We put the nursery valances on Freecycle. I got those when I was pregnant with Rob, from one of the parents at the daycare I used to work at. Her in-laws bought her a new nursery set for her second baby, and she still had the set for her first baby (the baby I took care of at the daycare), so she gave it to me. It was sepia with a pattern of antique toys. At some point I gave away the quilt, and then the bumper and sheets, but the valances were still up. When we moved the rooms around, I took them down.
My buddy Kelsey is doing the March of Dimes Walk this year. Three years ago, Kelsey was on hospital bed rest for a month; her son Michael was born at 31 weeks. I did my college internship for the March of Dimes, and they can take credit for my subsequent years of folic acid purchases. They're good peeps, and if you want to donate some money toward their quest to reduce premature births, I hope you'll donate it through Kelsey's walk fund. (Here's her post on the topic, for more info/background.)
I found JJust Kidding's post about handling a meltdown extremely satisfying, I think because it ran the whole gamut of maternal emotions and then put in some well-placed curse words and a Sylvia Plath reference. ("Ran the whole gamut of emotions," by the way, is a phrase I'm using in a copy-and-paste sort of way. I don't know what a gamut is, but from hearing the phrase in other contexts I think I'm using it correctly here. However, this is probably how phrases like "for all intensive purposes" get going.)
Look at this awesome leaf-print quilt made by Melissa and her daughter.
Two Shoes Studio is doing a postcard project, so you KNOW I signed right up. She's sending postcard-sized ART, and you can see the cute fluffy little chick she just did, which has a facial expression that amuses me, and you can also see the postcard _I_ received, which is even better in person.
The Diniwilks has a PSA about removing the headrests in a Honda CRV to make room for the car seat, which you'd think would not be interesting to read unless you had (1) a Honda CRV and (2) a car seat that didn't fit right with the headrests---and yet I read the whole thing, rapt.
From the review blog: La Crème coffee creamer review, with a $100 Visa gift card giveaway. Ends March 31.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...