you said it

Last week, I put up a little survey to learn more about you lovely readers and what you are looking for. Thank you so much for taking it! I promise to soak up what you had to say (well most) and apply it to the content here on Pretty Wednesday. I have to be honest, I was a little nervous I wouldn’t like some of the results. Especially when I left questions like, “Do you wish you saw more or less of one particular topic on Pretty Wednesday,” open for essay answers. But, you were so truthful and I loved reading your comments. My favorite bit of information is that only 50% of my readers have a child. I’m shocked. In a good way.

Here are some of the more fun stats from the survey. Also, I HATE math. So, this may be the one and only time you see pie charts on Pretty Wednesday. Don’t get used to it.

stats2.jpgAbout 80% of you load your iTunes with similar music to me. You other 16%, WHAT are you listening to? Fill me in!

Stats3.jpgUnlike me, over 50% of you read 4 or less blogs a day. I’m honored PW is on the list!

Stats.jpgNot a shocker, you love to work and read books but not too many couch potatoes around here.

Enjoy! Melissa

 

 

 

 

metallic colored easter eggs

mceastereggs.jpgLast year M was too little to experience Easter egg decorating so, this year, I was excited to bring the tradition into our house. Although a little messy, it turns out that this is a great activity for a 23 month old. She was able to sort the eggs into color cups and identify colors, then to use metallic markers to help decorate them. I think we’ll still hunt for the plastic version since we had a few egg casualties already but these will make a cute Easter display on our table.

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What You’ll Need: hard boiled eggs, a typical egg dying kit (we used this Paas kit), metallic permanent markers (we liked these BIC pens)

What You’ll Do: 

  1. Dye your hard boiled eggs using your egg kit. If you use a bit of vinegar mixed with the water, your color will be more vibrant. Also, the longer you let your egg soak, the brighter your color will be.
  2. Put your eggs back in their crate and let them dry overnight in your refrigerator.
  3. The next day, wipe each egg down before drawing on them. There will be a bit of dew that you need to remove.
  4. Draw whatever your little heart desires with your metallic markers making sure not to touch right away. You can see some smudges in mine where I bumped my drawing too soon. They will need to dry for a few minutes.
  5. Display beautifully!

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easter outfit planning

EasterOutfit.jpgEaster is kind of a funny holiday to outfit plan for around here. The weather always seems to be going through some emotional issues this time of year and you just don’t know what you are going to get. There have been years where I’m shoving Cadbury Eggs and Peeps into my face while  the sun blazes down and other years where we huddle inside so as not to wash away in a virtual monsoon of rain. Anyway, because of that, the key to planning for Easter around here is layers and, well, waiting until the weather report is available to shop. That means there is no time for shipping and big box stores are where it’s at for finding an outfit for M. Here’s what M is planning on wearing this year.

Side note: I’m still looking for an outfit for me. Another funny thing about Easter…there doesn’t seem to be a standard of dress. I notice some families are dressed to the nines and others call it good when they give the wrinkles in their pajamas a little brush off. Any suggestions?

Romper 
Cardigan 
Easter Bonnet (aka sun hat) 
Jelly Sandals 

 

Enjoy! Melissa

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A few weeks ago I casually told my friend Daniella a little story about M calling every sport hockey. It doesn’t matter what ball it’s played with, on a field or off and with a racket or not, it’s hockey. The confusion or obsession (I’m not sure which it is) started after we watched the US team play during the Olympics together. Anyway, being the greatest listener and an awesome friend, Dani invited us to her rec league hockey game over the weekend.

We snagged M from bed early on Saturday, made a quick stop for coffee and donuts and headed to our first ice hockey game. Not only was M thrilled but both Ky and I were so impressed with our friend and her badass spare time activity. She freikin’ had pads and a uniform and just the whole bit. Simply put, I’m just not as cool as those women on the ice and it was so fun to watch.

Maybe I’m a weirdo (entirely possible) or maybe I’m no different then most parents but sometimes I daydream that M will be some sort of athlete. I always think volleyball, maybe basketball if she gets her dad’s height or even swimming. Now though, I’m pretty sure ice hockey is on her mind. I better keep the winter coats out.

Enjoy! Melissa

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c’mon mothers day

PalletmdNot to be like those people who want to hang their Christmas lights November 1st and totally ignore Thanksgiving because I really really hate those people. (Lets not disrespect that scrumptious turkey!) But, I want to get the message out that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I know, I know, it’s not even Easter but there is no doubt that those lovely women who have spent a good portion of their lives dealing with our shenanigans deserve a little forethought. Right?

I’m so excited that Pretty Wednesday can play a small role in celebrating some fine mother-lovin’ ladies this year. Local Etsy shop owner, Danna Gibson of Pallets I Reckon, came to me weeks ago asking if Pretty Wednesday could provide the gift tags for her awesome Mothers Day special. She had great ideas about the simplicity of the tags and had them attached to her cute gift set within seconds of receiving them.  So, if your mom needs a wall vase, pick one up from Danna. After all, won’t your mom need a place to put that bouquet of flowers you will also be bringing her on Mother’s Day?

Enjoy! Melissa

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all around

PWTheGreenGrassSorry for the delayed post this morning. Both M and I have caught a wicked spring bug and can’t breath through our congested heads or stop squinting from headaches forcing our eyes closed. A little dramatic, I know but as someone who rarely gets sick, when I do I reserve the right to act like a baby. Also, since I have little experience with colds, I tend to always do the wrong thing with medicine. Like last night, for example, I took a Sudafed on an empty stomach and spent the next few hours unaware that my head had cleared because I was focused on my new found stomach issues. Way to go me.

As lovely as that all is, the couch time has allowed me to spend a little time working on those graphics I promised you. I know I said it was a #freefridaydownload but I’m breaking the rules this week and it’s a #freethursdaydownload. I’m hoping that this little ditty reminds of you that spring and Easter are right at our doorsteps. Plus, I’m positive you can’t get that song out of your head now.

Click here to download this print for free.

Enjoy! Melissa

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The Commons 2

Yesterday, I sat down for coffee with a dear friend and savvy entrepreneur who’s ideas I respect so much. (More on her later….she is launching an AMAZING child friendly business that I can’t wait to fill you in on) Our topic was Pretty Wednesday and specifically, this here blog. I asked her to poke around a bit and critique anything and everything. Just throw it at me. I’m open to change. She had great things to say and ideas that I will be implementing soon. She also got me thinking that I should be asking you, the dear friends and readers who stop in daily, what you would like to see.

So, a survey was born. It’s only 8 questions. Think 25 seconds of your day. I’ll collect the results and report them to you as well as use the ideas to drive content that you actually want to read. If you are going to stop into my little place on the web, why not love every second?

Click here for the survey. Many XOXO’s in advance for the feedback.

Enjoy! Melissa

boo-boos & popsicles

DSC_1157Yesterday was the most glorious of days in Seattle. By far, our nicest of the year so far. M and I celebrated with a little trip to the zoo then strawberry popsicles in the backyard. I’m sure we can all agree that there is nothing better then an icy treat on a warm day, right?  Anyway, it was all fun and games until she slipped down the cement stairs and got her first toddler scraped leg. Not to worry, Mickey (and a little Neosporin) made everything better.

Enjoy! Melissa

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Every once in a while, she spends a few minutes actually enjoying some independence. It’s so rare that I have to stop, breath it in and remind myself not to interrupt.

Just ignore me here with the camera practicing my paparazzi skills.

Enjoy! Melissa

tot reading

 

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Dragons Love Tacos  || Olivia || Goodnight Goodnight Construction Sight  || Little Blue Truck 

I’ve spent time filling you on my book club when really the biggest ‘reader’ in our house is M. At 22 months, she has her favorites, makes special requests for them and recites certain pages and sections by heart. I have to admit that these are pretty enjoyable for me as well. They include an actual story line (unlike those books that somehow start all about puppies until they seem to run out of material and suddenly make a random switch to bunnies) and some humor. Any children’s book that can keep both a 22 month old and me entertained and laughing after about 1,374 readings has more then exceeded expectations.

I’m looking for a few new reads to add to our collection so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!

Enjoy! Melissa