Do you know someone who is never afraid to ask for something, never afraid of a ‘no’? I have a friend Michelle (check out her blog Glitter and Grass Stains) who is so sweet that she can ask for something and people are so charmed by her and feel so wonderful giving to her that they are practically tripping over each other to help her out. Seriously, she is super sweet, even I get sucked in sometimes. She has a skill….
Anyways I have often been envious of her
superpower ability. I have laughed in awe at what she requests. Having a Firefighter kids birthday party, why not ask if the local hall will drive the track by? Want a pizza that looks like a football for Superbowl Sunday, sure! Please don’t think she is not gracious, Michelle always goes out of her way to thank the person. She will drop by with a plate of cookies or promote a business to her friends and family by way of thanks.
Now me, I am not necessarily known of my tact or charm. In general I do not ooze that certain je ne c’est quoi-and trust me I try my guts out! The other element is I can never work up the courage to just ask.
So in a little while back I decided to try asking. I was in a store and LOVED the above VW van. My mom drove one when I was a kid and I have a soft spot for them. I could just see this in Smashie’s room.
I really wanted to ask about it and just kept telling myself to think like Michelle and if they said no that it was okay but if they said yes then I would be so glad I had asked. Luckily for me I know the manager of the store and emailed her to ask her about it. She got back to me saying I was the first person to ask and if I was willing to make a donation to charity I could have it but I needed to act quick as another lady was really keen to have it and would come right down to get it. I told I would be in the next day and of course I would make a donation. I was so proud of myself as this was way out of my comfort zone but had been worth it.
I used it for my sons first day of pre-school photos, which I posted on my personal Facebook page. First comment I received was from Michelle, asking where had I got the van from because she had asked about it at the same store and was second in line! So I truly had channelled Michelle!
So I have learned never asking means never getting a yes, thank you Michelle. I will never be as bold as you but I now know it never hurts to ask!
Want to know what drives me crazy? Socks without non-skid writing on the bottom. Really, you want me to put those on my high action 2-year old, really. An even better scenario is when you get tricked into buying a pack of socks and only the outside pairs have non-skid, all the inner ones are slick as ice. Tricksy. Why would a retailer *cough, cough Superstore* do this? Apparently they think it would be hilarious to have my little dude sprawled out on the kitchen floor.
I really want my cheep, cute socks but want to not be kissing my kid every time he lands on his melon. In fact no melon landing is the safety standard I trying to set.
Well this mama was going to do something about it! And the fix is so easy…..
- Dangerous Socks
- Puffy Paint
- Absolutely No Crafting Skills
- Wash socks first
- Lay socks out with soles flat and on top
- Apply Puffy Paint, see notes
- Let dry according to paint peoples specific instructions
When my friend Genevieve sent me home with a paper bag that rattled and told me not to peak as it was for my boys I was curious to say the least! Bug dumped out a pile of Lego bricks with writing on them.
We had a fun time figuring out the puzzle, I layed out all the bricks in order and he pressed it all together. In the end we had a unique invite that was fun for us and Genevieve said her son loved building them for each of his friends as well. For her it was really no extra work to do and is just made up of plain bricks that every kid has a million of anyways.
|Hmm, some clues are starting to emerge|
|Bug using all his 4-year old strength to squeeze it all together.|
|Tah-Dah! Pretty cool right? For personal reasons the names have been ‘fuzzed out’
but I think you can get the gist. The top line had the boys names
and the third line had the birthday boys name.
Just a picture of the world’s cutest veggie platter! My friend Genevieve has been honing her mommy skills and blew me away with this veggie-viper. I was amazed as she is soooooooooooooo (yes that many o’s are needed) NOT crafty.
She made this super easy to make vegetable plate to take it to the next level. The nice part-it really takes no special skills or extra time and it looks awesome!
Really the picture shows it all but just a few quick how-tos –
The snake is sliced cucumber with small pieces of red pepper for eyes and a thin slice of carrot for a tongue. They are held in place with tooth picks, so you will want to make sure no little ones want to eat the head—why do they always go for the weirdest part? Add rest of veggies around snake.
See I told you it was easy peasy! It would still be cheaper than a store bought veggie tray plus it would be fresher. Be a super mom at your next party. I will be bringing this this to pre-school next time Mrs. B asks for a snack mom on a special day!
(PS I have witnessed Genevieve ‘craft’ in the past and we have been friends for 15 years so I can say these things and she will know I still love her)
I ordered the personalized crowns with Smashie’s name (obviously his name is not really Smashie and I smudged out his actual name on this photo). I liked that you could order just the number needed so I ordered just four, one for each child at the party.
In the summer I did essentially the same post. I had shared a friends photo of a tape track she made, well now we have tried it out ourselves. We really just were waiting on cooler, rainier days. We have had a few of those and on one such day I pulled out some painters tape.
Here is my version-my boys loved it. They used Hot Wheels, Thomas trains, Cars cars and monster trucks. The multi-level layout had them climbing and moving around, even though we were stuck in the house.
Please excuse the no pants action, diaper only action-it just how we roll in the afternoons.
|Stretch it out.|
|A little destination.|
|Up Up Up Mater|
|Off we go|
|Each boy had plenty of room to play without crowding the other.|
I L-O-V-E this idea my friend Michelle used to keep her boys busy. She needed to get some photo editing done so she used tape to create this uber-cool autobahn. She is seriously one of my most creative mommy friends and I am crushing on this idea huge! (We have since had fun with this in our home-check it out!)
Can you imagine how much fun they must have had? This is going to be our next ‘stuck inside the house’ activity.
I love how she made it multi-level by using the floor, and the seat and arm of the couch. It would really get the boys moving around. And it is big enough that both boys could play without crowding each other.
The how to
Use masking tape and lay out your ‘track’. Make it fun by going down onto the floor and up the side of the couch. Add cars and kids!
PS My friend Michelle now has a blog of her own with more fun ideas-check the fun out over at Glitter and Grass Stains
As you know I have two amazing little boys but there is a (HUGE) part of me that swoons over all things girly. I went to the cutest little girl’s party today and had to share her mama’s decorating skills. For Taylor’s 5th birthday she created a Lalaloopsy party theme.
I was in love with the snack table. I wish I had gotten a few more pictures before the kids started snacking but it was so well done that I knew the pictures were still worth sharing.
Also note that there was a healthy side to the table with veggies and fruit as well as spiral wraps so it was not all candy! But really that was not worth taking pictures of!