Archives for the month of: April, 2019

Potty lid

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

Toilet Paper Tree

Wouldn’t your preschooler or cat 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” altogether.  Correct me if I am wrong, please.

In a few days we’ll be leaving behind Dónde está el baño? and will be visiting Australia.  We self-educated ourselves on a very important detail. Lesson learned: if a bath or shower is not needed, ask for the toilet, restroom, loo, john, dunny or thunderbox.  However the 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

Surely you can help us add to the list.

 

Up the Wall…. but where are the ropes and harness?

REI take a look at this Alice In Wonderland-inspired climbing wall located in Toyko’s posh Omotesando Shopping Center.

Notice the unusual elements such as baroque picture frames, mirrors, deer heads, birdcages, and flower vases as grappling fixtures which forces fitness to juxtapose with style.

This wall caught our attention while studying plans for mini climbing walls for young children.

 

What do you think about this one?

Hey Buddy! Could You Lend Me a Hand.

This handy Science Saturday’s experiment is from Preschool Bowl and we found to be quite fascinating and easy to do.

You can learn about safe acids and bases you have around the kitchen.  What combination bubbles the most?  What combination fills the glove the fastest?  Common acids include vinegar, pickle juice, lemons, and lemonade.  Common bases include baking soda and antacids.  Baking powder and Alka Seltzer have both an acid and a base that mix when the powder/tablet dissolves.

Supplies:
gloves
water bottle(s)
tape
vinegar
baking soda

Procedure:
1.  Carefully tie the fingers of the glove into a loose knot.
2.  Let your preschooler spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda inside the glove.
3.  Fill the bottle about 1/3 full of vinegar.
4.  Without letting the baking soda fall in the bottle, tape the glove to the opening of the bottle.  Make sure the connection between the glove and the bottle is air-tight!  Use your helpers to make this part easy!
5.  Let your child dump the baking soda into the bottle, and watch the “magic!”

** Put your bottle in a tub or near the sink to catch any spills! **

Explanation:
When baking soda (a base) and vinegar (an acid) touch each other, they react and make carbon dioxide.  Carbon dioxide is a gas that bubbles up the bottle and fills the glove.

Black Jack Chewing Gum: A Longtime Favorite

Thomas Adams, Sr. introduced Black Jack gum, the first manufactured, flavored chewing gum, in 1870.

One 1928 magazine advertisement states, “After smoking, have a stick of Black Jack!  The licorice in this quality gum soothes the throat and freshens the mouth.  The world’s most popular licorice flavored gum.”

Adam’s Black Jack gum has been a favorite of gum lovers for decades. In fact, Black Jack gum is one of the oldest chewing gums in America. Inventor Thomas Adams used his patented gum-making machine to manufacture Black Jack Gum. By adding licorice flavor to his previously plain tasting chewing gum, Adams created and an instant hit with Black Jack Gum. Black Jack Gum sold well right up to the 1970’s. Since then it has been available only on a limited basis every few years.

Sporadically, and on a schedule, we have yet to understand, small batches of the Adams line are produced.  It is common for these limited runs to sell out quickly.

Two From One. That familiar split reminds me of my grandfather who always broke a stick of gum in half to share, just like the picture.

Black Jack Gum: That Familiar Licorice Taste

Black Jack Gum is a favorite among licorice lovers. Each stick of Black Jack Gum bursts with that pleasant and familiar licorice taste. Licorice lovers in the United States and abroad know that Black Jack Gum provides a lasting licorice taste that they have.

 

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Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On the Bedpost Overnight?

How about the chewing gum stuck under the table? Yuck, who would do that?

Our Hit Parade retro Formica dinette sets always arrive gumless.

It will be your “Lucky Day” when you bring our classic Hit Parade Dinette Set into your home. Hairpin legs and a double tubular chrome edge will surely put this one on the top of your charts. They’re back in production, using vintage plans pulled from the archives. Available for you to enjoy in the new millennium. Commercial quality too!

Over the years many an egg salad sandwich has been found in our school lunch boxes.  Now, this cute Eggheads project will make use of a few left-over eggshells; re-purposing of both the eggshells and egg cartons – yay! Nurture Store inspired us and in just a few days there is a bonus of cress that can be added to your next batch of egg salad.

We have also used grass seed for this project with great success.

Thank you Nurture Store for this great idea! For detailed instructions, pop on over to their website.

slam_dunk_twin_loft_bed

Final Four Fans! Here’s a Slam Dunk just for you. Shoot a few hoops before you head to bed. Check out our Slam Dunk Bunk and take 15% OFF this week.

So you’re not a basketball fan? Check out all of the other fun theme beds.
They are all on sale too!

 

basketball_swivel_chair_and_ottoman

Celebrate your win when you surprise your little fan with this basketball chair and ottoman.