Friday, January 27, 2012

Fashion Friday: Pink & Denim

I posted this picture a few days ago. But I just love this outfit so much I couldn't resist. A friend of mine does a Fashion Friday post, with an outfit and tips from her little fashionista and I thought, well, if I'm going to work on my outfits, why not work on Baby 2Flowers too? So here she is!

Dress by Carter's; Tights by Gymboree;
black onsie by The Children's Place; boots by Walmart/Faded Glory
When you're on the go; busy moving product and connecting with customers, you've got to have functional fashion! This super cute jean dress, a Christmas gift from GiGi M., is perfect for looking good and getting things done. An understated black onsie provides great layering options for keeping warm. Colorful tights provide great color contrast as well as protection from winter chills. And Pink cowboy boots are a must for every wardrobe.

A couple of notes:

Those tights are size 2-3 years! Baby 2Flowers is only 1 1/2 years, but they fit perfectly. I hope they last a long time because they are great tights (nice and thick, and not scratchy at all)!

We get lots of compliments on those pink boots. We bought them on our first attempt to hunt a wild Christmas tree when we discovered we'd forgotten to bring any shoes for her at all. You can't have a busy little toddler out in the snowy forest with no shoes! They make just about every outfit even cuter than it started.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I Wore: Bright Blue Tights!

Among many things I have tried after reading about them on Megan's blog Sorta Crunchy is wearing brightly colored tights (she's been wearing and talking about them for at least four weeks now).

Top: Mossimo/Target; Skirt: thrifted; Tights: no brand, hand-me-alongs
Megan participates in What I Wore Wednesday, so every week she talks about an outfit or two that she wore that week. She frequently wears colorful tights, and since I happened to have a pair of bright tights (a hand-me-along from my sisters) I finally decided to wear them. I actually shaved my legs in the middle of winter to wear the tights, which is NOT something I would normally do. I wore this outfit to church. I felt pretty daring, but I also felt really cute.

What is What I Wore Wednesday?

So, this is my first official What I Wore Wednesday post. Hosted by The Pleated Poppy, What I Wore Wednesday is "a weekly linky party for those of us who want to get out of the yoga pants rut and feel a little better about ourselves by putting in a few extra minutes to get dressed in our morning routine."  Huh.  Well, I've only recently started doing the pajamas-and-no-shower-all-day-in-favor-of-being-productive-while-I-have-the-chance, but I have been in a rut with not feeling good about my clothes.

See, none of my tops fit anymore. I'm a nursing mama and all my tops are too small around my bust (so I can't wear a small anymore), or too large around the armpits (so I'm not a medium either), and if they fit okay, then the neckline invariably shows my nursing bra. I don't like that.

After reading Megan's post on The Carefully Curated Closet I realized that I needed to figure out what I wanted to look like (3. The curated closet has a vision) and get clothing that fit my vision (4. The curated closet shops with intention). When Megan mentioned that she followed some style blogs I was floored. Now, I can see my sister, Megan, doing that. But Megan from Sorta Crunchy? I think she is more like me (or me like her) and I'm not the style type. But if Megan from Sorta Crunchy can look at style blogs and feel good in her style, then maybe I can too!

Then in one of her What I Wore Wednesday posts, Megan said "I kind of wish I would have worn a belt over this top. Live and learn. (or more accurately, take outfit photos and learn.)" (emphasis added) and I was impressed to realize that you can learn about how you want to dress by taking photos of yourself.

So between looking for my new style (Not my Humboldt County style. And not my pre-mama-body-student style.) and realizing that taking photos of myself could help I am now attempting to participate in What I Wore Wednesday!

Ta Da!

pleated poppy

P.S. Just in case you lost count, there are three major thought processes or actions that Megan at Sorta Crunchy influenced me on through her blog. And that is just the ones related to clothing. Just in case there was any doubt about whether female bloggers are influential.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Singing about Elephants and Spiders

Running with books can be dangerous. Like running with scissors. At the library Baby 2Flowers pulled a great big book off the shelf and was running around with it when she tripped. The book was almost as tall as Baby 2Flowers and one edge hit the floor before she finished falling while the other edge slammed into her face. She had a big bruise over her eye for about a week and you would think we'd leave the book at the library. But no, we checked it out.

The book Baby 2Flowers found is De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs. I love the songs, and she loves the pictures. The pictures have lots of bright colors and children in them. The songs are Spanish childrens songs, printed with sheet music and English translations.

I was particularly excited to find the song "Los Elefantes" (The Elephants) in this book because I learned it when I was a missionary, but only remembered a few lines of it. It is a wonderfully nonsensical song:
Un elefante se balanceaba  (one elephant balanced)
sobre la tela de una arana,  (on the web of a spider)
Como veia que no se caia  (and when he saw that he didn't fall)
fue a llamar a otro elefante  (he called another elephant)
Then you start the next verse with "dos elefantes..." ("two elephants...") and so on until you're ready to stop, then the third and fourth lines go like this:
Y como veian que si se caian  (and when they saw that they did fall)
No llamaron otro elefantes  (the didn't call any other elephants)
I also found "Los Pollitos" (The Baby Chicks), which my family calls the "Pio Pio song," and "The Isty Bitsy Spider" in the book. We've already re-checked out the book a few times. I don't want to take it back! My goal is to buy this book when we get a piano so we can play the other songs I don't know and sing them. They are so fun!

Sorry about the volume... it is our first video and we don't have a mic yet.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Tupperware Wish

Dear Tupperware,

You know that really big storage container you sell?

No, not the Super Cereal Storer.

No, not the Modular Mate Rectangular 4, either

The REALLY big one, that can hold a ten pound bag of flour or sugar and that is only available online in December. Yeah. I want some of those. Like maybe five of them. Could you sell them in April or June instead of during Christmas? I really appreciate it.

I guess I could buy them for Lost Boy for Christmas, but I'm not sure he would appreciate getting one each year for the next five years.


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

So much to say that is slipping away...

I have had so many things I wanted to say in the past month. I read a whole bunch of books in November and I experimented with homemade body products like crazy in December. And I have opinions that I want to share about everything! I think blog posts almost daily, but writing them is another story and if I don't write them down they slip away.

Life is always busy. When I was in school I always felt like I ought to be doing homework instead of doing other kinds of writing. Now I have room to think about things other than school assignments, but there is no homework time to write in. There is no escaping to the library. There is no hiding out in the bathroom. 2Flowers is running and climbing and pulling EVERYTHING off every shelf she can find. She is also putting her head in front of the computer screen, pounding the keyboard, and walking off with the mouse. Crazy things randomly happen to the computer and sometimes a program (or the whole computer) will suddenly blink out of life. What key combination did she press? I have no idea. I think the computer just got confused.

I know a lot of blogger moms work when their children are sleeping, but if I'm not asleep, neither is 2Flowers (except for right now... amazing!). My daily rhythm is even more upside down than it was when I wrote my Rhythm post. But I have hope. The holiday craziness is over and the associated stresses are gone (mostly... I still have to send out packages to faraway family since I missed getting them out on time). I know that every little step I take to push myself back toward a healthy rhythm helps. By small and simple things do great things come to pass.

P.S. Yes, I waste too much time playing games on Facebook. But I'm only playing one or two!