Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve last blogged (over a month – whoa)! Totally unacceptable, right? It’s been sort of a crazy month for me with my sister visiting, Ethan’s birthday (he turned TWO on Tuesday!), and making plans for the future. We’ll be moving to LA from Ann Arbor this summer and it’s been pretty stressful trying to plan out the move, especially since I’m so comfortable here in Ann Arbor now. But that’s life, eh?
Anyway, I thought I’d share with you the impulse purchase I made today at a local toy store, Mudpuddles, in Kerrytown, Ann Arbor. Ethan loves that store. I always take him there to play after I get my java fix at Sweetwaters downstairs. They have an awesome train table there and also lots of floor samples to test. We stumbled upon some cute wooden piggy banks that depicted various animals. The coins are inserted into a small opening in its mouth and funneled down to its belly. Ethan had a blast feeding (all my) coins down each animal’s mouth. It was the cutest thing ever. And so I had to get one for him (even though it is half the size of him)! This is how I justified it – it keeps him entertained, it is a great piece of room décor, it is made out of wood and beautifully handcrafted, made in the USA, and it will be used for many years as a bank. Done! It was a very close call between the alligator and the giraffe but Ethan ultimately chose the alligator. Perfect.
I also researched the company who makes these banks at the store (iPhones … gotta love them) while Ethan was rummaging through my wallet for more coins. The bank is made by Big Belly Banks, a small family business – which makes me like them even more! They have a bigger selection of banks on their site – go check them out! I’m pretty satisfied with my purchase!