Monday, October 24, 2011

Cloud Dough

  Two posts in one day! I just had to share this. It's so much fun.

Cloud Dough! I got the idea from Pinterest. Or maybe it was StumbleUpon. I don't know.  Anyhoo.

  The recipe I found was probably posted by a preschool teacher because her portions were huge. I scaled my down a bit.

Original Recipe
8 cups flour
2 cups baby oil

This amount would be great for a sensory table/center. 

My Scaled Down Recipe
2 cups flour
8ish tablespoons baby oil

Just mix in enough baby oil so the flour sticks together when you form a ball.

See, the dough is still crumbly but holds its shape when molded.

Not only does it smell good, it feels silky. 
An egg! 
A note: I would not recommend this to kids under the age of three. Unless they are good about not putting things in their mouth. Baby oil isn't exactly non-toxic. Teachers, this really is a great sensory experience. I would put out things you can use to make molds. Cookie cutters, plastic Easter eggs, cups, whatever. 

Hey, Y'all, Watch This!

 Next time you're sitting around, browsing through Netflix streaming selection, I have just the movie for you! You need to watch The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu.

At this time I want to share how happy I am that my computer knows how to spell Cthulhu 

Longish post:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Faux Painted Portraits

  A couple posts back I blogged about a cute idea I saw to print a photo onto tissue paper, then Modge Podge that onto a canvas.  To make sure I give credit where it is due, here is the link to the blog
Sarah's Never_Ending Projects

  So, I decided to try it. First there was the paper jam, then the ripping, then smudging. For the safety of our printer, I decided to regroup and try something new. My genius idea was tracing paper. It worked! The only "issue" was the tracing paper was too wide to fit through the printer, so I trimmed it down.
The supplies. I didn't realize our printer was running out of colored ink, so it printed the photo with a green tint. I decided to go with it. 
The Peanut helped me spread a nice, even layer of Modge Podge. 
Not going to lie, getting the paper to lay smooth is not easy. 

Then I added a very thin layer of the Podge over the photo.  I decide the wrinkles in the photo make it look more like a real painting. 
And on the wall. The canvas is 5x5. I decide I'm going to make up a couple more and create a little wall mural thingie. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dangerously Close

So, I treated myself the other night. I did something that has only happened twice since having the Trex but I used to do all the time pre-pregnancy. It is slow and hot and just envelopes you in delicious sensations.

I took a bath.

Now, the house we bought has a death trap of a bath tub. Ignore the clutter and cleaning supplies but take a look:

See that step? The handicap pull bar for safety? The fact that you have to step up three feet then back down to get in? Yeah. Bleeding deathtrap.

But also notice: It's a jacuzzi tub. Yeah, I get excited just saying it. With the baby, house and move though, this was only the second time I've been able to use the jets. We plan on ripping all of that out, so I'm going to do my best to enjoy it while I can.

The main point of me taking a bath however is hair management. Shaving is something that's happened more often than bathing, but still less often than I'd like. Plus, I'm loathe to spend the money on razor heads, but if I cheap out, my legs pay the price. So expensive little Venus razor heads it is. The problem is that they remain sharp the first couple of trips, and then they tug, tear and burn their way through my leg hair like they're conquering a forest people. My skin is crazy sensitive, so I either have to hate how much I spend on razors or suffer perpetual razor burn and ingrown hairs.

Like all my awesomely bad ideas, this one started with a thought-"I wonder if Shaun's safety razor would work on legs?". If you don't know what I'm talking about, google safety razor. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Oh good, you're back. So yeah, safety razor? Razor blades. Housed in a little bit of metal. Inflexible razor head. Doesn't this seem like a good idea?

I totally did not crawl into the bath tub intending to use this obvious death device upon my person. Circumstances dictated extremes, however. I'd gone beyond stubble and into the territory of what can only be thought of as a "leg beard". A couple swipes with my good ole' half dull Venus razor was enough to let me know that I could shave my leg a couple inches at a time, pausing to clean the razor after every pass, or I, I really shouldn't.

But I did.


Once I recovered from the heart attack, I realized that my legs have never been smoother since my body began growing hair. Now, it's entirely possible that I terrified the hair into leaving, but I'm three days post shave and still damn near perfectly smooth. If you're a brave soul, I highly recommend trying a safety razor shave.

A couple of notes though:
#1. Do Not try to use it on the curvy parts of your leg. Remember that "inflexible head" part? Yeah. Avoid your knees and the backs of them.
#2. Shave in straight lines. Slowly. Carefully.
#3. Don't move.

I hold no liability for you bleeding out, however.

Monday, October 17, 2011

18 Year Old Me

I sometimes wonder what 18 year old me would think of 33 year old me. Would she be happy to see the sexy husband, the beautiful baby, and where life has taken us. Or would she be terrified that we became a stay home mom,  do homey type projects, and truly wished we could knit?

Eighteen year old me certainly didn't have life planned out. She had a vague idea of where she expected to be in 10+ plus years. She didn't see herself married. Not that she was against marriage, more she had a low self esteem and didn't think any one would want to marry her. She had a fuzzy vision of being a kindergarten teacher, living in a one bedroom apartment, maybe in Indianapolis, maybe not. Maybe a boyfriend, but it probably isn't serious.

Funny how life changes.

Yumminess I Had to Share!

  Here are a couple yummy, easy to make treats I wanted to share. Neither are healthy or remotely diet friendly. So if you want that, stop reading.

Evil Dip
2 eight ounce packages of cream cheese
1 sixteen ounce jar of your favorite salsa

Put everything in a big bowl. Mix until blended and smooth. Chill the dip in the refrigerator for a bit. Grab a bag of tortilla chips and devour. 
I suppose you could use low fat cream cheese and your own salsa, if so inclined. 

Looks weird, tastes awesome.

Oreo Bars
One package of Oreos
10 1/2 ounce bag of Marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter

Basically, you're making Rice Krispy treats with Oreos. Melt butter and marshmallows in a pan. Add crushed Oreos. Put in a pan, let cool, then eat. 

Cute Idea

  A couple days ago, I found a great blog with tons of cute projects. One was to print a photo onto tissue paper, then Modge Podge the photo onto a canvas. I didn't have a tissue or a canvas lying around. I do have a couple sheets of vellum paper. So I printed a black and white photo of The Peanut on a sheet of vellum. It turned out pretty neat.
I held the photo up to the sunlight so you can see how light shines through. I'm going to play around with this for a bit. I'm thinking maybe Modge Podge a photo onto a glass jar and put something pretty inside or a small strand of Christmas lights.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Late to the party and other rambles.

  I am officially hooked on Breaking Bad. I decided to watch an episode today out of boredom. I then spent the rest of the day having a Breaking Bad marathon. We (the husband and I) are halfway through season 2 now. Great show.
  I watched Mad Men, but just can't get into it. I feel like I'm missing out on something and will be viewed as odd for not liking the show. Oh well.
  Also, I'm glad I'm not a football fan, because my "team" kind of sucks this year.

Oh Yeah! Blog!

Hi everyone! I have been meaning to stop by and introduce myself and blog a little bit but wow, has life been busy! Before I make any serious posts though, I figured I would tell you all a little bit about myself and what I do.

Although I generally try to avoid anything with "Princess" in the title, when Becca asked for bloggers and explained exactly what a singing princess astronaut was, how could I resist? I love producing content and media and blogging is just another way to get a voice out there. Currently, I have one other major outlet, a daily (supposedly) podcast called 10 Minutes of Me, that is little more that what it says it it. The show runs anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes and the content is...well, whatever I think up right before I record. A word of warning, however-The show is explicit and does cover touchy subjects, including the acknowledgment that adults have sex. Fair warning.

Other than that, I'm currently unemployed/a business owner/ a stay at home mom, depending on if you're talking to my pride, CA EDD or my family. My husband and I run a business in Northern California, we just bought our first house this year and have a little baby boy, referred to as The Trex, who will be 10 months old October 21st and took his first steps last weekend. We have two crazy dogs, a full acre of land to mow, and something that has been stealing whole bird feeders from the house eves. All in all, we lead a pretty good, happy least when I'm not trying to do one million things and take care of the kid.

I'll probably blog about a multitude of things, from childcare to house projects, dog problems, my reluctance and corresponding desire to get another job, neighbors, and basically any topic or subject matter that comes to mind. Feel free to throw up any questions you may have, and I look forward to throwing up some more posts in the future!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bookery stuffs

  I'm late to the party, but am finally reading the Song of Fire and Ice books. I enjoyed "A Game of Thrones" but now that I'm a quarter way through "A Clash of Kings" my excitement is quickly dwindling. I find myself becoming annoyed by all the "extra" characters. There seems to be a lot of Genesis type of lineage crap to wade through. It doesn't seem the new and side characters really have anything to do with the main story line now, either.
  I will stick through to the end, because it's what I do. (Hey, I am almost finished with the Wheel of Time. So I can stay with a long winded series)
  Also, my favorite characters so far are Arya Stark, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister.

P.S. No spoilers, please.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

  Here is something that bothers me a bit. Parents that constantly complain how their kids ruined their lives.  I'm not talking about the occasional lament of I'd like to go out to dinner alone with my husband, but can't find a baby sitter. I mean
*WHINE* Whoa is me, kids are expensive, I can't go out clubbing all night when ever I want. I have to be careful where my money goes and have to buy the kid clothes instead of buying myself something I don't need.
  I don't feel sorry for them. AT ALL. Raising kids is hard. You make sacrifices, Cow-girl up and act like a grown up. It isn't like it is a great secret that having a family changes your life. There are television shows, movies, books, even the Johnson&Johnson "Having a baby changes everything" commercials all about family life.
  When you plan to have a family, you know things will change. If you don't, well honestly, I find you rather silly. You may not know exactly what life will be, but you have a general idea.
  Here's my thought. Instead of focusing on what you lost, think about what you've gained. Embrace the new phase in your life and enjoy your family. Oh and get a baby sitter and go clubbing.  Nothing makes you appreciate your new life like seeing just how annoying the singles scene is now.

Random photo: The Peanut discovered she likes eel! The sushi chef was so shocked and impressed, he made Peanut her a special eel sushi roll. Free of charge!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Butterflies in the sky!

The Peanut and I made a pretty butterfly mobile. She's very proud of how pretty it is. We made coffee filter butterflies. Then Peanut found a cool stick and said we should hang our butterflies on it.  So I did. Then I hung the new mobile on her ceiling. Voilá, instant spring! 

Monday, October 3, 2011

On Geekery and It Getting Better

  Watching a talk show about bullying got me thinking about my childhood and my hope's for The Peanut's childhood. (The fact that I just admitted to watching a daytime talk show is a completely different story)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Hippie Ways

  No, I don't bathe in patchouli, wear prairie skirts, and not shave.  Really, it's more natural type of things.
  I only use shampoo and conditioner on my hair about once a week. Ew, right? Don't worry, I still clean my hair and scalp. Between shampoos I use baking soda and a vinegar. It started with me seeing a lot of things online about going "Shampoo Free" At first I thought, gross. Then I started thinking about how my hair has changed since having the Peanut. If I wash my hair every day, my scalp gets amazingly dry, itchy, and tight. If I wash it every other day, then it's all oily and icky. Washing my hair every day and half just seems silly. So I decided to try the 'poo free thing.