I’m an Official Babbler!


I am quite beside myself with excitement to announce that I’m writing for Babble.com. (Jumping jumping jumping up and down over here! Have you seen the Babble Voices writers? I’m thinking some crack was smoked before my name was thrown in the ring.)

Starting this week, I will be writing a weekly column about, you guessed it, parenting. This week, I’m jumping right in with the question I ask myself (and unsuspecting, innocent bystanders) on a daily basis. WHY DOES MY ONE-YEAR-OLD BEAT ME UP? What did I do to deserve this fate? HUH? Tell me now, pray tell.


A Big Weekend


We had such fun at Wito’s 5th birthday party on Saturday! The weather was a little gloomy while setting up, but in true California fashion, the sun came out in full force right as the party started.

We had some Oh Happy Day-inspired bunting action going on, and I must say, it was adorable. (Here’s Jordan’s tutorial – so easy!) After the party guests left, we walked back to the house and crashed.

Upon waking up Sunday morning, I realized it was the last day of the Orange County Fair. Now, for the past two years, we’ve had our photos taken at the photo booth, and we knew that this year would be a make or break situation in regards to making these photos a tradition. People. We did NOT want to go to the fair. We just wanted to relax at home after the party, but we rallied, loaded the car up and took off.

Of course, once we arrived, we were all, “we love the fair! How could we not do this? HOORAY FOR THE FAIR.”

And now it’s officially a tradition.


Strollers for Sale (For the Locals!)


Anybody in the market for some gently used strollers? I’m selling a green canvas Bugaboo complete system ($275) and a blue BOB jogging stroller ($150) at the Urban Kids Consignment Sale starting today in Huntington Beach. (I’m also selling a Bugaboo wheeled board, Bugaboo travel bag and other stuff.) Click here for the sale details!


How To Donate Diapers Locally


The 1-2-3’s of diaper donation, folks. Does donating a pack of disposable diapers sound like something you would want to do? Are you like me and get diapers delivered in bulk, only to have your baby grow out of them, leaving a few unopened packs sitting around in the garage/under the bed/shoved in the back of the closet? Want to donate them to a family who can’t afford to put clean diapers on their wee ones? It really only takes a few minutes to locate a diaper bank in your area, and a method of transport to get you (and those diapers) over to the bank.

Since I live in Southern California, I will take the guesswork out of the first issue for my fellow locals. Where can Southern Californians drop off diapers?

1) Help a Mother Out – Help A Mother Out (HAMO) is dedicated to increasing access to diapers for families in need. Started by two moms (March, 2009) with an initial investment of $100, this one time diaper drive has evolved into a nationally-recognized grassroots organization raising diapers, awareness, and advocating for long term change in the social safety net.

Diaper Donation Location:

The Treehouse Social Club ~ 426 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Items they take:

  • Diapers (sizes 3-6 especially, but all sizes welcome)*
  • Pull-ups*
  • New cloth pocket diapers
  • Baby wipes (UNOPENED)

*They do accept open packs of diapers, but they need to be in original packaging (for health reasons, they can’t accept loose diapers).

2) Southern California Diaper Bank – Orange County

To donate disposable diapers, you can drop off directly at their warehouse location:

Southern California Diaper Bank Warehouse
3720 Campus Drive, Suite C
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Contact: Ben Dodson

3) You can always host your own diaper drive too! All the information you need to get started is located here.

If you aren’t in the Southern California area, you can find your local diaper bank here. Remember, all it takes is a minimal amount of effort to get diapers in the hands of those in need! Visit the Huggies Every Little Bottom website for more information. Thanks, you guys!

Disclosure: I have partnered with the Huggies® brand to help promote Huggies® Every Little Bottom program.  I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about my family’s own experiences from my son/daughter’s point of view, and/or their experiences with diapers.  However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.