We (as in me and the little one) are home sick today with an unconfirmed case of pink eye for Holden and some itchy eyes for me. Only time will tell if he has passed it on to the Mr. or me. In other news, we are in the process of selling our home and buying (?) a new one. In the meantime, we’ll be living in an apartment. Yes, the Mr., me, Holden, and Roscoe the dog in 900 square feet of lovely, upscale apartment living. I can already tell from the promo pics online that it may be a little too upscale for us! It is definitely a necessary splurge though with the need for short-term housing in this home buying adventure. This got me to thinking about other material things I/we splurge on. Here’s my top ten in no particular order!
Holden’s Shoes – I love getting him a pair of Stride Rite shoes every 4 months or so. I will never forget the first time I took him there, and they told me his shoes were two sizes too small in length and too small in width as well. Poor cramped baby feet! Now, we happily shell out what seems to be a whole heck of a lot for small little kicks that last only mere months. Got my eyes on these for summer!
Dog Food – We love (I love and adore) Roscoe the Dog. He has his share of issues, skin, stomach, other unmentionables. Therefore, he gets Blue Wilderness dog food which is (and I can quote because it is recently burned into my eyes from a purchase) $55 for 24 pounds of food. Good thing he’s on the smaller side!
Vitamins – I like the gummie ones plus the Viactiv chews ordinarily. I highly recommend Theranatal prenatal vitamins. It’s $55 for a 13 week supply. You have to get an authorization code from your doctor to order. I mean, baby making is serious business! Why not get the best?
Beauty Products – I am particularly bad about this when pregnant. I use the Good Guide app and website to help determine which products are best for the body. I just switched to an all-natural deodorant with mixed results. I’m happy to report that today is better! This might be due to the fact that it is 50 degrees outside! I’m in the process of switching to a more natural makeup line. It is pricey, so don’t just throw out all your stuff. Gradual is best. Here’s the cosmetic site I hope to order from soon.
Food – I’m snotty about food, and I admit it. I don’t begrudge you your Twizzlers or Diet Coke. However, you can guarantee that I don’t want that mess. I am becoming a strong Trader Joe’s convert based on its quality, selection (on some items) and most importantly, prices! I try to go organic whenever possible. Fruits and veggies are the priority. Avoiding hormone treated meat and dairy is also a concern. Junk food is not welcome.
Stroller – I just couldn’t go back to a non-BOB stroller. They are the best! I love my used one found on Craigs List. Can’t beat it for walks, jogs, just exploring! This is the newest version of the one I have. I believe that mine is an ’09. Still going strong!
Dr.’s Visits/Vet Visit’s – I don’t like to even think about cost when someone or something is ill. Off to the doctor we go! Thank goodness, we have good insurance for Holden. Roscoe just costs an arm and a leg and a foot and an ear…
Gas – I don’t know if this came from living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and having to drive lots of places to get what you need/want, but I don’t mind driving. I don’t enjoy it, but you better believe that if I want to go to this park or place that’s thirty minutes or forty-five minutes away, I’m going to do it. I try to save gas and ride with together with the Mr. when we can.
Running Shoes – I’ve bought the last four pairs from Running Etc. in Virginia Beach. They all cost about $100, some less or more. I replace them pretty often and don’t even ask the price before deciding what to get. Apparently, I took Lieutenant Dan’s advice about foot care…
A Haircut – Now, I have done this in the past. I typically go three times per year. Pay $54 for a haircut…but I’m thinking about doing something different. I mean, doesn’t that just seem like a ton for a trim! I don’t have any crazy layers or special touches. I’m currently wearing it pinned back with a low bun. How plain! That’s me though. I may be exploring other possibilities.
There you have it! What I consider to be a worthwhile splurges for my moo-la! These splurges do align with what I hold near and dear. Fitness and family are top on my list. How does what you spend exemplify your priorities? Have a great Monday!