Vida Baby Boutique

Ramblings and Ravings of Two Cool Moms

Doing Good Things – Herberger’s Goodwill Sale September 21, 2009

What better way to give back than cleaning out your closets and getting a discount on some new stuff?

Herberger’s is once again holding this Goodwill Sale.  For every gently used item you donate, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for any items.  Some restrictions apply, but this is great because items that never go on sale like cosmetics and fragrance are included.   Sale runs through Tuesday, September 29th.

Learn more here – http://www.millionactsofgoodwill.com/about.aspx?store=Herbergers

Happy Shopping!

 

Tell Us about your favorite baby product! September 17, 2009

Filed under: Promotions — Karla @ 6:13 pm

For a chance to win an awesome Vida Baby item, please tell us about the best baby product you know of, and why you think it’s so awesome.


As moms of young kids, we both feel that sometimes there are so many choices on the market for products, that we don’t even know what to try.  Then one day someone tells us about something, and we feel like we’ve been missing out.  For example – we both love Boudreaux’s Butt Paste.  It’s a fantastic product, but if I hadn’t been given it as a baby shower gift (Thank you Sarah D.),  I would have never known what diaper rash cream to try.  I have, for the record, tried several others that were also gifts and none had the seemingly magical properties of Butt Paste.  Allison can relate her own story in the comments, if she wants.

So, we’d love to hear what you all love and why.  There’s nothing better than an awesome testimonial or a glowing review to steer us in the direction of the next best must have item.

And for your efforts, we’ll conduct a Randomizer drawing on Friday, September 25th.  The winner will receive a gift certificate for a free item of their choice ($20 or less) from our Etsy shop.  Shipping will be free, even if the winner chooses to buy additional items.   Be sure to enter a valid e-mail address when you leave your comment, so we can contact you if you win.  All comments entered prior to 6:00 pm will be eligible for the drawing.

We can’t wait to hear about all the great products you love!  Good luck!

www.vidababyboutique.etsy.com

 

Recipe of the Week – Spinach Pasta Salad September 9, 2009

Filed under: Recipe of the Week — Karla @ 9:42 pm
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So, I should probably stop calling this “recipe of the week” since I haven’t been doing it weekly, but I aspire to, so I’ll leave it.  🙂

Anyway, those of you who know Allison or me, might know that we do a weekly lunch exchange.  One week she cooks, one week I cook, and we both end up with yummy and somewhat healthy food to bring for lunch a few times a week.  Which greatly reduces both of our stress loads.  So, in the summer it tends to be pasta salads, which are cool, refreshing and offer tons of flavor possibilities.  But even so, it seems we are both looking for new recipes to try.  I found this one last week and it’s definitely a “make again” recipe.  Of course, I editted it, but the original recipe is here:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Spinach-Pasta-Salad/Detail.aspx 

Spinach Pasta Salad

12 ounce package of farfalle (bow tie pasta) cooked according to directions on box, drained and cooled

2 cups diced turkey breast

10 ounces of baby spinach rinsed and torn into bite size pieces

4 ounces crumbled feta with basil and sun dried tomato

1 small red onion chopped

2 large tomatoes diced

1 15 ounce can of black olives halved

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 small bunch of fresh basil chopped

1 cup creamy Italian dressing

salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and chill for a couple hours before serving.  Yum!!!

 

Farmers Market September 1, 2009

Filed under: Products — Allison @ 12:06 am

On Saturday Karla and I took Lucy and Jack to the Minneapolis farmers market.  It was my first time there and WOW is it big!  To my surprise – not only is it produce and fresh flowers, but there are a lot of vendors selling all kinds of great items.  I had a really nice time! 

My must share purchase is a book that I bought for Jack.  A woman from Sioux Falls happened to have a booth there on Saturday and was selling a childrens book she wrote titled “Floppy Cat”.  It is a wonderful story based on a real cat that was different from rest because he had very little balance control.  The book has wonderful meaning, great illustrations and is an easy read.  Check it out for yourself – there is also a video of the real floppy cat:  www.floppycat.com

 

PSA – Where to find your lost socks!!! August 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karla @ 11:14 pm

meep – meep – Public Service Announcement – meep meep

If you’ve ever wondered if your washing machine is eating your socks, I can tell you with absolute certainty, that it is very possible.

Saturday night, the washing machine was beeping.  I assumed it was this annoying  “suds” indicator that we sometimes get.  We have a high efficiency front loader, and apparently those things are a little sensitive in the suds department.   So, I hit reset and we left for the night.

Sunday morning, it was still going off, and driving Kurt crazy.  So after trying the usual tricks to get past the error, I consulted the manual, which informed us it was some sort of a draining issue.   So, we unplugged the machine, reset it, tried again.  Still not working.  Meanwhile there is still a load of partially washed laundry inside sitting in about 6 inches of water. We throw the sopping wet clothes into the sink and there is still a few inches of water sitting inside the machine.

Next we check the drain hose to see if it’s clogged.  Unfortunately, we can’t see each other as Kurt is behind the machine and I’m halfway inside the cabinet under the sink.  So, Kurt decides to blow on one end, at the same time as I shine the flashlight into the other.  Yours truly got a face full of disgusting water. Ewwwwwwww.  But, apparently the hose is not clogged.

This concludes the usefulness of the manual, so Kurt calls a plumber friend who gives him some advice over the phone and suggests that Kurt check the drain pump.   Which is easier said than done.  But after about half an hour of wrestling with it, Kurt removed the pump and not only found the source of the problem, but also released all the water sitting inside the washing machine onto the laundry room floor.  Great!

And what was inside the pump, but a knee high dress sock of mine that I hadn’t seen since last winter.  And it used to be black, but was now dingy grey.  Who knows how long that had been sitting in there, because the real root of the problem was a plastic baggie that must have come of one of Kurt’s pants pockets.

The only thing worse than getting the pump out, was getting it back in.  But after an hour of wrestling with it and a trip to the hardware store to buy a different type of clip for the hose.  Kurt did it and we slide the machine back under the counter and turned it on and it WORKED.  Yay!

Now, who would have thought a knee high sock would have got sucked all the way into that thing.  If that’s possible, I don’t even want to know how many baby socks have made it all the way through.

 

Doing Good Things… Donate Your Used Mobile Phones August 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karla @ 7:47 pm
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So, Kurt finally got himself a Blackberry a few months ago, and as a result he got a new phone for me too.  Not that I really care, I was perfectly fine using the one I had with the slightly cracked screen and it’s slightly brick-ish feel, but who am I to turn down a FREE phone.

Anyway, we got carried away with life and as I was cleaning out a drawer in preparation for Lucy’s party, I found that we had a number of phones laying around that were perfectly fine, we just weren’t using them anymore.

I thought it might be a good time to take a little trip to the Body Shop.  You know, the yummy scrummy lotions and potions chain.   What do used cell phones and lotions have to do with one another?  Well, The Body Shop collects used cell phones and chargers to donate to women’s shelters.  And what better thing for your cell phone to do, than go to someone in a bad situation, so they can get help if they need it?  It sure beats sitting around in a drawer.

So, my most recent “Doing Good Things” thing is donating a bag full of old phones and chargers.  And I’d like to encourage any of you reading to do the same.  The best part of all, The Body Shop makes it so easy.  All you need to do, is drop your phones and chargers off and they do the rest.  And you might just feel so good about your good deed that you’ll treat yourself to one of their fantastic products!

http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/

 

Introducing Washies! New Vida Products on Etsy. August 25, 2009

Filed under: Products — Karla @ 7:48 pm
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Wild Washies!

Wild Washies!

I just posted a few sets of adorable washcloths on Etsy.  See the link below to check out our “Wild Washies” in super cute animal prints.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29881833

I thought I’d tell you a little bit about how we came up with this idea.   Lucy used to have these super red, dry, crackly cheeks.  I had thought maybe it was winter skin, but even as it warmed up this spring, I was constantly putting aquaphor (great product, by the way) on her poor little cheeks.  Finally, I started thinking that it was being caused by my husband (and me sometimes) using a scratchy dishcloth to wash her face after a meal.  We tried to keep them separate and even bought a different color to use for her face, but I think the material was still too rough for her tender skin.

So, one night I got the idea to sew some scraps of super soft minky and flannel together, and the washie was born.

Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but Lucy’s cheeks are now perfectly smooth and not red at all.  I’ll never use anything else to wash her face again!