Jan 9, 2015

Of Catching Up, Washi Tape and Pink Mega Bloks.

Hello Friday, you universal day of happiness.
 


The day on which takeaway coffees magically balance on lift railings for a full five storey ride upwards without spilling.

Linen blouse - Uniqlo, necklace - Lovisa. Unfortunately, my $3 bargain necklace broke after taking this photo (the karma of selfies perhaps?) and is no longer.


And the day on which I can wear a white linen blouse without fear. Mainly because tomorrow's Saturday and I'll be doing my load of special care laundry first thing in the morning.

 

Yesterday was a day of catching up.


With Toddler SSG on the front porch over breakfast and a shared apple.


And then back in the kitchen where batch food preparation was the order of the day. Bill Granger's Mix-and-Go Muesli from his 'Everyday' cookbook never fails me and I use it so often, I usually have the recipe written out on an index card in the pantry. Except that I lost my most recent copy so it got transcribed again yesterday.


I add way more dried fruit than the recipe calls for and the exact mix of fruit varies with the season. In celebration of summer, dried pineapple and mango made the cut this time round. As well as these home made apple rings that my Aunty sent over from Perth. I'm seriously considering getting a food dehydrator myself because her home made apple rings are so good.


I also made several trays of apple, carrot and sultana mini muffins for Toddler SSG's daycare day breakfasts. Breakfasts can be complicated affairs when he's faced with too many choices (such as the entire contents of the pantry) which isn't ideal on a busy morning. So I've narrowed the options down to pikelets or muffins with yoghurt or cheese. It's working so far.


I've made tentative steps into the world of creative sensory play. I'm following the Nurturestore website via Facebook and it's a brilliant resource for all kinds of activities you can reproduce at home for children of all age groups. The best thing is that most of the materials you need are either cheap or things you were going to have to recycle anyway.

A recent project featured on the site involved the use of cardboard tubes, pom poms and washi tape to create a pom pom chute system from a wall. I managed to gather all the bits and pieces yesterday but unforunately, my cheap 'washi style tape' didn't stick to my wall. So it's back to the drawing board to source stickier washi.

Have you heard of washi tape? I've only just discovered what it is and what you can do with it. Better late than never, I suppose. I'm going to use this current roll for Toddler SSG's 'About Me' poster so it doesn't go to waste.

Washi tape appears to have cult status on Pinterest and Etsy. It's a Japanese masking tape that's embellished with every possible design you could possibly think of. People use it for paper crafts and interior decorating. You can get washi tape holders to house your collection of washi and I wouldn't be surprised if you can also get your own custom tape made too.

I'm not going to lie. I'm a buyer of gender specific toys. I can't help myself. I'm a child of the eighties and some of my happiest memories revolved around Barbies and pretend beauty salons. But then again there were equally cherished adventures with Lego, Crayolas and mucking around with my brothers.


This weekend is going to be an epic one of second birthday parties for members of my mothers group so I was at Target yesterday making sure everyone was accounted for in the gift stakes. One little girl will be receiving a pink themed set of Mega Bloks. Seeing as they are construction blocks, I figure I'm still being politically correct and helping in the development of gender non specific skills.

It's Friday. I'll spare you my thoughts on gender equality, which is esse tally what I see feminism to mean. My default answer / defence is that I turned out okay (I think). Not believing in a man being a financial plan. Aspiring and working towards whatever will truly make me happy. But also being confident in myself to occasionally succumb to a gender sepcific interest. Or two.

Have a lovely weekend.


15 comments:

  1. Washi tape is a world o' fun:).

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    1. I'm just beginning to realise this, Lisa.

      SSG xxx

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  2. I have heard of the washi tape craze, but as of yet I've been spared it. As baby T gets bigger no doubt I'll be learning more about it too! :)

    We had secret Santa for the babies in my mothers group and I couldn't resist trying to pick something cute and pink and girly for the baby girl I had to buy for! :) I think it's natural to want to buy something gender specific for the opposite gender when we get a chance to! Baby T will have a wide range of hand me downs - including dolls (from me) and army men and dinosaurs (from his dad). I think that says less about our parenting style and more about the hoarding tendencies of our families though haha!

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    1. I agree, Mica. Being a parent of a boy, I do like the idea of buying frilly and pastel coloured things for little girls.

      SSG xxx

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  3. oh come on, give the gender equality lecture to us! I would love to hear it, even if I don't necessarily agree with it :)
    x

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  4. Blocks are the perfect gift for both genders, my oldest still will play with the blocks from time to time (and he's 9). Although I'm kind of sad they make them in pink sets for girls… generally just 2 year olds haven't identified any specific colours with a gender. Museli looks good!

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    1. I know what you say is true, Heidi but I couldn't resist the pink.

      SSG xxx

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  5. I am quite anti - pink. There are many other colours in the rainbow but why do we drown our girls in pink? It makes me want to vomit. I was a child of the 80s but dislike the insanity of gendered toys and toy aisles. I played with the primary coloured lego cause the marketers hadn't figured out to target different genders then.
    At least the Frozen craze has given girls another colour in their world.
    Play Unlimited is an Australian group that has lots of great info on gender stereotyping of girls and boys toys.
    A Mighty Girl is a fantastic website that every mother of a girl should read.........
    Apologies for the rant but clearly something I feel passionate about.

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    1. Hi Anon

      Thanks for your comment. I put it out there first so I welcome everyone's thoughts and opinions.

      Liking the Frozen craze myself too.

      SSG xxx

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  6. I was just about to say what a great necklace...Love washi tape and I was really into it until i didn't have a project and i just had loads of tape.

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  7. Strangely they gravitate towards toys that are kinda gender related. eg cars, trucks, balls. One time D was looking at a catalogue and was on a page that had all Barbie pink toys. He said that's disgusting. Had to tell him off. Weird because we definitely didn't encourage only boy toys.
    Love that necklace.. what a shame it broke :(

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    1. True, true, Ling. Noticed it at the parties we were at over the weekend.

      SSG xxx

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  8. Love the Coffee balance trick!
    Washi tape can be hit or miss when sticking on walls. Try purchasing the masté brand or the mt Masking Tape brand (both made in Japan). They are a little on the costly side for kids projects but they stick to walls without fail. Many of the cheaper Chinese ones will peel right off walls :(
    I operate a washi tape web-store. www.washilane.com and have done so many experiments with masté and mt brands never failing the quality test :)

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