Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Camp Throwback 2014 Recap

I've been a chronic over-packer.  Even a few trips to Europe with Rick Steves as my travel guru hasn't broken me of this.  Add in the fact that I have to bring my own linens, and it's out of control.  For 4 days at Camp Throwback, I felt it was necessary to bring the following:  all of my make-up - all of it, my Kindle, a fan, 2 extension cords, my Clarisonic, Spanx, and 5 pairs of shoes.  I left my purse at home, unlike Meredith.

1.  I was a wee bit late.  2. Because that was my suitcase when I should have been driving.  3.  Brittany is a crafty lady.  
Camp Throwback?  Oh it's just this amazing place where 100 strangers meet in the woods to drink, make friendship bracelets, and try to be the first person out in dodgeball.  At least that's what I did.

My cabinmates were awesome.  Four of the seven were from Central Ohio, so I wouldn't be surprised if we ran into each other regularly.  Becky was from Minnesota and my patented unintentional accent adoption was in full swing by the end of the week.  Becky was also kind enough to explain "hot dish" to me after we spent 20 minutes discussing the merits of Garrison Keillor and A Priairie Home Companion.

Ashley and I made a little side trip to the ol' WC and stocked up on t-shirts and sweatshirts. Mine were circa 2002 or earlier, so they'd seen better days.  PS - ask Ashley to make you a friendship bracelet.  She's, like *really* good at it.

I was really apprehensive about Field Day on Saturday.  You see, sports aren't really my "thing."  However, after a few drinks, I was all "3-legged race?  I'll *own* the 3-legged race!"  (I didn't.  Our string broke 30 seconds in, but I like to think that we would have won)

I also tried a Bloody Mary for the first time.  When asked if I like tomato juice, my reply was, "I like chili, is that the same?"

I also got to hang out with a few of my favorite bloggers and hear some stories that didn't make it to the blog (yet?  I'm looking at you Jess).

1. "Home" for the weekend.  We had a cabin mouse.  2.  Awesome 90's cookies.  3.  Ashley pretending it's 2002.  4.  Brittany and I in our 90's gear.  5.  Friendship bracelet.  6.  I moustache you to participate in field day.  7.  Shouldn't we be singing Make New Friends by this point?  8.  Chili Dan's Bloody Mary - yum!  9.  It's basically health food.  10.  Duraflame sponsored our nightly campfires.  11.  Welcome to camp!  12.  Watermelon eating contest.  13.  A bit of puff paint for team spirit.  14.  Ashley's super-good at friendship bracelets.  15.  Oof.  16.  At this point, I was hoping for some a/c.  

I'd like to thank the sponsors of Camp Throwback - DuraflameCrotchGearMercyMoroccan OilChili Dan’s, and The TravelSmith.  

Seriously, Jess.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Camp Throwback - An Addendum to the Packing List

Guys, I'm going to summer camp.  Like, for adults.  Camp Throwback Spring Session is this week!  It'll be just like when I went to 4-H Camp, but there will be booze.

I'm super excited to see everyone!  Let me know if you'll be there by commenting below!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Homeowner Hack: Touch-Up Paint without a Paintbrush

I could have also titled this "Kids are Hell on Walls."

We're getting ready to celebrate Cora's 4th Birthday tomorrow.  Her actual birthday was earlier in the week, but with family over an hour away, you tend to make these things happen on weekends.

Our kitchen walls around the table are full of scrapes from chairs and tables.  There was also what appeared to be a mural of splashed juice behind Lily's seat, but that was easily remedied with soap and water.  Because I'd like some cute pictures when Cora blows out her candles (CRAP - I have to go buy candles!), I decided to touch up the paint and make those marks disappear.

Seeing as how my father in law reorganizes our basement every time he comes over, I had no idea where any of the paint brushes might be.  I remembered this little trick from when I touched up the paint last year.  Can you guess my secret weapon?

Calm down, I didn't ruin the jar.  I painted the inside and I'm going to use it as a vase.
Yep!  One of those super-cheap make-up sponges.  Normally I'd use this in conjunction with a solo cup, but I had other plans today.  Because what is make-up, if not paint you put on your face?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Next time, Tinkerbell stays home

Happy Easter!

We managed to make it to church this morning and we were EARLY. That never happens. The kids even sat still for the entire service. The most out of line thing they did was Lily clapped and cheered after every song and Cora brought her Tinkerbell doll up to the front during the children's sermon.  (Side note:  We decided that Tinkerbell, being a fairy, was a bit pagan to bring in to church.  Oops)  There was an egg hunt during sunday school, where I aerated the lawn because I wore heels.

We got exactly zero photos of us dressed in our church clothes, but lots in pajamas and play clothes.

I hope your Easter was a bubble-filled wonderland!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Things Took A Turn

Hey blog.

How've 'ya been?

It's been awhile, huh?

You see, I've been a bit busy.

No, nothing's wrong.  It's actually very, very right.

As of about a week or so ago, I'm a BUSINESS OWNER!
That's something I never thought I'd say.

I've always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to be a travel agent.  Seeing as I got a degree in Agriculture, I thought that ship had long since sailed.

Apparently, I was wrong.

I'm the proud new owner of The TravelSmith, an independent agent of Gateway to Magic.  My specialties are Walt Disney World © and Europe.

So if you ever need someone to tell you that you're pretty and help you plan a Walt Disney World © vacation for your family, please contact me.  I can walk you through all of your options, look for the best deal (and continue to search for them after you've booked), schedule dining reservations, and help you map out an itinerary for your trip.  Bonus:  I don't charge any fees!

PS - Please 'Like' The TravelSmith below.  Are you doing something new with your hair?  It looks great!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Mantle

We're in a season full of what I think of as "the lesser holidays."  No gifts are exchanged, there isn't really a special meal, cards aren't expected.  Lesser holidays don't get much pomp and circumstance in regards to the 'ol mantle decor.

St. Patrick's Day is one of those lesser holidays for me.  I mean, I did make corned beef that one year, but it's not really a tradition.  This mantle is going to be up for probably 3 weeks tops.  I don't want to put tons of money or effort into it.  I do think it's lacking a bit.  I keep my eye out in stores for one more thing to pull it all together a bit better, but haven't found anything yet.

I *really* wanted that hat to fit on the moose head, but I would have had to cut it to do so and it just wouldn't have worked right.  Now he just looks like a fancy hat rack.  The jar is full of split peas ($1 for a pound bag at Meijer).  The framed picture is a combination of two different printables I found on Pinterest.  I can't find my source for the dots, but here's where you can get the subway art.  Can you guess what's in the spilled bucket in the middle?

 It's a combination of a beaded Christmas garland (for height/bulk) and CHOCOLATE COINS!  Decorating with food like this is usually pretty cheap and easy to find.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Central Ohio Staycation - Holiday Inn Express Polaris

If you were to ask Cora what her favorite thing is, there's a good chance her answer would involve a hotel or a hotel swimming pool.  Things to do at a hotel?  Swim, eat granola bars and drink water on the bed.  That's a vacation in her mind.  

So we decided to go on a preschooler's dream vacation last week.  We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express at Polaris Thursday night.  We went there for the pool/toddler water park.  

We reserved a 2 bedroom suite with the hopes that sleeping in a separate room from Lily would get her to sleep in a new environment (SPOILER ALERT: nope).  The room had a kitchenette, fold out couch, and desk area in the first room and a bedroom, sitting area, and bathroom in the second room.  

This room passes the toddler test.

The kitchenette had a fridge, microwave, sink (with dishsoap), a roll of paper towels, and disposable plates, cups, and silverware for four.  It had a peninsula that would have been even better if there was a barstool or two.  

The king sized bed that Cora fell out of after I told her to get away from the edge approximately 45 times.

There was that little sitting area in the bedroom as well as that huge empty space next to the bathroom door.  I think that somehow they could have fit a table and chairs in the room somewhere, but it might involve walls being in different places.  

The pool was great for the kids.  I'd say probably 75% of the pool was 3 feet deep or shallower.  There's a good bit that's only 1 1/2 feet deep, which was fine for Lily to explore on her own a bit.  We swam the afternoon we checked in and went back when the pool opened at 8 am the next morning.

The curly slide is only open on certain weekend hours when they have a lifeguard on duty.

This was our original plan.  It was to be a test run for a vacation later this Spring to see if we could get by with a regular hotel room.

These children are liars.  At bedtime, Lily ran around the room like she was being chased.  Scott finally wrestled her into bed in the fold out couch.  Cora and I watched a movie in the bedroom until she got tired.  She fell out of the bed at about 2 am, but I don't think she actually woke up when it happened.

The next morning, we had breakfast downstairs before heading back to the pool.

It doesn't take much to entertain me.  That includes this pancake machine.  
This was a great way to break up the monotony of this terrible winter.  It was much cheaper than going to something like Great Wolf Lodge and my kids are of the age where they didn't know the difference.