by gillian claire: random saturday stuff.

9.27.2014

random saturday stuff.

IMG_0096Hey! It's Saturday! I've been off work yesterday and today which is just lovely. As usual I imagined high and lofty things for myself (getting in some fantastic workouts, folding laundry out of my ridiculous tower of clothing in the hallway, and so on...) Instead I have basically been doing: nothing. The past two weekends I've been working a seasonal photography job in addition to my other job + school so this weekend it's great to really not do a lot.
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Asher came down with hand foot and mouth disease this week. Ash was pretty miserable the first couple of days and the rest of the week was a bit challenging because I'm trying to keep our highly contagious little guy away from other children! I pick Roman up from school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after taking Aaron to work and I always let the boys play on the playground for a bit but this week I had to quickly usher us all home. I was also disappointed to miss out on watching Roman at his "walk-a-thon" at school yesterday afternoon but I just couldn't bring my little polka dotted virus laden 3 year old there It seems obvious that Asher picked up the virus from Roman's school (through Roman is my guess) but still.
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Having said all that, hand foot and mouth disease potty trained my child! Ash is literally the most strong willed human being on the planet ( I will bet on that ) and I have never full out started the potty training route with him because I knew it would be something that he would have to just decide for himself. He is extremely particular and has been for years. At a certain age he refused cloth diapers, he has refused certain brands of diapers, he has to wear particular clothing and suggesting underwear to him was futile to say the least. He has a little potty and has peed in it on occasion and he has known that he has the option of choosing from a drawer full of little underwear but I haven't pushed it. His rash this week was really intense and diapers were irritating him so he decided that he would wear underwear and pee in the potty and that was that! Pretty awesome.
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Side note: I want to know, what do ya'll think of the capsule wardrobe stuff? I've gone back and forth about my feelings on it. I am just not a trendy person and usually don't fit in among the latest crazes. :) I did spend a good couple weeks really scouring the un-fancy site + feeling a little inspired. I usually find myself intrigued by all things minimalistic, clean and organized. There is something calming in that for me. I don't so much buy into the rigidness of it all ( and I'm not sure sure what's minimalistic about a $1000 three month wardrobe, am I right? ) but I do like the thought of thinking more deliberately about my clothing. I often find myself impulsively buying an item of clothing and then basically hating it after one wear. I'd love to gravitate towards owning more basics and sorting through the cluttery random pieces of clothing that seem to not flatter me and yet stick around for years taking up space in my closet.
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And as a closing "random thing" for the day: I happened upon these adorable little Foxfire umbrellas on Zulily!
foxfire_boy_umbrellas_comes_in_colours_blogThey are killing me. I have always wanted cute little umbrellas for my boys and they are only $7.99! They even have matching raincoats + boots. 
( Yup, that's an affiliate link. If you sign up for Zulily today - it's free, I earn a little cash! Thanks! )
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Happy Saturday!
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10 comments:

  1. Henry is now potty-trained too. Our kiddos are always right on the same page with things, it seems. We ran out of diapers when out and that was that, he potty-trained himself in a day. The Hand, Foot and Mouth is HORRIBLE, isn't it? Ugh...it took us two weeks to get over it. TWO WEEKS. I hope Asher is feeling better soon.

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    1. I really think that waiting to potty train works out well. Both of my boys weren't potty trained until 3 years old but it just happened in a day like you said. It seems like so many moms push things so early but go through weeks and months of accidents and setbacks and bribes and it seems kind of silly to me! And yes, hand foot and mouth is crazy - I didn't realize how intense the rash gets! None of us have gotten it so far - crossing my fingers...

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  2. Love the umbrellas so much! So cute :) Glad to hear he found his way to being potty trained! Bummer that it took the rash, but at least something came out of it!

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  3. Zulily has a way of getting you to fall in love with a product, especially with the price. Hope you had a great weekend.

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  4. The capsule wardrobe thing has caught my attention, and honestly I sort of want to try some version of it.......I think I just need to bite the bullet and get some clothes out of my sight that I never wear! I would love to go more minimalistic and I love the wardrobe on the link you gave! Need to do some purging......

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  5. That cowboys umbrella is just amazing! Sorry to hear about HFM! My kiddos both had it once & it's just terrible.

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  6. hahaha oh man what a silver lining to hfm! I've seen that all over recently, it sounds miserable. A shame he got it though.

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  7. HFM disease is awful! It was floating around Mason’s school a few weeks ago. He’s had it 3 times (while at his previous school) and it’s definitely not fun. Asher sounds just like Mason (strong willed). We too, didn’t push potty training until he was ready. Luckily for us he was ready at 2. So awesome that HFM helped him to potty train (sorry he wasn’t feeling well, but looking at the bright side of it). My mother in law bought Mason one of those sets from Zulily. He has the monster truck umbrella, boots and raincoat. They are adorable and have held up pretty well.

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  8. oh no! Berlin had hand foot mouth not too long ago as well. Luckily for her it wasn't so bad, while her little friends got hit really hard. Its no fun. I wish Berlin would have gotten potty trained while ill, I haven't even attempted yet, I'm waiting until she tells me she is ready (hopefully that is sooner than later!).

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  9. Oh my gosh,.. Asher is the sweetest :) poor little guy! Nova is the same way about her clothes!! It drives me nuts... Also, I have been trying to weed through my closet, I love the idea of the capsule wardrobe I'm tired of trying on 10 different outfits before I get upset and just throw something on. I started buying some of the pieces here and there and when I buy something I choose something out of my closet to toss. Super cute umbrellas! Nova wants to a "raining cats and dogs" costume this year so I might buy one! :) Miss you all!

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