Pinterest Challenge February: Valentine’s Votives

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Monkey and I made these cute Valentine’s Votives yesterday to give to his two teachers and (at his request) his two bus drivers as well… Do Valentine’s gifts make up for forgetting to do something at Christmas? (Please Santa?)
I got the Pinterest idea from Happy Hooligans. I precut the tissue paper squares and added some hearts in as well. I gathered up the paint brushes, ModgePodge and baby food jars. I substituted baby food jars because for someone who made her own baby food I seem to have a lot of them lying around. I premade 1 jar for Monkey to use as an example and he did such a great job of following the instructions I couldn’t believe it! He was so precise and didn’t get any glue or tissue on the grip where the lid goes (OMG he’s 5 years old now!)

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P.S. LoveBug was invited to join us but opted to play his LeapPad instead…looks like we’re gonna have a gamer on our hands!

***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***

Pinterest Challenge December: Happy New Year

Champagne, chocolates, and the symbol of wealth and prosperity…how can you go wrong?!
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One of the gifts that I gave my Mom this year is this month’s Pinterest Challenge. It’s a great cross over between Christmas and New Years and it just feels right for a New Year’s Day post.

I got the idea off of Pinterest (obviously), but it was just an image so there is no webpage to link up or give credit to here. It was really so simple that there’s no need for explanation, just a few pics will do the trick:

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Champagne, chocolates and tissue paper (glue gun not shown…oops!)

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Half way there

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Close up of the chocolates…yum!

Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!

Why I Love The Cottage: Reason #13

Mason jars.

I’ve recently become obsessed with Mason jars. I suppose you could really use them anywhere, not just at the cottage, but our home is pretty modern/contemporary and they just don’t really fit into our style there. Our cottage on the other hand is what we like to call shabby-chic and the Mason jars fit right in!

It started with counter canisters at the coffee maker:

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And quickly became the summer season’s favourite drinking vessel:

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More recently on a girls weekend we surprised hubby by turning some of our favourite drinking vessels into pendant lights for the kitchen:

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Next I’d like to tackle making some soap dispensers for the bathroom :)

Building a Bug Box

Today I am the best Mom ever…at least in the eyes of my boys. The boys have been chasing around bugs and critters for days and today the lightbulb finally went off! We can make a critter catcher or bug box or whichever you like to call it! I even had all the materials on hand!

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We’re just going to pretend we don’t notice the champagne box!

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Pinterest Challenge May: Rainy Day Activities

Ok so I’m a little bit late getting this up, oops! We had a bunch of rainy days at the cottage at the end of May so I was looking for some more rainy day activities to do with the boys. We did Baking Soda Science again, which has turned out to be a favourite (maybe the enormous box of baking soda wasn’t such a bad idea after-all), and we also tried homemade play-dough and ‘the tie-dyed milk experiment’ (another activity which I had to make up a name for).

Homemade Play-Dough

I had to work with what we already had in the cottage and I did not have cream of tartar so I used this recipe from The Fabulous Mom’s Guide which doesn’t involve cooking and indicates that cream of tartar is optional.

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Helping mix up the dough

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Pinterest Challenge April: Baking Soda Science

I knew we’d be having some rainy days at the cottage this week so I planned a couple of new indoor activities for the boys in an attempt to combat the inevitable ‘cabin fever’. I got the idea for one of the activities off of Pinterest from One Smiley Monkey. There’s no name for it so I’m calling it Baking Soda Science. Just in case you don’t remember this from like grade 6 science when you mix vinegar and baking soda it erupts into bubbles and fizz! The kids loved it and asked for it again, but I wouldn’t say we got hours of entertainment out if it like the original poster did.

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The Pinterest Challenge February: DIY Party Hats & Cars Cake

Party Hats

This month was Monkey’s 4th birthday. Normally I like to get right into a theme for our parties and add lots of homemade touches, but this year I was only a few weeks post c-section so I had limited mobility, was unable to drive a car to pick stuff up, and was trying to manage a newborn. Yikes! I was still able to get a few homemade items done both of which I got the ideas for off of Pinterest. The first was DIY party hats for each of the kids which they wore for our Cupcake Pancake Breakfast. First I saw an idea which would make a nice tall hat by just rolling a cone shape out of scrapbooking paper, but it left this giant flap that I couldn’t find a way to cut off without butchering the entire hat. ¬†Then I moved on to a printable template I saw on Pinterest from Jones Design¬†which worked like magic! I even modified it a little to make an itty bitty party hat for BabyGirl :)

DSC_0276My other Pinterest Challenge for February was a Cars cake for Monkey’s Cars themed party (his choice even though I thought he was over Cars last year). It took a little planning to get the ‘4’ to fit and the cake topper Cars I had ordered online were wayyy too big for the cake, thankfully I had some miniature cars, but all in all I think it came out pretty well! Pinterest idea credit goes to Coolest Birthday Cakes.

***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***