Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DIY Lego table




Totally wish I could claim credit for this project. It's absolutely brilliant and thrifty!


The minute I saw it in my friend, Andrea's, house... I wanted the table. And my kids aren't even really IN to building giant Lego contraptions any more. I have this secret love of Legos... My kids don't even know about it. Well, I love Legos as long as I'm not stepping on them. That's what's do awesome about this table... There's storage AND plenty of room for a big group to play!


The table is made from salvages parts. legs reclaimed from an old table are braced on two sides with 1x6 boards.

The top of the table begins with a base of 1x6s... Pretty much creating a box. The table top is created with decking materials and the large  Lego brick bases are glued down.

My favorite part is in the middle...


It's a well... For storing the pieces. Andrea's husband found two pieces of curved wood, attaching one to each side of the gap. Next, he lined the inside with upholstery weight fabric. This basically creates a sort of hammock or long U shaped storage! 

Pretty darn ingenious!

After putting the whole project together, it was stained. Hate staining? Painting is another great option! 

The Boy still loves his Legos. He doesn't need something this big but I bet we can come up with a smaller version for him. It's certainly better than the buckets of pieces and assorted creations that have taken over his desk, table and dresser.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Parrot Costume


I remember when I was on grade school , probably third grade, my mom made me this crazy chicken costume for our class play. I wish I had a picture... It was pretty awesome.

And I'm happy to report that I had the opportunity to continue the fine tradition of bird costumes for class plays.

When B was in first grade, I was asked to make animal ears for his entire class. We have so many animal costumes! Naturally, the one animal costume we didn't have was the one Punky Brewster needed for her first grade play.


The parrot costume was supposed to be bright. I think we achieved that!

The mask was simple... A Mardi Gras mask from the dollar store and some cardboard covered in duct tape.


To create the feathers, I took apart a luau themed hanging decoration from the clearance section at Hobby Lobby. . . And expertly secured them with hot glue. 


She definitely looks more bird like with her arms out. I didn't want to put the feathers directly on her arms because she had to dance.

What costumes have you had to put together?

Here's another one of my school project creations for the kids...any guesses as to what Leelee was supposed to be? 


Hint: she had to wear this while reading a poem.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Meatball Sub Casserole

Teaching kids to cook is important. For me, it's one of the things I look forward to. It's a fabulous time to bond and the kids learn so much.

And not just how to cook.

It's a great way to teach reading and math skills, too. I always make sure to give the kids a chance to half or double recipes so they get familiar with fractions.

The downside is sometimes they decide to cook without you...

Earlier this week Punky Brewster decided she wanted cookies. She pulled out a boxed mix that I usually save for last minute "Mom! I need..." and managed to follow the recipe. She couldn't get the oven on, thank goodness.  She got help from Leelee who was in charge while I was at my doctor appointment.

After that, I decided to let Punky make dinner

So easy a 7 year old can do it!

Meatball Sub Casserole

1 small bag frozen meatballs
1 loaf French bread baguette
4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 T mayo
2 C mozzarella cheese, divided
2 Cspaghetti sauce
1/2 C water

Preheat oven to 350. 

Slice bread in to chunks and place in to 9 x 13 baking dish. 

Meanwhile in a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and mayo.

Spread cheese mixture over the bread. Top with meatballs. Sprinkle with 1 C cheese.

In another bowl, combine spaghetti sauce and water. Pour over meatballs and cheese in casserole. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Needful Things Swap post

No secret that I love a fun secret swap! This post is for my swap partner. The theme is Needful Things...things that we need.

So...what do I need?

I need peace and quiet! I really do. For me, that comes from a good book. Either on my nook, kindle or even an audiobook.

The peace and quiet also comes from going to the gym. It's my ME time. I need to be able to have those moments each day so I can be a good mom.

I need to feel pretty. Pretty things like long scarves, nail polish, funky necklaces or bracelets but NOT earrings. Earrings are not one of my needful things. Aprons, as crazy as it sounds, make me feel pretty, too. There's just something fun in an apron. It makes me feel feminine. An apron and a great pair of high heels...

What is not so pretty? My feet! So I suppose on a practical sense, one of my needful things needs to be a good foot cream. Still looking for one.

Bacon. Also tops on my needful things list. Chocolate covered bacon bars. mmmm Dark chocolate. A little bit goes a long way.

My new obsession is loose leaf herbal and rooibos teas. I need them every morning. Some people need coffee...I can't stand the smell of it. Good thing I'm LDS LOL I worked in a coffee house in college and got so sick of the smell. Twenty years later, I still can't stand the smell of coffee. Herbal teas, on the other hand, is amazing. I love tropical fruity herbals. I've been looking for a pina colada or sweet strawberry or licorice. Loose leaf though, not little bags. I'm a traditional girl.

I need a TARDIS. I need things in the bluest blue. I would love to travel through all of space and time. Amazing. Just as long as we don't meet any Weeping Angels along the way. Those things creep me out.

I need to get lost in worlds of imagination. Doctor Who. My Neighbor Totoro. Supernatural. Big Bang Theory. Princess Bride. Monty Python. I'm a fan girl. The geeky bumper stickers all over the back of little car let the world know it. I've been told I'm almost at my bumper sticker limit, but there's always room for more on the geek-mobile.

I need to bake souffles in little mini ramekins. I don't have nearly enough to suit me. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my kids. It's great time to bond and talk about whatever they need to talk about. We bake. We cook. We eat cheese. A good cheese is definitely a needful thing. And cheese accessories.

I need Funky things. With skulls. Sugar skulls. It's  weird, I know. But I am a little bit retro punk at heart. Sipping a nice loose leaf tea, wearing a great graphic T, with a funky pair of shoes and socks...reading a bit of Poe. Totally a way I need to spend my day.