noisy

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My house has been way too noisy lately!  I’m not sure if it’s spring fever or cabin fever or the beginning of an actual fever but my kids have been loud…headache-inducing loud…blood-curdeling loud.  Something had to be done.  Here are my attempts…they seem to be working…it’s too soon to tell.

Attempt at not screaming at my kids #1 (ironic I know, screaming at kids for screaming): Quiet time activities.

I found pirate printables that I made into a letter matching file folder game for Michael…can you tell I was an elementary teacher? Honestly, it was simple.  The bare minimum you need to make this is a folder, clear packing tape, scissors, and the printables (they’re free!).  I used a laminator (from my teaching days) and a paper-cutter but they really aren’t necessary.  Michael has to match the lower case letters to the uppercase letters.  The end product looks like this…

I made a few other activities like this and also found some workbooks on sale at Target of 30 cents each.

Attempt #2: a huge paper roll

Who knew paper could be so exciting just because it’s big!?!  I had read on Pintrest that some newspapers sell their leftover rolls of paper cheap so I called my local newspaper…the bad news…they don’t sell them…the good news…they give them away!!!!  For Free!!! I have enough craft paper to last for years…seriously, for YEARS.  The kids think it’s great.  We traced their bodies, colored, and made a town for Michael’s cars.

I taped 2 markers to a toilet paper roll to make the roads. Not glamorous but effective.

My house is a little quieter.  Let’s face it, it won’t be quiet for years…and then I’ll be complaining that it’s too quiet…the grass is always greener.

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project update

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I’ve completed another step of the mini table project.  Two down, one to go.

I added mini chalk boards for each of the kids.  They were so simple and easy to make.  I used old records, chalk board paint, thumb tacks, ribbon, E-6000 glue, and two wooden animals I found at Michael’s for 9 cents each.  The great thing about this project is that you can basically use whatever you have on hand.  The only thing that is non-negotiable is the chalk board paint, although you could make your own.

These chalk boards help entertain the kids while they’re waiting for food and I was pleasantly surprised at the minimal amount of chalk dust they produced.

The last thing I have to do to finish this project is paint the chairs black…we’ll see how long it takes me to get that done 🙂

a few little projects

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I’ve been pretty busy this weekend…nothing too exciting, just a few little projects.

My son’s closet was a mess…too many outgrown clothes and too many outfit changes (now that he can dress himself, he has gotten into the habit of changing his clothes multiple times a day).  It was time to do something…

BAD pictures, BAD lighting…Sorry!!!!!

Pintrest gave me this next great idea.  By the way, have I mentioned I heart pintrest….A LOT!

A mini table and chairs for the little ones… And it matches our big table and chairs!  The “table” is the bench that goes with our kitchen table and the chairs were just laying around not being used for anything in particular.  The kids love it!  It’s still a work in progress… the chairs need to be painted black and I have an idea for a little project to make this cute seating area even cuter… Stay tuned.

And finally… I have been collecting these…

One day, they will look like these…

All you need to make these beauties:<br />
Empty wine bottles<br />
White spray paint (or any color you'd like)<br />
Felt paint brush, Chalkboard paint<br />
Your favorite flowers

Or these…

chalkboard spray paint + wine bottles

Damn you Pintrest, I can’t decide. 🙂

diy book ledges

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Hi again.  I’ve been drooling over all the DIY book ledges I’ve been seeing for kids.  Here’s an example from Land of Nod…

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But, every variation I’ve seen has either (a) required skills I do not have, (b) required time I do not have, or (c) required items from Ikea which, you guessed it, I do not have (the closest Ikea is 3 hours away 😦 ).

Then, I came across a tutorial at Raising Olives that I though I could handle.  It was easy, quick, and relatively cheap.  I LOVE how it turned out!!!!  What do you think?

The lighting in this room is horrible…Sorry.  Anyway, guess what these book ledges are made of….vinyl rain gutters!!!  They were so easy to hang.  You must try!  I’m off now…we have some reading to do.  🙂

diy cleaning wipes

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Hello all.  I saw DIY cleaning wipes on Pintrest (by the way…LOVE Pintrest!) and thought I’d try them out.  I love cleaning wipes because they’re so easy…one step and you’re done but, I don’t love the price.  These DIY cleaning wipes are so easy (and cheap) to make!

What you’ll need: 1 roll of paper towels, a serrated knife, 2 storage containers, water, and an all-purpose cleaner or vinegar.

My cost: $1 for the paper towels + $2.49 for the storage containers from Walmart =$3.49

I already had the knife, all-purpose cleaner, and (of course) the water on hand.  Next time I make these, I’ll only need to buy the paper towels which means $1 for two containers of cleaning wipes…not bad.

First, cut the paper towels in half using a serrated  knife.  An electric knife would work great if you have one.

Next, put each of the paper towel rolls (you now have 2) into the containers and dump 1/4 cup all-purpose cleaner (I used Spic & Span) and 2 3/4 cup water onto each of the rolls.  *READ THE END OF THIS POST BEFORE YOU DO THIS STEP*

Then, pull the cardboard center out – it comes out easily once it’s wet.  Pull from the center…and there you have it…cleaning wipes.  I plan to put one of these in each of my bathrooms for my daily swish & swipe (visit Flylady if you no idea what I’m talking about :))

Next time I make these, I’ll make a few adjustments concerning the amount of liquid to use.  Three cups of liquid was way too much…I had to dump and squeeze out the excess.  Next time I’ll try half that amount of liquid, or maybe even less.  Also, if you want these to be chemical free, you can use vinegar instead of all-purpose cleaner…I personally hate the smell of vinegar – not that Spic & Span smells much better 🙂 .

 

coupon chaos

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This is what happens when you haven’t clipped coupons in 6 weeks…

It took me all morning to get my coupons organized and make my grocery list.  To anyone who doesn’t use coupons, this sounds ridiculous; to anyone who does use coupons, this sounds familiar.  I am not going to devote this blog to couponing…there’s already so many great ones out there.  But, in case you’re interested, here’s my coupon organizing method.  This is where I keep all non-food coupons…

And this is for food coupons…

Now, you may ask yourself why I spend so much time doing this…This is why…

I got all of this food (which includes 6 pounds of chicken breast, a cake from the bakery department, 4 Pepsi’s, lactose free milk, and so much more) for $57.  I went to three different stores.  At the first store my total before coupons was $47, after coupons I paid $11.25.  That is why I do it. 🙂

If you’re interested in couponing my 3 favorite sites are…

www.hip2save.com

www.forthemommas.com

www.dealfindingchik.net

Happy couponing!