Wednesday, September 23, 2020

DIY with mama saigh: Halloween decor.

After the LONGEST hiatus EVER (thanks COVID), Mama Saigh is back on The Jason Show this week with some more ideas for your Halloween decorating! 

Let's start with a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your mantle, front door, or other areas of your home using 3D bats that we found on Amazon...

I found these 3D bats on Amazon (48 bats for approx. $8), and used
them to decorate our fireplace and mantle for Halloween. I filled
apothecary jars from JoAnn's with white skulls, and filled in the
blank spaces with crows, candle sticks, and antlers. 

I also used them to decorate our front door to make it look
like spooky Halloween bats are flying out of our house. The
gorgeous mums are from Costco, the planters and brown pumpkin
are from Lowes, the "Hey There Pumpkin" doormat is by Oh Trendy Baby,
and I found the buffalo plaid doormat on Amazon.

And then there's these DIY Halloween Tombstones that we made using our neighbor's old styrofoam insulation...

Start by using a serrated-edge knife to cut your styrofoam into a
tombstone-looking piece. Don't worry about cutting the perfect shape
because you want the styrofoam to look like stone. Then, paint your
tombstone using a grey paint and let dry. Using a sharpie, you can title
your tombstone using silly, spooky and scary names!

Finally, try making velvet pumpkins at home for a fraction of the price that you'll find in stores...

I started seeing these velvet pumpkins at boutiques everywhere last Autumn,
and I'm still in love with the look. However, at $20+ a pop, these beauties can add up!

Start by cutting a circle of any size in a piece of stretchy
velvet fabric. Don't worry about cutting the perfect circle.

Using a heavier-duty thread and a sewing needle, do a
simple stitch along the outside of the velvet material.

Leave a space big enough to fill your pumpkin up with
half dry rice, and then fill the rest with a Poly-Fil.

Secure and close with a needle and thread.

Next, take your needle and thread all the way down
through the bottom of your pumpkin and back up through
the top a few times to make sure it's secure. Finally, super
glue a stem from a gourd or pumpkin on top!

Our homemade velvet pumpkins were the perfect addition to
our fall table-scape last Autumn!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Duluth, lutsen + tofte with the kids.

After six months of living in the midst of a pandemic, our family was in need of a getaway... a change of scenery... anything. But doing so safely was also a top priority. We decided to pack the kids in the car, and drive up toward the North Shore for a 5-day getaway. We stayed at The Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth for one night, and then headed up to Bluefin Bay in Tofte, MN for the rest of our trip. We stayed in our favorite family suite at The Inn on Lake Superior, as it’s right in Canal Park and has an amazing view from the balcony of the room. Bluefin Bay was absolutely incredible! The views of Lake Superior from our condo were insane. Temps were very autumn-like during our stay, so we were able to sleep with the windows open and enjoy a fire in the wood-burning fireplace every night. Our kids basically had the outdoor pool and hot tub to themselves every morning and early afternoon, and there were plenty of gorgeous trails and sights to take in.

This trip definitely solidified why Northern Minnesota is one of our favorite places on earth. Here are a few of the places we visited along the way...

Portland Malt Shoppe (BEST malts EVER!)

Lutsen Gondola 

Duluth Trading Post (Mama Saigh got a great new leather bag from here)

Betty’s Pies

Peach Beach + Black Beach

Sven & Ole’se Pizza (One of the best pizzas we’ve ever had - Grand Marais)

Grandma’s Restaurant 

Temperance River

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Linna’s last words as an 8-year-old.

I’ve recorded these videos of my kids on the evening before each of their birthdays, starting at age two. So incredible to see and hear how much they change and grow!

(Linna, age 8)

(Linna, age 2)

(Linna, age 3)
(Linna, age 6)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Baby tony is starting to talk.

Our two older kids were basically little chatter boxes from a pretty young age. Baby Tony (turned 2 in March) is taking his sweet time in the talking department, but he’s starting to put more words together to form sentences. I love his cute little voice!

Papa Saigh teaching Baby Tony one of his favorite things to do: Rub my feet 😆

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

FOX 9 buzz: Keeping kids busy at home.

Monday, I did my first LIVE broadcast on the FOX 9 Buzz from my home! This segment was originally booked a couple weeks ago when the country and our state of MN started going on lockdown during the COVID19 outbreak. So, while most (hopefully) people are working from home, schools are closed, and we are all “sheltering in place”, I gave the FOX 9 viewers some activities that kids can do indoors and outside, from home! Enjoy, and stay healthy.

Click on the photo above to link you to my TV segment in full.

- Get 20% OFF your Baketivity order, using the code MELISSA

- STEM Boxes are by Kiwi Co.

- Photo Books are by ChatBooks

- Follow @experintiallearningdepot on Instagram for other great ideas (this blog is my friend who is a former school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom)