Category Archives: kids

Jude the Eggplant Rider

Jude the Eggplant Rider a video by hopeandmegan on Flickr.

Falling off is the best part. I took a couple videos and all he wanted to do was fall over backwards. The insanely barking dog is Quinn.

Quinn j’aime les froot loops

Wonder woman in her invisible jet


Ridiculously cute! It is Fisher Price Little People

Lego house

First thing since we got our new Legos.


February in Ohio


February in Ohio

I can’t believe how warm it has been this winter.  Please try not to notice how awful our driveway looks.

Quinn’s Turtle

Bad Hair

20120215-183822.jpgThe heart twists lasted for 2 days. I had high hopes that when I took them down that her hair would be full of cute curls. As you can see, I was VERY wrong.

What’s the upside? If you ever need to recreate a 70’s skank rocker chic, I have the perfect plan for you.

Someday she’ll hate me for posting these.



Valentine’s Day Heart Hair

I saw this hairstyle on Pinterest and decided to do it to Quinn’s hair for Valentine’s day. I didn’t have the topsy tail thing, so I just flipped the ponytail myself.

When it was done, I set it with 2 bobby pins and hairspray.

I made it red with chalk. I just ran the chalk under the faucet and colored it on. When it was red enough I set it with more hairspray so that the color would stay all day.






Puzzle World Building Sets by Lights, Camera, Interaction! and Melissa and Doug

We bought an enormous box of train/car/boat stuff at Once Upon a Child a while back.  We didn’t have a train set and this one said Melissa & Doug on the bottom, so it seemed like a good deal.

When I got home, I did some research and found out that the sets were no longer being made.  It seemed that a company called “Lights, Camera, Interaction!” was possibly bought by or merged with Melissa and Doug.  I guess maybe the LCI thing could have always been a subset of of M&D, I’m not sure.  The series is called Puzzle World.  At first I thought we had all of the sets, but now I know there is something with a barn and something with a helicopter that we don’t have.  I think we have 4 sets, but there may be some extra track and I couldn’t because there are so many pieces.

There is the train set, called “Ramblin’ Railway.”  Here is a picture of the box that I got from the Sea of Toys Angelfire website.  The big feature of this one is the arch (which is the same arch from the Arched Bridge Set).:

Another one from that same website is the Big City Adventure.  The big features in this one are the really tall city hall and the drawbridge with the working crank.

The last set is is Dock’n Discover set that features boats, water and harbor pieces.  I found a picture of it from Little Kids Stuff.

This is neat because you can use the crank to magnetically pick up and move the cargo and the fish.  A pic from our set:

Another shot of the sea wall.

We have a roundabout and some buildings with tops like these, so we must also have this set that someone (catlovergail) at Ebay calls Skyscraper Roundabout.  Here is the picture that I lifted from their ad.

The main reason that I wanted to put this post together is because I had such a hard time figuring out what went together and how.  A lot of the buildings were not glued anymore and so it was confusing.  Maybe they weren’t supposed to be glued and the previous owners tried unsuccessfully to glue it together.  I used the above pictures as guides and tried to assemble some of the pieces back together.  I’m hoping that this will help some other parents out there who are trying to figure out what goes where.

First of all, the boat.  This one was easy because there was an exploded shot up at Little Kids Stuff.  Note the three flat pieces.  The yellow, black and red one is a vertical door to keep the cargo in.  The plain one with the red (helipad?) mark fits between the two crew areas on the top.  The last one which is not painted at all, but has grooves and 2 pegs is the roof on the boat.

Here is a top view from our boat:


I cropped this out of someone’s (dudlbg06) Ebay post.  The train can go over or you can wind the drawbridge up and the boat can go under.

Here are some pics from our set of the drawbridge:

Arched Bridge:

The train can go over.  You can put water or road underneath.  This pic is also cropped from that Ebay post:

Here is our arch assembled:

Here are the Town Hall pieces according to the package, but I guess you could assemble any of the buildings however you want.

I hope that these pics help you.  If you have any more tips, clear pictures or instructions, I’d appreciate them.


Chalking Quinn’s Hair

We saw hair chalking at Pinterest and knew Quinn would love it.  There are some videos at YouTube that were pretty helpful.  Also, this tutorial at (wait for it) Seventeen Magazine.  Basically you are going to buy some cheap art chalks (less that 10 bucks at Jo-Ann’s), wet the hair you want to color and rub the chalk on.  It’s a little messy, so rubber gloves and a towel around the neck are a good idea.  Well, the gloves should go on your hands, not around your neck, but you probably knew that.

Here is what she looked like with her hair wet.

Before I flat ironed it

I took the top layer of Quinn’s hair and pulled it up on top of her hair.  This made the color sort of peek-a-boo.  These pictures are a little out of order, but see:  Hair down on the left and up on the right.

You can't see the color when I drop the top part down.Pink and Purple under the back

Once I was done coloring, I combed and then flat ironed it.  It was supposed to “set” it, but I’m not sure that it did.  It did make it lay nicely.   When I brushed it, a cloud of chalk flew out.  I didn’t see this in any of the tutorials that I read elsewhere, but this inspired me to spray aerosol hairspray over the chalked hair to set it.   I sprayed the hair and then brushed while it was drying so that the individual strands were shellacked.  The chalk cloud stopped immediately and I think the color will stay in for at least tomorrow, but probably until we wash it.

Here are all the colors with the hair still pulled up.  Green, black (her personal favorite because it is “like Snow White,” pink/red and then a tiny smidge of the purple.

All the colors with her top layer of hair still up

Final Results!

Table Vert - Represent!Purple on this side

EDIT – Not to be out-done, here is Jude with some blue to match his eyes.

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