Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mommy Summer Camp - Tuesdays

-Since Sun Kissed Husband and I decided not to put Sun Kissed Boy #1 in summer camp (he’s the only one of the boys old enough to go to summer camp), our days are extremely busy.  This is how the routine usually goes, an activity in the AM, lasting around 2 hours, and then an activity in the PM.  Here’s the rule though:  If there’s any complaining about being bored or not having anything to do, the afternoon’s activity or the next morning's activity gets cancelled.  Luckily, I haven’t needed to implement it!

Tuesdays AM activity is Chuck E. Cheese.  Chuck E. Cheese is a chain of family entertainment centers.  Kids seem to worship this place but parents don’t seem to share the love.  I think the key to make it a little more tolerable for parents is to go at the right time.  At the wrong time, Chuck E. Cheese is crowded and noisy.  If you can find out when their “down time” is, taking your children for a couple of hours can be a God send.  We go 1:00-3:00.  At Chuck E. Cheese, tokens are required to play their arcade games.   I get them from a friend so that saves me tons of cash.  Another money saving tip is to join their club.  This entitles me to coupons on their meal package, which usually comes with even more tokens.

Meet Chuck E. Cheese.  For the record, Sun Kissed Boy #1 was not happy that I was including a picture of him and Chuck E. in this blog.  I am told the mouse is for babies.  We came to an agreement that it would be ok to include this picture if I stated that he was not happy about taking the picture and I made him do it. J

The PM activity is a walk to the park.  We are fortunate enough to live around the corner from a park so after dinner we take a little stroll over and swing, and slide, and climb, and jump!

Join me tomorrow for a date at the alley. I

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mommy Summer Camp - Mondays

-This summer I opted not to put Sun Kissed Boy #1 in summer camp.  When I made this decision, I understood how much work that meant for me (the stay-at-home-mommy that I am).  But I’ve come up with a schedule that entertains the kids and at the same time keeps me sane by not hearing the “I’m bored!” or the “There’s nothing to do!”  Such quotes are usually said with the whiniest voice an 8-year old can muster.  This week I’ll be sharing some of our summer fun schedule.

Sun Kissed Husband usually has Mondays off.  We’ve taken the opportunity to do big things on Mondays together as a family.  When I say big things, I’m referring to things that I’m not brave enough to endure by myself with a 2 (almost 3, he’s a handful), a 4, and an 8 year-old.  Things like the zoo, water parks, museums, etc.

This Monday, it was water park day at Paradise Cove!

Food is about the only thing that slows Sun Kissed Boy #3.  Even with those tired, chlorined eyes.

Later, Sun Kissed Husband cooked up some steaks.

And we ate dinner in The Mancave.

It was an exhausting but fun day.  Join me tomorrow when we have some fun with a mouse! I

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Long At Last-Kitchen Cabinet Knobs!

-I have been living in my current house for almost 4 years.  When I first saw the kitchen it was almost like a blank slate.  It was very neutral in color and simple in design.  
This is how the kitchen looked before we bought it.

Simple in design equals no cabinet knobs.  I’ve searched and searched for knobs I LOVE!  I found these beautiful mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie.

However, living in a one-income household means that I can’t bring myself to spending $8/knob, when I need 22 of them.  Anthropologie doesn’t seem to remember we’re in a recession and refuses to put these beauties on sale. (Trust me, I check pretty much on a daily basis.)  So I’ve been searching for a less expensive, yet creative, alternative. 

I found my answer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore I visited this last weekend.  Old fuses for $0.25!!!!



I don’t know if they will stay on with Gorilla Glue.  I’ll keep you posted.   I

Update (07-02-10):
Gorilla glue didn't hold up.  Actually, they came off pretty quickly.  However this worked just dandy!!!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Stinky Stash

-There’s no chore I dread more than laundry.  I don’t like the sorting. I don’t like the switching from washer to dryer.  I don’t like the folding.  And I especially don’t like the putting away!!  But it’s always there, breeding and multiplying.  Now, I try to do anything I can to make it easier on myself (not that it motivates me to do it any more frequent) so I decided Sun Kissed Boy #1’s hamper needed to help me. 

It’s a big trashcan (which is what I feel like doing with all the clothes sometimes, trashing them!) that I got on sale at Homegoods.  I love that it’s bright and colorful and big.  But that also means it gets heavy to take over to the laundry room.  (Any excuse to not do it, really).  But I’m trying, so I put casters on it to simply roll it to the laundry room.

I originally bought the casters to make something like this Pottery Barn coffee table. 
But the 4th caster I bought was the wrong size and it’s still in the back of my car waiting to be returned to Lowes.  That is the reason that I sprayed them in Rubbed Oil Bronze.  Had I known I would be wheeling up a laundry hamper, I would have left them in their original color, silver and shiny.  I think it would have given it more of an industrial look.  But no matter.  I used Gorilla glue and just glued on these big wheels.  I let them dry overnight. 

When I flipped it over, it looked even more like a trash bin.  You know the ones that the city sometimes gives you to take your trash to the curb?  So I painted some fun letters to try to make it look like something.  I used my handy carbon paper because I can't freehand to save my life!  Then I filled in with Silver paint.

The Stinky Stash!!!

Still not crazy about it but at least it rolls.  If I had to do it over, I'd use 4 smaller (much smaller) casters.  What do you think? I

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