Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Guest Post: Painting Plastic Toys

My sister's BFF shared this fun project with me. It really makes me want to start hunting free plastic play equipment for the kids!

I love free things. I especially love free things that with one simple change can give whatever it is a whole new look. 

A few weeks ago my dad snagged some free Little Tikes play equipment from the job site he was working at and brought it over. If you are familiar with Little Tikes you know they use basic colors for their products and not exactly what I would think of as “cute” colors. I don’t have before pictures but here is what they looked like

 So I went to our hardware store and picked out the colors I wanted. I bought 3 different colors of Rustoleoum spray paint because it sticks to plastic. I wasn’t sure how much I would need so I made sure to get plenty ( I ended up using 3 green, 2 blue, and 1 purple).

The tree house had a few pins that needed to be taken out in order to take it apart. The picnic table  had quite a few nuts and bolts.

I sprayed down all of the parts and let them dry.

I then figured out which parts I wanted to paint each color and painted in groups. After letting them dry according to the directions on the can I flipped everything over and painted the other side. Some pieces needed another coat but others did not. Make sure you let everything completely dry ( 24 hours) before putting them back together. Since it is plastic the paint does easily scratch off. You may have to do some touch ups once everything is together. In the end you have bright, fun, and brand new looking toys for your kiddos. A super easy way to make those ugly plastic toys look cute!

Thanks, Jess for sharing your fun project with us. Here is another guest post Jess did a few years ago. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Read with Me

Salsa and Moles is a fun recipe book filled with ideas for sauces and dips and salsas. I thoroughly enjoyed the glossy pages filled with pictures and easy to follow recipes. I also loved reading different ways to incorporate these sauces/dips into my cooking.

I have made my own salsa and guacamole for years - not enough for canning or mass storage, but just enough to enhance an individual meal. After reading this book, I have a few new cooking techniques to try and some creative ingredients to incorporate.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little shocked when I received A Heart's Obsession by Colleen Coble. I was expecting a regular sized novel but instead received this little 100 page book. After a little research I discovered that this book was meant to introduce some new readers to this author's work. Taking two of her previously written novels, the publishers made 6 small stories into individual little books.

The story was well written but I felt like it picked up in the middle of the tale. And the pages ended before I felt that the story was resolved. I understand that it is meant to welcome new readers to Coble's writing, but it seemed a waste of time without having all of the other booklets.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mom Prom 2015

As our end of the year party for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), we decided to have a Mom Prom.

It was a Roaring 20's theme complete with fun dresses, feathers and pearls.

Just  us moms. No dates. No kids.

It was so fun to have an occasion to dress up. Some went all out. Some just came to have fun. I must say, I did get some weird looks as I walked through the church and preschool while we were setting up.

We had lots of yummy food.

I think the moms loved not having to cut up anyone else's food and getting to eat while the food was still hot. We love taking care of our families, but it was nice to have a night to ourselves.

Decorating with black, gold, and white it was fun to transform this room for our evening out.

We voted on "Best Dressed" and crowned Rebekah as "Miss Hotsy Totsy." She even had the adorable finger waves in her hair.

We always have fun when we are together. I have loved getting to know these moms this year - just knowing that someone else is where I am in life.

Our theme for the year was "Be You Bravely." As I have gotten to know these women, I have seen how each one is brave in her own way.

And as I have celebrated these mom's bravery, I have grown and found myself choosing to be brave more and more.

Whether it's a mother of triplets, a mom expecting her sixth child, or a first time mom of a newborn, we all have some of those same struggles, insecurities and challenges. We have learned that we can lean on and learn from each other.

I am so grateful that a friend invited me to be a part of this ministry. It's something that I would never have admitted that I needed but I don't know what I would do without it.

As we take a break for the summer, I am trying not to be sad. Instead, I am looking forward to next fall. I have already planned out some of our crafts. I can't wait to get back with these moms and maybe meet a few more.

There are MOPS groups all over the country. Each one may be run a little differently, but the support and encouragement is there. You can search for one in your area here. Or if you are in my area...come to ours in the fall! The Lord may have something for you to learn and gain from some fellowship with other moms of preschoolers.

I sure do treasure each moment spent with these ladies.

And, here's link to the video of our pictures from the year, just in case some of you didn't see them all last night.