Monday, May 28, 2012

End of the Year Teacher Gift

I wanted to do a little something for my daughter's teachers for the end of the year.  With it being a daycare/preschool, she has seven teachers so I needed something budget friendly.  I found the idea on Pinterest, of course:)

I used a cup and the packets of drink mix.  I had seen this idea a long time ago and so I bought the cups on Black Friday when they were cheap (!!!) and stashed them away for the end of the year.

I was trying to decide what to put on the tags this weekend.  I went to look at the original idea I had pinned to see what was used.  Lo and behold!...she offered the tag as a free download.  If you're interested, you can find the tag Here.

I put some packets of lemonade mix into the cup and attached the tag to the straw.  My daughter also signed her name on the back of each tag with the name of the teacher. 

Don't you just love Pinterest?  And these cups?  I have about 4 that are in a constant rotation myself, especially now that its getting warm and I like to have iced tea with me at all times:)


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Household Binder - Part 4 (Our Meals)

Wow, what a week!  I have 7 days of school left this year!  It has flown by.  I am ready for summer, as are my 24 little 5 and 6 year olds:)  Mostly, I am ready to get started on the list of projects I've been forming and waiting for summer to start.  I also started a new graduate program this week to get my masters in Administration so that will make for a crazy 2 years coming my way.  As I said, I love to be busy:)

I have been working on my Household Binder along with Kristin at The OCD Life since she made it her May challenge and its been on my to do list.  I have already created the binder, the home finances, and the section on our family

Another part of our binder will be Our Meals.  I posted previously about my weekly menu planning which you can find here.  I have included in the meal section copies of my menu planning sheet.

A pocket is in the back of this section to hold menus from restaurants we may order from on Saturday night.  I use coupons a lot but keep these in their own binder and pull out what I need when I shop each week.

Seems like a very easy week for the binder since I already do a lot with my meals.  This way it will all be in one place when I need searching for menu planning sheets anymore!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Household Binder - Part 3 (Our Family)

I am continuing to work on our Household Binder when I have some free time.  There isn't much of that during the last 2 weeks of a school year when we are both teachers and have report cards, programs, end of year activities.  I previously posted about the beginning of my binder (Here).  The second section I created for my binder was all about our finances (Here).  The next section I am working on in my Household Binder is Our Family.  I have a few different items that I am going to put in sheet protectors in this section.  I typed up a general information sheet for our family that includes our names, address, phone numbers, important dates, and medical information.  For privacy, you will just have to take my word for it:)

I also created a list for Important Phone Numbers.  I will write the company name, the account it holds, phone number, and any other necessary information such as policy numbers.  If we ever have to leave our house in a hurry, this binder will have what we need to call insurance, etc.

Another page included will be a sheet of important dates.  I have a planner, I have a phone, but this is a one page reference, especially if hubby needs to know any dates.  And if anything ever happens to my calendar in my phone, I will have this as a back up.

I printed off my address list from my contacts on my computer and put it in a sheet protector also.  This is what I use to create labels for Christmas cards or invitations.  I refer to the contacts in my computer, but again, this provides me with a back up copy.

That is what I have for this section so far.  However, even since I began this a few weeks ago, I have tweaked the sections I want and what I want in them.  So....this could still evolve:)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Household Binder: Part 2 (Finances)

This month, I am following along with Kristin at The O.C.D. Lifestyle as she creates her Household Binder (her May challenge).  Last week, I showed you the cover I made for my binder.  This weekend, I created pages for the finance section of my binder.  I had a bill record sheet I was previously using, however, with now paying bills online, there was way more information on the page than I needed (check number, date sent, etc.)  I created a one page document to keep track of the bills to be sure I pay them:)  I am writing the date the bill is due in each box and then leaving room to check next to it when I have paid the bill online.
And, because Kristin always has brilliant ideas, she created a password and account information sheet.  I love this idea because I pay the bills.  My hubby would have no idea where to go and what information to use should he ever need to pay the bills for me.  In addition, I have the usernames and passwords listed in a variety of places and this gives me one spot to contain them all and have them ready for reference.
I put the monthly bill planner in one of the pockets of my binder.  I am toying with putting the bills in that pocket as well when they come in the mail.  Right now, they get thrown in the top drawer of my desk, but this might keep things more streamlined if its all together...

I put the password page in a sheet protector right behind the bills folder.

Alli over at the Scattered Squirrel is also creating a binder and has been sharing some great ideas that she is including in her binder as well.  Check it out!  There is such a wide variety of items you could include in a binder, depending on what suits the needs of your family.  You can see why I think I may need a bigger binder:)


Friday, May 11, 2012

My Beauty Favorites!

I can't believe I haven't thought to post about my beauty favorites yet!  I am a beauty product junkie!  I love to try new things...sometimes I keep them, sometimes I never use them again:)  I have a few favorites lately that I am finding myself wearing over and over...not the norm for me.

1. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum - I still break out, (does that ever end?) especially on my chin and after major workout sessions.  I love this stuff!  I put it on in the morning after I cleanse and in the evening as well.  It does not dry out my skin like so many other spot treatments.  I can put it over my whole forehead if I want with no problems.
2.  Stila Kajal Eye Liner - This goes on so smooth!  I love a purple color that they aren't making anymore, but don't worry, I bought 5 online while it was being discontinued so I'm good for awhile:)  I also love the brown color called Tiger Eye.  Eyeliners can pull and be really hard to smudge and I like one that smudges.
 3.  Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment - I lean towards low maintenance chapstick or a little gloss, but this is like chapstick with a little extra color.  It is not as bright as it looks.  I have worn it nonstop since I got it the other day and it is awesome!  It is a little pricey ($22.50) but I am a junkie:)  I'm going to see how long it lasts me and if its worth the price.
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4.  The Balm Hot Mama Blush - A great pinky peach color and a little goes a long way so I think it will last me forever!  Thats it...I love it!
I could go on and on, but I'll stop there. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Creating a Household Binder

I have begun the process of creating a Household Binder.  It has been on my to do list since I saw the one Jen at IHeart Organizing created (find her post Here).  Then Kristin at one of my very favorite blogs, The OCD Life, made it her May challenge!  This really inspired me to get my butt in gear:)  And it is also helping keep me on track to actually get it done as I see her posts about it.

I had a binder around the house that I am starting with.  It is a 1" binder which I feel may be too small as I decide everything I want to include, but it was free for now:)

I also had plastic pockets and dividers already in the binder from it's previous life.
Then I created a cover for my household binder using inspiration from others I have found. 

 I really wanted to put it in the front of the binder but, alas, it doesn't have an opening in the plastic.  So, I put it inside in a sheet protector instead.

I am very excited about this binder for many reasons.  In our house, I manage the finances and many of the household duties.  I always worry that my husband would not have the necessary information available should he one day take over these tasks.  By creating the household binder, I plan to include anything that would be useful should someone else ever need to help out.

I may include? (still brainstorming):
  • bills and home finances
  • important passwords and bill pay information
  • phone numbers such as insurance, doctors, etc.
  • menu planning
  • family information such as emergency contacts (could be useful for a babysitter)
  • house decorating information like paint colors used
  • holiday - card addresses, card lists, gift lists
  • important dates list
As I said, a 1" binder may not be enough.  Yikes!  And I am also thinking I may decide some of these items would be better suited somewhere else.  I plan to share as I go so I'll post about the binder as I create more parts of it.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Banana Bread

Thanks to my Pinterest addiction, I have a lot of recipes I want to try:)  I had a few bananas that had sat too long for anyone in my family to want to eat...whoops.  So, I decided to try the banana bread recipe I found on Pinterest.  We love banana bread and the recipe I use regularly has sugar and a lot of crisco (yummy, but not the healthiest).  The recipe I tried this morning uses applesauce and honey instead of sugar and oil.  You can find the recipe Here.

Here is our finished bread.  I followed the 1 hour baking time in the recipe, however, when I make it again, I would cook it a little less.  With my oven, the top and inside was a little browner than our family likes it.

The inside of the bread.  Look at the yummy banana!  I don't know if its supposed to look like that or I didn't mash the banana enough:)  However, it tastes good either way. 


Thursday, May 3, 2012

The "Not Fun" Projects

Today is one of those "Not Fun" project days, but it is completely necessary.  Since beginning blogging and finding blogs that I use for school, I have a million things in my downloads and on my desktop.  All the icons all over the place were driving me CRAZY!  So, I am creating folders, organizing the things I want to keep, and trashing items I don't need.  I will feel much calmer when I go to work on my computer now...

Here is the brief process I used:
1. I created folders for the topics I knew I would need - school, blog, graduate classes
2.  I opened up my downloads folder (on a mac, this is where everything goes)
3.  If I knew what the item was, I moved it to the correct folder or deleted it
4.  If I couldn't tell right away what the item was, I opened it and made a decision where to put it
5.  I went back through my folders and created some sub folders (my school folder was a mess!)
6.  I created new names for many of the items so I would know what it was in the future (usually to be more specific and make it easier to identify later)

What projects have you been avoiding because they don't sound very fun?  Take a few minutes and get them over with! 


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11) and we love the preschool/daycare my daughter attends.  She has been there since she was 3 months old and will "graduate" this sad:(  I wanted to do a little something for her teachers (there are 7 of them!) and so I made treat bags for each teacher.

I was able to find everything I needed at Target.  I already had some ribbon and scrapbook paper.  I started with clear bags.

Here is everything I put into the bags:  goldfish crackers, paper clips, a highlighter, a pen, and Extra gum.

Here is one of each thing that I put into the bag.

Then I created a card for each bag with little sayings for each item in the bag.  I either made up the sayings or found them through Google.  Here is a sample list I found to get you started.  I have also seen similar ideas on Pinterest and you might be able to find sayings there as well.

I used a color background with a text box on top.  Then I mounted the whole thing on scrapbook paper I had at home.  Here is the final bag ready for next week!

I hope I've given you a few ideas to honor the teachers in your life!