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Japantown + Babysitting Coop

The past few months we’ve been doing a babysitting co-op with some friends who have children similar in age to Moses. It is every Saturday night from 4:30-7:30pm. One couple watches all the children while everyone goes out. It’s just enough time to catch a movie, or go to dinner and do a little shopping. We have three weeks to go out and then the fourth week it is our turn to watch the kids. It has been working out so great.

Last Saturday Paul and I went to Japantown for some dinner and then some shopping. Some of my favorite treats I came home with were this great book on Men’s Aprons, and these alligator paper clips. Japanese office supplies are the best.

  1. Cali Girl

    May 4, 2009

    cute babysiting idea!

    i have some dog bone paper clips and love them!

  2. Robin

    May 4, 2009

    That is such a great idea for parents. I am so glad people are having all these bright ideas and putting them into place before I become a mum!

  3. jane

    May 4, 2009

    japantown would bankrupt me. i want some cool paper clips.

  4. sammyw

    May 4, 2009

    love the babysitting idea 🙂

  5. awesomeasaone

    May 4, 2009

    My parents were a part of a babysitting co-op when I was growing up. I made many life-long friends through that group….it’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.

  6. Lisa Marie

    May 4, 2009

    So cute!! Could you please provide more info on the alligator paper clips? I’d love to purchase some online or directly from the store if possible. ***My design studio is named Alligator Design + Communications so they would be perfect! 🙂 Please email me at if you have additional info to provide. Thanks! 🙂

  7. mrs boo radley

    May 4, 2009

    Love your finds!

  8. {lovely little things}

    May 4, 2009

    Great idea, let’s you have some alone time with a trustworthy babysitter.

  9. april

    May 4, 2009

    That book is AWESOME!

  10. Jenny

    May 4, 2009

    Alligator shaped paper clips! japanese office supplies really are the best!!!

  11. Truly Smitten

    May 5, 2009

    those are some fun looking paperclips!

  12. adorninc

    May 5, 2009

    I love those paper clips!

  13. layersofmeaning

    May 5, 2009

    love them those paper clips!
    any idea if they are available online?

  14. Stephanie

    May 5, 2009

    I love the idea of a babysitting co-op. I think I might like to put something like that together when my girls are a little older.

  15. jordan

    May 5, 2009

    The paperclips are made by Midori here are some other shapes although I don’t see the alligators.

  16. selina

    May 5, 2009

    The babysitting co-op is brilliant. No, really, I mean it! Do the babysitting parents end up feeding the kids their dinner too or do the kids just stay up later on babysitting night and eat when they get home?

  17. pepper

    May 10, 2009

    Ahhh, now I see what you were talking about, beautiful.

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