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Thursday, January 18

Box Top Classroom Box

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Working from home gives me the opportunity to do something else I love--volunteer in my sons' school!  I help with math, reading, art projects, and anything else teachers need.

One of the big jobs our volunteers have is trimming and counting Box Tops for Education.  It is a repetitive, thankless job, but it is SO WORTH IT to earn that money for your school!  The school gets 10 cents for every Box Top that is clipped and sent in.  There are hundreds of products that offer Box Tops.

Last year, our school earned $2479 from Box Tops alone!  It makes all the cutting and trimming worth it!

My son's 2nd grade teacher has a plastic baggie outside her room where students or volunteers can place their Box Tops.  It does the job, but it's easy to overlook.  Since I'm in there all the time, I decided to take the packaging from one of the products offering Box Tops to make a Box Top Collection Box!

While shopping at Walmart, I decided to take advantage of the January Box Tops Offer.  If you buy 5 participating products and scan your receipt with the Box Tops Bonus App, you earn $5 for your school (or the equivalent of 50 Box Tops!)  This offer is available through 1/31/18.

You can download this Box Tops Bonus app on Itunes or Google Play for your device.  I love it because you can use the app to earn even more money for your school by simply purchasing items offering Box Tops, scanning your receipt, and watching those earnings pile up!  Plus, you can earn bonus Box Tops in combination with your in-store purchase and any other coupon, discount or store program or promotion.

I used my craft cutter to make this Box Top Collection Box.  If you don't have a cutting machine, you can simply print out this printable sheet I made for you.  Then simply wrap any of the product boxes you purchased in white butcher paper and attach the printable using strong adhesive!

To get the bonus money, I purchased the following:
  • Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • Mott's Medleys® Fruit Snacks
  • Nature Valley™ Oats N Honey Granola Bars
  • Annie's™ Cheddar Bunnies
  • Pillsbury™ Toaster Strudel™

I love that I can purchase items I usually buy for my kids and still get rewarded for them.  I don't have go out of my way to buy something nobody is going to eat.

To make this Box Top Classroom Box, I needed the following supplies:

  • Product box
  • White butcher paper
  • Adhesive
  • Adhesive vinyl and cutting machine
  • Box Top file design (found here)

First, I removed the Box Tops panel from the Honey Nut Cheerios.  Then I covered the remaining sides in white paper.  

I cut out the design in vinyl, using pink, white, navy blue, silver, and yellow vinyl.  

Layer one- navy blue outline.
Layer two- pink box
Layer three- white words and pencil pieces
Layer four- Silver circle
Layer five- yellow pencil
Layer six- navy blue words

Once I had my design layered together, I transferred it all to the front of my box using transfer tape.
It turned out amazing!  I'm not going to lie- it was a bit of work, but now my son's teacher has something eye-catching so everyone will remember to turn in their Box Tops as they come into the classroom!

Turn a cereal box into a Box Top Classroom Collection Box with this Vinyl Box Top Logo!

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Friday, January 12

Farmhouse Bathroom Sign + Free Cut File!

This farmhouse-style wooden sign is perfect for your bathroom!

This farmhouse-style wooden sign is perfect for your bathroom and easy to make!

Earlier this week I showed you our basement bathroom makeover.  While I still have some decorating to do, I did get this farmhouse-style bathroom sign finished and wanted to share it with you.  

Unfortunately, I made this sign while I wasn't blogging last year, so I don't have any process pictures.  So I'll do my best to explain how I made it.  It's really pretty easy.

Tuesday, January 9

Basement Bathroom Makeover

Take a bathroom from blah to beautiful on a budget!

Take a bathroom from blah to beautiful on a budget!

In case you are new here or just forgot, we moved from Phoenix to Iowa about a year and a half ago.  We love our home, but it was definitely all "real estate beige" when we moved in.  I've been slowly working on adding some character to each area of our new home.

Today I'm going to show you our most recent makeover-- our basement bathroom!  This bathroom is primarily used by my daughter, but it is also available for guests when they are in town or just for friends on playdates and such.  So I wanted to take things up a notch from this basic bathroom:

Bathroom Before Blah

All we needed was a little paint, new flooring, and a new vanity top to make this bathroom look brand new!

Take a bathroom from blah to beautiful on a budget!

Because I'm on a budget, making major changes to the bathroom was out of the picture.  Tip- paint is fairly inexpensive and completely changes a room!  Plus, it's easy to change down the road if you need to.

I painted the walls my new favorite color: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood to update the vanity.  Then we also installed a new, more modern vanity top.
Milk Paint Gray Bathroom Vanity

Milk Paint Gray Bathroom Vanity

We picked out some 12x24 adhesive laminate flooring.  It's literally just trim to size, peel, and stick.  Having an updated floor makes a huge difference in how this room looks!

Floor makeover with self-adhesive vinyl tile

We also replaced the builder's grade mirror with something a little more stylish.  I found this one at HomeGoods for about $20.  Not a bad deal!

New Mirror for Basement Bathroom Makeover

I use white towels for my guests since they are easy to bleach and keep clean.   And see that cute sign in the mirror?  I've got a tutorial coming up for it later this week.

Farmhouse Bathroom Wash Brush Floss Flush Sign Wooden SIgn

Still waiting to find the perfect artwork to hang here over the toilet.  Any suggestions?  I'm looking for something modern farmhouse style....

Take a bathroom from blah to beautiful on a budget!

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Friday, December 15

Relief Society Gift Idea: Prince of Peace Vinyl Tile

Give a sweet and simple handmade Christmas gift to anyone on your list this year!

Simple Vinyl Christmas Gift Relief Society Gift Idea LDS

Since I've moved to Iowa, I've been lucky to be very involved with my church.  I've been a Cub Scout Leader, a Primary (children's Sunday School) teacher, and now I'm serving in the Relief Society Presidency (that's our women's organization).  That's a lot of changing around in just over a year!

One thing you may not know about the LDS church is that our members meet together based on where you live.  We have defined boundaries, and everyone who lives in those boundaries are part of the same congregation, or ward.

This year our Christmas dinner party was extra special because our ward boundaries are being changed this week.  So, this was our last get together, because even though no one is moving, we won't all be meeting together on Sundays and for activities any more.  It's sad, a little hard, but also a little exciting to meet new people and build a new ward family.  Anyone out there been through this in your ward?  Any words of advice?

Our theme for this dinner was "Prince of Peace".  Several years ago, I made a sweet gift for each of the ladies in my ward in Phoenix, and this is definitely one of my most popular posts!

The Best Gift of All Vinyl Tile Christmas Gift Idea

Tuesday, December 5

Glitter Tape Utensil Holders

Dress up your next party table with these easy Glitter Tape Utensil Holders!

Glitter Tape Utensil Holders

My absolute favorite things to make are holiday and seasonal projects!  If you, like me, have a holiday party or event coming up, you can add a festive touch to your tables with these super easy Glitter Tape Utensil Holders.

Glitter Tape Utensil Holders

You will need the following:
12x12 Scrapbook Paper (each piece will make three utensil holders)
Paper Cutter (this one is my favorite!)
Glitter Tape

People, this could not be easier.  I almost feel silly writing a tutorial for this, but I made these for a party last year and got so many sweet comments that I knew I had to share them with you.

Monday, November 27

Misfit Toys Christmas Tshirt

Pay homage to the classic movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with this Misfit Toys Tshirt!

It's the most wonderful time of the year - time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! #ChristmasMoviesHop

We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. There are 25 films to be inspired by for your holiday season, and 25 talented bloggers to aid your inspiration! If you love Christmas movies, you have come to the right place!!

Monday, November 20

Gift Guide for Book Lovers (Ultimate Gift Guide Roundup and Giveaway)

If you've ever heard him/her say "Just one more chapter!" or "Leave me alone, I'm reading!" then you have a book lover on your hands!  Whether it is your child, your parent, or your spouse, your book lover will love receiving one of these awesome gifts!

Hey all- today's the day for you to stop procastinating and get that shopping list put together!  I've teamed up with some of my bloggy friends to share a bunch of fun and unique gift ideas for everyone on your list!  Plus, you're going to want to enter our giveway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card- just in time for holiday shopping!

I surveyed my book-loving friends to find out what they want for Christmas this year.  I am a book lover myself, as are my kids, so I can personally vouch for anything on this list!

1.  The absolutely best gift you can give is TIME to read!  I don't know how many people tell me they have a book list a mile long and no time to sit down and read.  Take the kids for a day, take over the housework for your spouse, or just be patient and let them disappear into their room for awhile instead of whatever it is they usually do.

2.  How about a snuggly blanket?  There's nothing like curling up in a soft blanket with some hot cocoa (or whatever your drink of choice may be) and a good book!  This Sherpa Fleece Throw Blanket is a steal at Target this season.

3.  If your book lover is also tech-friendly, how about getting them a Kindle?  Purists may sniff, but owning a Kindle gets me lots of free books I otherwise wouldn't pay for, plus the ability to bring a whole library of books with me wherever I go.  I love my Kindle Paperwhite, and they will too!

4.  Add on a Kindle Gift Card (also perfect for someone who already has a Kindle).  You can never have too many books!

5.  How about a tote bag to hold all those books, or just to let everyone know about your love for reading? There are TONS, but I love this one found on Etsy.

6. Another way to show your love for reading is an awesome book-themed shirt!  Again, there are so many options, but I love this one found on Etsy.

7. This mug with famous first lines from books is awesome.  Get it here.

8.  Another fun find are these candles that are paired up with an author for a unique scent.  I wonder what Edgar Allan Poe's might smell like....  Check them out here.

9.  This Book a Day Calendar gives recommendations each day with a blurb from each book.  They might hate you for making their "need-to-read" list even longer!  Find it here.

10.  For the Jane Austen aficionado, these book cover coasters are divine!  Buy them here.

11. If your book lover also loves jewelry, check out the book-themed necklaces at Tea and Tentacles.  I really loved this one!

12.  If your book lover is always reading in bed, get them this clip-on Book Light that doubles as a bookmark.  Thin and easy to carry around wherever you go!

Your book lover will love receiving any of these gifts this holiday season!  Now, buy yourself something nice (or use it for your Christmas shopping) by entering our Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Now, visit my bloggy friends for other great gift ideas to add to your list!

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