Happy Leap year! Wait, is that something to celebrate? In any case, we decided to do a March calendar to celebrate. Best of all, there’s no charge- its our way of saying thanks! … and Happy Leap Year :]
Don’t forget to leave a comment if you like it or need help!
We respond to demand, so your cheers for free calendar download means we’ll do it again :]
Now in our ETSY shop, expires March 4th!
This is our first ever “sales” promotion! While we’ll have limited stock available while away, we want to make sure we can ship as much as we can while we’re still here… hence free shipping :]
This currently applies to US & Canadian friends. All other international sales will receive $5 off. Etsy won’t register international customers for this code, so please “convo” or email me if you are in this boat!
All orders of crayons will come with a free coloring page preview of our new book on weather. To kick off our trip to San Diego, we’ll be including our ‘SUNNY’ page, preview below:
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It works in theory! This is Mikah’s first ever scrap book page. He took photos (we took some too), picked out a few, got some tape, and organized it on a page. I encouraged him to doodle on the page, but he refused.
- Blank notebook with hard covers- nice and large with thicker pages
- Washi tape
- Marking objects; to draw, write, and color with
- Poloroid camera; for photo snapshots that print right away!
Accessories for the road trip
- Sheet of baseball card protectors; to store items that won’t stick with tape or that have 2 sides to admire
- Sunprint paper; hello roadside art projects!
Well I thought the poloroid was a good idea at first. I officially handed down down to Mikah my old series 600 Poloroid camera ($5 find in SF Goodwill) along with a fresh pack of old film I had kept. We showed him how to use it and shot away on it, though half of them came out bad because the film had decayed. ‘No biggie’, we thought. Oh boy, were we wrong!
Poloroid films cost about $2+ per photo now- both online and at local shops! I’m sad because I wanted Mikah to be able to take his own photos at will, with the immediate gratification you get seeing a poloroid shoot out and slowly develop. But now I think we’ll just reserve the photos for major photo opportunities- in front of a town sign, etc.
We haven’t given up yet and will still look around for camera options. I saw that they have a new digital version of the poloroid- but somehow waiting for a little square object buzz for 60 seconds while slowly births a crisp print just doesn’t have the same pizazz as the vintage poloroids.
Thankfully i’ve run into the Impossible Project, which is a revamp of the poloroid films after they discontinued manufacturing. It’s still pricey for a toddler’s toy, but the best option for now.
Any other thoughts or camera suggestions welcomed!
Things have stagnated a bit for us and the weather has been cold, rainy and grey. Quite frankly, it’s been depressing. The weather has also made it harder on grampa to visit us in Portland. There’s been some talk about moving to San Diego with him, but it just doesn’t feel right to do that right now. As a compromise, we all thought it might be nice to have a short term stay with grampa in San Diego instead.
Our preferred mode of travel: car!
I’m really excited about this since it will be not just our first family road trip, but my (and Mikah’s) first road trip EVER. I’ve already planned out major stopping points along our path approximately every 3-4 hours apart to help relieve events of ‘the wiggles’. I’m also putting together car/pitstop activities and looking into geocaching along the way.
Pitstops so far include:
- Sea Lion Caves
- Brookings, OR (last stop to stock pile supplies before hitting sales tax again!)
- Redwoods Forest, CA
- San Francisco (Mikah’s birth place!)
- Cayucos/Morro Bay
- Las Angelas
- San Diego (Ben’s hometown)
We expect it to be a 3-4 day trip. I’ve made an itinerary but it’s very loose to keep things stress free and FUN. For the next week, you can look forward to diy ideas for kids car rides. After that i’ll have updates on our pitstop discoveries.
We’ll also be carry Kitty Eggs with us. We’ll have pitstops at our current retailers and perhaps meet new ones along the way. All in all, we expect to spend about 2-3 weeks in San Diego before hitching back to Portland all over again. It should be fun!
I want to hear from you… leave a comment below with a destination we should definitely see!
Hi ♥ I'm a mommy in rainy Portland, OR building an urban homestead with my sweetheart, our 3.5yo, and another baby coming June 2013. We also have 2 kitties, 3 chickens, and a home biz making "kitty egg" crayons and other cuties.