Back-to-School Teacher’s Gifts for Every Budget

How do you make sure, from day one, that your child is Teacher's Pet?  You send a teacher's gift on the first day, of course! We're all on a budget these days. Don't let the idea of a teacher's gift make you put a Master Lock on your wallet.  You can give an impressive "thanks for teaching my student" token of appreciation for as little as a couple of dollars.  Really.  Keep reading./1/ A Succulent Garden - This succulent garden will be special on day one of the school year and beyond./2/ Let's Kick Off this Year with a Splash! - Fill a child's {new} rain boot with a few of teacher's essentials and maybe even a gift card to offset her expenses. This gift she'll surely get a kick out of!/3/ Teacher Subway Art - Here's a super simple gift idea that will cost you very … [Read more...]

7 DIY Back-to-School Supplies That Are A+

Back-to-School is right around the corner.  The sales flyers and store front windows are proof in themselves that it's almost time to send our kids back into the classroom.  Do you have what it takes to save a little money and make a few of their supplies on your own?  Or, would you like to simply add a little DIY to your school supply organization? Keep reading.  I've got a few DIY tutorials to get you started!/1/Pencil Pouch - Sure the pencil pouches at the big box stores are cheap, but are they this cute? With even a little sewing knowledge YOU can make this super cute pouch for all of your pencils and pens./2/Toddler Backpack - Almost always, our older children have a strong opinion on what color and style backpack they want to carry. Our preschoolers, on the other hand, … [Read more...]

Paint Stick Garden Markers

Paint sticks are one of those items just begging to be crafted with. Since I have recently become a gardening genius (read: slightly less of a black thumb), I realized we needed some proper garden markers for our growing plant and vegetable collection. This was a very simple craft with great rewards.Supplies:Endless amount of paint sticks Craft paint Brushes Paint pen Optional - polyurethaneMake a list of what plants you are making the markers for and any other information you want to include on the stick.1. Paint the sticks with their base coat color. I like the foam brushes for this - perfect size for the wood and a smooth finish.2. Let them dry thoroughly.  I used wax paper so the sticks would be easy to lift up once dry and painted one side at a … [Read more...]

How to Organize Your Home Like a Boss

Feel that warm air? That's spring, y'all (if you're not feeling it yet, you will soon, promise)!Get in the mood for spring cleaning and organizing by perusing these most awesome and inspiring organizational systems. There's something for everyone here.The get started organizing. Like. A. Boss.1.) Clever caddy DIY idea from BHG.  2.) Upside-down shelves to organize your closet by Simplified Bee.  3.)  Shoe storage...or art? Zippy crown molding shoe rack by Living in a Nutshell.  4.) Most organized shed ever by BHG.  5.) Perfect way to organize your medicine shelf by Delightful Order.6.)  Looking for a mini-remodel? Stash some drawers in between wall studs like this BHG bathroom. 7.) How about this chalkboard slash calendar? You won't forget an appointment with this … [Read more...]

15 Genius Organizing Tips

I don't know about you but I am always looking for new organizing tips.With School starting back, after school activities, birthday parties, meetings, work, and church activities... (I'm exhausted already), organizing isn't an option, it's what keeps me sane!  These genius organizing tips will have your house neat and tidy in no time!Back to School Basics:During School Mornings seem to be the craziest time of the day.  No matter how much I try to plan ahead inevitably something is going to blow up.  Keep the explosions to a minimal with these genius organizing tips for back to school!Get rid of the last minute morning rush by keeping those backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes, and school papers at arms reach. This beautiful and functional entryway locker will take care of … [Read more...]

How To Make A Simple Household Binder

Having a household binder is a great way to keep everything that is going on in your home organized. You can keep whatever you like in your household binder. You should set up your binder to meet the needs of your household. What You Will Need:BinderDividersHole PunchPlastic PouchSharpieLabels Step 1: Assemble your items together. On a separate sheet of paper write out the categories you want for your binder. Examples would be coupons, receipts, emergency phone numbers, babysitter info. etc. Once you have what you want for your categories you need to write them on the divider labels, or use a label maker to make the labels and adhere to the divider. Step 2: Print out your lists that you will be recording information on. I like to use free … [Read more...]