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October 16, 2010

Mod Podge Rocks. That is all.

So we've only got a couple months before Christmas, right? We've started to receive the Christmas toy catalogs from the likes of Toys 'R' Us, Target, and such -- thick, glorious, full-color, pamphlets filled with toys my children love to covet.  Well, my 4 year old happens to spy a Disney Princesses' kitchen, complete with the happy smiling faces of a few little girls playing with it. 

"Mommy, I want THAT!  Can we buy that today?"

"Uh, no, honey, you already have a play kitchen."

"But Mommy, it's blue and that's only for boys." 

"What?  Who told you blue was only for boys?"

"But I like the pink one, it's for girls."

"No, honey, you already have a kitchen.  I'm not going to buy a new one because it's pink. I'm not made of money."

Obviously, she was not happy with my response and she gave me the saddest, puppy-dog look I've ever seen.  In my defense, I bought her a way cool play kitchen from Target 3 years ago.  Yes, it is blue and red, and white.  But she never had a problem with it before. 

I was bummed to see her long face.  So, I told her, "Honey, why don't we pretty up your kitchen so it looks like the one in the picture?  We could add lots of pink." This piqued her interest.  "You could also help me spruce it up."  A big smile spread across her face. 

I got her attention. 

So, we went into my fabric stash, grabbed the Mod-Podge, foam brush, scissors, and blade and we went to work.  We added a foam clock and some hooks for her apron and other accessories.  So now her "blah" little boy's kitchen (as she characterized it) turned into this:





So, it's not a "Disney Princesses" kitchen.  So what.  She was happy with it and proud she helped to redo it.  And, it has quite a bit of pink.

She also learned a new word for the day: "Decoupage."  And perhaps the value of improving on what you've already got. 

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