Brilliant Things for October 2014

This is my 28th Brilliant Things List! And my 272nd EvinOK post. Very exciting though non-traditional milestones. I like to celebrate the little steps along the way, not just the round numbers. So, today is a post with some random things I have been eyeing lately. A few things are for my son, LB, who is about to turn three. But most things are for me. Because most days I’m lucky if my teeth are brushed or I get a shower. On really special days, I get to do both! So, these lists are just as much about things I love as things I think my little man would. I rarely consider my husband with these though because these lists are so not his thing. He doesn’t do lists. If he sees something he wants and has space for it in his life, he buys it. If he doesn’t have space for it or if it is poor quality, he doesn’t get it. Ah, the simplicity. As opposed to LB when he sees a toy car and all he thinks is WANT. No concept of the collection of vehicles at home that would make Jay Leno green with envy.

I’ve been eyeing this book for MONTHS! And now it is on sale. Like REALLY on sale. And who knows for how long. I am tempted to buy one for myself and one for a Christmas gift. Could be for anyone actually. Paul Lowe is brilliant!

Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love

Sugru SMLT8 Hardware Sealer, Multi Color, 8-Pack

Creative Options Thread Organizer

Echo Design Men’s Warmers Touch Glove, Deep Blue Heather, Large/X-Large

Echo Design Men’s Warmers Touch Glove, Cedar, Small/Medium

Pratt KAJ-6 Self-Seal Kraft Bubble Mailer, 12.5″ x 18″ (Pack of 50)

Smudge Yarns “Clementine” Hand-dyed Sock Yarn

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While packing I realised I don’t have a purse or handbag in good shape that folds for easy packing in my backpack. I like to have my purse packed in my backpack or laptop bag for travel. So eyeing these options.

kmbuy – Unique Vintage Preppy Style Unisex Casual Fashion Colleague School Travel Backpack Bags with 15 inch Laptop Lining (42cm*30cm*12cm) (black)

C-Red Preppy Madras Large Carry All Tote, Orange

kmbuy – Unique Vintage Style Unisex Fashion Casual School Travel Shoulder Backpack bag with 15.6” laptop Compartment / 40cm*29cm*12cm (grey)

Creative Options Thread Organizer

Echo Design Men’s Warmers Touch Glove, Cedar, Small/Medium

McCormick Bacon Chips Imitation, 4.1 Ounce

Oasis Supply Sugar Decorations, Bumble Bee, 24 Count

So, we’re about to visit our families back home so I think it would be wise to invest in a new car seat. The current one is nearly two years old and though only used for five weeks in that time, LB is approaching the maximum weight for its design. I’m eyeing this one because it has versatility and the colour is nice.

Evenflo Chase Harnessed Booster Car Seat, Laguna

Did you know Amazon sells Mattresses? I find this mind-boggling. I mean, do they make Amazon boxes that big? We will need one for LB’s new big boy bed at my parents’ house, which is actually my childhood bed (and my father’s childhood bed) reassembled from the storage room. Another generation of sweet dreams and possibly another coat of paint. I think one of these or a combination will do the trick:

Comfort Bedding Gentle Firm 9-Inch Innerspring Mattress with Low Profile 5-Inch Box Spring, Twin, Beige

American Legacy Innerspring Coil Twin Size Mattress and Box Spring Set

Classic Brands Wooden Bed Slats/Bunkie Board Solid Wood, Any Mattress Type, Twin Size

Though also cool to see rollaway beds have improved a lot.

Sleep Revolution Getaway Elite Folding Guest Bed, Single

Sleep Revolution Getaway Premier Memory Foam Folding Guest Bed, Twin

And for the trip home, I will, of course, be filling my luggage with these treasures:

One dozen jars of Frontera Salsa Medium Tomatillo — 16 oz or if the shipping cost on that is per jar, I’d rather have this set of 12 Frontera Foods Inc. Salsa, Tomatillo, Medium, 16-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Unrelated to the trip, I think these books and toys would be a fun for LB:

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Tickle Time!: A Boynton on Board Board Book (Boynton Board Books)

Boys Don’t Knit!

Knitting Nell

Conductor Carl 100 Piece Wooden Train Set. 100% Compatible with Thomas the Train. Plus FREE Conductor Carl Train!

Then there are practical things that I’ve found I can’t live without. Like…

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, FH50150

Hoover Platinum Collection Pet Plus Carpet and Upholstery Detergent 50 oz, AH30035

Pro Shot Industrial Re-Newing Cabinet Paneling and Finished Wood Restorer & Protector- 16-ounce bottle (covers approximately 300 square feet)

(2 Pack) Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser for Stainless Steel / Porcelain / Ceramic / Tile / Copper – 13 Oz. Each

(3 Pack) Bar Keepers Friend Cookware and Sink Cleaner – 12 Oz. Each

Rubbermaid Configurations Custom Closet Organizer, Deluxe, 4 to 8 Foot, Titanium (FG3H89DWTITNM)

Foremost 340001 Modular 5-in-1 Shelf Cube Storage System, White

Seville Classics Commercial 7-Shelf Bin Rack Storage System, NSF Listed

Bin Warehouse DFAE2MBW-12TC Compact Storage System

Fauxwood Impressions 48003450 34.5-Inch by 48-Inch Window Blinds, White

Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC

Pro Shot Industrial Re-Newing Floor Restorer And Finish – 1 Gallon – Petrochemical-Free Formula

Pro Shot Industrial Re-Newing Cabinet Paneling and Finished Wood Restorer & Protector- 16-ounce bottle (covers approximately 300 square feet)

Hoover Max Extract 77 Multi-Surface Pro Carpet & Hard Floor Deep Cleaner, FH50240

Pro Shot Industrial Re-Newing Cabinet Paneling and Finished Wood Restorer & Protector- 16-ounce bottle (covers approximately 300 square feet)

Vax W90-RU-B Rapide Ultra Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer

A little obsessed with cleaning lately, aren’t I? Something about visiting my parents who have two dogs (to whom I am allergic) makes me want to clean.

And for something completely impractical. Though it would be fun for hanging necklaces!

Not as brilliant as usual, but so focused on the trip, my book, and the Blog Awards Ireland outcome, I’m a distracted shopper. What are you eyeing lately?

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