A Pinterest Addiction

I think we all know what Pinterest is by now…if not, let me know and I’ll gladly fill you in!  I don’t know about you, but I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the site.  I love, love, love all of the fabulous ideas, products, and recipes!  I love spending an hour looking at it all, and pinning my life away!  However, I hate that I have hundreds of pins and have only done a handful.  I also hate that I have to sift through the hundreds of pins to find that one I’ve been looking for.  Not to mention that one little issue that so many moms have been talking about….pinterest guilt.  Yup, I said it!  Mom’s get on pinterest and find all this awesome stuff, but realistically don’t have time to do it.  Whether it be a new recipe, or craft with the kids, or a new organizational idea.  Then, eventually you realize you have all these fabulous things pinned, and haven’t done them…and you find yourself feeling guilty.  I know, I’ve done it!  But you know what?!  Who cares!!  Pin all you won’t, or don’t pin at all…you are an amazing mom without Pinterest!!  Oh, and Pinterest does not make you any better of a mom, it is just there to give you something to do, time to kill, and a place for us all to share ideas and dreams.  So kick the guilty gremlin out the door!  I did, and now I have a more loving relationship with Pinterest.

With all of that being said, I’ve decided that this year for Christmas we are going to focus more on the true meaning, rather than the money spent on great gifts.  So, I plan on us making a lot of our gifts this year.  Here are some of my pinned gift ideas:

  1. Stamped or Scrapbook Coasters (I already do this every year, and it is a big hit!)
  2. Mod Podge Christmas Ornaments
  3. Scrabble Ornaments (You could just buy them if you don’t need many.)
  4. Snowball Surprise
  5. Pampering In A Jar
  6. Plate Art (Great for grandparents!)
  7. Homemade Bath Bombs
  8. Salt Dough Necklace
  9. No Sew Kids Shirts
  10. Homemade Soap
  11. Chalkboard Hanging Trays
  12. Scrabble Coasters
  13. Wooden Photo Canvas
  14. Magnet Board
  15. No Sew Fleece Blanket

I’m super excited to do some of these for family members this year!  I also do glass etching every year, which is always a big hit as well.  Do you make any of your gifts?  Last year my step-mom, who is super creative, made my sister and I one of these.  I love mine!  Hope you enjoy some of these ideas, and please share yours with us!

God Bless!

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Play Date

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I love free entertainment for the family!  Today we had a wonderful play date at the Alexandria Splash Pad.  If you don’t have a splash pad near you…you need one!  This was the first time for myself and my daughter, and had it not started thundering, I don’t think I would have ever gotten her to leave.  It was so nice being able to let the kids play in the water while us moms got time to visit and enjoy one another.  I cherish the time I get to visit with my other mommy friends.  Life is so crazy now days, it is so refreshing to just take the time to invest in one another’s lives.  Not to mention to be able to do all of this without having to spend money.  So a huge thanks D for inviting us out today!  It was a fabulous idea!

If you don’t have a splash pad to take the kids to, how about a local park!  Schedule time when it is still cool.  Our mall also has a small play area for little ones.  It’s nice to be able to have them indoors when it’s so hot out.  Indoor playgrounds like those at Chik-fil-A are awesome for play dates as well.  They don’t force you to buy a meal in order to let the kids play.  Go in between meals to keep your cost down.  Not to mention the crowds will be gone.

What do you and your family do for free/cheap entertainment?  What do your play dates look like?

 

Bible Printables, Crafts and More

I had to share this with ya’ll!  I found this new website where you can go and print of tons of great bible printables.  They have bible verses, activity sheets, color sheets, crafts, and much more!  I found this one idea for Christmas to make a Christmas Story Scroll Ornament.  It is so cute!  The printable has the story of Christmas (2 print to a sheet).  I’m going to have my little girl make these as her gifts to grandparents this year.  I’m very excited.  You can find it here.  I may be up all night printing at this rate…lol…no, really!

 

 

School Room

Okay, I just had to get a quick post up before I go to bed!  I wanted to share some photos of our classroom/office/dining room that we’ve been working on.  

This is our calendar area (unfinished). On the bulletin board is a what day is it chart, and a seasons chart.

Sorry the photos are a little all over the place…just threw em up for ya quick!  We still have a quite a bit to go on this, but at least it is usable space now!

 

God Bless.

 

Menu Planning

I’m an organization junkee, so I’m trying this new thing called menu planning…for the month!  I am super excited!  I already grocery shop for a month at a time, so this will just really help organize it all and help out in the budget area.  So I thought I’d share how I’m going about this.

First of all, I’m using a monthly calendar for each month with a space in each square for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.  I got this template from Money Saving Mom.  I choose #11.

Behind this is a detailed weekly breakdown for each meal, each week.  I got this template from Faithful Provisions.

So, for each month I have a monthly calendar with all meals for each day.  Behind each month I have my 4-5 weekly menu planners.  I keep all of this together in a 3 prong folder.  Just before the new month I sit and fill out my monthly menu calendar.  Then, at the end of each week (Saturday), I fill out my detailed weekly chart.  I felt this method would work better for my family because we always unexpected things come up for the month and have to change meal plans.  This allows me to remain flexible, yet still have a plan.  It also allows me to get more detailed (on the weekly planner) since the calendar only has writing space for a main dish (and maybe one side, depending).

Anyone else use a different method?

God Bless!