I have attempted to make a full fledged effort to treat my teachers to a little something out of the ordinary. I have three teachers, so a $20 investment on a teacher quickly becomes $60. This year I have had amazing! teachers and want to make sure they remember my kiddos and truly know that I appreciate everything they do for my kids. I decided that little small items couple with a couple handmade and personalized gifts would do the trick (honestly, I don't know they even notice....but it makes me feel good!) So, for Valentine's Day I found these apple shaped Hersey's pieces, got them each a bag of M&M's, found some super cute and very inexpensive stationary items @ Michael's (a large clothes pin, a decorative box of note paper, a matching pen and small clip board for post-it notes, and then I topped it off with my homemade item! I bought these tiny frames for $1.50 each, cut out some scrapbook paper to line the frame and used the cricut to cut out the first letter of their last name! After I put the frame together I decorated the covering/glass area with little crystals studs just to fancy it up!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
After several months of living together, Jason and I's movie and game collection (mainly his..but what's his is mine :)) had over run three crates and the old entertainment center! It was a mess! Danielle was getting discs out of the cases and they were getting scratched up....not cool! We started talking about buying a media case that had a lock on it. I was not excited about the idea of a lock (cause if the boys want to play a game or watch a movie...I would have to unlock and re lock the unit). At the time, it was back to school sales EVERYWHERE and walmart was featuring this zig zag shelf in their college/dorm specials. I came up with a plan to make this simple zig zag bigger and in multiples. After sharing the plans with Jason....we came up with this!
Monday, February 6, 2012
I have found the best first step to getting my life organized was to develop a menu. This forces me to organize my food shopping and allows me to get everything I need a week at time. Now, I am not rushing to the store or over buying (saves me money too!) The menu also stops the question "Mom, what's for dinner?" I fill it out every Sunday evening and the entire house knows what's cooking for the entire week!
I found the original idea on Pintrest (where most of ideas seem to be coming from!). I bought an eight hole photo collage (about $10), filled each hole with scrapbook paper titled it with the given day (one hole reserved for the title "The Menu") and can you use the glass as a dry erase board! I love it! As my mood changes I can change the paper. Grocery shopping just got tons easier!
Ok, it's official! It's time to get this blog started! I have a ton of ideas I want to include here but we are going to start small and slowly work our up! First things first....getting life organized! As I work my way through getting my home and life organized I want to share what has worked for other people. I want to use this blog as a resource for others, focusing on the Midwest! So spread the word, send in your suggestions AND PHOTOS to my email address and let's get started!