Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bath Snugglers

So, I gotta tell you about this awesome thing that my friend makes. She calls it a Bath Snuggler - though it's also wonderful at the pool or anywhere you might get wet. The concept behind it is that it is a towel, a bathrobe, and an apron all in one.

While your kids are bathing, you can wear it like an apron to keep yourself from getting completely soaked while the kids are splashing happily in the tub. Then when they're ready to get out, it has a generously sized hood in the corner so you can wrap them up all snug and tight and cuddle them post-bath (one of my favorite perks of parenthood).

Then, you can loop it over their heads in such a way that they can wear it as a robe to keep warm after the pool or the bath. Kids LOVE this aspect.

Isaac is absolutely over the moon with his - he's always asking me to put it on him. He loves to wear it at the pool, and he looks so cute as he happily hops around in it.

Want one? Good news! My friend has now opened up her own Etsy shop - Mama'sMagicKisses where you can get a Bath Snuggler of your very own. She has these cute little froggy ones, and then multiple colors of towels as well. And if you have something custom in mind, don't hesitate to ask, cuz this is one talented creative woman. :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

An Under-Deck Adventure

So, last summer, we were having a little bbq with our neighbors just chatting and whatnot, when they mentioned something about a room under our deck. I was perplexed - this was the first I had heard of it. But they had known the older gentleman who had owned the house before the flippers came in, and they remembered that before the flippers had built the deck there had actually been some sort of storage there.

Well. That has driven me nuts for over a year now. I talked to other neighbors about it. One insisted there had only been a basement entrance. Others had no recollection of anything. Others are more recent move-ins than us, so they had no clue. So... I put "Investigate under the deck" on my to-do list, and of course put it off for forever. It bugged me, sure, but that didn't necessarily mean I was going to do anything about it.

Then, a few weeks ago, James was pulling weeds, Isaac was happily helping him, and I seized my moment. I grabbed the drill and carefully removed two boards. Sure enough, I could see the hint of a stair case.


Oooh, the mystery. I couldn't go down there just yet, because I didn't want to worry about Isaac following me down into the spider infested hole. So, now even more intrigued, I waited.
Then, the opportunity came. Isaac was down for a nap, my friend and partner in crime, Alayna, was over and we decided to have our adventure. Here I am all suited up and armed with a flashlight and a broom.

If you're wondering why I'm wearing a hooded sweatshirt in July, I have one word for you: spiders. Ugh. Shudder. I did not want any of those things getting anywhere near me. I actually contemplated buying a mask to keep the things out of my mouth and nose, but I realized that may have been overkill.

So, here's what we found:

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 boxes of "household wax" whatever that is. about 7 bottles of lamp oil. What appears to be an old sink. And assorted other random goods. And spiders. Lots of spiders. The walls were concrete, but the floor was dirt. It's definitely not sealed, so it doesn't provide much protection from the elements. I had high hopes of being able to use it for storage - if not food storage, then maybe the suitcases or something random that we don't use often could go in there, but having seen it,  I'm not sure it's worth the effort to get it in the proper condition.

In any case, it was a fun little adventure, even if it didn't yield super fruitful results.

What about you? Find anything crazy in the house or apartment lately? Or, any idea what to do with 20 boxes of household wax?


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