Five on Friday: Rain Boots, Suspenders, and Stripes


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A few months ago, my left rain boot cracked, so I put a piece of duct tape around it and called it good. Jordan said I looked ghetto, but I mean when have I ever cared about that, I ask you! But then two weeks ago the right boot cracked, and I figured even I wasn't cheap enough to rock double duct taped rain boots. I was originally going to splurge and buy myself a pair of Hunter boots as a present to myself for being awesome, but I didn't realize how insanely expensive they are. No.  

I looked around for good rain boot brands and ended up buying these from a Canadian retailer. They had great reviews, but when they came I put them on and hated them instantly. My other boots were mid-calf height, and I am now certain that I do not have the legs for tall rain boots. I sized up and still couldn't get my giant runner's calves to fit down the shaft! I returned them and got these. They came on Monday, and I got to wear them today because it was storming, and I love them so much! So comfy and cute and they fit my giant calves, so wins all around.

I keep wanting to share this with all the toddler mamas out there. This is R's current favorite toy. My brother and sister-in-law gave it to her for her second birthday, but she immediately tried to eat all the pieces so I took it away and hid it in the closet. Six months later I pulled it out and gave it to her, and she loves it. It's a great toy for working on coordination and colors, and while for us age 2 was too young, this would be a great gift for a toddler 2.5-3 years old!

I mentioned this in an earlier blog post, but I'm still having fun with the Kidizen app. I have sold a few items on there and used them to buy R an adorable romper that she's going to wear for her 3rd birthday party (in just a few months. hold me.), and I also got J a pair of H&M jeans with suspenders. They are $20 new on the site, but I found someone selling them on Kidizen in nearly new condition for $11. What I love most is that all the prices include shipping, so you don't have to factor that in. Sign up using my referral code, and you can get $5 off your first purchase (within the first month).

I've shared about my love for Mindy Mae's Market before. They have such cute stuff! Just FYI, they are  going to be having a giant sale on May 8. Markdowns up to 75% off some items! In my experience, their stuff sells out crazy fast on sale days, so if you do have your eye on something, make a list of what you want and go right for it. They have free shipping, so you can checkout with one thing and go back for more! I know it's starting to get super hot for summer, but this side zip sweater is so cute. I also feel like I want all their striped t-shirts.

J is crawling! I know that's sort of unrelated to anything else in this post, but I wanted to note it. He's 10.5 months old and is officially on the move. We could tell he really wanted to get moving but wasn't sure how, and then last weekend we were all in the living room, and he got up on his hands and knees and went forward! Ever since then he's been getting better and better, and it's so weird to see him crawling around. I know he's crawling much later than most babies, but it still feels too early! I just want him to stay little and be my snuggly baby forever.

Do you know what inspired him to finally get going? He loves loves loves when we build a tower of blocks and he comes and knocks them over. He gets such a kick out of it. These blocks have been my favorite with both kids!

I've really been wanting to sit down and write a bit about this stage of life, mostly just to help me process through it and maybe to encourage someone who is feeling the same that you aren't alone. This particular season has been tiring--nothing bad or particularly eventful, just hard sometimes to work full time outside the home and still find time to clean, run errands, cook meals, while also prioritizing time with my family and finding time for my own hobbies like running and blogging. It's a lot right now, but I know it's just a season that will feel all too short one day. It doesn't help that R takes forever to actually stay in bed and go to sleep, so my evening time is so limited if I want to get to bed at a decent hour! 

Anyway, I'm rambling now. Happy weekend, friends! I hope it's a good one for you.
Amie said...

I bought a shirt off the Mindy Mae's website and LOVE it!! The price was great, the material is so soft and I love that the length is longer. I got a ton of compliments on it. There are so many things on the website I like but so far every one I want to buy is already sold! You have the most precious baby boy, I just want to squeeze those cheeks! haha Also, I know this may not be an option for you guys but several months ago we got someone to come clean our house every other week and I can not tell you how helpful it has been. To me it was worth cutting something else out to pay for that. It actually lets us enjoy our 2 fulls days on the weekend without cleaning being one of them.

Unknown said...

I feel you on this season of life- the days are all blurring together and I'm just trying to keep it all going!

Maria said...

Those rainboots are adorable! Good find! I have a pair of Hunters, but I bought the way cheaper kids version (they run big!) and they surprisingly fit my non-runner, but substantial calves. And because they are kids, they have reflectors on the back: safety first.

Hooray for J! I knew he'd do it at his own time. N's doctor said he doesn't care at all if she crawls or not, so we are soaking up this semi-immobile life while it still lasts. If she wants something now, she just points and we take her there. #spoiledfirstborn

17 Perth said...


17 Perth said...

Also, I'm so glad my calves are not the only ones who have trouble fitting into boots. 😆

Anonymous said...

Hi Amanda,
I really enjoy reading your blog. However, use of the term "ghetto" in the context written above is racist. Before you respond with "omg I totally didn't mean it that way, I'm not racist, I swear," recognize that the only appropriate response is to simply stop using the word. You're a writer; you can do it.

Jen said...

Aww yay that J is crawling!!! :) I can't believe he is already 10.5 months old.

The Lady Okie said...

I know, right? Crazy! It went too fast.

The Lady Okie said...

Hi, anonymous. I appreciate the heads up, and thanks for reading the blog.

The Lady Okie said...

I know he's just my favorite :)

Audrey Louise said...

I need a pair of rain boots so badly. I was looking forward to getting a tall pair from the Hunter x Target line, but they got discontinued before I could get a yellow pair. UGH. I'm going to have to dig into rain boots a little deeper and find something soon.
Yay for J crawling!!!
I'm 100% keeping my eye on that Mindy Mae's sale. And those suspenders are SO cute!!

Rach said...

Yay for J crawling! That's awesome! And so funny that it was to knock down a tower of blocks. That's exactly why my neighbor's baby started crawling! :) Speaking of blocks, how long did R play with those before she outgrew them or does she still like to play with them?

I hope the hard parts of this season pass soon for you. <3

Yay for new rainboots and cute new clothes for your babies! :)