Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Oh great, another website to waste my time on. Thank you Polyvore.

Have you seen this site? You probably have and didn't know it. I'm just getting into using it, but basically you can create wardrobe looks from clothing all over the internet. Many of the put together styles you see on Pinterest, were created on Polyvore.

So my account on Polyvore is based on WHAT I SHOULD HAVE WORN. I basically dress horribly everyday, but in my mind, I have real style potential. And now with Polyvore, I have some serious fashion regrets and wish I could go back in time and give myself a make over. 

So my first fashion re-do was for my daughter's baptism and I've titled it Sunday ChicSunday Chic

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's 2012

I was so not prepared for Valentine's day this year. Well, I wasn't prepared last year either, so I guess I'm just continuing a tradition. On February 13, my daughter made her teacher gifts. I had some empty, clean jars previously containing salsa and jelly that she glitterized. I had planned on doing the activity outside, since glitter is so messy. I once saw a quote from a mom that "Glitter is the herpes of the craft world, you never actually get rid of it" But unfortunately, it was a cold and windy day here in So Cal. So out came an aluminum steam pan to contain the mess, Martha's glitter glue, red glitter and the jars.
I only took pictures of the finished products, but the process is so easy, you don't really need step by step visuals.
First, I was in charge of the glue. My girl is 3 and we did not need this project to get really crazy. A thin layer was brushed on then the jar was set inside the pan. Glitter was immediately poured on (she's quick). A lot of glitter was initially used, which was actually fine, because she just kept turning the jar and sprinkling glitter on from the pan.
She did a really good job and the mess was surprisingly well contained. We did take a trip outside to brush off and wash up.
The next steps were all me. I thoroughly sprayed the glittered jars with hair spray, which seemed to keep the glitter on really well. Then with a squeeze bottle of silver glitter glue, I added names and hearts. And done. The teachers can use them as pen holders, vases, or whatever. Considering I already had all the supplies, this really cost us $0

And the other cute Valentine thing I was able to do, was her hair. I did a topsy twist pony adapted from this Youtube video from the CuteGirlsHairstyles Channel. I love how it turned out and it worked really well even though she has thin hair.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Face Painting at Disneyland

She was so good sitting in the chair
Seeing herself for the first time
My daughter recently turned 3 and even though we have annual passes, we made sure to go to Disneyland ON her birthday. My mom had promised her that for her b-day, she could get her face painted. So after getting her Birthday Button at City Hall, we were off to the Princess Fantasy Faire. She was already wearing an arrival Tink costume, so the artist had a suggestion that is no longer on their standard menu. She described a beautiful Venitian mask in silver and white, with swirls and flowers, and it would only cost $17. Well, it's not like we do this every visit, so we went for it. At first I was only going to allow her some flowers or stars around one eye, but the description had me curious.
After a touch up
My little one was so good. She didn't move and let the artist work her magic. It was beautiful. I took video of Avalon seeing herself for the first time, and what a great reaction it was. So, for special events (like once a year), I would recommend the face painting. You also get to come back during they day for touch-ups, and we took full advantage of that!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I Should be a Super Mom

But alas, I am not.

My husband works hard at his job, so I don't have to get one. He has even had to work out of state, taking time away from his daughter. I'm a Stay at Home Mom, but must be one of the worst, ever. I cannot keep the house organized, I never plan meals, and come up with last minute things to do with my daughter.
I should....

1. Be a better housekeeper.
Sure, I run a shop on Etsy, but still need to make time for cleaning! I make excuses that we don't have enough storage (I mean we don't, but still) So, I need to start off with simple goals. Like tonight after dinner, I will scrub the stove. And maybe tomorrow I will clean the mirrors in the bathrooms. I really should have some sort of chalkboard to write things down, so I can see then checked off.

2. Be a better cook.
I do make waffles about 5 times a week for breakfast, but that is because they are so easy! I never knew how easy they were until I finally bought a waffle maker last Black Friday ($10) My daughter loves mixing the batter, then eating the waffles. For lunch, it is usually a PB&J. That is her absolute favorite. Snacks are yogurt, crackers, cheese, or apples. Dinner is my problem. I totally dropped the ball on introducing her to new foods. She is two now and such a picky eater. When she was first eating, I was creating unique meals and hiding veggies in things like pancakes. Yep, I steamed fresh broccoli then pureed it and mixed it in the batter. I should really do that again with the waffles. You can't taste it. There is somewhat of a green hue, but that's ok. So another new goal, I should PLAN a full meal in advance. Let's start with 2 times a week. I know me, if I try everynight, I'm only setting myself up for failure.

3. Be more creative
Now that I have Pinterest, I think this will be easy. I love finding the simple crafts or sensory ideas for the littles. Plus it is starting to warm up and she loves playing out on the patio with her water table or  painting the sliding doors. She has a little table out there where we could do some of the messier crafts.

4. Schedule
I think that setting up a daily schedule would be the best thing. That way there is time set aside for everything. Time with Avalon, time for my shop, time for cleaning, maybe walking the poor dog, etc.

So I am getting chalkboard paint so I can hack my Ikea magnet boards and start writing these things down.

Because, there is no reason for a messy house, such an incredibly picky daughter or running out of time. I should be a super mom, but I'm not.