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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


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.
– 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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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}
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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end of the year gifts. um, you da’ balm.

End of the year is coming. I repeat, the end of the year is coming. Now it is time to ask yourself, “What on earth am I going to get the teachers, bus drivers, assistants, office staff, friends, and everyone else in between?”

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 someone you know.

The task is simple and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done. You can thank me later.

{you will need}
hole punch
thick paper
you da’ balm printable template

{your task}

step 1. print the you da’ balm 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. add a colorful eos lip balm. tie. give.

Give a little extra love to those people in your lift and let them know they da‘ balm.

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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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


{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.


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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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.


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

letters up close

{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.

mantel banner pic

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?

clock with label

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

clock #4

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

clock step 2

clock step  3

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

clock step 12

step 13

step 14


step 16


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?

clock #1

clock #3

clock #2

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.

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summer activity. secret scrolls.

I apologize {in advance} if you don’t have kids and are bored silly with these kid posts. I assure you, summer is half way over, so you will soon have a break from these silly ideas.  Soon. But, not quite yet. Who knows, maybe you can use these with grandkids, neighborhood kids or someone else who might get a giggle out of it.

Yes, summer is in full swing. Lots of hours in the day and some sweet babies who get bored oh, so quickly. Was I like that as a kid? Probably. If you’ve been following along, you know that we are deep in the trenches of finding things to do.

We started with our summer bucket list. And, then moved on to Laser Beams. Last week, we even got crazy with some science experiments. This week? Some serious fun that cost me nothing. I love that.

Hello, secret scrolls.


Don’t you love those {in the moment} ideas that are way better than you expected? Well, this was one of those. It started with Mr. G wanting a ninja headband. Then we decided that a secret scroll was a must.

Some wrapping paper, scissors, washi tape and dowels {i seriously keep and have the weirdest things, including wooden dowels. technically for the bathroom curtain i am willing myself to finish, but this was way more fun.} helped us get the project done.


A simple project that makes for some serious imaginative play. And, the kids can do MOST of the work. Give it a try. I’m hoping it will keep your kids as busy as it did mine.

secret scrolls steps

Start your own secret scrolls. A simple, inexpensive way to entertain those kids on summer break.

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4th of july. our plan. are you ready?

Say what, it’s almost 4th of July? Can you believe it? That means that summer is officially in full swing, the sun is out and the kids are starting to get into the summer routine.

Now it is time to start planning the day. Who knows, maybe there will be a few ideas that you like too. I am going simple this year. Easy ideas to make the day feel extra special. And, I am enlisting in the help of a little something called the Internet. No time to come up with creative ideas on my own, so I will look to some crafty mamas and professionals.

Follow along. No need to look for your own 4th of July festivities. My friend, the work has been done for you. Hooray.

{first stop.}
Keeping the kids entertained.

The pool will only last for so long and I am in the market to make the day extra special. I think they are going to love it. Click on the links below to be linked to the creative genius behind each of these projects.

4th kids activities
candy bottle rockets.
patriotic rock art.
straw firework art.
washington sugar cube monuments.


{second stop.}
Keeping the kids and adults hydrated.

Fun drinks for the big and little kids. A little something to ring in the special holiday. Find recipes and the masterminds of these tasty drinks below.

4th drinks
layered drinks.
{a science project for kids. awesome.}
red, white and blue sangria.
berry infused water.


{third stop.}
Keeping everyone fed and full.

Food is a must. I’m lucky and our guests are helping out with some of the yummy items on our 4th of July menu. The rule? Everyone brings their own BBQ dish and the rest will be just as delicious. Love these too? Click links below to be find the recipes and the tasty chefs who thought them up. Yum.

4th food

red, white and blue chips with salsa
patriotic fruit salad
summer crostini.
watermelon and feta orzo salad.
pesto pasta salad.
flag sandwich for the kiddos.


{fourth stop.}
Keeping the kids and adults sweetened and smiling.

  4th dessert

flag fruit pizza.
red, white and blue marshmallow pops.


There you have it. A snapshot of our 4th of July activities. Hope some of our ideas make your 4th a little easier and a whole lot more patriotic.

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reindeer food. fun with kids. magic.

The magic of Christmas. The wonder of the season. Through the eyes of little ones there truly is no better time of year. I love it. I absolutely love listening and watching my own cuties during this holiday season. There is nothing better than keeping that magic alive. I want them to believe in the magic of the season forever. Yes, forever.

What better way to keep that magic alive than with the help of our reindeer friends? Everyone knows that reindeer LOVE food and need a little extra energy during their strenuous night travels. So, I come bearing gifts. Reindeer Food. Yes, a fabulous way to get in the spirit of the season and spend a little time with your own precious gifts.  {side note: my kids call every animal with antlers “reindeer”. I don’t correct them because I think it is too, too cute.}


My kids absolutely love this family tradition and wait anxiously for the day to make our own reindeer food.


The task is simple. Only a few necessary supplies and a {free} printable tag make this project simple for you and a magical gift for others.

 {you will need}

{extra grain, of course}
mini chocolate chips
{what reindeer doesn’t have a sweet tooth?}
reindeer food labels
hole punch

thick paper
twine or ribbon
small cellophane gift bags

reindeer ingredients

{your task}

step 1. mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl. no rhyme or reason.
{you might even have some other treasures in your pantry that the reindeer would love.}

step 1. print the template that you can find {here}.

step 2. cut the tags out of the attached template and hole punch.

step 3. place a handful of reindeer food in a clear, cellophane bag.

step 4. loop some twine. add the gift tag. tie it in a bow. give to some friends and spread the cheer.


There is a good chance that your kids might really just be into it for the chocolate chips. This was the little lady’s first time helping us and she wouldn’t take her eyes {or fingers} off those little chocolate morsels. How can I say no to that cute face?

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The {final} step of the task is simple. On Christmas Eve sprinkle the reindeer food on the lawn, roof, steps and wherever else might best attract those flying creatures. No reindeer will be able to pass up the goodies that are spread on Christmas Eve and Santa will be sure to stop at your house.

Start mixing and package up these adorable little treasures and gift away. Pass them to friends, neighbors and anyone who might need a little magic in their life. My {big } has a December birthday, so we are known for passing these out as birthday favors. I love hearing about how his friends sprinkle their reindeer food and create traditions of their own.


Festive. Magical. A memory to cherish with your own family.

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