Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to School Ready

Three weeks left for summer break and I couldn't be happier. I am not one of those Moms who likes the lazy days of summer- I dread them. Its hot in Texas like super hot, you can't seem to breath outside hot so we linger in doors most of the time only to venture out to the pool here and there which isn't at all refreshing at all. We don't do yard work until the sun starts setting because it is so hot. So most of the time we are cooped up in the house or inside somewhere. So the kids going back to school is wonderful and joyous thing because it gets them going out on a regular basis plus I get to regain my sanity because I no longer will hear hours on end about Minecraft, Terriaum, or what the Hobby kids are playing with this week. 

So the countdown begins and I am ready for school. The first year the oldest went to Kinder, I was frantic running around getting supplies the night before school because I couldn't find one thing on the list. I was stressed to the max because well it was my first. Next year, I wasn't as stressed about it as she headed to first but still stressed some. Less stress the third year for second (It helped we had a great teacher that year). Than I wised up and well last year was a breeze. Why may you ask, well because I preordered the school supplies from the school and had all the school clothes shopping done by the end of July. August was a joy of relaxation and the last dog days of summer. 

So this year, I did the same and it was so much easier even with both going to school. One is in Fourth and my baby is going into Kinder. 

So here is what I did - I got organized and because I was last year, this year is easier. Clothes shopping is done and is quick. The kids can wear summer stuff till October, so we buy a few new things and add as the year goes. I also watch the sales and shop that way. I got six pair of jeans (I bought big) for 40 bucks with coupons. I likely spent a total of 150 bucks for clothes for both because of how I shop. My kids at this age don't need expensive things that they will outgrow in an instant. 

We purchased a new backpack and lunch kit for the boy but my daughter is using the same one from that last two years. I spent about 60 bucks on a new set from Vera Bradley a few years ago, and it has stayed so nice. I just throw it in the washer and air dry it. It looks brand new. I told her she can go get a new one for middle school.

So our backpacks are ready to go and new water bottles which of course were personalized. 


This is new this year with a homework station ready to go. I purchased a $10 cart from Target and cut out labels for the front. I organized the supplies for easy access and the kids love it so far because they love to draw and craft all the time. The boy says not to bother him, he is crafting (have no idea where he gets that :))!


The kids decided to take lunch this year because I think I can do it for cheaper than buying it at school plus I have a picky eater so sending lunch ensures he will eat what I make him. So we set up a lunch station so we can quickly make lunches every night. I am also planning on having stuff ready and sorted in the fridge as well. 


I got this last year and still love it for all the kids paperwork that comes home. each kids has thier own basket and all that stuff that comes home, goes in there. I sort it out every few weeks.  


So school starts here on August 24 and than I am free for seven glorious hours where I can grocery shop with ease and my house will actually stay somewhat clean (at least from 8 am to 3:30 most days). 

Yes I will miss them but school is so good for them. It teaches way more than just reading and writing. I am looking forward to seeing what wonderful ideas they both will bring home each and every day!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Updated Laundry Room On the Cheap

So we were gone visiting family out of state for an entire month so my crappy washer and dryer didn't get used. I was boohooing about it before we left because the dryer was acting weird and I suspected that it was near death. I even mentioned it to a few people that I was liking going to have to buy a new one soon, I just didn't expect it would be the day after we got back. 

So here I am Sunday night doing load of laundry and go to stick it in the dryer which wasn't working. I asked the hubby to come up and look at it. He came up and just told me to go get a new set. He figured they were nearing 13 years old (in September) and we have been talking about it for awhile. 

So here I set out Monday morning to shop around for new machines. Funny thing was Sears happen to be having a Cyber Monday sale, so after I looked at the machines in store as well as a few others, I just came home and ordered them because they were cheaper online. 

They were scheduled to arrive on Wednesday at some point, so I decided to clean the laundry room some in order to make it quicker when the delivery guys came. My laundry rooms was awful. I think I found lint from 2003 when the machines were installed. After I cleaned, I realized we had some left over floor tiles from last years home project we had to do after being gone for a few weeks (the air con leaked and we had to pull out the carpet).

I laid those down and than put them on the shelves as well. My shelves are bad and I really didn't want to paint them with another layer of paint. They could be touched up some but I am not worried. I than walked around the house and found some baskets I am not using and added them to the top shelf which is usually a catch all place. 

I had the cork tiles on hand and printed up wash and dry and added them on. I had everything basically so it cost me nothing other than the new washer and dryer (It was an overall expensive week because both kids needed glasses too). 

I love how it turned out. I am thinking about putting a counter in over the machines at some point but it works for me and I actually like going in there and gulp - doing laundry. 



New machines and new decor


Top shelf



Dollar store bins to hold laundry and cleaning supplies. I had these already. 

Lost sock center. I had the frame and have been wondering what to do with it. 

I made new labels for my baskets. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

CTC # 40- Gift Packaging Blog Hop


Gift giving is one of my favorite things to do and we are celebrating on the hop this week for CTC!


This was so quick and easy and cased from pg 60 of the catty. I used a small jar I had on hand and wrapped Cherry on Top washi tape around it. I than punched out from the Cherry on Top DSP pack using the Decorative Label and stamped from Sprinkles on Top. So simple to make and a cute gift to give. I need to get some funny jelly beans to put in it though!


Next on the hop is: Rachel Palmieri 


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Friday, July 10, 2015

CTC #38- For Kids Blog Hob


This week is all about the kids section of the Catty for CTC!



One of my favorite sets last year that was new was Sea Life. I loved it and did so much with it. I even imported it so my ecutter would cut it out handmade some cute backpacks for the kids. They loved them so much so I can totality see this being a kid's set. 

I used the following being inspired from Page 46
Hello Honey ink and card stock
Pumpkin Pie ink
Bermuda Bay ink and card stock
Sea Life and Crazy About you sets. 

Next on the blog hop is:  Stasia Sloma - http://stampzone.blogspot.com/2015/07/caseing-catty-for-kids.html 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

CTC # 36 Love and Sympathy Blog Hob



This week is all about the Love and Sympathy section in the catty for Casing the Catty


One of my favorite sets of all time and is still going strong in the Catty is Thoughts and Prayers on Page 26. I cased a version of the card there using the following:

Mint Macaron Cardstock and Ink
Tip Top Taupe Ink
Whisper White Cardstock
I also used the honeycomb embossing in folder to give it some texture. 

This was a super simple card and I know anyone would appreciate it. 




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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Update on Chore Charts

A few weeks ago, I posted about a new chore chart system for the summer and it has been a HUGE hit in the house. 

I rarely have to ask the kids for help and they pretty much do what is asked in order to earn the Mom bucks. I actually have to print more up because they are doing so well. I have rewarded them both with extra ones for going above and beyond on certain days.

They also work really hard at deciding what they want to spent the Mom bucks on. 

Let's hope we can keep this up!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

CTC # 35 Thanks Blog Hop



This week's hop at CTC is all about the Catty Section of Thanks. 

I just got my new stuff in and of course I got some new paper which is the new Stack Cherry on Top along with the Cardstack Pack that comes with it. 

I love how it coordinates together and I can see many uses for that. 

I also used a new In Color of Watermelon Wonder and my new stamp set Sprinkles on Top. I loved the little donuts in it. 

Another fun new thing which I won from my Demo Stamp group was the Expressions Natural Elements which are 3D greetings- how cute are those. 



Onward to the next blog: Julia!

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