IT’S HERE: Stuff I Like (Holiday Edition II)

Hello and welcome to the 2nd holiday edition of “Stuff I Like”. I also call this, the time where I pretend to be Ellen/Oprah (Elrah) and you pretend to care. It’s a great time of the year.

In this series, I do a post on the stuff I want, stuff B wants and stuff the kids wants. It helps you buy gifts and spend your money carelessly. That’s what friends are for.

I’m starting with my list and I feel the need to share this disclaimer: I have been pregnant for 43 years, I haven’t put on non pajamas in 3 weeks, my dark circles match my hair color and I really couldn’t tell you anything happening in the world that E news isn’t reporting. With that being said, my list may reflect my current state of being. Gone are the days where I’m posting the cutest Marc Jacobs bag and now I’m posting a waterproof diaper bag and food processor. Apologies to cool people everywhere.

Here we go. Remember, click on the picture for the link to the product:
Hue Women’s Perfect Fit Leggings.

I know this picture is small. Click on it for the bigness. These leggings (I’m told) are the best for post pregs. They have a wide waistband and come up high enough to suck in your sag parts. And let’s be honest, I clearly haven’t worn enough leggings in the past 9 months, so I need MORE MORE MORE LEGGINGS. Right now I care about being comfortable and not a heinous beast. Ok, 1 out of 2 isn’t bad. Also: CHEAP. Get them, thank me.

Longchamp expandable travel bag (big ass diaper bag)

Oh lovely expandable waterproof diaper bag. How I long for you. My super cute leather bag isn’t cutting it anymore. It’s a super bag, but for the likes of 2 kids in cloth diapers who need shit like bananas and bibs, I need this. I keep posting it hoping that some benefactor out there will gift it to me because they want to. That stuff happens right? I mean in our lives, the cost of this is totally not realistic for a diaper bag. But I can dream. And the richies out there can get it and rub it in my face.

Bach Flower Remedies

You’ve heard me talk about Bach Rescue Remedy before. Bach has many many “remedies” as the fancy homeopathic people call them. They are essences that cure ailments. For example, I’m taking the Mustard remedy now  to “bring back joy and cheerfulness when gloom descends for no obvious reason” i.e. post partum depression. I love how specific the descriptions are on the remedies. They are also super beautiful little tiny magic bottles. I feel like a cobbler in 1765 with my remedies. If I really had my super gifting ways, I’d love the whole set and run a homeopathic business in my front yard. Lemonade stand style. And if you want to get funny about it, get this set for your favorite frienemy. Be all, “I really thought you could use this…”

You can look up ailments here

That is one tiny sexy pumper. Note to self: Take picture in your self pumping bra, naked, with hand on hip and seductive face. Use as facebook profile pic. So yeah, I look at stuff like this on my own wants list and sigh. My life is so far from “martinis”. But dudes, I really want this. Do you know what an ass pain it is to hold the pumps at your boobs while you pump? You can do all sorts of things with this. Pump and ride a horse! Pump and pave your driveway! Pump and Britney dance with a snake around your neck! The options are limitless. Also, pump and take awkward pictures.

One of you guys clued me into this on the MODG facebook page. This is the coolest. It’s a memory card for your camera that has built in wi-fi. So you can upload directly to your computer, or facebook, or twitter, or porn sites in a flash. Also I felt so smart when I told B about this and I knew about it before he did. Thank you MODG readers for making me smart. This is a very cool gift for anyone with a camera.

Let’s chalk this up to the “gifts I’ll never get, but will talk a lot about wanting” category. Oh MacBook Pro. You should be mine. See, I hate ipads. I know, kill me society. But I’m a “writer” (heavy on the quotes), so I like to type. And any “writer” knows that typing on anything touch screen is for baboons. I assume the proper posture that I learned in 1994 typing class and I play dork games like Type Racer. So I want want want a macbook. And don’t give me any of that netbook BS. I have one and I want to throw it at someone’s head. Mainly Taylor Swift.



Dudes, my Magic Bullet finally broke.  I think there are like 9 sex toys out there with the same name, but I’m talking food processor. I’ve had mine for TEN years. I’ve had NOTHING for ten years. This thing is closer to me than my cats. I finally broke the damn thing trying to process dates for some homemade Larabars. I’m an asshole. You can buy them at trader joe’s. Whatever. I want a new one like yesterday. If you don’t have one, buy one RIGHT NOW SERIOUSLY DO IT. It will change your life forever. We use ours like twice a day.

As any good hippie, I have classic Toms. I love them more than bacon. Now I’m an advanced hippie and I need advanced Toms. I like these. I like the alien green color and the stitching. But I’m open to other wild Toms. They are the perfect throwing on running out the door shoe and look normal with everything. I say normal because looking “good” is something at this point in my life I’m not really striving for. Again, apologies cool people.

How cool is this? Again, for people who use their camera a lot, this is awesome. It’s such a good gift and so unique and awesome. This is a camera strap. I guess I should have said that. It’s not a horse bit. Or leather whipping tool. Camera strap. That’s all. Love it. Want it.

Finally, what modern mother would be complete without initial necklaces of her kid’s names? Obviously I need a G and an R. I’ll tell people it’s for Grave Robber. This Etsy seller does them cute and cheap.

sorry there is the link…

And there you have it friends. My super list. Use it and go forth. Those who will like my items may fall into the following categories:

New mom

Fake Hippie

Old mom

Bored mom

Needs more hobbies mom


My favorite part of these lists though is the comments. So please leave in the comments any awesome items that you are wanting this holiday. Then I can claim it as my own.

Next up is the toddler list. Hold on to your wallets people (B).




The ability to write this post and not (yet) declare bankruptcy was brought to you by the super cuteness at Gigi Hill. I really am wanting this and this right now. You know, for all of my fanciness that I’m doing these days. I didn’t know about this company until they started advertising with me but they have awesome bags and luggage that aren’t balls expensive. Which is definitely my biggest qualifier these days.


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tara December 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Hahah oh my god I love the emotional overeater remedy!

I agree with you on the iPads. Who the eff wants to type on that thing? I want a MacBook Pro too. But Santa is a cheap ass whore.

Melissa December 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for the shout out to Gigi Hill, MODG!

I would like to offer MODG readers a chance to win a $25 Gigi Hill gift certificate, just in time for Christmas. In order to be entered, between now and December 15th, you need to “like” my Facebook page ( AND message me that you are a MODG blog reader.

Good Luck!

Melissa December 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Ooops sorry, Tara. I thought I was replying further down.

tara December 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

No problem! Does this mean I automatically win? :)

Melissa December 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Hahaha. Wish I could. Make sure you like the page and message me to enter!

amc December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Don’t buy a pumping bra, silly momma. Just cut two small x’s in an old, stretched out, nasty bra and push the flange through. Throw the whole set up in your pumping bag. Yes, it’s ugly, but no one should see you pumping anyway. Plus, it’s free.

Taylor D. December 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

OMG….I wish I had seen this 12 mos ago when I starting nursing my little one. We’re about to start weaning but I am DEFINITELY filing your beautiful nugget of advice away for our next little one :)

Chris December 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm


Carrie December 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Actually, I found an easier way than that. I exclusively pumped with my kiddo for 14 months, and I used the hair tie method the whole time. Which really came in handy at work. And is cheap. 4 hair ties and a nursing bra- so you don’t have to wear a sports bra with holes or change your bra every time you pump.

amc December 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I have never seen this hair tie idea. Genius!

I just pull up my shirt and unsnap my nursing bra like I would to nurse and then put my DIY pumping bra right on top of my clothes. It’s all stretched out and mangled, but I don’t care.

Carrie December 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Ahhh… that makes sense. I was having trouble picturing how that would work. I’ll try that with the next kiddo. :)

Leslie December 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I was going to say the same thing! I pull down my nursing bra and strap on my hands-free bar (which I loved) and zip it up the middle. It is super easy. Then just take it off when done and clip your nursing bra again. No need to wear the nipple hole bar under your clothes (that is NOT cute!)

Emi December 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Gah!! Why did no one tell me about these methods before I went out a spent a bazillion dollars on the hands free pumping bra? I feel like I’ve been swindled….I wonder if I can still return it. Maybe if my prego brain can remember where I bought it.

mamamcplaza December 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Yeah, I had a pumping bra. It doesn’t hold them against the boob enough to create the good suction. Skip it…DVR something awesome and use pumping as an excuse to sit still doing nothing. And changing into it for every pump – or worse yet, wearing it so it can enhance the beastly beings that bf’ing nipples become. At worst, use the hair tie method. It’s not like you can cook or chase a toddler or do anything REAL productive while pumping either way.

Carrie December 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

You can always blog while pumping. I’m guessing she’d consider that productive. :)

Erin T. December 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I also use the old bra method, but as with all old bras, they tend to loose their support. I ended up last week going to Meijer and getting a pack of their cheap sports bras and did the same thing with those. They’re MUCH more comfortable. And the best part? $9 for a pack of 2!

andrea December 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I bought a tight cheap sports bra at Target and cut a tiny slit where my nipple is. I’m on #2 and it’s still going strong.

Denise December 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Please buy the pumping bra from simple wishes on amazon. This is coming from a women who exclusively pumped for 12 months. Do not cheap out, I tried other things and this got me through all 12 months, and if you make if fit right believe it or not you make more milk. I know this sounds crazy but when I didn’t pump with this bra I made less milk!!! Simple wishes pumping bra on amazon is the way to go.

Cait December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

What is the etsy shop for the initial necklaces, the picture link doesn’t seem to be working….or i am a major techie FAIL…possibly a bit of both 😉

maria December 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

ditto on the initial necklace. i love these, just can’t access the picture link. thanks!

Nicole December 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

What’s the Etsy shop for the initial necklace? When you click, it just brings up a picture. 😉

Rebecca December 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Love the Simple Wishes pumping bra! Allowed me to continue to work on my laptop while pumping at work (or cruise the internet for MODG blogs). Although I do agree with amc, sounds like an easy DIY project!

caroline garnett December 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I told you about eye-fi.
does it make me a level 10 stalker that I’m pretty jazzed that I made it on the blog??

Alicia December 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

The Simple Wishes hands-free pumping bra was a LIFE-SAVER for me!!! This is by the far the best brand of hands-free pumping bra to purchase. All of my friends with babies on the boob juice swear by it as well. (Makes a great milk-boob themed shower gift). It is amazing the multi-tasking you can accomplish…like…texting without spilling milk on your phone. Great list, thanks for sharing!!

Tamar December 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm
Alex @ Before The Baby Wakes December 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I just got a pumping bra by Medela from Target. Saved my sanity while pumping even though pumping is turning into a waste because my baby won’t take a bottle. Still it makes it easier to think about what life will be like when my 3 month finally takes a bottle easy since you can pump hands free, because of course you need your hands while doing wishful thinking.

Also you didn’t link the Etsy seller. I want to buy that necklace.

Allison December 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Direct breastfeeding did not work out for me :( so I exclusively pumped for 6 months. I had that exact hands-free bra, in a flattering pink, and it was a life-saver. I highly highly recommend it if you plan on pumping at all. Totally worth it.

Love the lists!

Alyssa December 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Look into the Ninja Pulse, blows the Magic Bullet away, seriously the most amazing blender EVER.

chole December 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

2nd that! My ninja pulse ate your wimpy bullet for breakfast.

Katy December 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I have the simple wishes pumping bra, and it is totally Britney dance worthy.

leslie December 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I’m just dying for jewelry with my kids’ names on it but these Lisa Leonard pieces are what make me drool:


Megan December 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Sweet Child O’Mine, are we referring to your kids as GnR now? Rock on.

Nicole December 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I love my pump bra. I pump while doing my hair and makeup before work!

Mikia December 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

You know those elastic-y belts they use to stick the fetal heart monitor/contraction monitor things on you? Tie it tight enough to stay in place, push the sucker parts of the pump through those holes and BAM! Free hands.

Allison December 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Old Navy also has some awesome leggings that are cheaper than those. I couldn’t find them online, but my local store has them. They’re called seamless leggings. They’re nice and thick, and I like the slightly higher waistband to suck my post baby c-section belly in.

Katie E. December 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

The MacBook Pro is awesomeness. It is good with picture downloads, real typing, etc. Downside is that sometimes the youtube videos are slow to load. What is super fun is to use a livescribe pen to take notes in a class, while recording the speaker, and then come home and sync it to your Mac so it uploads to Evernote and you suddenly have a ton of PDF files of your notes, stored on Evernote, plus you can tap a page at any point to hear the recording at that point in your notes. I am married to the king of geeks so I know about this stuff. I have also seen them used to mark up presentations while they are being given. Maybe this gadget isn’t useful to you now, but I want one so badly.

S. Calvin December 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I’m a huge fan of the macbook pro. Actually i’ve been a crazy Apple supporter since i got my first computer in 2nd grade (that may make me sound super spoiled, but my dad was an Uber nerd and i never got the really cool toys, just computer games) But if you just want to type on your Ipad easier, try one of these on etsy
I just wish i had an ipad to hook one up to. Stupid imac suckering me in with 27inches of shinyness!

Amy @ drivethirtythree December 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

i had that pumping bra thing and it is amazeballs. definitely needed so you can watch tv, play on computer (not ipad) etc. while pumping. it is extremely attractive and flattering too. ha!

Leslie December 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I bought my husband the Rescue Remedy stress relief pastilles for our wedding day. He refused to take my “hippie pills” but everyone else thought they were great. Stocking stuffer for the whole family?

Devin December 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I had two of that exact pumping bra and it was my favorite thing on the planet – I left it at home one day and nearly cried in the mothers room at work that afternoon (thus buying another). The DIY method wouldn’t have worked for me, and I was a c cup prior to baby and an F afterwards – there were NO old workout bras in my house that could be converted – and the hands free set that came with my pump didn’t hold things tight enough. That thing gave me extra pressure bc you can control exactly how tight it is – I actually got more milk with it than without!

Melanie December 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

If you got an initial for everyone in your family, you could totally spell BRAG (or GARB or BARG…you know, just in case you get bored some days). I need a remedy for a toddler who absolutely refuses to sleep even when my best hippie friends pump her full of super food fats and sleep oils and she still looks at me like, “Whatchu mean it’s not time to dance? It’s always time to dance.” I wonder if I can find anything for that. Maybe some benedryl…

Julie December 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm


Amber December 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

LOVE the initial necklace!!!

Lindsay Butler December 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I wanted the pumping bra, but I could not wait for it to ship… yadda, yadda, yadda.

Anyway. If you have a sports bra, that you do not mind sacrificing.. just cut a small X where you need the pump “attachment thingy” to go. It works GREAT and you can move even more because it goes around your shoulders too, instead of just straps around your boobs.

Deanna December 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

If you don’t want to wait on shipping, you can buy the simple wishes bra at Motherhood Maternity. It has the removable straps which I couldn’t do without. I wouldn’t recommend the Medela one that they sell at Target.

Deanna December 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The Simple Wishes pumping bra was. The. Best. Pumping. Tool.


I buy one for every new mom who will be going back to work. I pumped while driving. I pumped in front of dudes. I pumped everywhere. It changed pumping from a hassle into my favorite times of the day.

Also, I’m typing this on a Mac Book Pro retnia (thanks to my job, I’m not shelling out 2 grand for an effing computer) and it is stunning. Just be forewarned that they’ve gotten so cool that they don’t have CD drives OR ethernet ports. Sometimes that gets annoying.

Liz December 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Pumping bra, ok. Slight pain in the ass though as you have to put it on each time you pump, and pumping is enough hassle as it is. This though, this will change your LIFE. It’s a nursing AND pumping TANK! So you can wear it all day and night with your pj pants. AND its nice enough that you can wear it layered with real people clothing too. It’s pricey for a tank, but sooooooooo worth it, in my opinion.

Gina December 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The hands free pump bra is the shit. I did dishes while pumping, folded laundry, worked on my computer…you name it, I did it (almost). It runs really large, FYI. Get it yesterday.

Rachel December 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I WANT/NEED a leather diaper bag for my baby! I need details on yours, woman! (please?)

Melissa December 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Sorry for the post jacking, but you should check out the Audrey! It has the perfect slots for diapers and pockets for the bottles. We have a great diaper changing pad, the Daisy, as well!

Amanda C December 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Meet MODG’s bag…..You are welcome! She posted about it a while back….note, she did need an insert go to with it that I did not pin so no link love for that, booo.

Erica December 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

are you sitting down?? yeah probably… ok… so in the area of shit I cannot afford but NEED anyway… here is the cadillac of dual strollers. My super rich friend (who I secretly hate) has this and it basically moves on its own and explodes Brittney sparkles and sings C lullabies while making sure B stays in her freaking seat instead of diving out head first… (ok it doesnt do that but I bet when you buy it, you join some fancy bugaboo club where they have wine and cheese and all the kids are calm and sophisticated)… I NEED THIS and need to win powerball.

A+B December 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

If you want to feel like a rocker goddess but really you’re just trying not to drop your camera while taking pics of your kids, check out the camera straps from Heavy Leather NYC (handmade by one badass chick in brooklyn).

Natalie December 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I can buy assholes at Trader Joes??!!! YESSSSSS 😉 Not sure if this helps you, but the Pinterest god says you can screw a regular mason jar onto your blender instead of the big pitcher thing and it makes a DIY magic bullet. BOOM!

BRRRR December 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Screw that expensive pumping bra. I pumped for a year hand free for cheap. Here’s how:

1. Got to walmart and find the sports bras.
2. Buy 2 or 3 of the unlined nylon/spandex/whatever kind. Not cotton. Kae suer you get a size too small so its tight.
3. Go home and put it on. Draw dots over where your nipples are with a marker.
4. Laugh at yourself in the mirror.
5. Cut a small slit where the hole is. It’s gotta be tiny to hold the pump in place. You’ll stretch it later to the right size.
6. When pumping, put on the bra and put the suction/book part inside it with the attachment section poked through the holes, and go to town.

Later in life when you are done pumping, you can still wear the sports bra with no pump and let your nipples poke at the house. Refreshing!

Another Amanda... December 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Love the initial necklace :) I’m also obsessed with Amy Cornwell’s collection, especially the rings below.

Melissa December 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

If you just cut some holes in an old sports bra it works great as a pumping bra.

Jennifer December 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I seriously thought I was the only person over the age of 12 who enjoyed playing “Type Racer.”

If you or any readers are looking for man gift inspiration, check out I got my then-fiance now-husband a bunch of stuff from that last year, and he loved the gifts. (Bad Jew BBQ sauce!)

Susan December 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Totally asked hubs for a magic bullet and he gave me the ‘sex toy look’. I told him, no dumb ass the food processor and then had to point it out to him. I have to have that thing for Christmas… I want to make smoothies and slushies and chop shit up… I need it.

Pumper bra = creepiest thing ever, but an absolute must have unless you’re a mom with nothing else in life to do, but touch on your boobs :)

Veralynn @ Joie de V December 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I blog on my iPad and I have the wireless Apple keyboard! It’s the same one you’d get with an iMac and it’s awesome.


colleen December 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

oh toms. i remember when you posted about getting louboutins as a gift from B and taking them back to get the perfect color. those were the days. the martini days.

but this too shall pass.

until then, you will be the most badass mom with kid(s) (i get excited that it’s plural) who can pump and take sexy pictures and upload those pictures through wi-fi. seriously – that is an amazing gift (the latter, not so much the pump, depending on who the receiver is). no matter what you get, i can’t wait to see what little ruby wears for christmas day and how adorable she and g will look in front of the tree together. a martini has nothing on that.

Katie @ mommy brain blog December 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

Wait…what?! A memory card with wifi?! I neeeed one of those! I also agree that magic bullets are in fact magical. And my mom, who, unlike me, can actually cook also swears by them. And I agree that you need to get a mac book pro. Also agree that Taylor Swift needs to be hit in the head with a netbook, especially when she sings that “we are never ever ever” song. In addition to Toms, my list also includes Smartwool socks…because I am also super cool, and I get excited about expensive wool socks. I especially like the knee high ones that are a little thinner than their standard ski socks under tall boots . Thanks for rocking my world today with this post. (And sorry if this comment shows up twice..)

Adolph December 5, 2012 at 2:26 am


Liz Taylor December 5, 2012 at 5:14 am

I will be in China for Christmas. I can get you the fake Longchamp. :) not rich enough to send ya the real one though.

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you December 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

i am constantly sipping on a mimulus/aspen/white chestnut cocktail.

also give agrimony to G. and keep rock rose by his bed. helps with nightmares. not that he has them, but if and when he does…2 drops on the tongue is all it takes to calm them down.

also fuck toms.

Venassa December 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

Memory card with wifi?
Definitely a new want.

Marie December 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I am going to have my second child soon and I am scared shitless. The fact that you’re able to put together this list just a few weeks postpartum (from a c-section, no less), is a huge reassurance to me that all really does normalize. I mean, yes, there is a breast pump and a diaper bag on the list, but still! Thanks for the Christmas wish list.

Jennah December 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Does the Magic Bullet work for frozen stuff? I got a Baby Bullet (worst product name ever?) and I was hoping I could also use it to replace our recently deceased blender, but the stupid thing like won’t blend up frozen peaches and stuff. They’re still big chunks. We got a blender that does work for smoothies so I guess it doesn’t matter really, but I figured a Baby Bullet was the same damn thing but with happy faces and tinier storage cups?

Cathy December 9, 2012 at 12:13 am

Get 2 pumping bras. I tried the pony tail holder trick and the sports bra repurposing thing but honestly, it was just easier to use the “bustier.” You produced a ton of milk last time so those tatas are going to need support. I read while pumping, did dishes, graded papers, DROVE to work… It was $ well spent.

Hillary December 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I only have one child but I totally just bought myself a back pack, from IKEA (yes, a back pack from IKEA), in lieu of the diaper bag or my even cuter Haiku bag. But damn is my Haiku bag heavy. It’s a cross body small messenger and when it’s crammed full and bursting at the seams with toddler crap and I’m running bent over chasing said toddler through the store, I wind up feeling lopsided and achy. I wore the back pack out and about today and NO BACK ACHE! I probably looked lame, but I so don’t care.

Kelly @ Turned up to Eleven! December 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

WHOA – memory cards with built in WI-FI – MIND. BLOWN! I had no idea they made those now I want them.

I think your list is great – you got wants, needs, necessities and make your life easier-s Covered!

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