Retail Therapy for Mom and Baby

I am taking Glennon Melton's advice and not writing from the open wounds, and waiting to share until a little more peace and healing and settling has happened in our lives. Just know that while this month has been the hardest and most trying that we have ever had, we are all alive. I am more grateful for that than I ever have been. Both LB and I are very bodily (him: knee surgery, ICU stay. Me: car accident) and spiritually sore at the moment. And truthfully, wrung out. 

So I am sharing what new fun things I have bought as a form of light retail therapy in the past few weeks. (#coping). If I didn't spend money at Amazon or Target I would be a wealthy woman. I mean that genuinely and truly. 

LB sucks at Mother's Day. Period. He has had two tries and he just blows it each time. So, I have taken the reigns and decided to just celebrate myself as a damn good mom this year. Here's what I got for myself: 

And because part of Mother's Day is that I am a mom... here is the Lyla goodness that she is digging lately. 

  • This sweet yoga book. They do yoga at her school and she is really into it. 
  • Really good, easily spreadable organic-ish sunscreen for kiddos and family. I reeeeeeeally like this stuff. Best we have tried. 
  • While it is creepily funny to watch your one and a half year old baby run around with a knife, she loves to chop vegetables and she can't be stopped. 
  • A great water table. All kids love them. They just freaking do. I am not creative enough to make one of these on our own and for $40, this thing rocks. 

So like I said. A little low-key retail therapy for the Bennett Fam. What are you digging lately? If you tell me it will make me happy for even 5 minutes, I'll do it. I'll buy it. 



Podcasts and TV: Watch and Listen

This is what happens when your kid goes to bed at 6 pm and you have some quality commuting time: you read, listen, and watch a lot of stuff.


I am a podcast freak. Le freak, se chic. I HIGHLY doubt that those are the right words to the le freak masterpiece. I am listing my favorite podcasts (all available FOR FREE in the iTunes podcast app) in no particular order.

  • Call Your Girlfriend: feminism 101. Looking for an introduction into the mind of Treana? Scary. This podcast is it.
  • Dear Sugar: their recent episode about choosing to be estranged from your parents made me feel all the feels about all of the feels. Great listen to try to understand the complicated and hard fought choices folks like me make.
  • Gilmore Guys: cracks my shit up. They are almost done recapping Bunheads, and I am going to miss them so much.
  • Crimetown: investigative podcast into the Rhode Island mob. Gangster and super well done.
  • Chris Loves Julia: just sweetie bloggers talking about home stuff. They are lighthearted and make me smile.
  • Recode Decode: ever wanted an inside look into Silicon Valley and the tech world? This is it. It's great.
  • From the heart: Yoga Girl's podcast. So far, so good. It's still new, but I am enjoying getting to know her as a momma.
  • My Favorite Murder: a comedy podcast about murders. Gotta be in the right mind space, but it's hilariously great.

TV... Recently:

I watch a crap ton of TV. It's ridiculous. But I really do love TV. Sorry not sorry.

  • Big Little Lies: loved it... along with the entire rest of the damn universe.
  • 13 Reasons Why: controversy aside, so moving and impactful. BE NICE TO OTHER PEOPLE, people. I don't think that high schoolers should watch this. That is my opinion and I am not a parent to a high schooler, but it graphically depicts sexual assault and suicide.
  • Girls: the series just ended and it was so fantastic.
  • Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: just got picked up by Amazon for two seasons-- the pilot was INCREDIBLE.
  • Billions: Paul Giamatti (sp? too lazy to google) drives me a little nuts, but LB and I watch it together and it's good.
  • OJ FX Series: we just finished episode 1, so the jury is still out. I didn't mean for that to be a pun but man, that was good.

So. What are you all watching and listening to?

Truly curiously yours,