Monday, 15 September 2014

Gender Biased Footwear – AKA Boys can wear Polka Dots

Gender Biased Footwear – AKA Boys can wear Polka Dots

Recently we went on a late mission for rain boots that can be a hard to find item in Alberta in September given that most retailers have wet weather items out in February and are sold out by March. But we have an easy go to store which is a pretty safe bet for at least having stock. But who would have thought a shopping trip would turn into a lesson on gender bias for this family? Not me that is for sure, I thought it would be quick in, grab boots in right size, pay and leave. This is not exactly how it went and not the first time that this has happened surprisingly.
More and more consumers are demanding better choices for girls in order to get away from all the pink washing that happens but you don’t hear about the stereotypes when it comes to boys clothes aside from a general lack of choices in major box stores in comparison to the girl’s section. But I digress...

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Vintage Desk Refinished with Retro Gaming Details

Just in time for back to school (although I don't think Grady's school actually gives homework) we pulled out this vintage desk a friend gave us (for FREE!) and got to work. Grady has wanted to get it refinished since he first set eyes on it. At first I had plans for it to be more of a focal piece but I thought what the heck, he loves it so lets do it up Grady style!

I had a very basic idea as to how about going to redo the vintage desk. I knew I would need to buy the right paint and make sure to sand it really well but I pretty much just winged it. Grady found the project to be more work that he felt necessary and gave up helping after 2 minutes with sander and a trip to the store for paint.

So without further ado:

How to Refinish a Vintage Wooden Desk

Thursday, 7 August 2014

How to Survive a LEGO Store Mini-Build

4 Tips for Success at a LEGO Store Mini-Build:
If you have a LEGO fan in the house you are probably like me and have signed up for the LEGO VIP Program and have received an email or two inviting you to the LEGO store mini-build sessions that they have monthly. And maybe you have never attended before? You are wondering what to expect from your day if you go to a LEGO mini-build. Here is a bit of a guide: