Category Archives: Things for Thursdays

Stuff, gear, crap… call it what you will. I love it and love to share it too!

The Sun is Shining, the Weather is SWEET! It’s ZOKU time!

I’m so far behind on posts and I have so much to talk about, but I’m going to step away from the drama of the last few weeks of pregnancy and the sadness of losing a dear friend to be happy for the season.

It’s spring. In usually sweltering hot Florida, April is the yummiest month of the year. The sun heats up the pool but not so much that you can only lay like a beached whale. Babies run around naked in the backyard and sit in sandboxes (the boys at least, I would think girls should wear some kind of sand/privates protector, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough!)

My first attempt at Zoku pops: Peach Fudgies. Not too shabby, eh?

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Sophie’s home

We decided not to involve the cops in the Sophie the Giraffe kidnapping, and instead paid the $18.99 (plus shipping and handling) to Amazon.com. Five to seven days later, Sophie arrived home. Praise be to God!

Strangely, she’s cleaner than when she left. There were no remnants of last week’s oatmeal crusted on to any of her legs, let alone all of them and it made me wonder if she didn’t set this all up just to get a little R&R. No matter, she’s home now, Little Man is lovingly mouthing her nose as we speak.

OMG Sophie the Giraffe is in trouble!

This may, or may not, have arrived in the mail.

Great gifts for the new mom


Not terribly romantic but these gifts are practical and wonderful:

1. A moisturizer that is also a sanitizer.
I wash and/ or sanitize my hands 20 to 30 times a day. Moisturizer is imperative. I even had to wear those moisturizing gloves at night to stop the cracking.
Gold Bond is an excellent choice.

2. A robe with pockets.
At the beginning, I wore pajamas all day and needed to carry the phone – it always ring when you’re in the other room – a granola bar or a banana, or a burp cloth. And then, when the realization of returning to work hit me, I got right back into the jammies and robe once more.
Victorias Secret has a beautiful Sparkle Sweater Robe – not too thick for those hot flashes and still pretty.

3. Burp cloths from Ikea.
Super cheap and big enough to protect the back of your nice clothes from those projectile spit ups. I received hundreds of receiving blankets and no burp cloths. I don’t need THAT many receiving blankets and ended up turning some into burp cloths!
Ikea burp cloths (also available in pink)

4. An e-reader.
Whether it’s an ipad, a nook, a kindle or something else, you can read books in the dark, turn pages and hold the reader with the same hand, get books, magazines or newspapers without leaving the house – it’s a life saver when too much tv is too much!
I wouldn’t recommend the Kindle, but that’s a post yet to come.

I’ll keep adding stuff as I think about it.

Don’t waste your money here:
1. Receiving Blankets!
Let everyone else buy these.

2. Hooded towels
They’re not very thick (unless you get the top of the line versions) and you already have enough laundry to do without worrying about keeping a clean baby towel too, so we ended up using our own towels. Much easier much more cozy for baby.

Expand your child’s mind

A Rosh Hashanah story

With all of the anger against other religions, why not expose the next generation to religions other than your own? Perhaps if our children understand the meaning behind other religions we can actually manage to stave off some anger… perhaps even a future war (this reminds me of the reason our child is having a middle name – I’ll recount that story another day.)

Check out the book in my Amazon Store here: http://astore.amazon.com/roybel-20?node=1&page=2

Things for Thursday: Sling #1

baby bjorn

The Baby Bjorn

Known internationally as the easiest and possibly safest baby carrier in the world. Excellent gift for a baby shower.
Why is it the best?

  • You can use it from birth (8 pounds) to 25 pounds.
  • You can get the air version which has mesh pieces keeping you and baby cool
  • Dad will wear it (my husband won’t wear the Moby – too feminine)
  • You can wear it with baby facing in or out.

If you want to see other things I recommend, check out my Amazon Store.

Great book – makes me laugh every time

Bear in Underwear

This book cracks me up every time I see it  – what could be better than a bear in y-fronts?