Monday, January 16, 2017

Lumpy's Bday Scrapbook Page

I totally need to be better with scrapbooking and my photos. I am actually impressed with myself because i was pretty good last year ordering photos from my phone every few months and created nice memory book of the year. 

This year though I am not going to go so big and more highlights of the year in the calendar scrapbook but working on more scrapbook pages. 

So here is my first one of the year for my youngest who just turned 7 last week. I made a page for him to stick a photo in after his party which is this coming weekend (we decided to do a party after because his bday is so early when they go back). 

So of course he LOVES Pokemon and all things Pokemon so I made a page using my trusty Cricut and some downloaded font and svgs that I printed and cut out. I love this machine so much and need to use it more. I went from using it every single day for months to a few times a week to maybe every other week. It depends really on what is going on. 

So here is the awesome page:



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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year New Ideas

One of my goals for 2017 is to be better organized (even more so than I am) and to get the kids detoxed from electronics. If I was betting woman, the organization is going to be way more successful.

I prepped the kids for the last few days about the plan to limit tv/electronics. I told them they need to be more active and think. I was surprised at Lumpy's response when he asked if he could use his 30 minutes per day (that is what they get to start with) and play Pokemon Go. I told him that is a waste so he was okay with that. 

So I made a chart to help them track it each day. They are given 30 minutes to start and they can either take a stick with a chore or activity to earn additional time for the day or to bank it for another day say like when their favorite show is on. I need them to stop being zombies and enjoy their surroundings. I know we are all guilty of just vegging out but I want the kids to really be in a state where they have exhausted energy so they sleep better and of course do better in school. 

Here is the chart I created (feel free to use it for personal use). 



I just made up jobs which they can either get money or tv time for. It is their choice. I figure they are more in control if they get to choose what they want. I know my daughter is more about money so she will likely pick the allowance part where the boy will pick tv time over money anytime. 

Truthfully I am not a huge TV watcher and it rarely goes on during the day when I am home, I am usually listening to music as I take care of the things I need to take care of. 

The other thing I wanted to work on and get the kids in better habits of is the stuff around the house. I tend to do to much one day and than ache the next day. Like today, my back is sore because I literally spent all day yesterday cleaning and organizing the house after the house guests left. 

So I knew I needed to do something different and make myself accountable for things that need to get done and not push them off. By spreading things out, it doesn't seem so huge project. Plus I can take steps to do things. I figure this is easy and makes the kids accountable as well. 

So this is the chart I made for my fridge for all the things that need to get done around the house and the days I should focus on them. 



I am also working some with the hubby's business with the general admin stuff, so this will help to clear my time and focus on that when needed. 

I spent the batter part of yesterday and today getting myself in a place where I can sort of be on autopilot now to get what needs to get done. I have lists of things I need to do and when I need to do them so that everything can hopefully run smoother for us in 2017.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Little Crafting

I am so very behind and honestly just sort of in a crafting funk. It happens a few times a year, usually when life is busy and if I get sick which at the time is both. I have had a cold for about two weeks. I thought I was over it but it came back and brought a cough with it. So I sound like death if I start coughing but it is getting better. So I decided to just stay in (I left only to get the kids from school) so that maybe I would get some rest and feel better. I did rest some but I also had cleaned the craft room the day before and organized my many projects. These were two that I wanted to do something with but I had no idea what to do with them and it finally hit me. 

The pumpkin I got from Hobby Lobby and just painted orange with a green stem. using my trusty Cricut, I cut out the Trick or treat and applied. It looks so cute outside by my front door. I am sort of decorating mode for the fall.


Than I started working on the mason jar (debating about painting a Thanksgiving thing not he other side of it to make it two sided.)



I love having my stash of paints so I don't have to guess for colors. I added the HoHoHo in vinyl as well. I love how it turned out and can't wait to put it up for Christmas but I totally need to enjoy fall first. 


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Some of my Favorites- Lightbox

I am obsessed with the Heidi Swapp Lightbox so much so that when I got a fifty percent off coupon, I bought a second one.

I just love the all the things you can do with it and all the accessories. I found a set of slides on the clearance rack for 40 cents the other day. I change it out all the time and I figured out on how to make my own slides for it.

I like that I can use it for all sorts of party decoration ideas and I think that it would make an awesome teachers gift ( funny thing is one of the kid's teachers had it on her wish list so I will grab it next time it is half off again for her).

It is a fun way to add that little something extra and I love that I follow Heidi on Facebook where she has a ton of ideas and gives sneak peeks of new products (two more sizes are coming out this fall).




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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Some of my favorite things- LuLaRoe

So I need to blog more and I know I keep saying it but we have been super busy. Just finished the third week of school. Sports started for the kids. Hubby was at a conference in Vegas and I admit to being jealous- mega jealous. I also for some reason decided that I needed to redo our master bath (more on that in another post).

So life has been life. Though I wanted to share some of my favorite things over the next week of things I love. Lately it has become clothes again. I dropped 15lbs and have a goal of another 10 so I am wanting to freshen my look up. I guess the yoga pants are getting old.

So my first favorite thing this week is LuLaRoe. OMG have you seen these clothes. The patterns are wild, the leggings are like butter, and they look good on any body size. That is so nice!

So I went to my first pop up last December and was impressed. I didn't get any leggings but walked away with a Julia dress and Randy shirt. Than I didn't think much of it till like February when my friend was asking for people to host pop ups so I thought sure.

So my sweet friend dragged all her loot over, hung it up and a bunch of friends came over to shop. It was a blast and my daughter was in love with it instantly. She picked out matching leggings for us.

I also walked away with some new things and two free pieces which were both beautiful dresses. So since than, slowly more and more pieces have crept into my closet. I now own a few different tops, a skirt, dresses, and a bunch of leggings. Yes I am on the lookout for my unicorn prints. Over the summer it was the patriotic collection and this fall now has been either foxes or woodland creatures which I got.

I am also obsessed with the new Carly dress and may have just gotten my second one. Yes I may have a problem but it is so comfy and you look so nice to!

Here I am in some of my favs:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fifth Grader!


There might have been a few tears as we walked in Miss O to her last day first day of elementary school. It was just yesterday that my chubby cheeked girl with her purple backpack, walked in to kindergarten. I saw all those big kids and thought it will be a long time before she will be there and all of sudden her she is- ten years old and such an incredible person. 


Her she is on her first day of Kindergarten. I left her room and barely made it out of the school where I started sobbing and I am not a huge crier. I fully admitted that I wanted her back right away and that was he longest day ever. The boy, my mother in law and I watched the clock until we could get her. 


She skipped home that day loving every minute of it and for the most part has enjoyed school. Yes their has been ups and downs but as we approach this last year, we know that when it is all over, it will be missed deeply. 

The growth you see in your child is amazing. They blossom like a flower and begin to show who they are becoming. She went from a shy kid to one who speaks her mind when she feels it. We aren't far from the teen years and I am not looking forward to it. She already is moody but that what being a tween is. 

I still have years at the school with the boy who is starting First grade. I know that I will be just as teary eyed the day we take him to fifth grade but with him right now I am jumping for joy!


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to School Again

I didn't realize I took the whole summer off from blogging. Though honestly it would have been to hard. It was crazy here and the kids were gone for about half the summer and the half they were here were gone in a flash. 

We stayed later in Wisconsin because the hubs had his 25 year high school reunion. We looked good and young in comparison to some. One even showed off their grand baby who wasn't much younger than our youngest.  That made me feel real old fast and I still have a few years to that mark. 

So I had to do lots of things to get ready from afar and when we arrived back in town, a ton of boxes were sitting here waiting for me. THANK YOU PRIME! I bought stuff for their lunches, and to organize the fridge which is so nice now and you can see everything. 

So the big project I worked on was updating our family command center. I had it spread out some and   the biggest issue was lunch stuff which seemed to live where ever the kids set it down last year which was mainly on the kitchen table. So I drafted a plan and bought the cutest console table which I haven't hear the end of it from my Mother who wanted the same one which she is still on the fence about (it changes daily if she does or doesn't want it). 

So I took all the important things and consolidated. Added our big weekly calendar, a small monthly one, a cork board, chore chart and of course some fun decorations. The table top holds pens, and in the basket is our charging station for the massive amounts of phones and tablets we have here. 

I got two metal bins for the shelf for the lunch kits, water bottles and anything else they might need. It will be the kids job to put thier stuff away there every day. I even created a new checklist for them to work from before they can have devices or television. 

I really like how it turned out and it is just the right size and place in the house. It has helped my hubby even be more organized. 




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