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Monday, August 14, 2017

One Trick for Easier School Mornings

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It's almost back to school time! New clothes, organized supplies, and fresh resolve to keep up good routines. I've told you guys how I've been going to school online for the last couple of years to finish a degree in web design. Back in May I started an internship that has me out working full-time, which is new for our family. My husband works from home and can check in on the kids now and then as they get ready for school, but of course he's working, so most of the responsibility falls on them to make sure they are ready to go. I want to help them be as successful as possible of course, and we've discovered there's ONE thing we can do at night that makes a big difference the next morning.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ready for School with Pilot G2 Pens

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Pilot G2 Pens have been my long-time favorite. Whether I'm making to-do lists, scheduling events on my calendar, or taking notes for my online classes. I'm getting close to graduation, but no quite there yet, so this fall my kids and I will be starting school together again. I wanted a way to keep my pens organized and accessible, and a way to organize my class assignments each week, so I've got a printable, and a cute pen cup DIY.

You can find the Pilot G2 10-packs (with bonus FriXion pen) in colored or black ink at Walmart, in the back to school section. Look for 4-packs of pens too. 

My favorite feature is the smooth writing gel ink that makes it the #1 selling pen brand in America. I'm not the only one who loves this premium brand! In addition to the option of colors, including metallics, there are 4 different point sizes, so you can customize the pen to exactly the look you like for your writing.

Here are the easy steps for making a gold pen holder.
  • Wrap a piece of washi tape around a small glass jar
  • Cover with gold spray paint
  • Remove tape when paint is dry
Now I can easily keep my pens right where I need them for scheduling my week and taking notes. 

I also wanted to share this printable I made for keeping track of my assignments each week. My classes are all online, but they are still very structured. I have due dates during the week for quizzes, discussion board posts, tasks, and assignments to turn in. Plus there are usually long-running projects that I need to pay attention to. I had been just handwriting out lists like this at the beginning of the week, but realized a printable would be a smarty way to do it.

This page lets me fill in my assignments each week for each class. If something like this would be useful for you, or a student in your life, please download it and print out some copies

How do you like to keep your weeks organized? Phone app? Printables? Planner? I'd love to hear about it! And don't forget your coupon when you go shopping.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

What Does the Cricut Maker Do?

This is a sponsored post that may contain affiliate links, but I love my Cricut and would write about it no matter what 😊

Earlier this week I was in Salt Lake for the product launch of this amazing new machine. We were so excited to be sitting there listening and watching all the great things it could do (and unknown to us at the time, sitting on seat cushions all covered in different fabrics that the machine had cut!)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cricut BrightPad

This BrightPad was sent to me from Cricut, all opinions are my own.

I love glitter vinyl! It’s a perfect way to add mess-free sparkle. But if you’ve worked with glitter vinyl before, you know it can be kind of a pain to weed. The way the light bounces off the bits of glitter makes it really hard to see the cut lines. In some cases, pretty much impossible!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Snape Quote Zipper Pouch

This is just one post of many this month in the Happy Harry Potter hop hosted by RaeGun Ramblings. Make sure you check out all the fabulous HP ideas, and enter the giveaway at the end of the post!!

My husband and kids recently completed a Harry Potter movie marathon. I watched when I could, but with finals and my internship I missed out on a lot of it. They had a great time though! And it was perfect for getting me in the mood for Marissa's Harry Potter Blog hop.

You know the part in The Sorcerer's Stone where Professor Snape catches Harry, Hermione and Ron wandering the halls and tells them (with Alan Rickman's perfect execution) "You ought to be careful. People with think you're . . . Up to something."

Monday, July 10, 2017

How to Emboss with the Cricut Cuttlebug

So many cute dies and embossing folders available - START SHOPPING!

I'm just getting started with embossing with my Cricut Cuttlebug, and I'm having lots of fun so far! I'm going to show you how to use the Cuttlebug embossing folders along with a couple of fun ways to use and "dress" up your embossed pieces. If you're new to using a Cuttlebug or thinking of getting one, we can learn about it together. If you're a seasoned pro, I hope you'll leave me a comment about how you love to use embossed pieces! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Vinyl Decorated Water Bottle

When I started my job a few weeks ago, they gave me a welcome pack that included a nice insulated cup. I usually keep water in it so I can remember to drink during the day. But I knocked it over on the sidewalk one weekend and it cracked the ceramic inside, so I needed to replace it. I got this stainless steel one that I just love.