Category Archives: The Great life

Tiny Tags – Mother’s day gift code

I have something really special for you today. Very excited to share one of my prettiest discoveries as of late!

Tiny Tags is a wonderful mom owned company offering the most precious custom made jewelry. Their unique, simple yet elegant pieces can be customized with things most significant to you. Each tag whether worn on a necklace or bracelet is sure to bring a smile to your face because it is meaningful and full of love, reminding you about the good life. And because the good life is what I am all about the owner Melissa Clayton contacted me with the idea to treat my readers with something special. This came as no surprise, her bubbly personality and her is passion for giving back is second to none. She also donates monthly to great causes mostly linked to children’s wellbeing so she is awesome in my books for sure! And she met Oprah!! Really, you need to follow her on Instagram right now to see all the pictures : CLICK HERE.

We talked about a little giveaway ( which we might do someday ) but I kind of wanted everyone to be a winner so she gave me a code just for my blog readers instead. Since Mother’s day is around the corner I felt like this is the most perfect way to celebrate. You can treat your mom, your self or leave the page open on your screen for your loved ones to see. And for all the lovely gentleman reading this your quest for the perfect gift ends here. You are welcome 😉

I wear my silver Tiny Tag which on one side bears my son’s name and on the other my dogs all the time. Make sure you share with me photos with your Tiny Tags once it arrives!


And here is the code. Happy shopping!


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. It is a little something for you from fantastic connections I made online. Thank you Melissa for your kind offer for my readers. You rock!

You can follow Tiny Tags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They are great about always having some fun new items and occasionally giveaways.

Tooth Fairy

If you come across a grumpy tooth fairy sitting in a bar with messy hair, unbrushed teeth, slumped down wings on her 13th drink contemplating pawning her wand to get more please tell her I am so, so sorry.

My son has probably driven her to the edge. In all these years with all these teeth, shelling out money left, right and center I bet tooth fairy has never come across a kid like mine. A hoarder. Or perhaps the nicer way to call him is a collector. You know the kind of guy that just cannot part with stuff. I told you all about his hoarding ways a while ago. He just can’t seem to let go. But he really outdid himself when it comes to his teeth.

Before you panic he is not gluing his lost teeth back into his mouth. At least not that I know of. He is simply refusing to give them up. I should have known but foolishly I played along with his first tooth last year. He was so happy he lost it and I told him to put it under the pillow. Naturally he protested about tooth fairy being real but he told me his dentist confided in him that it was really him that replaced the tooth with the money. OK, because a 40 year old dude roaming around the neighborhoods taking children’s teeth in the middle of the night is less freaky then a fairy how?! But I wasn’t going to argue. I stayed up late to make sure he was fast asleep and went looking for the tooth. It took me what seemed forever looking for the darn thing. Every time Julian took a breath or moved I thought I was busted. Whoever came up with this whole tooth fairy thing was either an idiot or a glutton for punishment. The whole point of children going to sleep is so that you don’t see them until morning. That way you can watch Criminal minds or eat too much chocolate and make love to your husband. You know, adult time. Not roam around your child’s room spending hard earned money on bone matter that their body discarded and poking around finding it waking the kid up in the process.

Needless to say I finally gave up and left the dollar and the letter about ‘way to go and don’t forget to floss cause us fairies don’t pay for loss of permanent teeth’. Which I know would totally be bullocks if it was indeed the dentist who came by cause they love nothing more then to put those crowns in your mouth so they can buy a new Porsche. The next morning Julian informed me he got the money. I was faking happiness and all as he informed me that he pulled one over the fairy dentist since his tooth is still in his hiding place. Awesome. My son is hoarding his teeth.

Next tooth he lost I had a clear dilemma. Do I give him the money or not? The tooth was nowhere to be found. Wherever Julian’s hiding spot for teeth is I could not locate it. So I gave him a dollar and a letter saying ‘way to go and don’t forget to floss and this is the last time I am leaving you cash cause you never leave me your tooth and rules are rules’. He woke up the next morning and was pleased about the money but didn’t seem bothered about the prospect of never getting it again: It’s just money mom. I can earn double that when I grow up. But I can never get my baby teeth back.

As freaky as that is I guess it makes sense. I mean not to me cause I hate things. I get rid of things. If the fairy stint worked I would have collected his teeth and tossed them in the compost. Ashes to ashes, teeth to soil or something like that. But now I have 4 teeth hiding somewhere in the house. I sure hope he brushed them before he stashed them!

For the record he has been pen paling with fairy dentist. This was his latest letter upon loosing tooth number 4:

it is in the pink box but please do not take it, it is an antique and if you dare the vulture droid will attack you.
PS love Julian, dear dentist.

Well he might be threatening him but at least he has manners. That’s my boy!


DIY Instagram wall

Hello everyone!

Just when you thought I was gone for good I am back with something cute.

There are a lot of changes coming up in my family’s life this summer and I am planning to sit down and tell you all about it. Don’t worry, I am not braking up with you. In fact the news is good, but I cannot really find a category to squeeze it in so I will need to sleep on it before I announce it to the world. You want a hint? It has a lot to do with my blogs name…

One of the things I have started doing lately is purging, reorganizing and preparing for the future. Hence I decided to make a wall to display all my favorite Instagrams. The kind I can take on and off whenever I need to. I initially thought about getting a stick on white board but after some googling around I found a lot of advice on how to create one on my own for a fraction of a price that actual white boards cost. I then decided against the white board part of my white board. I want it to be magnetic but I have no plans to write on it. So I kind of modified this fab tutorial by Jenny Komenda.

I am pretty chuffed how it turned out and I wanted to share it with you. Before you get all excited I have no plans on doing DIY around the house in the future. Manly because as it turns out I am rather rubbish at it. But also because of my dogs. Let me explain:

First I bought Galvanized Metal sheets from Home Depot. It’s the only store we have on the island for this kind of stuff. They also let us bring our dogs along when we shop. Take it from me, you will not be able to self checkout with a child, two huge dogs and 4 big metal sheets. Perhaps this is one of those time you might consider leaving your dogs at home. Hence no photographic proof of step one.

We also picked up RUST-OLEUM Latex Aluminum Primer and slapped one coat on the sheets:


What I learned is that it’s all in the wrist and that dog hair sticks on fresh paint. And no matter how much you try picking it up as you apply the paint you will end up with at least 5 hairs per square inch.
Project 2

Leave it to dry overnight. Vacuum the floor really well to remove all dog hair before proceeding to paining the metal sheets white. Apply nice thick coats of paint. This is the one I used:


Be generous and don’t worry about bubbles. What I learned is that painting is very much fun and relaxing and that dog hair is everywhere. In the end all the vacuuming did nothing because as I left the sheets to dry for 24 hours wet paint attracted an equal amount of hair as primer did. Come to terms with hair, have cake, move on.

I then attached 4 Velcro strips to each metal sheet. I used these:

Easy peasy.

Next you print your Instagram. I was send a whole lotta prints and magnets by the fab people at Sticky9. You can use this code to get 20% off your order: 20OFFIG .


Then get a cute kid to help you put them all up. We got Neodymium Magnets to attach the paper prints. The little magnet prints of course stick to the surface by themselves.


And there you have it. Here’s Max modeling in front of our DIY Instagram wall. As you can see although at least 200 pieces of his hair are stuck on my magnetic boards he is just as hairy as ever.