I Really Only Meant To Write About Target Today


I can’t believe I am going to write about Target again, but WHAT THE HELL, TARGET? You are hurting me. Deep down to the core.

What I entered the store needing:

Seventh Generation Non-Chlorine Bleach
Secret Unscented Conditioning Solid Deodorant
Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cream (This is the best face lotion in the history of mankind. I don’t have acne-prone skin, but I read somewhere that it was good for mild rosacea and HOT DAMN, it cleared my rosacea right up!)
A bath puff thingy

What I left the store with:

A bath puff thingy

People, I don’t need any more crayons. I am literally drowning in goddamn crayons over here. Wito is obsessed with crayons — so obsessed that you wouldn’t even believe me if I tried to explain. The only way I can get in and out of Target without a nuclear whinefest is to buy him a new box of crayons. (RoseArt makes a great little box for less than a dollar, although it’s probably made from corrosive sublimate. Whatevs.) So I buy him one. Every. Time. And every time, he comes home and sings this highly annoying (yet peppy!) Box of Crayons song from Signing Times.

In a nutshell, he lines up his crayons in order of rainbow color and sings along, signing the colors and practically making out with them. HE DOESN’T EVEN ENJOY DRAWING, PEOPLE. And I’m a little hesitant to admit this, but he knows the names of an enormous amount of Crayola crayons.

(Annnd, begin tangent.)

It’s one of his favorite games – we hold up a crayon and he yells out the color. However, he has to look at the name on the crayon – it’s not pure memorization. (We’re talking pretty specific names here, such as Turtle Green, Apricot, Turquoise Blue and Blue Violet.) In all honesty, we’re not sure how he remembers all of the crayon names, but I do catch him sounding the words out when I’m not looking. Which brings me to my point- um, I think he is starting to read. We’ve finally come to the conclusion that he can’t possibly have memorized two shelves’ worth of books, yet he knows them word for word. And just recently, he’s been rattling off the names of street signs as we pass them. Um, WHAAAAA?

He memorizes everything you tell him, everything he sees, everything he hears. Don’t get me started on the spelling. He would rather listen to me spell words than spend a day at Sea World. Just this morning he asked, “Mom, how do you spell guinea pig?” UM, I DON’T KNOW, SON.

(GOD, this is sounding completely braggadocios. I am grossing myself out. Please forgive me, but if you want to know what’s going on with Wito, well, this is what’s going on with Wito. Please feel free to stop reading right now. I promise I will be back with a detailed account of my very first epilator experience later this week.)

(Painful, yet a truly delightful end result!)

I would be beyond grateful to hear any advice or suggestions you all might have for parenting early readers. Even better, I would love advice from parents who are dealing/have dealt with toddlers who have a never-ending desire to learn. Some days I really struggle with feelings that I’m not doing enough for him. I want him to be challenged, but I don’t want to be Rick Moranis from Parenthood either. It’s a slippery slope, man.

He’s only 2 1/2 years old, but he CRAVES mental stimulation in the form of memory games, spelling and reading. Do you know of any games that would be fun for him? People around here have suggested looking into “gifted programs” for him. It’s way too early in the game for that, right? Right? (Seriously, wouldn’t that be too much for a 2-year-old? He isn’t even potty-trained!)

I would kill for some wisdom right now. As my mother would say, I am “cornfused”. If commenting isn’t your thing, feel free to email me a sarahATwhoorlDOTcom. We thank you muchly!


Masters of the Self-Portrait



Photos, videos and a little commentary of our trip to Kauai here.



Do You Know What Day It Is?


It’s Earth Day, dudes! I thought it would apropos to write about being kinder to our planet.

(Oh, wait. I do that EVERY week over here. Oh hahahahaha, silly me.)

Yeah, yeah. Okay, here’s the deal. Blake, a fellow FilterForGood writer, tagged me to participate in an Earth Day meme.

(Before I go on, have you seen Blake’s feature on his personal blog called The Food Chain? He sends little digital video cameras to his readers, and they use them to shoot their own food shows. It is beyond super cool.)

So, the Earth Day meme asks the question, “How will you FilterForGood this Earth Month?”

(What in the hell does that mean?)

It means you are supposed to list 5 things you are going to do this Earth month to better our planet. Easy peasy. Or is it? I’ve already dealt with five milion topics over at FFG, so instead of doing the same old “turn the lights off and recycle” gig, I thought I would revisit my earlier post about household cleaners. Since I originally wrote that on whoorl, I have found several other earth-friendly cleaners that I wholeheartedly adore. So, I give you Whoorl’s Additional Household Cleaners List That She Loves List. (Besides the original ones I previously wrote about, of course.)

1. J.R. Watkins Aloe & Green Tea All-Purpose Wipes – Biodegradable, durable and flushable wipes. They smell damn good and have coconut oil in them.

2. Method Lil’ Bowl Blu – Smells like eucalyptus. Cleans my toilet well WITHOUT bleach. End of story.

3. Mrs. Meyer’s Surface Scrub – Best tub and sink cleaner ever. Comes in yummy scents. (In honor of Earth Day, Mrs. Meyer’s is offering free shipping today and tomorrow.)

4. Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Bleach – Great for washing kids messy, stained clothes. Free of dyes and/or fragrances and doesn’t contain chemicals containing chlorine.

5. TerraGloss lip gloss in Garnet – This isn’t a household cleaner, is it? Oh, shut up. Everyone needs to look good while being domestic. Smells like vanilla and doesn’t have a bunch of scary crap in it. (Interested in freaking yourself out about cosmetics? Take a look at this.)

Okay, there you go. Are you doing anything different this Earth month? Have you found any new household cleaners (or awesome organic cosmetics, ahem) recently? Do you want to win some great gift packs from Brita? Then post what you are doing differently this month and follow these somewhat confusing rules (copied from FFG because I am slow this morning).

Post five things you plan to do for the environment over the nxet month on your blog. At the end of your list, tag five of your favorite blogs, and include a link back to this post using the hyperlinked text “FilterForGood Blog Meme Contest.” Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs, or on their Twitter accounts (using the hash tag #FFGBlogMeme). Also, be sure to include these rules at the bottom of your post.

An Extra Bonus

At the end of Earth Month, FilterForGood will choose a few lucky bloggers who posted their five things to win some Brita/FFG gift packs to help you go green! Be sure you link back to the original meme post [http://www.filterforgood.com/blog/?p=1407] to enter the contest!

(Or just tell me in the comments section if the above blurb makes your brain hurt.)


hair thursday makeover 64


Meet Lauren, our April inductee into The Fishing Club.

Lauren’s hair:


Listen, Lauren. I feel for you and your hair issues. REALLY. It looks like life must be incredibly challenging on the follicular front…here let me get you a tissue. WAHHHHHHHHHHH.

Oh, I kid. Lauren does have a very relevant issue when it comes to styling her hair. It’s super duper DRY.

In Lauren’s own words, “So, I guess basically, my problem is that I have to work hard to get my hair to look presentable, so by the time I’m done, it feels like straw. If I could have soft hair, that’d be awesome.”

Oh, do I have the product line for you, Lauren. Redken recently introduced Real Control – the line that reclaims control of dense, dry, sensitized hair. It totally repairs and transforms the texture of high-maintenance hair, leaving it SOFT and shiny. There are several products in this line, but I would recommend trying out the shampoo and conditioner, as well as the Overnight Treat Night Recovery Treatment.

As for styling products, considering Lauren uses her flat iron religiously, two of my personal favorites are Redken’s Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion and Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist. In fact, I used both of those products in this video.

(p.s. – Redken, you have really been impressing me lately.)

Now, Lauren also mentioned wanting a great product to bring out her waves, and sorry Redken, but my two all-time favorites for enhancing waves are Aveda Be Curly and Pureology Real Curl. (I accidentally packed my brand new Be Curly in my carry-on bag and it had to be confiscated. Talk about WAHHHHHH.)

So! Product recommendations galore on this lovely Thursday.

Because I love you all endlessly, I am giving away a full-sized Redken Real Control shampoo, conditioner and an Overnight Treat recovery treatment. Leave a comment on this post before Monday, April 20th at 5pm PST and you will be entered to win. Now, get to it!