Things to tell a new mum

there are lots of things people dont tell you about being a mum. Here is a list of things i learnt or do:

  1. Woolies deliveries are a god send when you have to do a big grocery shop or have heavy items. Helps you stick to a list and a budget too.
  2. Pick a day of the week to cook up big batches and dont be afraid to give your kids toast for dinner occasionally.
  3. Its ok for them to go to bed in their clothes. Pajamas are just clothes after all.
  4. They will eventually go to sleep so you may as well make use of the time you have to be awake at 11pm by watching that show your partner hates.
  5. Cleaning can wait. If you are tired, the laundry does not have to go on today.
  6. If your kid brings you a book. Stop what you are doing and read to them. This goes for toys too. There will be time for tv and facebook later. 
  7. Make your kids like shows you can stand to watch 100 times. Rue likes Stepford Wives, River cottage Australia and The Cleveland show. 
  8. No one cares if they wear odd socks. Or pajamas to daycare. They are kids, no point fighting with them if they dont want to get changed. (School aged children are another matter)
  9. Try not to be precious about posessions/ clothes. They wont last forever anyway. If they get dirty or stained just shrug and move on. This saves alot of stress, trust me. 
  10. You can offer them the best food in the world, that doesnt mean they will eat it. Do your best and if you try three things and they refuse, hey, a biscuit is food. 

Kids table

for a while now i have been looking for a kids table. I hate all the ones i have seen and even some of the super expensive ones have been a bit blah. I knew what i was looking for. Something that didnt look like it was flat pack or plastic. I wanted wood and an interesting shape. I had no luck asking on facebook groups but thank fully finally found something that would work at the op shop. So for $8 i got this side table. 

As you can see its not in the best shape. The stain was flaking off and it needed some lovin. So i set off for bunnings to get some supplies. The lovey man there tried to find some cheap paint for me with no luck and even offered me his kids old table from their garage! Bless. I declined. I was set on my little table. So i settled for the tin of grey paint i had leftover from Rues cot. Sadly i had left it on the front porch for 2 years and naturally the lid had rusted closed. So i did what any self respecting person would do and jammed my screwdriver through the lid…what? You wouldnt do that?? 

We had paint! I used a very course sandpaper to take the whole finish off and strip it back to bare wood. It was suprisingly easy and only took about 10mins. The top was a little warped from wet that had seeped in over the years but i decided it added charm. I used two coats for the legs and three for the top as it would see the most wear. Thank goodness it was a warm day and each coat dried in no time. 

I even got a little sun in between coats!

I left it outside until nightfall then brought it in to avoid frost which we still might get even in the middle of spring. It was still a little tacky so i assume it should be left for a full 24hrs. But as i am very impatient i wanted to get a start on the design. I used a pencil to sketch it in (took me over an hour to find a pencil) then a dab of acrylic paint. A spray or two of sealant (which i should have done outside as its very smelly but thankfully its bedtime so the loungeroom has time to air) and i was done!i love how it turned out. Simple but pritty. I decided moths were more boyish than birds. 

I did debate putting some little brown mushrooms on too and still might but for now im happy with the moths. 

Table: $8

Sandpaper: $.96

Sanding block: $3.49

Paint: free

Paintbrush: $3.98

Time: about an hour to sand and paint and 30mins for the moths. 

All up a super cute custom table for under $20. 

Next step is to customise the chairs. Two for $5 from the opshop!