What to get your teacher this year?

Summer is getting closer and school will be ending in less than a month. Many moms wonder what should I get my child's teachers? Well here's a thought... My DIY Thanks for Bee-ing my teacher thank you cards.

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They are very easy to make, inexpensive, and easy to customize. All you have to do is print them, cut them out and attach your favorite chapstick with tape. The best part is that they are only $5. 

Rice and Beans Sensory Box

During my son's playgroup I discovered that he was fascinated with their sensory table which always has really cool stuff in it. Therefore, I decided to create my own sensory box. I call this rice and beans!

landscape rice and beans box
rice and beans sensory box up close
rice and beans sensory box depth of field up close
rice and beans
rice and bean another angle

It was super easy to make! I had an extra long storage container under my bed that I was not using so I just filled it with some rice and beans. What's nice is that since it has a lid I can tuck it away, like under my bed, or just close it if I don't want him to getting into it.

Since my kitchen is on the larger side I had room to leave it in there also. However, I found that the living room worked well too because we have hard wood floors. All we have to do is sweep up the rice if any escapes out.

I hope it was helpful sharing this! I put "sensory box" items on Gabriel's Christmas list this year so hopefully there will be more posts with updates soon! Thanks for reading! 

Danielle Ellan

DIY Window Pane for First Birthday

I love DIY projects because you learn as you go and it seems there is no right or wrong way to do them, just the way you like.

So I bought a 12 pane window from Tony Oliver, a local carpenter who makes beautiful furniture and reclaims old wood. You can follow Tony's Wood Shop on Facebook here. I had been lusting over window panes at a local furniture consignment shop, but I knew the 12 panes would be perfect for the project I had in mind.

My DIY project.....

Gabriel's first year, where every window pane has a picture of each month.

12 pane window before cleaning

12 pane window before cleaning

First, I cleaned the window. Tony informed me that the window was probably over 100 years old. It has that weathered and aged look that you can't fake. I washed it with some good ole Mr.Clean, who I am secretly in love with. My mom and I joke about it because I really do love Mr.Clean products the best.

While cleaning it I was able to distinguish the front from the back, or the good side and the bad side. I also windexed the windows obviously! Here you get an idea of the good side and the bad side.

I then stuck Velcro sticky dots to all four corners of the picture and stuck it to the pane. I read a lot about different materials you can use for sticking the pictures and there are a lot of options. I did read, however, that the glue dots tend to fall off more easily. 

Here is the final masterpiece! I have yet to hang it, but tony has suggested wire, like when you hang a framed piece of artwork.

So here are the supplies needed for this project:

  1. Window pane- any amount of panes
  2. Velcro sticky dots
  3. Photographs - 4 x 6 or depends on pane size
  4. Cleaning supplies
  5. Hanging supplies- if you chose to

If you like this project pin it and share it with others!

Make your own Harry Potter Potions for Halloween!

Harry Potter book collection - check
Harry Potter DVD collection - check
Harry Potter costume - check
Harry Potter potions - check

Who doesn't love Harry Potter? I mean seriously! 

So, I found these really cool Harry Potter printables and we made our own potions for Halloween. It was super easy and fun! We are now going to make potions as a family every year. 

Click Here to download the printables. You can also search my Pinterest board here, which has Halloween ideas

I also had fun pinning a large selection of free printable graphics. Click here to view more freebie graphics.

I went to my local Goodwill Store - shout out to Goodwill in Enfield, CT. I found some great potion bottles. I've also seen great ones at tag sales, consignment shops, and of course craft stores. However, I think the craft stores are overpriced for this project, they also don't have the aged look. 

First we made the potions. The Pepperup was my favorite, which was a mixture of prunes and water. We used food coloring for a lot of the potions and pretty random things, like balsamic dressing. My boyfriend Brian tried to make sure the coloring matched the books as much as possible. 

We then put the labels on with double sided tape. I think they would of looked better with modge podge, but maybe next year. 

So overall the things I needed for this project included:

  1. Stuff to make the potions, which could be anything really
  2. Food coloring
  3. Jars, vases, glass containers for potions- work the best with cork screws or tops
  4. Double sided tape
  5. Printables
  6. Modge podge (recommended) 

Send me your pics! I would love to see how everyone's came out.