Headed towards back to the basics living.


A day of Surprises

I am just so excited that I had to share the news! We’re having a girl! Well “most probably” was all the ultrasound tech would say but she pointed out why she thinks the baby is a girl-seemed pretty specific reasons to me.  But I will say we’re keeping 2 or 3 boy names on the back burner-you know, just in case God decides to surprise us. I do think He likes to do that sometimes-just being pregnant right now was a HUGE surprise.

With that said, the first thing we did after finding out (after having lunch, that is) was to go out and buy something girlie. Here’s a couple of the fabrics that we found. DH was so involved. I appreciate the interest and opinions he’s giving out. It’s just so much more fun when somebody else is excited too!

These are set to become bibs! Stay tuned for the finished product sometime soon.

I was a little surprised that we didn’t walk out with any pink though! Of course after leaving Joann’s we did have to take a peak next door at Savers.

Pink PJ's and and USED ORGANIC onesie! For 99 cents!!! Now that is a rare & surprising find in my book!

Definitely found some pink over there and apparently we have high hopes for a good sleeper since we walked out with 2 more sleepers in addition to the 3 we already had. I keep imagining this blissful scene where I get like 6 hours in a row and I arise well-rested and go to my darling unfussy absolutely peaceful little child. Now that would be surprising-from all I’ve been told about babies. But one can dream right?!



An Easy Eco-Friendly Way to Save on Baby Gear

This is from last years' sale-I would guesstimate it was at least twice as big this time or more!

They call it the Mother Load Sale. They aren’t lyin’ either! Rows and rows of seriously cute gently used baby & children’s clothing, toys, bedding and the whole list of baby gear all gathered in one spot. It was an eco-minded, frugalista’s dream come true let me tell you.

I’ve really been struggling to try to  balance my desire for nothing but the best organic chemical-free items for my baby and what my budget will actually allow. It’s a constant tug-o-war. For instance, I really love these Organic Nursing Covers but I think I could make them for less than $10 using this really easy looking tutorial over at Prudent Baby. The fabric wouldn’t be organic but does it need to be? Will I use this item often enough to make the extra $20-25 worth it?

Or what about organic baby clothing? If you’ve looked at prices lately you know that organic clothing is usually twice if not more for the same item. Yes, you usually do get what you pay for but if it’s not there in the budget, it’s not there in the budget. So, I’m currently working on a list of baby gear items that IMO are worth going ahead and paying top dollar for and other items you might be okay to compromise just a little on.

I also think there has to be other alternative ideas to just organic vs. chemical laden items. So that’s where the Mother Load Sale comes in. I love the idea that if I can’t buy something organic, especially clothing or other fabric covered items  then at least I can buy gently used pieces that have been washed many times and hopefully have some of the original chemicals removed. I like to think of it as one more step between my baby and the dreaded toxins. (Insert ominous sounding music here.) It’s also great because when you think about ‘Reducing, Reusing, & Recycling”  this fits two out of the three categories. Waste is reduced because one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure. And resources (such as money & materials) are not being wasted but rather reused in a beneficial way for both parties (the seller and the buyer).

So armed with my parents and oldest sister we set out Saturday morning (along with several hundred other women) to find ourselves some good deals to outfit the baby on the cheap-nothing like making your dollar stretch as far as it will go-Oh, I love it! Here’s some of our finds:

Graco Activity Center, very good condition, purchased by Grandma & Grandpa for $25. Brand new retails for ~$65. Savings: $45

Fisher Price Crib Aquariam. Retails for $35, scored for $15. And it works perfectly! Savings: $20

Board book, such a cute story! Retails for $.01 used on Amazon but you have to pay $3.99 for shipping! Scored for $3. Savings: $.99 but not dealing with shipping and no wait is priceless (to me)!

Sweet baby blue knit hat. The cheapest hats I've found on Etsy retail for $10. Scored for $2. Savings $8 (not including shipping.)

Super soft vintage baby blanket. Similar ones retail for ~$30 on Etsy. Scored for $3!!! Probably my favorite find of the day! Savings:~$27

Here's a closeup of the blanket-just in case you were curious.

I also found a couple of items for my ever diminishing wardrobe.

Pretty cotton sundress from Maternity Motherhood. I refuse to give up comfort for style right now. This fits the bill! Very similar dress retails for $25. Scored for $8. Savings $17.

Pink Motherhood Maternity Top. Retails for $15. Scored for $5. Savings $10.

We also found quite a few other items in great condition but that’s way too many pictures to load! And I’m wouldn’t want to bore you to tears or have you dozing off on me! (We go for perky alert smiles around here!) Have a great day (=


Just One Word

Growing. If I used just one word to describe my life right now, it would be “growing”.

Have you ever looked back at times in your life and thought: “That was my awkward stage,” or “Oh, I remember-that was the Summer we drank iced tea and sat out on the porch for hours doing nothing.” Yeah I know, who has time for that these days, right? But it sure does sound nice anyway. Well, I’m currently in a growing, growing, growing stage. Allow me to provide some pictorial examples if you will. (Been thinking of doing a scrapbook album based upon this. What do you think?)

Growing Belly. (i.e. Growing appetite, i.e. “Feed me Seymour!”) Growing Baby. Growing Family.

16 weeks, 4 days and counting!

Growing grocery bill.

Eek! Someone please tell me how to make this one stop!

Growing list of projects to do before said baby arrives.

Is it actually possible to get all this done before the baby arrives? I'm starting to wonder...

Growing seedlings.

Who'd have thought empty toilet paper rolls could come in so handy?

Second year to attempt herbs. This is a leftover organic apple container. Which I found quite ironic-organic apples in a plastic container. At least it was labeled a 1 for recycling, right?

And next weekend we’ll be adding growing baby chicks to the list. They are finally going to get here! (All 15! DH  is very ambitious these days!)

Can't wait to see how our own dogs react to the new chicks! Monitored closely, of course.

I really could continue….growing love for the weather (sunny and warm!), growing appetite for all things fresh and homegrown, growing gray hair (gotta love 30!)…just growing, growing, growing….

What about you? Got a word that just fits your life right now?


Drumroll Please…..

Oh baby-it’s a baby! A wonderful bouncing, giggling, chubby cheeked little blessing from heaven has found itself headed our way after much ado. And we couldn’t be more excited or more thankful! I had my first ob visit today-it was filled with relief. Relief that everything is going just the way it should be. I don’t remember the last time I was so excited and yet so worried at the same time!

As I write this I find my mind going rather blank, surprisingly. I always thought when the time came I would just be bursting with emotion and words but I find myself rather solemn and just thankful. Thankful for the gift I know I have been given. A gift I wasn’t sure was ever going to grace my doorstep in all honesty. (I’d like to say that having my first child at 30 was exactly how we planned it-but that would be stretching the truth to say the least.) Now that the time is here I just couldn’t be happier-okay, I’m guessing I can be-like say when the little one pops out sometime in the fall and I get to hold him (yes I’ve decided it’s a boy, DH is convinced it’s a girl) or the first time he smiles at me. Aaawwww, I can’t wait!!!!! Where are my kleenex (ahem, my sustainable one-time use hankies)? Yipee!