"I need feminism because… There are more MPs called Dave than female MPs"

Yeah. Fuck you, Dave. 

How dare you study politics and take an interest in leadership roles. What a selfish bastard you are, for pursuing a career that supports your country and keeps it from descending into anarchy. Fuck you, Dave, because it is entirely your fault that women aren’t as inclined to pursue leadership roles like being a Member of Parliament.

Women want more representation in politics, but none of them actually want to take on the responsibility of representation themselves; they want someone else to do it for them. 

"Too many men," they say. "There are just too many Daves. This isn’t fair."

Newsflash, Dave, you are a man. You are solely responsible for women avoiding politics. There are too many of you. Whatever you do, Dave, it means shit. No one is going to look up to you. Who gives a damn about your leadership skills, your integrity or honesty? You won’t ever be an inspiration or motivation for women pursuing politics, simply because you don’t have a vagina between your legs. As we all know, women only respect and admire other women.  

Holy shit, Dave, you didn’t think about that, did you? 

Ikea LATT Hack

As Myla grows up, she is loving more and more activities such as colouring, playdough, kinetic sand, stickers and crafts.  I really wanted to get an inexpensive kids’ table and chair set so that she could have a suitable place to do all these activities!  While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed a cute table and chair set in one of babybellykelli's photos.  I immediately asked her where she purchased it and was delighted when Kelli told me that it was actually from Ikea!  I quickly looked it up on-line and found out that the Ikea LATT was a great bargain ($19.99 USD/$26.99 CAD) as it comes with a table and two chairs.

While researching the LATT on-line, I discovered that this set is a very popular item to modify/hack with its simple base design and inexpensive price.  Without modification, the LATT is made of solid pine in a natural wood finish with a white fiberboard table top and seat (see original product and dimensions HERE).  There are tutorials on how to convert the table top into a chalkboard and a lego table, how to add cushioning to the seats, and how to add storage along the sides.  We decided that we wanted to add some cushioning to the seats so that it would be more comfortable for Myla and to add a fun print to this simple set.  We went out to Ikea to purchase the LATT and Ryan began building it…

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Ryan beveled the edges of the wood seat with a utility knife since we needed to accommodate for the added thickness of the fabric that would wrap around this piece later on…

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We purchased some 1/2” thick foam from a fabric store and ordered this beautiful chevron fabric from Spoonflower (called "BlueChevron" by "mrshervi").  We ordered it in the “Linen-Cotton Canvas” so that it was thicker and hardier.  

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Ryan measured out how much foam and material we needed for each seat and began cutting away…

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Next, he folded and hot glued the fabric over the foam and cardboard as depicted in the pictures below.  He also added white duct tape for added support.

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And here we are with a beautifully padded cushion!  I love how no sewing is required and how simple it is to add this modern chevron design to our chairs!

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Ryan also wanted to add plexiglass to the table top so that it would be very easy to wipe down and we could add pictures underneath for different themes or seasons depending on what we were working on with Myla!  He bought some plexiglass from the hardware store and cut it to the appropriate size.  

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Our modified LATT with cushioned chevron seats and a plexiglass table top was soon complete!

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There are tutorials on-line showing some beautifully painted and stained LATT’s as well (grey stains, gold-dipped chair and table legs), but we decided to keep it in the natural wood finish since it matches so well in our house.

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We had a blast choosing the fabric and are really happy with the one that we ordered.  You can have so much fun choosing coordinating paint colours and fabrics to really customize the LATT for your family!

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Here is a close-up of the corner of the table top!  Ryan cut tiny notches in the corners of the plexiglass so that it fit perfectly flush on the surface.

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We’ve placed our table and chair set near our window so that we get plenty of natural light, and it is a wonderfully bright space for Myla to work and play in!

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Myla’s eyes widened with delight when she first saw these little chairs and little table that were her size!  It’s adorable whenever we see her climb up on the chair by herself to get ready to do her activities.

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Right now she loves playing with playdough and using cutters to make different shapes and patterns!  I love how cute Myla looks with her feet dangling above the ground :)

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We love playing in this area, and in the future, Myla’s little sibling can sit on this other seat instead of me :)

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If you’re in the market for a children’s table and chair set, check out the Ikea LATT!  It’s inexpensive and lends itself well to being modified- just google or search for “Ikea LATT hack” on Pinterest and a multitude of tutorials will come up.  Adding the padded chevron cushions to the seats and plexiglass to the table top was quick and easy, and Ryan assembled and modified it all in one sitting!  Let us know what you think and if you have any other ideas of how the LATT can be modified :)

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Had high tea with some lovely Lolitas over the weekend. Wore a rather pink floral coordinate for the event, since the tea place was named “Rose House”. ♥(✿ฺ´∀`✿ฺ)ノ


Outfit rundown:
Dress: Baby the stars shine bright
Shoes: Dear my love
Everything else: offbrand

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I’ve been really into pouring my beer into a glass right down the center lately. I heard it gave really good head retention so I started trying it and I gotta say I’ve gotten some pretty good results. Obviously not every beer is brewed with the intention of having a good head. A lot of the sours I’ve been drinking lately don’t often have head. I’ve had good success with stouts, some IPA, and some darker, maltier beers like strong ales. Hefes would work really well for this type of pour as well.

Usually, when you work in a bar, you want to pour the beer down the side of the glass and as you get to about 2/3 full you want to tilt the glass upright and pour right down the center to develop head. This is a simple, fast solution to pouring a beer with head. I’ve found that head retention is minimal with this type of pour and it dissipates fairly quickly. Sometimes waiting for a drink isn’t in the cards and I get that.

When I’m at home though, I like pouring right down the middle of the glass. It takes longer, pouring a glass of beer and 3/4 of it turn to foam, letting it settle, then pouring a second time, letting it settle again, and sometimes pouring a third time to top it off. There’s a little extra work and wait time involved with such an aggressive pour, but I’ve found the head retention to be amazing. This pour I did with this Sierra Nevada / Ninkasi collaboration Double Latte turned out amazing and wound up looking like a cappuccino (how appropriate).

How do you pour your beer? Give this pour a try if you’ve never done it before. Do you think it made a difference?

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