Archives for the month of: January, 2017

skip-the-cleaning

Now this is my kind of holiday. Don’t clean or luck will run away. It’s a Chinese custom not to clean the house during the first few days of the Chinese New Year. It is  believed that cleaning wipes away all the good luck, fortune and money. They throw away all the brushes, brooms and dust collectors. Who else could handle this custom? Okay, I know what some of you in our office are thinking, “we should be very very lucky in this year of the rooster”.

cleaning-set

We’ve got what you need when you are ready get back to cleaning again. Start the little ones off with this life like child size cleaning set.

teaching-kids-chores

While we are on the subject, The Clean and Organized Family Home has 11 Rules for teaching kids household chores that you might find helpful. Like doing chores together, limiting chores to 30 minutes, don’t nit pick and focus on big picture goals.

You know what they say: “many hands make light work.” Even eager little hands.

 

happy-new-year

Happy Chinese New Year 2017! The Year of the Rooster.

 

 

Potty lid

In a perfect world everyone could read the eye chart and follow directions. PLEASE!

Toilet Paper Tree

Wouldn’t your preschooler have fun with this toilet paper holder tree?

College Fund

Did you know your bathroom contains a hidden college fund?  These cardboard rolls appear to actually be a real commodity!

Reality

So, if you can’t beat’em… or is it, why not apply reverse psychology?

Did you know that “bathroom” is American speak and our Canadian neighbors prefer “washroom”. It seems to me that North Americans unlike much of the rest of the world tend to avoid the word “toilet” all together.  Correct me if I am wrong, please.

Heading south of the border for Spring Break? A handy phrase to take along is: Dónde está el baño? Visiting Australia?  Another quick and helpful lesson for you: if a bath or shower is not needed, ask for the toilet, restroom, loo, john, dunny or thunderbox.  However toilet or loo they say is most preferred in more polite society. 

POTTY TALK CONTINUED

What’s in a name?  Roto-Rooter lists 101, and please, let’s not talk about what’s in this name.

1 Banheiro

2 Banjoja

3 Bañu

4 Bean-Jacks

5 Big White Phone

6 Biffy

7 Bog

8 Bowl

9 Can

10 Cesso

11 Cèsuŏ

12 Chamber Pot

13 Chiottes

14 Choo

15 Chunder Box

16 Cloakroom

17 Coalfabias

18 Comfort Room

19 Comfort Station

20 Commode

21 Convenience

22 Cloakroom

23 CR

24 Crapper

25 Crane

26 The Dunny

27 Dunnekin

28 El Baño

29 Facilities

30 Forakers

31 Gabinetto

32 Garderobe

33 Gardyloo

34 God  of Abraham

35 Head

36 Hopper

37 House of Ease

38 House of Office

39 Huuschen

40 Il Bagno

41 Jakes

42 Jax

43 Jericho

44 Jerry

45 John

46 Johnny House

47 Karsy

48 Kamot

49 Khazi

50 Latrine

51 Lav

52 Lavatory

53 Lavvy

54 Little Boys Room

55 Little Girls Room

56 London

57 Loo

58 Long Drop

59 Necessarium

60 Necessary

61 Netty

62 Outhouse

63 Oval  Office

64 Pan

65 Porcelain Throne

66 Porcelain God

67 Po

68 Pool

69 Pot

70 Potty

71 Powder room

72 Place of easement

73 Privy

74 Reading Room

75 Restroom

76 El Retrete

77 Sanitarios

78 Seat

79 Los Servicios

80 Small house

81 Stool

82 S̄uk̄hā

83 Swanie

84 Thunder Mug

85 Thunder Box

86 Toilet

87 Toilette

88 Tualet

89 The Bogs

90 The Gents

91 The Ladies

92 The Office

93 The Smallest Room

94 Throne

95 Throne Room

96 Toire

97 The Vin

98 W.C.

99 Wash room

100 Water Closet

101 White Hart Room

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys would like some help. Who can help us add to the list?

stick-arrow

Our annual Valentine’s Party is not too far off. Each year we try to have some fresh new favors for our little guests. This time the top of our list is a few non candy favors. These cute stick arrows look like an easy make together for slightly older kids. The Home Work blog offers instructions for this this craft. Hop on over to learn how. We plan on kicking it up a notch by using these stick pencils from trees4thewood on Etsy.

twg-pencils

Valentine You Rock My World….

valentine-you-rock

Kara over at Mine for the Making inspired us with her painted rocks for our Valentines Party 2017. Plus, she also has the printables making the rocks perfect Valentines for your friends.

painted-rocks

All you need for this project is small rocks, craft paint, paint brushes, and paint pens and a coat of clear spray paint. Everyone in the family can show off their creativity. Rock on….

pretty-hearts

Then if you wish to get fancy, how about these artful rocks?

bee-mine-stone

Not a DIY’er? No problem. Have a rock personalized by My Garden Rocks.

recycle-candy-heart-box

Here is an upcycle idea that we “LOVE”! Do not throw out – repurpose your empty Valentine Chocolate boxes for your kiddos teeny rock collection.

 

 

 

 

candy-canes-upcycled

With the exception of left over candy canes, our Christmas decorations are all neatly packed away for next year. Like always, there was a little over zealous purchasing in the candy cane department. Look what we are doing with slightly over a dozen of those peppermint-y seasonal sweet sticks.

Sprinkle Some Sunshine has a “sweet” pictorial on how to upcycle candy canes if you too have some left overs. All you need are of course the candy canes, 6″ lollipop sticks
1 cup white candy coating, like CandiQuik and sprinkles. Another Recipe for Fun.

Now you have a jump start on Valentine’s Day. Yay!

Boy with Walkman

Flashback Friday and here is a blast from the past. Who had one of these?

The first Sony Walkman turns 38 this year and for kids of today the Walkman is shelved somewhere with dinosaur bones.  We do need to credit the Walkman for changing the way people would experience music; allowing them to carry music with them and listen through lightweight headphones.

Sony tapes

For those of you not around in the 80’s, the Walkman was one of the first truly mass-market personal consumer electronics and you “just had to have one!”  Plus you needed stacks of Sony cassettes loaded your favorite tunes. Cassettes, by the way are the items displayed in the girls hand. With these cassettes you could buy your favorite music loaded on them, but best ever was you were able to record your own. If you care to learn more technical info pop over here: How Tape Recorders Work.

Now music on the move had arrived. They were pocket sized devices for folks with over sized pocketbooks. The price tag at the time was around $300.00.  That was a lot of allowance money.

Pictured at the top of the page is Scott Campbell who a few years back swapped his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  BBC News Magazine did a piece on his reaction. Scott’s reaction and accounting may surprise you, or maybe not.

Portable radio

Can you even imagine a time before the Walkman that this was music on the move: a portable radio?