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Monday, April 28, 2014

10+ Teacher Appreciation Treat Ideas

So Fortunate To Have You
What you'll need: a chinese take out box (we picked ours up at michael's craft store), fortune cookies (you can find them at smart n final or albertsons), the label (Download Teacher Fortunate Tags) or (Download Blank Fortunate Tags), a 4" scalloped circle, a sheet of tissue paper, ribbon, optional: milk chocolate melts and sprinkles/jimmies. All you need to do is: print your label and cut it out (we used a 3" circle punch), adhere the label to the scalloped circle and attach to the front of the box, add the sheet of tissue paper to the bottom of the box, fill it up with fortune cookies and tie a bow on the handle. It's as simple as that...

Upcycled Apple Treat Cups
Supplies: 12 oz plastic drink bottles, red spray paint, a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, leaf punch, green cardstock, green pipe cleaner or twist ties, red candy, clear treat bags, glue or glue dots. Punch 2 leaves per “apple” and set aside. Find the seam on the bottle, stick the knife or scissors in and cut all the way around. The plactic won’t be sharp but you can go around again with scissors to even it out. Spray paint the “cups”. After they are all dry… it’s time for the fun part. Fill the treat bag up with red candy, use a snippet of pipe cleaner or twist tie to close it and secure the leaves on there with a drop of glue or a glue dot. Any kind of small red candy will do!

TEA-cher Jar
What teacher doesn't like tea? Take a mason jar and fill it with a variety of yummy teas. Tie a cute tag on, and there you go!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Upcycled Outdoor Craft Ideas: 5 Creative Planters

While plain terracotta can diminish the beauty of spring blooms, these unique DIY planters, made with common household castoffs, will help your buds shine. See for yourself and then learn how to turn virtually anything into a verdant vessel.

Oh, Baby!
Who knew that those little jars that once contained stewed carrots and pureed peaches could make such a dramatic presentation? Laura, the blogger behind Make Life Lovely, that’s who. She affixed nine jars to a castoff board with plumbing clamps to hold snipped buds, but it’d be just as easy to plant them with succulents for a longer lasting display. Get the tutorial at Make Life Lovely

A Steel Steal
The blogger behind Nina’s Apartment knows that flea-market finds are often the best fodder for an old-is-new craft project. When searching for an antique tin to mimic this pansy planter, remember that a bit of rust only adds to the charm — and a cleaner metal box will eventually discolor with regular watering. Get the tutorial at Nina's Apartment

Dressed to the Nines
You won’t mind if your drawers runneth over when they’re flourishing with flowers and herbs. Karen from Somewhat Quirky painted and planted (and carefully counter-balanced) an old dresser she rescued for a cool $5. Get the tutorial at Somewhat Quirky Design

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week ~ 9 Gift Ideas To Share With Your Favorite Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Scroll through these ideas and you will be totally prepared to thank your teachers!

Creative Juices
I think it’s always fun to give teachers a gift that they can use during the summer on their time off. We love smoothies and I thought it would be great to use a play on words with juice and a gift certificate to a juice bar. Find a darling cup, Create and Cut out cute saying tags, Punch a hole in the corner of the tags and string ribbon through, Have your child sign their name, String the tags through the ribbon and tie on the cup and Fill the cup with candy and a gift card.

Personalized Calculator
These are sure to make the task of calculating all of those end-of-the-year report card grades a little less mundane! For this project, you will need…A small solar calculator, Patterned paper, Pencil, Scissors, Mod Podge, Foam brush, Clear treat bags, Computer and printer, Cardstock and Ribbon. Lay the calculator on top of the paper and trace around it with the pencil. Cut within the boundary of the line you just drew by 1/8″ or so, so that the paper piece fits perfectly on the back of the calculator, as shown. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the paper piece with the foam brush, and then adhere it to the back of the calculator, making sure to smooth out any bubbles. Now, apply 2-3 light coats of Mod Podge over the paper, allowing each coat to dry for 10 minutes or so before adding the next. When the last coat is applied, allow the Mod Podge to dry completely. Using a computer and printer, print the equation gift tag (linked below) onto cardstock. Cut the tags out with scissors, and have your child write his or her teachers’ names and their name onto the tags.
Now, slip the finished calculator into the treat bag, and close the bag with a piece of ribbon threaded through the gift tag.

DIY Desk Teacher Organizer
With this desk organizer there’s a place for lots of supplies – but there’s still room for sweet little vase to hold all those flowers for teacher. This is so quick to put together too – and it’s easy to customize for your teacher – or even for your desk at home! Here’s what you’ll need: Frame – this one is a 5 x 7, Fabric piece – 6 x 8, Posterboard or cardboard – 5 x 7, Adhesive or Wonder Under for fabric, Small Jars to fit in the glass space of frame (These are three small votive holders from Michael’s, 2 small canning jars and one small vase), Twine, cording and fabric for wrapping and Hot glue. Begin by cutting out your fabric and posterboard pieces for your frame. The posterboard is to stabilize the fabric so it will lay in the frame nicely.You’ll want to apply some sort of adhesive to the fabric. You can use a spray-on glue or use Wonder Under. Apply the fabric to the posterboard.Place your fabric piece into the frame behind the glass and put your frame back together. Now we have a pretty base tray for our organizer! Now begin wrapping your glass pieces. Here is used a combination of black and brown jute, and organza. For the organza, cut the pieces for the small vases and then pull the long threads off both sides to give it a frayed look. Wrap the fabric around the small glass pieces and hold it in place with a little hot glue. (Not too much or the fabric will be lumpy.) Wrap your jute or cording around the fabric and tie in a pretty bow. Place all your wrapped pieces on the frame. Add just a tiny bit of hot glue to the base of each piece to hold it in place. Now you can fill it with fun supplies to finish off the gift! How easy was that?!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where Are You From?

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

In life, we all have negative things that happen to us ~ we ALL go through situations that are unfair. Some people are raised in "unhealthy" environments or have "unhealthy" situations that now makie life much more difficult, because they can't move forget and.or forgive! They seem to live with this false sense of not deserving more or feeling that this is just the way it has to be, BUT here is the truth ~ when we accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He gives us a new heart, a new start, a new life!

Within this new life, just like in our physical bodies, our bloodline changes, we are no longer the subject of our earthly background, all the past negative background we came from. Instead we now become subject to our heavenly heritage! His spiritual blessing always overrides the curse in the natural world. When we understand who we are now and what God has already done,is doing and will for us the past doesn't matter! It doesn't matter what someone else did to us, it doesn't matter how unfair life has been, it doesn't matter how we were raised because we won't stay bitter, we won’t live with a chip on our shoulder and we will realize that nothing can stop us from fulfilling our God-given destiny!

Remember that we come from Almighty God, He gave us life and when we choose Him, we are choosing our heavenly heritage of blessing an eternal, abundant life!

God in heaven, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus so that I may be saved. Today I surrender every area of my life to You. Have Your way in me; let Your will be done in my life. Thank You for making me new in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Outdoor Centerpieces That Will Impress Your Neighbors, Guests, or Just Yourself

Fiesta Time ~ Plant mini succulents and cacti in empty Mexican food cans. Let these charming centerpieces double as party favors.

In Vino Veritas ~ Turn an old wine crate into a blossoming centerpiece, with the help of hydrangeas and a collection of glass jars. Place taller containers in the middle to give the arrangement more oomph.

Bug Off ~ Making your own centerpiece doesn’t have to require hardware or paint. Just assemble complementary items you already own. Pick a large object, such as this fleur-de-lis planter, to anchor your piece. Accent it with citronella candles in mini-galvanized buckets and store-bought succulents wrapped in burlap and polka dot ribbon.

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Darling Daughters 2014 Easter Basket

So I just LOVED how this "basket" turned out! My boys have just tubs filled with candy and eggs stuffed with lotto ticks and cash since they are high schoolers BUT my daughter has been begging for a Vera Bradley backpack and told me that she just knew the Bunny would bring her a new backpack! I posted about his here. Well after scoring some CUTE CUTE stuff, all new with tags on Ebay, the bunny by golly got her a backpack. Here is what she will wake to in the morning.......



Friday, April 11, 2014

15 Themed Easter Baskets for Kiddos of All Ages

{Jelly beans, eggs, chocolate bunnies and Peeps are pretty much the norm in most Easter baskets, but what if you want yours to be more than candy? Something that will be meaningful and inspiring to your child’s interests. Here are some ideas for themed Easter baskets ~ use your imagination to fill those baskets. AND REMEMBER Easter is not just about the candy and surprises ~ it’s a day to remember Christ’s victory over death, making possible our heavenly adoption. It’s important to keep in mind that we can remember and celebrate his sacrifice and victory with or without Easter Baskets.}

Crayola Color Basket
Choose your child’s favorite color and look for books, pencils, notepads, candies etc. that are all in favorite color.....

Book Basket (use a book bag instead of a basket)
A new book/s, book light, bookmarks, coupon for trip to bookstore/library, kindle or e-reader, kindle gift card for new books, audio book.....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

6 Easy DIY Easter Baskets

Coiled Fabric Easter Baskets
All you need for these pretty Easter baskets is cord, fabric strips, and glue. Fill them with spring treats for a sweet Easter present. To make one basket, you'll need about 3/4 yards of colored print fabric (cut into 16x1-1/2-inch wide strips), 4 yards of cotton piping cord, and a hot-glue gun and glue sticks or needle and thread. Hot-glue the first fabric strip to one end of the cord, and wrap it around the cord at an angle. Do this until the cord is covered entirely. Coil the cord tightly around itself, hot-gluing or sewing as you go, until you have 2-inch spiral. Contine the spiral until the you've reached your desired base size. Stack the next round atop the base, gluing or sewing as you go, until your basket is the desired height. Add tiny handles fashioned from leftover fabric strips.

Flowery Rainboots Easter Basket
Spring-pattern rainboots serve as a neat hiding place for sweet Easter treats. Start with a layer of Easter grass tucked in the bottom of each boot. Add plastic eggs, candy, and other small items until you've reached the top, then tuck in more faux grass for a pretty Easter display.

Easter Bonnet Basket
Improvise a pretty Easter basket using a simple straw hat. Fill it with softly colored eggs, either real or artificial. Hollowed-out eggs can be stuffed with paper ribbons that include spring wishes, egg-hunting clues, or even names for place cards.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Crafts for Kids

Easter Garland
Our fun Easter garland is also an engaging hands-on project for the whole family! For extra Easter fun, tuck little treats inside the eggs before hanging, then invite kids to choose a critter to open for a sweet surprise. Make the garland: Use black and pink dimensional paint to draw facial features on one half of a plastic egg; let dry. Cut bunny ears, bird wings, and beaks from felt; glue pieces to eggs. Add white pom-poms for bunny tails. Insert a length of wire through the holes in the bottom of the plastic eggs, bending the ends into small loops to create feet. For the garland, cut a piece of string or yarn to the desired length. Using a needle, thread on pom-poms, buttons, and birds or bunnies.

Egg-Bunny Craft
Older kids will love putting together these hippity-hoppity Easter bunnies! Apply strips of double-stick tape to plastic eggs. Starting at the top, wrap the egg in white yarn until fully covered. Tuck end in. Cut felt shapes to make the ears, feet, and eyes (use black marker for the dots on the eyes); glue to egg. Cut pieces of fishing line and glue to egg for whiskers. Glue a small pink pom-pom for a nose and a medium white pom-pom for the tail.

Easter Carrot Pens
Your Easter bunnies will love these papier-mache-covered pens. Start by taping sprigs of plastic greenery to a pen. Mold aluminum foil around the pen to form a tapered carrot shape. Secure with masking tape. In a bowl, whisk 1/2-cup flour into 1/2-cup water. Dip strips of newspaper into the mixture, then wrap around the foil. When the foil is covered, let dry completely. To get the best color, first paint each pen white and let dry, then paint it orange. Using a fine paintbrush and brown paint thinned with water, decorate the carrot with little dots and lines.

Friday, April 4, 2014

My 2014 Easter Picks from Crate and Barrel for decorating, dining, eating, crafting and of course HUNTING!

Pastel Design Eggs ~ Each decorative egg in this set is crafted of kara wood, which is hand turned on a lathe and then expertly painted in a springy palette of sunny pastels. Crafted by skilled Indian artisans, the eggs are eco-friendly and non-toxic, and, best of all, the income derived from their sale provides much-needed funds for a local hospital. Packaged in an egg crate, this delightful set makes a great hostess gift or basket-filler.

Bunny Stamp Kit ~ Big bunny stamps its charming image on blank cards, for Easter or springtime greetings with a hand-crafted look. Set includes stamp, pink ink pad and eight blank cards and envelopes made of 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal ~ A Real, True Review of the Process.My experience

{I wanted to wait until I was nearly finished with my treatments to give a true, accurate, helpful review of my experience with the Ideal Image laser hair removal process. I have now been reduced to going every 10-12 weeks for spot treatments only and then will be reduced to if/as needed treatments after that, which is a cut from the 6-8 week intervals that you go to when you begin.} Here is my review.........

If you are like me, the older I got and the more babies I had (I have 3 kiddos) my hormones got crazy out of whack! One of the terrible "side effects" of this combination was faster, thicker hair growth on my legs, UGH! I could shave in the morning and by evening I needed to shave again. I was sick to death of constantly shaving, all the knicks and cuts because my legs are very thin and boney and even having to plan my wardrobe around whether my legs would be seen or not! So a year ago I told my husband that for my 40th birthday I wanted to do laser hair removal. I read reviews, talked with ladies I know who've done it and then met with a consultant at Ideal Image to see if I would be a good candidate for the process.

I started the process in February 2013. It is painful like a million little rubber bands being snapped on your legs BUT if you've ever used an epilator, you'll be fine, it's the same feeling. I have been 7 times now over the last 13 months and I can tell you that I am 99% hair free! I haven't shaved my legs in over 4 months, YIPPEE! Now it took a year to get this to this point because it is a process, but in my opinion and experience it was money well spent! I would also recommend starting in Late August when you won't be in the sun as much, as you can't be in the sun during the time you are going through the process, which is typically a year. I started in February which put me at the height of my treatments during the summer months, UGH! And having a pool, a beach vacation planned and a kiddo who loves to swim, it was challenging trying to find beach pants that I could wear while outside lounging by the water. I did manage though with the help of some serious sunscreen and of course, my be-loved beach pants!

For you to get a better idea of what this whole process entails, I will give you a list of pros and cons that are my opinion only so please take it as such and nothing more =)

Smoother legs
Can wear anything baring your legs without thinking "I can't wear that because I need to shave"
No more razor burn
Don't have to worry about getting goose bumps with the crazy hair standing on in because of them
No more knicks or cuts
NO more shaving, Enough Said!

Cost, it's not CHEAP
Time, it takes several appointments and months
Painful if you're not pain tolerant
Can't be in the sun during the time you are being treated

I know this isn't for everyone and some might not be candidates based on hair color and skin type, BUT if you've been contemplating it and are a candidate, I vote GO FOR IT! And my own disclaimer ~ I don't work for nor am I affiliated in any way with Ideal Image, this is only a personal review of my experience!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Put a "SPRING" in your step [and your house] With These Unique and Useful Ideas To Get Your Kitchen Organized and Decluttered!

Get Creative With Your Cabinets
Get creative with your kitchen cabinets. Inspired by a vintage printer's desk, Monica Bhargava had the cabinets in her California kitchen made to look like drawers.

Try An étagère for Extra Vertical Storage
An open shelving unit adds more storage, but doesn't take up too much floor – or visual – space. An antique étagère placed on the counter of Mary Jo Bochner's Savannah, Georgia, kitchen holds books and bowls.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My 2014 Easter Picks from Pottery Barn for decorating, dining, eating, crafting and of course HUNTING!

Outdoor Happy Easter Flag
Wave a flag of welcome and good wishes. Natural linen creates a warm, textured backdrop for this iconic critter. 30" wide x 38" high and made of natural linen.

Bottlebrush Chicks
No Easter display is complete without our natural mama bird and baby chicks. Small: 1.5" wide x 2" deep x 1.75" high, Large: 1.75" wide x 2.5" deep x 2.25" high. Made of natural buri fiber with a painted finish. Wooden beaks and feet. Set of 6 includes one mother and five chicks.