Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Homework and study station

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see url While we couldn’t be more proud of her, we have also been forced to admit she’s growing up. Her needs as a student are changing as well. Our sweet girl had homework in kindergarten, but completing that work at the dining room table wasn’t always the best solution. 

We decided she needed her own desk and workspace in her own room, away from the noise and distractions of the rest of the house. 

We found this beauty on Craigslist.

I promptly made her a French memo board for her photos and school papers. 

I took my girl to Hobby Lobby to pick out some desk accessories. She chose this white crate and I chose some buckets for her utensils. 

We also bought this chipboard E and painted it pink. 

This cute little picture was all her choosing. I love the picture, and what it says. 

This little statue was in my own room when I was a kid. 

I DIYed these boxes to store flash cards and high lighters.

This DIY photo album holds various certificates and awards.

Her center drawer holds workbooks, a student calendar, and folders. 


One drawer holds electronics and chargers.


One drawer houses notepads and journals.


One holds more electronics.


One holds flash cards and markers. 


And her bottom drawer holds work books and art books.


Her space is set up for work and play. While the drawers could be more neatly organized, I did want to be cognizant that a six year old would use it. I wanted her to find her stuff and keep it separated but not be afraid to make the drawers messy. 


I know my kiddo loves her desk and I know she’ll love using it.

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Happy birthday, Emorie


Tomorrow, this sweet girl will turn six. She came into the world on June 18, 2011, 3 weeks early. Her birth happened so fast that her doctor missed it and she was delivered by a random doctor I’d never seen before. 


Her big heart and sweet spirit have been such a blessing to us.


She’s caring, she’s kind and she’s helpful to others.


She’s mischievous and silly but she’s lots of fun.


She’s a big personality in a tiny body. She’s laughter and sunshine and happiness in human form.


She’s a great sister and a wonderful daughter.


Watching her grow up is a pleasure, and everyday I’m thankful the Lord chose us to be Emorie’s parents. 


I can’t wait to see who Emorie grows up to be. 

Happy birthday, sweet girl.

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Dance recital/gymnastics meet survival kit

This past weekend, our little gymnast had a recital at her dance and gymnastics academy.


She did a magnificent job and we couldn’t be more proud.

Today, I thought I’d share our backstage survival kit we created for her recital.


In Emorie’s bag, we included the following:

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Your dancer/gymnast’s recital attire

Hair accessories or head pieces

A jacket or warm ups in case it’s cold

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Detangling spray

Hairspray

A hairbrush or comb

Hair ties

Bobby pins

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Optional: lotion

Lipstick and eye makeup. Stage lights can drown out your child’s facial features. We just used mascara, lipstick and neutral eye shadow.

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Snacks

A water bottle

A small first aid kit

Safety pins

And lastly, don’t forget it’s customary to give flowers to your tiny performer.


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.

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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.
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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 

Hi everyone! Boy have we been busy around here. Summer is coming to a close and we are preparing to go back to school. This week, we bought school supplies.

Our week started off poorly with both girls not feeling well.

But both girls began to feel better fairly quickly.

Then we went to West Virginia for the weekend to see my grandparents.

The weather is so much nicer up there than around here. We actually got to spend some time outside.

Then we went to visit my aunt and uncle and took a really nice walk with some beautiful views.


We had so much fun! Hope you are having a great week!

Check back tomorrow for some back porch updates.

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Hair accessory organization 

I am the mother of two beautiful little girls, and I’m convinced hair bows are taking over my house. They’re everywhere! Even Aubrey has a ton of the things and she doesn’t have much hair. 

Emorie has an Ikea Hemnes dresser. It has two little drawers at the top.

The top drawer on the left used to house her swimsuits and the one on the right housed her headbands.

Neither was a good solution. The swimsuits were always bunching up and hiding one another, and the headbands were always sliding around or getting squashed.

I relocated the swimsuits to one of the fabric bins in her closet and weeded out the hairbows that were looking worse for wear. I hung the ones she still wears on a long ribbon behind her door.

Then I sectioned off the drawers with some trusty basket drawer organizers from Wally World. These are super cheap and they are so useful.

Her headbands and hairbows are sorted and stored by color. There was also room in the drawers for her sunglasses and costume jewelry as well.

I used two divider baskets to store hair ties and clips in her vanity table drawer.

All the materials used to organize these accessories sets were already in our home. This organizational project didn’t cost me a dime.

I’m really happy with how this turned out. I hope it’s going to Save us a lot of time searching for headbands.

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A birthday, a milestone, and a meltdown

Today, my sweet firstborn turns five. FIVE. No longer a toddler or preschooler. Indeed, she’ll be going to school in two months. She is so excited and I am so sad. *tear*

Five years ago, this little miracle came into the world three weeks early.

She was tough and spirited from the beginning, but sweet and loving, too. Those character traits have remained with her.

Looking at all these sweet pictures, I can’t imagine how five years might have passed so quickly.

*sniffle*

*boo hoo*

*cry*

*snort*

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Happy birthday, Sunshine. Mama and Daddy are so proud of you and we can’t wait to see what God has planned for your life. We love you to the moon and back!

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Week in Review Wednesday

What an extremely busy weekend and week!

This weekend, we went swimming at my husband’s grandmother’s house. Aubrey went swimming for the first time and loved it! Emorie, as usual, didn’t want to get out.

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On Sunday, we went to the church where I grew up and haven’t been in probably 10 years. We went there to watch my cousin participate in the graduate recognition service. I was a little nervous about both my littles being out in “big church,” but both did great.

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On Monday, my precious girl had swim class, and she is doing so well. See this video of her jumping in:

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My sweet Aubrey has started to crawl a little and she has really been practicing her new skill. I have a feeling this kid is going to be everywhere shortly. Time to buy some baby gates!

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On Tuesday, my eighth graders had their transition ceremony and school let out for students. My cousin also graduated high school Tuesday night.

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What a blessed, wonderful week it’s been. School will be out for teachers on Thursday. We have so many exciting things planned and I cannot wait!

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Week in review Wednesday

We had a very busy weekend this past weekend. First and most importantly, my sweet Emorie graduated from preschool.

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This is significant because, thirteen years ago, I graduated high school and my first cousin graduated preschool. Now, thirteen years later, my cousin graduates high school this year and my daughter graduated preschool. We took this photo to commemorate the occasions.

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We also went shopping for school clothes and swimsuits. Check out this cutie modeling her purchases.

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Miss Aubrey was quite the cutie this weekend as well. Here are my favorite shots of her.

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I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Happy Wednesday.

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Week in pictures

We had a wonderful weekend at the Boone house. Here are some sweet moments we managed to capture this weekend:

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“Hi, I’m Aubrey. I don’t like tummy time, but I like Mommy and Daddy’s bed.”

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I probably have hundreds of pictures of them cuddling and sleeping beside one another. It’s just too cute not to photograph.

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Our pasture and some beautiful sunny weather.

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I plan on dressing them alike until they tell me to stop. I don’t do it all the time.

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Her shirt says “I am a child of God” and is from Blogthreads.com, run by Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage. Proceeds benefit adoption from Three Angels Orphanage in Haiti.

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Emorie was playing with Aubrey and she put her headband on her head.

Have a great week! We’ll post more sweet shots next week.

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