Friday, August 17, 2012

Guest Post, because we're in trouble

From the Mommy Files: A Day Morning In The Life of Ms. Mommy
[WARNING: will probably contain some swearing]

I was awakened this morning by the angry shrieks of Earl, who had quietly slipped from his bed, scaled a piece of furniture, and gotten into some diaper balm. This was achieved by climbing the taller of the two Ikea Stuva cabinets in the nursery. It looks like this (the green and white):

The shelf, as you can see, had two small baskets pushed to the back of it. One of them contained a few diapering accessories. Earl used that little opening in the doors (both the doors and drawer have cabinet locks installed on the inside to keep little fingers from opening them) as a stepping foothold and managed to somehow stretch far enough to reach a basket. Then he tried to waterpoof himself. He did a pretty good job of it too. His hands and face were covered with Thirsties Booty Lustre cream. Fortunately, the jar was almost empty when he got it open. Also fortunate? The ingredients are all-natural, organic, and nothing to worry about if he got some in his mouth. 

I then fulfilled my lifelong dream of washing my child like a greasy pot. Hahaha! Just kidding. My dream was to bathe a child in Dawn at the crack of dawn. Sorry, I am full of lame jokes today. It helps me maintain that tenuous grasp I still have on my sanity. 

There followed some breakfast, then an episode of Super Why while I drank my coffee. After that, we moved outside, hoping to get some fresh air and exercise before temperatures hit 90+ degrees. It was then that I happened to notice something gross floating in the water table. It still had water in it from yesterday. It also had, upon closer inspection, half a dead slug in it. I can only assume that some asshole raccoon decided to wash his food last night, and for whatever reason decided not to finish his slug. What a jerk.

Public Enemy #1

Everyone has been screaming at me this morning, probably because they were up late last night thanks to the heatwave we're having and their bedrooms being 81 degrees, so I brought them back inside and tried to get all three set up with crayons and coloring books. Unfortunately, it's a losing battle keeping the toddlers from biting into their crayons like I've just served up an exotic delicacy rather than a wax coloring utensil. I turned around and Petunia had a freaking PENNY in her mouth! I don't even know where it came from! 

While I was typing this, Earl climbed up on the end table and started dismantling the lamp. Because lamps looks so much nicer when the base is removed from the section that holds the bulb and shade. 
Also need to clean my couch.

Then the three of them tore through the living room like a trio of small tornadoes. This mess took approximately two minutes to achieve. 

"What are you taking a picture of?" Hank asked.
"The living room," I replied.
"Oh. Why? Because it's so pretty?"

It is only 9:30. Guess who is going down for a nap?! (Hint: Unfortunately, it's not me.)

Glamour Shot

So, how's your day going?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Looking Good & The Importance of SUNSCREEN

By Petunia
As Earl stated in Tuesday's blog post, just because you're in the wilderness doesn't mean you shouldn't still try to look your best! It is possible to meld fashion and function. Take this outfit, for instance. I may have been a little grumpy from lack of sleep (who knew the forest would be so noisy at night?), but I was still rockin' a stylish outfit at the breakfast table!

One thing we haven't mentioned yet, which is an essential for any outdoor excursion: sunscreen! You must protect that delicate skin. Our sunscreen of choice for this trip was Neutrogena SPF 70. Now, unfortunately, that particular brand and SPF does not get the best rating on the Cosmetics Database. Ms. Mommy wanted the highest SPF we had available while on the beach though, as Earl and I are very fair skinned and could burn quite easily! We doubled our sun protection by wearing long-sleeved rash guards on the beach, and wearing hats whenever possible. 

More information on safe, high SPF, sunscreens can be found here, at the Cosmetics Database

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Outfit of the Week

By Earl
I was surprised to stumble across this hidden gem from  This tee of In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak showcases one of my favorite (and one of the most underrated Sendak books) ever!  Since this book is a bit hipster, I decided to go all out and pair it with colored skinny jeans, suspenders and (Ms. Mommy's personal favorite), highly sensible shoes!  


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Adventurous Adventures of Earl

By Earl
Camping is a lot of fun, especially when extended family is involved. Just because you're in the wilderness though, doesn't mean you can't look good. Here I am exploring the campsites in my trendy plaid shorts and semi-matching straw hat with the plaid band.

Ms. Mommy packed a LOT of clothes for our camping excursion. A 2 to 1 ratio, as in two outfits for every day we were there. More clothes than we ended up wearing, but it's better to be safe than sorry when you're in a place without washing machines, and where it is inevitable that one's shirt will wind up soaked, stained, or stinking within a matter of hours. So tell us, how many extra outfits do YOU take camping? 

Hat: Old Navy
Shirt: Carter's
Shorts: Carter's

Outfit Name: Adventurous Earl
Petunia's Fashion Rating: 8/10
Earl's Fashion Rating: 9/10

Monday, August 13, 2012

Swimwear: Camping Edition

By Earl
Ahoy there, Fashion Friends! We apologize for the lack of updates recently. We spent a glorious week traveling to Northern Idaho and back for a fun-filled adventure with extended family. Ms. Mommy has been so busy that she hasn't found the time to help maintain the blog. Since our last post discussed swimwear, let's take a look at what we wore to the lake:

Above, you see me (Earl) on hmy own private island, wearing some brand we can't recall (hand-me-down) swimtrunks, with an Old Navy rash guard. 

Here we have Hank, chilling on a tube with Mr. Daddy, wearing swim trunks and a rash guard (both from Old Navy). Hank also wore his a life-vest, because safety always tops fashion. Please note that it's a very cool Spiderman vest though. 

Petunia is seen here sporting an Old Navy rash guard (they do have excellent rash guards at reasonable prices) under a Land's End swim tank, with a Best Bottom cloth swim diaper.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Outfit of the Week - Swimwear Edition

By Petunia
It is never too early (or too late) to think about swimsuits!  This has been an unnaturally hot summer in Oregon and has required me to wear my swimsuit much much more than I did when I was a baby.  Plus, going to the kiddie pool, water parks, lakes, and beaches are much more fun when you look stylish and have everyone cooing over you!

Actually, Ms. Mommy says it is too late to buy a new swimsuit.  Which brings us to never being too early.  Good note: swimsuits are on sale! Great time to look forward to next year!  I love the ruching and old-fashioned appeal of these two suits.  The sunhat is great for the beach.  If you're like me and burn easily, a swim hat might be a more sensible (and still fashionable) option.  What's your pick?

Outfit of the Week

About Earl

Earl enjoys "traditional" styles, and prefers a classic, vintage look when dressing up. His everyday wear is best described as "uber casual".

About Petunia

Petunia is a daring dresser who does her best to keep up with all the latest fashion trends. Among her favorite designers are Vintage Couture, Tea Collection, Gymboree, and Zutano.

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