Sunday, October 23, 2016

DIY Graphic and Modern Halloween Decorations for People Who Don't Like Halloween Decorations

After having kids, I started to enjoy decorating the apartment for seasonal events.  For this Halloween, we decorated our place with a graphic and modern style with materials we already had, minus the mini pumpkins.

First, I made a cloud of bats in four sizes with black card stock.  I found a bat template online and tweaked that template for a half sheet, a full sheet and two sheets taped together with black masking tape. I thought the variety of sizes would make the cloud feel more dynamic.  You don't have to have a could just "wing it."  (Ha!) That's what I did for the tiniest of bats I made...I just made the general shape of the bat.  To attach the bats to the wall, I used black masking tape and only tape down one bat wing so there was a 3D effect.  The other bat wing came off the wall, creating movement and cool shadows.  I also put some of the bat cloud in the foreground and some bats on a back wall for dimension.  Batty, right?

Leave the crease and stick just one wing on the wall for dimension and movement.
You can put the bats near a mirror.  More bats for your money.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Floss Like A Boss: Take the 31-Day Floss Challenge

This is what 31 consecutive days of flossing looks like:  Golden smiles and a Golden Floss Award

Like clockwork, my husband and I would suddenly start flossing a few days before each of our bi-annual dental checkups.  And just as predictably, we would come back home and report to each other that our dentist said we need to floss more.  We really wanted to floss and give our kids the habit of flossing, but it just wasn't happening.  We would floss once every few days at best and once every couple weeks at worst.  It felt like a chore and we couldn't seem to remember to do it.

Floss Inspo seen at my dentist's office

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How to make a design magazine-worthy stool/table with $5 and an hour of your time

With $5 dollars in materials, a 5 year old and a 5 gallon bucket you can make this cool stool.

Written by Rob:

We wanted a small table/plant stand for our small balcony.  Our style is somewhat minimalist and we found options like this $250 side table from CB2 and this $250 Marcel Wanders stool as we shopped around online.  Then, we wondered if could make something cool ourselves.  We stumbled upon the "bucket stool" diy project online and the stool fit the bill.  We like the stool, which can be used indoors or outdoors and is compact.  Here's how to make it with our tips and lessons learned.

STEP 1:  Get the materials from any hardware store
-1 five gallon cylindrical bucket
-3, 16-inch long wooden dowels (~ΓΈ1.5")
-3 plumbing caps to fit dowels (optional)
-1 wire coat hanger
-1 bag of cement

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Small Kids

I love the spirit of Brazil.  Before I was married, I lived on an island near Rio called Ilha Grande for just long enough to travel around a lot of the country, but not long enough to understand or be affected by the country's politics, economy, etc. My husband and I visited Brazil before we had kids.  Today, my son learns capoeira and learns Brazilian Portuguese, so we all enjoy Brazilian culture in our lives.  We took the kids (ages 2.5 years and almost 5 years at the time) and visited the country during spring break this year, about a hundred days before the Olympics started.

Here is my quick Top 11 list of things to do with kids during a 4-day trip to Rio de Janeiro.  We stayed in two fantastic airbnb apartments, one a block away from the beach in Ipanema and the other in the hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa.  The neighborhoods have completely different vibes and I think it's worth staying in both.