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Before and After – Refurbished Dressers for only $25!

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Lately the Princess has been saying “that’s a great idea” all the time.  Doesn’t matter if it is making dinner or telling her it is time for a shower, everything is a “great idea”.  My “great idea” was to refurbish the dressers that once were my parent’s wedding present, then became my dressers when I was a poor struggling university student and have been makeshift dressers and storage for the Princess.  From the photo’s below you will see that 29 years can really take its toll on furniture.   I’m all about making old look like new and on a budget, so for only $25, we were able to take these dressers and make them look brand new.  All that was needed was a 945 mL latex glossy paint, knobs from Ikea, sandpaper and wood filler.  As Hubby is the handy type, he already had the paint brushes, sander and sandpaper and the wood filler, so all we needed were the knobs and paint.

On Monday, we emptied the Princess’ room and began sanding the dressers and removing the remainder of the knobs.  Wood filler did its job by filling in the dings and scrapes that were caused over time.  After they were washed, the first coat of paint went on.  As we had to paint in the Princess’ room she had to sleep in our bed, which meant that Hubby and I took turns sleeping on the couch as the Princess takes up an enormous amount of room for her short stature.  The fans were on and the windows open so thankfully none of the fumes travelled to the rest of our home.  Tuesday and Wednesday added another coat of paint and Thursday the knobs went on.  After 4 days, Hubby and I are pooped.   The Princess was not happy about being kept away from her room and tried to supervise as much as humanly possible and took her frustration out on us while we were sleeping.  Needless to say, the dressers look amazing and as Hubby says “Mommy only has great ideas…like redoing dressers and getting me to do them.” 🙂

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Back-To-School Wreath

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I first saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to make my own to celebrate the Princess’ upcoming first day of Kindergarten.  It is fairly simple to make but it is time consuming, I did it in about 2 hours.

SUPPLIES

  • 11 inch styrofoam ring
  • 6 yards of  thick ribbon ribbon
  • 7 feet of thin ribbon
  • 2 boxes of crayons (64 in each)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Desired embellishments ie. stickers, craft paper, bows, etc

DIRECTIONS

  • Wrap the entire styrofoam ring in the thick ribbon.  Don’t worry if there are spaces, the thinner ribbon will cover it
  • Cover the slits with the thinner ribbon
  • Arrange the crayons around the ring securing them with the hot glue.  It’s best to put 4 crayons around the ring at North, South, East and West and fill in from there.
  • Let the glue dry and add the desired embellishments

ABC Scavanger Hunt

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With the new school year approaching, we are trying to ensure that Princess has a grasp on her ABC’s.  However, my Princess is stubborn.  Very stubborn.  From before she was born, she was trying to prove a point that she was going to do it on her own sweet time.

I went into early labour at 7 months.  The doctors were able to stop my labour, and Miss Princess was not happy they had hindered her arrival.  So as payback she was overdue and I had to be induced which then led to emergency c-section.  Then when it came to crawling, she took her dear sweet time.  She was 9 months before she crawled and that was not due to lack of trying on my part.  I gave her tummy time from the time she was 3 months and even the doctor said she had the strength, she was just being lazy.  She was a tumble weed in our home, rolling everywhere she needed to go.  Why would she need to crawl when she could easily manuever her way around by rolling around.  But then one day, she decided she was going to crawl and that was it.  The same can be said for walking.  The doctors swore she’d be crawling by 11 months as she could stand and her legs were strong.  But it was 14 months when she took her first steps and within days, she was running.  She wasn’t wobbly on her feet either, she was running as fast as she could and I had to be quick to react.  And then there was potty training.  I was convinced she was going to university in diapers but once she got into her head that she was going to do it, she did it.  We only had 2 accidents.  She’s always been one of those children that take forever to get something, but once they do, its instant.  It’s frustrating to no end and learning our ABC’s seems to be taking the same route.

 

I bought her books and flash cards to aid in her learning and while she really enjoys the flash cards, she gets easily discouraged with the books.

“Mommy I can’t do this,” she whines slamming the marker down.

“Princess, yes you can.  You are so smart.  I know it’s hard, but with practice, you’ll get it,” I reassure her.

“This is hard.”  She frowns and sticks out her bottom lip.

I tried giving the books a break to see if over time there would be a renewed interest, but we went through the same motions tonight.  I learned very young that it was folly to attack the same situation from the same angle.  So I decided that I would try a different route.  An ABC scavenger Hunt.  I cut out large colourful letters, just starting with A, B, & C to start as not to overwhelm her and I posted those said letters around our home near objects that those items start with and made a game out of it.  I’m hoping that maybe to see the letters next to the items will aid in her learning while making it fun at the same time.  Finger’s crossed that the Princess’ short attention span will find this much more fun than the work books.

C is for Clock

 

B is for Book

 

Redecorating my Bathroom

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I remember when Hubby and I moved in together.  Our apartment consisted of hand-me-down furniture and an uncompromising mixture of our two very distinct and eclectic tastes.  He is into carved wooden “crap” as I call it.  There are masks and tall statue of a man holding a lizard or that’s what it looks like anyways.  Drives me bonkers.  He dislikes my taste as well, but that’s simply because I have some.  Over the last year we have been making subtle changes to our home and redecorating some of the rooms.  Some are still in progress but our bathroom was one of my favourites to do and it’s completed LOL.  Here are the before’s and after’s.

The Before

Accessories

More Accessories

For those much needed bubble baths

This is the Art Project I did for the Bathroom – Collage of Princess’ Baby Bath Photos

Craft Idea – Weekly Menu Planner

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This is a genius idea! May have to make this myself and put it up in my kitchen

Musings From MommyLand

Well I am finally back.  I think that my brain took a little hiatus after Family History week last week…which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way and hope you did as well.

So, six years ago I thought nothing of planning meals only a day ahead and going to the grocery store every day.  Fast forward and enter two small children…today, the thought of going to the grocery store with the kids makes me break out in hives and gives me a nervous twitch.  Yes, it is in fact that bad.  So, a couple of years ago, I learned the value of weekly meal planning and only one trip a week to the grocery store.  I have tried lots of variations to help keep me on track, but the one I am about to share with you here is by far my favorite.  It is cute and functional and prominent enough that…

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This Knitting is hard!

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I will be the first to admit it, I’m not overly crafty.  My Nan could knit, and so could my aunt.  My grandmother quilted with the best of them and many of my aunts can make desserts that can rival any pastry chef.  My one sister knits, sews and quilts, and my other sister can draw and knit.  I am all thumbs.  But I am determined to join the elite club of crafting and I’m starting with knitting.

Pattern Book #1

For Christmas, my sister bought me a book for beginners and a book of patterns.  She bought me needles, looms, and yarn.  I tried to learn on my own, but the outcome was horrendous.  I could cast on, but I somehow couldn’t manage to create my first row.  When my sister came down, she showed me how, but my stitches were too tight.  Then they were too loose.  I got frustrated and left an unfinished piece still on the needles in a bag stuffed in the corner for months.

My starting piece

This weekend I was determined to pick it up again.  I started fresh and tried to do my first row again.  I ran into the same problems as before.  These how-to books couldn’t teach you how to tie your shoes let alone knit.  I am much more of a visual learner, so what better place to find a video of how to knit than Youtube.  So much better.  Granted I did increase by accident and my end stitches are a little loose, but it’s better than what I was doing before.  The video below is the one I found to be the easiest.

So here is hoping that by year’s end, I will have some sort of finished product, albeit I’m not counting the doll cape I made for Princess dolly Reggie (she watched Slap Shot with Paul Newman with her Daddy and the name stuck…poor doll).

Coffee & Cocoa Facial Mask

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c/o Company.co.uk

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we would all love a facial, but some of us simply don’t have the time.  So I have found a recipe that combine’s a Mom’s favourite essentials; Coffee and Cocoa. This is a simple, easy to make homemade facial mask that reduces puffiness and brightens the skin.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

4 Tbsp of finely ground coffee

4 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

8 Tbsp of unflavored dairy products, eg whole milk, yogurt, heavy cream etc.  If you have dehydrated skin, you can use oils like olive or coconut, but half the amount

2 Tbsp of Honey (if you have dry skin) or Lemon Juice (if you have oily skin)

Directions

  1. Mix cocoa and ground coffee in a bowl.  Add dairy/oil until a smooth paste forms
  2. Stir in honey/lemon juice – warming honey may help with mixing
  3. Apply to face and neck and let dry
  4. Once mask is dry, moisten with a wet wash cloth and rinse off with warm water
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator – can last for several days