always gives me the best cards. I found him a jar of Jelly Bellys at Columbia's bookstore. I also found a soda-bottle-shaped container of jellies, all Dr. Pepper flavored. Nice I didn't have to go all the way to Dylan's Candy Bar! We got to go out to eat too, and came home to find her giving her babysitter a hard time about going to bed by banging on the walls and bouncing around her crib.

Chipotle. We bought a $10 giftcard and in doing so scored a free burrito for our next visit, which was the next day. When H reminded them about the free burrito, they said they'd give both burritos to us for free.

Cinnamon Rolls. I made some using brown cinnamon sugar as suggested by Bon Appetit magazine and was very pleased with the result. Not so pleasing: waking up this morning to find only one left.

Sleep in Sunday. Helaman gets up with Charlotte on Sundays, which is heaven, and the only reason I forgive him for eating all (but one) of the cinnamon rolls.

Young World. Disappointed with The Children's Place in our neighborhood and its lack of sales, we stopped in Young World and I was very impressed at the variety of baby stuff they had despite the reggae tone music blasting. Who knew? We got Charlotte a sippy cup she learned to use immediately.

Recently they started selling Earth's Best Organic baby food for cheaper than the regular stuff at our local grocery stores. Particularly tasty: Split Pea Soup and Butternut Squash Bisque. A nice change from plain ol' Chicken Noodle Dinner, not that Charlotte was complaining...

Building Playgroup. With the nasty weather we had this week, it was great to not have to leave the building to hang out with other moms.

Boxes. Found some awesome big, clean ones in the trash room. I'm collecting them for our move.

Other people's blogs. I love them!! Keep it up!!

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Friday, February 08, 2008

adventures in new york

Anyone ever watch the game show Shop 'Til You Drop? I really felt like I was on this show on this week! Two friends and I rented a car to go shopping at Costco and a grocery store one evening. We had to have the car back in 3 1/2 hours, so after traffic that left just a small portion of the time you really need actually in the store for shopping. It was hilarious pushing those monster carts around like a madwoman, swerving around old ladies and people lackadaisically gazing at the yogurt - all to hunt down the real treasures like deli meats and diapers. Ah... good times. Disclaimer: I've never actually seen the aforesaid game show, but I have heard of it and did feel like dropping once I got home.

Charlotte loves being up on her feet lately...

...but hasn't quite gotten the hang of her walking toys. Don't you love the socks and shoes yet pant-less look? Me too.

Monday, February 04, 2008

sleepy girl(s)

too tired to complete the escape attempt

This year we have 1pm church. Yesterday, we got home at 4:45pm (yes - it takes 45 minutes to go 2.4 miles on weekend subways) and Charlotte went to bed and slept until 7:30am! She did get up at 5am for some quick milk. The late church has made me a little more organized though, in making dinner before we leave because when we get home I'm exhausted. Yesterday I made some yummy Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells that I saw Giada make on the Food Network. They are delicious and are perfect for making ahead of time or even freezing.