base coat is offering one lucky (and local) reader of A Denver Home Companion $50 toward services at the new nail salon! yippee!
to enter to win, please leave a comment below on what your usual go-to nail colors are. you can also gain extra entries by sharing this giveaway and/or liking base coat on twitter, facebook, or instagram. just make sure to leave a comment back here when you do. the winner will be announced next friday, september 20.
which reminds me, i forgot to mention that base coat is doing the colors a bit differently: they offer the best five-free lines in many colors but are committed to keeping things fresh. the colors will change depending on the seasons, what’s spotted at fashion week, what’s hip, what’s not, what’s pushing the envelope. you’ll certainly find something you like and that suits you and you won’t be inundated with fifty shades of pink. you can rest assured that if it’s on their color wall, it’s gonna look good. you’ll also be encouraged to think outside of the box. they even did rothko-esque nails for an untitled final fridays at the dam. and i chose an olive green for my go around, aptly titled dirty martini by ncla.
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two year molars suck. they really do. these photos describe our day perfectly yesterday. it wasn’t until today that i pieced together it was her mouth that was giving her such a high fever and a crappy time. she slept like a rock in our bed for most of the afternoon (that NEVER happens for our little wiggle worm). i enjoyed the snuggles and the quiet day. it was nice to have a sleeping babe close –even on me at times! it certainly brought back memories of when she was a wee one that was more often than not attached to me.
how to soothe a two year old with molars wreaking havoc? here’s what we did:
- for the fever we alternated with children’s doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen every three hours. she was incredibly uncomfortable, even to the point of having chills that left her restless and whiny. we found that acetaminophen helped this tremendously and quickly.
- i took her temperature every hour and kept track of the temp as well as the dosage of medicine. at one point her temp got up to 103.9, which was quite scary as she’s never had a high fever before and i didn’t yet realize it was her molars causing this. keeping track helped me keep a level head before i freaked out too much (having a brother who’s an ER doctor and responds to my frantic texts also helped and is a perk i am forever grateful for).
- we put clean sheets on the bed, did a quick clean of the bedroom, and sprayed the room with lavender to create a calming environment for her. the ceiling fan was turned on low so there was air movement but no chilly draft. pillows were piled up and all her lovies were close by (green blanket, teddy, pacifier).
- she got as much PBS, elmo, tinker bell, eloise movies as she wanted. also, unlimited access to her pacifier.
- we encouraged water and, when we realized it was her molars, gave ramona as much ice cream as she wanted. you know it’s bad when she starts to turn away ice cream!
- most importantly, plans were cancelled, we kept her home, and i made myself as close and available as possible. she certainly needed it and i wasn’t going to miss out on any snuggle time this anti-snuggler was going to give me.
the summer weather in denver has been unseasonably cool: grey skies, chilly mornings, wet evenings, brisk breezes, sweatshirt weather. we are loving it. our walks have been longer. our a/c has been running less. favorite blankets are getting lots of use. our grass is greener and we are watering less. the house feels fresher and less stagnant than this little brick house tends to feel in the usual sweltering summer heat. we are filled w more energy for exploring.
there was a recent article in the huffington post about a mother who stopped saying “hurry up” to her daughter. i’m not one to rush ramona herself, but i don’t always take the time for leisurely moments of discovery. these past couple weeks though, as i’ve mentioned in past posts, have been filled with slowness, intentional or otherwise. and our little family has embraced this new pace.
taking different routes to the coffee shop on our morning walk has introduced us to new streets, new gardens, new neighborhood vibes. ramona rides in the wagon on the way there but insists on walking the whole way home. we are thankful for this as we get to meander and mosey too. while she’s scouring the sidewalks for rocks and coins to pocket, jp and i get to peek at the new modern homes being built and admire the sturdiness of the old ones as well. as a family we’ve discovered old murals (the dinosaur one pictured above) and progress on a new walking path near our home. i hope this pace continues even if the heat should return. and most likely it will.
how do you slow down?
this sunday, from 2 until 7 at ace, ollie’s vintage will be setting up shop alongside brick & mortar for some pop-up madness! stop on by! there’ll be clothes for little ones and i just know you’ve got someone in your life having a baby soon. or perhaps a favorite niece or nephew? and i know you want them to be the snazziest dress babe around. so get on it! come say hello! see you there.