Pottery Barn, Meet Recycling

The catalogs in our house multiply by the day. I almost dread going to the mailbox, as it’s typically crammed with them.

It seems as though I am greeted by a new Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Bath, Pottery Barn Outdoor Spaces, and Pottery Barn Teen, every week. (Restoration Hardware and Crate and Barrel aren’t much better.)

I spend entirely too much time digging through our magazine rack, fishing out the old catalogs, and replacing them with the new.

This week, we had some unexpected fun before I put the catalogs in the recycling bin.

It all started when Matthew pulled one out of the magazine rack and ripped it. Katie, who is a big fan of keeping order and following the rules, was shocked.  So Craig passed her a catalog, which ultimately resulted in this…

We all laughed until we were teary.

We had 15 minutes of absolutely free, silly fun!  Katie is still asking when we can do it again and Matthew now giggles whenever he sees a catalog.

I hope to always remember just how gleeful they were in that moment.

*Okay, Pottery Barn, you know I love you.  I think we’ve proven that by giving you far too much of our money than I care to admit.  But, I have a suggestion, how ’bout just sending me one catalog, you know, a nice consolidated one? Please?

**If you’d like to read a truly witty piece about catalogs, head over and read my friend Lori’s post, A Polite Request.


  1. Booyah's Momma chipandbobo.com

    Baby giggles are the best. I love how they can find something so simple so hilarious.

  2. Oh that was priceless! I LOVE when they laugh like that.

    And the funny thing was, I saw your title in my reader, and thought, "Oh, Nichole wrote about catalogue craziness too! I must go read!" And then saw your shout to my own insanity… You are such a lovely woman.

  3. those giggles might just be the best sound ever!

  4. Mary Beth

    Now I have this big goofy grin.

  5. Rachel mommyneedsavacation.com/

    That video is so cute! I love the laughing!! Also, I have a new system with those mail catalogs- they go directly from the mailbox to the recycling bin!! Then I have no catalog clutter in the house and I save money!

  6. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    He didn't really giggle like that for the longest time, but now, pretty much everything is that funny. He's such a silly little guy.

  7. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I still giggle when I think of your post. It was so creative and clever. Just like you.

  8. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    That makes two of us! :)
    Thank you for coming by.

  9. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Wouldn't it be great if there was a recycling bin right next to the mailbox? I could throw 80% of our mail directly into it.

  10. @2bKate twitter.com/2bKate

    So cute! love that you took that moment to let them have fun!

  11. kris prettyalltrue.com

    You know I don't click videos.

    But I am a big fan of messy fun.

    And giggling.

    Good job letting that moment happen!

    Seriously . . . good job.

  12. Erin lifestiniestmiracle.blogspot.com

    It's the simple pleasures that make life worth it all! I Love to hear the giggling and squeeling, so adorable!

  13. Cheryl @ Mommypants mommypants.com

    LOVE the giggles! Yesterday Sawyer brought a Halloween costume catalogue to school. He was the most popular guy on campus – absolutely surrounded by kids! Needless to say, the teacher asked if he could perhaps not bring it in again..Spoilsport!

  14. ksluiter

    I LOVE this! And we don't get that many catalogs…I sort of wish we did since I use them as cut magazines at school!

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