If you want to spice up your Christmas outfit, hit Walmart for a $5 scarf, put on a plain shirt and tie your scarf like this! Voila! You look festive with a whole new outfit and it was only $5!
If you Follow Me On Facebook, then you know that I have been working on a new school schedule. It starts with me rising at 5am – ugh! But it seems to be the only way to get it all done. I will post my schedule after I’ve lived it and tweaked it a bit.
But today I want to share some organizational tips from a friend I’ve known since high school (pictured on the right is Erin and her lovely family!). I want to invite other bloggers to link up any organizational posts they have below. If you do not blog – feel free to write in the comment box any good tips you have.
I’m looking to learn something here! Organization of stuff is not my forte.
Here’s Erin’s tips:
1) Cups – I was finding that some days there would be 10 kid cups in the dishwasher after one day at home. I bought cheap (3/ $1 at Flower Factory) stretchy bracelets, and the kids use those to label their cups. We have extras for friends/cousins. This way each kid uses one cup for water all day. Less to wash, and less mess!
2) Back of doors. I think the backs of our doors are great places to hide things and to keep organized. There are 3 pictures from doors in my home.
a. The backpacks/lunchbox are on the inside of our basement door. I bought heavy duty 3M adhesive hooks. They have been hanging for 2 years w/ no problem. This may not work as well with very heavy backpacks, but it’s great for the lunchboxes, dance shoes bag, etc.
b. Costume jewelry is inside my closet door on a horizontal towel rack. Bracelets hang from plastic baby toy links. Works perfectly- no tangles, full view of everything, and in the same space where I dress.
c. Hairbows are inside my daughter’s bedroom door. The flowers are attached to small 3M adhesive hooks. I hung strips of 1 inch grossgrain ribbon from the flowers and clip all of her hair bows to the ribbon.
Once the crayons are all peeled, get out your metal cookie cutters (if you don’t have these on hand you will need to purchase them – but they are usually quite cheap).
Then put wax paper on a cookie sheet and foil around the cookie cutters (if you don’t use the foil the crayons won’t stay in the cookie cutters.)
Place the cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until melted, and then place them in a freezer to cool (or in our case, out on the back porch!). The crayons should separate from the cookie cutter just enough that you can pop them out easily!
*I found this fun craft over at : Me and Lu
Before the party, I remind everyone to bring something for the time capsule. Every child from newborn up through the oldest grandparent comes prepared. Then we sit in a circle and we simply pass the can around and put something inside that represents what God did in the year 2009.
Over the years I have put in ultrasound photos, a Binky my daughter had just given up, a ruler representing growth in my life, verses and many more things. Some others have put in poems, verses, letters to the family, the deed to their house that was paid off that year, photos of children they were ministering to, a rubber ball representing the ups and downs of the year and countless business cards have gone in. The children have put in footballs, awards, school photos and sports photos.
As the capsule is going around, I write down what each person puts into the capsule and what it meant – so we do not forget the significance when we open it someday. Then I seal it with packaging tape and store it in a bin in the attic.
This year after we seal the 2009 time capsule we will open 2003′s capsule. I can’t wait to remember the great joys of the past and the faithfulness of God as he brought us through past trials. This is always a meaningful moment of sharing and thus far I have not done this without tears! Every year my soul is touched!
So if you want to start a meaningful tradition with your family, try a time capsule as a way to remember God’s hand in your life and to draw your family closer together.
Are you looking for some inexpensive Christmas gift ideas? Here’s a few fun ones!!
3. Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Teachers, Pastors, and Sunday School workers.
- “Thanks for giving Sally a hand” tag with hand lotion.
- “Thanks a ‘latte’!” tag with a gift card from local coffee shop.
- A mug or bowl saying “You are ’souper’! – soup mix, custom decorated soup bowls or homemade soup.
- “You are out of this world” tag attached to a Milky Way candy bar.
- “You deserve an extra payday!” tag attached to a Payday candy bar.
- “There is no ’sub’stitute for you!” tag attached to a gift card for the local sub shop.
- “You are ‘extra’ special” tag with a pack of Extra Gum.
- “Thanks for helping Jimmy ‘bloom’” tag with a bouquet of flowers.
4. Make Cookie Jars. My friend Regina gave me these recipes and these are her cookie jars!
Country Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar Ingredients
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions:Using a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, layer in the ingredients in the order given. Pack down the jar after each addition to make the ingredients fit. Put the lid on, and cover with an 8 inch circle of fabric. Secure the fabric over the lid using a rubber band, then cover the rubber band by tying a nice piece of ribbon or raffia around the lid.
Attach a tag to the ribbon with the following instructions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of softened butter, with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
Special Butterscotch Chip Cookies in a Jar
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup high protein crisp rice and wheat cereal
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
DIRECTIONS:Layer the ingredients in the order given in a one quart wide mouth canning jar. Firmly pack each ingredient in place. It will be a tight fit, but all ingredients will fit in the jar. Use pinking shears to cut an 8 or 9 inch circle from gingham, calico, or a seasonal fabric. Place the fabric over the wide mouth lid and rim and secure with a rubber band. Tie on a raffia or ribbon bow to cover the rubber band.
Attach a card to the ribbon or raffia with the following mixing and baking directions:
Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Use hands to mix the wet and dry ingredients together. When completely blended, roll into large walnut sized balls. Place on unprepared cookie sheets and use the palm of your hand to flatten each cookie ball. Bake at 350 in a preheated oven for 8-10 minute.
Other great links:
- More teacher gift ideas from a previous blog post on Women Living Well
- Kristi at Run the Earth, Watch the Sky with handmade gift ideas including a collage similar to mine.
- Craftbits shows how to make gifts in a mug! What fun!
Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Walk with the King!
It’s funny because we all are different shapes and sizes – I am 5’2″ and the other two girls were over 5 inches taller. Our shapes and curves are in different places too – but it still worked out that we all were able to find stuff that worked and the extras went to a friend who couldn’t make it to the swap.
This week I’ve been blogging about the the Proverbs 31 Woman. The Proverbs 31 woman is a DIYer – she’s a do it yourself type! She plants her own vineyard, selects wool and flax, makes her own linens and coverings for her beds, and supplies the merchants with sashes to sell. So in honor of the Proverbs 31 lady – here’s how to make homemade powder laundry detergent:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Super Washing Soda
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 bar of Fels-Naptha
Directions: Grate the Fels Naptha laundry soap with a grater or use a food processor. Add the other ingredients. Shake and/or mix well. Put in an airtight container. Use 2 tablespoons of detergent per large load.
Now here are some answers to some questions you may have:
1. Where do I find these ingredients? The Fels-Naptha will be found in the aisle with all the other bars of soap like Dial and Ivory. The Borax and Super Washing Soda should be found in the aisle with all the other laundry detergents.
2. What if my grocery store does not have these items? Go to http://www.doitbest.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/ . (If you have found these ingredients cheaper elsewhere on the web – please share the link in the comments section!) If you live in my area – you will find the Borax andWashing Soda at Hartville Hardware.
3. How many loads will one batch do? 24 large loads
4. How much do I save using this homemade detergent? My friend Clare has done the math based on our local pricing – yours will differ if you can find these items cheaper.
The 16oz box of Baking Soda cost $0.60, so the price per batch was $0.30.
The 55 oz. box of Super Wash cost $5, so the price per batch is $.073.
The one bar of Fels Naptha cost $1.50, so the price per batch was $0.75.
The 76oz. box of Borax cost $5.00, so the price per batch was $0.53
Total cost per batch = $2.30 compared to normal brands that run from $6-$9 for equal number of loads. That’s a big savings!!! Enjoy!