Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Ideas

I can't believe its already time to be thinking about school!  I know some of you have already started and others like me a couple of weeks left.  Either way its an exciting, busy, and a little bit of a stressful time.  I've rounded up some great ideas to help things run a little more smoothly and add a little fun.

 A Bowl full of Lemons has a great homework station.  I love that is is portable and can easily be but away.


JDaniel4's mom has these awesome routine charts (found here.)  I think these are perfect for my kids.


I love this adorable printable from Nest of Posies found here.

Marci Coombs has this adorable back to school gift (found here).  My girls would love this.
She also has the cutest back to school dinner tradition. We did this last year and plan to do it again.  You can find her current one here as well as links to previous years.

Positively Splendid shares this great print here.

The Silly Pearl's backpack tags are not only cute but a great way to teach responsibility.  I know my girls need this!  You can find the tutorial here.


Do you have any back to school traditions or ideas to make things run more smoothly?  I'd love to hear them!

P.S. You can find more idea on my back to school pinterest board.



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Be the Good (printable)

 A few days ago a very kind person went above and beyond to help us in a store.  As I sit here typing this I am still amazed by this experience and so grateful for the good and kind people all around us.  It seems everyday we are overloaded with sad and heartbreaking news,  it can be discouraging and easy to believe the world is becoming a very terrible and scary place. 
 In January I shared this on facebook "While driving in the car today someone on the radio said "we live in a scary world." My 7 year old quickly jumped in asking why he would say that. Before I could comment she said "we don't live in a scary world we live in a beautiful world." It was a sweet reminder that there is beauty and good all around us."  
I believe there are good people everywhere, people trying to do their best, and people that care about other people.  I believe a smile, holding the door  for someone, giving a compliment,  making a meal, or pushing the cart for a mom with her arms full makes this world better.  Our simple action of kindness make this world better and matter.  In most cases our acts of service will not be shared with the world.  In many cases we may never know how our actions affected another but to that one person it can make all the difference.  To the sweet woman that took a few minutes to help us I want to again say thank you.  Thank you for your kindness and thank you for your example.

I was reminded of this quote below and created a printable as a reminder for my family to "be the good" and notice the good around us. You are welcome to print one for your home as well.

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 2016 Visiting Teaching Message


(You can copy and paste to a word document to print.  I like to do this and fit 4 on a page.  Or you can save to your computer and upload to your favorite place to print.  It is sized to fit a 4x6 print.)

You can find the full message here.  The story at the end really touched my heart and is something I will be sharing with the sisters I teach.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Guest Post Creating the Ultimately Organized Craft Room

I'm so excited to have Kaitlin Krull as a guest blogger today!  She is sharing some really great tips to help organize your craft room.  I recently went from an entire room down to a closet and table after my last baby so I'm really excited to use these ideas for my own supplies.  


All crafters know that finding space to store all your supplies and equipment can be tricky. Organization is essential for both successful crafting and maintaining a clean home. At Home Improvement Leads, we love a well organized room and think there are plenty of ways you can create a neat and tidy craft room of your own. Here are a few of our top tips to help you get started.

A place for everything
The first thing you should do when setting up your craft room is decide how you want your room to be set up. Designate a place for all your equipment and supplies, then label everything accordingly and make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be. This first step may feel tedious, but we promise that it will be worth it in the long run and give you more time for creating.



Plenty of workspace
While storage is essential for an organized craft room, workspace is just as important. Make sure your craft room has plenty of room for all of the various tasks you need to complete. A kitchen island or large butcher’s block works well as a multipurpose unit in larger craft rooms, while a long wall desk or craft table offers just as much workspace while keeping the center of your room free. Whichever option you choose, keep in mind that you need to fit in all your equipment, too!



Color coordination
If your craft involves scrapbooking, sewing, or knitting, color coordination is essential to a well organized craft room. This applies to everything: buttons, paper, stickers, ribbon, thread—you name it, you can (and should) color coordinate it. In addition to saving you time whenever you need to find a particularly hued item, it makes your supplies pop and gives you a satisfied feeling every time you open a drawer.



Professional paper organization
Scrapbookers, card makers, and anyone whose craft involves paper and/or tissue should take a page (pardon the pun) from professional stationery stores and invest in quality paper storage. While you can store paper and card any way you like, we recommend vertically stacked clear paper trays for color coordinated sheets of paper and shelves filled with magazine holders for extra reams of paper and crafting magazines. Complete this step and your craft room will feel like a professional at-home business in no time.




Small supply storage
A well organized craft room will require storage of all sizes and small storage is especially important. Buy or repurpose glass or plastic jars and tubs of varying sizes to store buttons, glitter, sequins, string, and anything else you can think of. Clear storage containers are particularly useful here because you can easily see and access each container without having to search through drawers and bins full of random supplies. Plus, glass storage jars are super trendy at the moment and will give your craft room a styled finish if you keep your storage containers on display.

Creative storage solutions
As far as other storage is concerned, there are plenty of ways to tidy away your craft supplies at the end of the day. Our favorite storage solutions involve creative thinking and utilizing the space you have in the best ways possible. Wall-mounted shelves and over-the-door storage compartments keep craft supplies of all shapes and sizes off the floor and also free up your workspaces. Corkboards, whiteboards, and magnetic noticeboards are also particularly useful for showcasing your favorite designs, inspirations, and to-do lists. If all else fails and you find yourself stuck for storage, a handful of wicker and rattan baskets will easily hold wrapping paper rolls, skeins of yarn, and just about anything else you have lying around.



Friday, July 1, 2016

Motherhood print and July visiting teaching handout

Can you believe its already July?!?  Here's this month's Visiting Teaching message (you can find the entire message here.)  It was so good I had a really hard time narrowing down and picking quotes so I included a lot of text. Hope you don't mind.
I loved this quote so much I decided to make an 8x10 print for my home.  You can also shrink it in a word document to give to your sisters as well.
To use right click and save to your computer.  You can then print them off at your favorite place (top one is size as a 4x6).  Another option is to copy and past in a word document.  You can then re-size to fit your needs.  I like to fit 4 to one page and print on cardstock. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 2016 Visiting Teaching handout

Summer is really throwing me off!  Where did this month go?!?  Well if you are like me and need something for the last day of the month like I do I've got you covered.

I'm going to attach this cute handout to some cookies and promise to get my visiting teaching done much earlier next month.  
If you'd like to use it as well I like to paste mine in a word document to size and fit 4 on a sheet.  To do so right click on the picture, copy, & paste in a word document.  Hope that helps.

I am hoping to start sharing visiting teaching handouts every month and at the beginning!  I've been hit and miss in the past.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Chore Jars

Getting my cute girls to clean has always been a struggle for me!  I have tried many ways and it either lasts for a day or fails completely leaving our house a mess or me doing all the work.  I finally found something that WORKS!

These awesome jars have changed the way we do things around here.
 I've discovered my kids are overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning an "entire room" even if there are only 3 things on the floor.  It takes them an hour, they shove things behind the tv or under the bed, garbage is set on the bookshelf.  It drive me nuts and leaves an even bigger mess.
So here's what we changed.  First they work together on one chore at a time.  They pick a room from the first jar and a number from the second.  If they pick living room and 20 then they run and pick up 20 things in the living room.  Then they are done with their chore.  Its easy and fast.
 Now here's the great part for me.  I decide how many sticks they draw and when.  Sometimes its 3 sticks (chores) before they play the wii or 1 several times during the day.  Sometimes I pick the room and they only draw a number.  Our other rules: 1. things have to be put where they go or you have to pick up double 2. count out loud  3. when its time to draw a stick you must stop what you are doing and do the chore immediately.  3. If there are not enough things to pick up in that room you finish up in the living room (or room of my choice.)
 In our house my kids earn points for extra chores or good behavior.  They can use the points for prizes (they loose money so this works for us).  As an added bonus for the kids I add a few surprise sticks that earn them extra points and every time a room is finished they put the stick in the done jar.  We determine how many sticks equal a point that the beginning of the day.  
 It seems to be working and there is still excitement.  They are still asked to clean up after themselves and make their bed every morning.  Occasionally a room or a special job needs to be cleaned and that's their chore for for the day (or I give extra points for the job) so I do switch it up a bit.

If you would like to make your own I've included a free printable below.  I taped mine to pint sized jars (they do not wrap all the way around) and wrote on small Popsicle stick.

Little Reminders



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