First grade, Here we come!

 

This summer was so much fun! We packed as much as we possibly could into these few months! We had so many pool days, six flags trips, play dates, and too many snow cones to count! Now we have to admit, summer is ending. While I’m super sad summer break is over, i am looking forward to having a schedule again… and also having some quiet time around the house! I love them dearly, but kids are LOUD!

Today was the first day of school. Alice and Cash are officially 1st graders! I’m still in denial that they are old enough to be in first grade! heck, I’m still in denial that I’M old enough to have 2 kids in first grade!

I always want them to be excited to go to school, so I’m trying to make the first day of school extra fun! Of course we have our first day of school boards (which are really just for me, I don’t think they really care about them) but they are still young enough that they don’t fight me on doing them!

AND… it was raining this morning so we couldn’t even take pictures outside!

They are just so dang cute! I just love their answers!

 

This year I ordered personalized cookies to put as a little suprise in their lunch boxes!

 

Cutest cookies ever, RIGHT?!….and did I mention they are YUMMY!? I ordered them from a local crafter in STL. Her business is Cookies for Christ by Miriam and she started only a few months ago raising money to go on a mission trip! How awesome is that?! The kiddos were so surprised to find them in their lunch boxes today! This will definitely not be my last order from her!

Then, after school they come running off the school bus talking a mile a minute about every part of their day! I really hope that never changes! I always want them to be excited to tell me everything! ….and then we get ice cream!

And there just so happened to be someone making the most awesome balloon animals there! A unicorn for Alice and an alien for Cash!

It was a great day for everyone! We love our school, and they love their new teachers! It’s going to be a great year!

do you have any 1st day of school traditions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

-Jenny

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First day school tradition (school board)

I really hate to admit it, but summer is coming to an end. I can not believe how fast it has flown by! I don’t want to even think about how fast these years are flying by! My Kids will be 1st graders in a week and a half! (I know they are technically considered 1st graders after the last day of kindergarten, but I’m holding on to them being kindergarteners until the first day of school!!)

I consider this to be my first “summer break” with my kiddos, since last year they were in kindergarten. Before that they were just in preschool a few half days a week. So, really, we could still do whatever we wanted any day of the week…Nice day in the middle of winter? Heck yes we will skip preschool to go to the ZOO!

We have gone clothes shopping, and have gotten our school supplies ready to go! But, I wanted to share with you all my favorite first day of school tradition we started last year (well, i think my favorite might be getting ice cream after they get home to hear all about their day!)

I’m not sure if these have been around a while, or if they just recently became popular. I have just noticed them the past couple of years, but I LOVE them!!

BACK TO SCHOOL BOARDS

actually, I don’t even know if that is what they are called, but that’s what I call them! I love seeing everyone post their kids first day of school pictures and seeing how they answered the questions! You can easily do this with a piece of paper, or i think there are some printable templates you can get too (everything is on Pinterest) But, I personally love the board that I can reuse every year! I purchased mine from Paper Flower studio!She is a local crafter in STL and i absolutely love her! Definitely go and check her out! She makes these school boards for $25 each! On her page you will find lots of  awesome stuff like chore lists, and the coolest invitations!

She has two different options for the layout, one that just says the first day of school, then one that has first and last. Also she has a white board or a chalkboard option. I was sure I was only going to do the first day of school, but then on the last day of school I decided I wanted to see how their answers had changed. (Oops!) So, I crossed out the first and wrote last over it!

I mean, how cute is it seeing their different answers?…and then also crying at how much they can change in one school year!

Well, I’m going to go make the most of our last week and a half of summer break. Lots of things to cross off our summer bucket list!

-Jenny

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DIY Photo Canvas

So, I love the look of photo canvases, but to be real honest, I’m also super cheap! The only real photo canvas I own, was a mother’s day present from my first Mother’s Day (Which I think is my all time favorite gift). I also like to switch out pictures I have hanging on the walls with new ones (since I make my family take new family pictures every year!) so I can’t see spending that much on something I will replace in a year!

This is a super easy way to make your own photo canvas, and its so cheap you can change them out whenever you want! My friend Mandi (she is awesome!) taught me how to do this a few years ago and I made these two big canvases that I still love!

All you need for this project is your photo, canvas, black paint, modge podge, and foam brushes! I’m using an 8×10 photo and canvas in this project. (if you are doing a large canvas you can usually get “poster size” prints from walmart, sams, etc. for pretty cheap)

If your photo is the exact same size as your canvas you will want to trim a little off the edges so that the picture isn’t right at the edge. If you leave your photo right at the edge, it might start to raise off after a while.

Now that you have it the size you want you will want to put a thin layer of modge podge on the top of the canvas where the picture will go. After you have covered the whole thing you can set your picture on top and let it dry.

Next, you need to take your black paint and paint along all of the edges. You want to make sure all of the white on the canvas is covered.

Next you can use the edge of your foam brush to “feather” around the edges. I like to go on to the picture some so that it makes it look more blended, like the picture is part of the canvas. It’s up to you how far you take the black into your picture. I usually do about a half an inch.

You need to make sure all of the black paint is dry before you move to the next step. If any of it is still wet, it will get smeared on the picture in the next step.

Finally, you are going to do a thin layer of modge podge all over it. I use the matte version since I don’t want there to be glare on it when it is hanging on the wall. This will leave a texture on the picture once it has dried. So you need to keep that in mind when you are applying it. You do not want to have any clumps on it. This one i did smooth lines vertically on the picture.

It should look like this when you are finished….I know what you are thinking…this can’t possible turn out right, but trust me!

Now you just wait for it to dry….. and voila! You made your own photo canvas!!!

Super easy, right?!?!? Now go print some pictures and get crafty!

-Jenny

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Indoor Summer Fun!

This summer in St. Louis has been hot! (I know that may seem like a silly statement) and maybe I’m crazy, but I feel like it has been way hotter than usual. As soon as I walk out the door I immediately start sweating. Not pleasant. I feel like I either need to be in a pool, or in the air conditioning.

Although I do love the water park/ pool, sometimes we need to be inside. So, one of our favorite indoor craft projects is SLIME! It’s so easy and fast, and then the kids are entertained for a good chunk of time playing with it. I don’t know about you all, but we have tries a gazillion different slime recipes, so I’m sharing what we have found that works. We don’t like the slime to be super sticky and stick to your hands, but we also don’t want it hard to where it barely stretches….we are very picky slime people.

Our recipe is super simple

1 tube of Elmers glitter glue

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 TBSP contact solution

thats it! So easy!

First empty the glitter glue into the bowl

Then, add the 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the glue and mix together!

Then add the 1TBSP of contact solution. We add half, mix it together, and then the other half. I feel like it helps it mix better that way. BAM you are finished!

( Now if you like your slime to be more sticky, then add less contact solution. If you like it more like putty consistency, then add a little bit more contact solution)

I have also seen people adding these styrofoam balls to their slime to make it more like FLOAM (from back in the day, when I was little) so I picked up a bag from hobby lobby, and we LOVED it!

We added them in before we added the baking soda and contact solution….it can be added after, but its harder to get be mixed in.

But it turned out really cool and the kids liked it!

And then about 2 seconds after this Cash knocked over the bag of styrofoam balls and it took me about a million years to get them all cleaned up! 🙂

 

Our other go-to indoor activity is coloring! I feel like it calms them down when things are getting a little too crazy. We color A-LOT, and gel pens are our favorite to use! Hubby picked up this set of 100 gel pens for us. They are on this cool spinning caddy that is fun, but I also feel the need to put all the colors back in the right spots when we are done. He purchased them from ROSS, but I see them often at COSTCO and SAMS CLUB! So I created a fun little SUMMER coloring page as a free download for you all!I hope you and your kiddos enjoy it!


 

 

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Meet the Family

I thought that since this blog is centered around my little family, I should probably introduce you to them!

First I have my first born (by 1 minute, but she will make sure you know it) Alice.  She loves anything artsy… dancing, singing (She is going to be the next Taylor Swift, or so she says!) . She really enjoys cooking and baking, and any craft project you give her! she can make friends where ever she goes! I’m sure this girl is going to run a company one day with her strong spirit. Although that strong spirit makes my life more challenging these days, I hope she never loses it!

Next up is Cash! This kid has more energy than I have ever seen! It takes everything I have just to keep up with him every day! He is absolutely hilarious and lives to make people laugh. He loves anything out doors, playing tag, playing sports of all kinds, and loves legos! He likes watching movies and loves spending time cuddled under a blanket on the couch! He says he wants to be a fire fighter, or police officer when he grows up.

Last, but not least, my husband. Jesse and I have been married for 11 years (just little babies when we got married). He is a software engineer, and also is in the National Guard. This is the man that makes all of my crazy DIY ideas come to life( don’t get me wrong, he has some crazy DIY ideas too!) . He can YOUTUBE his way through anything and I’m amazed by it. He is also my vacation planner. I’m horrible at planning vacations (except Disney!) but he loves the research!

 

So, that about sums up my crazy little family! Thanks for joining our adventure!

P.S. all of our family pics are from Anew Market Creations.She is a rock star! If you are in STL and need an awesome photographer check her out! Www.anewmarketcreations.com

-Jenny

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How this BLOG came to be

HOW IT STARTED

So I have to say this whole blog idea actually came from my husband (Jesse). He has told me countless times “you should start a blog!” and honestly every time he said it I brushed him off. I was intimidated by the idea, because its a lot of work! (and what if no one reads it?) and honestly I thought I didnt have anything to offer.

About 6 months ago i really started thinking about blogging, researching, and thinking of what I could write about.  In short my blog is about my life . That includes many different craft projects, DIY house projects, making t-shirts, traveling, motherhood successes and fails, and so much more. So when i was trying to come up with a name I asked my best friend since forever and she immediately said ” you know when your husband come home and asks …. SO, What did you do today?” and I don’t feel like there could be a more perfect title. My husband asks me that question every day when he gets home from work (and as a stay at home mom the answer changes every day) and now that my kids started school I would find them asking me the same question when I picked them up from school!

WHAT WILL YOU SEE ON THE BLOG?

Shortly after I became a stay at home mom I needed something to do that was creative and fun and for me. So Jesse bought me an embroidery machine ( I LOVE T-SHIRTS and always thought it would be cool to make my own) so i started making baby items and ended up starting a little in home business, soon the popularity of vinyl tshirts came into play and i switched from embroidery to vinyl and recently i was able to purchase some screen printing equipment and my business transitioned again to screen printed tees that i design myself.  so I’ll be sharing new tshirt designs with you because who doesn’t love a cute tee with some yoga pants?

Besides making tshirts I love trying new craft projects! I find people always say “I wish I could make that” and I’m thinking …its so easy! I can show you!  So I hope to share fun tutorials on here for some of my favorite (and my kiddos favorite) crafts and any new ones I find along the way!

And then my husband. I don’t think he has ever met a DIY project he was afraid to try. Every time i come to him with another crazy “do you think we can do this” his response is usually “I’ll find it on youtube”. Through our projects we have gained some knowledge, but we are by no means professionals. So I hope you follow along to see some fun DIY house project ideas that are hopefully successful, but I’ll share even if they aren’t so you can avoid our mistakes.

and, well…everything else motherhood… good books or bible studies I like, any good products i find,  all of our adventures on vacations ( we love vacations…and cheap vacations are the best!) . Being a mom I often feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m just trying to figure things out one day at a time!

So thank you for joining me on this crazy journey!

-Jenny

 

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