Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hello hello! Today you actually have real me and not pre-scheduled post me. I can't believe how fast those pre-scheduled posts ran out...I felt like I wrote a ton of them. But even though I'm here, I'm only on my brothers itouch (which is a pain to blog from). I'm mostly here today to let you know that Em and I discussed things and we're going to put the blog on the back-burner until January. My little guy is having trouble gaining weight and is on a super frequent feeding and supplementation schedule, so when I'm not working on trying to fatten him up I'm sleeping. Em's semester has been grueling for her and she's in the final throws of major papers and projects, so of course we want her to do well there. We're not shutting down the blog, and we may still do a random post here and there, but we will be cutting way back. Hopefully by January I'll have a fat little baby and Em will have a less hectic school and work life and we can get the blog running full steam again. So for now hang tight, look back at old posts if you haven't before, browse Pinterest, test pins, and keep the awesome submissions coming our way. We'll miss you all and can't wait to be get this blog running strong again! Have a wonderful holiday season and we'll catch you all later.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Hello fellow Pinstrositeers! My name is Diedre, and I'm Marquette's favorite little sister (don't tell the others I said that!) I'm a stay at home mom who likes to read, cook yummy things (especially if chocolate is on the ingredient list!), and dabble a bit in the blogging world (if you're bored, you can check out my blog here). Marquette asked me if I'd like to write up a guest post for you all, so here we go. Actually, if I were to be honest, I'd tell you that she asked me to do this something like six months ago, and because I'm a lazy bum I'm just now getting around to doing it. But why would I tell you that when I could just say something like "I was wanting to do something to help out while Marquette and "Merle" get settled, so I decided to write up a Pinstrosity post so she would have one less thing worry about." I like that one, it makes me sound way better, let's just stick with option number 2, shall we?
One of my favorite uses for Pinterest is finding new ways to keep my super active toddler busy. I learned quickly that if he's bored then things go down hill VERY fast, so I try to have a few ideas in reserve for such days. Now, I could just plunk him down in front of the TV (and sometimes I do) but that doesn't do much to use up his mountains of energy or enrich his world in any way, so I try really hard to come up with fun things to do that are also in some way beneficial. I must also admit though that I am cheap and lazy, so I'm a huge fan of activities that require little (or NO) prep work and that don't require special supplies.
Around Halloween time, I stumbled across a pin for an activity that was perfect for us (aka: super easy and didn't require a trip to the store), but that we didn't get around to doing until just a few days ago (did I mention I'm lazy?)
The Original Pin
Really, you could do this one without ever reading the blog post, it's pretty apparent from the picture what's going on. You take some painter's tape, make a spider web in a doorway, and throw things at it to see them stick. The result is your kid is kept occupied while also building muscles and hand/eye coordination. Yes, it does take two or three minutes to slap the tape up in some sort of spider web configuration, and then you have to wad up some paper to throw, but if it keeps the little monsters busy for a while then it's worth it, right?
|Perhaps it's a little hard to see why this is a flop, keep reading...|
Well, I happily set to work sticking the tape to my doorway, but the thing about painter's tape is that it's made to come off without taking paint with it, and I just couldn't get the tape to stick to the painted door frame. No problem, I just stuck it to the wooden frames of my two chairs in my living room instead. While I constructed the web, I set my two year old down with some paper to wad up. Things seemed to be going great, that is until we were finished our prep work and tried to get things started.
I grabbed a ball of paper, and excitedly demonstrated what would happen when it was thrown into the web. It bounced off.
Ummm... that must've been a freak accident, right? I cheerfully picked up another wadded paper and tried again, and it bounced off. Again.
We tried a few more times with no success, and I even tried just walking up to the web and sticking my paper wad right onto the tape. It held for a few seconds, then dropped.
Obviously, the paper wasn't going to work. Thinking I was smart, I grabbed the roll of tape, made a ball out of it (sticky side out), and threw that at the web. It stuck alright, but it was quite a bit heavier than the paper and it started pulling the web apart, so that was a no go.
At this point I decided I was just too stupid to make this thing work, so I threw the whole mess away, and plunked my little guy down in front of the TV. At least there's always Elmo, right?
So what went wrong here? I went back to Hands On As We Grow and this time I read through all the comments. Apparently I'm not the only one this happened to, which means I'm actually NOT dumber than painter's tape (always good to know about one's self, right?). Some people suggested using tissue paper instead of regular paper, others said to try a stickier tape, like duct tape. My suggestion? Keep perusing Pinterest for new ideas, and just don't bother with this one.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Marquette here. I'm being lazy today and not writing up a post with my own wit and wisdom and tips and tricks (just flatter me and say that's why you come and just for today I'll pretend that's why too). Luckily we have a great submission in our inbox from Jesse with a fun project that you can use to decorate with for the holidays, for anniversaries, for parties, or whatever. Here is her awesome submission:
Well, let's start this out by me saying what a big fan I am of your website. I am an even bigger fan of Pinterest. For a couple of years now I have been pinning all sorts of crafts that I am going to do, but I am a poor 20 something who has mastered the art of excuses.
Enough boo hooing about me. Last week I decided to take the plunge into the craft world and bought myself a bottle of mod podge from Amazon. I stuck a couple pieces of paper to jars that I have been saving for two years and they came out great. I must be an expert. And I have a whole garage full of stuff that I have been saving for this very moment. I must run out to Michael's (an hour away) to get more supplies. All of which can not be used for the stuff I want to work on in the garage, but on new projects that I thought up on my shopping spree. Look at all the great stuff I got.
And there's even more stuff.
One of these projects that I wanted to do is a wreath wrapped in burlap with paper flowers on it. I don't want to glue the paper flowers on cause I want to change them out with the season.
Once I arrived at home I hopped onto Pinterest so I could figure out how to make these so-called-flowers. Wow there are so many different paper flowers I have pinned over the years. Only I didn't have the right paper, or the cool hole punch that would make everything perfect, or and ink pad (do i really need that), or even a one hole punch. None of the right supplies. I was so disappointed I wanted load everything up and take it back to the store.
Just as I was about to whelp into tears over the end to my very promising crafting career that would bring me fame and fortune; I found these swirly rose flower.
photo via etsy
It was like it was made just for me. I read the instructions and I had everything. And most importantly it seemed easy enough so I could continue to claim to be the best in all the land.
Ok time to lay out all my supplies on the floor in front of my TV, cause I couldn't possibly do something and not watch TV at the same time. Got my iPad set up for optimum viewing. Wait... Where are my scissors? And my flip flops? There was just two here and now only one. Did I mention I have a 3 month old puppy plus three other dogs. Under the bed I must go.
Just then I hear the dogs going crazy in the other room. Could it really already be time for Daddies to come home? It is and I don't have dinner ready. I know what you are thinking and no it's not the 50s. It's just that my boy friend works all day without breakfast or lunch and is always staving. To the freezer I go. Pizza in the oven while the oven is still cold. He will never know the difference.
Some time later... My boy friend is playing video games. The puppy is asleep and the other dogs are relaxed, caused the puppy is asleep. All of my supplies have been moved into the living room so that I can be a supportive girl friend and "watch" Tom play video games. It is time to tackle the roses. Wait... Where is my iPad. Darn it's charging in the other room and if I get up I will have to walk in front of my boy friend and risk waking the puppy who is sprawled out across my lap. Best for everyone if I wing it. I read the directions a couple hours ago anyways. Well, I looked at the supply list and the pictures. What could go wrong?
Absolutely nothing! It came out beautiful. It even made its own base. That wasn't in the instructions. Now a little mod podge and to show it off to Tom and the pups...
They loved it. Well until Tom did a closer inspection upon dying and commented on how it wasn't very rose like. That it needed waves. And you know what... He was actually right. There must be a better way to make it.
No problem. I bought a set of scissors for that. And I set out to make another one.
This one really didn't come out right. And then the puppy got ahold of it after my boy friend offered it to him and it actually made it better. (There should really be a list somewhere of the supplies a newbie can't live without).
Anyways, then I decided to draw my own waves and cut them out.
Then I finally decided to do what always works best for me and free hand it. And guess what?
These came out perfect. Very rose like. Well I have a lot more flowers to cut and the dogs have to go out, so you will have to wait until another day to see the final result. I still don't know how I will get these buggers on there without glue so any suggestions are welcome, but I will probably just wing it as always!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Many of us love this holiday season (I know...some of you don't) and want to make better and better memories each year. While I'm all for the great memories, I'm also for low stress and simplicity. The holidays don't have to be meticulous, overdone, or fancier than the neighbors to be great. That's easy to say, I know, but putting it into practice can sometimes be hard. We want every holiday to be the best yet! What is one thing you can do to help lower the stress of the holidays and to enjoy them more? Know the hazards ahead of time. If you know what your pitfalls are, they are easier to avoid. Last year we were sent a great graphic about the Hazards of Holidays, but we were unable to use it in time. This year, we definitely want to get it up with plenty of time. So without further ado, I give you The Hazards of Holidays (I know...these are mostly geared towards Christmas, but you can apply them to Thanksgiving and New Years as well):
This isn't a graphic to scare you into being a Scrooge or not celebrating. It's here as a heads up. Don't let these hazards take over your holiday. Normally feel stressed with the holidays? Did any of these jump out at you and make you go, "Yeah! Me too!"? Focus on minimizing that stress this year. Say no to parties if you have to. Go homemade with all your gifts if money is tight. Stay home with your own family if the extended family affairs are more than you can normally handle happily. It's okay to do the holidays your own way! They are here as celebrations, not as downers. So celebrate and enjoy!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Well, here's what I made recently...only I didn't get the directions from Pinterest (that would be quite a disturbing Pinterest pin to find):
I still can't get over his hair! I love it so much. I've always figured I'd have dark haired babies, but I guess I was wrong. Each new nurse that came on staff was brought to our room to see his hair, it was funny.
We named him Darrow after my grandfather who died this past January, and the name fits him so well.
We named him Darrow after my grandfather who died this past January, and the name fits him so well.
Labor/Delivery went well (6 hrs from start-waking up at 3am with diarrhea and vomitting-to finish. Hooray for awesome the awesome quick labor family genes!) and we're all doing great and recovering well here at home.
|Bahaha, we've had quite a few comments about him looking like Donald Trump in this photo. It's true, lol.|
A few of my favorite things about this little guy so far:
-His hair. That's just a given. It is fantastic.
-He loves having his little fist up on his cheek when he's sleeping or just when he's content and looking around. We have an ultrasound from around 20weeks of him in that same position. That is also the position he was born in (one hand at his side, one in a fist at his cheek).
-His pooping stance. I find it hilarious. The "I'm pooping!" face coupled with the "torpedo legs" (straight out and tense). I don't know why it's so funny.
-He's not in me anymore! I really really love that about him, hahaha. I can bend over, roll over in bed, slouch, breath, etc. again. Oh it feels so nice.