That’s TexasNorth for the more proper ‘project.’ Say what you will, but say it with a smile.
I am considering growing my hair out. Nothing drastic. It’s in a weird phase. I think it’s trying to tell me it’s tired of this particular style, shampoo, and lack of styling. Now, the growing-out phase of my very thick and very wavy hair is awkward for everyone around me, so I’m nervous. Just a little. I need a shape change, a length change, a something. Just a little bit. Please walk this road with me.
Super fun interest in the canning/preserving/homemade cookbook collection which still does not have a name. I’m excited! Yesterday I wasted all of precious Nap Time scouring canning blogs and websites. I found some great calendars and tips and book lists to include, so I think it will be fun. I’m still working on a template for the recipes, so hold your horses until I can decide if that’s going to make my life easier come compilation time or not. I’ll play with it this weekend.
It’s simply not possible to MAKE everything. Sometimes, and I’m just pretending here*, your kid claims the apron you made as her very own and your other kid pukes 2 quarts of questionable contents on said apron before you can say NO to the first child, clean up the 2nd child, and wrap the gift. Sometimes.
*That’s a lie. I am not pretending at all.
Our latest go-to gift has made my life and my conscience so. much. better. It’s cute, works for girls and boys, works for over and under age 30, can be made in your last 5 minutes of sanity.
Go to the camping aisle of your super-grocery mass-market mom-and-pop killer store. The aisle with all the coolers. Now, search for Igloo’s newest little cooler bags… cutie little insulated lunch bag things ($5). Choose one. Choose another for your child who is nearing a Destruction Mode BreakDown.
Continue on to the Children’s $1 aisle, game aisle, play dough aisle. Stock up. Add to your child’s bag as well. Go ahead. You’re not getting out of the store without putting things in her bag too, and you know it.
Think: play dough, bubbles, barrel of monkeys, deck of cards, silly putty, whoopie cushions, paddle ball, jacks, marbles, koosh balls, matchbox cars.
Tag the bag, and walk into the birthday party like a rock star.
Grab a plain tote bag from the Craft Aisle ($1.25).
Use some Heat -n- Bond from your last project and cut out a letter matching the birthday girl or boy’s name. Or, do initials. I don’t wanna tell you what to do.
Continue on to the Children’s aisle and fill as mentioned above in Option 1.
Say, “No. No, I didn’t make the bag, but I did personalize it for you… because that’s the kind of girl I am.” when your sweet little simple and inexpensive gift steals the show.
Shoot, fill up a couple of these bags and stash them in your closet for last-minute gifts. These are great “You’re 30- don’t forget to be a kid every once in a while!” or “You’re a big brother/big sister and I brought you something, too!” or “We’re going on a 500-Mile Road Trip” presents.