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Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!

Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!


Things on my Mind Lately - Baby, Baby, BABY!  Welcoming Baby Boredom-Devastator, birth announcement mommy-zombie style!


Holy moly, the past couple of months have just FLOWN by!  I gotta admit, there has been ONE THING on my mind for most of that time... Baby Boredom-Devastator!!  Our "little" baby L is now 7 weeks old and seems HUGE compared to how very tiny she was for a while there.  I know, I know, this is the littlest she will ever be from now on... But still... so much growing!  

Being a parent is crazy and wonderful.  My husband and I basically spend all day saying 'isn't she beautiful?' back and forth at intervals.  We feel so blessed to have her and blessed too that my husband works for a company progressive enough to offer generous paternity leave to its employees!  It makes such a huge difference to our overall stress and tiredness levels that both of us can be fully present during this amazing time of change and growth in our lives.  My husband also happens to be a champion diaper-changer and baby-soother.  So much to be thankful for! 

I'm currently writing this while wearing a sleeping baby in a sling, so I'm hoping for more nap-time-composed posts coming in the near future.  I've missed all my bloggy pals!  And I have so much to tell y'all about life with baby, maternity and nursing-friendly fashion, the books I've been reading lately (SO much reading), and more!  So stay tuned!  *HUGS*

PS  I'm just slightly a zombie in the picture above... baby girl was about four days old.  Look at those TINY FEET!! 😜

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Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!

Things on My Mind Lately - Baby! Baby! Baby!


Things on my Mind Lately - Baby, Baby, BABY!  Welcoming Baby Boredom-Devastator, birth announcement mommy-zombie style!


Holy moly, the past couple of months have just FLOWN by!  I gotta admit, there has been ONE THING on my mind for most of that time... Baby Boredom-Devastator!!  Our "little" baby L is now 7 weeks old and seems HUGE compared to how very tiny she was for a while there.  I know, I know, this is the littlest she will ever be from now on... But still... so much growing!  

Being a parent is crazy and wonderful.  My husband and I basically spend all day saying 'isn't she beautiful?' back and forth at intervals.  We feel so blessed to have her and blessed too that my husband works for a company progressive enough to offer generous paternity leave to its employees!  It makes such a huge difference to our overall stress and tiredness levels that both of us can be fully present during this amazing time of change and growth in our lives.  My husband also happens to be a champion diaper-changer and baby-soother.  So much to be thankful for! 

I'm currently writing this while wearing a sleeping baby in a sling, so I'm hoping for more nap-time-composed posts coming in the near future.  I've missed all my bloggy pals!  And I have so much to tell y'all about life with baby, maternity and nursing-friendly fashion, the books I've been reading lately (SO much reading), and more!  So stay tuned!  *HUGS*

PS  I'm just slightly a zombie in the picture above... baby girl was about four days old.  Look at those TINY FEET!! 😜

Hello Spring Cleaning and Awesome Fashion Finds $25 or LESS!

Hello Spring Cleaning and Awesome Fashion Finds $25 or LESS!


Wow, it's been a long time since I posted!  Sorry for the long silence.... I've missed y'all!  As it turns out, growing a human is distracting.  I was going to say "exhausting" but really I've been more distracted than exhausted, at least until the last week or so when I finally went into hard-core nesting mode / spring cleaning.  Nesting / spring cleaning while nine and a half months pregnant is definitely exhausting!  But I'm pretty much done now, and that's a good feeling too... and from what I hear, this is probably the cleanest my house will be for the next 18 years! 😜

I was trying to catch up on bloggy stuff, start a couple of future posts, update my ads (pennies and dimes add up! *coughBabiesAreExpensivecough*), etc, and ended up totally distracted by "ooooh what good deals can I find for less than $25" instead.  After spending what shall remain an undisclosed amount of time on THAT rabbit trail, I thought I might as well share some of my finds with y'all, along with this telegram-style "I've missed you!  More posts coming soon!"  For one thing, I've gotta fill you in on my preggo capsule wardrobe!  It was my smallest capsule yet, and still totally cute and effortlessly mix-and-matchable, so that's up next on my posts-to-be-written list. 😉 

In the meantime, enjoy a little bargain shopping... and say hi in the comments!  I'd love to hear what everybody's been up to... have you done your spring cleaning?  DO you spring clean?  Any good time-saving cleaning tips for the next 18 years for me??  I want to hear!!


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Braxton Hicks Contractions, Minimalist Parenthood, and the Siren Call of the (Dumb) Baby Registry List -- Stuff on My Mind Lately!

Stuff on my Mind Lately -- Braxton Hicks Contractions, Minimalist Parenthood, and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry!

YES! Those Baby Registry Lists are DUMB! - Minimalist Parenthood and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry -- Stuff on My Mind Lately! How to be minimalist with a baby on the way... minimalism and parenting, via Devastate Boredom


A quick note -- if you tried to email me in the last couple of weeks, dear friends, I tragically did not receive your messages.  Why?  Because technology hates me, and a perfectly functional email / server configuration suddenly decided it wasn't properly set up after all... and it took me a minute to realize that my lack of email correspondence was a tech problem and that I wasn't actually getting the Silent Treatment from the universe as I feared.  SO relieved that the universe and I are still on speaking terms after all!!  Moral of the story... if you had tried to get in touch with me, please email again.  It should reach me now!

Stuff on My Mind Lately -- Braxton Hicks contractions!  


My pregnancy app informed me a few days ago that "some women will begin experiencing Braxton Hicks around now" but sheesh, I've been having those bad boys for a couple of months at least.  Not that they're really bad, and there's honestly no reason to think they're male either -- but I was having one as I started typing about it, so they definitely qualify as "on my mind".  😜  

The app also said that the more Braxton Hicks contractions you have ahead of time, the fewer you will have to have during actual labor, presumably because your uterus is so freakin' Jillian-Michaels-style RIPPED after all that practicing / exercising.  Sounds totally scientific, right?  *nods hard to convince both of us*


Stuff on My Mind Lately -- Minimalist Parenthood and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry


The main thing I've been pondering lately, however, is what minimalism looks like in the context of babyhood and parenthood... and how cleverly baby registries are set up to UTTERLY THWART minimalism entirely!  

If you've been around my blog very long you know that I like to cultivate simplicity in my surroundings. This is partly because I have ADHD, and if I'm not careful with my things they end up stored in disheveled piles that make it hard for me to think clearly.  It's also partly because I prefer to collect and decorate with things that hold stories and memories, whether that's ceramics that decorated my grandmother's home when she was a child or carved Buddha statues that my dad purchased while he was stationed in Vietnam.  Long before I read (and loved!) the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I had my own philosophy of minimalism, which declared that all my things had to pay rent to stay in my home, whether that was in the form of utility or aesthetics.  If it wasn't useful, wasn't beautiful, and didn't make me happy, I should evict it.

Enter baby-to-debut-soon... and BABY REGISTRIES!  Let me tell you, there is some super devious psychology behind baby registries!  (Behind any kind of registry, honestly, but we'll just focus on baby registries right now...)  The first part of that psychology starts with the incentives and the completion discounts.  A free box of baby stuff for opening a registry?  Okay, I'm hooked, thanks for the cute stuff!  Now what?  A completion discount to buy anything left on my registry once baby comes? Yes please!  Oh wait, that means I better list everything I POSSIBLY could need on the registry, so it will be eligible for the discount at the end... I wonder what I will need?

And that's where the whole thing really gets devious.

Because that's when the baby registry starts throwing the lists at you.

Those DUMB lists.  

Here you have an adorably clueless new parent-to-be, wide-eyed and wanting to be prepared for this crazy new life adventure that has hijacked her body, and the registry goes, "now honey, these are the things you have GOT to have."  And, scared of inadequacy and wanting the best for her baby, the new parent nods obediently and goes cross-eyed reading reviews and checking things off The Big Bad List.

And look at how dumb these lists are!  


YES! Those Baby Registry Lists are DUMB! - Minimalist Parenthood and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry -- Stuff on My Mind Lately! How to be minimalist with a baby on the way... minimalism and parenting, via Devastate Boredom

That's right, you MUST have a crib-bedding set.  Even though a crib-bedding set serves no purpose beyond being cute, and in fact putting ANYTHING in the baby's crib (including "breathable" crib bumpers, quilts, security blankets etc) is listed by the NIH as a risk factor for SIDS.  And the Mayo Clinic says to "keep the crib as bare as possible." Suddenly the "must-have" crib bedding set and crib blankets, and the "good-to-have" security blankets, all appear in quite a different light, don't they?  A very minimalist-friendly light, I might point out...

But poor hormonal, anxious mama-to-be might not know any of that, and keeps clicking, determined to provide her baby with a cozy night's sleep.  



In addition, do you see how much clever repetition happens on these lists?  Receiving blankets and swaddle blankets are pretty much EXACTLY the same thing, and then there's crib blankets and wearable blankets...  All adding up to 21+ separate pieces all designed to serve the exact same function, of simply keeping your baby warm.  Whaaaat? 

You don't have to be an avowed minimalist to think that's crazy!  

Basically, of that list up there, the only things that seem like compelling NEEDS to me are crib sheets, swaddle blankets, and waterproof pads that are going to double as baby-changing pads.  And I feel no pressure about whether or not my assessment of that is 100% accurate or only 80%, because I can always adjust it once the baby arrives.  

Deep breaths, fellow Minimalist Mamas!  😤  Join me in repeating one of my favorite mantras...  I'm totally allowed to figure this out as I go. 

And, as further reassurance, take note that I have been informed by several awesome Minimalist Mamas (who have a lot more experience than me) that all you REALLY need for baby is diapers and something to feed him / her.  Funny how the companies behind baby registries don't popularize that viewpoint, huh?  😜

To conclude, I'm not saying that there is no place for blankets in baby's life... in fact, we've already been gifted a perfectly lovely baby blanket that I know we will treasure... but it's going to serve as a soft and comfy base for tummy time, or maybe a cozy layer for stroller and carseat outings, until baby is big enough to be past the scary possibility of SIDS.  Because minimalism is all about multitasking with our possessions... and owning 21 difference pieces of cloth all designed to keep baby warm doesn't qualify. 
YES! Those Baby Registry Lists are DUMB! - Minimalist Parenthood and the Siren Call of the Baby Registry -- Stuff on My Mind Lately! How to be minimalist with a baby on the way... minimalism and parenting, via Devastate Boredom

Unless, that is, you live in Alaska or somewhere with a similar climate.  In which case, I readily conceded that keeping baby warm might look a little different for you!  

PS -- if there were any specific baby items that made life as a new parent a little easier for you, please do let me know in the comments... I'm a minimalist, not a masochist! 😉 




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The Three Stages of Mardi Gras, Told with Funny Cat Memes

The Three Stages of Mardi Gras, as Told by Funny Cats


Hello Friday, and hello friend! 

Today's #FridayFrivolity theme is "Mardi Gras Madness."  Since basically everything is funnier when told by LOLcatz, here is my interpretation of the three stages of Mardi Gras told by funny kittehs. 😼

Stage One:  

Click through for more! The three stages of Mardi Gras, as told by funny cat memes -- hilarious and cute lolcatz! via Devastate Boredom


Stage Two:  

4 Reasons Why I Bought Matching Hangers After All - Organizing Your Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

4 Reasons Why I Bought Matching Hangers After All - Organizing Your Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe



4 Reasons Why I Bought Matching Hangers After All -- tips for organizing your closet and wrapping up your minimalist capsule wardrobe!  Are matching hangers really helpful?  Advice for making this small organizational touch actually useful! via Devastate Boredom

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In one of my earlier posts, I spoke mockingly of how a lot of Pinterest pins will try to make you think that buying matching hangers is some kind of magic panacea to the horrors of a cluttered closet... and of course I think that's just silly!  

Let's just be clear real quick -- if you are frustrated with a cluttered closet, it's going to take more than matching hangers to get you organized.  Discovering the Secrets of a Capsule Wardrobe is a great place to start (😏 ) and from there you'll want to eliminate redundant items in your closet by figuring out which ones are your favorite pieces, and which ones are things you purchased because they REMINDED you of your favorite shirt / dress / scarf.  Balance those bases and start expanding your collection of silhouettes, and you'll find your closet can contain FEWER items while mixing-and-matching into even more cute outfits than before!

But back to the hangers... once I had established my minimalist Capsule Wardrobe, I found myself pondering that whole matching hanger thing again.  I know, I know!  After I had made fun of it to the internetz and everything!  

Caption This! Funny Dog Photo -- #FridayFrivolity

Caption This!  Funny Dog Photo -- #FridayFrivolity 


Hello Friday, and hello Friends!  This week's theme is funny dogs, in honor of the recent Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and I've got something a little bit different than usual.... a "caption this!" type photo of my own two adorable puppies!  


Caption This Puppy Photo -- Funny Dog Meme -- "Stop, I'm So Ticklish!" via Devastate Boredom

The timing on this photo just seemed priceless... so, let's caption it!  

Here's the most obvious option:


Caption This Puppy Photo -- Funny Dog Meme -- "Stop, I'm So Ticklish!" via Devastate Boredom
But I'm sure y'all can be more creative than that! 😜  Leave me a comment with your interpretation...  If we get enough funny captions, I'll do a post highlighting them!


Spread Some Love with Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards - #FridayFrivolity

Spread Some Love with Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards - #FridayFrivolity


Free Printable Valentines for Grown-Ups (non-sketchy!) -- funny, sweet, thoughtful Valentines for friends, family, or the mail person -- spread some love this Valentine's Day! via Devastate Boredom

Hello Friday, and Hello friends!  

This week is all things love and romance and red and pink at the #FridayFrivolity link-up... but rather than a funny post, I decided to put a little different spin on it.


There is a lot of uncertainty and negativity bouncing around our country and world at the moment, and I think it would be kind of nice to balance it out, in some tiny way, with a little deliberate thoughtfulness.  :)

Let's start a Spread Some Love Valentines' Day movement this year, with thoughtful notes and sweet greetings for folks we care about!

Stuff on My Mind Lately: Lazy Girly Razors, Facebook Yard Sale Groups, and Anxiety-Reducing Music...

Stuff on My Mind Lately: Lazy Girly Razors, Facebook Yard Sale Groups, and Anxiety-Reducing Music...

Stuff on My Mind Lately - Lazy Girly Razors, Facebook Yard Sale Groups, Anxiety-Reducing Relaxation Music Recommendations -- a frugal frenzy, the anti- Sasquatch legs Schick Intuition Razor review, and get your zen on!  via Devastate Boredom

Stuff on my mind lately...  "lazy girly razors" 

Stuff on My Mind Lately - Lazy Girly Razors, Facebook Yard Sale Groups, Anxiety-Reducing Relaxation Music Recommendations -- a frugal frenzy, the anti- Sasquatch legs Schick Intuition Razor review, and get your zen on!  via Devastate Boredom

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Stuff on My Mind Lately - Lazy Girly Razors, Facebook Yard Sale Groups, Anxiety-Reducing Relaxation Music Recommendations -- a frugal frenzy, the anti- Sasquatch legs Schick Intuition Razor review, and get your zen on!  via Devastate Boredom
Is it really that big a deal to soap up your legs with shaving cream or conditioner (yes, that is a life-hack that totally works!) before shaving?  No, it's 100% not a big deal.  It takes, like, eight seconds, right?  

But somehow the combination of winter and pregnancy had been making it very, very, ridiculously unlikely that I would ever shave my legs again until the baby's debut in April / May.  And not only did I suspect that my husband would be less-than-enthusiastic about my Sasquatch legs, I myself was also rather unhappy with the prospect.*  However, I was also too lazy / pregnancy-clumsy to bother to soap up my legs and proceed with shaving as usual.  

Are you thinking, "#FirstWorldProblems, cry me a river"?  Well, on the one hand, that's completely valid... but on the other hand, you HUSH, this is MY blog post and I'm PREGNANT...  ;P

January Reader's Choice Fashion Picks -- Style Inspiration!

January Reader's Choice Fashion Picks -- Style Inspiration! 

January 2017 Reader's Choice Fashion Picks -- Style Inspiration!  Fashionista trending clothing and outfit ideas, via Devastate Boredom

A while back I noticed a nifty feature on one of the aggregate sites I use to discover / collect style finds and deals to share with you, my lovely readers... the site reports which clothing picks are most clicked after I post them!  

Personally I get a huge kick out of seeing what styles people were most intrigued by, so I'll be doing a periodic "Readers' Choice Awards" going forward, so that all of us can admire the different trending styles among Devastate-Boredom-reading fashionistas.  They include some pretty wide-ranging looks too!  

I've gotta say, I LOVE how y'all ladies rock your personal styles!

Check it out!

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January Readers' Choice Awards
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