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Monday, August 13, 2012

Back To School Checklist

I can't believe summer is almost over! School starts August 20th for us, so we are on our last week of "official" summer. We are still trying to squeeze in last minute fun -- including a trip to the water park, a picnic, a "water" day at daycare & a camp out in the backyard. There is also planning to be done to be prepared for next week. Rhyse will be going to Kindergarten, so school will be much longer and involved this year than in the past. I'm wanting to make as smooth as a transition as possible, along with keeping our family sane and organized. Here's my "Back to School" Checklist to get the family ready for school.

To Do:
  • Schedule hair cut.  Check!  He already got it cut and looks as sharp as ever.
  • Gather physical/exams for registration. Check!
  • Schedule a shopping day. We had a fabulous day spoiling Rhyse with a full day of shopping.
  • Label & pack school supplies.
  • Schedule lunch making in planner. I set an alarm on my phone and wrote it in my planner  for every Sunday afternoon. This will allow me time to decide if he is hot/cold lunch and make a trip to the store, if needed.
To Make:
  • Teacher's Gift: Clipboard
  • Countdown to first day
  • 1st Day of School cake
  • Kit for Rhyse's backpack:
    • wet wipes, band aids, insurance card
  • Place mats for breakfast/dinner
  • Backpack tag
  • Clothing labels. I made hanger tags for his clothes, so we can pick outfits out on Sundays. Hopefully this will be a time saver in the morning.
To Buy:
  • Backpack. He actually found a Tony Hawk one that he loves!
  • Lunchbox. Purchased the lunch box to accompany our lunchbox containers.
  • Lunchbox containers. Purchased 4 containers off of easylunchboxes.com. No more baggies!!!
  • Kleenex
  • School Shoes. He actually got two, due to the BOGO sale and his awful taste on the first pair.
  • Jeans. Got to love Old Navy's $10 jean sale!!!
  • 1st day of school shirt
To Organize:
  • Homework Caddy
  • Schedule for days of week
  • School memorabilia tote
  • Morning/evening routine
  • Family message center
  • Update family calender
  • Update family binder
  • Carve out a spot for school papers
  • Create a spot in fridge/pantry for lunch supplies
To Print:
  • Lunch Ideas
  • School Printable: lunch money/notes
  • Lunchbox notes
  • Kindergarten sign for pictures
  • Get to know you/get to know me tags
  • How was your day printable
  • Lunch menu planner
Traditions:
  • Write letter to Rhyse on first day
  • Back to school fairy: Outfit/book
1st Day Pictures:
  • Photo checklist
  • Chalkboard:
    • When I grow up
    • Write name
  • Printable "K" sign
  • Speech bubble
  • Kindergarten with sidewalk chalk
  • List of favorites
Whew!! That's a list to keep me busy for awhile. Luckily, I already have a good chunk of it in progress, or accomplish. I will post all the projects as I go!

XOXO,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April wasn't one for the books. Hubby had a crazy work schedule and I felt like I was taking on too many tasks by myself.  I will do a post tomorrow on all the projects that kept me busy in April -- everything from crafts with the kids, DIY things for the house and tons of sewing projects! I also kept busy with a few Parent-Teacher-Organization events, coaching my sons' tee ball team, volunteering at the MS Walk and spending time with my friends and family.


As you know, I always like to start the month off with my "Monthly To Do List." I refer back to this list every. single. day. I always sit down on Sunday nights and make my weekly to do list, taking items off of this monthly list. This gives me the opportunity to choose what I'm in the mood to do that week, but also ensures that everything gets done. Although not everything gets done every month, I do feel like I am a lot more productive with a list and I LOVE the joy of crossing items off.


Here's what I have to look forward to crossing off this month.


  • Set my goals for the month. (Hence the list.)
  • Check monthly tickler folder.
  • Plan May Ways To Play Worksheet.
  • Shopping List:  
    • Mother's Day Gifts
    • Dress for a Wedding
    • Two Birthday Gifts,
    • Teacher Appreciation Week Items
    • Last Day of School Gifts (Teacher & Kids)
    • Sit N Stand Stroller
    • NorthFace Backpack
    • Finalize my IKEA shopping list.
  •  SYC:
    • Award a scholarship
    • Summer Plans
    • Enlist in a co-sponsor
    • Opening Day for Baseball Sign Ups
  • Financial:
    • Pay/Record May Bills
    • Record May Cash Flow (with help of cash envelopes!)
    • Renew Jeep License Plates
    • Look into Purchasing a New Car
    • Save for Chicago
  • Computer:
    • Order/Upload April Pictures
    • Update iPhone
    • Clean Out Email
  • Mother's Day:
  • Mom Squad:
    • May Outing: Craft/Activity & Snacks
    • Print June Ways to Play
    • Post May Ways to Play
    • Post May Events
  • House
    • Outside
      • Garage Light
      • Landscaping Bricks
      • Plant Plants
      • Plant Grass
      • Decorate Doors
    • Garage
      • Finish Walls
      • Organize 
  • Chicago
    • Book Hotel
    • Buy Chicago Go! Card
    • Agenda
    • Pack
  • Tee Ball
    • Opening Day Bags 
    • Coach's Shirts
    • Clipboard for Games 
    • Batting Order Form
    • Game Schedule for Parents
  • Lucy's First Birthday
    • Order Smash Cake for Photo Session
    • Print: food tent cards, napkin rings, water bottle wraps
    • Make Floor Cover
    • Make Centerpieces
    • Make Antennas
    • Favor Bucket & Bubble Favors
    • Voting Board
  • Diaper Party
    • Make Invitations
    • Plan Details
    • Make Shopping/To Do Lists
  • Garage Sale
    • Declutter Downstairs, Attic & Garage
    • Declutter Mom's House
    • Price Items
    • Put on Map, Craigslist & Newspapers
  • To Do
    • To Do Pile (I keep a basket of items that need attention, example: buttons that need fixed)
    • Menu Plan
    • Blog Calender
    • File Bills, Crafts & Magazine Clippings
    • Spend Time at Grandma's
    • Write in Baby Books
    • Date Night with Josh
    • Finish Command Center
    • Finish Family Binder
    • Take Photos of Kids Playing in the Rain
    • Take Rhyse to Six Flags
    • Take Kids to Pottery Hollow
    • Summer Plans
    • Fill Out FASFA
    • Register for Basic Skills Test
    • Finish my MIL's grey pillows
    • Shampoo Carpets
    • Finish Two Scrapbooks for a Cancer Auction
  • Pinterest To Do List
  • Carried Over from April:
    • Finish Baby Books
    • Garage Sale to Do List
    • Finish Bill Binder
    • Lucy's Glider
    • Lucy's Closet Trim (& floor trim in closet)
    • Living room Window Trim
    • Living room Floor Trim
    • Trim in Hall Closet
    • Download Free Fonts
    • Finish Lucy's Pillowcase Dress (make another?)
    • Day You Were Born Capsules
    • Make a Countdown
    • Order Lucy's Birth Picture
    • Finalize School Information
    • Clear Hard Drive
    • Reschedule Bed & Breakfast

Is your month as busy as mine?? I LOVE a busy month! :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Finish It Friday!

I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I've wrote a post. I've done numerous projects thinking I was going to post them, but I've spent my evenings and nap times Spring Cleaning/DeCluttering, instead of blogging. I will do a mega-post soon of all my freshly organized closets & the little projects I have been doing the past month. As for now -- I'm so happy it's the weekend. It looks a little dreary out today, but that's not stopping me from having big plans this weekend. Here's what's on the agenda:

Play List:


- Make a must buy summer wardrobe list for each member of the family.
- Do something fun with the kids: Bowling, Monkey Joe's, Chuck E Cheese???
- Try a teeth whitening recipe.

 To Finish:

 

- Renew license plates for the Jeep.
- Work on the exterior of the house: Hang a light on the garage, schedule grass seeding & lay landscaping bricks.
- Finishing touches on the porch: Fix air leak, put up new rubber & add vinyl to the front door.
- Make DIY dryer sheets.
- Make Lucy's cake t-shirt and birthday hat. 
-Order 13 sports bottles and reusable shopping bags online.
- Empty the "To Do Basket" so it's a clean slate for May.
- Work on the kids' baby books.
- Make a garage sale to do list.
- Check A/C vents -- I feel like we will be turning it on soon!
- Schedule kids' summer camps and lessons.
- Finish my new Bill Binder.
- Rhyse's Kindergarten paperwork. I need to call the dentist and find his physical.
- Sew curtains & pillows for my Mother In Law's room.
- Download free fonts.
- Make a printable of why I love each kid.
- Fix the pillowcase dress I'm making for Lucy.
- Make "Day you were born" capsuals for the kids.
- Make a countdown.
- Order picture from the day Lucy was born.
- Gather all my school information.
- Reschedule Bed & Breakfast.
- Clean hard drive on my laptop.

It seems like a lot to do in one weekend -- and it is -- but I always like to clear my to do list for the next month. Since this is the last weekend of April, I will be a busy bee to start May with a clean slate :)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Goodbye, March...

March was a crazy, busy month. I think I may have expected too much out of myself and made my to-do list a little large for being someone with two children and a husband to tend to, a house to clean, a full-time job to work, a tee ball team to coach and a youth group to sponsor. I have completed nearly everything on the monthly list, but I am exhausted. April's list is going to be a lot shorter and less stressful. Here's what my March To Do List ended up looking like at the end of the month:

  • Set my goals for the month. (check, hence this list)
  • Check my monthly tickler folder. There was actually nothing in it, aside from monthly checklists.
  • Create a Spring Cleaning checklist. (I'm not going to actually start cleaning until April). Check. I will Spring Clean April 1-15th, doing one room per day.
  • File my taxes. FINALLY filed. Now just waiting for my return! :)
  • De clutter my spring decor. I used two baskets and some plastic eggs for an event and put some other Easter baskets in a donation pile.
  • Do a March Photo Challenge. I wasn't always timely, and I sometimes rushed to snap a photo just to have one, but all in all, it was kinda fun! I made it to March 23rd.
  • March "Ways to Play" sheet with kids. Unfortunately, not much of this got done. We did take a trip to the Zoo, attended a play date, a friends' birthday party, and lots of time riding the four-wheeler. I'm going to be better about this in April!
  • Buy gifts for Dad's birthday & Mom/Dad's Anniversary. My mom & I went in and bought my dad a $200 Marine boat battery. Not the most exciting gift to purchase, but something he wanted and wouldn't buy himself.
  • Make a card for Aunt Amy's birthday. I actually just pulled a pre-made one out of my stash and personalized it with her monogram.
  • Get outfits for kids photo sessions - Rock N Roll theme. I stressed about this one and didn't need to. The photographer had plenty of outfits on hand! Can't wait to get the CD and see all the photos :)
  • Attend a friends' bridal shower -- need gift. Check. Ended up doing a BBQ Basket with various BBQ and grilling supplies/spices and put it in a monogrammed tub. I tried making "Mr" & "Mrs" aprons and failed miserably.
  • Host a Crop for MS with SYC. Made $300 to donate to MS Society.
  • Have a pledge banner at the high school for National Kick Butt Day. This didn't get accomplished, due to timing.
  • Host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny with SYC. Went perfectly! :)
  • Pay & Record March Bills. Such a relief to pay the bills at the beginning of the month and not have to worry about it for another 30 days.
  • Get/Make a St. Patrick's Day shirt for Rhyse. MiMi came to the rescue on this one and picked one up for him.
  • Make a St. Patrick's Day bow for Lucy. My first bow making experience. I see a lot more in my future :)
  • St. Patrick's Day treats for school & daycare. St. Patrick's Day was on a Saturday, and I ended up with strep throat the week before. Therefore, no treats for either.
  • St. Pat's crafts for daycare. We were going to stamp green peppers to make four leaf clovers. The peppers were even purchased, but the craft didn't happen.
  • St. Pat's decorations and crafts for home. (see Pinterest board here) I made the wooden rainbow boards for the mantle, made a button rainbow and printed a Subway Art.
  • Make kids Easter baskets. They are bought, I just need to spray paint them and add their names.
  • Buy Easter outfits for the family. (Three Down, One to Go!)  I still need to find Josh a shirt and maybe some new shoes to go with mine!
  • Make shopping list for Easter basket fillers. Planning on purchasing each kid a new pair of Nikes, a personalized bag chair, a movie, beach towel, pool/sand toys & lots of candy.
  • Easter decorations and crafts for home. (see Pinterest board here) I haven't had much time to do any crafting lately!
  • Upload/Order February Pictures.
  • Update iPhone.
  • Clean out my email. (I try to do this once a month...and I dread it every month) I even took this one step further and unsubscribed from some emails I never read anymore.
  • Clean out my hard drive, per hubby's request.
  • Do any and everything in my "To Do" folder.
  • File bills, Rhyse's crafts and magazine clippings. (Another once a month job)
  • Look into summer camps/lessons for Rhyse. Thinking karate and horseback riding lessons.  All summer camps are printed, I just need to make some
  • Sign up for summer classes myself.
  • Take the kids to spend time at Grandma's.
  • Start a coupon club. (still deciding on this one. I really don't need another obligation on my list)
  • Write in kids' baby books. (monthly chore)
  • Go on a date with Josh. And only Josh.
  • Book our hotel for Chicago.
  • Make a "savings jar" for Rhyse to spend in Chicago. (Thinking this one) Turned out SUPER cute!
  • Post March events on Mom Squad page.
  • Plan Mom Squad March event. We had a play date at the park with a snack and lots of outdoor toys. A good time was had by all!
  • Put finishing touches on Lucy's room.
  • Put finishing touches on living room. We finished the pallett table, but still need to finish the trim.
  • Powder bathroom: paint, floor trim, new lighting and decorations. I have everything picked out, just need to do some online ordering.
  • Dining room: buffet table, dining table, new chairs, decorations. Decided to skip this room for now and move outside and get some work done on the landscaping.
  • Buy a blank calender for handprint art.  It's purchased, we just need to add our handprints to it :)
  • Make a bucket list.
  • Download free fonts to my computer.I can NOT figure this out?! I've followed tutorials and can get it in my fonts folder, but it doesn't show up in my word program. Any sugestions?!
  • Implement a cash envelope system.  I made the envelopes, but I think it's going to take a lot of trail and error to get the budget just right. This will be a work in progress.
  • Add memories to a jar to read on New Years' Eve. I used a paint bucket I had on hand and it turned out super cute!
  • Create a weight loss plan. I'm going to do the Couch to 5K, as well as The Starter's Exercise Plan.
  • Print Spring Must Take Photo List.
  • Create a printable of why I love each of my children.
  • Learn to sew a pillowcase dress. I have the pattern cut and the sewing machine threaded. Just need to sit down for a few minutes and get this done!
  • Make "Day you were born" capsules for kids.
  • Start a growth chart for kids. The board is stained, I need to add the numbers.
  • Make a countdown.
  • Make house cleaning cards. I did this and LOVE it! So fun :)
  • Make Lucy's first birthday invitations. CHECK! They are in the envelopes and the envelopes are addressed! :)
  • Start on one year milestone book.  It's started.
  • Re-Do an antique high chair. It looks fabulous in bright yellow!!
  • Order birthday cakes. They are going to be amazing!
  • Finalize all  birthday party decorations, ideas, etc.
  • Take Lucy's 9month photo.
Hope you had a fabulous March! Here's to a fantastic April!

XOXO,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring has Sprung!!

I am SO excited that Spring is here!!! I have the urge to clean, de-clutter and reorganize. I also have an urge to get fit and ready for swimsuit season! Since Lucy is only eight months old, I still have my fair share of baby weight to lose. Hubby and I are starting the "Couch to 5K" running plan this week and I'm ready to start running. My goal is to lose about twenty pounds by Lucy's first birthday {June 27}! Along with losing weight, here are a few other items on my Spring "bucket list."

  • Fly a kite with Rhyse.
  • Go on walks and to the park as much as possible.
  • Plant our grass ....again!
  • Lay landscaping bricks & begin the landscaping process.
  • Have my windows open until the heat gets too much to bare.
  • Find coordinating Easter outfits for the family.
  • Make personalized Easter buckets for the kids & fill.
  • Dye Easter eggs -- one of my favorites!
  • Color with sidewalk chalk.
  • Organize our outdoor toys for easy access. 
  • Start coaching Rhyse's t-ball team!! So excited to be his coach :)
  • Head to Chicago for a weekend wedding. 
  • Spend a week in Chicago with my mom & the kids.
  • Make a trip to IKEA!
What's on your Spring fun/to do list?? 

XOXO,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day! Since Rhyse is a little older, we had some fun with it this year.  Here's how our day went:

The leprechaun left goodies in everyone's shoes. 
 
Here are the kiddos by their shoes.
 
 Rhyse, 5 years
 LucyAnn, 8 months
He {the leprechaun}also got a little mischievous and turned all our chairs upside down. He did think to throw on a green table cloth for some extra decoration, though.
 He moved and tipped over the ottomans and removed the pillows from the couch. He also used Rhyse's blanket as a new "rug."
 He turned our candlesticks upside down.
 He must have had to relieve himself while he was here, because our toilet water was green!!
 After we discovered our treats and explored all his little tricks, we sat down to Daddy's breakfast of green eggs & bacon.
 Next up was getting dressed and a little photo shoot. It's amazing how much of my heart these two hold.
 
Happy {late} St. Patrick's Day!!

XOXO,

Friday, March 16, 2012

FInish It Friday!

Here's to the weekend being so much better than my week. I have neglected my family this week, due to me being contagious with strep. I look forward to spending a lot of time with them!

Play List:
  • Host a BBQ with close friends.
  • A fun St. Patrick's Day!
  • Attend a 3rd Birthday Party.
  • Shopping with my MIL. 
  • A trip to the Zoo with the kiddos, my sister & her niece.
To Finish:
  • Finishing touches on pallet table.
  • Start on landscaping bricks outside.
  • Decide on a plan for powder bathroom.
  • Youth Council Meeting.
  • Make a Spring Cleaning checklist.
Not looking like too much production will happen, but I'm really looking forward to catching up on my neglected house and family! 

Have a Fabulous Weekend!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Under the Weather

From my lack of posting, you can see it's been one heck of a week. I've been dealing with strep throat since Tuesday-- everything from pain when swallowing to 103 degree fevers. NOT! FUN! Hoping I am on the uphill climb and can have a great weekend!! Since I didn't get around to posting my Monday Morning Check-In, here it is:

Play List:
  • Attending a friends Arbonne Party. CHECK! Ordered some new foundation and I'm excited about it!
  • Shopping with my mother in law for a room reno (pics to come!) Moved to this Saturday.
  • Rock N Roll Photo Session with my kids. These turned out super cute! I'll share soon :)
  • Host a Tastefully Simple food party. I had a great turnout & can't wait to see what I earned in free product! :)
  • A few St. Patrick's Day crafts. Finished my rainbow boards, a button rainbow and collected some glass bottles to paint.

To Finish:
  • Clean up at Lodge with SYC kids. I had a migraine and didn't make it. :(
  • Finish kids Rock N Roll outfits. Aunt Hollie came to the rescue with this. The photographer had a huge supply of rock n roll outfits, so I stressed for no reason!
  • Kids baby books (this HAS to get done - I'm so tired of looking at them!) Still working...
  • Pallet coffee table (looking good!!) This would be done. Except Ace ran out of Ebony stain. I just need one more coat and then to assemble it. It's looking pretty amazing!!
  • Finish painting mailbox (inspiration from Disney's movie "UP") CHECK! Turned out super cute!
II have lots of posts I'm planning on doing this week. Everything from St. Patrick's day crafts for me and kids, to the kids rock n roll photos, to the pallet coffee table to the newly painted mailbox. I'll be back with all the great posts!!

XOXO,


Friday, March 9, 2012

Finish It Friday

I had big intentions to have a relaxing weekend, but sometime in the past few days, my calendar filled up and it looks like it'll be another busy weekend! Here's what's on the agenda:

Play List:
  • Attending a friends Arbonne Party
  • Shopping with my mother in law for a room reno (pics to come!)
  • Rock N Roll Photo Session with my kids
  • Host a Tastefully Simple food party
  • A fee St. Patrick's Day crafts

To Finish:
  • Clean up at Lodge with SYC kids
  • Finish kids Rock N Roll outfits
  • Kids baby books (this HAS to get done - I'm so tired of looking at them!)
  • Pallett coffee table (looking good!!)
  • Finish painting mailbox (inspiration from Disney's movie "UP")

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

XOXO,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hall Way: Drab to Fab

Our hallway branches off from our foyer and living room and leads directly to our bedroom, while passing Lucy's bedroom and the Powder Bathroom along the way. Since it's the route to the powder bathroom, nearly everyone who comes over walks through the hallway--a very boring hallway.


 We had white walls and a simple plain-Jane photo display, along with some coffee stains from our five year old carrying a coffee cup to Dad. (What was Dad thinking?!)
 The first step from taking anything drab to fab is PAINT! Paint is such a cheap and effective way to freshen up a place. We went with Glidden Brown Bag again, so it would blend nicely with the foyer. I thought the hallway would be a quick half hour paint job, but I was wrong! It was tight quarters, so it was hard for me to do the trim work while the hubby did the walls...there just wasn't enough room. I started off ready to tape and got halfway done and ran out of painter's tape. After an afternoon trip to the hardware store, I finished taping that evening and ready to paint. That's when hubby decided we didn't have enough paint left over from the foyer and thought we should get another gallon before starting. On day two, we painted the first coat. We let it dry overnight and painted a second coat on day three. Day four, we peeled off all the tape and realized there was some serious touching up to do. Our taper (aka: me) apparently doesn't do her job well. :)




 Once the paint dried, we set out to re-do the photo display. The photos are all of our grandparent's wedding photos. I wanted to display them in a more eye-catching way, and I wanted to include our own wedding photo in the display. After some new frames, a shelf and this super cute wooden sign, our photo display looked SO much better! I made some vinyl that says "Our Love Legacy" with the Silhoutte and used transfer paper to put it on the wall.
I've seen several pins on Pinterest where they frame their thermostat. I thought this was a cute idea and picked up a scroll frame to do so. I'm not sure if I like it or not, but it's an easy change if I decide to go with something different...or nothing at all.
We also shampooed the carpet to get out the coffee stains and filled all the nail holes from putting up the trim. Only thing left to do is buy and install a new light in between these two can lights.
Adding a new light  is getting moved to the long-term list. We live about four hours from the nearest IKEA and won't be making another trip until this Spring. As we finish these areas in our house, I'm making an IKEA shopping list for items to buy to put up all the finishing touches.

So far it includes:
  • A new area rug for the livingroom.
  • A floor lamp for the livingroom.
  • An IKEA Lack side table. (to make the kids a lego table)
  • Lampshades of various colors to replace the fan in the kids play room.
  • A new light fixture for the hallway.

I'm sure it'll grow quite a bit come Spring!!

XOXO,

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pinterest To Do List

The other night, the kids and hubby were in bed and I sat down on the couch with my iPad and a glass of wine. (Me sitting on the couch rarely happens...but there was a good movie on Netflix I'd been wanting to watch!) Of course, I logged into Pinterest to see if I could find some new "pins" -- but instead decided to make a running list of crafts and projects I wanted to do. It started off being a short list of projects to do in the next month or so, so I could put together a shopping list to have on my next errand day. It then turned into a "101 projects" list and in the past few days, I've added severall(14, to be exact) so now it is a "115 Pinterest To Do's" List. I plan on carrying it in my car so I can always have it on hand when I am out shopping. 

Here's the huge list:

1.       Get index card box for family journal.
2.       Buy awesome reusable bags.
3.       Make a “To Read” List.
4.       Make a penny keychain.  CHECK!
5.       Fix broken makeup with alcohol.
6.       Find a glamorous hair do/color.
7.       Make teeth whitening concoction.
8.       Make a list of must buy clothes.
9.       Scout out my next purse/wallet.
10.   Learn new ways to tie a scarf.
11.   Buy a pair of rain boots.
12.   Make a list of nail ideas. (Start new board?) CHECK! I started a new board for easy access when I'm at the salon.
13.   Try a new makeup technique.
14.   Make a framed burlap monogram.
15.   Twine lanterns. (Kitchen?)
16.   Paint beads.
17.   Make hand print art.
18.   Make family silhouettes.
19.   Finish and make a bucket list to frame.
20.   Frame a wedding picture with first dance lyrics.
21.   Make a button-bowl. (Lucy’s Room)
22.   Buy foam tubing (6ft/.97)
23.   Make family special dates art.
      24.   Make a family birthday list.
       25.   DIY Wreaths.
26.   “Days Until” Countdown.
27.   Make DIY Dryer sheets.
28.   Twine wrap a vase.
29.   Make a memories vacation jar.
30.   Order STL Post Dispatch from Important Dates.
31.   Create filmstrip photos.
32.   “Look What I Did” Boards for kids
33.   Decoupage photos onto a large “R” Monogram (Fireplace)
34.   Family Rules chalkboard. (Garage)
35.   Room diagrams on key ring.
36.   Make a chandelier out of mardi-gras beads and planter.
37.   Buy a Porcelain 150 pen.
38.   Look into/start Project Life.
39.   Download free fonts.
40.   Learn Photoshop.
41.   Learn to crochet/knit.
42.   Make cards into binders.
43.   Make glass block picture.
44.   Make sewing/folding template.
45.   Start on TShirt Quilts.
46.   Make Pom-Pom pens
47.   DIY Mod Podge
48.   Make a collection of homemade cards.
49.   Learn to use freezer paper for fabric.
50.   Etch glass (Pyrex)
51.   Spray paint pine cones.
52.   Host a drive in movie party
53.   Host a back to school party.
54.   Host a “Mom’s Day” for back to school
55.   Make the perfect party planning worksheet.
56.   Make a date night list.
57.   Watch Clueless. (Love that movie. Someone pinned in the other day and I've been craving watching it since!)
58.   Make my “Goals” list.
59.   Start a sand memory keeper.
60.   Make a list of vacation destinations.
61.   Implement a cash envelope system.
62.   Weight Loss Plan.
63.   Add memories to a jar to read on New Year’s Eve.
64.   Make scrabble tile wine charms.
65.   Print all must take photo lists.
66.   Take a pick of Josh kissing my cheek every anniversary.
67.   Make bookmarks with paperclips and ribbon.
68.   Make yearly mug-shot book.
69.   Learn how to tie a tie.
70.   Make an adventure book.
71.   Buy cups with straws to have on hand for gifts.
72.   Make chalkboard gift tags.
73.   Compile a list of DIY Gifts by Recipient
74.   Make a Super-Hero Fort kit.
75.   Monogram a cooler.
76.   Make a snow-man building kit.
77.   Take stock in paper craft for wrapping.
78.   Make a “Why We Love Each Other” photo.
79.   Printable of why I love each kid.
80.   Learn/Teach Baby sign language.
81.   Paint bobby pins with nail polish.
82.   Learn to make headbands/bows.
83.   Learn to make pillowcase dresses/bloomers.
84.   Find a tutu shortcut.
85.   Embellish onesies for Lucy (bikini)
86.   Re-purpose a TShirt into a dress.
87.   Make a dress from a onesie and fabric.
88.   Make a day you were born time capsule.
89.   Make room d├ęcor of birth statistics.
90.   Make a milestone book for one year.
91.   Make a marble maze.
92.   Make a PVC water hose gun.
93.   Get Rhyse a camo cinch sack.
94.   Print Kindergarten Lego Patterns and make into a book.
95.   100 Books to read in Kindergarten.
96.   Make Qtip and Popsicle Bow & Arrow.
97.   Make tool activity board.
98.   Monogram with cars for room.
99.   Order shark fin ice cube tray.
100.                        Puffy  paint socks.
101.                        Superhero capes.
102.                        Make a list of kids birthday party ideas.
103.                        Make birthday questionnaires and put in monthly tickler file.
104.                       
105.                        Put together a birthday binder.
106.                        Participate in Christmas in July. (See Christmas Board).
107.                        Make “Card” book for all cards sent to house.
108.                        Make homemade dog treats.
109.                        DIY Pet ID Tags
110.                        Food storage for dog.
111.                        Deluxe dog house.
112.                        Order a photography shirt.
113.                        Make a photo list.
114.                        Make “favorites”/”Info” photos for kids.
115.                        Close-up of kids features for collage.

That's enough to keep anyone busy! :)
XOXO,

Monday Morning Check In

For whatever reason, my post didn't post at it's scheduled time on Monday. It's now Wednesday and I am doing my Monday Morning Check In. Oops.

Play List:

  • Poker Night with guy friends for the hubby.  And he won!!! There were only four guys, so it was only $80, but still :)
  • Dinner with my mom, grandma and my kids. Ordered 2lbs of crab legs. Rhyse & I devoured them!
  • Baby Sale with my sister. I bought Lucy 25 outfits for $75! What a steal.
  • Crop for MS Scrapbooking Weekend. Had a great turnout out of 14 people.
  • Sister's Gender Reveal Sonogram. She's having a girl!!!! I'm so excited!!!!
  • Sister's Gender Reveal Party. Party went great! Everything came together (some at the last minute) and looked good.
To Finish:
  • Attendances prizes for crop attendees. Ended up purchasing embellishment cases that were pretty dang cute.
  • Food for crop attendees. The SYC kids did the majority of this for me. I just cut up a veggie tray.
  • Finish decorations for gender reveal party. We made banners and mustaches/lips on a stick. (Pictures to come this week!)
  • Laundry. Washed, but not folded. Does that count?
Hope you had a productive weekend!! Mine was so busy, there was little time to be productive, but I definitely had an enjoyable one. 

XOXO,

Friday, March 2, 2012

FInish It Friday!

TGIF!! This week has seemed so crazy long to me. I'm embracing the weekend with open arms! My Grandma is in from Washington State and will be meeting Lucy for the very first time, so I plan on spending any additional time with her. We also have a lot of other things on the calender, so I'm keeping the list to a minimum.

Play List:
  • Poker Night with guy friends for the hubby.
  • Dinner with my mom, grandma and my kids.
  • Baby Sale with my sister.
  • Crop for MS Scrapbooking Weekend.
  • Sister's Gender Reveal Sonogram.
  • Sister's Gender Reveal Party.
To Finish:
  • Attendances prizes for crop attendees.
  • Food for crop attendees.
  • Finish decorations for gender reveal party.
  • Laundry.
That's all I'm holding myself to. I figure with all the running this weekend, all that really, absolutely, positively has to be done is laundry. Anything else will be a bonus :)

Have a good weekend!!

XOXO,

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy March :)

Can you believe it's March already?? There is something about the new month that excites me. A new calender page without the scribbled appointments. Thirty-one days to make memories, complete projects and get things done. A new season to welcome with new traditions to start with the kids. I love it all! I always sit down and map out my goals at the beginning of each month. I may have went a little overboard for March, since my list of goals and appointments spilled over to two pages. (I blame this on the addition of a "Pinterest" column!) Here is my March 2012 goal list:


  • Set my goals for the month. (check, hence this list)
  • Check my monthly tickler folder. .
  • Create a Spring Cleaning checklist. (I'm not going to actually start cleaning until April).
  • File my taxes.
  • De clutter my spring decor.Do a March Photo Challenge.
  • March "Ways to Play" sheet with kids.
  • Buy gifts for Dad's birthday & Mom/Dad's Anniversary.
  • Make a card for Aunt Amy's birthday.
  • Get outfits for kids photo sessions - Rock N Roll theme.
  • Attend a friends' bridal shower -- need gift. .
  • Host a Crop for MS with SYC. 
  • Have a pledge banner at the high school for National Kick Butt Day.
  • Host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny with SYC.
  • Pay & Record March Bills.
  • Get/Make a St. Patrick's Day shirt for Rhyse.
  • Make a St. Patrick's Day bow for Lucy.
  • St. Patrick's Day treats for school & daycare.
  • St. Pat's crafts for daycare.
  • St. Pat's decorations and crafts for home. (see Pinterest board here)
  • Make kids Easter baskets.
  • Buy Easter outfits for the family. (One Down, Three to Go!)
  • Make shopping list for Easter basket fillers. .
  • Easter decorations and crafts for home. (see Pinterest board here)
  • Upload/Order February Pictures.
  • Update iPhone.
  • Clean out my email. (I try to do this once a month...and I dread it every month)
  • Clean out my hard drive, per hubby's request.
  • Do any and everything in my "To Do" folder.
  • File bills, Rhyse's crafts and magazine clippings. (Another once a month job)
  • Look into summer camps/lessons for Rhyse. Thinking karate and horseback riding lessons.
  • Sign up for summer classes myself.
  • Take the kids to spend time at Grandma's.
  • Start a coupon club. (still deciding on this one. I really don't need another obligation on my list)
  • Write in kids' baby books. (monthly chore)
  • Go on a date with Josh. And only Josh.
  • Book our hotel for Chicago.
  • Make a "savings jar" for Rhyse to spend in Chicago. (Thinking this one)
  • Post March events on Mom Squad page.
  • Plan Mom Squad March event.
  • Put finishing touches on Lucy's room.
  • Put finishing touches on living room.
  • Powder bathroom: paint, floor trim, new lighting and decorations.
  • Dining room: buffet table, dining table, new chairs, decorations.
  • Buy a blank calender for handprint art.
  • Make a bucket list.
  • Download free fonts to my computer.
  • Implement a cash envelope system.
  • Add memories to a jar to read on New Years' Eve.
  • Create a weight loss plan.
  • Print Spring Must Take Photo List.
  • Create a printable of why I love each of my children.
  • Learn to sew a pillowcase dress.
  • Make "Day you were born" capsules for kids.
  • Start a growth chart for kids.
  • Make a countdown.
  • Make house cleaning cards.
  • Make Lucy's first birthday invitations.
  • Start on one year milestone book.
  • Re-Do an antique high chair.
  • Order birthday cakes.
  • Finalize all  birthday party decorations, ideas, etc.
  • Take Lucy's 9month photo.
Also in the month, I have a dentist appointment for both Rhyse & I, two baby sales to attend, my sister's gender reveal sonogram and party, a PTO meeting, two Arbonne parties, a Tastefully Simple party to host, a Kids' Carnival to take the kids to and Lucy's 9month check up at the doctor. I like to stay busy! March is also two of mine and Josh's anniversaries - dating (6 years on the 13th) and engagement (4 years on the 23rd).

What's your month look like? Any big plans?

XOXO,

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DIY Penny Keychain

Another Pinterest Project! This was one of my very first pins...I'm not sure why it took me so long to do!

Here's the link to the original pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/77898268524180320/


I went with pennies from my husband's, mine, Rhyse & Lucy's birth year, along with our anniversary year. I went through my wallet, which was bulging with change, and came up with all five pennies that I needed! What are the chances of that happening again?! After pulling out the pennies, I soaked them in a vinegar and salt concoction for about five minutes, then removed them and scrubbed them with an old toothbrush. After they were nice and shiny, hubby drilled a small hole through each of them and threaded them on an empty keychain ring. Took all of about 20 minutes and it's so cute and personal!

Have you done any Pinterest Projects lately??

XOXO,

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Morning Check In

It's more like a "Monday Evening Check In" but you get the idea. :) Since I gave up spending money for Lent, our weekend was quiet and relaxing, compared to our normal way of doing things. It was actually kind of nice, but definitely couldn't become a norm for me. I'm not a home-body by any means. Here's what we accomplished this weekend:

Play:

  • Something free & fun with the kids. We had their cousin stay the night Saturday and had a family movie night. Sunday Rhyse went with my parents to the cabin - one of his all time favorite places!
  • Valentine's day photo shoot. Ugh. Still no.
  • Three tooth fairy pillows. I was low on patience this weekend, so I didn't even attempt the sewing machine.
To Finish:
  • Pallet coffee table. We started on this. Hubby decided he'd rather just build his own pallet's then use other ones. Now we need to make a trip to the lumber store for wood.
  • Move sconces in living room. I left most living room tasks for this week.
  • Touch up paint in hall. Check!!
  • Finish Lucy's glider. Half check. The painting of the glider is done, as well as the seam ripping of the old upholstery. Still need to sew the new. Again, no patience.
  • Stencils in Lucy's room. Check!! And utter fail. I give up on the stencils. It's so hard to do with plastered walls and honestly, the stencils were a little small anyway.
  • TV Outlet cover in toy room.
  • Vinyl on Lucy's trash can.
  • March planning & budget.
  • Sort paperwork.
  • Clean out vehicles. Check!! Even better? Hubby did it!!
  • Taxes. Check!! I just have one question to call on before we can drop them off.
  • Lower crib mattress.
  • Finish cleaning downstairs.
  • Scrub upstairs floors -- kitchen and bathroom.
As you can see, I didn't get quite as much done as I would have liked to. We ended up having a game night with our good friends Friday night...so fun! Saturday we did a lot of our checklists, and Saturday night watched our cousin and had a family movie night. Sunday morning, my parents invited us to breakfast and then Lucy and I took a nap together (loooved it! There's few things that can make me happier than napping with my kids!). We did a lot of hanging around Sunday, before I had an SYC meeting and then went to see "The Vow" with my mom & a friend. AMAZING movie. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out. It was a very nice and relaxed weekend!

 Lent Check In: I did, in fact, spend $8 this weekend, to go to the movie. I took it out of my craft fund (which I haven't spent any money out of yet).

XOXO,