Tuesday, September 19, 2017

weekending

This weekend was amazing! Friday night was low key. Jon put together our new bunk bed that we managed to snag when it was on sale for $89. Elden and Edith had a sleepover in it Friday night and were totally in love with it.

Saturday morning was Edith's first dance class of the season.
This was also her first dance class without me participating. It was okay--she really struggled with me in the room and when I left the room she freaked out. I brought her out to have a discussion (she could either participate with me right outside or we could stop taking dance classes) so she asked to go back in where she participated probably 75% of the time (the other 25% was spent lying on the floor covering her face). 

Saturday afternoon my friend, Alli, came over to meet Pip and hang out. We ended up going to Ulta to return a few items I had ordered online that I wasn't crazy about. We brought Elden and Edith at their request and...
...they got into the sample products. Please note Edith's foundation hobo goatee. 

I ended up buying this lipstick and this eye shadow palette. I gotta say--I am crazy impressed with the lipstick. It is pricey but I put it on before church yesterday and after breakfast, coffee, lunch and a nap it still looked like I had just applied it. 

Sunday morning we went to church. After church we had to return some items to Gap so we brought our lunches and ate after the service then headed to the local mall to make the return / let the kids play in the play area. The rest of the day was spent visiting with my mom and Jon's parents. 

We also noticed that Pip and Etta are very similar--whenever the fridge or dishwasher are open, both of them will make a beeline for them. It's so funny to see them both trying to climb in at the same time!

Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY clothespin picture frame for wedding guest book

Since I am on the DIY train, I figured I'd share the other project I did for my friend's wedding. They are doing a photobooth / guestbook combination using these little instant cameras and she really wanted a large frame for guests to hang their photos on. I set to work (with the help of many!) to cut down some old fence posts I had.

Unfortunately, I didn't take steps of the process. My fence boards were too wide for my liking so they needed to be cut down to 4" using a table saw. (Humongous thanks to my friend Alli's boyfriend, Chad, for serving as my saw operator on this and for both of them allowing me to storm their home last minute late at night to utilize their power tools! I love you!). We then cut 45-degree angles where the four boards would come together.

To join the boards together, I used two of these corner braces on the back on each corner.

To attach the twine, I just measured every 4" on the inside of the frame and made a mark where I hammered a nail in. I tied the twine around the nail and glued it with wood glue to make sure it wouldn't fall off easily. I used these clothespins and they really had the rustic vibe I was going for--plus they were the perfect size! Between Alli, Chad, and Jon, I had a lot of help for this one but I was so happy to see it come to life. I can't wait to see everyone's photos on it at the wedding!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DIY spray painted dollar store fairy wings

Elden and Edith are going to be "flower fairies" in one of my best friend's wedding next month. She is getting them floral crowns and was asking what color fairy wings I thought she should get them. Since I've only ever seen neon-colored fairy wings at the dollar store, I suggested attempting to spray paint them to make them more wedding-friendly.

I did a little research and discovered that this brand of spray paint is the best to use for fabrics. I didn't want to spend $12 on spray paint so when I discovered Michael's had some (and, at the time, a 50% off coupon) I stopped on my way home from work. With a few easy coats I went from this:
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To this:

This project was SO easy! For such a cheap / easy project (it cost about $7 total for both pairs of wings and paint and took maybe half an hour total for all coats) I really think the paint made a world of a difference!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

spaghetti baby

If I've learned anything about Etta's personality over the past ten months, it is that she knows exactly what she wants and she gets very unhappy with you if you do not figure it out at lightning speed.

She had been struggling with meal times lately and rejecting basically everything we would offer her. Jon speculated it was because she was sick of people feeding her and she wanted to do it herself.

Well, he ain't wrong.

 Spaghetti night was a yuuuuge hit. The biggest. Better than any other dinner ever.
Etta ate more food than Edith. She was so content to feed herself and as an added bonus I was able to feed myself before mine was cold. Her highchair needed to be hosed off (literally) and it is now permanently stained orange, but Etta ate and was the happiest little peanut ever. Now taking suggestions for dairy-free finger foods.

Friday, September 15, 2017

get qurious review

I am a biomedical engineer and obviously have a passion for science. I am also not artistic in the least (Jon 100% dominates that arena) so when it comes to fun hands-on activities with the kids I usually serve as a helper or observer. Elden is definitely my artistic little guy--last year his teacher had to limit her class' access to paper because Elden would tear through a whole ream in a few days--but lately he has shown a major interest in science and doing "experiments." When Get Qurious reached out to me and asked if I'd like to try their Explorer Box, I jumped at the opportunity.  

In a nutshell, Get Qurious utilizes an augmented reality app with physical game pieces that encourages curiosity and imaginative play. It is designed with kids ages 4-8 in mind and you do need iOS v10 (or above) for the app.

Each Explorer box includes 16 build a story cards, 16 build a spaceship cards, 4 role-playing masks and 4 treasure hunt worlds.
The kids immediately gravitated towards the build a story cards. To use this portion of the app, you take a photo of the different specified object (a person, a problem, a planet, etc.) and it will change the story.
Once you have completed the storyboard, the app will play back the story for you with animations and narration.
Edith was definitely a little young for this box, but even she managed to work the story portion of the app.
The box contains treasure hunt worlds where you color in a map and take a photo of it to take you to the appropriate world.
 There are treasures hidden throughout the 3D world that you need to find.
 A third section of the app contains masks where you can record your voice and you become the character whose mask you are wearing.
The last section lets you build a space ship that will change based on which cards you pick. We didn't even get to this section the night we opened the box because the kids were so enthralled with building their stories. 

Elden absolutely loved the box. I loved how interactive it was. If you're interested in trying it, you can order a free Get Qurious mask play kit (seriously - no shipping, the app is free and the mask is free) by clicking here. The folks at Get Qurious are also developing an Ocean Adventure Box and if you know my boy at all you know he is obsessed with all things ocean. I can't wait for it to come out so we can give it a shot!

Note: we received the Explorer Box free of charge in exchange for a honest review of the product. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

introducing...

Pipsqueak - aka Pip - our newest family member!

My work had an adoption drive and I knew I shouldn't go outside to see the animals because I am weak and Zoloft gives me a very laissez-faire attitude.
The kids are obviously thrilled. They woke up this morning and instantly asked to play with him. Marsala is currently not speaking to us and spent the majority of yesterday and last night in the basement.
Pip is playful but not aggressive and overall pretty laid back for a kitten. I am praying Marsala comes around soon!

Friday, September 8, 2017

five on friday

{1} Elden figured out how to blow bubbles yesterday! He had been asking us how and trying to figure it out for ages. While we were grocery shopping he managed to figure it out and blew bubbles nonstop the duration of our time at the store. So proud!

{2} I attempted my first ever vegan baking foray yesterday by making these vegan red velvet crinkle cookies. Honestly? They were okay. Elden liked them and I was indifferent to them. Edith and Jon were not fans. They made the house smell great though!

{3} Our kids are always obsessed with dressing up. Jon's parents brought Edith this Batgirl costume earlier this week. She wore it to Target and was a happy little camper.

{4} ...and of course, Elden received this skeleton costume that he also wore to Target.

{5} We finally got a new kitchen table set! We chose this one from Overstock. Jon spent a few hours assembling the chairs. When it came time to assemble the table, we took it out of the box to find this huge chip and some scratches on the table top. I am waiting to hear from Overstock how they will resolve this issue. Right now it is listed as out of stock on their website. We are praying we don't have to take the time to dis-assemble all the chairs and that they can just replace the table top. 

Linking up with KatieDeanneAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!