Now that the kids are home from school for the summer, this is how my entryway looks on most days. I know that parents are supposed to teach their kids to clean up after themselves, but for most of the school year these toys are tucked away in a bin and shut in a closet.
But now that it's summer break, I see this on most days:
With the TV off and the toys just waiting for them, they are drawn into a game by just walking through the room. So, maybe we'll work on cleaning up after ourselves in September...
I woke up the other morning to see two of my boys playing cards at the breakfast table. It was so cute - they looked like two old men!
Since then, card games have worked their way into our summer vacation activities. They play the old favorites like Go Fish and Old Maid, but then we also learned some new games this summer like Gin Rummy and I Doubt It (most adults know this card game as Bull$*it).
I think we might learn Go Boom next. Here is a website with several games that are new to us: Card Games.
In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of
travel to the merge point. Once at the merge point, motorists are
encouraged to take turns merging into the open lane and continue through
the work zone. When motorists cooperate and use the late merge system,
it will create a zipper like effect with traffic which will reduce the
length of the queue, allow traffic to move more fluidly and also prevent
a lot of aggressive merging.
It's Feedback Friday...
Where do you stand on the merging debate when it comes to construction zones?
So, I came across this pin about using items from the dollar store to write on with Sharpie. The pin claimed you could draw on a ceramic plate or mug with Sharpie then bake at 150 degrees for 30 minutes and the image would be permanent - no need to buy those pricey paint pens! Woot?
I was a little skeptical, so I just used an old mug I had around the house and tried it out.
The colored Sharpies didn't work at all and rubbed off in the first washing.
The black Sharpie adhered better but still showed some wear after one washing.
During our latest Soul Sisters outing, The Treat Girl gifted all of us with a cute new bag for summer.
I was excited for the gift, but MORE excited when I learned that each bag cost about $1! How is this possible? Aha, that Treat Girl is a clever one...
Straw bag from Target Dollar Bin
Silver Spray Paint
Yep, you heard me, Target Dollar Bin! These bags come already lined!
Just spray silver (or the color of your choice) and add a pretty ribbon from your stash and you are good to go! Change out the ribbon to match your outfit and swing that sassy bag as you walk through the mall spending all the money you saved.
Hey, it would be fun if we all ran out to Target right now and embellished our own straw totes and showed them off! If you are game, leave me a comment and I can have a contest! I'll look for something to give the winner and we can link up! Oooh, I'm excited (which you can tell from my over use of exclamation points!!!)
MSN reported that Adidas released a photo of the new sneaker JS Roundhouse Mids in June.
Adidas has withdrawn plans to release the sneakers due to great controversy. Those opposed to the design of the shoe felt it brought to mind the chains slaves were forced to wear.
"The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer
Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to
do with slavery," a representative for the shoemaker told TODAY.com
Some have speculated that Scott's inspiration was the '80's toy My Pet Monster (as seen on ebay):
It's Feedback Friday...
Even without speculation that the shoes are inspired by a toy, would you find these shoes offensive?
Do you think Adidas was right to pull the design due to the controversy?
The Soul Sisters field trip for this month was to celebrate Joy's birthday. She loves a nice cup of tea and the Johnston House Tea Room was the perfect spot to celebrate.
We were served a traditional Full Tea with savories on the bottom, scones with clotted cream and preserves in the center and sweets on the top.
We were inspired by some of the tiny creations and talked about creating our own.
There were tiny phyllo cups (from your grocer's freezer) filled with spinach and feta and baked, tiny croissants cut in half and stuffed with chicken salad then dipped in slivered almonds, and small slices of red pepper quiche. Any of these little snacks would be easy to recreate at home.
The sweets tray had slices of blueberry quick bread with an icing glaze, chocolate dipped strawberries, and tiny "butterfly cakes". It looks like they baked tiny vanilla cakes then sliced off the tops. Fill the cupcake bottom with whipped cream frosting, cut the top of the cupcake in half, then place in the frosting to resemble wings. Easy peasy!
Did you know there is a directory so you can locate a tea house in your area? Check out the directory at Tea Map to find a tea house in your area. Or better yet, use the ideas above to create your OWN tea!