Cool Stuff I Like

October 3, 2014

Happy October!!! I love October. I think it's pretty much the best month. I also like June and March. I also like December. I wonder where this is going. My brain is fried because I photographed my first solo wedding the other day and every bone in my body hurts. That was my first and last solo wedding! I'm too old for this biz! Anyone else who wants me to photograph their wedding is going to have pay in gold nuggets or something, because I'm really not cut out for that kind of endurance event. My wrists hurt. My toes hurt. My upper, and lower! back hurts. Lots of hurty. Advil and Epsom salt are my new BFF's.


So on to our list, did you make it past all of the whining? :)

Swedish Chocolate Cake.

16 Magazines for Kids.

These are the softest, greatest long-sleeve shirts from Mini Boden.

OH YES. I made a comment to the Facebook share of this article. And this one. I had to buy Julia's soccer shorts in the boys section, because the girls athletic shorts were so ridiculously short. Target is increasingly missing the boat regarding what's appropriate and tasteful for the 6-11 year old girl crowd.

Chris Pratt can do no wrong.

10 Commandments for the at-home birthday party.

AWESOME!! But I have to wait until next year.

CINDERELLA SKELETON!!! I'm feeling very shouty today, but this is just FANTASTIC. Julia's gonna flip.

These are really creative! More school lunch ideas.

Julia's been asking for some kind of bag to carry "a book, maybe my sparkly nail polish, and you know, some interesting things around with me" ~ a bag that's not as big as her backpack, but a bit bigger than a purse. I think she wants some kind of adventuring pack. Anyway, I'm not totally sure what she's talking about, but I'm looking around at these bags. 

Cool article.


Cool Book of the Week: 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl. My friends? Are you a tiny bit bored reading to your kiddos? Not loving what you're reading out loud right now? Feeling a little, ho-hum about the whole nighttime reading gig right now, PERCHANCE??

Then this is the book for you! SO MUCH FUN TO READ OUT LOUD. But be prepared, even for those of you familiar with other Dahl black humor books. This one is REALLY BLACK. The death and destruction of children by witches is referenced with great gusto and zeal, oh...about every other sentence. Oh these witches. They are NAUGHTY and DREADFUL. Especially the Grand High Witch, whom I have embued with what I thought was a haughty German accent. Julia informed me I sounded Romanian. WHO CARES?? It's the Grand High Witch!


Best for 7 and up, this epic yarn is one of Dahl's most outrageous. Even with all the child-destroying aims of the witches, Julia has been shouting with laughter every time we read. Basically, a little boy and his cigar-smoking grandma check into a hotel for a wee holiday, not knowing that the hotel is hosting a witch convention (whose sole aim is just the grand and noble ambition of ridding England of ALL of its vile and revolting children). If your child scares easily, the creepy bits and the outrageously weird pix by Quentin Blake might be a bit much for them, but really, I think the material is pretty broad comedy and if this is the one Dahl book that's passed you by......go get it!

 Have a lovely weekend! We'll be decking the halls with purple and orange lights and dancing skeletons! Once I recover the feeling in my wrists.

~Melissa




19 comments:

  1. Yes! Agreed. I adore October. I want to move my birthday to October.

    OMG I can totally see myself having to buy boy shorts too. Even at toddler age, they are just too dang short. I can't handle it. I don't want her itty bitty hiney hanging out.

    She's bringing change to Target? Oh heavens how wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Itty bitty hiney!!! ha ha ha, love it! 1 inch inseams?? WHAT THE WHAT??

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  2. That book scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a kid. So much I don't think I can ever read it again.

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    1. HA HA HA HA! dude, that book is hilarious. but yeah - the part about the kid who lives in the painting? and then grows old and dies in the painting? FREAKY!!!!

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  3. YAY, I love October too! Not only is it my birthday month, but we're smack in the middle of the most beautiful fall color scenery I could imagine. Love it! And The Witches- that's one Roald Dahl book that I haven't read to my six year old yet, but I do recall it being scary. We're finishing up the Wizard of Oz right now and I just bought Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for our next chapter book. Maybe next Halloween. But I'll tell you what- while my six year old son is really sensitive and would probably be frightened of it right now, my 4 year old daughter would be all over that &*(! She's fierce, I tell you. And that Swedish cake- GAH! Great post, Melissa!

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    1. i was kinda worried that The Witches might scare Julia in some way, or keep her up at night, but no. She's kind of reached the age where things aren't freaking her out as much, and I'm throwing so much over acting silly into my reading, she really thinks it's all pretty funny!

      MRS PIGGLE WIGGLE!!!!! you can never, EVER go wrong with some Mrs. Piggle Wiggle! Love love love!

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  4. For the wedding shoot, I think it is such a long event that you were bound to get tired at some point! Next time, maybe you could wear sneakers and comfy clothes (though it won't look as nice as a fancy outfit!). Interesting article about parenting! I try to limit my son's use of all the igadgets but it's really everywhere nowadays!!! Have a great weekend Melissa!

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    1. Wasn't that cool article?? And yes, what I really need are black sneakers. I saw some the other day and didn't get. That was silly! I need some!

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  5. Funny, I don't look at shorts that closely, because Big Sis is the only one in the house who wears them, and somehow, we ended up with some longer hand-me-down shorts and some longer ones that Mr. B grabbed at Walmart. But yeah, those are ridiculous. GIrls' clothing styles are often ridiculous these days. We received Cinderella Skeleton yesterday! I'm curious about the Crouching Tiger sequel. The original was one of my favorites. I saw it multiple times in the theater. That cake looks amazing! We need to read The Witches. Big Sis tried it a couple years ago, but she wasn't read for it yet. Now we have two copies, thanks to the Roald Dahl boxed set she got for her birthday! Happy Weekend!!!

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    1. I am SUCH A CRAZY FAN of Crouching Tiger! Gah, now I want to see the movie again, it's been so long! Saw it in the early days of dating Andrew! Roald Dahl boxed set? COOL.

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  6. Those posts about Target were really interesting reads. You definitely have to search for appropriate little girls clothes at most places these days, and Target is certainly no exception. I sure hope they're able to make some progress. I don't care about the superhero shirts and stuff, but I do hate it when I can't find a single pair of shorts that aren't super-short. Even skirts and dresses can be too short!

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    1. Yah I really really don't get why we have to SEARCH (or pay thru the nose) for appropriate little girl clothes. Who, in what department, is approving this stuff and these designs???????

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  7. Blogger hates people who comment from their phone for some reason??
    ANYWAY! Thanks for the link :) I can't wait to hear what you guys think of the book...hope you can find it!

    I've been wondering about reading the Witches with my girls...in general though they scare pretty easily (even the 10 year old.) So, I guess I should still hold off.

    Mom power for getting better girls clothes at Target! That's awesome. I like how the lady says she loves Target so she holds them to a higher standard... :) Me too!

    Did I spy in a comment that you're gonna be on Instagram??? WHAT? How did this happen? I've been trying to convince you for years!!! You must see Vanessa's feed....it's angelic! She is like a professional! So gorgeous!

    Speaking of professional are you swamped with people wanting fall foliage photos? My parents are in town so we went for family photos and the park was packed...I hope your staying sane and that you aren't afraid to say NO to people when you get too busy! I love the way you capture real moments and make them look so beautiful!!

    Ok, hopefully this works and blogger decides to be nice to me.

    xoxo

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    1. I'm not on Instagram yet! But I will beeeeeeeeeee! I'm getting a phone and I can put my 17 year old Nokia on the pavement and torch it!!!! People look at my phone and gasp. They seriously can't believe I use that phone. It's just wretched. Andrew and I are the only people we know who have such old, terrible phones. #firstworldproblems

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    2. sorry Blogger is being a punk. I've heard that from several people!

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  8. I hear you on the little girl clothes - I have two and I am so glad they love jumpers. I can sew them to the length I want - which means actual coverage. I did have success finding long gym shorts at ShopKo, but I think that chain is only in the Midwest. Frankly, though, I haven't been exactly happy with Target's choices for the 30-somethings either. I do not want my not so itty-bitty hiney hanging out either!

    I'm thinking about the Witches book for my boy - but I'm not sure. Perhaps I'll have to preview "for his sake" (certainly not my own enjoyment....).

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    1. I'm trying to decide if Julia can handle the movie -- the witches look kinda gross. Angelica Huston is AWESOME in it tho. :)

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  9. -that cake.
    -fiona has graduated to the johnny b line of boden. it makes me supremely sad. because old.
    -chris pratt is delicious.
    -we HAVE cinderella skeleton!!!
    -never read the book the witches but i was obsessed with the movie. i showed it to fiona a year ago. she was all meh.
    that's all.

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    1. So in the coolest blogging meets real life thingy ever - I have a pal who reads my blog. I posted this post with the cake. I go to her house for lunch that day. Just like, a few hours after this post goes up. She's seen it! She's already made the cake! It's sitting there on her counter! See, I just put this stuff on my blog and it sits there. There's peeps out there actually DOING and MAKING things. Blew my wee little mind.

      Julia basically has one more year in regular Mini Boden sizing and then yeah, onto the next level. MUST TAKE EVEN MORE PICTURES. she'll be so thrilled!!!!!

      Just bought Cinderella Skelly -- nice price on Amazon! I refuse to be left out of this party.

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