Saturday, August 19, 2017

JACK Blog Hop

Hi guys!
Today I have something fun to share with you! I'm part of a BLOG HOP!

How exciting, right?! I'm totally excited for you to hop along and check out all these blogs with me as I know there is some AMAZING talent out there!

Welcome to our Close to my Heart JACK Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions catalog2 with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants.

 I'm loving this manly paper pack!

 If you are visiting from HALEY'S BLOG then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess CAROL'S BLOG. Next check out BRENDA'S BLOG.
Jack Paper Pack

And if you LOVE this paper pack get it FAST because this catalog RETIRES August 31, 2017. All items are while supplies last. :)

You can shop my website here.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIY chalkboard and chalk holder

HI guys!

Check out this HUGE chalkboard I made for my kitchen! I LOVE IT!!!
I made the frame using 1x6 boards I got from Home Depot and the chalkboard piece is from Home Depot too! It measures 2 feet by 4 feet and is $10. I opted for the pre-made chalkboard because then I didn't have to paint a board, wait for it to dry, etc.
Buying a pre-made board was EASY!
I stained everything with dark walnut stain by Minwax. And did one coat of polyurethane on everything too.
 I got this chalk holder idea from Pinterest, but no instructions were given.
So I took the idea and made it work with scrap wood I had laying around.
The entire thing is made with a 1x6 board and stained with dark walnut with a coat of polyurethane.

I used a metal clamp band that I got from Lowes to hold the jar onto the board.
The back 1x6 which the jar is attached to is 12 inches tall, and the ledge the eraser sits on is also a 1x6 cut at 4 inches. I attached the ledge using screws (I pre-drilled the holes) from the backside.
I sure LOVE how everything looks in my kitchen, don't you?!?!
Now I need to finish my farmhouse table top. Check back soon to see that!
Happy crafting!

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Monday Ramblings #4

Happy Monday all!
So I randomly have things I think I want to post here on the blog or tell you all about, so here goes.
Do you use coupons? I do! I started using coupons 7 years ago after my first was born and I attend a coupon class/workshop. I've been hooked ever since. However, I don't coupon shop as much as I did 7 years ago, I am always looking for a deal or waiting for a sale to happen.
A couple coupons that use often are the survey coupons you get on your pizza from Papa Murphy's . When I take this survey I am able to get a FREE cheesy bread or cookie dough. Because of this my family can eat pretty cheap (luckily I  have little kids that don't eat as much as teenagers).
I also take the survey on the back of the Panda Express receipt which get me a FREE entrée. My family LOVES orange chicken and my kids eat it up (as leftovers too), so getting lots of this is a BONUS!
As a family we also look for deals when we go to a sit down restaurant like dine early prices or kids eat FREE deals. This saves us a ton of money. We don't eat out a lot, but we do for birthdays, holidays, and such.
In addition to these restaurants I use coupons at the grocery store to save money on my weekly grocery trips.
FREE Summer fun for kids:
While we're on the subject of coupons let me tell you what we've been doing this summer for FREE (me and my kiddos).
We go to FREE school lunch which is offered where I live for all children (even toddlers), and is all summer long.
We also go to the library. My kids like to play the games our NEW library has (we got a NEW local library over a year ago, which I  VOTED for when it was on the decision ever!), check out books and videos too!
We go to the park often, on bike rides, and we use our yearly pool pass a ton too (I consider our pool pass free since I paid for it back in January)!
And my kiddos like to work on projects in the garage while I work on mine. I let them use any scrap wood in the scrap pile. They really do LOVE this!
 I just got home from my CTMH convention to find that my kids built 2 ladders (I had just built  a quilt ladder this summer, so not sure if they got the idea from me or not) from scrap wood and they then put them against one of our HUGE trees out back. I sure this makes getting up into the tree MUCH easier! I'm so glad they love building and use their imaginations while developing their talents. It's fun to watch and to see the outcome of their ideas.
Summer Chores for the Kids (what we do):
Like last summer, this summer I decided I wanted my kids to have daily tasks that they do. They each have a list of morning chores that must be done by lunch time. Then they get one sticker on their chart. Once there are 14 stickers (14 days) on their chart they get $5.
PLUS, they can do extra chores and earn extra stickers which helps them get to 14 stickers faster. I randomly have things I need done, so I ask my kids, "who wants to earn an extra sticker?".
I'm actually surprised at how fast they say, "I do". :) What ever the chore is, they have to do it like I would in order to earn a sticker. So if the work is sloppy they re-do it or they don't earn a sticker.
Yes, sometimes it's a fight, but worth it to me to teach my kids the correct way to clean, etc.
They don't earn any money on a regular basis during the school year, so this summer money is fun for them.
This is what's on their daily to-do list:
Make your bed
Get dressed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Do you hair
Pick up your room (nothing on the floor)
Read for 10 minutes (my little one that can't read yet writes her name, phone number, and birthday. We are also working on her knowing her address. Just the basics with her right now.)
These are all pretty simple tasks I realize, but they really help me as a mom get my kids up and going in the morning. Yes my kids have tv time the morning and sometimes drag their feet early in the morning, but mostly they do a great job!
Well I think that's enough rambling for today. Have a great one!