the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Handmade hippo wood teether

Have I officially become That Hippo Lady? Yes? No problem, at least I’m not That Lady Who Likes To Take Out Her Teeth At Parties. Not yet, anyway.

This adorable teething toy is from the Little Alouette Etsy shop, and it’s handmade from Ohio Maple and finished with certified organic flax seed oil. Love the simplicity and clean beauty of it. Not sure how the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is going to affect toys like this one in the very near future, a new law that would require prohibitively expensive testing and labeling for children’s products that is sure to have devastating effects on small businesses like this one. In the meantime, I’m trying to stock up the nursery with as many beautiful handmade items as I can find.

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

read more