Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Teething rings

I'm amazed at how many teething rings there are available. The other night, I was flipping through my Family Fun magazine (yes, I'm totally that mom, even though lil' man isn't walking yet...) and I came across this teething ring with little finger-like things that "can reach all the way to the back of their gums". So I pulled out the page and put it aside.

Well, you know what happens well you put things "aside". They disappear. No, I'm not joking- I went to bed, it was on the kitchen table. Woke up, gone.

I was thinking of making a WANTED poster for it and placing it in The Hubs line of vision, but decided against it. Instead, I remembered it was from, so I went there, searched for 'teething ring' and got zero results (which seems weird to me...) so I search instead for 'teething' and up pops a bunch of information about baby Orajel, teething rings (which I knew they carried, apparently their search engine didn't...) and some various tooth brushes. But not the fancy teething ring with little fingers to get to the back of his gums!

So I pop over to and search for teething rings, and you know what? They have like 250 pages of teething rings. And not ONE of them is the one I'm looking for. Isn't that always the case? Himph.

I could go look harder for the missing piece of magazine. I'm sure it still exists in some form- but I have a few spare minutes to sit down (lil' man is nappin' away!) and I'd rather not use them to hunt for a missing piece of magazine.

Here are some highlights from my teething ring search:
- The Bling Ring black onyx teething ring. Doesn't that just sound weird? I feel like this might be something cave men used for their little cave man babies...sticking a rock into my kids mouth doesn't seem like an okay idea for me. And besides, the idea of his little teeth scratching up and down on the ring...just sends shivers down my spine especially if it makes a noise....eeeeeek! Oh, and don't even get me started on the name....Bling Ring? Really?
- The Empire Sterling Silver Teething Ring. Uhm, where do I even start with this one. I'm going to hope that this is intended to be an heirloom teething ring, not an everyday functional one (unless of course your Donald Trump's kid, in which case gnawing on sterling silver is probably something you've been doing since you were born. With that silver spoon in your mouth. Just sayin'...) Also, this teething ring has received FIVE stars, from only one reviewer. Why only one person reviewed it I ask...probably because only one person purchased it. Looks to me like we need more cow bell! Moving on....
- Maple Teethers. Yes, Maple, as in the wood. As in, your giving your baby a hunk of wood to ease the pain of cutting teeth. Why not just give them a piece of mulch and save on shipping?

...and so I will continue my search of the finger teether I found but lost. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fun with color!

One of my favorite reasons for working out of my home is that when my product reps want to meet, they come directly to my office- the kitchen table! (Actually, I have my office setup upstairs, but you know, the kitchen table is so much more friendly! 'Specially with a cup of coffee in hand...its more like chatting with friends rather than all business-like)


So I met this morning with my Sherwin Williams rep, Rebecca, who covers Ohio and Michigan (talk about a commute!) and she popped in to update me on all kinds of stuff that I already knew (but *may have forgotten about- ok, I totally did. Who am I kidding...) Here's a fun run down of what I re-learned and you should know too...

- is up and running. What does it do? Well...its a little widget that you install on your toolbar. So let's say your one of those people who adores looking (and maybe drooling) over pictures of interiors that you love- you click your letschipit widget on the toolbar and BAM! It creates a palette of that picture. Could that be any easier???

- I relearned about Sherwin's Emerald line of paints which is as green friendly as they come. Zero VOC's (volatile organic compounds...which is the off gassing of the paint- you know that "just painted" paint smell...THOSE are VOC's...and this line has none of it..which means, you wanna paint your house in the middle of winter, and can't open any windows? That's okay with this product!) It also prevents stains from soaking in, so super easy cleanup and it won't streak or spot when you clean it! I do say, this sounds like the perfect paint!!

- Maybe one of the most important things I learned today was Sherwin Williams Color of the year...and guess what, its not Pantone's Emerald Green...or Erinteriors Navy Blue...its Aloe SW6464!! Its a soft green, a little pastel-ey, super fresh and clean looking...go check it out at

I love learning (or re-learning) things about my profession. It makes me even more happy when I'm learning these things while lil' Man is crawling around, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is on in the background and we are sitting at the kitchen table, drinking coffee...yup- this is the life. And I'm so thankful for it :)