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BATHROOM RULES

A while ago, I was walking around shops looking into second-hand shops and rummaging in the discounted baskets in different shops when I came across these Bathrooms Rules.
OCB - Bathroom rules
I had been looking for something similar for the boy’s bathroom for a while and this was perfect – a nice and fun reminder to what the rules of the bathroom are, without being to childish. The frame was reduced was due to some damage but that was not going to stop me as I wanted to paint with chalk paint it anyway.
Bathroom rules - scratched frame
I love painting with chalk paint. There is no preparation, no sanding, no messing. Just clean and paint. Love it.
Bathroom rules - painting with chalk paint
I wanted a bit of a distressed look on the frame so I used some fine grit sandpaper on the edges and then I applied some clear wax to it and buffed it up.
Bathroom rules - painting with white chalk paint
I am very happy with the result. It is a nice mixture of fun, serious, old and up-cycled that works  well in the bathroom for the boys and for our Airbnb guests (although I am hoping that they would remember all those things without the need of a reminder).
Bathroom rules - painting with chalk paintBathroom rules - painting with chalk paint6
What are your thoughts on chalk paint? have your tried it yet?
Chaotic Itzi

 

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A HEALTHY DESSERT THAT TASTES LIKE A TREAT

Our summer holidays were very relaxed. They were filled with ice-creams and not too healthy treats. So now that we are back to school, routine and time-tables, we are also going back to healthy eating and trying to get back into shape (especially me…).
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This dessert is one of my kid’s favorites – they call it “my secret recipe”, which is funny because it is not a recipe, there is no cooking, it’s more like an assembly job.

To make this lovely dessert for 2 monkeys, you will need:
– Natural Greek organic yogurt
– Honey
– 10 strawberries
– 2 handfuls of pistachios

1 – Serve 3 tablespoons of yogurt (or as much as you want) in each bowl and add a layer of honey on top.
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - yoghurt and honey
2 – Then, chop the strawberries and layer them on top.
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - strawberries
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - strawberries 1
3 – Peel and crush the pistachios and scatter them on top of the strawberries.
A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat - pistachios 1
Add a child to the mix and see it been inhaled in seconds.
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A healthy dessert that tastes like a treat -2
Of course this dessert is not only for kids. Adults are allowed to have it too! Only if they are good 😉

Happy Friday lovely people!
Chaotic Itzi


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UPDATING FRUIT BOXES

When we were planning our 20 year anniversary, Mr B and I realized that at least 1/3 of our guests would be children. Most of our friends and family are at the similar stage in life as us, with kids, and we wanted to make sure that the party was very inclusive and that both parents and kids would have a great time.
Kid's area at the party
I decided to set up an area for the kids. I organised some entertainment for them and I set up a little table for them to help themselves and to have fun. As the table was very small, I needed more surface in which to put food and drinks as well as carry them from the house to the field where the party was held.
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I decided to use some fruit boxes that my local fruit shop kindly donated. I love the wood mixed with the different designs and colors in the fruit boxes but I also wanted to personalize them and also to make them fit into my design scheme.

I used some paint to color the sides of the boxes in some of them as some of the designs weren’t to my taste.  I used washi tape to decorate the sides of the box.
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
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I covered the bottom of the box with some pretty paper matching the washi tape. It looks pretty, don’t you think?
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
They were extremely useful on the day to carry food and beverages around and to display food. It also helped us in the tidying up the following day. I am currently using them in my room (I have glued some felt at the bottom of the box to avoid scratching the shelves).
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I love the idea of extending the life of something that has already done a great job. It now looks prettier and it will last for another good few years. Up-cycling at its best!
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
Have you up-cycled anything recently?
Chaotic Itzi

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HOME-MADE HEALTHY ICE POPS

Summer days, whether they are hot or not, they call out for ice-pops and especially if you are under 10 years of age, or 20, it depends 😉
Home-made healthy Ice-Pops
I have been making ice-pops in my house since the boys were tiny and it means that I don;t have to think twice about giving them out as I know exactly what went into them.
Home-made healthy Ice-Pops
There are two kinds of ice-pops that we tend to make in my house: one with just juice and a bit of honey; and the other one is more like a smoothie with yoghurt. The kind I am sharing today is neither. It is a new kind. It is not pure juice but it is dairy-free as I am using Almond Milk.

To make these DAIRY-FREE ICE POPS, you will need:
10 Strawberries
1 Banana
150 ml Almond Milk
Teaspoon honey
Ingredients for healthy Ice-Pops
Blend the strawberries with a couple of spoonfuls of water and add them to your ice-pop containers. Pop them into the freezer for 2 hours.
Strawberries for healthy Ice-Pops
After two hours, blend the banana with the almond milk and the teaspoon of honey and add them to the containers, pop the stick in and back into the freezer for another 2 hours.
Banana, almond milk and honey for healthy ice-pops
Home-made healthy ice-pops
They are easy, they are healthy, the variations are endless, a great way for kids to eat fruit and they are guilt free – perfect!!
Homemade healthy Ice-Pops
What is your favorite fruit combination?
Chaotic Itzi