Skipping Hippo's review!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

As girlie things go, I am more of a quality nut that a froo froo nut. My daughter, at only four and a half, is a fashionista. Clothing is her hobby, looking nice, a priority... well at least when she goes out. Around the house, she is usually in a bathing suit, even in the dead of winter, or a dress up outfit, complete with tu-tu.
Thats why when I put this gorgeous coat from Skipping Hippos on her, a huge smile came across her face. She instantly twirled around and declared herself "fancy". It had to be worn with only her "fancy" shoes, and a nice dress. Ironically, this dress coat can be worn as just that, a dress coat. the buttons pull together nicely, are sewn well, and the cut of the coat favors anything from a frock to a pair of leggings. The corduroy is that really soft cottony kind, and it was the first think I noticed - the utter softness of this coat. The retro appliqués along the bottom ( I think its lotus petals?) give it a sweet, pulled together look that just screams high end fashion. The lining is a cotton, polka-dotted material, with silly, feminine colors that are a subtle but perfect Mod accent.
The best thing is even though it is slightly long in the arms on my daughter, I can roll up the sleeves to get that cute cuff look, and it will fit her for two more years. That to me makes this coat worth it. It is not particularly warm even though it is of a heavy quality, so its perfect with a turtle neck for the crisp new England Spring!
So if you have a little Mary Tyler Moore in the making like me and you want a stylish coat people will notice when you walk into church this Easter, Target, or even a playgroup, I reccomend this unique coat for any occasion.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

BOOK REVIEW - "Nothing" Something to Believe in

Friday, June 20, 2008

Nothing - Something to Believe In - by Nica Lalli

This book details the events of a woman's life, from early childhood into adulthood, as she comes to grasps with her atheism, or at least, her lack of believe in anything. Along the way, she encounters interesting characters- relatives, boyfriends, and aquaintances. It's an extremely honest book and I enjoyed peeking into the life of a female atheist. I found alot of similarities between Nica's life, and mine. Granted, Nica grew up in a well to do family in NYC and I grew up in a depressed, poor, freezing cold area filled with Italian Catholics, but other than that, there were alot of similarities. I thought it was interesting that she was raised, basically, as an athiest. I think thats why she had such an easy time resisting the "converters" as they try to bring religion into her life by first befriending her, then sticking the religious rhetoric to her. Her account of going to a "church ski retreat" and being locked in a basement and spewed hellfire at, brought back some memories for me. At times she seems confused, almost hurt by peoples insistance that she believe "something". Other times she seems downright befuttled by her Jewish roots and her lack of belief. This book is heartfelt, familiar to many, and entertaining. I think its a mandatory addition to any non believer's bookshelf. Even Christians would benefit from reading this to get a prespective of how "non-believers" have to deal with a world that feels completely off its rocker when it comes to God. Its maddening, and I think Nica captures this perfectly in her book.

Now the English Major in me has to speak. My only negative comment is, for someone who went to Vassar, I didn't find Nica's story telling techniques to be that creative, nor her descriptive vocabulary to be that diverse. That is not to say her story telling was not entertaining and well written. Maybe she meant it to be factual and to the point; I don't know. The book is interesting and the story is good enough to keep even picky readers coming back for more, but I wouldn't herrald her writing style as particularly captivating. I absolutely enjoyed it though.

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Step 2 play structure!

This thing is a MUST HAVE for active little boys and girls. Its small enough to fit in an average size living room, and isn't up too high for any real injury to occur if your little one takes a header onto the carpet. See for yourself, with this little diddy I made up showing my 19 month old high energy, high needs son rocking it out on his new toy.

oopsiedaize hair clips!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I won these cool oopsiedaize hairclips in a bloggy contest. They are a great find! They are made extremely well and hold hair wonderfully. My daughter got a haircut recently, and after I cut off all her curly hair, we now see it is going straight, must to my chagrin and her delight! she hated her curly hair, and she literally thinks she "wished" her curls away! Here is the side of her head with her barrette in it. They stayed put all day and she looked adorable.