Okay, so I would like to tell you about some awesome stuff I have bought recently, if only because I enjoy the sharing of knowledge that happens when we all shop together and find the good stuff and weed out the crappy stuff. It’s like my own version of Consumer Reports.
Woolzies, $34 for six
So, these are kind of awesome! They’re wool spheres (about the size of a tennis ball) and you stick them in the dryer (all six at a time) and they purport to create more loft when drying clothes, which results in up to 25% shorter drying times. AND they are supposed to soften your clothes without actual fabric softener. Interesting, yes?
I had heard about dryer balls for a while (once you dip your toe into cloth diapering you suddenly become verrrrry knowledgeable about the science of laundry) (oh yes, THERE IS A SCIENCE TO IT). You can buy handmade ones on Etsy that come in lots of different pretty colors, but that seemed like a lot of work when Amazon was willing to send me six of them for $34 with free 2-day shipping. SOLD.
I’ve been using them since mid-December, so maybe a month? And…I really like them. Like, kind of A LOT. I can tell they definitely reduce drying time (particularly for sheets and towels and other heavy things that seem to bunch up) and 20%-25% seems about right.
I was SUPER skeptical about the “softening your clothes” claim because seriously, WHAT? How does that even WORK? WHY would that work? You should know that I am not a person that has problems or issues with my clothes not feeling soft enough. I don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets and I haven’t in years and I have never felt, I don’t know, BEREFT or anything because of it. But hot damn, my towels and sheets and clothes? THEY ARE SOFTER! I don’t know how this voodoo wool works, but it does. I don’t think they were softer RIGHT AWAY but over the past month I have definitely noticed a difference.
I just leave them in the dryer all the time. They’re not hard to sort out of the clothes (they tend to fall to the bottom once the dryer shuts off) and they’re supposed to last for something obnoxious like 1,000 loads of laundry but the reviews say they last way longer. Admit it, you want some dryer balls now, don’t you?
(Bed Bath and Beyond carries these in-store SUPPOSEDLY, and I tried to go there and use one of those ubiquitous 20% coupons on them, but I could never actually find them in that schizophrenic retail hell [I hate that place so much] so that purchase strategy is really something to try at your own risk as your schedule for wasting time at BB&B might allow. YMMV, etc.)
Valentine’s Day Placemats, $1.99
Do your kids use placemats? Mine do. Chris and I use cloth placemats and napkins, but the children cannot be trusted with those because, well, they just cannot. I picked these up a few days ago and they’re just the cutest. I like that they’re die-cut into swoopy shapes and not boring rectangles. I also dig that it’s a cheap way to brighten up the breakfast table and if they get destroyed before next year it is not big loss because hello, TWO BUCKS EACH. The girls were also delighted by them, which made me feel like a generous, kind, and fun mother who allows frivolous holiday purchases of junky crap (which I usually eschew).
(I would link to this item but a search for “Valentine’s Day Placemat” on Target.com yields a bunch of LUGGAGE, what in the fresh hell? MY GOSH PLEASE FIX THAT AWFUL WEBSITE.)
Fade to Blue Maternity Jeans
Ah, okay. So, as previously mentioned my MIL buys a lot of my clothes and she bought me these maternity jeans. As a person who has been pregnant for 120 weeks of her life, I feel I can say with some authority that THESE ARE THE MOST AWESOME MATERNITY JEANS EVER EVER EVER.
No, seriously, I have worn them EVERY SINGLE DAY for several weeks. They are awesome!
They are called Fade to Blue and she got them in the maternity department at Macy’s, by Motherhood Maternity. Macy’s does not sell their maternity stuff online, and I don’t see Fade to Blue as a brand/line on the Motherhood site, which I think means it’s a specialty label they did just for Macy’s.
BUT. These are basically my jeans, as far as I can tell. Mine have that idiotic script L on the butt and some chunky thread for the hem and while that is not my favorite thing in a jean WHO CARES? THEY DON’T FALL OFF MY BUTT! And they are only $40, which is a super decent price for a quality maternity jean! They’re not a thick denim, which I think makes them more comfy, and the waistband isn’t suffocating, too tight or otherwise weird. They’re SUUUUPER comfy, which is remarkable for jeans while pregnant, particularly at 38 weeks.
Here’s another picture of me wearing them. If you needed that sort of thing.