Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Katie's Closet

Shirt: H & M
Belt: Express
Leggings: Kohl's
Shoes: Cathy Jean

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Classroom Token Economy

I was recently working in a 6th grade classroom and was surprised at what a great classroom token economy system they had! The students were in charge of balancing their money sheets and had it on their desks at all times. No physical "classroom money" was handed out. Instead, they kept track on their own with a balance sheet. The teacher would simply say "fine" or "add" and then tell them how much based on what they were doing. At the end of each quarter, the teacher holds a live auction with many fun things for the class (toys, gift certificates, etc.) and they get a chance to spend their "money" there. I was so impressed with this class. Give it a try and see if it works for you!

 Upload " Ways to Earn Money" sheet HERE

 Upload "Fines" sheet HERE

 Upload "Balance" sheet HERE

Example of a filled out balance sheet
Students decorate a folder to keep their balance sheet in.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Moss Covered Letters

I originally bought these "B & K" letters for wedding decor. Well, that's come and gone and now they have just been sitting in a closet.

 I decided to cover them in moss and use them as outdoor decor. Since I already had the letters and plenty of hot glue stick refills, the whole project only cost me about $10 for the moss!

WARNING: extremely messy project! Lay down newspaper, plastic, etc. on the table that you are working on and have a vacuum near by!

Beginning stages of project
To cover the letters, all I did was hot glued large pieces of moss to each letter. The tricky part was wrapping the moss around the letter to give it the proper shape. To do this, I glued the edges and back side, then I used an old pencil to roll the moss against the letter, that way I wouldn't burn my fingers, although plenty of that did happen regardless!

Here's the end result!

B & K hung in our backyard.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Easton's Play Room

My adorable 9 month old nephew, Easton, just got a fun new play room! My sister-in-law did such a great job decorating that I had to share all the cuteness!

Easton's mom, Kayla, is so creative! She made these four prints herself! Too cute!

Check out this low hanging mirror! Easton loves to look at himself in it. Great idea!

I absolutely love the storage system for this room. The shelf is from Ikea (Expedit unit) and inside are the cutest baskets I've ever seen! They're from Target and only $9.99!

Easton loves his new room! It's paradise!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Magnetic Makeup Board

My friend called me up complaining that she didn't have ample counter space in her bathroom. After browsing through Pinterest, she told me she wanted to be crafty and make a magnetic makeup board along with a cork board for her jewelry. The moment she said "crafty" I was in!

 Here's what we used for the makeup board:
-11 x 14 frame
-11 x 14 sheet metal
-glue gun
-small magnets

This project was so simple and turned out great! We simply covered the sheet metal with fabric, then inserted the sheet metal into the picture frame. Add a few magnets onto the back of your makeup and just like that! You're done!

The cork board was even easier! Luckily she had an old cork board that she didn't need. Using an exacto knife, we cut out a 11x14 piece, covered it in matching fabric, and popped it back into the picture frame! So easy, inexpensive, and fun! Now she has a little more counter space to get ready and some cute and functional wall decor in her bathroom!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blondie Brownies with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

I deviated from my usual chocolate addict ways and decided to make blondie brownies with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. Verdict: delicious

-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup butter
-2 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs vanilla extract
- ½ cup Reese’s mini peanut butter cups

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Melt butter. Add  firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Spread in greased 9 x 9 inch pan. Sprinkle Reese’s mini peanut butter cups on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

20 Date Night Ideas

Hopefully these date night ideas will inspire you to spend some time with someone you love!

1. Cook something together.
2.  Go off the grid for the weekend- no cell phones, no tv, no computers. You'll be amazed at what you do for entertainment.
3.       Go see a movie.
4.       Go to a restaurant you both have never been to.
5.       Hit up BevMo's five cent wine sale and have your own wine tasting at home.
6.       Play a board game.
7.       Go bowling.
8.       Have a spa night. Take a relaxing bath then follow up by taking turns giving each other massages.
9.       Movie or TV marathon.
10.   Play some miniature golf.
11.   Swing some golf balls at the driving range.
12.   Be in control and go to a shooting range. Be careful!
13.   Put together a puzzle.
14.   Go on a food crawl. Go to a different restaurant for an appetizer, entrĂ©e, and dessert.
15.   Go fishing.
16.   Test drive a car you have no intention to buy.
17.   Pack lots of blankets and drive out in the country to look at the starts.
18.   Snuggle up by the fire and read a book.
19.   Give yourself an imaginary budget. Then separately go online and pick out all the things you would buy for each other with the money.
 20. Get active! Go on a bike ride, hike, walk, etc.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Crock Pot Chili

Nothing tastes better then chili on a cold winter day! Here's my recipe for the perfect chili bowl:

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 cup diced onion
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans kidney beans
1 can chili beans
1 cup diced celery
2 tps ground corriander
2 tps garlic powder
1 tps cayenne pepper
4 tps chili powder
2 tps red peppers

1. Brown meat in skillet until no longer pink. Add to crock pot.
2. Blend one can of kidney beans in processor. Add to crock pot.
3. Mix all other ingredients into crock pot. Stir well.
5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bathroom Makeover

My hubby and I gave our bathroom a little makeover for $50! Before we had a horribly small and high cabinet that a towel couldn't even fit into. We tore it out, added some paint, made some shelves and got a new toilet paper holder all for $50! It's such a small bathroom that we needed to make it functional but nice looking. I think it turned out well!


After! Much better!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Treat

Rice Krispie treats are so quick and easy to make! I thought it would be fun to add a little twist to the basic treats and add some food coloring and sprinkles for Valentine's Day.

-3 tbs of butter
-10 oz packages of marshmallows
-6 cups Rice Krispies

1. Microwave marshmallows and butter in a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes. WARNING: the marshmallows will expand when warm. Use a large bowl!
2. Add food coloring if desired. 
3. Add Rice Krispies. Stir until covered with marshmallow mixture.
4. Place in well greased pan. Apply sprinkles if desired.
5. Let cool for 30 minutes, then cut with cookie cutters or regular squares with a knife.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chicken Rollatini

This spin on traditional baked chicken is sooo yummy. Go make it right now! Wonderful recipe from a really great website.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Puppy Love

After discovering puppy popsicles for our teething dog, I fell in love. Problem is, they provided about five minutes of entertainment/relief. I decided to fill up a large pot with water, carrots, and multiple dog toys and froze it. The result was a huge block of ice for Ari to play with all day long. No seriously, all day. Not only was this great for her sore little gums and mouth, but it kept her out of trouble for a good portion of the day. I will definitely continue to do this on the regular. This will also make for a great summer treat from the heat!

*happy puppy=happy parents*

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lucky in Love?

Growing up, my grandparents gave all 8 of their grand kids cards for everything. No holiday passed without a card and a lotto ticket! This is my nephew's 1st Valentines day, and I've decided that I will carry on the family tradition with a card and lotto ticket for every holiday. Hopefully if he wins big, he'll remember who bought him those tickets ;)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

*NEW* Reporting vs. Tattling Poster

After getting an overwhelming response from my "Tattle Jar" post, I had many e-mails asking if I could create a printable poster.  If you click on the image below and save it to your computer, you can print it on an 8x11.5 paper, then blow it up to poster size if desired.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Deal of the Day

Current obsession: COLOR! As my imaginary stylist, Brad Goreski would say, P.O.C. (Pop of color, duh!) is my current favorite thing right now. I found these fun pumps at Steve Madden, only to find a very similar, and much less costly pair at the world's most amazing store- Target! Surprisingly, they're extremely comfortable!
Steve Madden "Beasst" pump- $99

Target "Paisley Platform" -$29

Monday, February 6, 2012

Puppy Popsicles

Our 4 month old wild, crazy, and hyper Lab puppy is currently teething...great. She's chewing on anything and everything she possibly can. To help aleviate the pain of here teeth coming in, and to occupy her time for 5 minutes, I found these puppy popsicles called "Freezy Bones." She loves them! Now I must find a way to make my own...hhhuuummm...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Simple & Delicious Low-Calorie Chicken

 Enjoy this extremely simple and low calorie chicken recipe (Only 175 calories!)
-Chicken tenders or breasts
-1 tbs of olive oil
-salt, pepper, roasted garlic salt

Cook at 350 for 25 minutes and enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wall Art

I love all the cute signs that are in stores right now! I just snagged this one and thought it was too cute for our new home!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bite Size Love

Obviously, I love dessert. Why not enjoy the best of everything by just combining multiple desserts together? This recipe is for some delicious (and cute!) bite size brownies with cookie dough!
1. Heavily grease cupcake pans.
2. Mix together brownie mix. Set aside.
3. Prepare cookie dough. To make your life easier, you can always use the pre made cookie dough squares.
4. Pour brownie batter into cupcake pan (about half way).
5. Roll cookie dough into a ball and place ontop of each brownie filled cup.
6. Bake for 18-22 minutes on 350.
7. Let cool for 5 minutes, then place on cooling rack.
8.Pour a large glass of milk and enjoy!