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Tattly

Who among us has not at one time or another worn a temporary tattoo? I mean come on, they are so much fun. But to be honest, most times they are some crappy clip art nonsense that is more ironic than actually cool. Swiss Miss has saved us from the mundane and given us some temporary tattoo that are actually cool! I personally am very bummed that Knucks is sold out. Come on Tina, give us more Knucks! Pretty please with sugar? Well in the meantime this one has a message I just can’t argue with and can’t we all use a reminder to focus on the important things in life.

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Water Water Everywhere

For whatever reason I just don’t enjoy drinking water. When I was younger I would often get dehydration headaches, that is how much I am not fond of drinking it. And if I am going to drink it plain it has to be cold. Really cold. Glass full of ice type cold. Usually I make it into seltzer and more often than not add a splash of juice (or more than a splash if you must know). It was like this Wikihow post via Lifehacker was written for me. I have tried the lemon, so maybe what I need to do it rethink how I think about water. Flushing toxins sounds good, or maybe I will have to trick myself into drinking more. Boy do I love the taste of water! Hmmm, this may take a while.

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April Showers

April is upon us and that means umbrella season. You could of course be one of the many contributing to the sea of boring black umbrellas but a friend once pointed out that a lighter color umbrella will make you feel less like there is a dark cloud above you. How much better would it be to have an umbrella that was not only light in color but had a lovely pattern. Your favorite pattern even. Usually these types of umbrellas are pretty spendy and you may find a pattern you like, you may not. Well get ready to have the most amazingly perfect umbrella on the block. Jessica from Me Sew Crazy has posted a wonderful tutorial with lots of pictures. Bring on those showers April, I am ready!

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Where Am I??

Oh hi! You are still checking in? You are probably wondering about the radio silence. Well since my last post my little girl made her official debut! I talk about it here if you are interested. I am finally figuring out how to get some sleep so I am hoping to get back to rambling on soon. Thanks for sticking with me!

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Mini Fridge Makeover

This summer M&I spent a few weekends in our little 10×10 country retreat, although in my current condition, my time was mostly spent at the pool which left M to toil away on projects. I say toil, but he loves to get his hands dirty so it is isn’t exactly a hardship for him. We have things set up so that it is quite comfortable to spend the weekend. We have a few pieces like a mini fridge that were handed down to us and we have talked about painting it but haven’t gotten around to yet. This great project by Apartment Therapy reader Sarah has me inspired to finally get the job done. So simple and inexpensive but what a difference! I love chalkboard paint and what a great way to write little notes and reminders to ourselves without having to scrounge around for paper. Soon it will be a little too chilly to stay in the cabin so this project may have to wait until next season.

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Piggy Power

Each year when we are choosing our charity gift donations for Christmas M&I talk about what we think would be good ways to encourage charitable giving in our children. While we had some ideas, none were as elegant as Piggy. This set of nesting momma (for personal savings) and baby (for charitable savings) piggies become a visual reminder to set aside a little bit of what we get for those less fortunate. Thankfully there is no need to take a hammer to these cuties. Once the banks are full there is a rubber stopper on the bottom to access funds. I have a weakness for pig shaped things and I find these to be especially adorable but I love the idea of choosing a cause that my little one can get behind.

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Making Room for Baby

Some days my mind is on one thing and one thing only. Baby. Apparently there is a lot of stuff you need (as well as lots of adorable stuff you really don’t) out there that I would like to blog about. I could just start posting the baby related stuff here, but that just didn’t feel right. So I started a new blog. If you want to see what nursery decor, stroller, crib, etc is catching my eye you can head over to Making Room for Baby. Or not. I leave it up to you dear reader.

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CORN!!

I love corn. I love it on the cob, I love it in tortilla form, I love posole, I love corn bread, I am not a fan of polenta oddly enough, but I digress. A few years ago a nutritionist told me what I already knew in my heart of hearts, corn doesn’t like me. Now that we are part of a CSA we have been getting ears of corn. I figured half a cob isn’t going to hurt me and guess what, it didn’t. So then I decided to try some corn chips with guacamole, again feeling fine. Well a few more corn chips and ears of corn later it turns out corn still doesn’t like me. And the sweetest corn of all, NJ Silver Queen, is still to come. All you Star Trek geeks out there, I am going to need a little help from Bill Shatner to properly vent my frustration. If you are going to go ahead and pretend you aren’t a Star Trek geek see what I am talking about.

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Storm King

Photo courtesy of Jay Erikson’s photostream

For approximately 8 1/2 of the last 9 years M&I have talked about going to Storm King. As we speed down the Thruway weekend after weekend catching a peek of the sculptures through the trees we inevitably mumble about how we really need to go. Finally the day has come. Saturday the weather was absolutely perfect, low humidity, not too terribly hot, basically the perfect day to get lost and see some art. After a lazy morning and more traffic than either of us care to remember (did everyone in NY have the idea to get out of the city at the same time?!) we arrived at the park at around 3pm. This actually turned out to be a happy accident. We missed the hottest part of the day and we were in prime shadow time. With me being a little more encumbered than usual (hey, I am walking for two here!) we took it very slow and there was lots of time admiring the conveniently placed benches up close. We walked as much as we could, hopped on the free tram for a bit, walked some more, and hopped on the tram. At times it felt like we were the only ones in the park, surprised to find huge sculptures hiding among the trees, unseen by those who decided to stick on the tram. Getting close to the beautiful meandering stone wall that is lovely for both the way it meanders between each tree in its path and the amazing craftsmanship of a bygone era. Appreciating the deliberate way each rivet and fin provide form and function to Calder’s impossible giants. We felt very small in the huge open fields standing next to hulking pieces of steel. We decided that next year we may have to get a season pass so we can stop and enjoy more often.