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Many of you may not know that I used to have a pet rabbit. His name was Harold and I got him when I was a college sophomore in 2005. He passed away Easter weekend in 2011. I love rabbits, so when I heard that local bunny rescue Magic Happens was holding a fundraiser that allowed folks to pose for photos with adoptable bunnies for a small donation I was all about it.

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We talked all day about how we were going to see the bunnies later. We watched YouTube videos of bunnies and discussed the importance of being gentle. All that prep paid off because when we got there Jack was not only thrilled to see the bunnies but also a perfect gentleman (though I can’t take all the credit; it was pure luck that he was in a good mood that day).

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There were dogs for adoption around the corner, so after we’d said hi to all the bunnies we wandered over to visit the dogs. Then we let Jack go run around in a grassy area nearby.

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He’s still really into peekaboo. It never gets old.

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This picture would be so much cuter if he weren’t holding an empty bottle of Diet Coke, but that’s not a battle I was willing to wage.

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We had one of those wonderful weekends that seemed to stretch on and on in the best possible way. The weather has been so beautiful lately and we’re taking advantage of it by spending lots of time outside before it starts to get really hot next month. I hope you each had a fabulous weekend as well. Thanks for reading!

My first instinct when I started planning Jack’s transition to a twin bed was to paint it green. Note that I am way more concerned with the decorating than with the actual logistical and emotional issues of leaving a crib behind, but focus on what you can control, right? So anyway, I’m starting to get a little nervous about the green because I think that painting is going to be a big job. I’m not sure we’ll use them as bunk beds right away and may keep one bed stored away for a while, but if I’m painting one bed I’m painting both and all those spindles lead me to believe that I’d be better off borrowing my sister’s sprayer than trying to do it by hand. This is going to be an undertaking, and my typical approach in home improvement is to keep anything expensive or time-consuming neutral and bring in color with inexpensive accents or small projects I can knock out in an afternoon.

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An exception is Jack’s dresser. I spent several days working on it and painted it navy. To be fair, most of that time was spent prepping and priming it, but it took four coats of navy to get good coverage and will probably need another several coats plus primer if I ever want to change the color, especially to something lighter. But I never worried that I was making a mistake and two years later I still dig it. Maybe because navy is such a classic color?

Here’s the area where the bed will go for reference. Obviously some things will be rearranged to accommodate the transition to a “big boy” room.

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The beds are going to be painted for sure. The blonde wood is not my style and they are scratched up pretty badly. I see three options: paint it green, paint it navy, or paint it something neutral.

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Clockwise from top left: A Bed for Julia | Shortcut to Mushrooms, Jack’s Modern Adventurous Abode | Apartment TherapyAnnie Sloan Chalk Painted Bed – Take 2 | The Lilypad Cottage

The green would be fun and would fulfill a longstanding desire of mine to paint something kelly green, but would be a risk. The navy is more safe in that it’s a classic shade and ties into the dresser, but it’s still interesting. A white, gray, or black bed would be basically regret-proof and allow me to have more fun with accessories and decor. So what say you, lovely readers? Vote in the poll below. If you’re reading this post in your email or in a feed reader you may need to click over to the post page.

Vote: What Color Should I Paint Jack's Bed?
What Color Should I Paint Jack's Bed?

One of the remaining issues to be addressed in my pantry is sippy cup problem. Aside from the sippy cups themselves, there are all sorts of other toddler eating accessories, like plates, snack cups, and bibs. Upper cabinet space in our kitchen in limited and if these things are going to be in a lower cabinet they might as well be someplace that Jack can access them and help put them away. So I’ve had them on this shelf ever since I added it a while back, but they were just sort of flung in there haphazardly along with some other random items.

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I was desperate to create some order but new that large baskets would be unwieldy for Jack. Enter these wood bins I found at Michael’s! They’re labeled as vegetable bins and are I think $12 or $13, but I kept an eye on the Michael’s app on my phone and whenever a good coupon popped up I’d go get one. I ended up paying about $15 total. I put sippy cups and lids in one, everything else in the other. And there’s about ten inches of space behind them for me to store rarely used items.

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Jack doesn’t have to pull them out to use them, which would’ve been a big problem with baskets. I can tell you right now that if I’d gotten baskets he would just pull them out and dump them on the floor before grabbing a cup and moving on to begging me for snacks and milk.

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Just imagine that sweet face saying “Pease? Pease?” and try saying no, you can not have 17 cups of milk in one day. Then he’ll move on to begging for raisins. Rinse, lather, repeat. But at least now he can put his own stuff away (and he seems to be putting them in the appropriate bins so far)!

I saw something on TV the other day about how some celebrity I’d never heard of is doing her part to save the world by only buying clothes secondhand. I can do that, I thought. I buy most of my clothes at the thrift store already anyway.

Resolution No New Clothes

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If you’ve spent much time in thrift stores (or sorting through donations for nonprofits or following a disaster), you know that our society is absolutely overrun with clothes. It’s a burden. And at my local Goodwill I regularly walk out with Banana Republic, J. Crew, Calvin Klein, and the less fancy but still adorable Loft, Target, Gap, and Old Navy items for $3 a pop. It’s kind of jarring when you think about it that clothes are mass-produced, worn for a short time, then sent to languish on thrift store racks while they are still in good condition. It’s the definition of excess. Thanks to Macklemore thrifting is becoming more popular but it’s still kind of stigmatized and there are still more clothes than we could ever need getting donated to thrift stores every day (as evidenced by the fact that bales of them are shipped overseas). So my resolution for this year of my life is to not buy any more brand new clothes. I can still shop thrift stores and even hit up eBay or consignment shops, but I’ll stick strictly to secondhand until my next birthday. If this goes well maybe I’ll try doing it for Jack next year! Nick is more difficult to shop for because he needs everything in a tall size, but he hates spending money on clothes and hardly ever buys new stuff anyway. I’m still debating about whether shoes count. They definitely wear out more quickly and there are not nearly as many in thrift stores, so I may give myself permission to pick up a new pair now and then. But since Nick got me these** for my birthday I should be good for a while!

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