Hello, Internet! I have missed you. I have been MIA on the blog for the last six weeks because I have been furiously trying to find a job. I never dreamed it would be as hard as it was to get a teaching job, but I am happy to report that I will be teaching 7th/8th grade Language Arts come fall (read: in 2 weeks. Eek!). Woo hoo!
I have a pin board called For My Future Classroom. It was a space for me to collect a bunch of teaching-related ideas since I didn’t know what grade I would be teaching up until a few days ago. Now that I know, I have a new board called Teaching Middle School and have been furiously trying to weed through my old pins and find new pins. This got me thinking about the state of all of my other pin boards, and I went a little organization crazy. When I first joined Pinterest, I would pin things without verifying the content or the links. Thus, I had an unintentionally large collection of pins that led nowhere. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a fabulous pin and having it lead to nowhere!
I spent a good amount of last week cleaning up my Pinterest boards. I worked very hard verifying links, writing meaningful comments on each images, and choosing engaging cover images. I still have a few boards to go through, but I am about 85% finished. I hope you enjoy my shiny, new, well-organized collection of pins!
While going through my Gettin’ Crafty board, I stumbled upon a pin for a heart-shaped origami bookmark.
I love reading!
I followed this video tutorial from The Cheese Thief using a piece of paper that I cut from a magazine advertisement. She recommends using a 4 inch x 4 inch square in her video, but I found this to be slightly too small to manage the smaller folds. I used a 4.5 inch x 4.5 inch square and felt that the extra half-inch really made things easier for my stubby fingers. 🙂
This bookmark is holding a spot in The New Rules of Lifting Supercharged, which I HIGHLY recommend if you would like to get stronger, leaner (or bigger if you are looking to add muscle mass), faster, and more fit.
For the “little things”
Inspired by my DIY dry-erase board, I started surfing Pinterest to get other dry-erase ideas. I was looking for something that would help me organize my pantry when I found this adorable dry-erase love note board over at A Content Housewife.
My husband and I work opposite hours so he is usually sleeping when I leave for school in the morning and gone by the time I get home from the gym at night. This is such a cute way for us to stay connected throughout the week.
- 1 frame – I got mine at Michael’s on sale for $7
- 1 sheet of scrapbook paper – $.50
The font I used was called “Loopi” and you can download it here.
I made this for Valentine’s Day, but it would be a great one-year anniversary gift since the first anniversary is paper!
It is fun to find your partner has changed the note!
I never realized how difficult it can be to entertain a 3-year old for an extended period of time until yesterday. Apparently coloring on computer paper with a Bic pen and a highlighter is not a toddler’s idea of a good time. Who knew? I was frantically texting my best friend asking for quick craft ideas and she suggested making Playdough. GENIUS! Not only did the little guy enjoy helping in the kitchen, the dough kept him occupied for a few hours.
Playing with Uncle Jesse
Playing with homemade playdough
I didn’t have any food coloring, but as you can see, my nephew didn’t care. This went over infinitely better than my coloring idea, and took a few minutes to throw together. This would be such a fun rainy day activity!
Time: ~5 minutes
- 1 cup salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons oil
- Food coloring (optional)
- Grab a little helper and combine all ingredients, except food coloring, in a bowl.
- Get messy! Mix by hand.
- Add food coloring until dough reaches desired color.
My husband was out of town this weekend so I took the opportunity to do a little fall cleaning. Have you ever noticed what a disastrous mess you have to make in order to clean out spaces and organize them? I definitely underestimated the amount of time it would take to clean up our life, and thought I could organize 3 rooms, 2 closets, and a bathroom in a single weekend. Ha! On the upside, I did manage to completely organize our living room, add some fall decorations around the house, and knock out a few DIY projects.
When I was a Communications Editor, I used to attend a promo show every February. We would get tons of sample items and one of the most useful was this magnetic dry-erase board.
It was flimsy and ugly, but it was free and functional so it lived on our fridge for nearly 2 years. We used it constantly to make our weekly grocery lists, and I decided that I wanted to have something a little more pleasing to the eye. So, I picked up a frame that was on sale for $8 at Michael’s and a piece of scrapbook paper ($.59 cents) and here is what we have now.
$8 frame + a piece of scrapbook paper = Super cute dry-erase board!
This project was so quick, inexpensive, and easy. I have no idea why it took me two years to get around to it. The design can be changed out to coincide with any holiday or event (birthdays, back-to-school, seasons, etc.) throughout the year. You could pick up 12 different pieces of paper, store them in the frame, and change it out every month!