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Product Rave: Built NY for Babies

Like all new mothers, I’ve gone through two or three diaper bags in my two years of motherhood and I definitely have my favorites. Kate Spade was my go-to girl for what I referred to as the “big daddy” diaper bag — the one that you schlep all the supplies around in for the first, oh, six months or so. The one that means you are prepared for World War III at any given moment — extra change of clothes, extra diapers, extra pacifiers, milk, bottles, Mylicon, baggies for pooped-on clothes, my camera, . . . the list goes on and on. Oh, and that’s before you’ve even dared to consider throwing anything for yourself in there (a wallet? lipstick??? anyone??)

But I finally got to the point where I could just dash out with an actual purse (I never thought that day would come) but I wanted a little something that I could use to tote around a bottle or two as well as 2 or 3 diapers and a small wipe case. Just the bare basics, nothing more. And I found that in the BuiltNY Gourmet Getaway bag. Yes, I know – it’s technically a lunchbox. But it was perfect for our needs because not only would it insulate your stuff for up to 4 hours (a plus in the summer heat when you need  to keep a bottle cold so it doesn’t sour), but it is also super stretchy. You’d be amazed at how much stuff I can get in there. Plus, they come in a variety of cool prints, and when it gets gross or icky, I just throw it in the washing machine. Easy as pie.

But now I see that Built is also offering an actual diaper bag. While it probably wouldn’t be The One for me, I’m pleased to see that they’re catering to the parenting crowd because they’re a natural fit. It’s a cool bag – the dads won’t be embarrassed to tote this one around. And, like the lunch tote, you can clean this thing up so easily. And let me assure you – they get icky.When the little ones get big enough to actually want a lunchbox, check out the cutest little Munchier Bags. Heck, I would use this. Such a fun, whimsical design.

None of these items are crazy expensive. I picked mine up at, but I think they’re available at a ton of places.


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October has not been my month yet. Well, maybe that’s not such a fair statement. It was the end of September that really got me. If you’ve hung around here very often, you know of my 3-year struggle with ulcerative colitis, a particularly nasty chronic irritable bowel disorder. If posting has seemed spartan here as of late, it’s probably because I haven’t had much to chat about other than that, and who really comes here to hear about poop? Not exactly the best topic for blogging, eh? Can you imagine the photos I’d put on that post! Yikes!

Because of my UC, I receive an infusion of a drug called Remicade every 4 weeks. It works to control my symptoms of UC,  but at the expense of my immune system. So when I got drug down with a cold in September, it really waylaid me, and eventually spiraled down into a deep bronchitis. Which means I have to take an antibiotic — and that’s not good for people with bleeding or colon issues. So on top of bronchitis was another UC flare, and then before I knew it, I was pretty sick and pretty anemic. My energy level was sapped – I could barely get out of bed and would’ve been happy to sleep all day. Not too exciting or fun.

Anyway, I’m better now –  I was able to get back to the Remicade, but on the flip side, my doctor had to put me on steroids to stop the bleeding and flare up of UC. Which sucks. Because steroids suck and I hate them and I hate how crazy/nutty I feel on them, not to mention really puffy and bloated. This time last year, I had been on a long dose of steroids and was mega bloated and 20 pounds heavier than I have ever been (especially sucky since I had lost all the baby weight). A year later now, I’ve lost almost all the weight and I’m only 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight so I am really working hard to not wig out and eat everything in sight while I’m on the prednisone right now.

Which leads me to my next news. In two weeks, we’re going to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Rochester Mayo Clinic is #1 in the nation for gastroenterology. They see 2000 IBD patients a year, and I’m going to be one of them. I’m hopeful that they’ll have fresh insight into my disease so I can stop the vicious cycle and be off of prednisone for more than the blink of an eyelid. I really don’t know what to expect, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to go see them. So I’m going in style – I’m picking out some winter boots and getting geared up for some cold weather! I’m going to view it as a fantastic adventure and let this help to purport good health in my life. I have no idea what to expect, but I know that God is in control and that He has a good plan. Mom and Dad and Simon are going too; Big Red will stay behind with his cousins (I don’t think he’ll mind too much).

We’ll be gone the week of Jude’s birthday (my first appt is on Oct 27), which breaks my heart just a tiny bit. I’m hopeful that we’ll at least be home in time for Halloween so I can take my little gnome trick or treating. At the least, we’re going to have his birthday party the weekend before we leave (a combined party, with one of the cousins) and it’ll be a costume party. I bought a silly wig and a clown nose and a brightly colored tutu and I’m going to be a cute little clown. Simon is still undecided, but he’s never one to back down from a costume challenge. 🙂  So I really have that to look forward to, and it’s important to me that we at least get to have this.

I feel a little stagnant lately – I’m in need of inspiration or something. Everything feels a little blah right now, what with Simon still unemployed and me feeling under the weather. I haven’t felt up to decorating a lot around the house, which kinda makes me sad because I adore October. I want to go crazy with pumpkins and glitter and I just haven’t been able to yet. I try to push myself to keep going because more than anything, I do not want to be defined by a silly disease. I don’t want to be controlled by it nor do I want it to sap me of the things that I love doing or being around those that I enjoy.

Well, thanks for sticking around and reading. It feels good to get things off my chest. I’ve got a funny post coming up later this week, inspired by Elements of Style’s college dorm room post. Check back for that one on Tuesday!

I love you all, each and every reader. You have no idea how important it is to me to have this outlet and I enjoy getting to hear back from everyone! 🙂

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Product Rave: Living Proof No-Frizz

Ok, friends, is this your hair? Because it’s mine:

Frizz fest. Frizzy, crazy, thatch-roof cottage hair. It’s thicker than thick and the back wants to get all out of control as if it were Medusa on parade back there. So. If this is you, allow me to help you. Big time.

Get thee to Sephora and purchase this for yourself. It’s by some company called Living Proof, and it’s called frizz. I mean, how fun is that? Anyway, I bought up a bottle of it this past week, and now several days into it, I am a complete convert. Thatch roof cottage hair no more! I am clean, clear, and under control. Seriously. It comes in three different versions, depending on your hair thickness. And then, depending on if you want it to be straight or wavy, you can choose your formula from there. I haven’t tried the wavy stuff yet – just the straight. But I admit that I’m really curious.

So there you go. My newfound product rave. As if I need any more excuse to give my money away to Sephora.

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