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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!)