Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bulletin Boards For My Children's Rooms...

In all three of the kids rooms I made large bulletin boards. This way they can hang whatever they desire and there isn't tape on the walls or holes in the walls.

I ordered a huge roll of cork from Amazon. Make sure you get thick cork so it holds up (at least 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch is ideal), none of this thin crap you can get at local craft stores. The roll I ordered I was able to make three 4 foot by 8 foot boards.

I rolled this cork out across all of my floor. And layed the three boards out on top. I then cut in between each sheet with scissors to make it easier to work with.

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I then painted on the cement adhesive to the wood. I then leaned it against the wall and painted the cement onto the cork.

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Once the cement is painted onto the wood and onto the cork and it has dried the amount of time it says on the can I put the board back on top of the cork. I put books down on the corners to keep the cork from wanting to roll back up and separate from the board.

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Let dry completely. I left mine over night.

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Then take a razor blade and cut off the excess. Don't use scissors it kind of shreds the edge. The razor gives it a nice clean cut... I laid the boards on top of each other so I didn't cut the floor as well. It doesn't matter if you leave scratches on the back of the boards.

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And then you have a nice clean board. (This is the back side)

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I then took my board and nailed it to the wall around the outer edges using a nail gun.
I then took molding pieces and surrounded the edge of the board with them.

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I then caulked the edges of the board against the wall and against the bulletin board to give it a finished look.

And then I painted the molding. And that's it... Fill the boards with posters, art work, cards, etc... the possibilities are endless...

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It's so fun to see what the boys pin up on their boards and how they rearrange it. It's their own space but it still is in control and doesn't drive me bonkers because it's in it's spot and it looks great.

Let me know if you give it a try or how you organize your children's photo's, posters, and things...

Shannon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm a little irrational some times...

I fly by the seat of my pants. I don't like things scheduled. I don't like being told where to be and when. I like to wake up and think, yep. Let's go to Disneyland today. Or yep. Let's go buy a new house. Or yep. Let's move two states away and go to grad school, in three days.

That's a little bit how I am. It kind of drives my husband nuts. But that's who I am.

And I sort of like it. Spontaneous. That's the right word. That's what I am.

So... Monday I decided to stop drinking soda. Woke up and thought. Yep. Today is the day.

Well, one week later. And I haven't had a sip. For me this is huge. I will freely admit I was addicted to caffeine... you know, like 2 20 oz bottles of cherry coke a day...

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Well my little purple water bottle has been my side kick... 

And I can now say I don't think I'll ever have it again. My stomach isn't bloated, still fluffy from babies but not bloated. My face has cleared up drastically.  No more 14 year old zit chin. And I sleep at night. I know, it's the weirdest thing... I have never been a good sleeper but I never linked it to my caffeine drinking... well... I sleep. 

And I feel so much better during the day... plus I think I'm amazing because I did it. I did it. I don't drink soda. I am now one of them:)...

Hopefully one day soon I'll wake up and think... Today is the day. I'm gonna start cleaning my house spotless... or Today is the day. I'm gonna start running...

I can hope, right? How many of you are spontaneous and what have you just done on a whim? Please tell me I'm not the only irrational crazy one.

Shannon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Little Turkey Skipped The Table...

Instead he made it to the door. I made this Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath last year for Thanksgiving... And well... life happened... and now that it's February I am getting around to posting it... but I'll keep it in my drafts and post it... oh around September... So Happy September from February!
That means you have a good head start to make one for this next year! Thanksgiving is a few months away!
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Isn't he just the cutest? I think so. However I did have a friend ask if it was my white elephant gift for our Ugly Sweater party... so on that note... let's get started...
I started using a foam wreath form...
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I found this really cool gold shimmery dance-wear fabric at Joanne's... It shines red and yellow in the light... Perfect for turkey feathers and Thanksgiving... I cut it into strips. I then took one strip and tied it around the wreath form into a double knot.
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I kept adding strip after strip and slid them together tightly as I went around.
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I kept doing this until I filled up the entire wreath. I then took a thin piece of board and cut it into a turkey head shape. Keep the bottom part flat.
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I then took the wood piece and hot glued row after row of lace. Each row is different length giving it dimension and texture... Tuck the edges of the lace underneath the wood piece and hot glue them to the back.
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Now I grabbed rope and cut nine pieces that are about 15 inches long.
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And then I tied a knot three inches up from the end.
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Now I took the small ends and using three ropes at a time I braided them and then tied them in a knot at the end.
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I then took the long edge and I braided it.
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I then cut the end straight across and hot glued the ropes together to secure the braid.
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I repeated this to create the other leg and then I lifted a layer of the lace from the wood body and I hot glued them down.
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I then used a whole lot of hot glue and attached the entire lace covered wood piece to the wreath.
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I then cut a whole schlew of rope that were about 5 inches in length give or take.
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I tied a knot in the center. I cut the ends off close to the knot on one edge and I left the other edge raggedy.
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I took the clean cut end and hot glued it to the wood piece where the nose would go.
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I then found two black and gold buttons and hot glued them above the nose to create the Turkey's eyes.


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I then took a piece of red ribbon. The ribbon was 2.5 inches wide by 7 inches long.
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I then tied one end of it into a knot.
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I twisted the opposite end of the ribbon and hot glued it around the rope beak created a gobble.
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And that's it my friends. That's it... Hold your turkey up in the sunshine and say AHHH HAAAA....
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I then grabbed rope and hung it around the wood piece up on the top and strung it back through the back of the wreath and tied it in a knot... So I could hang it on my door... Booyah.
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Now go on... You, go ahead and make your turkey! But I want to know... Do you like it... or do you agree with my friend and put this in a White Elephant Gift category... I'll promise not to cry to hard if that's where you place it.
Shannon

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creative Healthy Lunch Ideas... Plus I am a Capri Sun Mom, are you?


I have five children. What? I know, sometimes I think I'm losing it too. I have an older set of three boys and then two younger tag-alongs that keep me on my toes. At my house it's always busy. We always have somewhere to be and somewhere to go.


The hardest thing for me are lunches. Lunches during the school year can get so boring. The same old. Bologna Sandwich, Carrot Sticks, Chips, Fruit Snacks, and Juice. Every single day. Not only boring they usually end up being super unhealthy at our house. Especially during the Summer when we are lounging around the house or running from one place to another.


This fall I'm determined to spend less and eat healthier. A hard feat in itself. It seems like the healthier the food the more expensive the price tag. And well, We feed six people at our home. It's a battle to keep that grocery budget under $400-$500 every month. And with five of those children being growing boys... the amount keeps creeping up.


I've been brain storming ideas. And thought I would share them with you today, just in time to get a good jump start during football season and with school just around the corner. Thinking ahead allows us more family time which we crave around our house.

  • A Bite Size Meal. Anything is more fun when you can eat it with a tooth pick. Pack a toothpick or two inside their lunch. Cut everything up into little squares. Cheese, Veges and Fruit, Cubed Meat, and  a Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage.
  • Bento Box Style. It's all about the presentation. Cut out the made sandwiches with a cookie cutter or two. Make little fruit kabobs, throw in a lowfat pudding cup and add a  Capri Sun 100% Juice.
  • Build Your Own Sandwich. Place Whole Wheat Veggie Crackers, Meat Rounds, and Cheese Squares in a container for them to create their own mini sandwiches. On the side have some fresh berries and broccoli florets. Top it off with a Capri Sun Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink .
  • Dip, Dip, Dip. Kids love to dip. Have pita bread pieces and hummus, Fruit and yogurt, Celery and Peanut Butter, and Wafer Cookies and Frosting. Paired with a Capri Sun Original.

Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire others to get more creative in the lunch box. To help stop those boring old school lunches and try to sneak in a few more healthier options for our growing children.


And I know someone is thinking why Capri Sun Drinks every day? 

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Well, We absolutely LOVE Capri Sun Juice Drinks at our house. There are so many flavors and varieties to choose from, it never gets old.  The Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage is by far the favorite at my house. Perfectly flavored and not too sweet. It is a fruit flavored water that has no artificial colors or flavoring and is low calories. The 100% Juice is a close second with its incredible all natural juice. They are all natural and contain 100% juice. And close behind them is the Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink* (which is actually my favorite kind), not too sweet, just right, and with one combined full serving of fruit and veggie and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. You really can't go wrong with any of the varieties or flavors. We haven't had one we haven't liked.

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And you can't go wrong with Capri Sun. It's a perfect choice for moms like me who want to give their children (and the neighbor children who frequently visit) the choice of something that not only tastes good but is also good for them. Capri Sun Juice Drinks have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. That's huge! And now they have a new clear bottom so you can check it out for yourself!

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Just flip that drink pouch right over. You can see all the way through. You can make sure there isn't anything suspicious floating around in your child's drink. No grainy settlement. No artificial colors. Just yummy liquid ready to devour. 

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And speaking of juice pouch. I love that Capri Sun is so portable and convenient. When we are on the go I can grab some Capri Sun drinks and throw them in my purse with the rest of the garb. 
When the kids and I are ready for them, we simply pop in the straw and sip. And when we are finished it so much easier to stack a pile of Capri Sun pouches back into my purse until we reach a garbage can that it is any bottle or box. The packaging really is ideal.

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Head on over and check it out for yourself. You can find more information on Capri Sun Facebook Page or if you are Facebook free, like me visit Capri Sun. It won't be long before you head out to the store to pick up some Capri Sun Juice Drinks with the clear bottoms! Trust me. You'll even find yourself sneaking one for a refreshing drink.

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*Each pouch provides ½ cup fruit and vegetable juice, which is one combined serving of fruits and vegetables according to the U.S Dietary Guidelines (3/4 from fruit juice and ¼ from vegetable juice). Be sure to make most of your fruits and vegetables whole fruits and vegetables.

Shannon

Saturday, September 6, 2014

No Sew Grocery Tote

This is another craft option that I had available for my Fabulous Friday Craft Day at my church.
It's easy to complete and up here in Washington where our county just put on a ban from single use bags (PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS) these are a hot commodity.

I always forget mine in the car without fail so I load the groceries into the cart when I am getting them. Then I load them onto the belt when I get to the checkout. Then the cashier or bagger loads them back into the shopping cart. Then I load the groceries into the bags when I get to my car. I swear. This is the dumbest ban ever... Oh Washington... I love you... but really...

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It's very important to let the crafters know that this bag will not be machine washable. If you have sewing machines available you could always so the finished edge. But in my experience the machines usually end up broken accidentally. And my machine is worth more to me than that chance. So this is a great alternative.

Grab yourself a pillow case, scissors and some fabric glue. Lay your pillow case flat.

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Cut out the shape you see below in the photo's. You cut the end of the pillow case that has the opening. And you essentially cut two rectangles from the sides, with the inner corner being rounded.

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The top of the handle piece will have a hemmed edge from the finished edge of the pillowcase. Unpick this which will extend the handle a good 4-5 inches.

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Now you can take the glue of your choice, (hot glue, or fabric glue) and turn under the outer edges that you cut in and secure with glue.

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When you get to the end of the handles, continue going around them making the corners wrap around like you wrap a present.

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Then take the two ends of the handles and tie into a cute little bow.

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And that's it. You have yourself a cute little resuable no sew tote.

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Stay tuned for the versions I will have available in my etsy shop and at the local craft show I am doing in November.
Shannon
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