May 31, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like

Happy Friday to you, my friends! Are you all prepared for impending summer vacations? NOT ME! Anyone freaking out? ME! Blogging from me might be stranger than usual, as I pop in at odd, random times whenever I get the opportunity to throw posts together. The weather has been wet, windy and decidedly un-summer-like. If the weather in May is any indication of what kind of summer we're gonna have, it's going to be a rough ride, with a lot of indoor forts and indoor camping. And my house will look like someone emptied every drawer onto the floor. The other day I cleaned off our dining room table. The very next morning, it was completely covered again. Which leads me to wonder really, why do I bother? I've become much more relaxed about putting things away, because there just isn't any point. And I say that non-despairingly. There just is no point in stressing about messies with young kids. That battle will never be won.


COOL STUFF that I thought was cool, hoping you will also find cool, so we can all think it's cool together......

Going to be trying these fish tacos for our next Taco Tuesday night!

Seed bombs.

Such a cute cardboard market stand from Ikea ~ $14!

Summer pinwheels.

Fireside S'mores

How cute is this baby blanket????? Also comes in blue.

Some summer reading chapter books.....

Tiny Food Party!

Something to keep in mind.

This is why our kids need pen pals.


Cool Book of the Week: I am SO excited about this one! We just recently saw the movie 'Epic' and we LOVED it. Seriously and totally. My kiddo likes to watch the credits (?) and we both noticed at the same moment that the film was based on a book called 'The Leaf Men' by William Joyce (author of 'The Sandman' and 'The Guardians of Childhood' books) I have totally raised a book geek. We looked at each other in the same moment, and I squeaked "WILLIAM JOYCE!' and Julia piped in "Toothiana!" I had no idea that 'Epic' was a William Joyce creation. So needless to say, VERY EXCITED HERE, and I've got the book on hold at the library.

In this story, the Leaf Men are battling an evil Spider Queen in an old lady's garden. This looks so cool!

Have a lovely weekend ~ and if you haven't seen 'Epic' yet, go go!

~Melissa

19 comments:

  1. Hello there, my friend! Yes, summer has begun....my girl has been out since the 10th :O Hope it warms up and gets sunny for you so you girls can get out and play! And that movie and the books sound really good! Who doesnt love a story that takes place in an old lady's garden!?

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    1. My kid is still not out for another little bit, hoping by then for some WARMNESS! xo

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  2. Yes, even with this gloomy, gray weather, I'm ready for summer. I'm ready to not get up and get everyone hustled out the door. Bring on the indoor forts if I have to! :D

    Loved the seed bombs ~ something we could absolutely do in the drizzle. And well, you know how I feel about EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's going on our summer reading list.

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    1. I'm way into the seed bombs! They look so neato! It's going on the list of summer projects :)

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  3. Hey there! That last article about mailing letters was hilarious, and sad. Wow, just recently I've started feeling old and saying things about how fast kids grow up and how did the time go by... old old old. It's cool. I'm good with it. Seed bombs? wow! love that idea! We saw Epic too, and all three kids kept on their 3D glasses so it worked out (this has not always been the case). However, we did not stay for the credits- so THANK YOU for passing on the news about the book it was based on! We must get our hands on it now too! Awesome. Happy weekend to you.

    ps love the snuggly kitties :) xoxo

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    1. Happy wkend to you missy!! Does it not seem to you that this year is FLYING? It's nearly mid year? It seems like yesterday it was Christmas. Every yr gets faster. EVERY YEAR. so bizarre!

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  4. I laughed out loud at that post about the teenager who didn't know how to address a letter. Thankfully, my Kindergartner does know how to do it. Of course, after thinking about the post for a moment I did wonder if the boy had ever written a thank you note for a gift. That alone should have given him the skills he needed to mail a letter.

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    1. Yeah, I was wondering about that too! I really am wondering how that scenario ever came into being...can you imagine not sending a letter ever in your life??? ????

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  5. WAY cool book.

    I can't wait for summer vacay.

    Agreed! You've made me think a pen pal is going to be required.

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    1. Doesn't the cover look so retro awesome?? I can't wait until it comes in from the library!

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  6. Aw, thanks for the shout out. Happy summer reading.

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    1. you are SO welcome Miss Erica! you have the best book lists :)

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  7. I hear you about kids and mess. I have set up a table for kiddo, just for him. His stuff still ends up on my craft table, on my laptop table, on my dining table. I gave up. Well not really, I still try to remind him to leave his stuff in his room in exchange of a Tidy Reward Program... we'll see how that will work this summer.

    That IKEA Cardboard Market Stand is so pretty! I really like the cheap price too.

    That pen pals article made me sad. I really wished I could incite my kid to write more often. Just writing homework is a chore! But maybe it's because I have a boy?

    You've got me sold on the tiny food party. I had a tiny ice cream and sweets party and it was a blast. I need that book!

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    1. Your party sounds so fun Cherie!!! Wish I could have come! :)

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  8. I laughed at the letter thing on FB yesterday, but one thing did stand out to me. How the heck is the dad only finding out now that his son doesn't know how to use the postal service? "I'm not sure who to blame. His mother, perhaps, or the public school system." Um, why didn't YOU ever teach him, sir? Why must it be everyone else's fault? I can't say anything about the whole thank you note thing, as I grew up in an era where I was never pushed to write them myself, but my kids do write them. They send their own party invitations. And my husband gave Big Sis a postal service lesson this winter, by teaching her to write a letter to her grandma, address it, and send it. It helped ward off the boredom when we were snowed in. Sooooo, yeah, technology is rampant, and maybe the schools don't teach this stuff anymore, but that sentence of his just IRKED me. "Maybe his mother..." Mother, huh?

    So it probably goes without saying that I loved the DosFamily post. ;)

    I know I pinned the Tiny Food Party book a while back. I tagged you, but I don't think you ever saw it. It just screamed "YOU" when I came across it. And I love pinwheels, and reading lists, and those seed bombs look awesome. Big Sis really wants to see Epic. We'll need to wait until after my show opens next week, and we get a little downtime. I've seen that William Joyce book before, but I never put the two together. Awesome! Of course, we still haven't seen Rise of the Guardians, either. Ugh. Happy Weekend! Hope your daughter gets some mail this week!

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    1. I never saw that tag! I don't think Pinterest actively alerts one to tagging, I have found some by accident when going thru my spam Pinterest folder. But oh yea, so me!!! Tiny Food! It's coming to me from the library, I'm so excited!

      Oh my goodness, J will be beside herself if she gets some fun mail :)

      Ok so that letter thing with the teen, HECK YEAH, where were the parents as in plural? Or whoever? We're not super strict about thank you cards, but I find it amazing that the kid never sent a letter in all of his life. Wacky.

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  9. Summer! This was our first full week of it and it has completely thrown me. We have spent some time with waterballoons in the backyard. I fill them and then the kids promptly throw them on the ground. It's kind of like cleaning off the dining room table--what is the point? At some point, Juliet figured out how to fill them, so now I just have the task of tying them off before the drop them right next to me on the floor. This is our idea of an activity. Hope you get some warmer weather and a few days of sunshine!

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  10. I've never heard of William Joyce. (I should be ashamed, right? in our library there is only a Joyce William, who has written loads!) Looks like I will HAVE to buy him though - it looks amazing. Thank you! Definitely getting my kids to post a letter this week and yes, totally agree with Dos. Have a good weekend!

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  11. Love fish tacos! And, any recipe that starts with the word easiest is always worth a try in my book...well maybe not any, but certain a fish taco recipe that starts with easiest!

    Also that mail thing, so so funny! Oh, and sad really.

    Oh and tiny food party! I love it!! I think I'd probably eat WAY too much, because its all so tiny it'd seem like nothing... kind of like those cream puffs from costco...before you know it you've eaten 10 of those little puppies...yikes!

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