Every week we try to find something new for the kids and family to do. Now that Kayson is a little older (officially 5 months), we feel more comfortable traveling a little further from home. This week we met up with another family and went to Cleveland, Ga. We visited BabyLand which is the birthplace of the legendary Cabbage Patch dolls.
It was an amazing experience and one that you might not really know about unless you are from Georgia. The only reason we found out about it was because of the other family we went with. It’s a little over and hour drive from Atlanta and the location is surrounded by beautiful mountains. We also drove a little further to take a tour of a chocolate shop in an Hansel and Gretel themed town in Helen,GA. (I will cover the Hansel And Gretel Candy Kitchen in another post.)
BabyLand is free to visit, but we do recommend you brings around $100 for dolls and accessories. The building is crawling with dolls that very in price, age, and gender. You can also find bottles, diapers, clothes, doll pets, strollers, cribs, and much more. The front of the building is set up like a real nursery and then you walk into the full playground of dolls .
I’m not sure how they schedule it but they also have a show that shows how the cabbage patch babies are born in the middle of the show room. The show last a little under 10 mins but it is entertaining for both children and adults. They ask the audience to name the dolls after it is “born” and even let the audience decide if it will be a boy or girl.
All of the employees walk around in nurse scrubs and are extremely friendly. I really don’t know how they keep track of everything in the store but the nurses always know how to find what you are looking for.
Overall I would really recommend BabyLand to anyone with a daughter that is interested in dolls.
Check out our YouTube channel to see the vlog of our visit.
A month or two ago I took on a small project that I seen on Pintrest. I was looking for a cheap way to transform the dead space around the TV downstairs. During my late night Pintrest browsing I stumbled across a nice stained pallet wall surrounding a tv. I showed Shirell and she gave the ok to give it a shot.
The first obstacle was deciding on how I was going to create some sort of entertainment stand. I didn’t want to buy one and I was also concerned about building one, but then I remembered that we had stuff left over from the previous owner I could use. The previous owner built a walk in closet and I decided to recycle the closet shelving for the entertainment stand. It saved me time because I didn’t have to worry about building or painting something. It also cleared up room in the area that I am planning on making my new office and I didn’t have to worry about throwing anything away!
After putting up the closet pieces, I ran to Home Depot and got myself a miter saw (Father’s Day gift) and some 1×5 boards. With Shirells help I decided on using 3 different stain colors (I wasn’t to sure about this decision at first) and started cutting away.
One tip I seen on YouTube was to use thin pieces of wood to attach the boards to. That way if we decided to change it later we wouldn’t have to redo the dry wall but you can also attack the wood directly to the wall. Building a frame did help with running wires since I didn’t have to fish any wires through the wall.
I cut my boards into only 2 different sizes because I wanted to make my life as easy as possible. I seen people do 3 or more sizes but that involved too much math and more wood staining. Since I used cheap pine boards, a lot of the pieces were not perfectly straight and I figured it would have been a pain trying to line up any additional sized pieces.
This project would have gone a lot faster if I had a nail gun but I didn’t and decided to use black wood screws to attach the boards the the wall. This took awhile because I had to keep changing the battery on my drill and had to be careful not to split the wood.
Overall I’m pretty pleased with the end results and spent less than $100 on materials. I’m not including the price of the miter saw since it was something I will need to complete future projects.
- 1×5 pine common board (you can use any size)
- Minwax wood stain (Espresso, Ebony, and Classic Grey)
- Wood Conditioner (really important if staing pine)
- 1×2 spurce furring (frame on wall)
- Sand paper
- Stud finder
- 2 inch wood screws
- Miter Saw
- Old socks or rag (apply stain)
Let me know what you guys think!