Come learn all the Tips for Using Iron On Vinyl that you need to know to have success with your projects! I’ll be covering the different types of Iron On, layering techniques and more!
Functional and organized Backpack and Command Center Organization Ideas that are all great solutions to help you stay organized and keep your family clutter from taking over your house! Come get ideas for your home!
A fun vinyl design to customize and decorate an organizer for your littles LOL Dolls, Hatchimals, Shopkins or other toys! This LOL Doll Organizer is going to help your little from losing all the little accessories!
Motherhood is hard and simplifying is a must! Here are 5 Ways to Simplify Motherhood that will help your life and your home run smoother!
The weather is starting to cool off, the leaves are falling from trees — some of you have probably already had your first snow! So you know what that means? The CHAOS of Christmas is coming! Or is it? A few years ago I put so much pressure on myself to make the most perfect Christmas for my kids. It was our first Christmas away from family, and I ended up making myself so crazy and stressed that I basically ended up not enjoying any of it! I’m pretty sure I threw a little tantrum even. Haha! So I simplified things, organized a few things, and the last couple years, I’ve had the best Christmases to date! Today I am going to share my 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday!
Hey friends! Spring sports really put a kink in my dinner routine… we had way too much takeout or quick thrown together meals! But, this summer I’m getting back to meal planning and trying to make sure our meals our better balanced. That means back to trying to get my kids to eat and try new vegetables! Problem is that 2 of my 3 kids tend to fight me on the “new” vegetables! In the past we’ve really only had a few vegetables on a regular basis – corn and asparagus. When I would make something different the kids would automatically swear to me that they HATED it! It made me so sad that the other 75%+ of vegetables my kids truly believed they didn’t like them. I knew it was my fault for not having them try more younger! So, I came up with the idea of making a Kids Vegetable Checklist!
With the checklist, my kids can mark off as they try different vegetables! This will be especially fun, because I’m growing quite a few new things in my garden this year! But even the ones that I’m not growing, the kids think it’s pretty fun to go to the store and pick something off the list! My 4 and 7 year old are LOVING this! My almost 9 year old is sort of playing along. haha!
Here is a list of the vegetables that I’ve included on it:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potato
I am aware that there are other vegetables, but I just chose the ones that are the most popular and can easily be found at any grocery store. So, there are 24 vegetables in total on the list! I did create a 2nd version of the printable, that includes an area at the bottom where you can write other vegetables in if you’d like.
I hope you that this can help your family expand their taste buds too! If you liked this printable, make sure and check out a few others that our family loves!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
It’s the last week of school! WHAT? I’ve always heard that as your kids got older, that time moves faster. Well, apparently it’s true. I literally feel like it was Christmas a few weeks ago! I mean it did snow last week, so I guess I’m not THAT crazy! But really, how are we already entering summer? This last week I have been doing some summer prep and put together this fun DIY Kids Paid Chore Chart! Last summer I felt like any outing we went on I forked out ridiculous amounts of money on little things, like smoothies, sno-cones, treats, little toys, churros, etc! And that was around what felt like a bajillion “No’s” and “You don’t need that.” I knew this year that I wanted my kids to be able to earn their own money to spend on that kind of stuff. I cannot be a bank for them anymore!
So, here’s what I put together! I’m pretty excited about it! It isn’t an eye-sore for my house and is just simple and to the point!
Because I have the Cricut files all put together for you, I really think you could put this together with 1 trip to the store and an hour at home!
- Cricut Explore Air 2 + pens + cutting mat
- Magnet Board (of preferred size – I got mine at IKEA for $12.99)
- 12×12 Cardstock (in preferred colors – I used 3 sheets)
- Cup/Holder (for extra chore tags)
- Magnet Tape (optional)
To start, get a magnet board. I bought mine at IKEA for $12.99. But, this magnet board from Amazon is a great option. I’m sure you could find something great at Target or WalMart too!
While you’re shopping for a magnet board, be sure to grab some magnets and cardstock you like too! I wanted a very neutral look, so I am using these clip magnets from Amazon. But, again, you could find something great at any store or Amazon has tons of options! You’ll need some 12×12 cardstock of your color choice. You can write and cut 12 tags per piece of cardstock with your Cricut Explore Air 2. So, get however many pieces of cardstock that you’ll need to write and cut all the cards you want! I used 3 pieces of cardstock, but I for sure plan on adding to my selection throughout the summer!
Lastly, you’ll need some sort of holder for the extra cards you won’t be using. I had some magnetic cups in my storage room, leftover from my Perch Kit. But, my friend made on too and just got a one from Amazon. I just looked and they have TONS of options! I am loving this one! You could also just get an old cup and add a piece of magnetic tape on the back and make it work!
Okay, now let’s get to the fun part! Making the job tags! You guys, I’ve made it super simple for you! Just click the links below to open the files.
You will want to follow these instructions before hitting CUT:
Click one of the links above to open up the print and cut tags:
At this time you’ll go ahead and edit any of the jobs or payout amount!
Once you’re all done then you need to “Select All” the tags (on a Mac hit Command-A). Once all the tags are selected and there is a box around them all, you’ll click the “Attach” button near the top, right hand side. See pic below:
If it’s done correctly, it will show the words “Attached Set” above all the layers! You are now ready to hit the “Go” button and write and cut your tags!
When you get to the next screen the write and cut screen should look just like it does above!
Once you confirm your screen looks like mine above, then hit GO again! It will prompt you to load the color pen you choose, check the dial on your machine to make sure it’s set to Cardstock and load the mat (with the cardstock on it) into your Cricut Explore Air. Then it will prompt you to hit the GO button on your Cricut machine!
Then the machine does ALL the work for you! It’s pretty much a thing of beauty!
If you’ve never used the pen tool, you need to know the opportunities are endless for what you could use it for! Think birthday and party invitations, teacher gifts, home decor and more!
When it’s done, go ahead and peel the mat off the cardstock! This is a trick I do to help prevent the cardstock from curling! The tags will most likely be left on the mat. Then I just use the scraper tool peel them off the board!
Seriously, how fun did these turn out? I still love looking at them!
Next up we need to cut the vinyl for the top of the board!
Here is the file:
Just click the file above and then resize it to fit your magnet board!
After it is resized, you’ll want to take the same steps as you did above with the tags and “Attach” the layers together.
Then go ahead and hit “Go” and follow the prompts! Also, make sure you change the dial on your Cricut Explore Air machine to Vinyl!
After it is cut then you’ll need to weed the design and add transfer tape to the vinyl sticker. You can find some great tips on the Cricut blog for more information on that if you need it!
Then go ahead and apply the vinyl to your magnetic board. I find it best to use a pencil to mark on the magnet board where you want the top of your letters to be. That way it is easy to make sure it’s level!
Then it’s time to assemble everything!
For the jobs that are only $.50 I used some little tin holders I had in my craft room! I just added a piece of magnet tape on the back of them! You could also just use little baggies!
All and all I am beyond obsessed with how this turned out and my kids are so excited to earn some extra money!
If you love this project, I’d love it if you’d pin the image below! Thanks friends!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Happy New Year friends! Can you believe it’s 2017? The last few days, I’ve been talking with some friends and quite a few of them really want to step up their game when it comes to menu planning for their families! Less eating out, better budgeting of their groceries and feeling more organized! This is one area that I really refined last year and I’m excited to share a few of my Menu Planning Tips for Moms with you today!
WHY DO I MEAL PLAN?
The #1 reason is because I’m crazy in the afternoons and evenings. If I don’t have a plan, then this mama generally gets takeout! haha! And that just gets rough on the budget! That leads into the #2 reason, I save SO much money when I meal plan! I utilize what I have at home and I am able to set a budget and stay within the budget much easier!
HOW OFTEN DO I MEAL PLAN & GROCERY SHOP?
I meal plan once a week. I used to meal plan twice a month and do main shopping trips twice. But, I found that I was over buying at the store and things would go bad, before I could use them. Then slowly my meal planning went out the door and so did my grocery budget. Before I knew it, I was literally spending $300-$500 a month more than I should be. And sadly, I allowed that to go on for almost a year. Then one day I decided to sit down and really go over my expenses and I about threw up in my mouth when I realized how much I was spending on groceries! I realized I needed to do something quick!
So, I decided to simplify and plan one week worth of meals at a time and then shop for that weeks groceries the next day. You guys, it sounds so simple and dumb, but it has literally changed the game for me! Meal planning and grocery budgeting works for me now and I’ve been able to do it for a long time now! Que the singing angels!
WHAT DOES MEAL PLANNING LOOK LIKE FOR ME?
I meal plan on Sunday’s when I am planning my week. I just write the menu at the top of my weekly planner! But, you of course, can choose whatever day works best for you! The first thing I do is put anything that I didn’t make the week before, on this upcoming weeks menu. Then, I start adding some of our families favorite meals. I try to keep a variation of proteins on the menu each week.
- one Chicken
- one beef
- one fish
- one frozen dinner
- one simple meal
I plan meals for 6 nights of meals each week. The 7th night, we’ll either go out to dinner or eat leftovers. We could eat leftovers more, but my husband and I generally eat dinner leftovers for lunch the next day. Also, because chicken is eaten best by my family, there is generally two nights of chicken each week. Here are some ideas of my families favorite meals that make a regular appearance on our menu!
FROZEN MEALS: Okay guys! Frozen meals will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! First off, let me tell you, there are some dang good frozen meals out there! I realized pretty quick last year that there is no way I can legitimately cook dinner 6-7 times a week. Then one day I was at Smith’s and walked down a frozen isle and thought, maybe I can do a frozen dinner one day a week. So, I really started looking through their selections and was surprised at all of their choices and how good they looked. Fast forward a year later, we eat a frozen dinners 1-2 times a week. And I feel no shame in admitting that. My family gets a great dinner, I get mommy/wife points and we’re saving lots of money by not grabbing takeout!
Here are some of my families favorites:
- Marie Callender’s Pot Pies
- California Pizza Kitchen Pizza’s
- Stouffer’s Lasagna
- Birds Eye Viola – Garlic Chicken
This way I can work on homework with my kiddos while dinner cooks verses having to slave away prepping or cooking at the stove!
Lastly, we usually have one simple meal each week.
I also wanted to mention that when I meal plan, I don’t actually plan what night we’re having what meal. I generally choose the night before. You never know what your mood is going to be. I found that when I was trying to assign nights, I kept changing them around anyways. The only night I generally always keep the same is Tuesday nights! Tuesday’s is our crazy busy night and 95% of the time we eat Frozen Meals! It takes so much stress away to not have to worry about meal prep and cooking!
SHOPPING FOR MEALS & STAYING IN BUDGET:
Figuring out my budget and how I was going to allocate it was probably the hardest part of this process for me! I shop at a few different stores, one being a bulk store. So, after a few months of trial and error I figured it out. I don’t have a super strict budget, but one that I have to plan for to make sure I stay in it. So, what I did is take my budget of $800 and split it in half. $400 for the bulk store. In that $400 I also have to buy household items like toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cleaning supplies, etc. Then the other $400 breaks up to $100 a week at the grocery store. Which I have been able to do pretty easily, minus during the week of Christmas when I was buying food for some big dinners I was hosting! WOOHOO, right? I HIGHLY suggest using your calculator as you add stuff to your cart. That way you can keep a good track of where you are on your $100 budget! If you have trouble staying in your budget, I would suggest doing online grocery pickup. It really helps train you on what you can get for $100 and makes it easy for you to remove items!
As I mentioned above, I meal plan on Sunday. Then I shop at the grocery store every Monday! I generally only shop bulk shop once every 3-4 weeks. This day changes each month for me! However, the one major tip I would have for you, is to stick to your list. YOU MUST HAVE A LIST! Because, at a bulk store money adds up fast! I do let myself buy one thing that is not on my list if I want it really really bad though. You’ve gotta have a little fun!
I hope these ideas help you and your families menu planning and grocery shopping!
What tips work for you? Do you have any Frozen Meals that you and your family love? Let me know in a comment below!
Hey friends! One of my major goals this year was to have happier mornings! My kids school starts at 8:00 am, which is early guys! If they take the bus, they have to be out my front door at 7:15 am. Last year we would often times have more raised voices happening in the morning then anybody wanted! So, this year I decided that I was going to do more prepping at night and it has seriously changed my world! Today, I am going to share with you the 5 Things to do at Night to Make Your Mornings Go Smoother! I promise these are game changers friends!
1) HAVE AN ENJOYABLE EVENING.
Having a bedtime routine that we STICK to helps our evenings run smoothly, which results in all of us being much happier! When we have a happy evening, we tend to wake up happier! It’s a win-win-win for everyone! I like my kids to be asleep between 8:30-9:00, so we generally start our routine about 7:30 p.m. These Bedtime Routine Printables are a great way to get kids started with a bedtime routine!
I find that reading time with my kids is what I look forward to the most! It’s a time where they can talk to me about their day, their current interests and then of course where we get to read!
My daughter is still loving to read and play with all The Moodsters products! It’s a great organic way to be able to discuss emotions and feelings. My daughter is 3 and really starting to want to show and express everything she’s feeling and not always in a good way! haha! It’s been good to be able to validate her feelings and to talk about how she should handle them and properly express them! She loves reenacting all the feelings the Moodsters are feeling!
She is also still loving her activity book! She’s filled it up and just looks at it over and over! I need to order her another one! Check out The Moodsters Website to see all their products! And all the toys are available at Toys R Us and I highly suggest you check them out! They’d make great Christmas presents too!
2) PACK LUNCHES.
My oldest has me pack his lunch a majority of the time, so when I can get his lunch packed (or most of it) the night before it helps my mornings a lot! He generally just likes a sandwich, so I’ll make the sandwich and just leave it in the refrigerator until morning. Then I’ll get his sides packed into a container or directly into his lunch box and have it on the counter. In the morning I’ll add his sandwich from the fridge.
3) PREPARE/PLAN AN EASY OR MAKE AHEAD BREAKFAST.
Don’t be afraid to keep breakfast super simple! There is nothing wrong with toast and some fruit for breakfast! Or just a bowl of cold cereal! My kids are generally happy with just a bowl of Fruit Loops!
Also, make ahead breakfasts was a concept that I put off trying for a long time. And now, I have no idea why I waited so long! You can search make ahead breakfast recipes on Pinterest and you’ll come up with 1000 recipes!
Here are a few of my favorites:
4) SHOWER & PICK OUTFITS.
I know this concept seems so easy, but it can save you quite some time in the morning! My kids like to take long showers and if I let them shower in the morning, then we’ve added AT LEAST 15 minutes! And picking out your clothes can save you a few extra minutes too, especially if you have a picky dresser!
By doing these two things, you’ve saved yourself 20-30 minutes in the morning! And if you’re anything like me, you need it!
5) GET BACKPACKS, COATS & SHOES READY.
You know we’ve all had those mornings where we just can’t find the shoes that we need! Well, now it’s time to eliminate those! Just have your kids take 5 minutes and make sure everything is together and in their backpack. Then have it, their shoes and coat laying in a pile by the door!
I hope these tips will help your mornings go smooth and that you can all start your day with smiles on your face!
It’s good to be back with Over the Big Moon readers. I hope everything’s going great for each of you! Today I want to share different methods for decorating table tops and shelves because let’s face it, filling those flat surfaces with practical and pretty things can get tricky.
Here are some different ways you can approach each styling project to create lovely vignettes.
Divide and Conquer
Use this method for decorating coffee tables, side tables, and sofa tables.
If you have a large surface to cover (and your piece of furniture is “floating” in the room) try dividing the surface into smaller sections. You can achieve this by placing stacked books, trays, and large decorating accessories side by side. Add more interest with different heights of smaller accessories on top.
Tell a Color Story
Great for bookshelves and built ins.
A really fun way to display books is to color block them. First, remove dust jackets from hardbound books, then divide into color categories. Use pretty baskets or bins to hold paperbacks that have seen better days. Mix in pictures and decorating accessories but leave “breathing” room.
The Rule of Threes
When you are completely stuck with a bookcase.
Try using the space in thirds. 1/3 books, 1/3 pictures, and 1/3 decorating objects. Place each part (books, pictures, and decorating objects) in a zigzag pattern from top to bottom to keep the eye moving.
A cleaner, more modern approach to filling a bookcase with decor.
Divide each shelf into 2-3 sections. Place a large object (picture frame, plant, vase, basket, a pair candle holders) to define the shelf sections. This will give the appearance of a grid layout. Add in a handful of smaller accessories for added layers and interest.
Monochromatic and Chic
Tell a story with one color.
Use decorating objects in the same color for a fresh vignette. Make sure to use accessories in various heights and widths.
Great for dark pieces of furniture.
Don’t let dark accessories get lost on dark furniture. When decorating a black or dark stained table top, use light accessories for an appealing contrast in color. Follow the “divide and conquer” method for styling.
Tall, Wide, and Sculptural
When in doubt with any tabletop or shelf decorating, try this no fail method.
Group horizontal objects with vertical objects, and add in something sculptural.
Have fun playing with different arrangements. If you are unsure of an outcome, leave it for a few days, and then see if it needs tweaking. The more you start playing around with styling, the easier it becomes!
Thanks so much for having me today! See you next month,