- I gotta say that we love the eco-factor of using Airbnb instead of going the hotel/motel route. Not only do we not have to worry about putting a “do not disturb” sign on our door to keep housekeeping from changing the sheets (who the hell changes the sheets every day? this is a hugely wasteful practice that needs to be abolished!), but we always pick places with kitchens so that we can cook most of our own meals, and save a TON. Next month we’re finally heading to Central Oregon’s Cowgirl Cabin, which is a little dog-friendly cottage on a ranch. Not only is it on a ranch (Ruby gets to see horses for the first time!) out in the country, but a short drive to the Painted Hills where we’ll be hiking around.
- Being a cycling family, one of the first things we added to our new baby registry this week (yeah I got a little eager…) was a seat for our kiddo and little tiny helmet. One big thing we learned? You can’t just plop a helmet on a baby and take off. Now, we did already know that little ones of course have to be old enough to hold their head up on their own, but there are other considerations. Carrying your infant by bike: How young is too young? is a great article on a local blog that has lots of food for thought (and good comments as well from readers as to what they are/aren’t doing – after all, we’re one of the top bicycling towns in the country).
- “All you need, you already have.” – I love this post by Leo Babauta, the minimalist writer of the awesome ZenHabits blog.
- Ever since I learned to make mustard at home, I’ve been hooked! So easy and SO much cheaper than those fancy $6 tiny bottles of the good mustard (i.e., the kind without corn syrup and other crap in it). Today? I’m making Stout Beer Mustard in honor of my husband who is also going booze-free in solidarity with my pregnant self. Good man, good mustard!!