August 23, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like

Happy Friday friends! I'm so very much looking forward to my kiddo going back to school so that I can deep clean this house and throw all of her stuff away. HA HA HA. Sort of joking, but sort of not. I moved a small toy box into our spare room, it has tiny toys in it mostly, random odds and ends, and I moved it for a get-together so that small toddler wouldn't get into it and shove tiny things in his mouth, and Julia has never again looked at that toy bin. Just doesn't give a fig. This tells me that I can cheerfully get rid of it altogether. Of course I'm prepared for any fallout, the second it's gone she'll prolly ask me where it is and throw a hissy. The other day she asked me where her old small baby ball pit was. I was like, Uh, that's been GONE for years. And then she wanted to know if we could get another one. NO.


COOL STUFF for you this week:

I love this idea. 

This article has been popping up all over the place and I finally read it. Brilliant.

Really cute desk workspaces for kids!

SO DARLING. You have to read the quotes near the bottom of the post from this adorable child. I was nearly crying with laughter. The last one about the squirrel?? HILARIOUS!

I never ever tire of chalkboard walls.......

Bavarian cream. This is vanilla bean jello, right?

Toy villages. 

Today is Whitney's day to host the Happy Happy Lunch blog hop


Cool Book of the Week: 'How I Live Now' by  Meg Rosoff has won several awards and it's being made into a movie, and came highly suggested by one of my top go-to book sources, Lainey, from Lainey Gossip. She has never steered me wrong. 15 year old American girl Dairy is sent packing by her new stepmom to go live in England with her farm country cousins. She loves it there and enters into a relationship with one of her cousins. (Don't send me hate mail.) She and her cousin have an idyllic summer until the equivalent of World War 3 breaks out and their lives are decimated. I made it sound weird (it does sound weird), but the book got brilliant reviews and it's supposed to be harrowing. This is going to be the next thing I read!

Have a lovely weekend! Hope you all were able to do some lunch time blog hopping around. If you have any great Lunchtime Truths of Wisdom, feel free to let me know. My kid refuses to eat tuna, egg salad (or any other form of egg), doesn't like mayo, isn't very keen in sandwiches in general, and thus far, her classroom has been nut-free. I've had to be very creative with my lunch packing......

(update: there have been a few queries about my bowl up above....came from Cost Plus and it has a lid! I love that little bowl.)

~Melissa

14 comments:

  1. The children's desk look amazing! Giving me ideas to redesign kiddo's desk for this fall! Toy villages... you hit a spot there ^_^ And that article about taking the time instead of hurrying up, it's just so true! A really good reminder for me because I know I am guilty of it! So I will be taking it slow for the upcoming two last days before school :) Have a lovely weekend Melissa!

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    1. I think you have more than enough perfect material to make the awesomest toy village ever!!!

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  2. I try to re-read that hurry essay every two weeks. I was much slower with younger one.

    What I'm loving is that awesome bowl full of beautiful strawberries. We had a room mom meeting at school yesterday (of course I'm a sucker, I mean room mom!) and they had the best tasting strawberries. I almost made a scene.

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    1. I need to tattoo that article onto my forehead. I told Julia about it and now she likes to tell me, Don't hurry me! I'll just go slower!

      My berries looked pretty but sadly were kinda blah. I don't think we had a very good berry year this year. Peaches have been great though!

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  3. First of all, I'm in love with that little bowl in the top picture. Where did you get it? Is it vintage??

    I went through our toys just before school started and sold a whole bunch of stuff. The kids were there with me and didn't complain a bit when their toys went into the bag. I told them that these were things they didn't play with anymore and that we'd save the money for Lego storage (they're everywhere!). Thankfully, they haven't asked for any of those toys yet.

    I love that article about not hurrying up. I happened upon it sometime in the last week and it hit home. I'm trying not to rush my kids so much, though now that we're back in school some of that just can't be helped.

    That Bavarian creme recipe looks yuumeh!

    And that list of toddler-isms was AWESOME!

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    1. Cost Plus! Came with a lid! I love it! thought it would be fun for J's lunches.....

      I'm really torn between the quote about her tushy, or the squirrel or the 'are you fustated mommy?' they were all so fabulously cute....

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  4. I couldn't keep looking at the desk pictures. They made me jealous. The girls each have a desk area in one of the built-ins, but they just aren't as pretty... That and everything is a cluttered mess again. I hope now that they are in school, I'll get the inspiration and energy to tackle the clutter! Little Sis makes toy villages all the time. They're always a combination of Duplos and wooden blocks, mixed with her Ponyville, Olivia, and Kai-Lan playsets. She has a wooden train set that circles the town, too. She's so funny. I love chalkboard walls, too! No place to do it in my house, but I wish! The Birdie-isms cracked me up, too. And your strawberry picture is awesome! LOVE THAT BOWL!

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    1. J has no desk at all, we've basically turned our bigger dining room table into her work/craft area. At some point though, I gotta get her a desk.....

      that bowl is popular, wowee! Cost Plus, baby, my one stop shopping for cool little things :)

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  5. I get rid of toys regularly but NEVER admit to it. Once I'm sure it hasnt been touched in a year (the dust usually tells me that!) and that I hate it (wooden stuff rarely goes, no matter how little it is played with) its gone. If there is any questions I look vague and produce a lollipop or something. I just know it would upset my boys to think a belonging is just out there, not being cared for! Love those desks, wish I could sort out something as useful and pretty!

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    1. LOVE that idea Miss Lucy, of producing a treat. Treats make everything better, that's my motto!!!

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  6. I saw that Hurry up post too! Man is that good stuff. I'm so glad I read it before I ever got a chance to use the phrase with my daughter.

    That little birthday girl is darling. I love the idea of keeping her quotes. SO doing that.

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  7. You like the COOLEST stuff! Thank you, friend!

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    1. Tee hee. I use this list as a springboard to Pinterest. I save some stuff I want to Pin and just compile it here. I only include stuff I actually will end up pinning later! xoxo

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