Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Geometric nail fun

Pinterest has struck again. I needed to redo my nails and I figured I would try something fun rather than just plain colours. I had seen this on Pinterest a while ago but I was lacking the black to try it. It was really easy, just time consuming. Paint a couple coats of the base colours(however many you want to try). Let dry, then add your tape(I used what I got in a French manicure set). Once those are stuck on the paint over your whole nail with black. Once it's dry, carefully peel off the tape and paint with a top coat to make it shiny! Now I just need a better top coat. I am also shaky so I tried cleaning the polish as best I could, so pardon the mess! Hope you like it and possibly gives you some inspiration to try something fun yourself!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pinterest bath time fun

I, like many MANY others, am obsessed with Pinterest! I don't plan on doing a weekly challenge, as I have a few friends blogging about that so I don't want to copy them or try to " steal their thunder". Plus, I have enough challenges going on right now, but I will blog about the ones I find super fun and super easy! There I tried a couple in one last night for my sons bath time. We did coloured water and glow sticks. I had previously purchased water dye tablets for kids, and already had glow sticks from previous celebrations, so I decided why not combine them and have a super fun bath. We had blue water and I added 7 glow sticks. He was so excited and really loved it when I turned off the lights! It was a really fun and really cheap thing to do for him, and something we will do more often!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Elf on the Shelf ideas

This year one of Santa's famous elves made their way to our house. We prepared Xander by watching the movie and reading the book. But it wasn't until the next morning when he saw that the elf had arrived that he really grasped it. He never got the "behave as the elf will tell Santa everything" concept, but he's 2, so I wasn't expecting him to. I just wanted to get him excited about Christmas. We also have yet to come up with a name for the elf as I want him to name it, and he doesn't get that concept yet either, next year. I wanted to do some fun and creative poses, which but the end of it gets hard trying to top yourself! I got some from other elf idea blog posts, stole ideas from friends(Delia in particular!), but for the most part they were my ideas. Some are plain and simple(forgot to move him and had to scramble last minute), and some I am rather proud of! I also made my mother do it when she had him. So here are pictures of our elf adventures!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Money Savings Challenge

I want to take the summer off and spend as much quality with Xander as I can, since another child is not in the cards. I want him to know that everything we do, we do for him. I want to take as much advantage of him WANTING to spend time with me as I can, since I know, in the not too distant future, I am going to be embarrassing, mean, uncool, and I will cramp his style. In order to accomplish having the summer off we need to save as much money as we can, so I have decided on 2 different money savings strategies.

1. Weekly Saving Challenge - I saw this idea on Facebook this week and thought it could be doable. It was from a blog called Healthy Habit Girl. The gist of it is, every week you save money in $1.00 increasing amounts. Week 1 $1, week 2 $2, and so on and so forth. Seems pretty easy and straight forward. I have kind of already cheated and started with $10 that has been in a jar for a while, never increasing or decreasing. I have written the amounts every week in a calendar that I look at daily so as not to forget. So fingers crossed once we get to the larger amounts it will not be too hard.

2. Money from clothing and toy sales - Since there won't be a number 2 I have started going through all the clothes that no longer fit Xander and have either dropped them off to the local consignment store, or posted them online for sale. I am finding myself very attached to some of the outfits, and I have kept some for a quilt I plan on eventually make with my most favourite ones. Anything that doesn't sell I will donate. It's a hard dream to let go of, but going through the things is making a little easier.

Hopefully I will be able to make enough off the clothes and toys that we won't have to dip into the bank account to pay for activities and outings this summer!

So far we are on point with both, but it is of course only week 1! Keep your fingers crossed!!