Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget...Make That a Koolaid Budget!

June 9, 2009 07:02 by ehouston

Okay, so many of you have read the earlier post regarding my search for cool, modern baby furniture for our pending arrival.  Well, since then my husband was offered a promotion and we are now in the process of relocating to a new state.  With all the unplanned added expenses associated with everything that is going on this year I have been rethinking my baby buying budget.  I will admit, I have an uncanny ability to fall in love with the most expensive option and then I get obsessed.  I cannot help it!  Once I decide on a look and I am "feeling" it, it's all over!  So, after struggling with how to cut costs in some areas to justify the crib of my dreams I stumbled upon this....

The Olivia Crib from Baby Mod.

Now, it is not exactly what I was looking for (see dream crib below), but I am starting to really dig this new discovery.

Bassinet and Crib by Stokke.

So, the new find is not oval and will not eventually end up converting into two super cool curved chairs, but I am thinking it might be a great alternative.  The real kicker is this...I found it at! 

Now, I will be the first to admit I am not a fan of Walmart at all.  I actually described my last trip to this store as traumatic, not because I was desperate to find some curtains to ready our home for a showing, but because it is loud, bright, stuffed to the gills with products, and there are way to many weird people strolling the isles like they are cruising the boulevard on a Friday night (at least that's the case in my neck of the woods).  I also have an issue with a place where you can purchase a car battery, underwear and peanut butter all at once.  It's just not right. 

Places like this completely overwhelm me and I have to get out almost as soon as I walk in.  Give me a cute little homespun local boutique any day.  I will admit that I do have an affinity for the other big box store, Target, although I usually forgo the big, new version they recently built for the older, smaller one closer to home.  It's easier to take and if they don't have it, I don't need it.

So, what do you all think?  The Walmart (cringe) crib for $299.99 or do I cut corners and save up the $969.00 for the Stokke dream crib?

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Freaky Baby Styley!

March 12, 2009 08:01 by ehouston

With one on the way, my current obsession revolves around outfitting our little one in total style.  So far, this kid is going to end up being way more hip than his parents.  My furniture style tastes tend toward the mod, or at least the retro modern (as in Danish style furnishings from the 40's-60's).  The real issue I am dealing with is that I love....I mean LOVE several "on the high end" necessities that are just outrageously expensive (at least to me).  I have tried.  I have looked and looked online.  I have attempted to find knock-offs and even sought out a builder that would create what I want but on the cheap.  Unfortunately, I cannot find the quality or look for my thrift store budget (and frugal nature).  Now, I know you are thinking....the kid doesn't care what his bed, stroller, highchair, etc looks like...why do you care so much?  Well, I figure that if I have to look at and use this stuff for years I want it to grow with the kid and I want to at least enjoy having it in my home.  I am just not the Winnie the Pooh, Precious Moments, (insert your love to hate favorite baby room theme here) kind of mom.  So, I have succumbed.  Second job, here I come!  I have done my due diligence and now I just have to save.  I figure if I don't eat for the next couple of months I can have all the pieces on my wish list within no time at all.  :-D

Month one at crappy retail job should produce the crib money:

My dream crib by Stokke.

If I had all the money in the world I would get this bassinet and just the crib above, but alas, I don't have all the money in the world.  :0(

Nest Bassinet by Ooba.

Month number two at crappy retail job should set us up with the high chair.

Convertible High Chair by Stokke.  Do you see a theme running here?

It will probably take months number three and four to afford this baby, so I am still working on an alternative.

It's so cute with it's Red Cross attitude.  Stroller by Bugaboo.

After all of this, I will probably immediately start freaking out about college.  Third job I'm looking for you now!


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