Friday, May 31, 2013

Summer Dreams

Summer is here.  Well, almost.  Hey, it's supposed to be 90 degrees in Rochester today!

These posts have us excited for the months ahead. 

Check out this sweet garden set makeover by Mrs. Williams to get you inspired.

A girl's gotta eat at her new garden set, right?  How about this super easy ice cream cake? The kids will have fun helping you make it.

And now, kick back at your set, eat some cake and drink in the beauty of your garden.  Or, Mrs. Gosling's garden

What's not to love about this lemonade stand Mrs. Williams and her crew made?  Does it get more summer than this?

Then after, you can make like Gene Kelly and dance around the garden with your lemonade.  Or Cyd Charisse.

Dreaming About Summer, 
The Girls

Thursday, May 30, 2013

There's A Party In Our Tummies

In addition to reading, napping and adventuring...we love to eat!

Here are a few of our favorite recipes!

Crockpot Porkchops.  Easy and delicious.

This Sangria is perfect for parties!  Mrs. Gosling should know!  She's the hostess with the mostess. Or is it mostest?

This leprechaun crunch can be adapted for any holiday or celebration! Thanks Mrs. Williams.  Our thighs thank you too.

Looks like Gene Kelly also liked to eat leprechaun crunch and sangria with famous friends.

The Girls

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Naptime Adventures

We sure love an adventure.  Who doesn't?  We wanted to share a few of our favorites again in case you missed them the first time!

Every grocery store trip with kids is an adventure!  That's why Mrs. Williams created this grocery store scavenger hunt.  Anyone want to use it at the new East Ave. Wegmans?!

What about the time Mrs. Kelly went to the Mackenzie Childs Barn Sale? So much courtly check, so little time.  When is the barn sale this year people!?!?  Who is going with us?

Mrs. Williams and her boys love a good air show!

What adventures are you guys up to?

The Girls

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

You Should Read Into This

Hey guys,

It's throwback week.  Here's a few posts that celebrate our love for reading!  

Remember Mrs. Gosling's popular letter art that she used to transform her son's bedroom?  It was a great way to reinforce letters too!

Or what about this amazing book nook Mrs. Williams made?    A Target twin sheet never looked so good.

But what should you read in the Book Nook?  Mrs. Kelly can help with that!

Even Ryan G. likes to read.  I think I know who's in his book nook.

xoxo -
The Girls

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Parade

Thank you to all the men and women who have fought for our country.  Today we remember those who lost their lives in service.  We also remember their families.  Because of them, we are able to live in this great land!  And what a beautiful land it is...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day, Paint and Some Boys

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Gosling

What is more American than a Memorial Day parade?  Okay, maybe hot dogs and ketchup (my hubby cringes every time I eat that), backyard parties with smores or possibly freshly cut grass & screaming kids?  I'll stick with the Memorial Day parade.

We can walk to our village parade, it's only 45 min. long and the kids always look so darn cute sitting on the curb, watching the cars and trucks and veterans and boy/girl scouts .......  It's really GREAT!  

This year, instead of tie dye shirts we thought we would use fabric paint.  Kids + Paint + My kitchen  .... OH My!  I do love a great paint job, but I don't always love the kids at the helm of the paint job!  But I thought, I also don't really love my counter tops .... so away we got to painting! 

We picked up some shirts from Michael's (5 for $10) this week.  There's a reason for that great price.  The quality is good enough for young'ins but the smallest size they have is really appropriate for a 5 year old.  So the 3 and 4 year old have some growing to do :)  Then we grabbed Martha Stewart Fabric paint (of course) and some stencils.  It was really easy, took about 20 minutes.  I put a piece of card stock in the shirt so the paint didn't bleed through and gave them the reigns:

This idea is fabulous for play dates or kids parties.  The price is right, the other parents can help their own children & it keeps everyone focused on a task! 

Happy Memorial Day AMERICA.  We love you!

& Friends!

Note from Mrs. Williams:  Ah, this brings back visions of the puffy paint t-shirts of my youth.  Seriously, though, what a great and cheap way to celebrate the holiday!

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  Did you make me one?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pop of Blue

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hey guys,

So you know my bathroom (I know, I have to post the updates)?  Well, we decided one way to save some money was to leave the existing built in medicine cabinet.  Here's what it looked like before:


It always stood out because it was a different color from the wall. This time I thought we could paint it to match the wall color so it would be a bit more discreet.  It was kind of boring though.  And then one day when I was at Target, I was venturing down an aisle and saw some contact paper.  All at once, I thought there might be a way to add some oomph to my boring medicine cabinet.

First we painted. Then I removed all the contents. There were lots of things lurking in that there cabinet.

Then I measured the interior and carefully cut a piece of contact paper to match. I placed it in the back of the wall cabinet kind of like you would when hanging wallpaper. Really simple!

 Now there's a fun pop of blue when you open my cabinet.


It even makes the shampoo bottles prettier!


 Hmm. Maybe I need a pop of blue.

Forever in blue jeans and blue contact paper, 

Note from Mrs. Williams:  That's such a fun way to add personality to the cabinet.  Where did you find the contact paper?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kids Table & Chairs

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Gosling


Remember my quest to unify our decor scheme?  Well, it started with the blue plates in our dining room, a barn wood sign in our guest bathroom and now I am on to the kids table & chairs!  We used to live in Syracuse, NY and just down the road (actually, about 40 minutes down the road) was Marty's Barn Cellar.  Pretty much what it sounds like.  A Barn.  With a sunken room.  And tons of unfinished wood.

Back in 2008, on my birthday (March) and 7 months pregnant (shocker) I convinced my hubby to take a day off.  Instead of going to the mall and shopping, I thought that we could go to Elbridge and pick up some unfinished wood.  Looking back, what I really should have done was had hubby take the 1.5 year old to the park and me to the spa.  But, I was young(er), ambitious for DIY projects and in love with the idea of a coloring station in our new house.  So off we went .....

And we picked up something like this (not the exact set, but very similar)

Sturdy, right?  They are.  And well worth the $$$ ($200 for the whole set).  I know what you are thinking, $200 for kids chairs? Hear me out (I am reliving the conversation that I had with the hubby on the way home).  They are solid wood.  Nothing cheap or engineered, veneered or plasticey.  The table has corner brackets and some serious hardware underneath.  There are no exposed nails and the entire set can be tightened up when needed.  They have served as a coloring station,  birthday party table, collection of all things junk, a stool (how else would a 3 year old get the pretzels from the cupboard), sensory table, ladder, library book collector and now ... a serious component of the Decor Overhaul!  I remember thinking "was that too much, should we have just picked up a cheap set at a garage sale or something from Little Tykes?" I am glad that we went with our my gut.  It has been 5 years and the set still looks great, serves it's purpose and now is getting a face lift! 

Like I said, in 2008 my tastes were a little different and dare I say juvenile (gasp) when kid decorating was at hand.  So here is a before picture:

In case you are wondering.  The chairs were sprayed a lime green, table legs were stained and the top was painted an almond color.  Then I stuck alphabet dog stickers on the table and shellacked it with a poly.  I stenciled dog bones on the chairs and shellacked those.  Every dog must have his day, right?  Well, this day is coming to a close and it's time for a makeover!  I called in the big muscles (Hubby and Munchkin #1) to get going on the prep work.

And then after about an hour of sanding everything and tightening all the nuts/bolts ... this little set was ready for some new digs. 

Holy bright light Batman

Onto the fun part - the makeover! 

It all started with this little can (well, actually 2 little cans $6).  I covered all 4 chairs with 2 light coats of this paint.  I LOVE this product.  I have used it a few times.  The coverage is fab and the nozzle prevents dripping!  Next up, the table!

I decided to keep it pretty simple and recreate the same color, on top ... sort of.  I couldn't find the can of paint that I used last time, so I used some paint from the living room wall (Eddie Bauer Wicker).  I know.  Wall paint on a table top?!?  Well, one coat of poly and this is what you get. 

What should I put on top?  I was going to stencil ABC's and 123's, but now I think that might be a lot of work for a kids table.  Now I am having a painter's block.  Ideas?


If you are in the area, or feel like a road trip, stop by Marty's Barn Cellar.  There is furniture for inside & out.  Paints, stains, knowledgeable staff and a Dairy Queen around the corner!  YAY! 

Time to get the crayons out,

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Perfect Pick

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Dear Girls,

It's red, white and blue week here at Naptime Notebook, so I thought I'd share some pics of the picks we had last June.  Oh, and there's a whole lotta red!

So, I'll begin by posing this question to you:  What do you get when you combine a tractor, a cardboard container, and plastic spoons?  A perfect evening of course!  Last year, we set out to go strawberry picking after lunch.  However, after a quick hours-check online, it turned out that our favorite fruit farm (Chase's) closes down at noon and reopens at 6pm.  So, we decided to go strawberry picking after DINNER.  It was a beautiful night!  With the evening sun in the sky and a wonderful summer breeze in the air, it made me wonder why we picked berries in the blazing heat all those other years.

After we picked up the cardboard tray at the fruit stand we loaded onto the tractor to head out to the strawberry fields.

We don't pick a lot of berries.  Let's face it, we're kind of there for the tractor ride.

Our tractor driver recommended the sugar snap peas.  So, we picked some of those too.  He was right, they were delicious.

Then, we hopped back onto that tractor to head to the parking lot.

Once we got off, we looked longingly back at those fields of fruit, and then, no joke, we hopped back onto the tractor.  It was too beautiful to leave.  So, we decided to pick some raspberries (more red).

Don't tell, but we tend to eat a lot of berries while we pick.

Finally, after we soaked up all the evening sun and beauty, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did.

Oh my god - it was so good.  We were supposed to be sharing, but I may have gotten some elbows in there to fend off my boys and husband.

There you have it, cardboard containers, tractors, and plastic spoons...the recipe for delicious family fun.  I can't wait to go out some evening this year!

Strawberry fields forever,

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  Aw .. please let me be one of your children for a day.  I love berries and tractors and sundaes and sunsets and CHAI's and Ryan Gosling and ..... What a fun night for you!  I have never been to Chase's for berry picking (but I do always go for pumpkin picking).  I think that I need to add a spring visit in!  Thanks for sharing!

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