P.S. XO Party Boxes

Throwing a baby shower isn’t too complicated right? Blue for a boy, pink for a girl, and yellow or green for a sweet little mystery.

Except when you try to find all the stuff, and nothing matches. Or you can’t find the sweet little tassel hanging thingies you saw on Pinterest.

Well, enter P.S. XO.

"We deliver beautiful parties right to your doorstep, reducing stress and giving you more time to enjoy milestone moments with your loved ones. "

They sent me the It’s a Boy! Baby Shower Party Box, and holy crap is it ever beautiful. You can tell a lot of care and thought went into picking the items instead of running around the dollar store screaming “Feck! The shower is tomorrow and I can’t find those stupid straws I wanted.”

 

 

At first I balked a little at the price for the full party box – $100 isn’t cheap – but if you’re working with more budget than time, then this is a real life-saver. Plus, all the running around is already done for you so you’re not making expensive mistakes along the way. 

They also have boxes for Halloween, Themed parties (princess, pirate, jungle, etc.) and just plain ole pretty.

They also just launched an app that allows you to plan a party directly from your iPhone and iPad – from designing the invitation to sending thank-you notes. Easy peasy.

Anyway, it’s something to consider when you’re pulling your next party together. Throw in a store bought cake and a bottle of tequila and you’ve got yourself a damn good time. Maybe that’s just my parties.


Win a Party Box!

So after I saw how beautiful these boxes are I told the folks at P.S.XO they should really give one of these away on the site. They said “sure!” So enter below for your chance to win a box of your choice. (Tequila not included.)

(Open to U.S. only)

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5 Universal Truths of New Motherhood

Yet another post from Liz over at A Mothership Down where I was like, "Yes. So yes."

– Amy

 

Motherhood is a unique journey for each of us. And by "unique" I mean pretty much exactly the same for everyone. This explains the otherwise unfathomable popularity of baby forums, where 8,000 women can log on and ask a variation of the question "why is my baby trying to ruin my life by never sleeping for more than 25 consecutive minutes?" and that question will yield 16,000 responses because each member will want to weigh in at least twice for the sake of camaraderie. This is because it is a universal truth of new motherhood that sleep deprivation will make you want to knock yourself unconscious (banging your head on the infant carseat works well for this) so you can get some blessed down time.

I was recently talking to a friend of mine who is also a new mom, and she, with no small degree of incredulity, said, "You know, all those things people tell you about being a new mom are actually true!" Those things that you heard and quickly dismissed as being not-applicable to yourself and your unborn child. Once the baby arrives, you're all "F*ck, that wasn't exaggerated?! What in the!?!? Did everyone know this?!? And if so, why are there so many new children in the world?"

While of course your individual experiences will vary somewhat (i.e. your baby's shit might get on your pants or it might get on your shirt), the common denominator (of shit) cannot be escaped. The thing is, there are some universal truths to new parenthood, and it's in everyone's best interest to get comfortable with this notion right out of the gate. And by gate I think it's clear I mean vagina.

Here we go:

1.

While you will love your child with all of your heart, you will also most passionately feel this love when your child is sleeping.  If you think about it, it would make more sense to get a doll, since dolls and sleeping babies are pretty much the exact same thing, except that you can leave dolls in your car while you run into Target without the fear of police involvement.

2.

However disgusted you are at the secretions of other people's children, when it comes to your own child you will mindlessly roll around in her bodily fluids with the reckless abandon of a raccoon on spring break.  My baby shit out an entire banana the other day, and I was so distracted that it didn't even occur to me not to slather it on my own hands in a kind of impromptu lotion. You are now disgusting to other people, but you don't give a shit on account of the fact that the last time you slept was in 1985, best you can recall.

 

3.

You will do whatever you've got to do to get by. Think you would never co-sleep? Tell me your opinion on that after stumbling into the nursery like a partially blind and legally drunk sailor for the 50th time in a week. 100% sure you'll breastfeed? Let's have this discussion three weeks into cracked nipples and after two bouts of mastitis. Think you will bathe your kid every day? How about after the 6th time he's peed on his own face. That's your new standard. Confident that you will always use a car seat for your baby? Well, actually, you should definitely do that one.

 

4.

You really cannot get shit done when you have a baby. I know you might think you can. That would be incorrect. I know that prior to having your baby you had visions of catching up on a series of long-neglected organizational (and perhaps even crafting!) projects, in between reading Anna Karenina and writing your autobiography. You planned on having the time to do all of this because the laundry and dishes would take like an hour MAX and then, well, with the baby napping so often the rest of the day would be WIDE OPEN!

Fact: You will spend vast quantities of your time on tasks so mindless that when you're asked what you did all day, you will have to conclude that you were lobotomized, because for the life of you you have no goddamn idea how you spent all those hours. You certainly do not have anything concrete to display to prove how you spent the day. {Tip: It is helpful to keep your Facebook page open, so you can count how many times you "Liked" videos on cats or commented on "Open Letters" (which - when did Open Letters become so popular? Dear God, interweb users, you can make a point without an Open Letter!)} Regardless of how little your baby seems to be actually doing, you will be doing even less. Your life is now a show about nothing. No pair has been this unproductive since Jerry Seinfeld met George Costanza.

5.

Meeting and befriending other new moms is like dating other temporarily mentally unstable people. It's Tinder meets Girl, Interrupted, but with plumper lead actresses. Finding mom friends with babies the same age as your own, who are available for mid-day socializing, is more stressful than finding a mate. Now the stakes are REALLY HIGH because you are so hormonal that without proper social support you will end up in the fetal position of your disorganized nursery, and who knows who will watch your baby. (Note: this is another reason to consider just getting a doll. Although it is hard to make a pitch to be a stay-at-home mom to a doll, so factor that in when considering your options.)

What "Universal Truths" did you discover once you had kids? This list is not comprehensive, because, let's be honest, I need to get back to my queue of cat videos. They're really piling up.


Liz spent much of the past decade as a social worker and photographer, earning very little money but having the opportunity to travel widely and meet many interesting people, including a drunk Canadian who cut her a mullet on a dare. Now a full-time mom and blogger, Liz is continuing her quest to make no money and spending her days wondering why her son so closely resembles a ham. While many, many people call her Mother Earth, she finds that cumbersome. Please just call her Liz. Liz blogs about the joy and ridiculousness that is motherhood at the "hit blog" (her own words) A Mothership Down.

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Keurig 2.0 Ohhhhhh

As you know, I love my coffee.

I’m the only one in the house that drinks coffee though, so a while back I decided to pony up for a Keurig.

I loved that thing.

I could have a hot cup of coffee whenever I wanted and didn’t need at brew a whole pot (or reheat one from a cold pot) every time.

So when Keurig asked me if I wanted to try the new Keurig 2.0 I was all like “Oh hell yes!”

This is it. It’s all nice and fancy and sleek and stuff.

I had the base model Keurig before so this was a real step up.

These are the new bells and whistles on this sucker:

  • You can brew a whole pot of coffee with this with the new larger k-carafe format. I find this really handy when people come over – I used to have to burn through a ton of k-cups before.
  • It has a huge water reservoir so I’m not constantly filling it
  • It has a touch display where you can adjust the strength of your coffee, how much water you want, auto-brewing, etc.
  • It also had a little night light in the water reservoir which I got strangely giddy about (I’m still not sure why I care)
  • It was really easy to set up. You know how I am about just taking stuff out of the box and running with it. Well, I have yet to read the instructions so I’m calling very user friendly.
k-cup vs the k-carafe

k-cup vs the k-carafe

Things to consider:

I found the hot water only function a little bit of a pain in the ass. You have to hold it down to get the water to come out whereas I just used to hit ‘brew’ without a k-cup in there for my old one. #firstworldproblem

My little basket brewer thing that I used in my old machine no longer works in this one. Not a big deal seeing as I rarely used it anyway.

This machine requires updated k-cups. There’s a ring or a dot on the top of the new ones to tell the machine whether it’s a regular size or a pot size cup plus brewing details. If you have old k-cups (like I did because I hoard them) the machine won’t read it. It will give you an “Oops, this doesn’t appear to be a K-cup” even though you know damn well it is so you want to drop kick this fucker off a cliff (mainly because you haven’t had your coffee yet.) Once I called customer service* and found out what the problem was I was talked off the ledge and it was fine, plus, Keurig is replacing all the k-cups out there with new ones right now. If you have an old machine just use all your non-ring k-cups up so you don’t have an a.m. meltdown like I did.

A few people are making a big stink about Keurig trying to force consumers into only use their brand of k-cups with this coloured ring thing, but I haven't found that to be the case. I bought I giant box of Kirkland brand k-cups and it had the coloured ring on it and worked no problem. All companies have to do is update their tops so I'm not sure why that one is getting people up in a huff.

The coloured ring is what you're looking for on the new cups.

The coloured ring is what you're looking for on the new cups.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a really nice coffee maker, this new Keurig 2.0 has all the nice features of the old machines but has been jacked up to be one sweet coffee ride. I highly recommend it so add it to your holiday list or just say, "Screw it, I need a nice coffee maker now" and just yourself one.

You can find them on Keurig.ca in Canada, and in the U.S. you can find them on Keurig.com and Amazon.

* I called customer service twice just to make sure I was clear on the details for writing this review. Both times I got nice women that live in Georgia. Let me tell you something, if you have a 1-800 number for angry customers I strongly recommend you fill your call centre with women from Georgia. Their strong, yet soothing tones punctuated with “ma’am” would be able to talk anyone out of consumer rage within seconds. I may call back on a day when I’m feeling a little down and have them sing “soft kitty” to me.

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