Our Kids’ New Favorite Toy

These colorful stacking dolls from Maryshoka Madness have taken over our house.  My daughter has always been fascinated by stacking dolls, but a few fragile sets have broken.  When I spotted the plastic, red Cutie set at UrbanOutfitters.com, I scooped it up for her birthday (it’s on sale there now for $9.99).

A pamphlet in the box showed pictures of puppies, kittens and ninjas.  My 5-year-old son was green with envy.  But one generous grandmother’s visit later, and the kids own those now, too.

Amazon has a big selection – each set is $12-$14 and qualifies for free super saver shipping.

Making a Diaper Cake

A big box of diapers is my standard gift to new parents.  This time, I remembered the somewhat cheesy diaper cake I received when I was pregnant, and thought my kids would get a kick out of helping me make one for our family friend who just had a baby.

This “How To Make a Diaper Cake” video is very good, as it leaves open lots of possibilities for creativity.  But I was pressed for time and found even a simplified version works well.

I picked up a box of 92 Pampers Swaddlers from Target and rubber bands from Office Max - #16 and #117.  I made the 3 cake layers out of diapers only, wrapping each diaper with a #16 band.  One large rubber band per layer held the rolled diapers together – I ended up with 46 on the first layer, 31 on the second, and 15 on the top.

I used a plastic party tray from Party City that I already had as the base.  A ribbon tied around each layer covered the rubber bands (thicker ribbon would be better).  And leftover party favors worked as decorations – hibiscus flower clips from Oriental Trading on top and baby girl rubber duckies from Hobby Lobby around the base.

Not terribly sophisticated, but useful for the mom and fun for my kids to deliver.

Things I Love

Things I love that have nothing to do with the children or the house!


Acorn Down Wrap slippers – great for the bus stop!
(Ok, maybe a little bit to do with the children.)


Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, available at Target.


A gift from my husband and Pippo Perez.
Mine has 3 tiny ruby hearts.  I love it.


Natori Animal Sculpture Robe.
My cozy, cold-weather robe.


I can’t believe I spent $30 on nail polish.
One coat and 10 days later, though, my nails look better
than they have since I was pregnant.


These Halogen lace tanks come in several colors.
Great to wear under mom-clothes.


Keen Whisper sandals.
My favorite sandals ever.

Teva Kayenta
My second favorite pair of sandals.
Sierra Trading Post carries them in girls’ sizes – my daughter loves them, too.


Lucy Walk About
pants, capris, shorts and skorts.


Natori Shangri-La robe and gown.
They feel so good that I can almost imagine
I look like she does.


Most fragrances give me a headache,
but I love Bath and Body Works’ vanilla.
Reasonably priced when it’s on sale (look for Buy 3, Get 3 deals)
and the lotion is easy to slather on.


I don’t have good skin,
but when I stop using this, it gets worse.


I love this watch and the interchangeable straps from JCrew.


Merrell Tetra Catch Waterproof Boots
They feel like slippers.


 Patagonia Hotline Top
Goes from working out to hanging out.