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Inspecting Fall

2014 October 22
by Becky


**Don’t forget to enter the Durable Goods Jewelry giveaway! Ends Oct. 31**

This time of year is what I’d call perfect.



If I could find a place where it’s like this ALL the time, I’d make it my life goal to live there.

And, might I go so far to brag, that this pregnancy could not have been timed better. First trimester in the Spring, Second trimester in the Summer when I could bear to be seen in a swim suit, and Third trimester in the Fall when it’s nice and cool to accommodate my ill fitting clothes and constant hot flashes.

Makes it a lot more fun to waddle around our beautiful neighborhood with this dude.


Oh how getting outside makes the afternoons so much more enjoyable.

Playing games with trees. Finding the “most-super-perfect” red maple leaf. Walking the Dew-Man. Quietly searching for the last of this season’s bull frogs and turtles. Climbing any tree featuring branches within reach.




And what fall day would be complete without orange pants? After seeing them in a fancy children’s clothing magazine I quickly pulled up some copycats on H& for $10 vs. $40. Even Ethan things they are amazing.

We’re looking forward to the day when our park adventures will be joined by a little dude and a mom who can go more than 30 minutes without a trip to the loo.

I’ve been making some design changes to the blog lately, as you can see. Please let me know if anything is not working, looks terrible, or drives you nuts. It takes me 19 hours to figure out code for each little thing so it’s slow-going. But I’m digging the new look!

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Durable Goods Jewelry: A Giveaway

2014 October 19
by Becky

While it may not be apparent due to the blog silence, I am still alive and still pregnant!

“Rounding out” at a very miserable 38 weeks and have severe baby-brain. And labor-brain. I’m so excited to get this show on the road my head is swimming. So, when my adorable and talented friend Laura said she’d be up for doing a giveaway of her simple yet ‘funky’ kid-friendly jewelry, I was thrilled!

How cute are these girls?

Laura&Girls-500These girlies know style…just like their mama.

Frustrated by her daughters’ ability to break all of her jewelry, Laura dove into finding a more durable yet still stylish solution. Sticking to basic and comfortable materials like knit, acrylic, and wood, she soon had a shop full of beautiful creations perfect for hip mamas everywhere.

Laura’s Etsy shop, Durable Goods, features some of the cutest, most modern and versatile yet chewable and pull-friendly necklaces I’ve ever seen!I mean, check out these beautiful colors and shapes…
Durable Goods Neckalces - Giveaway
All of the Durable Goods pieces can stand up to toddler tugging and many are crafted from chewable food-grade silicone. Most pieces are adjustable – they either have slip knots or a bow that can be retied to the desired length.

Though I don’t yet have a tugging, gnawing baby in tow, I still sport Laura’s necklaces around town (they take attention away from my swollen ankles). I love how the necklaces are super adjustable to fit all necklines and how I always get compliments on the simplicity and fun design.

Durable Goods Necklace
Did I mention these necklaces are really affordable? Not anywhere near the $40+ I’ve seen marked on other kid-friendly necklaces.

So if you are looking for the perfect new mommy gift, this is it. Something for mom, that babies will love too. In addition to Etsy, Laura stocks her necklaces at Verde Kids in St. Louis and 529 Kids Consign in Alexandria, VA.


Laura is giving away a necklace to ONE lucky reader. The winner can choose anything on the Durable Goods Etsy shop…good luck choosing just one!

To enter, please:

  • Visit Durable Goods, then come back here and tell me which one of the lovely necklaces is your favorite.
  • Another additional Entry: “Like” Preparing for Peanut on Facebook.
  • Open to USA & Canada residents only

We will announce the winner next Friday, October 31, so check back!
(Winner will be notified by email)

And if you can’t wait another second, visit Durable Goods to grab something gorgeous today. Great for Baby showers and Christmas gifts!

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