The Best $20 I Have Spent...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration but it is the best $20 I have spent recently.
 I was just complaining to Eric that now that Charlotte is almost completely out
of the toddler sizes (this dress is a 5T) I am not happy with the clothing choices for her.
Or maybe I should say I am not happy with the affordable clothing choices for girls her age.
I  actually want my 5-year old to dress LIKE A LITTLE GIRL.
Not like a trendy pre-teen, dressed in black.
She has plenty of time for that.

No, Lucy! 
We say this 1.5 million times a day.
Sadly, she is now losing her hearing--not that she ever listened to us anyway.
Girlfriend is looking old here.

Yesterday after lunch she was having a cookie at the dining room table and I looked
outside and saw the great light so we moved snack out there.
And yes, it really was nice enough for short-sleeves during the middle of the day at least for a
little while...on January 10. In Illinois.
I think it got to 60*.

{Dress is Harajuku Mini for Target}

On a completely random note, I have watched two good movies in the past week.
1. Midnight In Paris. Has anyone seen it?
Loved that movie, it was really good.
2. The Debt. Anyone? I wouldn't have picked this one (Eric did) but I liked it and will
watch it again for sure.
Kinda action-y/thriller/suspenseful but good with a good/interesting/unique story.

I need some book suggestions...Read anything good lately?
Good, good, good books.
Please and Thank you.
Happy Wednesday y'all, the week is half over.


  1. Hi there! I just read:

    The Wives of Henry Oades
    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society!

    They were BOTH good, like I mean REALLY good! esp. the Literary one, I cried when it was over because I didn't want it to be. I felt like I lost my best friends & I wanted to move to Guernsey to go be with them!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos of miss charlotte! she's adorable and that dress is SOOOOOOO precious on her!

  2. p.s next up is the Solidier's Wife

    I have heard this one was absolutely fabulous and I have been putting it off because I know it will be great and I don't want it to be over before I even start it. how weird I KNOW!

    p.s. did you read The Help?
    Sarah's Key? The Kite Runner?
    Still Alice?
    those are some of my all time FAVORITES!

  3. Love these shots. Isn't the weather insane for the time of year?

    She looks adorable.

  4. I will second The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society! Don't let the weird name fool you! It's a wonderful book! Probably my favorite book I read last year.

    I've also been told to read Sarah's Key a few times now. It's on my list.

    I envy the 60 degree weather! It's cold here in Idaho!

  5. Love the dress!

    The Kitchen House, My Name is Memory, and Those Who Save Us have been my favorites lately.

  6. That IS an adorable dress. I bought a similar one from target for my sobrina.

    Also, THE LIGHT IS DELICIOUS in every single picture. More delicious than those cookies and milk I am sure. lol...

  7. My girlie is also 5 and I have the same dilemma going on. That bling bling stuff called kids clothes is just not working for me, sigh! I am always on the hunt for pretty stuff. Might have to check Target, too. Thanks for the tip!
    As far as books I am with the other gals: I just started reading the Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society and have trouble putting it down, seriously it is that good. Happy reading!!!!

  8. cutest dress{and girl wearing it} EVER! :)
    so so sweet!

  9. That dress is precious! I just might have to see if they have it in Stella's size!

  10. Adorable dress - I've notice the Harajuka kids clothes at Target, too. Love your header image BTW. AND - the cookies? Homemade? Share the recipe? = )

  11. I like age appropriate clothing too. She's a doll. My book club is reading My Redeeming Love by Francine good!

  12. Saw Midnight in Paris on anniversary. First time we went out to the movies since the kids, so I think it will always have a special meaning. I did like it, with Woody you always know what you are getting. It is comforting. Too bad I saw it in Italian...hehe

  13. stop it.
    ella has that dress too!
    i wanted to do that SAME thing.
    i'm mad at you right now ;)

  14. I am so with you on little girls dressing like little girls. If I had a daughter I would be the same way! There is nothing grosser to me than a little girl walking around in a T-shirt that says Hottie. I just read 'The Lost Wife'...really sad, but good.

  15. Oh, I third the Guernsey was a delight!

  16. I LOVED REdeeming Love & Those Who Save us also! GREAT books!

  17. We got our first "real" snow here too the last two days, and even though I know it was unusual I was quite happy with a little cold and dry. Now it's back to shovelling and full boots, wet wool and little puddles of melting snow all over the floor. The good news is that there will likely be only another two months of this! I will vouch for the Potatoe Peel Society book - it was a goodie. Other ones I have loved lately are The Dovekeepers (Alice Hoffman), Far To Go (Alison Pick), Cool Water (Dianne Warren), The Beauty of Humanity Movement (Camilla Gibb), Amaryllis in Blueberry (Christine Meldum), Annabel (Kathleen Winter), Let's Take The Long Way Home (Gail Caldwell - this is a non-fiction), Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard (Richard B. Wright), Remarkable Creatures (Tracey Chevalier), The Pull of The Moon (Elizabeth Berg), Olive Kitteredge (Elizabeth Strout), Mr. Pettigrew's Last Stand (Helen Simonson), After the Falls (Catherine Gilder), You Remind Me of Me (Dan Chaon), I See You Everywhere (Julia Glass), Sing Them Home (Stephanie Kallos) - that ought to keep you for a while!


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