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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Getting Your Child to the Dentist…

The dentist….if you have children you too probably dread the thought of it! Anna is naturally such a shy girl, and I, personally, have always struggled as a result getting my daughter to go to the dentist. Then again, she’s just not very agreeable when it comes to being put on the spot for strangers, even getting her to agree to a hair cut took forever and the hairdresser is one of my friends!

I never put much thought into the dentist since she’s so young, and I didn’t deem it a very big deal. However, lately, Anna has been having trouble with some of her teeth and we have been needing to go a lot more often, and I really wanted to make it as easy as possible on her. After much consideration I came up with what seemed a great solution – the tooth fairy.

Tips for Visiting the Dentist @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Ever since Anna first learned about the tooth fairy she’s been asking when she’s going to come visit, and was even disappointed some mornings when “the tooth fairy hasn’t come yet!”. As a result, I decided to skip waiting for her to lose her first tooth and incorporate the tooth fairy for the dentist as well!

I started out by going to the dollar store and secretly purchasing a fairy wand. I then told Anna that when she went to the dentist, if she opened her mouth, the tooth fairy would be watching and would bring her a present that night for being so good to the dentist.

When the day arrived for our appointment I secretly brought the fairy wand with me, of which I was grateful, because when the assistant called for us to go to the room Anna dug in her heels and absolutely refused to budge, already on the verge of a meltdown! I then whipped out the fairy wand, stated the tooth fairy gave it to me to give her courage, and managed to convince her to come with me to see the dentist.

Sadly, no matter what I told her about the tooth fairy after that, she still refused to open her mouth, but at least I got her in the room which is a start. Hopefully next time we can get her to open up her mouth! If she does I plan on writing her a little note from the tooth fairy, and rolling it up with a quarter, which I’ll leave on her pillow when she’s asleep that night!

Have any of you had success with getting your young, particularly timid, children to the dentist? If not then hopefully my tactic will work for you! Let me know if you give it a try!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Fabulous New Throw Pillows

Welcome back everyone! Apologies for being MIA last week however we had a bit of a family emergency Tuesday/Wednesday and I just didn’t get the time to finish up this post and get it up in time! Luckily all is well now though so onwards we continue!

We have had the same sweater throw pillows on our couch ever since we moved in; I initially made them Christmas 2011 so it should be a crime that we were still using them longgg after winter was past, again, and again, and again. I had started out with great intentions to make new throw pillows for Summer and use my sweater ones for winter but that just never happened!

Lots of excuses piled up, we were renovating our living room so I wasn’t sure what I wanted the pillows to look like, then we finally decided but I had to find fabric, finally I had fabric but needed pillow forms, and then I ran out of excuses and simply needed time. (And now I needed extra time to write this post…sensing a common theme? I don’t get along well with throw pillows obviously!).

Without further ado I present our newest throw pillows which will probably be here to stay for a long while!

DIY Zipper Pillows @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

DIY Zipper Pillows @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Making these pillows was actually quite a synch; probably easier than putting up with my procrastination! They even have, gasp, zippers!! I have seen lots of those envelope fold pillows around but I like the idea of a pillow looking good both ways as ours frequently get tossed around so zipper was our only option although, to be honest, I have never sewed a zipper before in my life! My last pillows may have even been attached at the bottom via safety pins….*looks away in embarrassment* and yes, we still used them for like 3 years lol.

This time around however Charles refused to let me get away with safety pins, and I knew I’d want them to be able to be washed, so I set out to Pinterest to learn how to sew pillows with zippers!

I happened to stumble this amazing tutorial via Grace Bonney at Design*Sponge! I’m going to spare myself from writing this tutorial, and instead you can find the whole step by step ordeal, complete with detailed pictures, here.

So instead of sharing a tutorial, I’m just going to share some of my thoughts and experiences along the way. First off, cutting fabric. Am I the only one who wishes to call out for fabric cutting SOS? Seriously! It’s the part I dread the most, I measure and re-measure but they always seem to be off and I can’t cut straight if my life depended on it! I even recruited my daughter’s place mat to help me out but it was still by no means easy! Maybe one day I need one of those sewers place mats with all the measurements right on it. Does anyone have experience with those??? Seriously, any tips are immensely appreciated for making my life easier in this department!

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Luckily, after all my hair pulling and measurement mistakes my pillows still look pretty darn uniform in real life, thank god.

Once I got my fabric cut I trucked along ironing, and sewing, to the best of my abilities. The tutorial honestly lays it all out pretty easily, and once you get in the groove it really doesn’t take that long either thankfully! My only second largest issue was the seam ripping…this happened with about 3 of my pillows…

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Obviously I didn’t do something right!! Luckily I was just able to hand sew that bit together and you hardly notice the mishap, and they have held together just fine since then. We will see what happens when we put them through the wash!

Also let me make note….do not buy zippers before you know the size of your pillows!!!

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Shoving an 18” pillow into a 10” hole is not a good idea hahaha! Thankfully I’m stubborn and stuffed it in but I don’t think these pillows will be getting washed as often as I had planned lol.

Either way, now that they are sewn, and stuffed, and seams repaired, I couldn’t be happier with my new pillows! Not to mention getting rid of my old ones! Maybe one day I’ll make new sweater pillows, maybe, but for now those old ones are going in the trash!

It is truly exciting to see our living room starting to take shape and conform to our vision…it’s only taking a few years to do so, but one day, one day, it will be complete. We have even ordered in some curtains from Sears (yes, I gave up sewing those haha). Although while we ordered 2 panels, only one came in and the other one is back ordered…so yes, we have one curtain panel hanging in our living room at the moment because we are that impatient. I’ll make you wait for pictures though ;) Oh who am I kidding, here’s a sneak peak! Hopefully the other curtain comes in soon!

DIY Zipper Pillows @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Please share in the comments below any tips you have for cutting fabric, or any amusing mishaps you have suffered while sewing! I’m sure I can’t be the only one!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Before 30 Bucket List!

As I was sitting here today I was trying to come up with some inspiration as to what to write for a blog post…we are still waiting for our kitchen, and while over the next week I will be sewing some throw pillows, and Charles will be making a  large picture frame, I didn’t have any current posts to write about!

I was entertaining the idea of going back through old photos and seeing if there was anything I had not yet blogged about when I found myself chatting with my sister-in-law, Susi, about going shopping in Calgary and perusing some of the designer stores and “dreaming big” because I have this goal of getting a really nice, potentially designer, leather bag before I turn 30.

Boom! Inspiration! I have a short bucket list of things to do before I turn 30, and being that I will be 25 this year, I deemed it fitting to write it all down and share it with you, so here goes! In no particular order…

1) Complete a tough mudder! An 18-20km race riddled with both physically and mentally challenging obstacles? Not everyone’s cup of tea but I dream of the challenge! This year, in only 2 more short weeks, I am taking on my first 5k Spartan Race and while I may not have even completed it yet I already have the thirst for more!


Photo from and courtesy of www.toughmudder.com

2. Get Married – hah! Hopefully…every time I say I want to get married before 30 Charles just laughs at me and says “we’ll see”…he likes to keep me guessing, the jerk hahaha. This year our kitchen came first however and rightfully so ;)

3. Own a high quality, potentially designer, leather bag – Now that we have the two major ones out of the way how about some frivolity? There’s  just something about a “goes with everything”, timeless, leather bag that screams luxurious and grown up to me and I want to be a part of that club hahaha. I’m particularly loving Coach at the moment, however not those ones riddled with the logo, yikes (no offense to those who like them). I’m digging this one…the
Bleecker Sullivan Hobo in Pebbled Leather <3<3<3

Photo courtesy of Coach

4. Get drunk while camping – After one “grown up dream” how about a ridiculous childish one? Having grown up in the city we didn’t go camping much, and certainly not back in my wild teen days. I would love to one day go camping for the weekend, without children, and just drink, have a bonfire, and be slightly reckless ;)

5. Go on a girls vacation – I think it would be so much fun to get together with some of my best female friends and go on a vacation! Be it to somewhere beachy like Mexico or the Bahamas, or going to Las Vegas; some cocktails, shopping, and girl talk is definitely in store! It’s the things movies are made of right?

6. Have our house in decent shape – I dream of finally being able to have our attic done, our kitchen finished, and the kids bedrooms dry walled and painted. The bathroom, basement, and exterior can wait, but I do long for those listed. Then again, even just proper flooring would be nice compared to our plywood! Hahahaha.

7. Get my two other tattoos – At the moment I have two lilies on the inside of my left forearm, and a single snowflake on my right. I dream of expanding on that snowflake tattoo to make it as big as the one on my left. I also have some ridiculous Japanese writing on my left ankle that I want to cover up with a gorgeous owl tattoo!

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8. Be well on our way to retiring at 40! – This is a running “joke” with Charles and I and yet we also mean it with dead seriousness. We really do dream of “retiring” at 40; not necessarily doing nothing for the rest of our lives, but being in a position where we are financially set up and stable that we no longer have to “go to work”, do the 9-5, etc. Whether it be Charles having his own business with construction that he just has to occasionally supervise, or even if our spa business builds up it’s clientele and employees so we also just have to supervise that. Perhaps even some other unknown factor will come up, but we are putting it into the universe that it will happen! Just wait till you see everything I want to accomplish in my 40’s once that does happen lol!

Well….that’s honestly about it. While I may only have 8 things left I want to accomplish before I’m 30, I like to think a lot of them are quite grand achievements and, to be honest, I’m extremely proud of how much I have accomplished so far in only 25 years, but that’s another list to come, maybe around my birthday ;)

What is on your bucket list before 30? Or what did you accomplish if you are already 30+? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Simple Party with some DIY fun!

Hi everyone! It was recently Charles’ mothers birthday so, since we now have a big BBQ, I decided we would change up tradition a bit and host the birthday bash at our place; after all, I love any excuse to decorate for a party!

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I didn’t want to go too over the top, and I only wanted to use items we had on hand, so it definitely took some creative thought to put together some simple, but beautiful decorations. My first source of inspiration actually came from a sheet of all places! I found this gorgeously patterned fitted sheet at a thrift store a few years back, however, it was a really odd size (not even wide enough for a crib sheet!) so I never knew what to do with it! Finally I decided it would be lovely to turn it into a table runner! Check out how, along with more party details, after the jump!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

How We Planned Our Kitchen

Welcome back everyone! This week I would love to share with you the process that went into planning our kitchen renovation!

We have never renovated a kitchen before so we were more than a little lost when it came to where to start. We had a general idea as to the style we wanted (shaker fronts, dark wood, etc.) but….who do you go to? How do you plan your kitchen? What exact materials did we want? Never mind the biggest question…how much is it going to cost???

We were slowly looking into things, but never getting any definitive answers, until after our Christmas party when we decided we had to rip out our kitchen floors (you can read about that here). This made us realize that we really needed to buckle down and figure things out! To start things off we decided to go with what I think most everyone knows best…Ikea.

Ikea has a really neat kitchen planner which you can access here, that allows you to design your kitchen in 3D. It takes a little bit of work to figure out how the program works, but eventually we managed to somewhat recreate our kitchen and get a basic idea for what we were wanting, along with a starting price quote. My biggest tip with this program is work slowly, as it can be easy to click and move the wrong things, and SAVE OFTEN!

I first will start with showing you some old pictures of our current kitchen for comparison….sigh, I kind of miss our cracked, cold tile floors….I never thought I’d say that but anything beats our current rough, dirty, hardwood! We are so close to new ones though! Just have to wait a little longer….

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Fun Food Art

Welcome everyone! Just this weekend we went on a fun vacation to Medicine Hat, AB for a wedding however I still wanted to make sure you guys got your weekly post, and although it may be short, I think it’s quite fun!

One special thing I love to do for my kids every now and then is create them some food art! I’ll take their ordinary snack and turn it into something extra special! It’s crazy how something that is sometimes so simple, such as a blueberry smile in their oatmeal, can create such joy! I have also found it can make getting them to eat their snacks/veggies much more pleasurable when they are crafted into neat little pictures.

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

While sometimes the “art” that I create is a bit more complex….

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Others can be very simple; the amusing thing is that even though some of them I think are downright ugly or creepy, my kids still are so enthralled and in love with it! So really, give it a try, and don’t stress if it’s not very creative or perfect, your kids will think it is!!

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

We’ll finish this post off with one last pretty one to rectify those “scary” smiley faces above haha. Also remember, your ingredients don’t have to be that complex either…here I only used cheese, crackers, apple, and pepper! Plus I’ve never used any fancy tools other than a basic paring knife.

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

If you have kids have you, or would you, ever try making them food art? I’ve even debated making some myself but usually by the time I sit down to eat I’m too hungry to bother hahaha.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Garden Update!

Hello again everyone! Can you believe it is July already?? Time is just flying by and the proof is in our garden! Boom!!

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Our garden this year is completely overflowing, it’s almost hard to make sense of! Confused? You can see our original post about planting our garden here! We have already been happily enjoying beet greens while trying to thin them out, tons and tons of kale, radishes, and even two squash!

One main difference this year has been that we have been fertilizing our produce! We picked up an organic, all-veggie type, fertilizer and have been mixing it with water every 2-3 weeks and watering our garden with it. However I really think mother nature is also on our side this year as everything was growing so well even before we started adding the fertilizer!

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Check out our beautiful kale! We have been munching on kale almost every day enjoying it in stir frys, soups, smoothies, and sandwiches!

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