Jul 19, 2011

The Spritz

There we were, in the middle of Amish country, walking in hot and humid weather. Out of nowhere Linda whips out a blue spray bottle and starts asking the whining, overheated and tired children if they want a spray. Sullen faces came to life and hunched over shoulders perked up as they each took turns getting sprayed with this glorious water.

Linda says she always carries one with her when they go on little trips or outings in the summer. I say, bring on the spritz!

Jul 13, 2011

Picture Perfect

I've got to chalk this one up to Martha Stewart. I happened upon a tv show where she was giving advice on how to hang things on walls without making millions of nail holes. Something I've admittedly done way too many times. Her advice has saved me lots of time and walls, especially when something needs to be hung by two hangers placed unevenly on either side. Here's how it's done:

1. Trace the object onto paper & cut it out.
 2. Punch a little hole exactly where the nail needs to be. A mechanical pencil works wonders. Then write "wall side" so that you know which side of the paper must go against the wall. If I'm doing a grouping of frames, I also number or name them to remember which paper goes to which frame.
3. Hang the paper where you want it, making sure it is level.
4. Hammer nails into the premade holes on the paper.
5. Take the paper away, Hang your object...and...perfection!

Jul 9, 2011

Baby Pool Beachside

My family vacations in Newport Beach and my mom brought along a plastic baby pool one year for the toddlers to splash and play in. Ingenious. The kids who are more timid with the ocean can have just as much fun playing in the water with this, and the adults can keep a better eye on them! The other day a friend of mine mentioned that this could also be set up along side a regular pool for little ones. Smart idea.
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