Shopping for the kids is more fun these days than shopping for myself. I'm still about ten pounds heavier than my normal pre-pregnancy weight, and I don't think it's going anywhere until I stop nursing, so I don't want to buy too many clothes in larger sizes. Plus... Kids clothes are so cute!
I buy most clothing for Swede and Abel from Carters, but I can't resist picking up a few cute outfits from Boden when they're on sale.
In preparation for summer, I bought swimsuits for everyone!
I bought paddleboard shorts from Title Nine to match the tankini for myself... I'm so much more comfortable playing in the water with the kids when I don't feel like I'm wearing underwear in public. I also bought matching hats for both kids and a rashguard for Abel.
I also picked up some new toys for the kids. Mostly Swede. Abel is pretty content with a hand-me-down rattle and teething toy for now.
Strider Balance Bike / VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube / Melissa and Doug Puzzles / Hape Playfully Delicious Pop-Up Toaster
I have a hard time picking out toys for Swede. It takes me weeks to decide what to buy, and I think she'll really like something, like the toaster, only to have it languish in the toy box unloved! The puzzles and the activity cube (which I technically bought for Abel) have been Swede's favorites this month. Although the real winner is a Peppa sticker book that Jonathan brought home from the airport.
For myself, I did buy the Space Dye PR Tank 2 from Athleta, and a couple Perfect Pima Short Sleeve V-Neck Tees from J Jill. I think I'm a little younger than the target market for J Jill - Although maybe I'm kidding myself, I am turning 35 this summer! Oh well... The relaxed and not-clingy style is working for me in this post-pregnancy stage.
Last but not least, I bought Swede the Paley Sandals from See Kai Run. I like that they are machine-washable!
I think I'm on a spending freeze until June now! Honestly, it worked out pretty well for me to think, "OK, You can buy whatever you want, but you have to wait until next month." By the time it's next month, I've either changed my mind, or I'm really sure I want to buy it.
Wait, I do still need a new pair of running shoes. I've been wearing the Nike Pegasus since 2003! But this year the model changed significantly and they are not getting very good reviews, so I'm thinking about trying something new... Any suggestions?
Have you bought any new summer clothes yet? Do you think it's more fun to shop for yourself or your kids (if you have kids)? Any suggestions for fun toys for 2-year-olds?