Friday, March 30, 2012

Productive Plans for the Homey and You

Being that it's Friday and all, usually this is that time of the week when we expressive-types get a good ol' hankering to go out this afternoon and gather our last minute supplies for our weekend creative outlets, DIY projects, and such.
In case you haven't got a project up your proverbial sleeve, I can hook you up!
These are some good ones I've come across lately:

1. Ickish Floors? Nuthin' a lil paint can't cure:
(Apartment Therapy)

2. Kids makin' you crazola with all their books? Hang em' low; Hang em' high:
(Penny Carnival)

3. Tis da freakin' season:

4. Blah Wall? Easy-peasy-wall-jewelry for any frame or shape:

5. Free your dining room table and make a desk already:

This weekend, I think I'm going to opt for the gardening section of things because it's more fun to drink beers outside.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pop Advice

Although my friend, Katie, lives hundreds of miles away from me in a topographical oasis in the Rocky Mountains, she has given me nuggets of parental knowledge from a distance:
One of my favorite pieces of info she gave me is using chamomile for fussy kids.

Now listen people: neither one of us are Naturopaths or anything, so don't take this as certified medical advice, but I hafta say chamomile pills & tea have soothed my daughter through her roughest patches of illness and teething, as well as guided her in to siesta-land despite her defiant demeanor. Katie, who travels via airplane with her kids, prefers to give them chamomile then. Apparently she has gotten lots of compliments from other airplane passengers of how well-behaved her kids are!

Often before bed, my tot loves to drink her warm Sleepytime tea with honey and much delight. Lately, as the weather has changed, so has her interest in the drowsy drink. I guess her sophisticated palette prefers something more seasonally-appropriate than hot tea before night-night time after a warm day.

So my genius hubby had what I think to be a fantastic idea, and any caretaker of any cranky kid may benefit from this idea:
Turn that Sleepytime Tea (or Chamomile tea of choice) into ice pops! What kid doesn't love ice pops?

So easy, too:
Just steep the tea bag(s) as directed, add as much honey as your kid likes, and freeze the brew in a pop mold!
What a treat for your sleepy one (and your sanity) at the end of the day!

My kid loves it and I love the dude of my house for thinking of it!
You can thank me for sharing this cozy-cool remedy after you try it for yourselves.

* [Make sure your child has no allergies to teas or to honey...Check with your pediatrician for advice and age-appropriateness]

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cacophonous Soul

(La Dolce Vita)

I am an urban-small-town-prepster-modern-mid-century-victorain-enthusiast with ultra Virgo tendencies and a hippie-beatnik soul.
If you've been in my house, that much is surely evident.
My style has not only been defined by my past and present but by the vintage of my 1900 house and the amazing scores of furniture I have found on 'big trash day' and in the tri-state area's consignment shoppes.
It is amazing what one can find if you keep your eyes and your brain open.

So channeling my urban renewal-thriftwitch-hippieness: challenge yourself to "upcycle" something given to you, found for a few bucks at Goodwill, or in an alley somewhere! Make it work for your home and your personality. Not only is it theraputic and green but one of a kind, and that makes for a great conversation piece in any living space.

Jusayin. That's what's on m'brain today.
(I think I'm just Jonesing for yardsale season!)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


My kid has inspired many things to change or shift in my life.
One of the happier things we have embraced are all things chalkboard.
Chalkboards have stood the test of time for a reason: they morph from a learning tool, to a communication tool, to a good surface to create some fun, education, and imagination.

My daughter's dresser drawers are chalk-labeled to help her find things and associate them with their corresponding spelling! Chalkboards have eased our family communication about whether or not the dishwasher is full of clean (C) or dirty (D) dishes. And our dining room wall is waiting to be crusted with even more chalkboards to welcome guests, celebrate holidays, playing games with friends after wine-filled dinners, and oh yes—educating our 3-year-old!

Chalkboards have been in fashion for eons it seems, and although they have re-emerged as a trend, it is certainly one that will see a lifetime of enjoyment from my household.

Now, I just need to tackle a new project with chalkboard cloth my friend Katy gave me and make that a part of our life...

Maybe there is a kitchen door, mudroom, or car dashboard in your life that could use a little chalk and inspiration!