Ok, I probably can’t claim that I am ‘loving this’ yet, but I am hoping to implement some of the suggestions outlined in this book about decluttering your home and life. The author makes a lot of big promises throughout the book and if I only take a few of her suggestions, it seems my life will be magically transformed. It can come across as a bit hokey or new-age-ish (“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.”), but I have several friends who swear by this book, so I’m giving it a chance. I will say that one thing mentioned in the book has already come to pass. Once I started cleaning my closet, my husband jumped on the bandwagon and said he had some things to get rid of, too. Maybe this won’t be so bad…
One of the things that used to frustrate me when I moved to a new place was the lack of ways to connect with other people. It is so hard to move to a new place and be able to get established, so to speak, with a new group of friends. The great thing about being a mom (among other things!) is having an instant connection with other moms. And what better way to connect than through social media-based mommy groups. I’ve connected with a group of great ladies, and some have become friends in real life.
My Child’s Ability to Communicate
Let’s face it. We all love adorable babies, but it is so wonderful when your child gets to the point that they communicate, even just a little bit. My son now has a vocabulary of about 15 words (give or take) and this helps so much. This, combined with sign language taught at daycare, allows us to understand many more of his needs. Gone are the days of trying to decipher whether his cry means “I’m hungry,” or “I’m wet.” We certainly have a ways to go, but much of the mystery is gone. New word this month include ‘up’, ‘down’, and ‘teacher’ (usually sounds more like tee-er). I’ll take what I can get!
The Dermatologist (?!)
Ok, I may not be ‘loving’ the dermatologist, but I am loving the fact that I checked a very important and insanely overdue to-do of my list. I went for a visit to the dermatologist to have the head-to-toe exam. This is where they check out any moles, sunspots or potential problem areas on your skin and make sure you are healthy. Since others in my family are cancer survivors, I felt this was important to do. And after visiting the same dermatologist for my son about four times in the past year, I really couldn’t make excuses to not get myself there. Blatant PSA: For more information on doing skin self-exams, visit http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/early-detection.
Amazon Prime Pantry
After receiving repeated emails from Amazon about the fact that, as a Prime member, I can use Prime Pantry, I finally gave in. They sweetened the deal by offering an extra $10 off my first order of $75 or more, and that did it for me. First of all, let me say, with all my son’s allergies, we had been visiting as many as three different grocery stores per week. While many items will still require a trip to the store, using Prime Pantry allowed me to stock up on some hard-to-find items, including several Kashi brand snacks as well as Bob’s Red Mill oats (which we use to make my son’s Pumpkin Snackles). This cut us down to two stores we actually have to set foot in. And the best part is, everything shows up in one big box on your front porch.
What are you loving this week? Have you tried Amazon Prime Pantry or the Amazon Dash Button? I’d love to hear about your experience (maybe I’ll jump on that bandwagon one day…).