Welcome to the 8th installment of The Friday Five (Things I Love This Week)! Today we’re featuring some reader suggestions alongside some of my own favorites from the week. That means that we’re drawing on additional brainpower, which is super useful because I feel like I might be on 1/2 my normal brainpower today. Luckily if you take our joint brainpower I bet we can pass as one functional mom.
Here we go!
1. H&M Baby Pull-On Jeans (submitted by reader Ashley M.)
Unfortunately we don’t go anywhere that requires anything nicer than sweatpants and unmatched socks, which leads me to the thing I love…H&M baby pull-on jeans! In general, I adore H&M’s line of clothes for baby boys because it is hip and quirky and hasn’t seemed to catch on around us yet so I can play off my son as being fashion forward, which he learned from Project Runway is a very important trait.
Specifically, these jeans are fantastic because they have all the style that you’d want in denim with the convenience of sweatpants…they’re like cooler pajama jeans. Seriously, these jeans are basically patterned off of H&M’s baby sweatpants, which means they are relaxed on the waist and not too tight (important for babies like mine, who just have too many leg rolls to pull off skinny jeans). The elastic/drawstring waist easily slides over a substantial diaper butt and also allows my portly baby boy (no kidding, 21 lbs at 6 months) to let his gut hang free, unlike those crazy baby jeans that have buttons or snaps and require babies to suck it in all day.
H&M has started offering online shopping in the US, but I tend to go to the stores (in the Boston area, the Newbury, South Shore Mall and North Shore Mall H&M’s carry kids clothes) because sizes sell out quickly online and online purchases can only be returned online (which I’m too lazy to do).
2. Iced Grande Blonde Roast at Starbucks
The above photo is nothing short of miraculous. No, it’s not because Nolan has secured work as the world’s youngest barista. It’s because for YEARS I’ve been saying that I hate Starbucks and love Dunkin Donuts and Dunkin Donuts only. Well, while I still love me some Dunks, it appears that I also have a taste for Starbucks! The problem is this: Starbucks is too fancy and I get confused every time I go in. Tall is small, left is right, up is down.
Consider this: to get the coffee that I actually want at Dunkin Donuts I say this: Medium Iced (extra milk 2 Sugars). Now here’s the thing: I know what those words mean. The lady at the drive-thru (not the “barista”) also knows what those words mean. Simple.
To get a similar drink at Starbucks (which until this week I hadn’t figured out how to do), I have to say Iced Grande Blonde Roast (extra milk and 2 sugars). What the hell is a blonde roast? And grande means big! But here it means medium. Tall means small at Starbucks, but as we all know, in real life small things are not described as tall. Ahhhhh! Ok I’ve gotten myself all fired up again. Back to my “favorites.”
Turns out that the “Iced Grande Blonde Roast” is exactly what I want in an iced coffee, even though it’s a mouthful to order. This is great news, because sometimes you just can’t get to a Dunks, and also because I have two gift cards to Starbucks that have been sitting dormant for months. Not for long. (Special thanks to my friend Lauren for finally sorting this all out for me. It took her ordering for me to get me on track. Apparently she speaks Starbucks).
3. Neat Solutions Table Topper (submitted by reader Joanna P.)
These are one of my favorite baby products! They’re awesome disposable placemats. Perfect for restaurants…we just stick it on the table and keep throwing new finger foods on it for our food-driven, cheese-loving baby (Clark) while shoveling fried food and beer in our mouths. Win win.
4. Boogie Gentle Saline Wipes (submitted by reader Courtney B.)
5. The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
Some of you may know BJ Novak from “The Office.” He plays Ryan Howard, and he’s also an executive producer on the show. BJ was born four days before me in a town nearby, and I’m attributing his major success in all things to those extra four days of life that he has on me. Otherwise it would just be depressing to compare our relative successes.
Anyway, this book! It is well worth watching the video of BJ doing a live reading for a group of small kids. They LOVE this book. Like, they are in total hysterics over it. It’s awesome. Nolan is still too little for this, but if you have a 3-5 year old I would buy it immediately based on the reaction of these kids. Watch their reaction here.
And if you’re interested in ordering the book, just click on the image here:
Have a great weekend, and if you’d like to see your favorite product featured on an upcoming Friday Five email me at email@example.com.