Five Things

1. What is going on with women’s disposable razors these days? Neon colors! Glitter! Tropical scents! Who in the hell needs a disposable razor that smells like jasmine? Really, people? Is a scented razor handle truly going to take your showering experience to the next level? Will you breathe in its intoxicating scent between razor strokes? I’ll tell you what I’d like my disposable razor to do. How about SHAVE MY LEGS PROPERLY. I’m on to you, Women’s Disposable Razor Companies. Distract the consumer with bells and whistles to mask the fact that your razors are sucky. Best disposable razor I’ve ever used? Gillette Good News Plus. About as cheap as you can get, and they work like a smooth, nick-free charm.

2. Do you have an item/items of clothing that you hold onto for absolutely no reason? I have 6 pairs of J. Crew Everyday Chinos that sit year after year in a bin at the top of my closet. There’s certainly nothing wrong with J. Crew chinos, yet I haven’t worn them for 5 years now, and I don’t really see myself wearing them in the near future, so why can’t I just get rid of them? It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries. (Update: In a bag, ready for Goodwill today. Patting myself on back.)

3. I think my desperate hopes of Wita going through a developmental spurt for the past FOUR weeks need to be put to rest. Let’s get real, it’s looking like my child has an attitude problem. (Although, teething? Could it be teething? She still only has her two bottom teeth at almost 13 months old. Teeth, right? PLEASE LET IT BE THE TEETH. Why is she so unhappy all the tiiiiiime…it’s a good thing she’s kind of adorable.)

4. It’s fair to say that we need to lay off the grilling, made evident by the ridiculous indigestion I dealt with until midnight Sunday night. (Sarah’s body – Not another juicy piece of animal NOOOOOOOOO.) Also, running out of propane mid-grilling is slightly distressing, evidenced by D’s face.

When I mentioned it on Twitter/Instagram, five friends responded that the same thing had happened to them that same evening. Coincidence? I think not. Gas/Charcoal Conspiracy!

5. Please tell me your children have quirky fashion preferences. Wito has an aversion to buttons on his pants or shorts, yet he’s approaching the size where it’s becoming increasingly harder to find stylish pants donning stretchy waistbands.  (We are officially in Boy sizing. Hold me.) At first, I wondered if it was a tactile issue, but alas, no. His reasoning for why he hates buttons? They aren’t “cool,” so he prefers not to look at them. But elastic waistbands ARE, Wito? Whose child are you? According to my official fashion rules, males can wear elastic-waist pants if they are younger than 5 or older than 85. We’ve got a lot to work on, kid.


  • Reading (and chickens)

    July 19, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Uh, I thought I had the only child on Earth allergic to buttons. My six-year-old is the same exact way (and goes to private school, where there are buttons! on! everything!). I’ve tried everything, including sewing felt to the inside of pants so they feel more like elastic waists (didn’t work). Sigh.

  • Krysta

    July 19, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Loved #5! I don’t have any kiddos myself, but when my brother was younger- ealry elementary school age- he too had an adversion to pants with buttons (my current adversion) and would only wear sweatpants to school. He also refused to wear any socks that weren’t gold toe socks. Weird!

  • Crisanne

    July 19, 2011 at 7:15 am

    My daughter-about the same age at Wito-hates what she calls “floppy pants” which is any pant leg with any width to them. She also much prefers pants without buttons, snaps, zippers, etc. I fear the day that jeggings go out of style! I was surprised to see quite a few drawstring style pants for boys at Hanna Andersson

  • sizzle

    July 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Finn loves work out style clothes. It pretty much kills my sister who has dreams of dressing him in retro hipster cool clothing. But he wants basketball pants and high tops!

  • andrea

    July 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

    As a mother who spent months blaming growth spurts and teething, I’ve finally embraced the fact that we have a very spirited girl on our hands. Thank goodness she’s so cute.

    Oh the style choices of an almost five year old. C doesn’t like shirts with buttons or collars and only likes jeans, so a lot of jeans and graphic superhero t’s around here. A closet full of handsome shirts sitting with tags attached.

  • Ris

    July 19, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I too hold on to clothing that I will probably never wear again. I got really into straight leg chinos from GAP a few years ago (like 5-7) and haven’t worn them in FOREVER. I still hold on, carting them from apartment to apartment, in case I suddenly become Someone Who Wears Chinos again. Probability? Not likely.

  • Lauren

    July 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    My seven-year-old’s outfit yesterday: polo shirt, sweat pants (another elastic waist lover), bright blue Croc rain boots with one pant leg tucked in, and a Where’s Waldo striped sweater. Oh, dear.

  • gorillabuns

    July 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    my kids look like hobos most of the time due to their awesome fashion sense.

    i just go with it. I’d rather fight over them wanting feathers in their hair.

  • Lea

    July 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

    My son was a bit of an a-hole until he reached 2. His mood changed so radically after that it was amazing, I kept dreading we’d go back to 2 hour morning, afternoon and evening tantrum cry-athons but so far so good. Hope you don’t have to wait that long for yours to normalize, hehe :)

  • Chris

    July 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

    The 20-month-old I nanny has been IN A MOOD for a couple of weeks now. We keep hoping it’s just a growth spurt, or maybe those last two teeth are coming in…but it’s looking like he might just be a butthead for awhile. Sigh.

  • Amti'b

    July 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Look for okkies they are super cute boy pants that pull on and are to the knee. Do you use disposables as your regular razor? If so please tell me why and should we all? Wita is fine, pretty chill to me! Carcinagenes(?) are getting to you….release the chinos you havent worn those since i left cali and you had wito (cracking me up bc i kept mine until we left cambridge)

  • charlene

    July 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

    My seven year old is the same way. Hates buttons and snaps for some odd reason. Then I started looking at all the boys in his class and they all where stretchy waist pants. I have talked to their parents and it is the same for them. I have learned to live with this.

  • Susannah

    July 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    We ran out on Sunday night too while in the middle of grilling fish tacos! With a house full of company, no less. It was NO. GOOD. Fortunately there was a backup but the grill never really heated back up like it was supposed to. Oh well.

  • marisa

    July 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    woman, you funny…

  • Iowamom

    July 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Disposable razors are all blinged up because they want you to feel good for paying $45 dollars for 8 razors. I laugh at the cost and buy the men’s kind when we travel. Geez–pretty darn proud of things aren’t you Bic?

    My oldest son couldn’t stand to have anything tight around his wrists. Sweet. Jebus. It drove me nuts. He’s 11 now and I can barely get him to change into pajamas (which are just an old t-shirt and boxers).

    My daughter has a flair for drama. I’m suspecting it’s a girl thing. ;)

  • Maura

    July 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Could you change buttons on some clothes to be “cooler” buttons? Maybe find some Cars buttons and ease him into the world of grown-up pants.

    Cars buttons:

    dinosaur buttons:

  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    July 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Bonham won’t wear any shirt with a collar, or buttons, or that he can feel from the inside (so no large designs unless they can’t be felt) and tags have to be carefully cut out. And of course, pull on pants. Thank god for Boden. We lived in the shorts all summer, now time to try the pants. Last year he found the lined ones “too thick” for his liking – but there are thinner ones I will try this year. Here is the link – http://www.bodenusa.com/en-US/Boys-Trousers-Jeans.html

  • Sarah

    July 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    My three year old has been wearing the same pair of Osh Kosh overalls every.single.day for 6 months. I was stupid and didn’t think to buy another pair while they were still in stock at Target and on sale. I’m an idiot. I think the other parents/kids/teachers at his school must think we are CRAZY lazy parents who dress him in the same pants every day. They haven’t seen the fits he pitches when we attempt to dress him in something else. Ha.

    He has a drawer full of elastic waist pants and shorts, which look adorable on him, that he refuses to wear. Where to find? Try Lands End, they have several pairs even in kid sizes. Buy on sale and you are set since they last forever and a day. They sell them year round in different weights according to the season (for places that have seasons).

  • joslyn

    July 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

    you are not alone my friend…not only are we having “button” issues, but the seams on socks…holy hell, you’d think i was dipping their toes in hot lava.

    getting the girlies dressed for school in the mornings is a world of pain. i try to meditate through it. it occasionally works…


  • Mary Sue

    July 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I did the same thing with my J. Crew chinos last week! I pulled out a whole half of my closet which includes things I never wear – work pants from 2002, skirts that don’t fit and I have no reason to wear, and chinos. I was going to get rid of all of them and then put every last pair right back. Your post may have given me the inspiration I need!

  • Jen

    July 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    OH. OH! Maggie won’t wear polo-type shirts with buttons/collars. She says they are ‘boy shirts’. Someone at school must have told her that. She has a couple of adorable ones with sparkles and they are pink and DEFINITELY not boy shirts. But still. She will not wear them UNLESS I button all of the buttons to the top. Then, apparently, they are acceptable as a Girl Shirt.

    Shoot me now. Please.

  • Mama Bub

    July 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    No, no, no. I refuse to believe that this change in attitude in my baby is attributable to anything but teething. For a solid month! Yes! Am not in denial!

  • whoorl

    July 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Mama Bub (and anyone else who might be in the same boat),

    I just returned from the pediatrician, where it was confirmed that my child seems to be in perfect health, and that she is more than likely a “pistol.” This became fairly evident as she threw an epic tantrum (FOR NO APPARENT REASON) and smacked me in the face while discussing behavior with the doctor.

    My child is an asshole. It is now medically proven.

    (Although, in Wita’s defense, her top two teeth are days away from breaking through, according to the doc.)

    (See that denial creeping back in?)

  • Sarah

    July 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    My 19 month old is verrrrry strong willed. Has been from the very start. To refrain from calling her bad names, I say she’s a very strong “self advocate”.

  • Carrie Giebelhaus

    July 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    This is the best list of five things I’ve ever read. Hold ME

  • martymankins

    July 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve run out of propane many times. I love to BBQ in the summer and when you’ve got meat on the grill that still needs cooking, running to the store to get a refill is not fun. I now have an extra tank that sits in the shed, which gets rotated when the first one goes empty. Worth the 5 mins is takes to do the swap.

  • Sarcomical

    July 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    hear, hear!! on the razors. i have been cut and burned and stung by almost every single razor marketed for women out there lately. the only one i’ve found recently that didn’t make me cringe? the gillette hydro disposable my husband loaned me on a trip. so…i may have to give the one you mentioned a try.

    and hey, i can get behind wito’s love for elastic. i mean, i pull my stretchy pants on as soon as possible every evening. …although him insisting the buttons aren’t “cool” must be corrected before he falls into a kevin federline fashion phase.

  • Erin

    July 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    We are in the same boat with a 6 year old who refuses to wear pants with buttons. In his case it is a fear of accidents because he leaves going to the bathroom until the last possible second and can’t take the chance that a button will slow him down.

    We shop at Children’s Place for elastic waisted rugby/cargo pants that look ok.

  • Siera

    July 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    As a mom I hate coordinated sweat pant outfits! He owns zilch! And will as long as I still I do his shopping.I only bought him some sweat pants for potty training. I am denim girl and I clearly passed this trait onto my son when he asked to wear jeans to bed the other night. I couldn’t deny him.

  • sarah

    July 20, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I am dreading back to school shopping since Lance now has fashion preferences that are different than mine, fortunately he still likes buttons, sorry, I hope he gets past this before winter of he might just be in sweats.

  • Tina

    July 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

    1.) I can’t stand anything with fragrance unless it is my perfume/lotion or a candle. They put fragrance in the craziest things these days! Especially disturbing are tampons. WHY????
    2.) I SO hear you on the J.Crew chinos. They fit so well but I don’t think I wore them once in the past 2 years. Also? Cardigans. It doesn’t matter how bad off they get, I can’t bring myself to get rid of them.
    3.) Is here nap schedule changing? She just one year right? If I remember correctly, that was HELL. Going down to one nap and needing an earlier bedtime…..maybe it is teething.
    4.) It’s a heat index of 110 here for the next week. Too hot to grill, but I hate when the propane goes out. It’s 2011…why can’t they make some kind of color coded indicator or something?
    5.) No quirky fashion tendencies here for the 4 year old yet but Mini Boden has AWESOME stretchy waistband pants and shorts. My tot is FINALLY learning to button and zip his own pants, but when he goes to pre-K, I send him in stretch waistband to avoid the hassle. I found the cutest pairs there and I think they are having a sale right now.

  • Heather

    July 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    My 4 year old is reallllllly tall so he’s already in a boys size 5 or 6 at stores like Gap, Old Navy, or Boden. They all sell reallllly cute elastic waist pants, especially Boden, but super pricey. I buy maybe two or three pairs when they have a 20% off coupon and then pair them with cuter shirts and jeans.

    We also ran out of propane this weekend. Very odd, totally a conspiracy.

    Fragrance gives me migraines. Ick.

  • karen culver

    July 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I have two boys with the same issue . . . land’s end has a really nice pair of short, elastic waist, sewn on fixed button with cute stitching. If it makes you feel any better they are 7 and 10!

  • Jenny Post

    July 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    My son is only three months old so he hasn’t really started complaining yet about the choices I make for him. When I was kid, however, I didn’t like wearing JEANS! It was leggings with stirrups every day. Ugh.
    And like another commenter, I also just got rid of my J.Crew Everday Chinos that I had from when I worked there in high school. Fun fact: they were $38 at the time. Oh, and jeans were $48. Weird that the price of their jeans has DOUBLED in the last ten years. Not cool.

  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    August 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    … late to comment, but just catching up after a few weeks off.

    Thank you for the razor enlightenment.

    I’ve been totally dissatisfied with razors, so I headed out and bought these when I read your post a few days ago. They’re cheap, work great, and I don’t have to ask for assistance when purchasing them (does your store keep all of the “fancy” razors locked up??)!

    Re kids clothes- issues galore (with my son, not daughter)- seams, tags, shoe material, you name it. :)