Alrighty-- in no particular order... here are a few of my new favorite things.
Number one. Chocolatey Mint tea from Superstore. I drink coffee all morning long (caffeine needed in a bad way). In the afternoon I switch to drinking tea. During the cold rainy season you've gotta have a mug of something hot nearby to survive.
Baking soda + vinegar mixed with food coloring + eye dropper + a four year old = an hour of fun
Got the idea from here.
Sidenote-- in no way was this activity a teachable "scientific" moment in our house-- it was done strictly to have fun, make a mess, and occupy my four year old so that I would have some measure of sanity between the hour of 4 to 5 pm. And if I'm being completely honest-- I really couldn't explain why the vinegar made the baking soda all "fizzy" and such anyways.
But look at how much fun it was...
Number three. I got my hair cut and moved into stage four of my post pregnancy hair. Are you not familiar with the four stages? Let me enlighten you.
Stage one: crazy, crazy, amounts of hair. It's a good thing I don't leave the house in the weeks following the birth of a baby because it literally takes me half an hour to blow dry.
Stage two: shed fest.... buying Drain-o in bulk... I start texting my hairdresser pictures of the hair balls I pull out of the shower drain with messages saying "is this normal?" "does this look right to you?". Seriously-- I lose an insane amount of hair.
Stage three: regrowth. worst. stage. ever. Half of my hair is one length... the other half is an inch or two long. I spend my days trying to hide my new set of mini bangs and nasty sideburns.
Stage four: I finally break down and get bangs cut to hide the mini bangs.
I am now at stage four... hence the bangs.
Wow, that is a really really big close up picture of my head. Kinda wish I had taken a picture of my haircut the day it was done-- not the unwashed bed head I decided to leave the house with three days later.
Number four. Taking the kids to Chapters.
Starbucks, book browsing, and a fantastic selection of awesome home accessories = fun for me. Trains, toys, kids books = fun for the kids. It really is a win win situation for us all.
I'm thinking I'm going to do most of my Christmas shopping here this year...
And that my friends-- concludes today's list of favorite new things.