DIY Canister Chalkboard Labels
We’re reposting this because currently Target’s Dollar Spot has chalkboard paint for CHEAP – and it’s just enough for a little project like this!
New Years Eve means party time – and even if you’re just staying home for a low-key family party, you can still have a great time with these 7 easy and FREE crafts and ideas! Here are 7 FUN & FREE ways to celebrate New Years Eve and make sure that 2015 goes out with a BANG!
Jamie here, if you have ever tried to make Gingerbread Houses with your kids – I hope you had fun… because when I did it – I turned into a terrible person.
Several years ago, with 4 boys aged 2-8, things were wildly unlike what I had imagined in my Martha-Stewart-Picture-Perfect plan. The Gingerbread House kit I’d bought on clearance the year before would NOT stay together, and the boys were poking the walls down and caving the roof in trying to fit as much candy as possible onto it. I went into control-freak mode, and I’m pretty sure I ended up finishing it by myself while they pouted off to another room. FAIL! [Read more...]
I’m an iffy housekeeper. I try – honestly I do – and sometimes I do it well, and the kids lunches are made the night before, the rooms are all tidy, the dishes washed and the laundry done. But lots of times the laundry is NOT done – or at least is not folded – and I blame that entirely on the fact that my laundry room is in the basement and the basement has a door I can close. (Out of sight, out of mind)
So this inevitably leads to a school morning sock free-for-all, where my four boys dig through a MASSIVE pile of similar looking socks, trying to find a pair. I also have one sock-obsessed 6 year old who will only wear 3 of the 200 pairs we own, because “those 3 don’t get lumpy”.
After they left for school this morning in the usual whirlwind, I sat down guiltily to fold enough socks for the rest of the week. They all look so similar, but are all different sizes/ankle heights and it took me a good long while to match up 7 or 8 pair. I even tried to get my 4 year old to help me – by telling him we were playing a matching game (He loves those) That’s when inspiration grabbed me!
I ran to the kitchen to grab some colored sharpies. I drew shapes on the feet-part of matched pairs, so they will be easy to spot in a pile. My 4 year old yelled out which shapes he wanted me to draw, and I just went at it. Here are a few:
I think this will help the kids find their matches in the morning – when mom’s dropped the ball (Let’s just be honest, it’s going to happen again). Not only that – the little ones will think it’s fun to dig out matching pair and hand them to me – like a game!
Heck, I might up the ante and throw some alphabet letters on the next batch – so we can practice our letters!
Do you have any little tips you would like to share that help you in everyday life? I thought it might be fun to post some practical reader-tips once in awhile, so leave your comment and I might contact you to do a post like the one I just did above!
10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters
This is an older post but I was just using coffee filters for popcorn bowls this weekend for the kids and I thought I’d repost!
Jamie here, being frugal often means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more! I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need.
Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!