Monday, October 17, 2011

Fun on the Farm

Every year the local park (that is on old farm land but is now a county park) holds a fall festival.  It’s about 3 miles from our house and I’ve always wanted to go but I’ve never gone because I didn’t want to be the awkward adult without a child.  It’s mainly geared towards children so I would have stuck out like a sore thumb.  Plus, I didn’t want to go alone.  I wanted to go as a family.

This year my family and I went.  It was a perfect fall day.


Ready to go for a walk to the park


Tractor rides




I don’t think I have any recent pictures of her without her hand in her mouth.  And that girl has jaws of steel!  I let her chew on my finger every once in awhile and holy moly, I can’t believe I don’t have bruises.


My friend, Heather and her son met up with us.  She hasn’t seen Scarlett since she was only a few weeks old.


We checked out some of the animals there.


Beaker and Penny had a hard time controlling their excitement around the animals.

All in all, an awesome day.  I think we’ll have more fun next year when Scarlett can enjoy it more.  She was pooped and took a much needed nap on the way home.


There is nothing better than a sleepy, snuggling baby on your chest.  Nothing.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Big thriftin’

I’m a big thrifter.  I’d say about 80% of Scarlett’s clothes are from Goodwill, yard sales, consignment sales or hand-me-downs.  And probably a good 70% of her furniture and toys are as well. 



I found the crib on Craigslist for $120.  It is a convertible crib so it will be a toddler bed and then a full size headboard.  I wanted it to be special so I sanded it, primed it, painted it and shellacked it.  Is shellacked a word?  That is what shellaced was corrected to so I’m going to roll with it.  Let me just say that I will NEVER paint a crib again.  I started this insane project in December and finished about 2 weeks before Scarlett was born.  In May.  Also, sitting on a hard stool while 9 months pregnant is NOT a good idea.

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The dresser was an estate sale find for $8 and the mirror was a yard sale find for $5.  They both were sanded, primed and painted.

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I found the dresser/changing table at Goodwill for $60.  It had ugly bun feet on it which I promptly removed.  Again, this was sanded, primed and painted.  I found the little bird drawer pulls on etsy.

In Maryland we have a huge children’s consignment sale called, Wee-Sale.  It’s twice a year and I love it.  I started going a few years back to stock up on things like onesies, blankets, towels, etc.  Now that I actually have a child I could shop for her specifically.  This year, at the fall sale, I bought her some Christmas jammies, which I fear she may outgrow before then, a couple of outfits, some G diaper covers, and a swing for our porch.  The sale was at the end of August and we finally got around to hanging it up this weekend.

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Anyway, this weekend they held the She-Sale.  It’s put on by the same people who do the Wee-Sale but at this one they sell women’s clothes, shoes, and home goods.  I needed a few things to wear this fall since I’m not back to my pre-baby weight yet.  I was able to get a pair of jeans, two skirts, two shirts, a scarf and a neat tote bag.  All for $23!  I love good deals.  The last thing I need is another purse but this one was so neat:


It has a handle for Scarlett to hold on to!  Well, not now, but when she gets older.  I can’t wait to be able to use it with her.

So that was my interesting find of the week.  What was yours?