Big big booty (sale), you’ve got a big booty…

sperry

If you’re like me, you’ve fought the booty trend for the past year or so and have failed to take the leap. I mean, they just look funny. It’s like someone took a riding boot and hacked it off at the ankles. Ick.

However, in my attempt to be more open-minded and continue to invest wisely in my professional wardrobe, I think this is the pair that will have me taking the just-above-ankle-high plunge. What I like about them is that they resemble traditional boots in shape, but are definitely still a booty. They’re like a transition boot for naysayers like me.

I’ve visited this pair online for the past five days and it has slowly grown on me. I trust the brand (Sperry). I like that they aren’t synthetic. I like that they’d be cute with leggings at work or with jeans at home (if I ever get out of pjs on the weekend). They’re $89.90 shipped from Nordstrom, which beats Sperry’s own price of $99.99.

I found this deal on my daily email from bradsdeals.com, which I highly recommend to any bargain shoppers. I’ve seen top brands, such as Ugg and FitBit, highly discounted and 100-percent genuine.

For those of you hoping for deals for your kiddos, keep checking back as I countdown to Gymboree’s January Gymbucks redemption. If you’re a rewards member, you get early bird access on January 14. If not, January 15 is your day. What are Gymbucks? Look for a future post or comment here and I’ll explain. They’ve fully clothed my children for the past five years — without breaking my less-than-$10-per-item rule! 🙂

You want to hang a drip pan in the playroom?

Baby Bear exploring his new magnet board.
Baby Bear exploring his new magnet board.

If you have children under the age of 5 and you spend any time at all on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen the DIY “Drip Pan Magnet Board” project many times. When I was pregnant with Baby Bear, I pinned the project knowing of course that it would be some time before he’d be ready! Baby Bear is now 9 months old and can stand well with support so I decided it was time. My hubby skeptically asked why I would want to hang an oil drip pan in our playroom… but it is safe to say I won that discussion as evidenced to the left.

Some of the projects on Pinterest use heavy duty velcro to hang the drip pan from the wall, but I didn’t think that would hold up to our boy. Luckily, the husband is somewhat handy and did all of the drilling for me.

Here are the supplies we used:
A drip pan
Wall anchors (we like these)
Magnets (make sure you check that they aren’t too small for baby, some of the ones I got online were). We have both the alphabet and animals right now.

Pretty simple! Handy hubby just drilled the anchors into the studs and we slapped some magnets on! Baby Bear is already getting a lot of use out of the magnet board and I think he will use it for a long time.

My overall Pinterest project rating for this DIY is 5 out of 5 pins!

So what’s the point?

A little over five years ago, fate dealt me a lucky hand. I started a new job, which I enjoyed, but the lucky part was the friendships I forged with my new coworkers – who I loved. One in particular, Barb, and I shared very similar interests and have remained close as our lives changed dramatically in the years that followed.

At our cores, we’ve both sought to surround ourselves with what makes us happy and eliminate what doesn’t. This has led us to find rewarding work as freelancers, to reinvest some of those earnings in exceptional online deals and — above all else — to expand our families.

We launched this blog in May of 2013 with the best of intentions, but, life got in the way. Now, nearly 1.5 years later, we’re finally taking it live! We aren’t setting out with any real agenda, just to share relevant portions of our lives with those who might be interested. We hope you’ll enjoy this journey with us as we try to stick to our main themes — but most likely go off script on many occasions.

One Little Word – 2015

OLWThe last two years I’ve selected a word to help guide me. In 2013 it was balance. I was seeking balance that year as we faced fertility treatments and the start of a new business. In 2014, I was pregnant and I just new our lives were about to change forever. I selected the word flexible to help me remember to bend. To let my priorities change… to learn and grow as we brought a new little life into the world. Honestly, I could still stand to be more flexible but my little word helped me through the year. As my birth plan went out the window and in the aftermath I questioned myself – I remembered that it is necessary to be flexible.  As I struggled with nursing my son, I tried to remember to be flexible. As we race through our day with laundry piled up and my “schedule” thrown out the window, I try to remember to be flexible.For 2015 I want to focus on mindfulness. To be here in the present moment with my son and my husband. To spend a little less time on Facebook and a little more time enjoying our days together. In the spirit of this adventure and to truly focus on my One Little Word, I’ll be taking the class with Ali Edwards. As I journey through this year I hope to document my progress here… along with our Pinterest projects, recipe successes (and failures) plus much more.