Thursday, July 26, 2012

Poppin Bottles

We spent the majority of the week, of the fourth of July, up at my family's cabin on Flathead Lake and we were able to enjoy a few bottles of bubbly while we were there.

One of my favorite places
We tried out this Cordless Wine Chiller while we were at the lake, although we used it while it was plugged in.  It worked well, but I can't really imagine needing to use it as a cordless wine chiller.  It's sort of big to be hauling anywhere to chill wine, plus you need water and ice.  I think this wine chiller would be perfect for a bottle you pick up on your way home, that isn't cold yet.  I've been known to send Chris to the store on a Thursday after work for a bottle of champagne and your options for chilled champagne or wine can be very limited.  It's a quick and easy way to chill a bottle of wine or champagne.  It can chill a bottle of champagne in fifteen minutes, a bottle of white wine in ten minutes and a bottle of red in eight minutes (I think). 

Cordless Wine Chiller

Wine Chiller in action

Here's a couple of the bottles of bubbly we enjoyed by while sitting next to the campfire, looking out onto the lake. The DVX was my favorite of the week and also the most expensive.  Imagine that.  

DVX Mumm

Sadly, we didn't get to try this bottle of Cristal.  Maybe, someday...

Check out these fun, stainless steel wine glasses my aunt brought up to the lake.  Perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or cocktail outside.  

Outdoor wine glasses



Bubbly on the beach

And in case you are wondering what to do with your old Dom Perignon boxes, you can always re-purpose them and use them as fireworks storage.  What, that's not the first thing you thought of?  Yeah, me neither.  Only my dad :)

I hope to post some non-bubbly related pictures of our trip to the lake soon.

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's Time for Slime

Last week, during one of Ryder's fifteen minute naps, Parker and I made slime.  It was quick and easy and we had it made before Ryder woke up from his nap.  Parker chose to make blue slime and he was a great helper.  He's had lots of fun playing with his slime!

This could be a fun favor for a birthday party, especially if you are having a Ghostbusters themed party.

How to Make Slime

Slime Ingredients:
  • 1 - 4 oz Bottle of Elmer's Glue
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • Food Coloring
  • 2 teaspoons Borax
  • 1/3 Cup Warm Water

Mix together Elmer's glue and 1 cup water, then add a few drops of food coloring.  In a separate bowl, mix Borax and 1/3 cup water, until Borax is dissolved.  Please note, that you will not use all of the Borax solution.  While stirring continuously, add a couple spoonfuls of the Borax solution to the glue solution, until you reach your desired consistency.  The more Borax solution you add the harder the slime will get.  Then its playtime!  I re-used a few baby food containers, to store the slime in.

Now is a good time to stock up on art supplies for the year, when all the back to school supplies are pretty cheap.  I like to stock up on boxes of crayons, paints and glue.

What you will need + H2O

Mom's little helper

You can tell Parker's concentrating, he has his tongue out.


Fun with Slime!

Slime Snake

I re-used a few baby food containers to store our slime

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

On The Move!

Ryder Roo is 8 months old and going places!  Our baby gates are out!  He is moving all over!  

Let's see, what has Ryder been up to, in the last month.

- Sitting up on his own
- He reaches out his arms for you to pick him up.  I love this.
- He got his first two teeth.  His bottom two teeth and they are sharp.
- Ryder loves to clap.  It's so cute!
- Crawling and he is fast
- Starting to pull himself up on things he can get a good grip on
- First Fourth of July and first time staying at our cabin on Flathead Lake. 
- First time swimming in Flathead Lake.  Ryder loves the water!
- First Parade.  Bigfork on the Fourth of July.
- He loves to play with paper and magazines.  We have to keep books with paper pages away from him or he will destroy them.
- Shoplifting.  Better be the first and last time!  Ryder is my little troublemaker.  We were in the mall and I was pushing him in his stroller, I was looking at some clothes and he pulled a shirt off a hanger without me realizing it.  Luckily, I stopped just outside the store and found it, so I ran back in and hung it up.  And thankfully it didn't have a sensor on it, because Ryder left the store with it.

Before we got out our baby gates he was crawling over to the entertainment center and opening the drawers, sliding the doors open and getting a little too close to the fireplace.  He pulls open the drawers in his dresser, pulls over his garbage can, pulls the books off shelves.  Ryder is definitely attracted to the things in the room, where he can get into the most trouble.  We need to make sure we are keeping our cabinets locked, because he will be trying to get into them soon.  

Sleeping - He takes two 15 minutes naps.  That's not enough sleep Ryder!  It makes it very difficult for me to get anything done.  I've tried letting him cry it out, but he rarely goes back to sleep.  He goes to bed at 7:30 and often wakes up 15 or 20 minutes later.  We've started letting him cry it out at night when he wakes up so soon after going down.  After he falls back asleep he is usually only up once before getting up around 7:15.  The last two nights, he hasn't woken up right after going down, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it continues.

It is getting harder and harder to take his pictures, he doesn't stay still for more than a second.  Enjoy the pictures from Ryder's eight month photo shoot.

I'm outta here

Tan little legs

This one makes me laugh.  He was watching his brother :)

All done

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Makeup Brush Holder

I recently updated my makeup brush holder with a dollar store vase and some acrylic paint.  I had been storing my brushes in a plain, clear vase and wanted something a little more fun, since the brushes it holds, do paint my face and all.

I picked a few colors from my shower curtain and bathroom to update my container.  After I found my paints, I just started squirting a little paint down the sides of the vase.  I would tip and turn the vase, to let the paint drip in an interesting way.  I let each coat dry, before switching colors.  The drying took a while, but the actual time I put into this project was under 10 minutes.  Gotta love quick and easy updates!

Updated Makeup Brush Holder

Bathroom Colors

Paints and Dollar Store Vase

Happy Champagne Thursday!