Gratitude Attitude

50 Days of Gratitude – My Thanksgiving Countdown continued…

The countdown to Thanksgiving continues.  I’ll admit, sometimes at the end of the day it is hard for me to come up with more than 2 things.  And usually one of those two is “sleep” or “bedtime” or some permutation thereof.  But I’m still going, and I’m more than halfway there.

You can find my first 10 days of gratitude here.

Things I am grateful for…

Days 11 through 20

49. Dragonflies

50. Sweet and surprising things Mr. Pickle says in the midst of the daily madness that catch me off guard – tonight it was an unprompted, “Thank you for dinner, Mama” while we all sat eating together

51. Hearing a great/fun/memory-full song on the radio that I haven’t heard in ages (The other day it was Phish’s “Bouncing Round the Room” and I was right back in high school again.)

52. English Breakfast tea

53. Junk food TV (My husband makes fun of me, but I am not ashamed to admit that I like Long Island Medium. I do. And I’m tempted to tune into Duck Dynasty, too. I have not yet reached the level of Honey Boo Boo, though.)

54. Drinking straws (The number of bendy straws I go through is irresponsible. Surely, I am contributing more than my fair share to local landfills. I feel guilty, but not enough to stop using them.)

55. Internet shopping (I have started my Christmas shopping, but only because it is so much darn fun to hunt for bargains and great gifts online. In case you’re wondering, I have not purchased the unicorn mask for anyone… yet.)

56. The overwhelming kindness and support of my friends

57. Night swimming (The activity AND the song by REM.)

58. The quiet of snow (I once heard something about sound waves travelling differently- or not at all? – through falling snow. I should probably look that up. But in the meantime, I think it is true and the stillness, and quiet it just amazing.)

59. Coordinated naps (Can I get an “Amen”?!)

60. The big freezer in my basement

61. Iced coffee

62. Gummy vitamins

63. Laughter

64. Flying, leaping hugs

65. My wise, old soul little girl, who loves “Goodnight Irene” better than any other song

My pensive 7-month-old.

66. Patience

67. The ability to participate in our political system

68. Pacifiers

69. Dental care

70. Flannel sheets

71. Legal pads (I inherited my love of legal pads from my father.)

72. Weekends

73. Love

74. Malbec

75. April, Jena and Christine (Different backgrounds, different ages, different life paths, but the same loving supportive friendship.  I am so grateful for them.)

76. Gold sunshine on an October afternoon

77. Tylenol

78. ATM machines

79. Leftovers

80. Roasted garlic (Or any garlic, really.)

81. Giggles (Is there anything better than hearing wild giggles emanating from your son and daughter while they play with their dad? Nope, there isn’t.) 

82. Adventures

83. Pajamas

84. Perspective

85. Cole slaw

86. Rock ‘n’ roll

87. New Zealand (I lived there in 2002 and I left a part of my heart there.)

88. Greek yogurt

89. Good hair days

90. Silliness

91. Monogramming (I can’t help it. Please don’t ever get me a labeller – it wouldn’t be pretty.  My daughter just received this blanket from Pottery Barn Kids and I love it. So does she.  If I had to guess, this blanket will quickly become her lovey.  Added bonus?  The gift giver had it monogrammed with her name!)

92. Nieces!

93. Oatmeal raspberry squares

94. Coffee, but not just any coffee, coffee that is the absolutely perfect temperature with just the right amount of 1/2 and 1/2.

95. My husband, who is unreasonably patient and kind, with me and with the kiddos

96. Baby bunnies (A co-worker raises amazing fluffy bunnies so she can shear them and spin their fur/hair into yarn.  One of her mama bunnies had 6 little ones, and I can now state, without hesitation, that baby bunnies are indeed the cutest things on the planet. Or probably the universe. Puppies are in the Top 10, as are kittens.  But bunnies top the list. No question.)

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Things I Love Thursdays!

Last week I posted about a Lands End bag…

This week I’m going to go Lands End again.

Crazy, I know.

Today’s TIL is another baby gift I received that I have since given to other new moms.

When Mr. Pickle was born, he received this lovely Scottish lace blanket.  It was monogrammed with his name and birthday.  It was soft and lovely, and the perfect light summer layer, when opened all the way up, or slightly warmer fall layer when doubled up.  He still uses this blanket at daycare. He is a sweaty kiddo, and the light, cuddly, soft layer is just what he needs at naptime.  Plus, it launders really well, so I can get the daycare germy ickies off of it each week.  My only gripe is that the monogram looks a little cheesy on the reverse side, since the blanket is so lightweight.

Lands End Wheels Lace Baby Blanket

Imagine my excitement when the same friend sent the pink version of the blanket to Miss Plum B!  Equally lovely and soft, and I sure am a sucker for a monogram.

Lands End Bunnies Lace Baby Blanket

There are three choices for this blanket, the pink bunnies (9 squares), the blue trucks (9 squares) or the teddy bear blanket, which is one big teddy bear design, that comes in white, blue or pink.  They cost $25 each and can be monogrammed for $6 more.  Like last week, I advise you to look around for a promo code or Lands End sale – you can often get free shipping and a percentage off.  If you’re shipping directly to a new mom, skip the gift box option for another $6, because the gift box is lost on a new mom, and you already get to open the shipping packaging!

PS – As noted previously, Lands End doesn’t know me. Actually, I’m pretty sure no one in Wisconsin knows me.  Wait, maybe one person does. Anywho, I just really like these blankets, and that bag, and some other really good Lands End stuff. 

Things I Love Thursdays!

Back to our regularly…

…er, semi-regular…

…er, sometimes I get around to posting about things I like.  Sometimes I do this on Thursdays.

My latest TIL!

Add together my complete rejection of all things cool with my dislike for most diaper bags with all of their stupid zippers, compartments and silliness and you end up with this…

Lands End Medium Open Top Shoulder Tote

(Please forgive the cheesy model lady in the photo.)

This bag is PERFECT.  I got it in pink for Miss Plum.  It is large, but comfortable to carry with an adjustable shoulder strap (for the times you’re toting 2 kiddos plus their stuff into daycare) and smaller handles. There are lots of monogram options and the monogramming came out oh-so-cute. There are four pockets sewn into the inside of the bag (in the chosen color!), but there is still one big open space to put stuff. Love love love. Have I mentioned I love this bag?  Better than ANY diaper bag I’ve seen or used.

I love it so much I bought 2 (with monograms, of course) for friends with new babies.  The bag comes in 3 colors – pink, aqua, and navy.  And here’s the kicker – it is only $27.99!  Add a monogram for $6 and some shipping/tax and you have a fantastic new baby gift for under $40.  Lands End regularly runs promos for % off plus free shipping, so you may be able to get it for even less. One of the bags I just bought cost a grand total of $28.61 – that includes the bag, the monogram, the shipping and the tax!  WINNER!

PS – The folks at Lands End don’t know me, I just really really really like this bag.  A lot.