One of the best days I've had during my month as a SAHM was when my college daughter Kaylin (Katie) and I went to a brand new outdoor mall about 30 miles away to spend the day shopping together. So fun.
Can I just say that this is why, when I was pregnant for her and did not know her sex, truly desired a girl? I wanted at least one girl who would someday go shopping with me on a day just like this day. I mean, now I can take her and not even have to put her in a booster chair in the restaurant. Not once did she hide in the racks or put things in her mouth. I didn't even have to make sure she was home in time for her nap. Now she just has to get home in time to go to work, and I don't even have to carry her back to the car. This mom-thing is looking up all the time! Ha.
The new mall is designed to be welcoming and quaint, with brick roundabouts and somewhat ornate store facades. Some stores that we do not have in Muncie were: Steinmart, Ulta, New York & Co., Bed, Bath and Beyond and a few others. We have always had to go to Indy to visit those (60 miles).
At Steinmart, I found a plaque that says, "One Shoe Can Change Your Life ~ Cinderella." This totally fits the theme of a room I've been re-doing, so I was thrilled to snatch it up for $12.99.
We ate at Q-Doba. Then Katie found two pairs of shoes at Payless and some pants, a skirt and earrings at NY & Co. We found great deals at NY & Co, some 70% off. I bought two pairs of capris and a bracelet.
At Bed, Bath and Beyond, I found a wonderful wall hanging that also fits the theme of the room. It's called "Ballooning Over Paris, 1890." At Hobby Lobby, I found a little "Paris" plaque and a sweet lamp in the mold of the Eiffel, at 50% off. Ooh-la-la.
I don't know why this happens, but every time I re-decorate a room, I tend to do it in a very old-fashioned, feminine way. I don't set out to do that. The way this room started was that I found a bedding set in robin's egg blue that I just loved on clearance at Kohls. Then, we had to place an "odd" dresser (the one I had in my set as a child and which both of my girls have used), a white French Provencal, in that room. So, little by little, the room became a turn-of-the-century Parisian guest quarters.
My 19 year-old son said, "No self-respecting male would EVER sleep in this room." To which I replied, "Tu a une abeille dans ton capot, Madamoiselle, et ton pantalons, ils sont noués," which, roughly translated is: "You have a bee in your bonnet, Miss, and your pants are in a knot." Ooh-la-la.
Anyway, this is Katie's former bedroom, which used to be bright sunshiny yellow with dragonflies and butterflies painted all over the walls (by her at 16). It's a little less happy now, (please feel free to read between the lines there) but I have a new Spare Oom, so that's good. Someday it will probably be the grandkids' room, but for now, it is definitely a "Fifi's chambre room." I think Zoe thinks it's hers.