Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Break

With polka dots on the brain but not wanting to spend money, I dug up my old white curtains (cheap muslin from JoAnns, I'm talking $2/yd), grabbed a tube of lilac paint (.79c) from Hobby Lobby and got to work.  Of course I did a quick search on pinterest for tips and hers seemed the simplest so I went with that.  What can I say, I like easy.  

If you are a perfectionist, these are perfect for you as polka dots are really forgiving   I thought I wanted a pattern, I so did not.  Just random polka dots using a pencil eraser tip was all I needed.  

You know what else is forgiving?  Chalkboard paint.  I knooow, it's everywhere.  But I thought it might be a fun addition in a pre-teen space for my kiddo.  Bonus, it's easily changed.  

My daughter is 9 and I'm fairly certain her style will change.  So while trying to make this her "dream room" (her words)... I am also keeping in mind that the dream/style/vision will likely change, alot.  

Our last hoorah for Spring Break weekend was the Franklin Institute Pixar exhibit in Philly. The Franklin Institute is an interactive museum, we went with the youngest two and I'm pretty sure everyone learned something new, lots to see and do, I highly recommend.  It does require interaction from the adults, lots of reading and explaining but also very engaging and fun.

How about my Action Figure :)

Also of note, is it me or did bloggers bust out with the cutest Easter goodies this year? Here are a few from Pinterest, I had to share: 

Bunny Bait Trail Mix: Loved the colors, and the mix of salty and sweet, yum.  I think I'd try something without peanuts as not to give any Moms a fright.  Perfect for a party goodie bag.

Bunny Toss:  I thought it was golf, ha ha!!  Who doesn't have a box laying around that wouldn't rather be a funny bunny for mini golfing or tossing?

Bunny Bean Bag Toss:  Again with the cardboard, but so cute!  The carrots require a little TLC but think of the cute photos and fun the kiddies will have.  If you put your mind to it, I'm sure the animal/shape can be customized to fit any occasion or holiday. 

Pin the tail on the bunny: Its a free download.  You know what would be fun, letting the grownups play, blind-folded of course :)

I've noticed at my family events that it's always good to have a few activities planned to break up the eating, sitting and TV time.  And, if you have a small budget for prizes, even better! Make some good memories, and remember I save all the best ideas from the interwebs on my pinterest party board.  Sharing is caring yo.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mind-eraser and Motivator

It's been a hectic week at work and I've been using music to get me to the finish line. This song is my absolute favorite mind-eraser and motivator.  The beat and lyrics, always seem to put me in a better mood (even if it's just for a few minutes).  I have used it over and over to get myself up and moving on those lazy days when Netflix has me under it's spell and I need to break free.  

I simply cannot listen to it without moving some part of my body, I can't recommend it enough.  (Jill Scott's Blessed is a close second)

Spring Break, here I come!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Trending: Polka dots

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I've been noticing a polka dot trend on my pinterest boards and these are just a few of my favorites.  Polka dots add just the right amount of whimsy, color and festivity.  They whisper a playful pattern that doesn't take itself too seriously and plays well with others. They're the equivalent of style exclamation points (!!!). 

Something about them reminds me of my daughter's personality, subtle, refined, playful.  I've been toying with the idea of adding polka dots in her room, I don't quite have a finished plan just yet, but it all begins in the mind.  Stay tuned, the plot thickens. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Starter Gallery Wall

I was strolling around Hobby Lobby and I noticed these gallery art pads by Me and My Big Ideas. (any scrapbookers remember their cute stickers from the 90s?).

The back cover details what images are included in the pack: 14 sheets of art prints, the sizes include 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14.

The packs are $14.99,  and Hobby Lobby almost always has a 40% off coupon available on the app.     

I grabbed The Color Me Happy pack to add some color/fun/art around the house.  But this week I decided to take the large peony print to work for a little inspiration at my desk and it's perfect.  It's been nice having the warmer temperatures and the peonies are a great reminder of what's to come, hello Spring 2016, welcome!