Tuesday, July 15, 2014

10 months... and 15 days late

Oops... I almost forgot about B's photo moment for his double-digit birthday month!

This kid is seriously becoming the best little human being to ever walk the planet (not that I'm bias).  He is so fun and his huge belly laughs get me every time.  You can tell he is beginning to understand more and takes instruction like a champ (except when he looks right at you when you tell him not to put a sharpie marker in his mouth and he chooses to ignore you).

I dont know how its possible, but I love him more and more every month.  I can't believe his year b-day is around the corner.  Heaven forbid he starts to walk soon.  No, just no.  My heart can't take it.

Anyway, here's 10 months of my squiggly bottom little man!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY Safe to Eat, Homemade Play-Doh Recipe

Since Brooks is now getting into everything (read: EVE-RY-THING), I figured it was about time to introduce him to some mommy-approved messy stuff. (Apparently my thinking is the house is TOO clean)

Play-doh itself is one of the greatest inventions known to mankind, but since B is in his "everything-MUST-go-in-my-mouth" stage, I figured I would see if I could make our own with ingredients I wouldn't freak out about if ingested (I draw the line as random pieces of dog kibble and dust bunnies).
After trolling the internet a little, I mixed and matched some recipes I found and created the below which worked great for us.
When you first put everything in, it looks a bit like porridge and pretty liquidy.
 After 2-3 min on a low heat (I think I had ours around a level 3), it started to clump up and become a lot thicker as I spooned it around the pot.  I was worried about it burning, so I just kept a slow stir going the entire time.

You will notice its "done" when its thick enough to form in a ball and all the ingredients clump together.
 It still will be pretty warm (too hot for little hands) so let cool at least 15 minutes.
 Before dishing it out to a kiddo, kneed it up a bit to make sure there are no random hot spots.

Then, set in front of your freakishly adorable 10 month old and enjoy!
Brooks like to hit it with his palm and I rolled some pieces up to create different sizes for him to play with.
When you roll them, its doesn't HAVE to look like poop, that's just the shape mine took... sorry about that. I guess we now know why they don't make play-doh in brown.
 Brooks loved moving the round, ball shaped ones.  It was fun to see him figure out the difference between moving the long ones with his hands and then only needing his finger to move the larger balls.  Very Montessori learning.

He even invited me to get in on the action.
Such a good little sharer.

After playtime was over, I balled everything up and put it in a glass pyrex in the fridge and we were able to use it for 2 more days before I tossed it out.

At one point, Brooks did try to eat it but the overwhelming salt taste made him stop pretty darn quickly.  It did make his hands a bit salty, but definitely no dirtier than playing with playdoh.  Super easy clean up just using a wet rag.

I think next time I make it, I'm going to throw some food coloring in there just for fun.  Fingers crossed it won't stain B's hands, but I will let you know.

Has anyone else ever made homemade play-doh?  Any other fun at-home recipes you know about?

-Samm

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer time landscaping...

This past Sunday, Brooks got up around 7am but after I changed him, he fell right back to sleep and stayed that way for a couple more hours (Bravo little boy!).  However, this now meant that I was UP... and a little bit board just laying in bed.

I tried to convince Chris to wake up and entertain/play with me, but for some reason he wasn't having it...
 Lazy...

So I did what any normal DIY wife would go... put on a pair of yoga pants and headed out to Home Depot.

It was there that I received the inspiration that we should mulch the front area on the other side of the sidewalk.

So I just grabbed just a couple bags and headed on home to surprise my sleeping husband.
 Doesn't he look excited?!... ... ... ... ...
I thought we would give the red mulch a go since we have a red front door, red chimney, and I'm always looking for pops of fun color.

Before he got started, here's a quick little view of how it looked before the mulch.
 See that area in between the trees?  Don't let the green fool you... its weeds and dirt... and not pretty.

While Brooks napped, I helped mulch up the walk way too then headed inside when Little Boy Blue woke up.
 After awhile, (and possibly a minor heat stroke),  Chris came in, showered up, and we switched hanging out with B... I think he got the easier job.
What makes every woman happy.  I good-looking, shirtless man, holding a piece of chicken and a sleeping baby.  (sigh)
 When I walked out our front door... it looked beautiful.
 Here's the new view from the street.
 And a side shot... like you would see if you were driving up.  I like how Chris even did the weed covered strip down the driveway.
 I know red wouldn't have been everyone's choice, but I was worried the dark brown would have just looked like dirt and not as clean.  Plus, red is my favorite color and its my house... so... yea...
 And the driveway...
 Planter beds too?  We so fancy...
 There you have it! What do you think?
 Bit of a difference from 2011 when we first bought it

Have you guys ever mulched over a large area to get rid of weeds?  Do you like the red? (lie to me if you don't) Have you ever got someone into a project because they were sleeping?  Due to the sunburn on Chris's back, I believe he has learned his lesson :-)

Hope everyone had a great 4th!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have a 9 month old... haha jk, no, really...

Seriously? Wasn't I JUST pregnant?! How could this little chunk be 9 months already?




Yea, he already crawling (putting EVERYTHING in his mouth), pulling up, letting go and standing by himself, and walking when he holds our fingers.... HE'S 9 MONTHS OLD!!! .... please don't judge me as I knock him over to keep him from walking.

Anyway, I know I haven't updated his month-by-month's in a while so here ya go Internet.... watch my child age in front of your eyes...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brooks Bailey, I love ya... now please get the fireplace poker out of your mouth...

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Duck Egg" Desk

Wow... talk about being gone for a while... sorry about that y'all... did you know how busy an 8/9 month old can keep you? Its insane! Lol,.. but I love him so its ok.

Finally, after months (and MONTHS) of not having the time or pieces to rehab, I finally found two GREAT projects I had a chance to work on over the weekend and I'm proud to share one of them with you!
I bought this cute little desk for $25 from a SMU sorority house that was moving and selling all their furniture.
It was definitely dated, but for $25 I thought it would be cute repainted.

Enter Annie Sloan Chalk paint in "Duck Egg" and trim in "Pure White".
 I kept the original drawer pulls but gave them a quick shot of silver spray paint.
 The inner drawer even came with a cute little movable divider.
 Even the back is pretty cute!
So there you have it! Cute, huh?
Even though I LUV it, I ended up selling it since it's a bit too large for our house, but still needed a good home. (Made a nice little profit too :-)

What do you guys think of it?

Oh, and when I posted it, I also had a lot of renewed interest in that cool globe I made... here's the link to that "how to": Globe Art

Thanks!  Can't wait to show you my next one!
-Samm