Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Getting Organized... Better

As the co-CFO of the family my duties include making sure the bills are paid, then filing them away for later reference if need be. My normal filing consists of putting them in one of these crazy binders, and by the end of the year it is just out of control.

This year I decided to take a new tactic and organize a little better. I got one of those filing cubes and put all my stuff in there. Usually I have a pile of unpaid bills on the counter or buffet, and another pile on another counter by the back door of coupons to be used. well guess what I just added another couple files and now hopefully I won't have paper piles around my house!

But what's even better? I added a seat on top. I was hoping that the seat on top would give it a better look as I like to keep the bills and filing in the main part of the house. I don't have much in the way of storage around here and the closets are all awfully full. The basement just isn't convienent for putting mail, paying bills, and storing stuff that I use daily.

Plus the boys think its a pretty cool place to sit. Now I just have to make it look like it goes in my livingroom or diningroom!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Super Slushy | Kid Science

So my kids watch TV, yeah I know, but some shows are actually educational and entertaining and hey it distracts them so I can clean and cook :)

Well did you know they had infomercials on kids tv channels?? Yep stuff like this Slushy Magic that your kids immediately want to buy and try out. And who doesn't need another kitchen object around the house? THIS girl! I have enough of that stuff, especially with 2 kids and all their fun cups and sippy cups and crazy straws Oh Em GEEE that stuff piles up.

So after a couple times of Caleb telling me how he just HAS to be able to make Magic Slushies, I decide to teach him a little science experiment and this is what we did.

I filled up a ziplock bag with some warmish water and some sea salt. I don't measure, just crossed my fingers and hoped I got enough of the stuff. Then we put that in the freezer to sit over night.

The next day I got my bag back out and it was a little big (yeah I need to find a smaller ziplock) so I put it (the whole bag) in a tupperware container and added juice. Topped it off with the lid and had Caleb shake till his hearts content. I think after about 2 or 3 minutes of Tony shaking, they had a slushy! The slushy then got poured into 2 cups and immediately devoured (sorry no picture of the actual slushy, I'll try to grab one later). I then rinsed off my ziplock bag and put it back in the freezer ready for the next time!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Some Projects!

If you know me, you know my latest obsession is pinterest. I've been doing a lot of little projects here and there in my 'spare' time, not that I have much of that, but its me time and I enjoy doing crafts. who knew?!

With Caleb's birthday always falling right after valentines day I usually have so much going on that I buy his friends cheap $ cards with an off brand candy attached, there's nothing wrong with that, and I know all kids like candy. However, my cupboard is still overflowing with candy from christmas, so I thought I'd get a head start this year and finish my kids classmates' valentines early.

Here's what I did for Caleb's Class:

They are little plastic animals they can play with. I actually spent almost no money on this project, the animals I got on super clearance (90% off from constructive playthings last fall and had no idea what to do with them) the baggies I had from Cullen's party, and I made the labels in photoshop with free paper I downloaded from the www.

And here's what I did for Cullen's Class:

I actually spent more money on these since I had to buy the silicone mold, I got it from JoAnns and it was already marked down 25% so I couldn't use my 50% off coupon :( but at $7.50 and reusable I'll take it.

Another project Caleb and I did last week was this new pillowcase for him. I got the images from a pumpkin carving stencil that was online and then just printed it on iron on transfer paper. I really want to try the freezer paper method I have printed but just haven't gotten around to it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On top of things

Tonight after the kids went to bed, I got started with a Valentine's Day Project I had been thinking about since umm this morning. LOL Here's what Caleb's giving to his friends at school!!

Best part? These were basically free, I bought 144 little animals from constructive playthings website last fall when they were 90% off and really didn't know what I was gonna do with them, so they have just been sitting in storage. I already had the little plastic bags (they are candy bags from JoAnns) and I just made the label tonight.

Sorry for the poor cell phone quality pic. Maybe when I get Cullen's done I'll take better pictures.