My blog details all the fantastic "pins" I've actually made! Enjoy!

Travel Treat Box July 19, 2012

As you know, I’ve been researching ideas for smooth traveling with the kiddos.  One idea I stumbled across is this travel treat box.  The idea is to use a bead organizer or tackle box as a treat box.  Fill up the compartments with different snacks.  At the beginning of the road trip, each child gets a box.  It is up to each child to eat their snacks, but once they are gone, no more snacks.


I’ve had my eye on this Dr. Sears Nibble Tray for a few years now, but have never pulled the trigger and purchased it!  Well, I purchased two of these pineapple shaped snack trays for each of my girls. These trays are awesome.  Not only do they look cool, but the green part of the tray is removable and can be frozen to keep dips cold.  I packed these up for our recent airplane flight.  I ended up having so many other projects on hand that I didn’t need them, but the girls sure enjoyed them when we arrived at Grandma’s house in Florida.




Project Inspirationhttp://pmkcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/07/travel-treat-boxes.html

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878778575/

Substitutions:  I used the pineapple snack tray instead of a bead organizer.



School Work Organization – by Grade July 18, 2012

My daughter just finished her first year of preschool.  I saved a few of her projects and have been trying to figure out how to preserve her school work.  I have taken digital photos of many of her projects, but I wanted to save some originals, too.  These crates are perfect for saving your child’s projects, artwork, report cards, awards, class pictures, etc.  I found Sophie this pink crate at the Goodwill store for $1.50!  I had the rest of the supplies on hand, so this was a super inexpensive project for me.  I’m storing it in Sophie’s closet.





1.)  Crate for hanging file folders

2.)  Your child’s name – I used my Cricut to cut out Sophie’s name

3.)  Ribbon

4.)  Hanging folders.

5.)  School work, papers, report cards, class pictures, awards, certificates, etc.


Project – It’s a very simple project.  First, hang file folders (one for each grade).  I ended up with 15 folders (2 years of PreK, Kindergarden, and 1st thru 12th grades).  On each hanging folder, I placed an address sticker on the outside.  I labeled each folder like this….



2011 – 2012

Mrs. Sarnwick

I will fill in each teacher’s name as the years pass.  Then, I placed Sophie’s papers in the first hanging folder.  I cut out her name (in pink) on my Cricut and glued it to a black piece of cardstock. Then, I used some leftover ribbon to affix her name to the crate.  Isn’t it pretty!


Project Linkhttp://www.brownpaper–packages.com/2011/09/back-2-basics-somewhat-simple.html

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878769512/

Substitutions:  I’m going to create an interview sheet to stick on the front of each folder.  I will interview Sophie the first day of each school year and place her answers on the file folder.  I think it would be nice to add her school picture on the folder, too!

Time:  20 minutes



Reporting VS Tattling Poster June 28, 2012

Oh how I despise tattling and my daughters do a lot of it, even my 22 month old!  I saw a Pinterest pin of a “Reporting vs Tattling” poster.  The link took me to a first grade teacher’s website.  She had written out difference between reporting and tattling.  Since my daughter can’t read yet, I decided to add clipart to my poster so she could understand the differences.  I included a link to my Reporting VS Tattling poster in case anyone wants a copy of my work!


I introduced it to Sophie and hung it on the side of our kitchen desk.  I faced the poster toward our family room, the place where most of the tattling occurs!  Sophie seemed to like the poster until I hung it up and told her it would be there for a long time.  She started to cry.  We will see how it goes!


Mrs. Tehune’s Poster:


My Poster:


Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878632299/

Inspiration: http://mrsterhune.blogspot.com.au/search?updated-max=2012-03-03T20:57:00-06:00&max-results=10  (you will have to scroll down to the bottom to see her image).

Time:  One hour to find the images and 10 minutes to put together the word document.


– Lisa


Summer Clothespin Bucket List June 10, 2012

Summer weather is here and it has brought our family outdoors!  Living in the suburbs of Chicago, we try to take advantage of the nice warm weather as much as possible since we have to squeeze it all in over a few months!


Pinterest inspired my family’s summer bucket list!  What I love about this idea is that you can put ideas as simple as “blow bubbles with the kids” or something a bit more time consuming like “Visit Grandma in Florida.”  We sat outside and watched the kids play in the sprinkler while we brainstormed.  We had friends over from out of town, and they made their own bucket list, too!  I see this becoming an annual tradition!





1.)  Bucket

2.)  Clothespins – I never realized how inexpensive clothespins are!

3.)  Markers


Project Steps:

1.)  Gather the family and come up with fun summer activities.

2.)  Jot the ideas down on the clothespins.

3.)  Attach clothespins to the bucket!


Project Link:  http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-bucket-list.html

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878505846/

Time:  As long as it takes to come up with the ideas.


– Lisa


Use a Glass Cookie Jar for Salads June 2, 2012

I thought this was a brilliant idea.  It looks classy and it can be used outdoors to keep the bugs off your food!  There were two sizes available at my local WalMart.  I picked up three of the smaller size and one of the larger size (which I didn’t use).  I was too busy serving the food that I forgot to take a picture with these filled.  Maybe next time!  I decorated these for Mother’s Day.




Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878457095/



Days of the Week Kitchen Towels and Washclothes

I cannot find the pin that inspired this project, so please let me know if it’s you so I can give you proper credit!


One thing I use a lot of is paper towels.  When I saw this pin, it motivated me to create these adorable day of the week rags and towels.  One thing that grosses me out is old smelly dish rags.  I thought these day of the week rags were the perfect idea to stay on track.  At the end of each day, I will toss them in the laundry and start fresh each morning.  Perfect!  No gross old rags laying around and I will certaintly use less paper towels!



1.)  Kitchen Rags – I purchased at Target

2.) Flour Sack Towels – I purchased mine at Target

3.) Heat ‘n Bond Iron On Adhesive – I purchased mine at JoAnn’s

4.) Fabric

5.)  Cricut Machine

6.)  Scissors

7.)  Sewing Machine and Thread

8.)  Iron



1.)  Collect supplies.


2.)  Cut 14 (3″ x3″) squares of each the Heat ‘n Bond and fabric.


3.)  Follow instructions on Heat ‘n Bond package to adhere the fabric to the adhesive.


4.)  I used my Cricut machine to cut out the letters of the week.  I cut 2″ letters on the 3″x3″ squares.


5.)  I warmed up my iron and peeled off the back layer of the adhesive.


6.)  I ironed on the letters to my rags and towels.



7.)  For the last set, I used my sewing machine to sew on the letters.  I have to admit, I’m not 100% sold that these letters will stay on the rags and towels.  I will update this post in a month or so to let you know how they are holding up.  I remember reading in the original pin I saw that after a few washings, they start to look frayed and kind of have a vintage feel to them.  We will see …


And here they are in my kitchen drawer ready to go!


– Lisa


April Date April 18, 2012

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our April date was a blast!


The date card read …  “I’m very excited for this date.  It’s Spring and we need some new clothes!  We’re going on a shopping spree.  We each have an envelope filled with cash to spend.  We must be ready for our vacation in May.  We will shop at Oakbrook, spend the night at the Embassy Suites, and go out to dinner, etc.  Love, Lisa.”


I included the date card, two envelopes of cash, and some wardrobe inventory worksheets.  I cashed in credit card points to get a Lettuce Entertain You gift card for our dinner at Wildfire!



Before our date, we cleaned out both our closets!  I really wanted to clear out my husbands closet.  I knew it was loaded with clothes he hasn’t worn in over 5 years+.  We filled up 5 garbage bags of clothes to send to goodwill.


After we cleared out our old clothes, we made lists of items we needed to purchase.  We are going to Riviera Maya in May, so we included items we’d need on vacation.


My mom babysit the girls for us so we could enjoy a day of shopping, eating, sleeping in, and just being together alone!!!


We had lunch at Moe’s, spent 6-7 hours shopping, checked into our hotel, freshened up, ate dinner at Wildfire (I LOVE their chopped salad), had a drink at the bar, back to the hotel and crashed! The next morning, we headed to a few more stores before returning home!


We both got loads of new clothes!  This is something we have never done before.  Maybe we can do it again in the fall!  Also, we both fell in love with Nordstrom Rack.  Why haven’t I shopped there before!?!


Here are some pictures of our loot!