How to Make Miniature Resin Photo Charms

How to Make Miniature Photo Pendants #instagram via lilblueboo.com

Boo and I made the little charms shown above using Instagram photos and jumbo popsicle sticks.  Aren’t they cute?  We made a few photo magnets with them too for our chalkboard wall. (Just a tip: make sure to use neodymium scientific magnets.….they are super powerful. But keep them away from kids under the age of 3!) [Read more...]

Make a DIY Holga Pinhole iPhone Camera

Turn a smartphone or iphone into a pinhole / holga camera via lilblueboo.com

Kind of old and creepy looking right? I love it. I have an old Holga camera and I love it. I even have a Polaroid attachment (for the peel apart Polaroid film) for the back….the only problem is that the film gets so expensive. What is a Holga? It’s basically a toy camera that is known for it’s photo imperfections: the shadowy vignette, light leaks, distortion. Add in the grainy quality of a pinhole camera and you can get some pretty haunting photos. Chris Keeney has some great galleries of pinhole photos and Holga photos…..among other fascinating altered camera photos.

I made an easy little cover for my iPhone camera that gets a similar effect. All I used was a small piece of cardboard, tape and a sewing needle: [Read more...]

How to Catch A Kangaroo

I’m obviously easily amused. I don’t know why this made me laugh so hard…..but, because it did, I have to share. Spoiler alert: Notice that the kangaroo just “falls” into the bag. And then I laugh hysterically at the fact that he’s laying upside down with his tail sticking out.

 

I was at the doctor yesterday describing how I’d passed out the other day and I used this as an example: I collapsed, you know, like when Jake Sully gets unplugged and his avatar body collapses in front of the Na’vi. I got a blank stare. The Na’vi, the indigenous people of Pandora? Blank stare. I guess you didn’t see the movie…. I’ve got an echo on Monday and more blood work and then hopefully I get a break from doctor appointments for a while. 

So glad it’s Saturday. I woke up early (or what I thought was early) and Boo immediately said: I ate the last cinnamon roll. You should have woken up earlier. She’s right. The cinnamon roll was fair game. Mr. LBB had to work early this morning. He had the chance to eat the last cinnamon roll but he didn’t. Boo played quietly and got dressed by herself, letting me sleep in as a peace offering.

So, we are going to Seattle soon for some much needed vacation.  What should we do while we are there?

 

 

 

RIP Frida

My kid is definitely not missing a sensitivity chip. In fact, I think she got a few extra of them….so if anyone needs an extra let me know.  The first sign: she cries at the end of every. single. movie……even Hancock.  The more emotional the music, the more emotional she gets. Don’t even get me started on how she reacts at the end of Armageddon…..the whole 10 minutes at the end where everyone is reuniting and Harry dies? Wow. She even cries at those touching ESPN stories.

I get it. I cry at them too. Legends of the Fall. Secretariat. Joy Luck Club. Lifetime Movies. Pixar’s UP. Undercover Bosses when the CEOs surprise the workers at the end. And it used to be every Oprah episode.

Yesterday she saw her friend Elle (Lisa’s daughter) at school for the first time in a few days. She ran up to Elle and hugged her tight. She didn’t let go for a long time.  It got kind of awkward so Lisa said she peeked around to see if Boo was joking……but Boo was bawling. Boo, struggling through sobs, said: I missed you Elle……and I’m so sorry your fish died.


I’d forgotten that I told her that Elle’s fish Frida died. I just said it in passing…..not thinking it was something she’d remember. It wasn’t our fish. Poor fish….but it was actually Elle’s second fish Frida….Lisa quickly replaced the first one when it died. It wasn’t even the original Frida. [Read more...]

July Sponsor Giveaway!

I want to win the July Sponsor Giveaway at lilblueboo.com

 

Thank you so much to all of our amazing sponsors that donated to our July Giveaway. One lucky Lil Blue Boo reader is going to walk away with it all!

WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED AT THE BOTTOM!

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Lisbeth Saaaahl-Laaaahnder

In college I went 4 months straight eating a mixture of 1 part plain yogurt with 1 part Grapenuts cereal. And it had to be the right ratio. And the Grapenuts had to be added periodically because I have a standard of deviation for sogginess.  After 4 months I never ate it again. Ever. I eat other cereals though and I still pay attention to sogginess.  I’ll pour a bowl of milk and then add a few Apple Jacks at a time.  I’m such a creature of habit. Excess habit. That’s a nicer way of saying OCD. If I find something I like I’ll eat it over and over and over until one day something new comes along.

One thing that I will never eat willfully: plain sandwich bread.  I’m not talking about dinner bread…..I’m talking like a loaf of sandwich bread.  Unless it’s covered in peanut butter and jelly.  But now I can’t eat peanut butter because my mom says it’s full of bacteria. Yesterday the refrigerator was down to a bare minimum and I was so desperate that I ate some Soybutter.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It only took me 2 years to try it. (This is why I can’t make Boo try stuff she insists she doesn’t like…..because I won’t.) Oh yeah, back to the sandwich bread…..just the smell of it makes me nauseous. It smells like fish bait to me. Probably because when I was little we used to ball up little pieces of sandwich bread to catch fish.  It reminds me of ducks too…..for the same reason. Not that we tried to catch ducks with hooks.  Who would want to catch a duck? And in conclusion, the bread also reminds me of investment banking because everyone knows that if you split a loaf of bread apart you can sell the slices for more than the entire loaf but you have to factor in the costs of separation too. 

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What’s Your Focal Length?

All About Photography Focal Length and Lenses from @Gayle Vehar via lilblueboo.com

Don’t let the fact that I am going to write a whole post here about focal length fool you. Focal length seems like it could be a little boring. It is probably the fact that it is measured in millimeters and sounds all “mathy!” But knowing a little about it can help you use and choose your lenses wisely.

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Awesome Beauty Products You Probably Already Have

Last week I stumbled across an easy, inexpensive way to whiten teeth at home via Pinterest.  I became obsessed with swishing with peroxide for a few days and seriously…..I have new teeth.

Random beauty tips via lilblueboo.com

 

There are a few more I’ve found since and I wanted to share them all with you!  Happy teeth-whitening-leg-shaving-no-more-cracked-heels-or-greasy-hair-faceblotting day!

Click “continue reading” below to see the gallery and links:

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Why I’ll Never Tell You How to Parent

Over the weekend, on Facebook and a few blogs, I “overheard”some heated exchanges over a sign on a tupperware box.  Of course, I’ll admit that I get myself lost in reading the drama late at night sometimes…..it’s like a train wreck you can’t turn away from.  The original photo has now disappeared from Pinterest and blogs….I’m not sure why…..maybe because someone was tired of being attacked? I don’t blame them. I felt bad for them. Here they thought they had a great idea and then all the attacks and rebuttals started……over……a tupperware box. I can’t even find the original source now:

Toy Ransom Box via lilblueboo.com

My first reaction was: who cares.

My second reaction was: if you don’t like the idea of a tupperware box holding your kid’s toys for ransom….then don’t make one.

My third reaction was: wow, you have to have a thick skin to put yourself out there on the Internet.

Of course I didn’t write any of these comments because you can’t suck me in to the bottomless pit of mommy wars……

Nothing makes me run faster in the opposite direction than: [Read more...]

Cool Things Made From Recycled Toys

Recycled Toys via lilblueboo.com

I’ve been saving up Boo’s old toys forever…..the ones that I’m sure would hit the landfill and not Sunnyside. I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet but here are some projects and art I’ve seen around that are pretty awesome:

 

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