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trunk or treat? 12th man style.

Is anyone else asking how is it already almost Halloween? Which means it’s almost November. I swear school starts, you blink and the holidays have arrived. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Trunk or Treat and fall festivities are all the rage right now. In fact, last Friday was the boys’ Trunk or Treat event at their school. I got roped into doing a trunk and put the boys on a mission to figure out what they wanted our theme and game to be. I love that they love helping me with this stuff now.

After much perusing of Pinterest and thinking through what we already had so as not to break the bank we came up with a {Seahawk’s Themed Trunk} any Seahawk fan or their auntie Lisa would be proud of. Just look how cute it turned out…

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For the record, all the credit goes to Mr. Grayson who designed and made the entire display in the back. It’s was seriously too cute. I would put things up and he would say, “No mom. Not there.” Gulp. Ooooo-kay. I guessed I asked for help, right?!

For the event, the trunk also had to have a “carnival-style” game that went along with the trunk. Pinterest gave us some direction and helped us create this football field-inspired table that my cute lil’ 3rd grader helped paint with spray paint. You can find the table idea here. We also used an adorable gal’s post to create a goal post made out of PVC pipe that can be found here.

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Best part? It was a low cost project my other half would be proud of. Oh, and I convinced my ‘almost’ 9 year old that it would be super cool to have a football-themed birthday party after all that hard work. It’s a win-win. My only cost was the turf from Lowes that I found a remnant of, PVC pipe materials and spray paint. Woot.

Maybe you have a Trunk or Treat coming up or maybe it’s a ‘pin it’ for another day. Regardless, get your 12th man on and show a little Seahawk pride. GO HAWKS.

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the week. my to do list. yours too?

I am a list girl. I have a thousand all over the place. The perfect gift for me? Post-it notes or a notepad. Serious. Not joking. Ok, and maybe some new clothes or shoes.

A list for me and a list for you. I am calling it my {the week. what to do.}. A little place where I get organized and get er’ done.


The template is {free} and just for YOU. It’s as easy as copy, print, cut. A cute way to stay organized and on top of things.


{you will need}
paper cutter
paper and printer
the week. what to do template. weekly. and the week. what to do template. list.
cardboard and chipboard
pad/book compound
clamps

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step 1. print the ‘the week. what to do.’ template by clicking {here for weekly template} and {here for list template}.

step 2. cut the template in half… it should measure 8.5″ x 5.5″ for the weekly list and cut in fourths for the list template.

step 3. cut the cardboard/chipboard to same dimensions  … i used cardboard that backed a print I had lying around.

step 4. use your clamps to hold down the sides. apply the glue with a small paintbrush.
{tips}…
– apply at least two coats of glue for an even consistency.
– place a clamp in the middle as well to keep from puckering in the middle
– if you are wanting to make these right away… rumor has it that caulking from the hardware store will work too!

step 5. dry. write. get er’ done.


to do notepad 2 What better way to get organized and efficiently get through your week? As I said before, the task is easy peasy and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done. Maybe one for you and one for a friend or two? Maybe getting ready for those end of the year teacher gifts?

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{diy personalized key art.}

{lemon bars. printable tags..}

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diy headboard and reading lamp. perfect for the boy.

My boy is getting big. Time for a big boy bedroom. Earlier this week, I shared our inspiration. You can read more about it here. My little man and I worked hard to get this {summer} project done and he was seriously the cutest little helper eva’. Oh, and the new piece is pretty gosh darn amazing too.

Just a few simple materials will get the job done. A little something I like to call… easy, peasy.

{materials.}
fence boards {total of 6}
Pine 1×4 ripped down to 2″ wide {total of 1}
white paint
red paint
stain {i used special walnut}
paintbrushes
ruler or 2×6 to measure straight lines
first aid stencil template
sconce {optional}

bed materials


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{wish i would have… used painters tape to tape the outside and then filled it in. would have made life a whole lot easier and a little less stressful while grayson was painting away. whelp, now i know.}

Seriously adorable, right? I love it. He loves it. I love it. What could be better? Oh, I know. The entire project cost me a whopping $38. You heard it… THIRTY-EIGHT DOLLARS. Fortunately, I have a lot of goodies hanging around the house and extra paint for days, so I only had to purchase the wood {$15} and the sconce {$20} plus a little tax. Sigh. Clap. Smile.

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Maybe a new piece of art or a reading lamp for your room too? Who knows, maybe these will end up all over my house because I love them so much.

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first day of school gifts. we heart teachers.

Brace yourself. It’s the first day of school. Yikes! It’s probably the teacher side of me, but I love to acknowledge teachers on their first day of school. It doesn’t need to be anything huge, just a little something to let them know I’ve got their back.

Well, here’s an idea for you. Simple. Sweet. Perfect.  Oh, and did I mention it won’t break the bank? A few dollars and cute little gift for a teacher you know, or will get to know.

The task is simple and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done, or a little bit more if you decide to tackle a painting project in the process. You can thank me later.

{you will need}
scissors
hole punch
thick paper
mix it up printable template
spoons or a whisk
tea towel
twine or ribbon

{your task}

step 1. print the ‘mix it up’ template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the gift tags out of the attached template.

step 3. have your kiddo write their name, or not. up to you.

step 4. hole punch the top.

step 5. wrap some twine around a tea towel and a spoon. look at it and smile.

step 6. {optional} I bought some cheap mixing spoons and painted the bottoms myself to match the tags. Totally not necessary, but a simple way to personalize the spoons to the matching tea towel.

teach tag directions

The template is {free} and just for YOU. It’s as easy as copy, print, cut. And, pretty gosh darn cute.  What color will you pick?
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Give a little extra love to those teachers and help them start the year off with a smile.

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{first day photo shoot.}
grayson goofy

{printable hope you likey tags.}

{diy notepad.}

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auction project. teepee time.

Don’t worry. I didn’t fall off the face of the earth. I know you were worried. Nope. It’s just that projects overtook my life and finding the time to blog didn’t happen. But I’m back, for now.

Most of you know, I’m a project girl. To my hub’s dismay I am usually either knee-deep in one project or have multiple projects going on at one time. This time, it was the latter. Too many projects and one little lady that seriously loves to “help”. A little trickier than when I got my sta-uff done during her naps. Oh well.

First project. Teepee. Tag it. Remind yourself for next year. You won’t regret it. Promise. The cutest darn teepee you will ever find. Don’t you think?

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This little beauty was for G’s 1st grade auction project. I’m not going to lie, it had a huge learning curve, but I promise that it was worth it. It was in our front room for a few weeks and we were in it every night reading books and practicing our spelling. The kiddos loved it so much that I promised I would make one for them. Another thing to add to the list.

If you ever come across a need for an auction project and you can sew {even if just a little} I think you should tackle this one. I used this tutorial as a reference, but changed a few things along the way. Also, they are assuming you use a 45″ width for the top fabric. Remember that. I didn’t and mine was 54″. Had to do lots of recutting. Oops!

I am hoping it will be a real money maker. And, it is just too, too cute.

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Want to get the kids involved?

First, I went into the classroom and had them make tassels {they loved} for the garland out of colorful yarn. I also drilled small holes in birch circles which they wrote their name and favorite book on. The hope is that whatever lucky winner has some reading adventures while sitting in their new teepee.

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At the end, I brought in the teepee and had them stitch Xs on the bottom using the same cream yarn and upholstery needles. Canvas is pretty easy to poke a hope through, so my other half helped me to measure and mark where each kid was to sew. The kids seriously loved the “sewing” part and it add the perfect final touch.

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Crossing my fingers its a money maker. If not, at least someone has a cute place to play, read or just be. Are you thinking it might be a winner for your next auction project too?

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5 minutes. too cute christmas card display.

Easy. Cheap. Ridiculously adorable. What could be better? A festive Christmas {diy} display that just might add a little extra sparkle to your holiday decor.

The {5 minute christmas card display} took me less than 5 minutes and I had everything stashed around the house. I know. Stop it.

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{you will need}
scissors
twine or string
staple gun
open frame
clothespins

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{your task}

step 1. pick a starting point. pull tight. staple.

step 2. string twine across frame. pull tight. staple.

step 3. repeat. repeat. repeat. until you love.

step 4. hang your cute christmas cards with some clothespins. smile.

step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

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A simple, inexpensive way to hang your christmas cards. And, a chance to smile at all of those adorable faces of family and friends.

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oh so merry. printable banner.

As promised, a festive Christmas {diy} banner that can add that little sparkle to the twinkly lights and holiday decor. Perhaps your mantel needs a little extra glam or an empty wall has been waiting to become just a little bit prettier.

The {oh so merry} banner reminds us all about the holiday season and a chance to be extra merry.  My own lil’ Pottery Barn knock-off that costs just about $3.00. Are you in?

Ready? Your {oh so merry} printable banner awaits. For less than $5 dollars and five minutes you have a fancy new holiday decoration.

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{you will need}
scissors
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
oh so merry banner template
jute webbing and glue gun {optional}

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{your task}

step 1. print the {oh so merry} template by by clicking here

step 2. cut the letters out of the template. {no need to cut out duplicate letters.}

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “m” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.

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step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

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{optional steps.}

step 6. cut two  5″ pieces of jute webbing.

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step 7. fold in half and cut off a triangular piece.

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step 8. flip over banner and place on backside of twine, leaving a 1/2″ of space.

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step 9. add multiple rows of hot glue. fold. press for several seconds to secure.

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step 10. hang for all to see. happy holidays.

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Get your {free} printable now. Once December rolls around you can find it in my etsy site for a small {totally worth it} fee. A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, a chance to remind others that this time of year is oh so merry.

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Christmas Tag Button

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give thanks banner. simple.

Should I have posted this about forever ago? Um, yes. But, life got the best of me and I am just now getting around to sharing one of the easiest Thanksgiving season decorations.

Here’s the skinny. I am in charge of the crafts for a MOPS group I belong to {perfect fit for me} and I did this craft with my girlies in October. I am sure it has been posted once or twice before somewhere on the Internet, but it is an easy way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, because I thought it was just so cute in our house I decided to whip up a Christmas one too. That post will arrive in your inbox before Thanksgiving. Scouts honor.

The {give thanks} banner reminds me of the importance of the season and all to be thankful for. And, the truth is I saw it at Pottery Barn, but was too cheap to spend the money on it. Yep, I said it.

For you, a {give thanks} printable banner that you might be the perfect reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about.
Pretty cute, if I say so myself, even if you will have to save it for next year.

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{you will need}
scissors
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
give thanks banner template

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{your task}

step 1. print the {give thanks} template by by clicking here.

step 2. cut the letters out of the template.

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “k” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.

step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

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banner on mantel

A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle in a thankful sort of way. And, a chance to remember what the season is really all about.

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diy french inspired clock. love at first sight.

I saw it. I loved it. I wanted one for my own house.

Tis’ true. While browsing Pinterest I stumbled on a clock that made my heart melt. If you follow along you may have seen it on my backyard inspiration board. If not, here is a sneak peek of the beauty.

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Needless to say, I was smitten and wanted a version of my own for our own backyard. All it took was a little time, some sanding and tracing. Do you love it as much as I do?

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Admit it. Kind of amazing. I do catch myself gazing at it while we are lounging in the backyard. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

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Just a few simple materials will get the job done. And. prepare yourself. It looks like there are a million steps, but I was trying to be detailed enough for you to try it at home.

materials for clock

clock step 1

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clock step 4
{print and cut stencils.}
Roman Numeral Stencil
French Wording Stencil

clock step 5

clock step 6

clock step 7

clock step 8

clock step 9

clock step 10

clock step 11

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step 13


step 14

remo

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finished

It has found a home under our covered porch where I get to admire it just about every day. To hang it? We added a few screws and wire to hang it for all to see. Maybe you, too, want to add one to your own home? Will yours be indoor or outdoor?

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clock #3

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And, before you even think it. No, it is not a functioning clock which drives my sister and husband absolutely crazy. I like to call it my {nonfunctioning} clock. But, my other half won out after constantly asking what time it was while we were outside and I have officially purchased clock parts to turn this beauty into a {functioning} clock. That post? Well, when I get a chance to install it. Who knows when that will be.

Take a lookey loo at where I linked up you might find some more inspiring ideas…i heart naptime and design, dining & diapers.

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printable kids thank you cards. say thanks after a birthday.

Birthdays. So much fun. Way too many goodies. Time for thank you cards.

For me, birthdays are the perfect time for my kids to practice the art of saying thanks. Oh, how I wish they wanted to do this on their own, but the reality is that I am a mean mommy and force them to write individual thank you cards. Call me old fashioned, but I think somewhere along the way we’ve lost the art of a good ole’ card in the mail. Good for me. Bad for my kids.

Sadly, my kids are not at an age where they can write multiple sentences on their own or complete this task without some serious whining. So, I have had to transform our thank you cards into something that is ‘manageable’ for everyone involved. I use the term ‘manageable’ loosely. This task seriously took my five year old birthday boy four days to finish. It involved lots of  deep breaths, but we got through it.

For you, a two {free} printable thank you birthday cards that you can use with your own little cuties.
Pretty cute, if I say so myself.

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{you will need}
scissors or paper cutter
thick paper
pen or pencil
birthday thank you card template of your choice

{your task}

 step 1. print the birthday thank you card template by by clicking below. Which one will you choose? Boy or girl version?
{note: you will want to print double sided. you can use that feature on your printer or print once and then flip over and place in printer to print the backside}

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step 2. cut the cards out using the front image to guide you.

 step 3. have your kiddos fill out their card.

 step 4. seal, stamp and mail.

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Give some thanks to all who helped your kiddo celebrate their big day. A little something in the mail to brighten their day AND practice the art of saying thanks.

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