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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



Huge Balloon Lollipops June 30, 2012

I love this idea!  You have just about everything you need at home to complete this project.  The only supply I had to purchase was cellophane which cost me $4.50.  I already had yarn, balloons, and paint!  Save cardboard wrapping paper rolls for this awesome decoration.


My daughter helped paint the wrapping paper tubes, so it was a fun project for us to do together.  I plan to line my front walkway with these lollipops for Sophie’s Candyland birthday party.  I want to make more, but I have to locate more wrapping paper tubes!



1.)  Cardboard wrapping paper tubes.

2.)  Large foam paintbrush.

3.)  White acrylic paint.

4.)  Yarn, string, or ribbon.

5.)  Scissors.

6.)  Balloons.

7.)  Clothespin.

8.)  Tape.

9.)  Cellophane.


Project Steps:

1.)  Paint the cardboard wrapping paper tubes with white acrylic paint.  Let dry and apply a second coat.


2.)  Cut ribbon or yarn to a length 6″ longer than the wrapping paper tube.


3.)  Tie one end of the yarn to the balloon where knotted.

4.)  Attach the other end of the yarn to the clothespin.


5.)  Drop the clothespin down the tube.


6.)  Pull the yarn tight and tape to the inside of the tube.


7.)  Cut off excess yarn.

8.)  Cut a piece of cellophane 3′ x 4′.

9.)  Wrap the cellophane around the balloon.

10.)  Tie a piece of yarn around the cellophane to attach to the tube/balloon.


Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878644487/

Project Link: http://go.tipjunkie.com/pa/943/www.parents.com/fun/birthdays/themes/candy/

Time:  It took me 45 minutes to paint 5 tubes (including 20 minutes drying time).  The remaining steps probably took 5-10 minutes per lollipop on average.


– 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


Some Bunny Loves You Card June 8, 2012

I pinned this idea a while back and decided to use if for Father’s Day this year.  We each stamped our finger prints on the card to create three bunnies.  This was a simple, fun, inexpensive, and thoughtful card to create.  I also love that this card is very versatile.  You could use it for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, a birthday, really for any occasion.





1.)  Cardstock

2.)  Paper cutter or scissors

3.)  Markers

4.) White acrylic paint

5.)  Father’s Day Questionnaire – click here to see the questionnaire I replicated.


Project Steps:

1.  I folded a 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock in half.

2.)  I cut the folded piece of cardstock in half.

3.)  I wrote out “Some bunny love me!” on the card, leaving room for the fingerprint art.

4.)  I typed up a Father’s Day Questionnaire and taped it inside the card.

5.)  I interviewed my four-year old about her dad and wrote in her answers.

6.)  I poured just a little bit of white acrylic paint into a paper bowl.

7.)  I stamped each girls thumb and index fingers to create the bunnies.

8.)  After the bunnies dried, I used markers to draw in the eyes, nose, and whiskers.  I also wrote our names underneath the bunny we each stamped.

9.)  I will let my daughter’s draw something on the back of the card and I’ll write a nice message inside.


Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878492598/

Project Link:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/thumb-bunny-card-662916/

Time: 20 minutes


– Lisa


Father’s Day Gift Tag June 7, 2012

In my search for Father’s Day ideas on Pinterest, I came across this adorable FREE gift tag printable.



Project Steps:

1.)  Download the free printable.

2.)  Print on regular white paper or cardstock.

3.)  Cut out the gift tag.

4.)  Tape the tag to a piece of colorful cardstock.

5.)  Cut out the tag, creating an outline.

6.)  Write a note on the gift tag.

7.)  Punch a hole.

8.)  String a ribbon or thread through the hole.

9.)  Tie to gift.


Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878488545/

Link to FREE printablehttp://amyjdelightful.blogspot.com/2011/06/fathers-day-printable-tags.html

Substitutions:  I didn’t print directly onto cardstock because my printer can’t handle it.  So, I opted to print on regular printer paper and then to make it more sturdy, I outlined it in an orange cardstock.

Time:  Less than 5 minutes


– Lisa


Mother’s Day Subway Art June 2, 2012

I found this really cute subway art for Mother’s Day.  It matched my orange and pink theme, so it was perfect!



Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878457062/

Link to Free Printablehttp://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/2011/05/mothers-day-printables.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeDifferentactNormal+%28Be+Different.Act+Normal%29&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail


– Lisa


Shower and Tub Cleaner – Dawn and Vinegar

A fellow Pinterest blogger posted this shower and tub cleaner that I had to try.  Every time I clean my shower I send my kids out of the room because I feel like the fumes are too strong.  I’ve seen so many homemade cleaning pins on Pinterest and I thought this would be a good one to start out with!


All I did was heat up 12 ounces of vinegar in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Then, I added 12 ounces of Dawn dish soap.  I did shake it up and wish I had just slowely stirred it because it made a ton of bubbles.  I used an empty Windex bottle for my homemade cleaner.  I want to purchase some empty bottles because I plan to make a few more homemade household cleaners.  Next on my list is wood floor cleaner!


I cleaned my shower and my shower door was so clean.  The cleaner does get very bubbly, so I used a squeegee to wipe down the walls of the shower.  Best of all, I didn’t have to send the kids out of the room!



Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878456913/


Time:  Less than 5 minutes


– Lisa