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Monday, April 23, 2012

And We're Off (Almost) on our Roadtrip to NYC

Uncle Andrew braved the snow blizzard (we got 3" inches last night and lost power for 1.5 hours, yes, on April 23) and arrived safe and sound today. Here are some pictures in the late afternoon (most of the snow has melted and there’s still tons!).

He's here because all of us are leaving tomorrow for four days in New York. It will be the first time for the kids and I. Bucephalus is ready to go and we’re (not even close to being) packed. Our plans are a secret (even to Ed) who is coordinating our activities.

As for last week, on Friday, we took Uncle Eric to the Five Star for his birthday. He enjoyed the Veal Parmagiana and the kids ate (the family favourite) Smoked Meat on Rye, yum! Unfortunately, when they weren’t eating, they were total crappers. As in everyone was staring and talking about how misbehaved they were. Good news was that there was a huge radius of empty chairs around us so no one got hit with anything (and everything). Sigh, I thought misbehaved kids were products of poor parenting. Something that would never happen to our kids (smile). How did this happen? They’ve been so good for the past 2 years, 4 months and now not so much (I'm being kind).

As for toilet training, I've spent more time in the bathroom the past five days than my entire life. Love the renovations! Max is 6 for 6 (in straight days) on going number 1 on the toilet.

The Ottawa Senators are playing the New York Rangers (in Ottawa) tonight. The Sens are up 3-2 in the series (and were not originally the favourites, in fact, Andrew tells me that people didn’t even think they’d get into the playoffs). Why am I telling you this? Well, because if they lose tonight, Game 7 is in New York, on Wednesday night. If that's the case, Andrew and I plan on going to the game. Here's hoping that they lose tonight!

Until Friday...

Besos, The Zoo

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Making Millions and Being Naked (not at the same time)

As you're well aware, I'm really into DIY and Crafting right now.

Today, I created something truly unique. I call it the "Slinky Flower". I'm patenting it so please give me credit when you blog/pin/facebook/tweet and just generally share it around the world.

To do this project, you will need:

  • One willing child. Although an unwilling one will probably also work (results cannot be guaranteed),
  • One slinky. Preferably not a family heirloom as this thing will never function as intended again.
  1. Take a slinky and at your child’s request, wrap it around their midriff. I did it three times but four times would probably work as well.
  2. Take some pictures.
  3. Write a blog post about your brilliance. Note do not leave child unattended.
  4. When said child gets sick of your "project". Tell them to "step out of it"
  5. Voila. Enjoy your Slinky Flower for Minutes to Come! That is until your other child takes it apart.

You know those old Slinky commercials from the 60's and 70's.

Is this an example of pulling a fast one on me genius advertising or could you get them to do that?

Last night for dinner, Artemis ate ketchup. Not a lot of ketchup with some grilled cheese but ketchup, straight up. This morning for breakfast, Artemis ate (half a tub) of peanut butter. Not on bread but straight up. Luckily, Shoppers has it on sale this week for $4.49 a tub. Based upon my calculations, the two tubs I bought (with the $10 free card that Nanna gave me, thanks Nanna), should last me for two days. Make that 1.25 as Max just grabbed a spoon and is also sitting down for a feast.

This morning when I I released the hounds opened the kids door I was greeted by a "sleepover" on the floor (the kids must have read my blog post). They'd taken their mattresses off and were sleeping on the floor. I often find them sleeping with each other (totally adorable).

But that's not the end of the story, or even the point. Did I mention that they were t.o.t.a.l.l.y.n.a.k.e.d. I know that we’ve thrown around the word before and it has always meant that they had a diaper on but this time they were t.o.t.a.l.l.y.n.a.k.e.d. Great.

Thankfully, they’ve both started actively toilet training.

Besos, The Zoo

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Can you Believe Someone is Turning Another Year Younger

In honour of someone turning another year younger (I don't feel a day over 28), my day has already included the following;
  • Waking up to the phone ringing,
  • Looking out the window and seeing the sun shining (although totally deceptive because it's only 5 degrees Celsius outside),
  • A visit from Uncle Eric complete with a dozen of my favourite peanut butter cookies. In 2010, he brought five dozen and I ate them in less than 24 hours. My excuse, I was pumping (and producing almost 2 litres of milk) so I needed the energy. I think I’m still working off those five dozen...

  • Breakfast in bed, cooked by me and eaten by the kids. I'm starving,
  • Call/email/visit/smokescreen from everyone that loves me. In other words, if I didn't hear from you, you don’t love me. That’s okay, with my advanced age, I’ve forgotten already.

It was going to be a pajama day (and will be for me) but then I realized that you would want to see pictures so I thought that I would ply you with cute ones of the kids and hope that you didn’t realize there weren’t any current ones of me (let’s be real, that’s so not why you stop by anyways).

For those of you that live in Toronto or are chock full of useless information, you’ll probably know about the "Moose in the City". We’re starting our own tradition around here. Check back later (could be daily, weekly, monthly, we’ll have to see) for the next installment of "What’s Alexander Wearing Today?"

Thankfully, the heating is still on in the house or Max might be cold in his dress t-shirt but he’ll do anything for his mother’s birthday for the sake of style. This was the best picture that I could get as he didn't stop moving (a regular occurrence). Love my boys in ties.

Yes, Artemis’ clip and hair elastic (!) match her outfit. As for the leggings. Let’s just say that I have a pair in maroon (and yellow, and white and ...) but she wanted to wear these ones. The dress has beautiful embroidery all around the bottom.

Looking forward to having Ed home tonight.

Hope your day was as special as mine.

P.S. We’ve been seeing “this look” a lot lately. Are we ever in trouble...

After hitting "post", I thought that it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane so I dusted off the box of pictures that Nanna gave me (my parents were so good about taking, developing and labelling pictures) and picked a few.

The first few are of the early years. On the left, I'm around 4-5 months. Not sure if my parents had this taken or if it came with me. The top right one is my 2nd birthday at Millwood. My Gram-o is also in the picture (Poppa’s Mother). In the last one, I look about three. Not sure where the picture was taken.

In these pictures, I'm probably 10. It's definitely after my 9th birthday because my ears are pierced (a present for my 9th birthday that even my mother didn’t know she was giving me, another story in itself). Note the location of my middle finger (I was such a cheekie little thing back then). The other one was of my birthday party at the Granite Club. I’m pretty sure that this picture captures me rolling a gutter ball getting a strike! History is how we remember it.

Lastly, isn’t this a cute picture of me and my girlfriends having a sleepover in the den for my 12th birthday. Note my teddy bear Cuddles in the picture (still have her). We're all engrossed in watching the new movie release that my mother got us. You remember, the one with the up and coming star Tom Cruise, Risky Business. Yes, you read that correctly, tweens watching Risky Business (even today, at my ripe old age, just thinking of the subway scene makes me blush). Nowadays there must be a law against that. To her defence, Nanna (probably to this day) has no idea what the movie was about.

In order to be considerate to Amy all my American readers, 5 degrees Celsius is 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Besos, The Zoo

Monday, April 16, 2012

Quiet Time is Anything But Quiet at The Zoo

Just as I was thinking to myself, "self, what am I going to bore amuse my readers with today", I walked in on this... Quiet Time at The Zoo.

You can't see their full destruction creativity from my (crappy) picture but everything within reach (including those accessible by standing on diaper boxes) was stuffed, placed, thrown and/or worn. Within three minutes, it was all over.

Obviously someone isn't aware of the weather outside.

I just got an email from Ed in the Calgary airport (he at 5am for Edmonton), poor guy, there's snow on the ground where he is and the thermometer in the "ladybug infested canoe room" reads 25 degrees.

Speaking of ladybugs, each fall, all the ladybugs in the entire world hibernate in our canoe room. In the spring, they wake up and try to escape out our screened windows. After four years, we still haven't figured out how to avoid the hibrernation and/or successfully eliminate them automatically aide them on their way in the big, wide world. In turn, this afternoons activity was capturing each.and.every.single.ladybug in the entire world and releasing them outside.

Besos, The Zoo

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The "Tell Me This Happens to Everyone" Bead Debacle of 2012.

Before we left for Mexico, I bought a package of kid's beads (from Lazarus House). You know the colourful, oversized ones that have holes big enough to dig to China thread onto shoelaces. At the time, I thought that the kids would be too young for them (they’d just turned two) but was I ever surprised. In Mexico, they played with and asked for them

The Kids Stringing Beads

When we got back from Mexico and they asked for them again (I'd purposely left the set in Mexico as I don't like to bring stuff back), I came up with a quick and temporary alternative to keep them happy (I raided my button stash, yes, I have a lot of "stashes").

Was I ever pleased the following week to find another few sets at Lazarus House (as the buttons weren't as popular as the beads). So, we resumed our daily ritual of throwing the beads everywhere sorting them into different colours, shapes and sizes and doing some stringing too. I love that there are so many ways to play with beads (toys) if you just think outside of the box. In addition, they can generally keep their attention for close to 30 minutes.

Maximilian putting beads on shoelaces One day, while I was creating a blog post alone with the kids (Ed was in Ottawa on business), Artemis tapped me on the arm and said "beads in nose". I shrugged her off reminded her that we don't "put beads in our nose" and went back to my "work". A few seconds later, she tapped me on the arm again (she hadn’t moved) and told me the same thing "beads in nose". I took a second to process what she was saying and realized that she had in fact put beads up her nose. I immediately had visions of a hospital visit, however, I calmly stated "oh, I see that you have put beads up each nostril, well, we'll just have to get those out".

I won't let you in on my secret method but I managed to remove them (without pushing them in further, thankfully). Afterwards, Artemis just went on her merry way oblivious to the crisis averted while leaving me shaking in a puddle of shock.

Artemis before putting beads up her nose Needless to say, I removed the really small ones (they weren't in the original pack that we took to Mexico) and all has been fine since.

P.S. Yes, I'm a fan of the word "Debacle".

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Friday, April 13, 2012

A Creative and Heartfelt Tea Party for Three

Since we've been back from Mexico, The Kids have been having regular tea parties... for three.

On a daily basis, they have been asking for Alexander's picture and involving him in their play.

Alexander (or "Allie Bear" as Artemis calls him, named after the bear that Nanna wears around her neck) is so involved that he has meals with us (he's now covered in eggs and peas that Artemis constantly tries to feed him), is fought over and sometimes teased.

Yesterday, I had to remind the kids to be nice to their brother because Artemis had rolled him up into a ball and Max had thrown him in the garbage. Not the kind of Sibling Rivalry that I imagined but we're no typical Zoo.

In the morning they say "hi" to him and in the evening give him a kiss before bed. Totally adorable.

My kids probably think that everyone has a brother that sits in a picture frame on his own shelf.

Besos, The Zoo

What Winnings are in The Zoo's Mailbox #1? {Canadian}

Now for our first latest installment of "What's in The Zoo's Mailbox". Besides the usual menagerie of bills and people trying to sell us homes (silly them, we already have a house) so far this week we received the following four items.

1. Splash N' Boots ~ Act Two DVD

There's no secret that the big purple dinosaur reigned supreme (past tense) in this house (not so in these people's homes). But there might just be a new Sheriff in town (as far as I'm concerned). Who am I talking about you ask? Well, the trio of "Splash N’ Boots", herein referred to as "Splash", "Boots" and their dog "Lily".

Splash Boots Canadian Children Music
As part of my extracurricular activities, I won their latest DVD, "Act Two".

Initially, I was under the impression that I had won a Children's DVD. However, I started to question what this DVD was all about after reading the cover. You see, it kept mentioning how "hilarious" it was so I thought that it must be a comedy (for adults) because what kid's movies are called hilarious and have a warning that it "May cause laughing..."? Turns out I was right on both fronts (Once I thought that I was wrong...).

This was the "funniest, made my smile hurt and left me laughing through my tears" kid’s movie I have ever seen or even thought existed. Yes, it was that funny. It could have been because I watched it on my new 47" LED TV (had to get that in somehow, smile) but most likely it was because (just like the cover says) it was...

"A Whole Lot of Awesome".

I'm not sure what age their intended audience is but I'm pretty sure that it’s older than two. Don't get me wrong, the kids were stuck to the TV like two drooling dogs to a bone but I know that they didn't get most of the humour. Like the Chinley's and Fruit Explosion skits which are absolutely brilliant. I'm pretty sure that all the songs are their own and they fit the skits perfectly (as opposed to the skits fitting the songs). A really creative pair.

No matter, Artemis spent the entire time looking for scenes with Lily the Dog, herein referred to as "My Dog" and Max loved all the music especially the scene where a young boy (maybe 5 or 6, I'm not good with ages) was playing the drums like a pro. I'm sure that in no time at all they'll be yelling "Shish Kabob" and singing/dancing to the music.

By my estimate, the movie was around one hour long which is just perfect because right around the 55 minute mark was when the kids were done. The last skit, "Fransico Fransico" had me scratching my head. Not in a bad way just in a "what were they going for" way as the skit is all about toilets. So, in order to be true to my readership and integrity (I can totally be bought, smile), I sent them an email asking just that.

This morning, I received the following reply from Splash...

"...Really appreciate you posting the review on your blog (which I was really enjoying this morning). We are 100% independent (no labels, distribution, financial backing etc. so word of mouth has been our fuel since we started full-time 7 years ago.

Now to answer your question. We were also wondering what we were going for after we saw the final cut of the Toilet Skit. HA. The idea came from listening to my nephew talk about his latest obsession/new funny word "Toilets". From there we came up with a concept of what it would look like to put toilets in different rooms of the house. As random of an idea as it was it seemed to somehow fit the "Saturday Night Live for Kids" vibe this DVD had taken. Hope that sheds some light on the situation :)

Thanks again! Send us your address and we will send you Act 1. (Be warned this was made 4 years ago with zero budget and mostly filmed in my dad's chicken barn).

Hope you can catch a show sometime :)"

Splash hit the nail on the head when he wrote "Saturday Night Live for Kids Vibe". Couldn’t have said it better myself. For the sake of integrity (again, I can totally be bought), I should mention that in my email to them, I might have totally begged mentioned that I would like to have Act One. Chicken barn + Splash N' Boots = More Awesomeness! I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I haven’t been this excited since I found that FPC for Nordica Cottage Cheese (Google it, I think that it’s still available). I need to get out more.

In closing, in my opinion, this is exactly what the Children’s movie scene needs. The icing on the cake is that they’re Canadian (from Toronto).

I love heart Canada Canada.

You can see what they’re all about on their website ( which amongst many things includes their Show Schedule and Free MP3 Download. I would definitely be interested in attending a show but I think that I’ll leave the kids at home.

Looking forward to having this on replay for many years to come. Thanks for your generous gift(s) Splash N' Boots!

2. Zaida Baby First Keepsake

Now, if you are related and/or know me and are planning on having a child, act surprised when I give this to you. Or, try not to look disappointed when I hand you a Geranium. Allergic to flowers? All is not lost because you or someone who loves you (more than me, smile) can buy you one of these.

When I opened the envelope, it was evident (even from the packaging) that Zaida Baby cared; about their product and their clients. The keepsake came in a protective bubble envelope and was wrapped in red tissue paper, with a white satin ribbon and customized "Zaida Baby" sticker. It also came with an overview handout. A really formal presentation.

Zaida baby First Keepsake Book
An excerpt from their website under "15 Reasons to Love My First Keepsake" reads, "It's one-of-a-kind! Zaida Baby - My First Keepsake is in a class of its own! It is the first baby book to include a storybook for your belly. The first 95 pages of this keepsake begin your journey of positive pregnancy."

While you'll have to wait for the arrival of your child to see pictures of the journal (because I don’t want to ruin the surprise), I can tell you that I'm really excited to gift it to one of you!

I don't know what it is with me and winning contests from Canadian hosts (I won yet another one yesterday) but Zaida Baby is Canadian (Burlington, Ontario). Did I mention that...

Canadians Rock!

3. LeeLee Labels

In my obsession flare for entering contests, I've focused on a few areas in which I'd like to win. 1. A Tablet/Kindle Fire/Kindle, 2. All Things Kids, 3. Crafty Things, 4. Stationery (more on that below) and 5. Labels. Thinking of birthday gifts (I know you all are), feel free to pick something from the above list. Note that Staples is having a 20% off sale on tablets right now. In case you were wondering… But seriously, don’t buy me one because I'

Where was I?

If I’m anything like my mother, I like to be organized and labels fit the bill. What warms the cockles of my heart even more is Personalized Labels.

Yep, you guessed it, I won a Two Name Pack of personalized labels from LeeLee Labels.
Lee Labels Split Pack
Lee Labels Split Pack Closeup

What's great about this pack is that they split the order (54 labels per name in three different sizes) and let you have two names. How great is that!? The order process was really easy. You got to pick the font, background design, colour and if you wanted an icon or not. Even those not so computer savvy people could figure it out. We chose "The Zoo" and "The [My Last Name]'s" as we think that we’ll get the most use out of them this summer.

While they had tons of icons to choose from, and might have been able to accommodate me and/or even provided the service (I didn’t ask), I would have liked to have used my own "Zoo" logo.

The packaging is also worth mentioning. Ed and I were talking about all the uses for the clear plastic protective sleeve (that the labels came in) and their cardstock advertising in the front which can double as a bookmark (probably their intention as it has writing on the back). I always appreciate companies that try to “Reduce, Reuse or Recycle” their products, especially packaging which is an necessary evil.

Not to be fooled by false advertising (smile), I went around finding things to label and trying to test out their "claim" that the labels are Dishwasher, Laundry and Waterproof/UV resistant. After running their sippy cups through (on the top shelf of our new dishwasher), it appears that all is still in order. I’ll have to test their UV claim this summer (although I know that you don’t need sun to be affected by UV rays, you do need to venture outside to stick said labels to something and the weather has been less than stellar). Regardless, they have my seal of approval.

I’m looking forward to the next time (one has to think positively) when I’ll get some with each of the kid’s names on it.

4. Set of Four Notecards from Hans My Hedgehog
And last but not least (for this post anyways), I managed to add to my stationery obsession stash with this four pack from Hans My Hedgehog.

My Hedgehog Etsy Notecards

It was one joyous surprise after another.

The notecards had a long piece of white ribbon (tied in a bow) attached to them so as to keep the personalized notecard contained (more on that later). Of course I kept the ribbon for my craft stash.

The drawings were more detailed and "alive" than I remembered seeing in her Etsy shop. I originally thought that they were on white cardstock with yellow envelopes and wouldn’t have still had a rave review but it turns out that the notecards are mounted on yellow cardstock (I love yellow). It really makes them popout.

But let’s forget about the notecards for a minute because it’s also about the envelopes. As you can see from the picture (I don’t do them justice), they too have drawings on them. Let’s just say that if you receive an empty envelope, you won’t be disappointed.

It was really nice to receive a personalized, handwritten note from Jessica (on the beautiful kangaroo card). The kind of special touch that makes a company stand out.

I have a few people that I will be sending “thank you/you rock” notes to and I’m sending these. When all this beauty has been shared with others, I’ll definitely be checking out her "Zoo" themed ones.

If you’re looking for something with the "Wow" factor, check out her shop at: Hans My Hedgehog

Besos, The Zoo

Thursday, April 12, 2012

After the "I'm Cheap" Hair Debacle of 2011

After the Hair Debacle of 2011, I swore that I would never cut Max’s hair again.

(In order to build the drama factor, I won’t tell you that I cut his hair once in Mexico with no problems. In fact, he sat there quietly the whole time and afterwards cried because he wanted me to cut more. Enough said).

However, after looking at the Easter pictures, I couldn’t avoid it any longer. You see, this is much more than just cutting a few hairs on Max’s head. This action has historical significance.

It all began in the mid- 70’s. A mother who shall remain unnamed (starts with an “N” and ends with “anna”) thought that it would be cute to grow her son’s hair in a long bob. That was all fine and dandy until one day, their daughter decided to cut all her hair off (don’t worry, I'll bore you with the story later). Suddenly, people thought that the girl was the boy and vice versa. However, that’s not the point of the story because even if said girl hadn’t cut her hair, the boy’s “do” (more like a “don’t) would have still made you think “What was his Mother thinking?”

So, one day, I got up the courage to ask the mother exactly that. Her response, “I thought he looked cute”. Pretty near made me run and grab my scissors because that was exactly what I was thinking (about Max’s hair). If she could have been so delusional misguided, maybe I was too.

So, I did it. What I said I wouldn't do (there's a first time for everything). I cut his hair.

The before

and after...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The "I’m Giving Away Over $50* Free" Giveaway

Canadian Coupon Giveaway I could have titled this post many things like the "Poo or get off the Post" giveaway (I have to keep things "Dad" friendly) because it's taken me so long to get things ready or the "This is my First Giveaway So Go Easy on Me".

Instead, I thought that I'd deceive you make it really clear that I’m giving something away for free (legal note: nothing in life is free...).

On to the free part.

I am giving away a bunch of coupons from the following companies; A Mother’s Touch, Crest, Breathe Right, Gerber, Celestial Seasonings, Johnson’s, Similac, Slim Fast, McDonald's, Boursin, All Bran, Irish Spring, Affresh, Purina, Palmolive, Arm and Hammer, Oxy Clean, Tide, Disney and more totaling over $50CDN! Note that all the coupons listed do not state "non-transferable" and the stash includes an FPC worth over $7 (yes, I'm that nice)! Note: That I'll continue to add to the stash until April 30.

I could trade them but I'm too lazy so generous. The catch, I'd like you to help me out. Answer a couple of questions and/or show some love.

This giveaway is open to Anyone, however, I will only mail the coupons to a Canadian address. Now's your time to get in good with Aunt Mildred up in the Great White North! There is no mandatory, do whatever you want. Please leave one comment per response/action. Please provide your email address so that I can get in touch with you if you win.

Please sign in to your blog (so that I can follow you) but if you don’t have a blogger blog, feel free to comment as "Anonymous". If you don't want to post your name and/or email on the post, please pick a nickname (how do I know your name isn't Donald Duck) and send me an email so that I can get in touch with you if you win.

1. Who said/what's the origin behind "put your money where your mouth is"? Note that I am fully aware that only the first poor fool responder needs to technically answer the question and the rest of you may/will copy it. I'm fine with that (smile).
2. Why don't giveaway hosts and/or suppliers like to mail to PO boxes?
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P.S. Feel free to comment and not enter yourself in the contest. I know some of you are like that...

The coupons are valid only in Canada and expire from June 30, 2012 to July 31, 2013 so I’ll make the contest run until 11:59EDST on April 30. I will use the "Official Zoo Recognized Method" of randomly selecting the winner (a.k.a. Get Ed to pick a number). The sole person that enters this contest winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email. If they don't respond Ed will pick another number.

Note that The Zoo will be away from April 24-27,2012 so I will not be answering emails during this time. Check out future posts to see where we’re going/where we’ve been.

Sorry for the length of this post. Enter away. All constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.

Good Luck!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

The Kids First Easter Egg Hunt and Crafting Addictions

The kids first Easter egg hunt was a huge success!

They caught on after we showed them the first egg. Nanna was the mastermind and hid all the eggs where WE couldn't find them filled the eggs with blueberries, raisins and peanuts.

No, I don't offer them chocolate (they have had it) because I'm not always the best with making sure that they (read: I) brush their teeth.

Everyone got into the spirit.

After the hunt, Nanna had to go home. We were sad to see her go (note that the pictures do not reflect our sorrow). Thanks for all your help Nanna!

Next up, Uncle Andrew comes for a visit in two weeks and Poppa shortly thereafter.

I've been bitten by the Crafting and Spring Re-Arranging bug. Anyone know a cure?

Ed and I have "papers everywhere" (kind of like a new phrase that Artemis says only different, not sure where she learned that one...). Anyways, we have more papers than most because we're also running a business. In turn, most of the important papers get filed away only to be found three months after they are needed.

I found this tutorial and was all over this idea.

I went to where I store all my junk treasures (in the portable) and found this old mirror with beveled glass of my Nanna Betty’s (Nanna gave it to me).

I looked in my “wall of fabric” and found a great piece that would complement my red accent theme. I then went to Ed’s workshop for the metal and some assistance. Wouldn’t you know it, they don’t make things like they used to. When we turned over the mirror to remove the glass, we realized that they had installed a layer of galvanized steel to the back (we thought it would be cardboard, more on that in a minute). So, all we did was get out the hot air gun, scrape off the paint (on the back), spray a couple of coats of red paint, hang and voila! I know that it’s not exactly the same but it’s functional and that’s the important part.

On Thursday, while Nanna was babysitting the kids, Ed and I went into Ottawa for my bi-annual trip. Amongst other things (think Russian Caviar), we spent 2.5 tortuous glorious hours in Ikea and finished the bathroom transformation. It went from this…

to this...

To this.

Not to give away our secret but we purchased two Billy Bookcases and put them front to back. I think I just gave away our secret. We were really lucky because they were the perfect width so it almost looks like custom shelves (especially if you squint your eyes a ton).

We didn't install the piece of crap thin black cardboard backing. Instead, I cut a panel off, applied glow in the dark stickers to it that I got at Lazarus House (I'm going to buy more at Dollarama if they have them) and got an instant solar system!

My reasoning for doing it this way was because I'm all about keeping things simple. If we move (no plans yet), I can bring it with us (don’t tell Ed that I wrote that because he thinks that I travel with everything and the kitchen sink anyways) and/or I change my mind (never happens). All we have to do is remove three nails and poof. Sometimes the stickers are difficult to get off or the appliques are only one-time-use. Not easy. The black cardboard looks abit harsh against the soft yellow wall colour but my craftiness is not a perfected art (yet).

The other night, Teddy had a mysterious accident and this is how we found him in the morning.

Being the handy gal that I am (read above for proof), I just pulled out my trusty needle and thread (in my newly organized craft room, I'll save that for another post as I don't want to alienate my non-crafty readers) and sewed him back together, tight, like never coming back off again, ever. I swear that I checked to make sure that his LEG WAS ON THE RIGHT WAY (or is that the wrong way)!? Thankfully, Artemis hasn't realized the problem yet. That is until she reads this blog post…

Hope that you had a Happy Easter. We were thinking of you.