September Goals: Planning & Projects UPDATE

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So to help myself stay accountable for what I said I was going to get done this month I figured it was a good time to send an update.

Here is what I committed to completing the month of September

  • Learning Flash Cards for Jack – Done and Published
  • Learning Drawers for Jack – Have it planned out just need to get it done and write post
  • Curtain Tiebacks – Just have to pull out the sewing machine
  • Operation get more boxes out of our apartment – this is a work in progress we have gotten rid of about 6 boxes and have quite a few more to go.  Has to be done by the time we put the Christmas tree up  🙂
  • Better Desk Organization that won’t break the bank (Blog post)
  • Fall Decorating on a budget (Blog Post)

And here are a couple of things I am going to add to the list – just to keep it interesting for myself. 

  • Continue my Couch to 5k program and get signed up for my first 5k in 3 years
  • Halloween inspired treats for the family
  • Organize and start creating posts for the 31 days of Christmas (Currently have 5 ideas)
  • Continue working on my 2013 Scrapbook – Be updated through March by the end of the Month (I’m in January)

I also would love some feedback on what my readers want to see for the 31 days of Christmas coming every day this October  Vote below on what you want to see.

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September Project #2: Toddler Flash Cards

Now that my son is almost 2 I figured it was time to for him to really start learning something.  I know there are a ton of different apps for phones and tablets out there that help your kid learn, but I remember growing up there was nothing like a good flash card.  I also thought that hey, Jack is only 2 and he is going to destroy these so it would be best if I didn’t invest a ton of money into flash cards so let’s make them.  Plus when he gets bored with these we can always make more.

Here is what you will need:

  • 3×5 index cards (or any size you want really)
  • Markers
  • Clear Contact Paper
  • Scissors


Start by writing/drawing whatever you want on the cards.  The object on the front and what it is on the back

I did a group of Colors, Shapes and Objects.






For the Objects I raided my sticker collection and what I didn’t have I printed using Google images and pasted them onto the card.

once you have all of your cards set it’s time to start Laminating.  Clear contact paper is perfect for this because it’s less expensive.  It’s under $10 for an entire roll that will last a while and you don’t need any machines.

Cut a decent sized sheet from the roll and with the backing up pull it back to expose the sticky side up.


Get enough up so that you can put your first card down.

IMG_5998Keep repeating until you have filled the sheet with cards.

IMG_5999I put the back back over the top so it would be easier to cut them them apart and not get sticy



Cut them apart and then repeat the same steps as above for the other side of the card.



Once completed I had 26 learning cards for Under $1

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September Monthly Goals – Projects and Planning

As fall approaches its time to start thinking about project and getting ready because let’s face it the Holidays will be upon us before we know it.    So, here is what is on my list of things I want to accomplish this month.   There will be blog posts about each of them so watch for those!!!

  • Learning Flash Cards for Jack
  • Learning Drawers for Jack
  • Curtain Tiebacks
  • Operation get more boxes out of our apartment
  • Better Desk Organization that won’t break the bank
  • Fall Decorating on a budget

I also would love some feedback on what my readers want to see for the 31 days of Christmas coming every day this October  Vote below on what you want to see.


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September Project #1: DIY: Custom Framing Art on a Budget

Those that know me and my husband we do not like bare walls and we have a lot of art in the form of posters.  Framing items like prints and posters can be crazy expensive if you have it professionally done, so that wasn’t an option.   All of our art is framed in poster frames from Target, Walmart, or Michael’s.  Luckily enough most of the posters that we have are a standard size so we don’t have to worry about anything custom.

However there have been times when we have had to “Custom Frame” a print.

Here is what I do when I have to have something custom framed because it’s not a standard size but don’t want to break the bank and have somebody else do it.

Here is what you will need:

  • Black acid free Paper – Card stock works best, wouldn’t recommend construction paper
  • Scissors or straight trimmer
  • adhesive – tape runner, crafting glue
  • clear or black photo corners – will only need if your print is floating (I will explain below)






Cut strips of the black paper.  Make sure they are wide enough so that your print will overlap onto them.


Using the insert that is in every frame that we typically throw out.  Adhere the black strips onto the white side of the insert using your adhesive


Using clear photo corners I am going to Float the print in the frame.  Because the frame was the correct length then that worked well, but because the print was not wide enough we have to center it on the backing.


Once everything is in place, it’s time to put the frame back together and this is what you come up with.


For anybody wondering this was a limited edition Phish poster that we are very lucky to get because they sold out almost immediately!!!!

If the print was the correct height for the frame but not the right width you would not need the photo corners because it wouldn’t shift being up and down.  Like this one


So in about a half hour and using things you probably already have hanging around your house you can have a very professionally looking poster very quickly  🙂

Hope you enjoyed this project stay tuned for more and also don’t get too excited but the 31 days of Christmas will be returning this October so if there is something you want to see more of to help you will your holiday crafts let me know by leaving me a comment.

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See you soon



Highlights from the 2012 Scrapbook – Finally Done

It has been a labor of love but the 2012 scrapbook is finally complete.  I do have to get the second half printed yet, but it’s done! ALL 96 PAGES!!  Clearly having a kid increases the number of pages in the book greatly and maybe in the years to come I will tone it down and do small Jack & Otto books each year to keep the big family book a little smaller.  One year at a time.

Here are some highlights of my favorite pages from the book.  Enjoy the pictures and feel free to use the layout ideas in your books.

As always I am here to help you get started or re-motivated to do something with your pictures.

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Happy scrapbooking and photo sharing!!!


What my typical week looks like – Planning ahead

I have previously posted about weekly organization and what works for you.  I have been using my “How Do I Do It?” Planner and it’s been working great. 


Here is what a page looks like before I write all over it. 

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Here is a typical week.  This week was even kind of tame.

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Here is what is on my list every week

  • What’s for dinner – typically planned on Saturday or Sunday so we only have to grocery shop once
  • When I’m going to go running – love the Couch to 5k training program
  • When Jack get’s a bath – not that I forget to do this (mommy brain) but it helps plan out the rest of the night
  • What blog posts I want to accomplish that week – this was one of them!
  • What projects I want to accomplish that week – this week it’s getting some Calendars made to get a jump start on Christmas gifts


My theory is if I don’t write it down it doesn’t get done.  I take this literally.  It has something to do with mommy brain, yes it really does exist.  Also, I feel much more accomplished if I can cross it off.  So with that said, I write down everything from what we are having for dinner to when Jack’s baths are.  I typically don’t write down everyday tasks like doing dishes or putting away laundry, those go on their own list. 


As you have probably already figured out I am the queen of lists.  I have always loved them as much as all of my journals and pens.  It has been an obsession since I was little.  Hence the blog name  J


What does YOUR typical week look like??