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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Are you a pirates fan? As in "Pirates of the Caribbean?" Well, if you are you probably know that filming has begun for part four, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". It is scheduled to come out in May of 2011 and is currently being filmed here in Hawaii! Thanks to a friend ("Hi Joan!") and Facebook we found out exactly where the ship was docked and went to check it out! 

Okay, okay.....we saw it one day and were so mesmerized that we went back the next! It is truly unbelievable. I wish I could've gotten closer to show the detailing on the ship but this was as close as we could get:

What a perfect photo op! ARRRRRGH!

I am crossing my fingers that we will eventually get to see Johnny Depp! On several nights   he has come out in full costume to greet his fans! (Of course we missed him!) Also, the talk around town has been that Johnny has been very sweet and receptive to everyone. I hope that he is enjoying his stay here in Hawaii and we are looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I-Spy Bottle with Beautiful Rainbow Rice

Yesterday I hosted a craft playdate with the Honolulu Mommies. What a great group of gals! We had about 10 kiddos come and we made some I-Spy bottles! 

Prior to the playdate I made some rainbow rice:

The process is simple and only takes a few minutes! I'll tell you how at the bottom of this post!

Here are the bottles of prepped rice. Aren't the colors beautiful?  It would've been easier to have mixed the colors at home but I thought the kids might like to see all the different colors:

Here is the rice all mixed up. (Thanks to my hand model, Michelle!)

Everyone was asked to bring trinkets to share. We had pom-poms, buttons, pennies, BBs, stickers, marbles, bells, ribbon, foam cut-outs, pieces of felt, crayons, paper clips, alphabet beads, etc. etc.! After we got home we found some other things to add such as sea glass, shells, Lego pieces, erasers tops, and pieces of straw. I'm sure we'll find more things to add!

Funnels worked great to pour the rice into the bottles. However, paper funnels (roll the papers into a tube and tape) worked just as well!

And here are two of the completed bottles:

While I would have preferred that each bottle have only one of each trinket the kiddos seemed to really enjoy stuffing their bottles with whatever they could get hands on! They couldn't even wait for the stickers to be individually cut. Oh well!

Now....how to make the rainbow rice!

ll you need is rice, food coloring, rubbing alcohol, a baggie to mix the rice in, wax paper and some table space to let the color dry/set.

Obviously you can increase or decrease the amount of rice you are going to use but this is how I did it:

For each color:

  • pour 1 and 1/2 cups of rice into a baggie

  • add 1/2 tsp of rubbing alcohol

  • add a few squirts of food coloring

  • seal the bag and shake it up

  • when you have the desired color pour the rice out onto a flat surface covered with wax paper

  • let the rice dry - it only takes about 15 minutes!

  • repeat for each of the other colors
That's it!

To make the I-Spy bottle pour the rice into your bottle. For a 16.9 oz. bottle you need about 1 and 1/2 cups of rice. Don't fill the rice to the top or else you won't have room for your trinkets! Add your trinkets, seal it (I recommend using super glue or a hot glue gun to hold the seal) and shake it up!

Just an FYI - we were expecting about 10 kids to attend the playdate. Worried that others may show up unexpectedly or bottles of rice were going to spill I prepped 16 bottles and it was more than enough. A few of the kids happily ended up making more than one bottle! :)

*Thanks to Pink and Green Mama (one of my new favorite blogs for crafts!) for the inspiration and instructions on making rainbow rice! Only later did I notice that she also made I-Spy bottles with her rainbow rice! She had some GREAT trinkets. Go check her out!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Criss Cross Confusion!

This is what happens when someone other than mommy helps Momo get dressed.

Compliments of Papa. Her bathing top is on sideways - arm is through the neck hole.
I know, I know...those criss cross straps can be tricky!

Which reminds me of a flashback photo:

Front: The wrong way...compliments of daddy. Even she knows something is not right.

Front: The right way....thanks to mommy.

Back: the wrong way (again, compliments of daddy).

Back: the right way (again, thanks to mommy).

Darn criss cross straps must really confuse the men in the family!
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Nā Kama Kai - "Children of the Sea"

More ocean fun!

When catching up with an old lifeguard friend ("Hi Desire'!") she told me about a program her cousin had started called, "Nā Kama Kai." The program focuses on children and their relationship with the ocean  - to love, respect, enjoy and protect our beautiful sea. Not only does it incorporate safety education and ocean preservation but the kids get to experience sanding a surfboard, one-on-one instruction on the stand up paddle board and get to ride in a canoe!  I was sold. I signed the girls up.

How did it go?

The experience went above and beyond my expectations.

It was....





And so much more.

Here are a few pictures:

The kids got to sand a surfboard......

Kailani's dry land lesson on a SUP (stand up paddle board.)

Momo taking the easy way.....

Here's Momo (in the middle) standing and paddling! Take a look at the twin boys to the right - they opted for a nap! Oh the bliss!

One of my most favorite pictures ever. Kailani SUPing - she looks so tiny out there!
The crew and kids getting ready for a canoe ride!

Did I mention that the program is fully run by enthusiastic, loving volunteers and is completely and totally FREE?!? ROCKSTARS they are. I thank every one of them!

Fore more information on Nā Kama Kai please check out their website! On there you will find the program's philosophy, mission, etc. and it includes several video clips of what they do! Also, if you are in Hawaii and have kids that are between the ages of 2-18 I highly encourage you to sign up for a class! They are only an hour long and run back-to-back from about 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Here's a link with a schedule of upcoming clinics. 

This is the second time we have attended Nā Kama Kai and it won't be the last! My kids can't wait to go to the next one! Now to save up for a stand up paddle board!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Boogie Boarding!

Trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation! Check out her smile!
And yes....she's wearing goggles and she's okay with that! :)

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Monday, July 5, 2010

An Oreo Haiku

Cookies with no cream.

Trying hard to hide from mom.

Momo, it was you.


My new "friend."

Isn't it beautiful?

It's an antique dress form that I recently purchased from a newly made friend, Caroline. The first time I laid eyes on it was while browsing her Etsy site. I instantly fell in love (yes....in love with a "mannequin" ...." I admit it....it sounds a bit twisted!) I asked her about it and could tell by the way she spoke that she loved it as well. Who could blame her? Not me. I got it. Totally got it.


Feelings of envy. I've been wanting a dress form for some time now but never got around to getting one because I'm too cheap.

But then Caroline mentions to me that with her upcoming move overseas she might be parting it. 


Now you would think that I would jump at the chance to own this magnificent piece but I didn't. Instead I tried to convince her to take it with her. After all, we have moved several times in the last four years and I know how it feels to have to part with beloved items. She then explained that with the recent closing of her Etsy shop (so unfortunate!) and with the need to downsize for their big move it would be best to find it a new home.

Long story short - I bought it.


When I went to pick it up I took a chance of sounding like a complete and total freak and asked Caroline if the dress form had a name. I was relieved (and tickled) when she responded, "YES! Her name is Addie."

And Addie it will continue to be!

I'm sure you will be seeing more of her here on "Mama's a Mess!"

By the way, the beautiful photograph of Addie was taken by Caroline herself. Check out her blog for more inspiration! 
*A note to Caroline: I pledge to you that I will take very good care of Addie! Thank you for the incredible deal....the incredible gift! It's a bummer to have just met you and now you have to move. Best of luck on your new adventures and I look forward to your return to the islands!

*A note to my dear blogger friends: yes, I realized I wrote an entire post about a dress form. I couldn't help it. Most anyone that sews surely understands. :)