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Got some questionnaire inspiration from the women featured in this Good Trade post here and here and decided to ask myself the same questions they asked the women they featured. So here goes:

A Purchase You Planned: My Acne Studios Musubi bag (reviewed here). I had been eyeing it for over a year and had been stalking it on the RealReal for almost as long. I missed a couple of them since I didn’t like the price point they were selling for (even used!). But eventually snagged one for almost $400 less by waiting for it to go on sale at the RealReal.

An Impulse Buy:  The esby Duffy jumper. I saw it on Instagram and basically immediately searched eBay for a used one, found it, made an offer to purchase it, and I got it!

Your Favorite Purchase: This is a tough one but probably my favorite purchase in the last year is my Celine Soft Cube bag from Fashionphile (reviewed here). It’s functional yet chic and has held up like a champ. My favorite item of clothing is probably my Elizabeth Suzann Mara jumpsuit purchased from eBay (reviewed here). It lasted me through the bulk of my pregnancy and now postpartum too.

A Purchase You Regret: Probably that esby Duffy jumper since it really doesn’t fit me and now I have to resell it.

A Purchase You Regret Not Making: So far none. Most of the time if I don’t buy something, I usually forget about it.

P.S. I know the Nordstrom Anniversary and Amazon Prime Day are happening and a lot of bloggers will be talking about it because it’s a great time to make some commission (if you buy, they make money—this sentiment is also expressed by this blogger here). But it might be a good idea to do this exercise for yourself and really think through the purchases you regret and the purchase you regret not making. Unless there’s something you’ve been eyeing for awhile that’s on sale now, don’t spend your hard earned money on something on a whim that might not serve you well.

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We have been lucky enough that a friend has let us borrow all their baby toys until their baby number 2 comes along. So up until now, we hadn’t bought anything for Emi. So that was my excuse when I decided to try out the Lovevery Baby Play Kits. For $80 every 2 months (or basically $40 a month—the price of a gym membership), Emi gets a curation of thoughtful, well-designed, Montessori-based toys that stimulates her developing brain. It is as good as it seems or did I just fall for Instagram hype?

My first impression of the toys were that they are simple but quality made. The wooden toys (made with sustainably sourced wood) are super chic and feel smooth and sleek. The cotton they use is organic and I know they’ve done their research so that all materials are safe for babies mouths. There are some plastic toys in the mix, like a crinkle bag and some plastic (feels like rubber) rings but they serve a purpose (for sound or for touch). There’s there’s not an excessive use of plastic in their selection of toys.

I also love that each box comes with a set of notecards that not only tell you how to use each toy and how they’re helping with your baby’s brain development, but they also tell you what to expect for those months and tips on how to interact with your baby outside of using their toys. And these notecards come with little pep talks and words of encouragement that are nice to read when you’re feeling especially tired (which is pretty much all the time lol).

Since I don’t plan on going to a toy store or buying Emi any toys during my free time, I love that these boxes are delivered to my door and all the guesswork is taken out. Also if you subscribe to their email or instagram, they have other play ideas using objects you can find around the house (like a muffin tin and balls or a balloon tied to her leg—which is her current favorite activity). So even if you don’t buy their products, they’re still a useful brand to follow.

So far Emi is still getting the hang of these toys since they’re still a bit advanced for her (okay so I lied on the page where they asked for Emi’s age-lol, I didn’t want the first box so I said her birth date was a month before her actual birthday). And it even says on the notecards to keep introducing the toys to her multiple times because at this age they won’t get it right away. But I try out different toys daily and it’s been fun to see her developing. The first time I showed her the ring, she couldn’t even grasp it with my help. Now she can reach out and grasp it, though she doesn’t hold onto it very long. Someday she’ll be able to grasp it, hold it and bring it to her mouth. Then she can feel the difference between the two rings included in the box (one is a hard rubber, the other is soft, stuffed, and made of cotton). But literally baby steps right?

So all in all, I do think these play kits are 100% worth it. Especially for the busy parent who wants high quality, educational type toys. It is slightly a pain that you have to subscribe for the whole set to get even one box to try. But just select the pay as you go option (so it’s a full $80 every two months instead of $72) and it’s really easy to stop your subscription at any time. I actually stopped it so that 1) I could see how easy (or hard) it was for the purposes of this review but also because 2) I wasn’t all that excited about the toys in the 5-6 month box. I plan to restart my subscription for the 7-8 month box (which also seems super easy—just a click of a button).

And for those who want to be frugal about the toys they buy their kids, I’ve seen a new Play Kit sell on ebay for $71 and a used one missing a piece for $41 (so you’re looking at a $20 per month price, but I’ll update this review with what I’m actually able to sell it for when I do eventually list it on eBay).

Anyway I’ll also update how Emi plays with these toys as she gets older and my overall impression in a couple of months (and also whether or not I decide to continue my subscription). But if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself and your kid, this referral link will get you a $10 promo off your first order at Lovevery.

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* This is an unsponsored post although the Medela was covered by my insurance. I purchased both the Spectra and Willow Pumps myself.

I’ve only been pumping for about 4 months now so I’m in no way an expert but because I have chronically low milk supply, I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my pumps. And I’ve tried three different pumps, so I thought I’d share my experience here.

The Medela Symphony Pump

I wasn’t planning to try a Medela pump but I was lucky enough to get a rental from Kaiser for free due to my very low supply. This costs about $2000 new so this is probably not an option for most people. Renting costs about $44 a month through Apria. I only had free rentals for 3 months, but I’m so glad I got to try this one out because now I know what a $2000 pump feels like lol. It gives me a good gold standard (or rather “high-end expensive” standard) to compare the other two pumps to. You can purchase one used, which is totally reasonable since this is a closed pump system so the milk doesn’t actually run through the machine. You’ll never have cross contamination, but if you do purchase used you’ll want to buy your own flanges and tubing (that’ll make it feel like a brand new pump since those are the parts that touch the milk). If you want to buy it used I saw some go for $250-$450 on eBay and you can also buy tubing and flanges new on eBay or on Amazon. Now why might you want to go through the hassle of buying used and all the parts separately? Because tbh, this is the best pump of the three I’ve tried. Here’s why:

Pros
  • The best suction out of all three, as in the most powerful. If you’ve got milk in your boobs, this thing will for sure get it out. Which is why it’s great for someone with low supply like myself. Also I find that because of the powerful suction, I don’t have to pump as long to get to empty.

  • Easy to use and no frills. There’s just the let-down phase (faster pumping, lower suction) and the expression phase (slower pumping, higher suction) that you can adjust the suction for, but you can’t change the pumping rates so you don’t have to even think about it. It also automatically goes from one phase to the other so you don’t have to think about it (and if you want you can switch back to the let-down phase).

  • The flanges and bottles come in 3 pieces so that 1) I used an old sports bra, cut a hole for the nippes and use that as a pumping bra (no specialized bra needed) and 2) for those with low supply, you can turn the bottle upside down and collect the milk in the elbow piece so you don’t actually have to wash a bottle every time you pump (the bottle stays clean, you just have to wash the flange and the elbow). There’s nothing more tedious than having to wash the whole thing every time for 10mL of milk.

Overall if you have low supply, this really is the best. But it’s not all rainbows and sunshine because:

Cons
  • This thing is a tank. It’s super heavy and has to be plugged in at all times so there’s zero mobility with this thing.

  • There’s no timer so you’re going to have to keep track yourself on how long you’ve been pumping (which doesn’t seem like a big deal but is easily overlooked when in a sleep-deprived state).

  • The let-down and expression pumping rates are pre-determined. I said that was a pro up top, but it can also be a con for those who want to fiddle with the settings.

  • And of course the cost.

The Spectra S1

Now this is pretty much the gold standard for the normal folks (and by normal I mean those who produce an adequate amount of milk). This is the one all my friends use and recommended to me. And for those who are lucky enough to have good health insurance, this one can sometimes be covered through insurance. If not, you can buy it new for $200. As for me, Kaiser would not cover this so I purchased this used on eBay for $80 (this is also a closed pump system so milk doesn’t run through the machine). I still had to buy the tubing and flanges new so I think overall it cost me about $130. If you don’t want to go through the hassle just buy it new.

Pros
  • The Let-down and Expression phase pumping rates and suction strength are customizable up to a point. The Let-down phase has a pumping rate (what they call Cycle) max of 70 (sorry, I don’t know what the numbers refer to) and suction strength (what they call Vacuum) of 5 (with a 12 being the strongest suction). The Expression phase has a max cycle of 54 and max vacuum of 12. Also the switching between these two phases is manual so you can choose how long you want to be in each phase.

  • The S1 is super portable because it comes with a rechargeable battery so if you want, you can walk around the house hooked up to the pump and carry the pump. This feature is probably my favorite since this way you’re not tethered to an outlet. The S2 (the pink one) doesn’t have a rechargeable battery so like the Medela Symphony, you will have to stay in one place while you pump. This pump is also relatively light so you can easily travel with it in your carry-on.

  • There’s a timer on the machine so you don’t have to keep track of how long you’ve been pumping.

Cons
  • For me, the biggest con about the Spectra is that the suction is relatively weak when compared to the Medela Symphony. The max 12 feels like half the suction of the setting I used for the Medela (and I wasn’t even maxing out on the Medela, I was at about 75% strength). So for a low producer like me, I end up having to pump longer to get all the milk out. For the Medela I would pump from 12-15 minutes while for the Spectra I average about 20-25 minutes. When I originally switched over to the Spectra (when they took my Medela away—that was a sad day lol), I would pump for 15 minutes and not get nearly as much milk. And then my supply started to decrease. Only when I sat pumping for 20+ minutes did my supply start to get back up again. Like I said, for most people the Spectra is adequate, but if you know you have low supply you might want to try renting the Symphony (especially during the early days when you’re really trying to increase supply).

  • You have to buy a special pumping bra if you want hands-free pumping (and believe me, you do). I purchased this Simple Wishes one but for $20 less on eBay (I’m really trying to buy used more often these days because it’s not only better for my wallet but also for the earth).

  • And though it’s listed as a pro up top, having everything be customizable can also be a con. It can be intimidating and a hassle to figure out all the settings when you first start pumping. How much suction should you feel? What’s the best cycle for each phase? How long should you be in the let-down phase before switching to the expression phase? These are all things you have to think about with this pump.

  • And even though you can pump anywhere the rechargeable battery only lasts me 2 days worth (pumping about 6 times a day) so now I just usually keep it plugged into the wall and pump much like I did with the Medela.

The Willow Pump

I already had 2 pumps so there was no need to get a third. But when the Willow pump 1.0 was selling for $100 off the original price and with extra bags, I thought why not give it a try. The idea of being able to discreetly pump anywhere and to be truly untethered was very appealing. Pump while cleaning the house! Pump while driving! Pump while out with a group of friends! I’ve actually done all three and I have to say it’s pretty liberating. But this pump is also not for everyone.

Pros
  • The portability. You can pump anywhere with the Willow. Even with the Spectra S1, you have to carry the pump in one hand so it’s not like you can swifter the floor while pumping (which I did with the Willow).

  • It’s the smallest pump and quietest pump so you can pump without people knowing. Granted if you’re in a meeting or a quiet room, people will hear the motor and wonder what it is. But in a crowded room/restaurant, you won’t be able to hear it. I was at a friends place, went to the bathroom to put the pumps on, and then was able to converse with friends for about 25 minutes while pumping. Also the lightest pump so it’s great for travel.

  • Really strong suction. I would say the suction on this thing is even stronger than the Medela. They have 7 settings and I only could go up to 2 comfortably.

  • There’s an app that is supposed to measure how much milk you’ve collected. This is needed for those with normal to abundant milk supplies since you can’t actually see how much milk you’ve filled in the bag. Since I don’t have that problem, I never bothered with the app because it usually misreads the amount (see the Con point below about this).

  • You don’t need to get a specialized bra for this. Any nursing bra will do. I use my Storq nursing tank (reviewed here).

Cons
  • The Willow Pump is by far the hardest to use and that’s because you are blindly putting on the pumps (ie you can’t see where your nipple goes). For those who haven’t pumped before, you’ll think your nipples are normal and point forward (like I did). But you’ll soon find out that there’s variations between each nipple that makes placing a flange on difficult. And to get good suction and pain free pumping, you need to place the nipple directly in the center of the flange (this is true for every breast pump). I don’t even get it right all the time with the Medela and Spectra where I can actually see the nipple through the flange. So it’s basically impossible for me to get it right with the Willow. I have yet to experience completely pain free pumping with the Willow and that’s why it’s my least favorite. Even with the 2.0 version with the clear flange, you still can’t see how the nipple is placed through the actual pump so I’m not sure it’s that much better (but since I’ve never tried the 2.0 version I can’t say for sure). From what I’ve read it takes about a month of consistent use to get it right. And tbh I’m too lazy to try that hard for pumping.

  • You can’t switch between the two phases. There’s a pre-determined time for each phase and you can’t go back to the first phase. You also can’t power pump (for those with low supply, this is pumping every 15 minutes to increase supply) with the Willow because if you’re within the 25 minute pumping session, it will not repeat the let-down phase.

  • You can’t really do hand-expression (basically milking your own boob) with the Willow. So if you’re prone to milk duct clogs or you have low-supply, this might not be the best pump for you.

  • Unless you have perfect nipple placement, you are going to get air in your bags. This means you might end up filling your milk bags with more air than milk, and it’ll also make the reading on your app wrong.

  • Disassembling the bag from the pump is messy work because there’s always a little bit of milk left in the tube (which is also a bummer when you don’t produce enough milk to begin with). So you can’t just easily disassemble everything on the go. You’re going to want to be near a sink.

  • The pump is expensive and the milk bags (which are not reusable-though there’s a hack for that) are $0.50 each. So if you’re using this exclusively to pump then you’re looking at about $5-$8 a day in bags. For pumping 8 times a day, everyday for 3 months you’re looking at $720! Whenever I pump I use the hack to empty the bags into another bottle and reuse the bags for the day (storing them in the fridge between pumping sessions). It’s a tedious and messy solution but it’s also the cheapest.

  • Charging takes 2 hours per pump (so 4 hours total) and you can get maybe a days worth of pumping if you use it 6 times a day.

I would say for those who are out and about a lot or work and need to pump the Willow might be worth it. Since I’m currently a SAHM, I’ll make the time to pump at home so I don’t really need the Willow. I would also say that if you can get a free pump with insurance, that should be your primary pump with the Willow being a secondary pump for when you’re out or traveling. I think you’ll have difficulties with using the Willow and with getting your supply up if the Willow pump is your first and only breast pump. As a secondary pump for those who already know how it works, it’s a great addition for convenience (once you put in the time to get the hang of it). You can find plenty of used Willow pumps on eBay here but purchase your flange and flextube new. Or if you want to purchase it new, this referral link here will get you an extra 48 milk bags.

Anyway I hope this review helped you guys decide on which pump is for you. I know there’s a ton of options out there (with more and more being released every year), so it’s hard to know which is the “right one”. But tbh, you’ll get used to whichever pump you get so there’s no need to overthink it!

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There was little to no fanfare when Everlane released these pants (it wasn’t even on their coming soon page), so it might have slipped under the radar for some. But being the Everlane addict that I am, I check their new releases page every once in awhile and I noticed these linen pants. Since I’m always on the lookout for good linen pants, I thought I might give these a try with some credit I had earned (thanks to everyone who clicked my referral link). And well, I’m glad I did try them because I really love ‘em!

First a note on sizing: I’m usually a size 4 on top and 6 on the bottom for Everlane. But lately due to body changes because of pregnancy and then giving birth, I’m a bit all over the place when it comes to sizing (like I tried Everlane’ straight leg crop in my usual size 6 and it didn’t fit). But I got these in a size 6 and found that it did fit, mostly because of a really forgiving elastic and drawstring waistband.

lol sorry to keep recycling this pic >.<

 

As you can see the pants hit right at the top of my foot, which is the perfect length for me (I’m 5’4”). On the models on the Everlane site these pants are cropped and hit above the ankle. I don’t mind the full length on me since this is a straight fit.

I love these pants because even though they feel like PJs with the elastic and drawstring waistband, they look pretty polished. They’re just wide enough at the hips and legs, so there’s no pulling, but not so wide that it makes me look short. The linen quality is lightweight, but in a pair of black pants that’s perfect since it’s nice and breezy. You can see how Everlane linen stacks up against other (mostly slow) brands I’ve tried here.

Sorry it took so long to get this review up, so there aren’t that many sizes left in black. The blue indigo color might work for some (probably best paired with white or another light color on top), but I would probably stay away from the white. If it’s anything like my other linen shirt made in the Shenzhen factory, it’s going to be slightly sheer.

Anyway, anyone else try Everlane’s linen pants?

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I had a lucid dream the other night. My second one actually, but the first time (a couple weeks ago) I didn’t really know it was a lucid dream (I was conscious it was a dream but I just wanted to wake up and couldn’t, and spent the whole time anxious). This time I knew I was dreaming and even though I still had a bit of anxiety about not being able to wake up, I decided to go with it. It’s funny because in my dream there were things I could control and things I couldn’t (much like real life I guess). I was in a home (literally my dream home lol) and it was a 4 bed 3 bath ranch style house. I could control where I walked and decide which doors to open (or not), but couldn’t predict what was behind them. And so I went through all the doors with a bit of trepidation since I didn’t know what I would find. But it turned out to be a really normal house (it didn’t even have a walk-in closet lol, but it did have a beautiful green tiled bathroom like the one pictured). There was only one door I didn’t open and it was to the attic, so who knows what kind of subconscious terrors lie there. Then I wanted to go to the beach so I did. It was a big beach like the ones in southern California (where the distance from the water to the street seems like a mile) but the sand and water was like a Hawaiian beach. Anyway have you guys ever had a lucid dream before? So trippy. Next time I’ll try flying lol.

In other news I read this article from the Guardian asking the question “Should museums return their colonial artefacts?” . It’s an interesting debate. I listened to the BBC podcast A History of the World in 100 Objects (all 100 episodes) and I was a bit shocked at all the items the British pillaged/obtained during their centuries of colonialism. I do think they should return the items if asked (much like returning indigenous remains). But if these museums returned all the items, would they have enough left for their own museum?

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It might be because of the extra pooch I’m carrying around post-pregnancy, but I’ve been drawn to a lot of black this summer (I know, not a summer color). First I got this Pyne & Smith Linen dress in black (reviewed here—and someone on Insta commented the look was “summer witch” lol I like it) and then I got a Kowtow cotton romper in black (review coming soon) from theRealReal. Now I’m all about embracing the black in my wardrobe, and then balancing them out with some straw accessories. These are my summer vibes and I’m getting all the inspo from Pinterest!

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still from the documentary Ice on Fire

I watched the documentary Ice on Fire on HBO this past week and highly recommend it! It talks about the rising carbon dioxide levels and climate change, and ways we humans can reverse the damage we’ve done in hopes of preventing a complete global catastrophe. I learned a lot and I was also heartened to see that even though the US policy is in complete denial about this, that other countries are leading the charge towards change. The picture up top shows the top 19 solutions to reverse climate change and it’s interesting to see what I can control (reduce food waste and a plant-rich diet) but more importantly what other non-environment related social changes can reverse climate change (like educating women and family planning). I was planning to do my part by not having any kids but oh well guess that’s out the window. I’ll have to try to become a vegetarian instead.

Also this post about plastic liners in food packaging led me to this article about the harmful effects of some types of plastics that replaced BPA (so that manufacturers can say it’s “BPA-free”). And now it’s made me scared again of anything plastic in food packaging/water bottles/plastic containers that can leach into food, especially for my baby. Just another reason to stay away from plastic.

Anyway if it’s not one thing it’s another and some days I feel like humanity (and the planet we live on) is doomed.

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What I Wanted

Within the first week of June, I was clicking around and somehow came upon these mules from Jenni Kayne (pictured above). Looove this new neutral color they have for the summer and I reeeaaally wanted them. But alas, I again did not buy them because $395 is just too much to spend on shoes for me right now. I guess I’ll continue to stalk The RealReal for a pair of these.

Also wanted but not purchased was this Mansur Gavriel Protea bag in a new color called Biscotti with a cream interior. So dreamy!

What I Wanted & Bought

I bought a new foundation for the first time in a long time. I was tired of my super matte powder foundation (so old that it’s no longer being sold) and my super shiny Suntegrity tinted sunscreen (which I’ve been using for 2 years). So I went to look for something that could provide coverage but not be too matte nor too shiny. And I think I found it in this Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. It goes on well with a beauty blender and doesn’t break me out.

I bought quite a few things for the baby this month including the Lovevery Play Kit for 3-4 month olds as well as the Lovevery Play Gym. I hadn’t purchased any toys for Emi yet and now at 3 months she’s starting to play with things (so fun!). So I thought I’d try out the things from Lovevery (dang their Instagram marketing got me *facepalm*). My review of their Play Kit was posted just 2 days ago.

As for what I clothes I bought myself this month: I saw the Esby Duffy Jumper on Brianna here and loved it so much I immediately scoured the internet for a used one. I was lucky to snag a denim blue version of the Duffy Jumper on eBay. I’ll be doing a review of it soon, but let me just say this one is not going to be sticking around my wardrobe for very long.

And summer dresses from Everlane are my weakness (along with their shoes, bags, and button-down shirts) so I couldn’t resist trying out this year’s version, which includes a new version of the collarless shirt dress (their 2017 version has been one of my favorite dresses from Everlane). Love that this year’s version has 3/4 length sleeves! Also decided to try their picnic dress just to see. Oh and I got the easy shorts because I looove love love my easy Chinos that these are modeled after. Also I no longer fit into any of my shorts from pre-pregnancy so there’s that. Will let you know how I liked them all in a review soon!

And finally I’ve been craving some summery straw accessories but I’ve been buying enough new stuff so I decided to hit up eBay, the RealReal and some thrift stores in town to satisfy these cravings. I was able to find an old Ralph Lauren straw bucket bag on eBay and a cheapo straw hat at a thrift store. I also had tried a Janessa Leone straw hat that was gorgeous, but also $140 used (retails for $275 new!) and decided I didn’t wear hats enough to justify buying a hat that expensive. So I returned it. If I end up wearing this thrifted one a lot then I might think about getting a Janessa Leone one in the future.

I’m planning to do a No Buy July, so I hope next month’s post will be about all the things I wanted but did not buy :)

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We have been lucky enough that a friend has let us borrow all their baby toys until their baby number 2 comes along. So up until now, we hadn’t bought anything for Emi. So that was my excuse when I decided to try out the Lovevery Baby Play Kits. For $40 a month (or the price of a gym membership), Emi gets a curation of thoughtful, well-designed toys that stimulates her developing brain. It is as good as it seems or did I just fall for Instagram hype?

My first impression of the toys were that they are simple but quality made. The wooden toys (made with sustainably sourced wood) are super chic and feel smooth and sleek. The cotton they use is organic and I know they’ve done their research so that all materials are safe for babies mouths. There are some plastic toys in the mix, like a crinkle bag and some plastic (feels like rubber) rings but they serve a purpose (for sound or for touch). There’s there’s not an excessive use of plastic in their selection of toys.

I also love that each box comes with a set of notecards that not only tell you how to use each toy and how they’re helping with your baby’s brain development, but they also tell you what to expect for those months and tips on how to interact with your baby outside of using their toys. And these notecards come with little pep talks and words of encouragement that are nice to read when you’re feeling especially tired (which is pretty much all the time lol).

Since I don’t plan on going to a toy store or buying Emi any toys during my free time, I love that these boxes are delivered to my door and all the guesswork is taken out. Also if you subscribe to their email or instagram, they have other play ideas using objects you can find around the house (like a muffin tin and balls or a balloon tied to her leg—which is her current favorite activity). So even if you don’t buy their products, they’re still a useful brand to follow.

So far Emi is still getting the hang of these toys since they’re still a bit advanced for her (okay so I lied on the page where they asked for Emi’s age-lol, I didn’t want the first box so I said her birth date was a month before her actual birthday). And it even says on the notecards to keep introducing the toys to her multiple times because at this age they won’t get it right away. But I try out different toys daily and it’s been fun to see her developing. The first time I showed her the ring, she couldn’t even grasp it with my help. Now she can reach out and grasp it, though she doesn’t hold onto it very long. Someday she’ll be able to grasp it, hold it and bring it to her mouth. Then she can feel the difference between the two rings included in the box (one is a hard rubber, the other is soft, stuffed, and made of cotton). But literally baby steps right?

So all in all, I do think these play kits are 100% worth it. Especially for the busy parent who wants high quality, educational type toys. It is slightly a pain that you have to subscribe for the whole set to get even one box to try. But just select the pay as you go option (so it’s a full $80 every two months instead of $72) and it’s really easy to stop your subscription at any time. I actually stopped it so that 1) I could see how easy (or hard) it was for the purposes of this review but also because 2) I wasn’t all that excited about the toys in the 5-6 month box. I plan to restart my subscription for the 7-8 month box (which also seems super easy—just a click of a button).

And for those who want to be frugal about the toys they buy their kids, I’ve seen a new Play Kit sell on ebay for $71. So I’m pretty sure if you take care of the toys and keep all the pieces together, you could sell a used one for at least $40 (so you’re looking at $20 a month, but I’ll update this review with what I’m actually able to sell it for when I do eventually list it on eBay).

Anyway I’ll also update how Emi plays with these toys as she gets older and my overall impression in a couple of months (and also whether or not I decide to continue my subscription). But if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself and your kid, this referral link will get you $10 off your first order at Lovevery.

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This is going to be more of a rambling post so feel free to skip, but I was thinking the other day of what life would be like if I suddenly went blind. My first thought was I would be sad to not see my baby’s face as she grew older. My second thought was I’d probably continue this blog, lol but probably with no photos and via dictation. I also thought I would probably not buy any new clothing because I wouldn’t be able to picture in my head how the outfit would look. I would continue to wear the same stuff because I’ll at least know which combos look good. I’d also probably sell off all my jewelry because if I can’t look at it, what’s the point. Oh, and I would like to be able to swim as a form of exercise. Then I felt immensely grateful for my vision. How much easier is life when you can see! Do you sometimes have these kinds of thoughts or is it just me?

I’m also thinking of doing another No Buy July (like I did last year). I don’t really believe in shopping bans, since my failed attempt at a shopping ban in 2017 (after which all my old shopping habits resumed to a degree). But a shopping detox- a type of cleanse if you will- is probably refreshing. Plus I like that it rhymes so I’m going to try make it a yearly thing haha.

On a more serious note, last week was my husband’s first father’s day and my first father’s day without my dad. It was bittersweet to say the least. I really wish my dad could have met Emi, especially since he really wanted a grandchild. But I guess that’s how life goes sometimes.

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