Clean Mama: the Greatest Gift of All!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful day which included an uninterrupted shower. I’m not saying that was my favorite part, but it might have been my favorite part.

(Ok, just kidding. I get to take uninterrupted showers at least once a week per my sentencing guidelines. Um, I mean, because my two older children are wonderful creatures that will distract Miss Babystar for twenty minutes so that I can wash my hair.)

While in the shower, I realized that I never added the Arbonne ABC Baby Soap to this list.

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DON’T WORRY I’M NOT GOING TO TRY TO SELL YOU ANYTHING.

I know, I know, some people freak out and run screaming (or scrolling since we are all online here) when mamas say ‘Arbonne’ or ‘Lularoe’ or ‘DoTerra’ or ‘Shakeology’ or so many other trigger words. Those poor hustling mamas are just trying to do their thing. Even if their thing is sometimes annoying. You know what else is annoying? The fact that Target emails me every single day about SOMETHING and their Cartwheel app is stupid and difficult to use. But I still love Target and I still love my #momboss friends.

Ahem. Fun(ny) fact: I accidentally became an Arbonne consultant.

Yep. I ordered shampoo and conditioner and body wash and hand lotion and mascara (PS the Arbonne mascara is crap) from a friend at a party and then offered to HOST a party for her. Then, at MY party, my teenager wanted to try the entire freaking skin care line so I ordered a bunch more stuff for her. And me. And I ordered the baby soap for Babystar. In the weird pyramid scheme math, if I paid twenty bucks or something, I could get a save even more money and get a free thing AND get 35% off of my purchased for a whole year so DUH. Of course I did it. I did not realize what was going down* until our products arrived along with a box of ten catalogs and some cool samples (yay!) and a Welcome New Consultant folder. Whoops.

*I am sure my friend explained it to me but it was the end of the night and I had several glasses of prosecco.

I don’t even know how much it cost because I paid money for a discount (does that even make sense?) and I had to spend a minimum amount to get some ‘free’ stuff so I’m just going with the basic retail price which is $21.

Babystar still prefers to EAT the Honest Creamsicle** Soap. But she likes the Arbonne ABC soap because it barely lathers. Babystar hates bubbles. Well, she LOVES bubbles outside with a bubble wand that she drips all over and gets herself all sticky so that she needs a bath. She DESPISES any bubbles in said bath. She gets all mad at them and tries to pop them all saying, ‘no bubbles, no bubbles, no bubbles.’ Like she’s on some Baby Bathtime version of Press Your Luck.

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**It’s actually called Orange-Vanilla-Something but it’s basically a Creamsicle.

RAISING BABYSTAR: $16,923.99

Airplanes and Dinosaurs.

Babystar is growing out of her pajamas. I was SURE I was set for the winter. I just gave away everything up to 18 months (except for one pair of Carter’s fleece pajamas because all of Carter’s clothes run small except the fleece or terry footed pajamas and we just have to accept this fact). I am trying to squeeze some more wears out of her 18-24 months pajamas but they are basically capris. Babystar is not tall; I don’t get it. But it’s cold at night. And she hates blankets. So I bought some 2T jammies to hopefully get her through the winter. The cotton sets were buy one, get one half off. I bought two of the same, so four sets of airplane pajamas. Babystar loves airplanes. She waves to them and blows them kisses. She knows the difference between and airplane and a helicopter. It is really funny listening to her trying to say helicopter. The fleece dinosaur two-pack was on clearance. She also loves dinosaurs. Yes, I bought these in the ‘Toddler Boys’ department but she legit loves dinosaurs and airplanes. Which she learned about from her pink laptop and the sky, respectively. Also, why are airplanes and dinosaurs for boys and not girls? Many girls ride in AND fly airplanes. Amelia Earhart, anyone? (Ok, maybe she is a bad example.) And I happen to know from watching Jurassic Park that there were DEFINATELY girl dinosaurs. So, what’s the deal?

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Also, I did LOOK in the ‘Toddler Girls’ section for airplanes. I found two shirts on clearance for $2.25 each, but no airplane pajamas.

RAISING BABYSTAR: $13,527.96

Starstruck.

I am in love, over the moon, OBSESSED with my new baby carrier. Yes, this makes five. Plus the water ring sling. (I gave away the Moby and K’tan.) Shhhh.

This print is EVERYTHING.

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Rainbow Freaking Stars, I think it’s called. Or Incandescent Adventure, actually. I bought three of the Smart Bottoms diapers and one wet bag in this print at the Lil’ Tulips booth at MommyCon. Well, actually one of the diapers was Luminescent Adventure and two were Incandescent Adventure but they are basically the same except one is horizontal and one is vertical. Whatever, it’s RAINBOW FREAKING STARS.

(Oh, and I have one of those Incandescent Adventure Smart Bottoms diapers still unwashed and unused with a fun surprise in mind.)

I ordered the Tula and checked out and then remembered that I also wanted the matching Smart Bottoms drool pads. I hate paying shipping so I also added a pretty unicorn wet bag to the order to get to the minimum of $35 necessary for free shipping.

So I now get to wear Babystar in this beautiful Tula with matching drool pads and then keep it in a matching zippered bag. And she could even wear her matching diapers! I am genuinely so excited about this. I know it’s absurd and I don’t even care.

Between the mall and the zoo and regular life, we have already logged over ten hours in this baby and I’ve had it less than a week.

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Look how pretty they are all packed up. That new unicorn bag has stars on it too — teeny tiny stars. The Tula Coast Shine lives there now.

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I still love my Beco carriers but these Tulas are so soft and comfy, for me and for Babystar. Plus my husband can use them, and he had a hard time with the Beco. He loves wearing Babystar in a Tula, though. Yes, I am trying to justify these carriers to you lovely strangers on the Internet. Is it working?

RAISING BABYSTAR: $12,699.77

I Forgot to Feed the Baby!

Just kidding. But I did forget to include the cost of her food so far.

Babystar has been dining on mama milk for the first bit of her life. The best thing about mama milk is that it’s free! (And portable. That’s good too. But the BEST thing is that it’s free.) My dear cousin gave me a ton of nursing accessories that she didn’t use with her NICU preemie: milk storage bags and nursing pads and even a tube of lanolin. Very helpful during the early days. And my dear MIL bought me several nursing bras and nursing tops last Christmas. The food thing was pretty handled.

But the Baby grew. She got bigger and hungrier.

I love feeding Little Miss Messyface. We started slow by giving her just a little bit of banana or sweet potato while the family had dinner. (And we don’t all have time for a sit down dinner every night so it was pretty sporadic.) Once she seemed to really get in to the whole eating thing, I started feeding her dinner every night then soon added in a lunch.

My SIL gave me a Baby Bullet that she never used, and I’ve been using that tiny blender and six quarter cup containers to make her purees. I like the little Baby Bullet blender. My Vitamix doesn’t really know what to do with such small amounts. So far she has only had bananas, pears, carrots, sweet potato, peas, strawberry, avocado, peaches, and spinach. Babystar looooves some spinach with garlic! I’ve created a conservative estimate of her food costs so far.

  • Banana x6     $0.95
  • Pears x8     $7.98
  • Sweet potato x3     $3.00
  • Carrots     $1.99
  • Peas x1,000     $4.98
  • Strawberry x30     $6.00
  • Avocado x2      $3.00
  • Peaches (frozen)     $2.99
  • Spinach x1,000,000     $9.97

Food total as of last Friday is $38.87.

Making her meals was starting to takeover my life. Then the Teen Queen told me that the Pinterest Mommies made batches of food and froze them in ice cube trays. I was interested. Then I found this super cool website and I was obsessed!

I even ordered these pretty purple ice cube trays so I could make adorable one ounce squares of frozen food. (But I only bought two trays so I had to use my boring-shaped ice cube trays also.) I spent yesterday in the kitchen making purees to freeze. (I won’t bother noting the recipes. Go here and find ones you like.) Babystar watched Super Bowl Pregame with dad.

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I picked up food at Costco and Harris Teeter in preparation for Game Day.  Some of the big Costco packs were split amongst the fam for smoothies or salads, but I’m counting the full package cost. I have not included any food I gave her from my plates at restaurants, either so far (hummus) or for the next several months, so I’m sure it will equal out. Sharing is caring.

  • Apples x10     $2.99
  • Pears x5     $3.99
  • Spinach x1,000     $9.98
  • Mango slices     $7.99
  • Strawberries     $6.99
  • Avocados x6     $3.99
  • Red peppers x7     $6.49
  • Basil     $2.99
  • Organic potato x2     $1.47
  • Sweet potato x3     $4.00
  • Broccoli     $2.49

$53.37. Plus $7.99 for the ice cube trays. So $100.23 so far.

RAISING BABYSTAR:  $5,908.01