Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tribute to the 80's

Time flies when your having fun... started thinking this afternoon about all of the things that I grew up with that I sometimes mention to some of my staff or even preschool parents and I get the reaction... HUH???  Then I realize they were born in the 90's or so and didn't grow up knowing about some of these things (unless they have come back around like the smurfs and care bears)... see if you can relate to any of these things...  feel free to leave other "80's" items in the comments!

Toys and games
Charm Necklaces- I specifically remember having the coke bottle charm... I know I had quite a few others.
  1. Glo Worm
  2. Garbage Pail Kids
  3. Atari with games like Frogger and Pong
  4. Cabbage Patch Kids-  My first Cabbage Patch Kid was a dark skinned water baby... she was all plastic so she could go swimming and in the bathtub... I picked her out at Toys R Us for my christmas present... mom bought it while dad, Jared, and I sat in the car waiting for my to return.  We were still young so even though we had picked out items... we didn't know exactly what we were getting until Christmas morning.  That was always a fun outing on a Friday night to go to Greensboro and shop at Toys R Us and Four Seasons Mall to see the real Santa! 
  5. Barbie and the Rockers- Their hairstyles and outfits explain the 80's
  6. My Buddy/Kid Sister
  7. Teddy Ruxpin
  8. Popples
  9. Pogo Ball

11. Get in shape girl- workout pompoms, cassette tape, and posters -  Check out the youtube video!
12. PacMan
13. Lisa Frank... this poster says it all!!! LOL!

 14. Sweet Secrets

  1. LA Gear
  2. Tee-shirt clips-  I had several of these!!
  3. Reebok Pump
  4. Jellies
  5. Slouch socks

  1. Hi-C- Ecto Cooler with Slimer from Ghostbusters on the front... I remember taking these to the beach!

  1. "Livin' On a Prayer" -Bon Jovi
  2. The California Raisens Commercial-  I even dressed up as one for Halloween one year.  It was a popular costume!
  3. "Forever Your Girl" -Paula Abdul
  4. "I think we're alone now" Tiffany
  5. "Electric Youth" Debbie Gibson
  6. New Kids on the Block
  7. "One Moment in Time" -Whitney Houston
  8. "Heaven is a place on Earth" - Belinda Carlisle

  1. Reading Rainbow = The Original Theme Song... just take a look... it's in a book... reading rainbow
  2. Alf
  3. ET- The first movie my daddy took me to...  I remember my daddy consoling me when ET left... I was very upset.
  4. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and watching Pee-Wee's playhouse on Saturday morning
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  6. He Man and She Ra- Another favorite tv show Saturday mornings
  7. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
  8. Married with Children
  9. Fraggle Rock
  10. Honey, I shrunk the kids
  11. The Cosby Show-  LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
  12. Double Dare
  13. Dirty Dancing- scandelous
  14. Inspector Gadget cartoon
  15. Full House - had to get my room cleaned on Friday's in order to watch this!
 And who can forget things like the almighty TRAPPER KEEPER for school and "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?" on the computers of the 80's that they later turned into a tv show with that really cool accapella group???

Sweet Pickles

Being a child of the 80's and 90's there are certain things that trigger good memories... one of them being the Sweet Pickles bus.  I loved pulling it out and playing with the games and reading the stories.  Great way to spend a snow day!!!  My smart mom had this while we were growing up.  I should probably see if she still has it packed away.  Totally forget about these like this until you run across them on YouTUBE. 

Lollipops... Polka dots... and Pinwheels...

The table settings
The favors
This shower has been in the planning stages for a while... the theme was lollipops... polka dots... and pinwheels.  Months ago when the theme was mentioned I put together a diaper cake for a centerpiece and gift.  I showed it to the friend that was planning the shower and the rest was a collaborative effort of numerous friends of Kris'.  The shower turned out super cute and mommy and baby were blessed with lots of fun stuff!!!  Great job Annie and Betty for all of your hard work!

The centerpieces

The sign in table... my contribution to the decor is the diaper cake!

Wall decor

The gift stage... with rocker for the mommy- to - be!!!
The surprised mommy-to-be!!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Remembering days gone by....

Over the past few weeks, my yard has been neglected due to everything going on.   It is hard to do yard work in the dark and with getting home as the sun is setting, my grass has become knee high in places. So today I got home around 5 and finally had the motivation and energy to do the yard.  Midway through the yard, I am thinking who can I hire to do this job.  Minutes later I turn around and there are three girls from the neighborhood standing there with rakes and brooms asking if they could help... my response... That would be awesome!  The girls raked and swept while I finished weed eating. 

This brought back great memories of my brother and I working for my neighbors growing up.  Mr. and Mrs. Evans were an older couple that had a big farm and orchard.  Many summer days were spent at the Evans mowing the orchard, thinning the corn, and doing other odd jobs that needed to be done.  Mr. Evan's would normally pay us a few dollars and there were always sodas in glass bottles and a huge train set to play with. 

This was in the late 80's ... early 90's before most households had "personal" computers... Mr. Evans always had the newest and best programs on his huge computer.  I remember doing numerous papers and projects on that computer because the fonts were so much more fun than the old school typewriter that my mom had.

Looking back, I think of all of the fun memories and realize that my mom probably enjoyed the break while we were with the Evans.  The Evans probably enjoyed the help and the liveliness that two youngsters bring.  Sadly Mr. Evans passed away many years ago and Mrs. Evans is living in a much smaller assisted living home in town.  I still try to see her when I go back to NC and we write snail mail notes back and forth. 

It is funny how something as simple as three neighborhood girls offering their help could bring up such a flood of memories.  My heart is blessed beyond belief!!!

More wall art

Lately my bedroom has been a work in progress... I am loving the brown and red color scheme but needed some wall art so after seeing this fun idea in Martha Stewarts' Wedding Magazine... I wanted to try!

So I found a picture from Suwon, Korea that I really loved... used a CM magnetic frame...
and made this... 

So far the wall art in my room documents my trips to Haiti, Egypt, and now Korea...  I need to start looking at fun picts from the other places I have been to finish my wall art. 

On that note... I am going to bed!


You know you have an addiction problem when you have to set a limit and bribe yourself to do something else!!! 

Ok... My name is Angela and I am addicted to PINTEREST...

Would you like to join my support (crafting) group????

If you are not a member of Pinterest... in a nutshell... it is a place that you can pin and organize all of those great ideas you see on others blogs.  Before Pinterest I would see an idea and think 'Oh that fun... I should do that' then I would forget all about it.  Now I can pin these ideas and then try them with step by step directions!!!

So on to the fun ideas that Pinterest has inspired...  (with my side kick Juliet!!!)

A birthday gift for a sweet little one year old documenting each month with her onesies labeled per month... made on a Creative Memories magnetic frame.  Was a great center piece on the gift table. 

Another friend with 2 boys was redoing her children's room so with the Cricut I cut out animals with each letter of their name and used the cut out letters to make this frame for some pictures.

This is one of the 19 centerpieces that were put together for the Kia'ika 'ike Early Education Conference.  Cute and whimsical filled with candy, gum, and  crackers to munch on while the conference was going on.  The paper and crayons were to jot notes, doodle, or network!!!  These were made for around $7 each and that included all of the snacks and refills!

So I was in need of a break tonight and wanted to do something for my staff... took clean frosting containers, ribbon, stamps, scrapbooking paper and punches to make these.  Then put dark chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels in a plastic bag tied with curling ribbon.  Super easy and had everything in stock!

Enjoy and hope you were inspired to be creative!