Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Back after a while!

Been around 6 months since my last post. Not that I didn't have ideas! I had a ton of them, but I just chose to ignore them out of laziness, lack of time and lack of energy.

A lot happened in the past 6 months. Between birthdays, guests, home, kids, more road-trips, and plans for a big vacation, life moved very fast!

Today's post is about a construction table I built for my kids. Like all little children, my kids love playing with blocks. We did not have a table sturdy enough to let them play with it. I wanted to buy some pretty looking construction tables, however they are so expensive that I didn't have the heart to spend so much money on something that will eventually be scribbled on by my 2 year old. After spending hours trying to find the perfect solution, I stumbled upon this picture. This gave me an idea to use some of the stuff at home, buy a little more stuff and build our own construction table!

Things I used:

  • IKEA Lack side table (already at hand)
  • Duck tape in 5 different colors
  • Brick building base plates - $21.95 from Amazon
What I did:

I placed the base plates on the table top. The table is a square table of sides measuring 21 5/8 inches. The base plates are squares of 10 inches each. So, all the 4 plates together fit quite well leaving about 1 5/8 inches on each edge. I stuck some green duck tape around the edges to make it all blend. 

Double Sided Tape for sticking the base plates

Then, I stuck the base plates with double sided tape and put some weights all over them to make sure they stick well. 

Next, I started covering the legs of the table with duck tape in different colors. one layer with each color. 

The Finished Product

The end product looks something like a table top placed on 4 stacks of blocks. Pretty neat! My kids love playing blocks on it!

The First Build on The table.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Road Trip!

So we decide to attend a family event in Charlotte, NC 5 days before the event. On top of that we decide to make a road trip out of it. Everyone who knows us thought we've lost it! To drive 1000+ miles one way with 2 young kids... We're almost towards the end of our onward journey and I decided to do a quick post with the things I did that worked out, and things that didn't work out so much.

Things that worked out-

1. Packed snacks and food that could feed 2 football teams! Definitely a win! We've not had to bother thinking about where to eat and what to eat with the amount of food that we packed.

2. Started the first leg of our trip after supper. We were able to drive 200 miles without a single stop since everyone was well fed and the kids slept through most of the drive.

3. Had a super heavy breakfast the next morning. That basically let us drive another 300+miles without having to make any stops until lunch time.

4. Picnic lunch at a rest area on the interstate! The kids were happy to have stretched their legs and run about while we were able to enjoy our meal.

5. Lots of videos on the iPads, tablets basically anything that would let us download a video. Now I was very sceptical about this step but I'm proud to say the kids watched just about 4-5 hours with of videos during the 15 +hrs that we've been on the road.

6. Little surprise gifts that 'Santa' decided to drop on their car seats when they were on a break from the drive. Since Christmas is almost here, we decided these little presents from Santa would keep the morale up and it worked quite well.

7. Coloring books, crayons, favorite toys, everything that brings a smile on the kids' faces. Definitely a plus!

Things that didn't quite work out-

1) we knew we had to expect rain but forgot to carry our umbrellas and raincoats

2) we should have planned slightly ahead and started a couple of hours before the time we actually started at. Now I know I listed it as a'thing that worked out' as well. But considering the overall distance is this huge, a little preplanning would not have hurt.

3) With a little more planning, packing would have been even better. We wouldn't have had to carry all the bags into the hotel room. Instead just one bag that held all our night clothes and next day dresses along with toiletries would have been good. Perhaps on the return trip.

Well for now, we're just about an hour away from our destination. The Mr and I are already discussing our next road trip with the kids. This time with a little more planning and lead time of course!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Of Making Life Simple

Have you ever felt like you're always on the run with never a free moment? What am I saying!? OF COURSE you have! Everyone does. Even my 3 year old (almost 4 year old) thinks she has no time for so many things like bathing, eating, sleeping because she has so many things like cooking in her little kitchen, playing non stop, daycare, arts, crafts to take care of. I am guilty as charged of that feeling every single hour of my awake time. 

Our family is no different from yours. Home cooked meals, school, family dinners, bed time stories, family times are all a major part of our lives and we strive hard to maintain the balance between our jobs and our personal life. Before you picture us as the quintessential happy family, please note that like everyone else we also feel the pressure when things get out of control, and we also have those off moments during such pressure times. 

I work full time from home, have a husband, 2 little kids and a brand new house filled with dreams and hopes of being completely decorated sometime soon. With cooking, laundry, cleaning, kids, work and a very busy husband, I sometimes feel like there is no life for me outside of these things. A friend asked me the other day if I ever feel overwhelmed and irritated with everything. Yes, I do and when I do, I simply make myself a cup of tea, kick off my shoes and cuddle up on the couch either reading a book or just staring at nothing. That either gives me the necessary relaxed mind or builds a list of another 10 chores that need to be taken care of coaxing me to get up from the couch and get started. 

Another mom friend recently suggested reading this book called Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. Every time I would complain about too much work, she would simply bring up the name of the book and urge me to read it. Finally taking her advice I started reading the book and it made so much difference in my way of thinking and raising my kids. 

We all want to raise happy healthy and confident children and want to give them everything that we can. But sometimes, are we going overboard with giving everything to our children? This book hits this point on the bull's eye. 

This blog is an attempt of mine to incorporate the lessons from this book in to my life and home. Its an attempt to document all learning and use it whenever things seem to be out of control and to motivate myself on achieving the goal of making the life in our house a simple and effective one. I will post parenting tips, recipes, organization tips that work for me, cleaning techniques that work for me and everything in between. 

This is also an attempt to keep all the tips and tricks handy for any future parents (my friends, family) and to remind them that these simple solutions worked for our family, might work for them too!