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Number 5 on the list of things that irk me–wet, stinky tubby toys strewn all over the tub. I’ve been searching for a clever way to corral rubber ducky, et al clutter. I tried Boon’s super cute suction froggy to no avail. Alas, the tiles in the bathroom are not smooth, so suction cups just ain’t gonna stick–and I wasn’t about to drill holes in the tile. (Well, actually, I was about to drill holes in the tile but my father told me it was a BAD idea–something to do with water potentially leaking behind the walls…)

Ha! Anyway–seemingly stumped, I was in the grocery store one day meandering aimlessly down the household cleaning products aisle (daydreaming that maybe one day my house will be clean…), when I spied a dish drying rack for 8 bucks. I had an “aha” moment and realized the dish rack was the solution to my problems.  The toys are under control, the water drains out, and the basket itself is kind of a toy. Perfect.

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Notes:  The shower curtain is from Ikea, the blue bath mat is from Target, and the picture frames are from Michaels.

I’ve been back at work two weeks now. Still trying to catch my breath and stop my head from spinning. (But staunchly firm in my belief that pantyhose can go to hell.)

I thought going back to work after having Gigi would be easier than it was going back after Caroline. After all-I’m not a ‘new’ mom any more-I’m more experienced, sophisticated and, let’s face it, hardened. Been there done that. Plus, I made the leap from private practice to government work.

I completely failed to take into account that I would be starting a new job outside my traditional area of expertise, that the job would be, well new – and that I would be missing two babies all day long instead of just one.

Aside from being completely (un)realistic in my expectations about how my September would play out (what?! of course I have time to do freelance work in the evenings, write blogs about fun projects, do the fun projects, oh, and feed my family the thoughtfully prepared dinners they have come to expect) – Fortune has decided to smile upon me and bless me with – wait for it,

One two year old with chicken pox and croup, one six month old with croup and terrible ear infections, and a scary ear infection side effect that closely resembled a *stroke* (wtf) and a husband that was away on business for a nice chunk of it. (ok Josh, I exaggerate your availability slightly). Oh, and two trips to the ER.

Did I mention I haven’t slept in about two weeks?

Phew. I have gone back to drinking coffee – lots and lots of coffee- which my six month old with the ear infection seems to appreciate. But I’m STILL standing, yes ma’am.

Anyway, this was all a very long winded explanation for why I haven’t posted in FOREVER. Not quite an apology, even though I kind of feel like making one.

I love terrariums.  I’m not sure what is is about them that is so attractive to me–but they call to me.  Green, sparkly, compact–and not to mention, virtually maintenance free.  My sister and I visited a garden store in town called City Planter that has a lovely selection of terrariums, as well as classes and all the fixin’s you need to make them yourself.  It was pure viewing pleasure.

City Planter is just such a beautiful place.  A little more eye candy…

Caroline liked it too =)

I was feeling indulgent (towards myself) so I picked up a few darlings to replenish the terrariums I had at home that needed sprucing up (I only kill plants sometimes).

Instead of buying your container from a fancy garden store–which will mark up the price exponentially–I recommend picking up your glass vessels/jars from a place like HomeGoods or Michaels.  Here is another link for some great cheap apothecary jars.

Terrariums brighten up any window.