Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Favorite DIY Tool

Alright, first up a disclaimer. I am in no way affiliated with Black and Decker, I just really love their product and I’m sharing my opinion with you today. (Although if Black and Decker, I don't know, felt like sponsoring me, I wouldn't be opposed. Just saying ;-D )

So I got the Black and Decker Matrix for Christmas with the sander attachment.

Then for my birthday my brother and sister in law gave me the trim saw attachment.


I’m in love! Seriously I love how easy it is to change the attachment and move from one function to another.

I also love how easy it is to handle. Not too heavy and the trim saw is super easy to use with no kick or anything like that. And it’s pretty quiet, I can saw in the garage during naptime! lol

Plus, the fact that the tools are interchangeable means fewer bulky tools taking up space in my garage. Love, love, love!!

I’ve used all the attachments on different projects so far and had a great experience.

So, yeah, I felt like I needed to share. I can’t wait to do a bunch more projects and show you the results.

What is your favorite DIY tool? Please share, I'm so gitty over this find, I'd love to hear any others you like!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

How To Organize Kid’s Shoes - Part 2

So in case you missed it I showed you how to organize smaller, baby shoes already. Be sure to check that out!

These bins works much better for the bigger shoes, but the concept is the same.

Grab those dollar store bins, chalkboard contact paper, scissors, and let's get to work. 


Still no sign of the labels I used for the pantry labels, so I just used a Sticky note pad instead, haha.


I cut out a label for each of the bins


I decided to round the corners and then I stuck them on the bins.


Finally, I separated the shoes by size and labeled the bins.


Now I know which shoes to reach for next when my little guy moves up to the next size.


Much better than sitting on the closet floor. Open-mouthed smile


Hope that helps you organize a little bit of your home and give you some peace amongst the kids’ chaos! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any tips or projects!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Soapbox Saturday - Yoga Balls in Classrooms

Well, I guess I should apologize for my absence this week, but really my husband is to blame....

He got me hooked...

I couldn't put them down! And that is really saying something for me. I am just not a big reader and I devoured these books! If you haven't read them, you've got to before the next movies. There is just soooo much more in the books than they could ever squeeze into a movie! If you've read them feel free to comment on your favorite part and why. My husband is still finishing Mockingjay so I haven't been able to discuss it all with him yet.

Anyway, that's not what I wanted to talk about today, although a virtual book club discussion would be fun...hmm...

I read an article I thought was really cool. "Classrooms Ditch Student Chairs for Yoga Balls"

How awesome is that?!? 

It started out as a way to help kids with attention problems and autism and is now being rolled out in many mainstream classrooms. Teachers are saying it's increasing students' attention and productivity. Students are also reporting the same. They're able to fidget a little and still concentrate. 

I love this idea, I think I would have loved it while I was in college. I don't know how many times I fell asleep in class!! haha I also think this would be great for my husband at work. He's at a desk all day and since sitting on a yoga ball engages muscles and increases blood flow it would not only help him stay alert, but it would ward off the dangers of sedentary work routines. He said no to the idea, but I think it would be awesome for anyone who has to sit all day.

What do you think? Would you have liked this when you were in school or for your kids? 

What other kind of alternative methods have you seen used in classrooms to increase learning?

Well, have a great weekend! I'm off to find the next awesome series I want to read *gasp*

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Hairy Day

How was your President’s Day? Did you get the day off work? Were your kids home from school?

We had a great President’s Day. Unfortunately with it being busy season, my husband didn’t get to be home with us, but we had a fantastic day with friends!

I’ve mentioned before that I put together a craft club for women in my church. This month we had an amazing offer to learn how to cut kid’s hair!

It could not have come at a better time…Look at that shaggy guy!!
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So a bunch of ladies and their kids came over and we all snipped, buzzed, and cut the morning away! Ben did surprisingly well, most of the time. He got a sucker to get him to sit still.
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A lot of hairs were cut!
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Ben finally just needed his nap so I only got about 75% done. I just need to finish the side blending. Even without that, he looks soooo much better!!
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After the busy morning with lots of friends, we had a calm lunch and played outside for a couple hours. The boys loved the sand, dirt, and sun.

At the end of a long day, they got a much needed bath.
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It was a fun day! I hope you guys had a great day too!

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