Totes! I’m Totally Toting!

Here are a bunch of new things I’m toting around. I imagine that my life would be so pleasant if I could take my baby on picnics in the park and make cakes to bring on play dates (I made my first play date cake, a raspberry ombre cake this past weekend!). They mix and match well.


Oh Joy! Insulated Soft Cooler $12
My picnic basket is way too bulky to manage with the stroller but I can easily wear this cooler on my shoulder like a giant fruity purse.

Cake Boss “Cake” Carrier $39.99
There’s barely any time to make my cake and eat it too. So this weekend I baked a few cakes, wrapped them tightly in plastic, and stuck them in the freezer. When I have a play date, I will just add some whipped cream and fruit to the top.

Kate Spade Vita Riva Wicker Lemon $148

Oh Joy for FEED Diaper Bag $150
I spent two years looking for a diaper bag I liked and was so happy when this one came out! I hope Oh Joy! designs a cake carrier, that would be the ultimate cutest thing!


Hacker Housewife $15 Beauty Box Challenge

Everyone is really into beauty box subscriptions, but I never see anything in the boxes that I want to try. Where’s the box with La Mer and pre-fall colors from Chanel?  I’ve decided to spend $15 each month and test my couponing skills to order products online that I would like by combining promo codes, sales, and gift with purchases. Here’s what I got this month (value is based on sample weight and full size weight + price):


 Life NK Jumpstart Sugar Scrub
COST: $8
Thanks to MyBeautyShoppingList!

Three deluxe samples with any Space NK purchase

I’ve been hearing a lot about this London apothecary, and wanted to sample some of their products. Also, I wanted a sugar scrub. I’ll update a list of these once I receive them in the mail.

Choice of 4 samples with any cosmetics or fragrance purchase
AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner 0.1 oz value $8.24,  full size 0.34 oz for $28
I’m excited to try this because it is said to be AERIN’s best product. AERIN is Aerin Lauder of  Estee Lauder’s label.

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum & Urban Environment UV Protection Cream, packettes

Chloé classic Eau de Parfum, vial on card value $1.85, full size 1.7 oz $105

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette, vial on card value $0.81, full size 3.4 $92


 Aveda ‘shampure™’ Shampoo
COST: $4.50

Gift w/ Purchase Aveda Botanical Hydrating Lotion 0.24 oz
 value $1.58, full size 5 oz $33

La Mer ‘The Lifting Contour’ Serum Sample 0.1 oz value $29, full size 1 oz $290
I have not yet tried La Mer because I always felt like it is something I would get when I am older. I am interested in the scent, texture, and compatibility with my skin.

Tom Ford Lip Color Sample in Casablanca 0.03 oz value $12, full size 0.12 oz $48
I love trying all lipsticks, glosses, balms, etc.! I also, love tiny versions of things, so cute!

Dolce&Gabbana Beauty ‘Dolce’ Eau de Parfum Spray Sample 0.06 oz value $3.38, full size 1.6 oz $90
I’m a sucker for packaging and I love the full size’s bottle. So I’m curious to see if I like the scent.

VALUE: $69.36+
I feel like this was a very good value because I will actually get to try things that I might buy. I am a new mom, and I feel like everything about my skin has changed. I used to have oily skin, now it is dry. I’m on the hunt for moisturizing products, and little beauty treats to help me feel pretty while I’m loosing my baby weight. I wound up spending $12.50 total, so maybe I’ll put the extra $2.50 toward next month!

Bauer Bros Salvage


We’re renovating our Brooklyn brownstone so we decided to hit up some architectural salvage shops while in St. Paul Minnesota. First up, Bauer Bros Salvage.


Bauer Bros is everything I would hope a salvage shop would be, with 93,000 sq. ft. warehouse of items both old and new. Everything is well organized into categories, bath tubs, radiators, doors, molding, but we didn’t even make it around the whole facility.


There were some neat antiques.


And some truly specialized fixtures you could add as unique accents to your home. These boiler doors sit in front of genuine jail bars.


Fixing bathroom tiles


Time to fix some bathroom tiles with cutest crowbar.


I didn’t really use the tiny crowbar, I just scraped off the old grout, and filled the holes with caulk.


Then I adhered the tiles. I’ll be back next weekend to grout them.

Laduree Hello Kitty Stationary

Nothing says cutest hostess like Laduree’s Hello Kitty stationary. It’s fancy French meets cute Japanese. If only I had the HK liberty print fabric.

Glowing Mushrooms

Saturday was a gloomy day, and I was really in the mood for some felting. I decided to felt bioluminescent mushrooms. This is my third time felting and it’s taking a lot longer than I expected to finish.

Pretty Crappers


We’ve recently purchased a brownstone and were looking through antique architectural salvage for our renovation, when we stumbled upon fancy toilets.



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