Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fun Lunches and Snacks

Well, I meant to do this yesterday, but I got busy and didn't get to it.  I guess with this whole "all the kids being at school all day thing" I'm finding things to do and I'm a lot busier than I thought.
Anyway, on to some fun lunch and snack ideas.  I have been pretty creative with my kids lunches so far. I know it's only been a couple days, but I hope I can keep it up and not go back to plain old sandwiches.
O.k. so for instance, for my girls lunches, they really wanted  Lunchables and they always ask for them, but even on sale they're pretty pricey when you have to buy a bunch of them so I got a box of crackers (on sale), package of lunch meat and cheese slices (also on sale).  It's so much cheaper and my girls love the variety.   I'm also thinking of making a bunch of little flat breads and freezing them for a "make your own pizza" lunch for Elsa especially.  She doesn't like lunch meat and really can't get away from peanut butter sandwiches.  She has requested those everyday so far.  Just peanut butter though.   At least I save money on jam.  Crazy girl.  I've also pinned a bunch of ideas on Pinterest.  Here are some of those...
My kids love Phineas and Ferb!  I think they would love to open the lunches and see this and they might even eat it all too. (fingers crossed)  
 I think this is so cute and so simple.  I think I will definitely be doing this!
Another favorite of my kids.  Good Ol' Wallace and Gromit.  
I don't see myself going this extreme over some of these, but they still are so cute and this website has a lot ideas too!  
 For my boys lunches it's a little more tricky because they have lockers now that are outside and get hot especially right now that it is still summer.  So to keep their lunches cool, I got some really great ice packs, and insulated lunch sacks.  Also, I make their sandwiches on frozen bread so by the time it's time to eat, their sandwiches are thawed out and taste fresh.  I also put in a cold bottle of water (with the drink mix) to help in the "keeping things cool" dept.
Some day I'd like to get these lunch containers to minimize the sandwich baggies.  Such a waste of money, but so necessary.  I've actually had my eye on these containers for a while.  Just never done anything about it.  One of these days though I'm going to snatch these babies up.  Right now they're sold out though until late September.

Well, that's all for now.  What have you done so far for your kids lunches?  Whether they're in school or not, there are some great ideas for making lunches more fun.  

See you tomorrow when I'll be talking about some Healthy Living!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Show and Tell; A New Outfit for Elsa

Hello, again!  I'm super excited to show you what I made for my daughter, Elsa for the first day of school.  As I was going through her clothes this summer, getting ready for school to start, I realized that she has so many nice clothes that still fit.  Yeah, I lucked out in that department!
I did, however, want her to have something "new" to wear for the first day of school, because it's fun.  You know?
So, this is what I did.  
This yellow shirt is her favorite.  She wears it a lot!  But it was a little large in the front and came too far down and showed more of her chest then I liked.  So I put a piece of white knit fabric in, then decorated it with some cute buttons and pinwheels.  Then, The Pants; I made them into shorts because there was a hole starting and it was too big to patch.  I decided that these two items needed to be together, so I threw some buttons on them and Voila!  A nice little ensemble!   When Elsa saw her "new" outfit, she LOVED it and couldn't wait to wear it.  

Doesn't she look excited for the 4th grade in her cute, "new" outfit!

Wanna see how I did it?

 First, I took a piece of knit fabric and folded it in half and placed it on the shirt covering half of the opening. 
 Then, cut it in a triangle along the edge of the neck line, leaving about an inch for seam allowance.
Then, I opened it up and folded and pressed the top edge 1/4" two times and zig zagged it to hem the top.  
Then, turned the shirt inside out and pinned it to the shirt, then turned it right side out and made sure it looked all right.  Then placed the pins on the outside (to make it easier to take the pins out as I stitch).  Then, I  top stitched a straight stitch along the neck line right in the middle of the ruffle.  
Now, at this point I looked at the shirt and saw that there were a couple of stains.  (Elsa really loves this shirt!)  So I grabbed some extra pinwheels that I had left over from making hair bows and put them on to see how it looked.  I liked it, she liked it, so I machine sewed them right to it. Just to make sure they stayed on through washings. Then, I thought it needed something else and that's when I decided that the shorts needed to make it an outfit.  So I decided to add some colorful buttons.  
I love to be creative, don't you?!

What have you done to be creative lately???  Please share!

See you tomorrow!  

Monday, August 27, 2012

Creative Organizing; Cleaning schedule

Hello everyone and welcome!  Today is the first day of school and let me just say it's so nice to have these next six hours to myself.  What to do with my time....I'm sure I'll find something to do.  Oh, yeah.  I still have laundry, cleaning up the living room because I don't know what it is, but every Sunday, that room gets so messy.  Maybe it's because everyone is in it and no one cleans up after themselves and by the time they go to bed I'm too tired to even look at it.  Do ya know what I'm talking about?   Well, this brings me to what I wanted to talk about.


Creative Organizing;  My Cleaning Schedule
I was searching for some organization tips and tricks and came upon this blog.  She has a LOT of great ideas, and I love her blog.  It's so pretty and organized.  One thing she did really grabbed me and said, "This is what you have been looking for."  I really have been trying to figure out a system that worked for me and my kids, over the summer, to be able to get everything (chores) done and in a timely manner.  Now I realize that with kids it's not always going to get done fast.  You know, the complaining, or the just not wanting to do it, kind of attitude.  Sometimes it takes them all day to clean their room.
Well, as the school year approached I was searching for something for me to just be able to utilize my time without kids during the day and get as much done as possible before they get home from school.  I'm not just talking about the household chores either.  I know it all needs to get done and I don't want to spend any one day just cleaning.  So I found this awesome schedule to balance out the chores and everything else that's needs and that I want to get done.
Well, I had plans to make the schedule this weekend, but others thing like getting the kids ready for school and getting my lesson planned for the Sunday school class I teach in my church, and also practicing piano, because I was asked to play piano for our Relief Society (womens group on Sundays) (and goodness knows I NEED the practice.)   All that got in the way and  I haven't quite got it finished but I'm working on it today and going to start doing it tomorrow.  I can't wait.
Do you want to know what it is?
You can go here to read for yourself what she did and get the print outs of the schedule's for free if you want to try it out too.  When I'm all finished with mine I'll show you mine and tell you how it has worked for me.  I'm excited about it because I really feel that this is going to help me set my priorities straight and get what needs to be done, such as laundry, bathrooms scrubbed, kids homework done everyday, and just have peace and little chaos.  Is this wishful thinking?  Probably.  But we'll see if it reduces the stress levels at our home.
What things have you done to organize your time to get things accomplished?  Please let me know.  Remember I'm no expert on organization, I'm still learning.  Here is a picture of mine and my husbands dressers that I finally got around to cleaning off.  It feels so good to walk into our room and have them clean.

This is how I organize my necklaces for now until I can do something like this....

Now, to just decide what I want to do. 
Have a great day and come back tomorrow for Show n' Tell.  I'm going to show you my daughters newly refurbished outfit for her first day of school.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hello....It's Been Awhile

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything on my craft blog.  I guess I just kind of took the summer off.  I've been having too much fun with my kids or just been busy keeping up with the house chores since they are all home during the day.  It's amazing how fast the house get messy after our morning chores.  Then there are those days when we would finish our chores, then go do something fun like swim, go to museums, go to the park, etc. etc.
Well, I have been thinking about this blog all the while and I've come up with some fun ideas for it.  So starting next Monday, the 27th, I'm going to do a post every week day.  (Mon-Fri.)  It is kind of scary for me to commit to such a thing, but I know I can do it especially with all of my kids gone to school.  Yeah, you read that right.....ALL four of them will be gone for six hours a day.  It's going to feel weird at first to be home all alone and sometimes I'm going to be pinching myself, but it will be so nice to clean up a room and have it stay clean for those six hours that the kids will be gone.  I can't wait!
So, on to my blog.  I've decided to do different themes a day.  For example.....
                                  Monday:  Creative Organizing
I want to talk about how I organize my own home on a budget or use what I have to organize my spaces.
I will NEVER profess that I am a natural organizer.  I am still learning.  I want to share what I've learned and will love to have each of your input on that subject.
                                  Tuesday:  Show N' Tell
This is the day I am going "Show" what I have made and then "Tell" how I made it.
                                  Wednesday:  Fun Lunches & Snacks
I'm working on a better title than that, but you get the idea.  I want to share some lunch and snack ideas I have, and that I have found, for school lunches and snacks after school.  Your ideas on this subject will be greatly appreciated also.
                                  Thursday:  Healthy Living
As some of you may know, I have signed up with Melaleuca and since then I have had much success at improving mine and my family's quality of life.  I want to talk about how each product changed our lives for the better.  For example, their Renew lotion.  I love it!  It has made such a difference with my ezcema.
                                 Friday:  Fun Things Friday
I started to this a while back, but I have not done it lately.  I want to share fun things I found that I think you would all enjoy.
As always I love to hear from my readers so please tell me what else you would like to see and share your experiences and's all welcome.  I hope you have a great rest of the summer, for those you who have not started school yet, and for those of you that have, have fun at home with little to no kids.  For those of you that have no kids in school yet, enjoy it now.  I know, sometimes it's hard to enjoy it when your little ones made a mess with the flour, or scattered lego's all over, or spilled milk everywhere trying to "help" pour a drink for their younger sibling.  Believe me, I've been there and totally understand.  You might think me crazy for saying it, but I kind of miss those days....o.k. not those particular moments, but the moments of cuddles, quiet time of reading to little ones, or simply those rare moments of naps for everyone.  I miss those days so much!
Anyway, there, I've committed.  So stay tuned to Monday when I will be talking about some Creative Organizing.