Weekend Reading 

Well, that was a quick summer. On Monday morning, 93 new students will walk in my room and will be with me for the next 180 school days.
I’m excited but nervous. Mentally I’m running down my to do list trying to make sure everything is ready to go.

In the meantime, here is what I’m reading this weekend.

Making the most of your rental’s features 

27 Rustic Entryway Ideas 

How to squeeze extra storage out of your kitchen 

Command Hooks Hacks to Keep Your Life in Order 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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DIY: A knock-off Pottery Barn kids vanity stool

**This post was originally published July 7, 2014.

My oldest daughter is loving her new big girl room. We have painted it and are almost finished, except for buying a dresser and getting some artwork for her walls.

I had a sweet little white vanity sitting around from when I was growing up. I gave it a fresh coat of paint recently and a new drawer pull, but decided it needed a little something else.

 I loved the ruffled vanity stool at Pottery Barn Kids, but just couldn’t justify the price.
Whitney Play Vanity and Dress Up Tower
 
Especially when I had a perfectly good, sturdy stool already in my possession. 
When I ordered Emorie’s ruffled valance, I got an idea. Why not order two valances and use one to wrap her stool? I unscrewed the seat from the rest of the stool and used a piece of an old white pillowcase to cover the dingy fabric. I stapled that fabric in place and reattached the stool.
 Then, wrapped the valance around it, secured it with safety pins and sewed it to the cover.
Voila! I like it, don’t you? The best part is it only cost me spray paint ($6) and a ruffled valance ($12).
Wouldn’t this make a darling side table or nightstand?
For now, I styled it with a shoebox I covered in some pretty paper, some roses left over from her first birthday party and an Ikea vase, which I thought could hold hairbrushes and headbands.
What high/low knockoff have you completed recently?

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Week in review Wednesday 

What a rough weekend! Two  of our foursome were hit hard this weekend by some sort of nasty summer cold. I was one of them. We laid around all weekend and really didn’t accomplish anything. 

I captured this sweet moment this weekend. I also have a picture of Michael and Emorie napping together when she was a baby. I treasure these pictures because it’s so obvious how much Michael and the girls love each other.

My poor sick baby. Doesn’t she look sweet in her hat?

This little grown up stole my phone and took some selfies!!

And I realized for about the two hundredth time in recent weeks that she is growing up too fast.

And on Sunday, this beautiful double rainbow was visible outside our house.

I hope your week is wonderful. 

Making an entry way when you have no entry hall 

Currently, our home has no mud room or entry way. When you enter the door, here is what you see.

We do have this lovely sofa table and mirror and I like how it looks in this space. What I don’t love is how the table catches everything and how the space is so boring. Just look at all that wasted space behind the front door!

Our plans for our home do include an improved Kitchen and laundry room, with the addition of a mud room. This could be years away, so we’d like to repurpose this entry into a mini mudroom of sorts. Here are some ideas I’ve found:

These would be awesome for behind the front door.

From “Downright Simple”

We don’t have a lot of room behind the door so this would be great.

From “Apartment Therapy”

We also talked of adding a hall tree on the wall where the sofa table is now.

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Or maybe this one, but in white:

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Either way, we are looking for something with a storage bench and an upper shelf. Something that looks built in.

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Once we build our new mudroom, we would repurpose this hall tree elsewhere.

What does your entry way look like?

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Mommy Mondays: The Best Back to School Books for Your Young School Child

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This year, I have a kindergartener. I have been a student for many years, and am entering my eighth year as a teacher, but I have never before been the parent of a school child. Thankfully, my daughter loves learning and was excited about starting school, but I still wanted to drum up some excitement about going to school.

Here are some of our favorite back to school books. These are far from all the books we’ve read concerning back to school matters, so if you have some favorites I didn’t mention, please comment below.

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1. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Chester is a young raccoon that is going to kindergarten, but he is a little afraid. His mom shows him how she is still with him each day, even while he is away at school. This is one of our absolute favorite books.

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2. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

It’s normal to be nervous about the first day of school…but did you know teachers get nervous sometimes, too? This book is funny and children always seem to love it.

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3. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

I love Kevin Henkes books, but this sweet story is about a little mouse who loves her name and thinks it’s perfect…until she starts school. The ending of the book is especially sweet.

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4. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

I have read this book soooo many times. This book is about a teacher as she prepares her classroom for her new students.

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5. The Night Before Big School

This is a super sweet read for your kindergartener. We absolutely loved this book and it helped to answer some of the questions our little sweetie had.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoy these books as much as we have.

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Scripture Sunday: Psalm 19:14

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This verse is something I’ve been thinking about in recent weeks as we’re preparing to go back to school. 

I am a Christian, but unfortunately, there are plenty of times when my conversations, thoughts and actions don’t necessarily reflect that.

I’ve been thinking recently about all the areas in my life where I need to improve and this is certainly one of them. A few weeks ago I wrote about Philippians 4:8.

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I think the two verses go hand in hand. I’m thinking of writing them on cards and putting them where I’ll see them daily. What great reminders to us as Christians to think, act, and Speak in ways that reflect the Lord. 

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Weekend Reading 

Hi all! I hope you’re having a great weekend. We are a bit under the weather around here, and I went back to work this week so that’s why I haven’t posted much. Here’s what I’m reading this weekend:

Magnolia Renovates a Local Teacher’s Classroom 

The Right Way to Hug Your Children

10 DIY hacks that will instantly improve your home 

Martha’s Vineyard Gingerbread Houses 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Week in review Wednesday 

What a busy but wonderful week.

We started our weekend by purchasing a big girl booster seat for our kindergartener.

I decided it was time for a change, so I had my nappy waist length hair cut to my shoulders. It looks and feels so. much. better. Thanks, Crystal!

This little cutie has really been tossing out the smiles lately! 

On Sunday we went to church and this girl looked so grown:


On Monday, I moved out of the classroom I’ve occupied for the last five years.I am excited about my new journey but will truly miss my friends and the community in which I taught. 
I moved my things into my new classroom, which I will begin setting up this week.


I have a busy rest of the week ahead but can’t wait to share all those happenings with you next week! Make it a great one!!
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Simplifying your routine: pre-planning outfits 

Since school started for this cutie, we’ve been trying to simplify our morning routine.

Now I have two children to get ready and drop off at two different places, and then I have to go to work…just like almost everyone else on the planet.

I actually admit to polling our friends with two or more kids and asking what worked best for them. 

Some of the tips are things we already do, such as preparing outfits ahead of time. 

I think most of us probably lay out our clothes the night before. This year, I decided to take it a step further and lay them all out on Sundays. I wanted some of those days off the week dividers but they’re far too expensive. 

I got out some scrapbook paper, a pen, a CD and a pair of scissors.

I traced the CD onto the paper. You can trace a CD  four times onto a piece of 12×12 paper.

Then, I cut out the circles.

I then glued two of the circles together, and repeated this until I ended up with eight circles.

I wrote the days abbreviation on each one with a Sharpie. One extra serves as a marker for an alternate outfit.

I then ran them through my laminator and then cut them out. 

Then, I made a hole in the center just big enough to slide it into a hanger.

I like how this turned out! What simple projects have you created recently?

Back to school lunch ideas

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of packing lunches. I am coming up on my eighth year teaching (I got a late start) and I have packed my lunch most of those years.

Now that my oldest daughter is entering kindergarten, I will be packing her lunch as well. One of my favorite products for packing lunches is the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox. You may recall last year when I gave away a Lunch Blox kit.

I bought four of the kits so we could each have two. One to wash and one to use. We have the sandwich size, which is also perfect for salads. 

Veggie salads (source)

And pasta salad (source)

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And other entrees as well.

For the next few months I’ll be periodically sharing ways to use the Lunch Blox system and I’ll even be giving away one of the systems in October. Stay tuned!

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