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Teachers Are SO Appreciated In Our House

Teacher Appreciation Week made its appearance and disappeared into thin air. And now it’s really time to thank the angels’ teachers because it’s the end of the year and these teachers have given their blood, sweat, and tears (I’m sure they shed many. At least I know I did.) to 15-25 sweet, sweet children. Between the two angels, there are SIX teachers and as much as I want to give them a gift card to Nordstrom’s, I just can’t do it. So, I found a reasonable and creative way to thank each teacher for at least three days. We were out-of-town the last two days of the week and I took full advantage. I gave each of their teachers a gift a day and these ideas were found after a bit of late night reasearch and Pinteresting. The total cost of the project cost $15.86 (excluding the card stock, glue, and pattern cut-outs).

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“You Are Extra Special”

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Card stock

Pack of Extra gum (I found 4-5 piece packs for $1.00 at Family Dollar)

Star (or any fitting) pattern

Glue stick/Hot glue gun

DIRECTIONS:

  • Print or write the following statements and glue to a piece of card stock:

You are extra special. Thank you for everything you do every day.

  • Glue the pattern and Extra gum to the piece of card stock
  • Write the teacher’s name and student’s name on the card stock

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“Thankful Hands”

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Card stock

Small container of hand sanitizer (I found 3-2 oz bottles for $1.55 at Family Dollar)

Hand pattern

Glue stick/Hot glue gun

DIRECTIONS:

  • Print or write the following statements and glue to a hand pattern (trace your hand or your little one’s hand) cut out of card stock:

I am thankful for the hands that help me every day.

  • Glue the hand sanitizer to the hand pattern
  • Write the teacher’s name and student’s name on the hand pattern

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“Thank You Notes

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Card stock

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Small Clipboard (I found these for a $1 each at Target)

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Small legal pads (I found packs of 3 small legal pads for $.94 at Walmart)

Multi-colored writing pens(I found a 10 pack of multi-colored pens for $1.67 at Walmart)

Ribbon

Heart (or any fitting) pattern

Glue stick/Hot glue gun

DIRECTIONS:

  • Print or write the following statements and glue to a piece of card stock:

Just a note to say, “You are awesome.”

  • Glue the pattern to the piece of card stock and clip to the clipboard
  • Attach a pen to the card stock with ribbon
  • Write the teacher’s name and student’s name on the card stock

Date Jar

In the past month I’ve hosted two baby showers, so I’m in the shower/party planning mood. Last year, I assisted my mom with hosting a bridal shower for my sister and as a gift my mom gave her a dating jar. The truth is: I created the jar and gave my mom all the credit until now. Its a jar filled with dating ideas that range in spontaneity and cost. It ended up being a hit with the bride and my mom was smiling from ear to ear.

This jar is beyond easy to create. It’s so easy that I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Seriously, I’ll say it again, crafts are not my thing, so if I can do it, I KNOW you can do it.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Colored tongue depressors

Thin Sharpie marker

Decorative Jar (or create your own)

DIRECTIONS:

I color categorized the date ideas (click for ideas) for easier planning for the couple:

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  • Write one date idea per category on each depressor.
  • Place the depressors in a decorative jar and present to the bride!

Easy Berry Breakfast Smoothie

It’s been a while, but I’m ready to share a great recipe. It’s my new breakfast meal. For five years, I’ve been eating a banana and oatmeal for breakfast and I was burnt out. I love smoothies and when I buy them from the smoothie shop, it can cost me about $5-$7. After my last smoothie, I had an “aha” moment. “Make my own smoothies.” I bought an Oster MyBlend Blender which was essential to making a perfect smoothie every time.

EASY BERRY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

EASY-1 SERVING-5 MINUTES

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup apple or orange juice

1 frozen banana (chop before freezing or you will be UPSET)

1/4-1/2 cup of frozen berries

1/4 cup yogurt

DIRECTIONS

  • Place juice, banana, berries, and yogurt in the blender

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  • Blend to desired consistency

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  • Enjoy

Side Note

  • You can add any combination of fruit to your smoothie. Be creative!
  • You can add a supplement to your smoothie such as protein or vitamins
  • To plan for the week and save time, you can separate the fruit (sliced banana and berries) into individual containers and freeze

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Baskets, Buckets, and a Colander

I will use a basket to organize just about anything. As I’ve posted before, the baskets do nothing more than infuriate my husband, but they assist with the balancing of my organizational issues. Today, I’m going to reveal a few of my secret weapons that I store in the kitchen and bathroom.

Baskets

Please excuse the mess. We have been on the go the last few weeks, but I really wanted to post a visual!

Baskets can be used to store a multitude of items. They can be purchased almost anywhere and can be found in several different styles and colors. A couple of years ago, I started using baskets in the bathroom to store toiletries. I am a bulk shopper which means the house is usually fully stocked and it drives me insane when random items are stored in random places. As a result, I created a simple basket organization system. (I have learned in time that to avoid frustrating myself, I just fix the issue.) I keep three plastic baskets on my bathroom shelf for my items, my husband’s items, and miscellaneous items that we both use. In my basket, I store body wash (the smelly kind that my husband prefers not to use), deodorant, extra makeup brushes, extra body wash sponges, etc. In my husband’s basket, it’s basically the same, deodorant, “manly” body wash, his prescription face wash, etc. In the miscellaneous basket, I store items that we both use such as toothpaste, cotton balls, floss, toothbrushes, etc. The baskets help me with keeping items stocked and my husband hasn’t asked me about a toothbrush or deodorant in a long time. Remember, the less questions, the better for me!

Buckets

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I have 1-2 buckets (dishwashing buckets) under my sink in the kitchen and each of the bathrooms. These buckets store cleaning items. One bucket stores all the cleaning fluids and the other bucket stores the items used to clean such as towels, dusters, and sponges. When it is time to deep clean, it is easy to pull these buckets out and get to work. They keep everything together in a neat and orderly fashion. Also, I when the cleaning monster takes over me, I don’t have to look for cleaning items, they are all in one place. I love it!

Colander

20120802-090430.jpgBath time = fun time in most households with little ones which usually means wet toys all over the tub. An inexpensive way to solve this problem is to store the toys in a colander. It’s that easy. After bath time, you can use the colander (so inexpensive) to scoop up the toys and be done with it. The toys will dry/breathe in the colander and you’ve cleaned the tub in one scoop.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you plan to implement one of these cheap and easy tips in your household.

My Daily Sanity

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My Daily Sanity

My baskets by the door are my daily sanity.  They drive my husband absolutely crazy.  There was a time when I had one basket by the door and it became a catchall for everything and it drove me crazy.  So, to add insult to his (not mine) injury, I added more baskets for a total of THREE!  But, oh do they help.  In the evening when the house is quiet is when I get most of my cleaning done.  The baskets help because each basket is for a different bedroom and I can clean the house with a purpose.  The baskets can hold items until a decent time and I don’t have to disturb the kids at night as they sleep.  I certainly do not want to wake the sleeping “angels”.  Now look at the baskets, can you guess who is notorious for not picking up their items??  Drives me crazy!!!

You Must Get a Calendar….NOW

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We absolutely would sink without our calendar.Our house could not function without our family calendar.

Our house could not function without our family calendar.  I found this cheap (about $10) dry erase calendar at Walmart.  At the beginning of every month I fill the calendar with our appointments, engagements, party dates, etc.  Once again, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.  The little ones can’t read yet, but my husband certainly can.  I am the Queen of Documentation and he can’t say, “I didn’t know.”  Everything is on the calendar and it is stuck to the front of the fridge as a daily reminder.  This is one tool my husband will agree is beneficial.  When I update the calendar, soon after I see him updating his phone.  It helps keep us on the same page, and we need it.

DO NOT ask me, “What’s for dinner?”

My husband asks constantly asks, “What’s for dinner?”  I hate this question and he knows it.  And then I realized, it is unfair to keep the dinner menus under lock and key and I need to share the wealth.  The problem was that I even forget what was planned for dinner, so I created a menu board.  The board displays the planned meals for the week.  You simply use a dry erase marker to write, a paper towel to clean, and this board can be used week after week.

This board is so easy to make.  Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it better.  I am NOT a crafty, artsy, cutesy, mom.  It is not my thing.  Hobby Lobby and Michael’s makes me nervous every time I enter.  But, every now and then, I step it up and get a little crafty.  So, once again, if I can do it, YOU can do it!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Picture frame

1 sheet of scrapbook paper

Embellishment stickers

Letter stickers

Picture frame display easel

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place the letter stickers on the scrapbook paper to display the title and days of the week

  • Embelish the paper with stickers
  • Place the completed scrapbook paper in a picture frame

   

  • Place the frame on a picture frame display easel

This is another menu board I made using a different color scheme.

Recipe #2 Broiled Chicken

This meal is too easy and takes no time to cook.  I often overcook the chicken because it cooks so darn fast.

BROILED CHICKEN

EASY-4 SERVINGS-15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. chicken breast for Milanesa (very thin chicken breasts), cut 1/4-inch thick

1 bottle/package of prepared marinade (I prefer Lawry’s Herb and Garlic Marinade with Lemon Juice)

Optional Sides:

Seasoned Rice

Frozen Vegetables (broccoli, spinach, or whatever your family enjoys)

Salad

DIRECTIONS

  • Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag or bowl, add the marinade, and place the bag or bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or even overnight
  • Preheat the oven to the broiler setting
  • Line the broiler pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up
  • Place the chicken breasts in the broiler pan
  • Place broiler pan in the oven for 6 – 10 minutes, turning once until fully cooked
Side Note:
I often forget to pre-marinate the chicken and the meal still tastes great.

Recipe #1 Quick Buffalo Chicken Burgers..too easy

My family loves chicken breasts.  My husband actually will eat no other part of the chicken except a drumstick. I actually prefer a thigh and drumstick.  The kids absolutely LOVE chicken breasts.  I love thin chicken breasts because it is one of the simplest pieces of meat to cook and it is not bad for you.

Have you ever had a Buffalo Chicken Burger at at local restaurant?  Well, this recipe mimics that burger and takes less than 30 minutes to cook.  I make adjustments to this recipe for the little ones.  I don’t add the buffalo wing sauce to their breasts.  I simply cut their breasts and add a fruit or veggie to the side for their meal!

Bare with me-this is my FIRST recipe posting.  I will try to get all the specifics correct.  If you stick with me, you will see I just like a little random seasoning (I have to keep it light for the little ones.) and lots of trial and error. But, I will make adjustments for those that follow a recipe for every word.

BUFFALO CHICKEN BURGERS

EASY-4 SERVINGS-20 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. chicken breast for Milanesa (very thin chicken breasts), cut 1/4-inch thick

4 wheat hamburger buns

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 cup Frank’s® Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil, for pan frying

Optional Toppings:

lettuce

spinach

sliced tomato

sliced onion

mayonaise

DIRECTIONS

  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes or golden brown and cooked through.

  • Remove the chicken from the skillet.  Coat the chicken in the Frank’s® Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce.

  • Serve the chicken breasts on toasted buns sprinkled with blue cheese and other desired toppings.