Monday, October 28, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
By Ms. Mommy
Ms. Mommy here. Earl and Petunia are taking the day off and allowing me to share my latest home improvement project. See, our house is not very large and we don't have much of a dining room. We have a dining nook, which is partially taken up by some Ikea Trofast storage units that house toys and double as a child-sized table which Earl spends most of his day standing at while he pushes his cars around and builds block towers.
I've been wanting to better utilize some of the space occupied by our table and chairs. We have an appalling lack of storage in our kitchen (considering we are are a family of five), so along with a switch from chairs to benches along two walls, I wanted something that also had extra storage. One of my primary concerns was our budget- it's tight, so we couldn't spend too much on this project.
After browsing ikeahackers.net, I decided that hacking an Expedit unit would be the best option. Many people have used the 5 shelf Expedit bookshelf/storage unit tipped on it's side as a bench. Oh that we could have done something so simple! Unfortunately, we had only 68 inches of space to work with along the longer of the two walls.
I'm a creative thinker, so after browsing Ikea's website for a bit, I determined that it would be entirely possible to hack two Expedit units together to create perfect sized benches for our space! First, we bought the single and 8 shelf Expedits in matching "birch effect" finish.
Sadly, I didn't have the foresight or energy to photograph the processes as I assembled them late at night, but I've color coded the pieces belonging to each bench here:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
It's Autumn! And you know nothing says Autumn (or Fall, as our big brother, Hank, calls it) like TWIRLY SKIRTS! Also, playing in the leaves. Here I am sporting some gorgeous Gymboree and Children's Place outfits while playing in the leaf pile Ms. Mommy raked up for us to jump in. You may notice my lack of glasses in several of the photos. That's because I keep falling and jamming up the nose pieces, not to mention scratching the lenses (did that last bit make you gasp the way Ms. Mommy gasped when she saw the gouges from my latest fall in the driveway?), so every now and then when we're outside I can get away with not wearing them.
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Friday, September 27, 2013
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Friday, September 20, 2013
I've got glasses! Mr. Daddy took me to the doctor last week and found that I'm far-sighted with strabismus (that means cross-eyed). Which means that I get to wear new pink glasses!
What are your tips for keeping them comfortable and keeping them on through the day?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Auntie Amelia
There are many signs in the air that Fall is coming...most importantly the release of eShakti's new Fall 2013 line.
eShakti makes lovely, classic dresses with simple, delicate, and sometimes whimsical embellishments. They size from 0-36, including entering your own measurements for complete customization. Luckily, I fit perfectly within their size 6 so knew this dress would also fit like a glove.
Even with custom ordering, eShakti's promise is to ship and mail within 18 calendar days - so I was very impressed when I got a text from DHL certified mail to either be home (haha) or okay them to deliver my dress only 9 days after I ordered my sample!
My favorite thing about eShakti is the ability to customize aspects of the dress. My sample choice let me customize the sleeve option (I replaced sleeveless with cap sleeves) and length (replaced knee-length with above-knee, after all). Plus...POCKETS! For any mommy, auntie or lady knows - pockets should be comfortable, convenient and invisible.
I'm enamored of the coral color of the skirt and think it will be perfect to wear for the last few days of summer or throw on a sweater as we transition into fall. For someone who spends a lot of time with kids personally and professionally, I love how light and easy this dress feels. eShakti scored big on all accounts!
eShakti is currently having a $30 gift code for new customers.
Just for kicks - here are a few of my other favorite eShakti dresses for Fall:
Disclaimer: This product was offered to me free for review. All opinions stated are my own.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Here are the directions:
- Find some fabric (this is from a sheet Ms. Mommy found on super sale...I helped find the sheets with the red stickers)
- Cut it out in shape dress (trace along one of your favorite dresses)
- Sew it together
- Add pearls and sequins
Friday, September 13, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Well, not entirely wordless...since I can't let Earl get in the first and last word.
But I can sum up my summer in only one picture:
Monday, September 9, 2013
Hello, old friends! After a long summer hiatus, Petunia and I are back again to help point out the best and worst in fashion trends, accessorizing, DIY projects, and tips on troublemaking.
So I've decided to sum up my summer in two pictures: