flower power

I think ‘The Universe’ is trying to tell me not to blog today.  Or do any work for that matter.

It’s the first official day of school holidays and my six year old (turning seven tomorrow so probably the last time I will call him that) and I have some very rare one on one time.  To ensure I make the most of this time ‘The Universe’ has busted my laptop.  It’s kaput.  Done.  Dead as a dodo.  Laptop doctor is on his way but until then, the best I can do is share this gorgie, gorgie bunch of flowers to brighten your day, and mine.

Catch you later.  My almost seven year old is calling …

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a little time out

Whether you subscribe to “time out” as a disciplinary measure or not, we think you will like this fab little stool.  It could also work a treat for brushing teeth (and heaven knows I am ALWAYS thinking up new ideas to encourage mine to brush teeth for the appropriate amount of time).

image courtesy of thefancy.com

 

love the love lock

I recall, at about the age of 9, carving my initials and those of my one true love (hello Timmy Field!) into a tree trunk to ensure history would forever be recorded.

Had I known about this fab idea I would have left that poor ole gum tree be and headed off to the local hardware instead.

The love lock bridge.  Where lovers carve their initials in a padlock, attach it to the bridge, and throw away the key.

image courtesy of designmom.com

Have you ever been to a love lock bridge? Do you know of one locally?  This one is in Cologne Germany.

hey, stick to the road!

As you can imagine we have quite the collection of toy cars around here.  Not to sound irresponsible (OK, well maybe a bit), our littlest one has been playing with matchbox cars with his big brothers since he was one, or maybe even younger.  Our first born would not have been allowed anywhere near a “not suitable for children under three” toy until he actually hit the magic age of three.  Anyhoo, I digress.

Anyone who has stepped on a matchbox car or piece of Lego in the middle of the night knows that can be a terribly painful experience.  Storage is key.  Hence, we just had to share one of our all time favourite storage ideas for cars – the IKEA magnetic knife holder on the wall.  Handy, easy and looks terribly fabulous.

Do you have any handy little storage ideas for your kid’s toys?

every 12th punch wins a prize! huh?

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If you are a regular coffee drinker who loves getting your 10th cup free, I’m betting you will love these terribly fabulous DIY Printable Chore Cards by My Sweet Swirls on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mysweetswirls).

Do your chores, get a punch (so to speak). Get 12 punches, get a surprise (which might be a big bubble bath, a book, favourite dinner, a toy – whatever ‘currency’ works for your kid).

They also have them for toddlers who stay in bed at bedtime or naptime! Now THAT’s good thinkin’ … I’ve just purchased some for my boys so stay tuned for an update.

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post (none of mine are!) – just sharing fab stuff I have found.