Self Care, the not so fun way

This isn’t what I’m normally blog about, but I’m sitting, waiting to see my dermatologist this morning for my annual skin cancer check. I foresee a biopsy in my near future, which is never fun, but anything is better than not catching cancer early, right?

In my teens and early twenties I worked outside and wasn’t always perfect about putting on sunscreen. After a scare five or six years ago, I’ve been diligent about getting anything suspicious checked out, especially since Kai was born.

Cross your fingers for good news for me, and make sure you are taking care of yourselves, too. Weird looking moles, moles that change color, hurt, or bleed, or anything that’s bothering you should get checked out!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe for a Toddler #1

Here’s a peek at how the sewing for Kai’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe is going. I made a Twig + Tale Evergreen Bonnet and Pixie Shorts from a 100% wool blazer. The blazer was a great thrift find. It was a size 16 so there was lots of material and it was Pendleton wool so it was great quality.

I did felt the wool before cutting (an extra long hot cycle in the washer and a fully dry hot cycle in the dryer). This was my first time sewing clothing with a sewing machine and I think it went really well. The Twig + Tale patterns were really easy to follow and had embedded video for some of the tricker things incase you were confused.

I think it’s off to great start!

Buy Nothing: January

So January shouldn’t have been too much of a challenge at only 16 days (we started on the 15th, due to inspiration striking late.) It was and it wasn’t.

On January 15th, Kai threw my phone, and it hit the bathtub spigot screen first and then fell into the filling tub. It was toast. Toastier than toast. So on the first day of my buy nothing challenge I bought a new iPhone. FAIL.

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The Hygge Lux Baby Registry

Unlike Ada who is all about zero-waste, my friend Beatrice is all about comfort and convenience. Her vision of a happy motherhood involves lots of cuddling while surrounded by fluffy blankets, watching the snow fall through her windows. I told Bea I was calling my post on her baby registry the Lux Baby Registry, and she pointed out that what it really was was a Hygge Baby Registry. Everything as comfy and cozy as possible for nesting down with a new baby.

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Project: Sew a Summer Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

Don’t you hate it when you know your kid has plenty of clothing but you can’t find the one shirt that they want? I do, a lot.

As you all have probably seen, we’re doing the Buy Nothing challenge. One of the things I’m not buying is clothing for Kai. I could just thrift the stuff she needs for summer, but where’s the fun in that? (Also our thrift stores never have kid clothes. I think people sell to Once Upon A Child and trash the rest). So I am sewing Kai a summer capsule wardrobe.

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Zero Waste Baby Registry

Two of my best friends are having their first babies. One friend is as mainstream as can be, the other is my inspiration for reducing our waste and consumption. I’ve been having lots of conversations with both of them about babies and what they actually need, and I was inspired to share the fruits of these conversations with you all. I’ll post the Luxury Baby Registry that my mainstream, convenience friend and I put together later on this week.

This list is for the zero-wasters, the plastic-free, and the nature mamas. I tried to note vegan options as well.

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Buy Nothing 5

It’s been a hard winter over here. My husband hurt himself and the recovery was slow, and then Kai caught pneumonia and was scary sick for a longer time than we would’ve wished. Everyone is finally back up and moving, and so I’m working on my New Year’s Resolution: blog more!

From January 15th to June 15th, we’ll be doing the Buy Nothing (New) Challenge. Between a huge pile of medical bills coming our way and generally wanting to increase our savings and pay off our student loans, we’ve been taking a good hard look at our lifestyle and are ready to make a change. So we are going five months without buying any new consumer goods. We’ll be using up, fixing up, and making do.

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Pre-winter prep time!

As I pulled out things for our harvest meal, I’m also pulling down all our winter paraphernalia. As soon as the table is clear on Saturday, we decorate for winter.

In order to do that and not have chaos, I stage each box of goodies in the guest room. I’m pretty meticulous by nature so every box is labeled and organized, but every year I dig through them and make sure only the stuff I want to decorate with comes out after harvest.

The only thing I don’t do in advance is test light strips, because that’s my husband’s job! It just frustrates me.

It also means that I know what we’re missing before we need it. Like this year, we have a fireplace and a mantle! I mostly have things that can be repurposed for this space, but I have also been keeping an eye out for the two or three things we would like (stocking hangers!)