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!
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.
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!
No-Cook Playdough 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.
Q: What does do you get when you fill a couple of Ikea vases with a bag of rice?
I needed a cheap way to organize my makeup brushes and this did the trick. I got the vases this afternoon for $2.49 each and the bag of rice for $1.79. The cost of this entire project was under $8, and that includes tax. Can’t beat that!
As I was walking through the grocery store, I noticed quite a few food items you could use in place of rice. Here are a few that I came across that would work just as well as rice:
dried beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, etc.)
red or green lentils
orzo or a small pasta like elbow macaroni (pasta is dirt cheap when it goes on sale!)
flax seeds, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds (my grocery store sells these inexpensively in bulk)
Now, if only I could find a comparable way to organize my jewelry!
I got a slightly carried away at Kilbourn Park’s organic plant sale and purchased more plants than we had space for. Oops. They had so many things I had never heard of and, at $2-$4 a pop, I just couldn’t help myself. I’m weak! I admit it.
When Jesse and I first started dating, he cleared a patch at the back of the yard so I had a space to plant a small herb garden. Last year, I expanded all along the side of the garage and planted some tomatoes and peppers (hot and sweet) along with some beets and fennel. Up until 2 weeks ago that seemed to be a sufficient amount space; however, it became abundantly clear that I was slowly taking over the backyard we were going to need more space about 15 minutes into the plant sale when I had already filled an entire box full of budding vegetables.
Lucky for Jesse, I am full of ideas and came up with the perfect solution on the fly. He should build me a raised garden bed! There is a ton of information on the internet about building raised garden beds and they offer some really great benefits to home gardening. They allow for better drainage than traditional garden beds and give you the chance to control the soil quality and pH levels in your garden.
In addition to the original patch of space in the back of the yard, the space along the side of the garage, and 12 pots containing various herbs, I had Jesse build two 4′ x 5′ raised garden beds. He was less than thrilled about having to dig up the grass under the planter boxes, but I have a feeling he will get over it in about a month when he starts seeing the direct result of his labor on our dining room table.
We used untreated cedar wood to construct the boxes because the internet said it was rot-resistant and void of harmful toxins that you do not want seeping into your plants. Have you ever smelled freshly cut cedar wood? It’s fantastic. I’ll write a more in-depth post in a couple of days once we have everything completely finished and in place, but I wanted to give you guys a little sneak peak of what we were up to this weekend.
There they are, I’m so thrilled! In case you are wondering, we left the corner posts sticking up slightly because we have a bit of a squirrel/rabbit/cat problem and they like to munch on our plants. We’ll eventually have to cover the boxes with chicken wire to keep the animals out yet still let plenty of sunshine in.
Later this summer, I plan on hosting a “Garden Cocktail Party.” Not only will we be hanging out in the backyard, but we will also be sipping cocktails made from the fresh herbs and snacking on hors d’oeuvres made from the food we grew in the garden. Mmm, I can taste the bruschetta already!