September 24, 2013

Wrist Leashes

Wrist Leash {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Have you ever seen those backpack leashes?  My kids actually used to love wearing those.  Since they’re getting a little old for them (and I don’t want to have to hold onto the other end) but I’m still worried about them wandering off I decided to sew some wrist leashes.

September 20, 2013

DIY Mickey and Minnie String Backpacks

Mickey String Backpack {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Minnie String Backback {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
I knew we’d have things we’d need to carry while walking through each park and I though string backpacks would hold everything we’d need and be easy to carry and pack.  I started off with two red backpacks with logos on them.  I have no idea where we got these but I wanted red to save me some time.

September 18, 2013

Cinderella Dress Makeover

Before and After:
Cinderella Dress Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Cinderella Dress After {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Disney was AWESOME!  We had the best time.  I know I haven’t posted in a while and it’s because I was trying to finish everything in time.  Now that we’re back I can share the rest of what I created.

My daughter and I had reservations for Cinderella’s Royal Table for breakfast.  Of course she wanted a Cinderella dress.  I was so lucky to find one at a garage sale for $5.  It was from the Disney store (an older version) but a little too small.  It’s an extra small and she needs a small.  I was planning on making one from scratch using this post, however, for $5 I thought I could modify the Disney one.

August 13, 2013

First Day!

My kids had their first day of school today.  Of course we had to take our traditional first day photos . . . .
Back to School Sign {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Back to School {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Back 2 School Sign {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Back 2 School {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
I love making a new sign each year to match the outfit they’ve picked out for the first day of school.  I plan to put them in their photo album with their pictures. 

August 1, 2013

Vintage Phone Desk

Phone Desk Before and After {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
My dad (and I) love to go to auctions.  Many of the pieces in my home have come from various auctions.  I love the hunt . . . . although I must admit I have several of my treasures in my basement waiting to be “updated”.  This phone desk (sometimes called a gossip bench) was no exception. 

July 29, 2013

Shrink Art Monogram Necklace–Kid Craft

Shrink Art Necklace {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
This was another fairly easy craft from my daughter's craft camp that the kids kind of just ran with.  (To see the other crafts from craft camp go here.)  I was just planning on making their initial and let them decorate it.  They decided to trace other shapes and turn it into a sort of charm necklace.  I printed some simple outlined shapes that I found searching on-line.  I also had some clipart from a shrink art kit we bought a while ago.  The only think I had to purchase was a necklace.  I got a rainbow colored satin cord necklace from Hobby Lobby for $0.99 each.
Shrink art necklace tracing shapes {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}        Shrink art Necklace Jump Rings {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}    

July 24, 2013

DIY American Girl Wood Doll Bed–Kid Craft

Doll Bunk Beds {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
This was by far the most ambitious craft camp project we did.  Go here to see the other crafts we did.  Mainly because of the prep work needed but also because I was unsure of the skills of the girls and not sure how they’d handle a hammer and nails.  However, they all did great!

July 22, 2013

Decorated Journal - Kid Craft

This craft was pretty simple and self explanatory. We just used composition notebooks (you can find them at Target for less than a dollar in the school supplies or at dollar stores other times of the year). Then I let my daughter choose a bunch of papers and embellishments that were on sale or clearance at Michael’s.

We mod podged the paper onto the front and back covers. My daughter chose Disney colors and wants to use hers on our trip to record what we do each day. Then she just embellished it however she wanted to.

These would be cute to use for “Mommy and Me” Journals. If you haven’t heard of those this is where you and your child can write notes back and forth as often as you like. I love going to my room and finding her journal on my bed. It’s a great way to keep track of some memories we’d otherwise forget.

I didn’t create this one. You can go here to get the free printable for the cover shown above if you want to get started right away!

To see the invitation for craft camp and the other crafts the girls did go here.

July 19, 2013

Colored Salt Jars–Kid Craft

Colored Salt Jars {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
This summer is zooming by.  We were so busy the whole month of June.  Now that things have slowed down my kids are bugging me for crafts.  This one is so simple – and inexpensive!  I remember doing it when I was younger.  It only cost me $0.65 for the salt.  We already had the chalk and jars. 

July 8, 2013

Personalized Disney Cups

Since we’re not big soda drinkers I wanted some refillable cups to take into the parks with us so we could have plenty of ice water to drink. 

July 5, 2013

Disney World Map Links {and other helpful links}

A while ago I featured my Planning Binder for Disney World. and detailed what was included and how I divided it up.
Disney Binder Cover {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Since several have asked I’ve decided to provide additional details.

I shared some cards I created with some tips for each park (Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom) as well as some cards listing the ride height requirements.

After looking through the binder to see what else I can share I realized that I have a lot of maps for various things so I decided to link them up (along with a few other miscellaneous links that I found helpful).

July 3, 2013

Organize Under the Kitchen Sink

This has been bugging me for a while.  I tried to organize it a while ago but it just wasn’t working.
Kitchen Sink Organization Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
I had a basket that contained most things but it was too big and everything was just thrown in there.  I also tried the hanging rod for my bottles (I’m sure you’ve seen this on pinterest) but the rod kept falling and bending in the middle from the weight. I also hated the linoleum that was on the bottom.  The edges were curling up and it was always getting in the way.  You can see all the wasted space on the left.  I obviously needed to go vertical with my storage!

July 1, 2013

Fourth of July T-Shirts–Easy Kid Craft

A little while ago I posted this invitation that my daughter gave to her friends inviting them to craft camp.  Last week we completed our first craft.  Everyone made 4th of July t-shirts.  They were fairly simple and I think the kids all LOVED theirs!
4th of July Shirts Front {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Each person brought a white t-shirt and I provided the rest.  We used some fabric I had and a few more scraps I purchased from JoAnn’s.  Relatively inexpensive as the 4th of July fabric was 50% off and I only purchased 1/4-1/3 of a yard.  I think the favorite fabric was one that had a star print.  The kids loved just cutting out the actual stars.  One was decorated like a flag and was definitely the favorite.  You can see it on the pocket of the 4th shirt above.

June 28, 2013

Easy Kid Craft–Straw Painting

Time for another kid craft.  I’ve always loved crafts and I love that my kids (daughter and son both) love creating!  My daughter especially loves anything art related.  This is another easy “painting” craft to do.

Just a few supplies:
Straw Painting Supplies
And a few simple steps.

June 26, 2013

Easy Kid Craft–Hot Rock Painting

My kids are collectors . . . . which explains this . . . .
Rock Collection
. . . . their rock collections.

Since it’s summer break and they’re begging for crafts we decided to try hot rock painting.

June 24, 2013


I’ve been working on cleaning up and streamlining my blog lately.  In my research I learned I could create a pinterest account just for my blog.  I know, where have I been?!?  I had no idea.  I was just pinning my tutorials and craft ideas to my personal pinterest account.

Now I have a BLOG pinterest account:
blog Pinterest

And a PERSONAL pinterest account: 
personal pinterest

I’ve linked both in my sidebar.  If you just want to see pins from my DIY projects and crafts you can follow just the blog pinterest account.  If you’d like to see what inspires me and what I personally pin be sure to follow my personal pinterest account.  I’d love for you to follow one . . . . or both!!  You can also just click on the pictures above.

June 19, 2013

Summer Craft Camp for Kids!

Since my daughter is getting older and loves crafts I decided to host a craft camp for her this summer.  We picked 4 crafts using a variety of skills and materials.  A 4th of July shirt that will involve a little sewing, a monogram necklace using shrink art, a decorated journal using paper and Mod Podge, and a wood doll bed using simple tools.

June 17, 2013

Good-bye Google Reader . . . . Hello Bloglovin’

If you’re not aware yet, after July 1st you’ll no longer be able to use google reader for your favorite blogs.  However, Bloglovin is an easy fix.  I love reading my blogs through Bloglovin’.  You get a short paragraph on each blog of the most recent post and you just click on the title if you want to read more.  It also includes a photo.  This is a similar setup to google reader.

Making the change is easy.  Just set up a bloglovin’ account (if you don’t have one) and it will ask if you want to import from google reader.  Just click the button and import.  Simple as that. 

If you already have an account but still need to import some of your favorite blogs from google reader go here:  Once you log in you just click on the button to import and then you’re good to go!

If you want to read on your iPad or Phone here is the app for that.

You can follow me here:  A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That  or just click the bloglovin’ button on the sidebar to the right under “follow me”.

June 14, 2013

Zoo Scavenger Hunt–Free Printable

zoo scavenger hunt
My kids love the zoo.  In fact, we’re going to spend the night in the zoo for my son’s 5th birthday.  They have a ton of activities planned for the evening like a scavenger hunt and a hike in the dark (with flashlights).  My kids are so excited - I think I am too  Smile 

We’re fortunate to live near the St. Louis zoo which is one of the best free zoos around.  We actually bought a membership this year.  If you ever have a chance to visit the St. Louis Zoo I highly recommend checking out the sting ray exhibit . . . . especially if you happen to be inside during feeding time.  We got lucky the last time we were there and all got to take turns feeding them.  So weird!  The sea lion tunnel is also pretty cool!

May 30, 2013

Disney Surprise Minnie Box!

Minnie Box  Minnie Box Contents  Travel Itinerary
Remember when I introduced you to our Disney Travel Planner?  Not only does she do all the work but she’s FREE!  She spends all the time on the phone, answers all our questions, and even offers giveaways, prizes, and gift cards for booking with her. 

However, I realized I failed to mention one of the other reasons we went with her.  Before your trip she sends a surprise Minnie Box to your house!  It includes a detailed spiral bound itinerary, special invites to a character meal, and so much more.  Go here to visit her blog and get all the details.
If you’re planning a trip I highly recommend Krystin!

May 16, 2013

Dr. Seuss School Year Keepsake–Free Printable (Updated Links)

I’ve posted about this before but since the end of school is fast approaching I thought I’d share it for all the new followers.

What you do is buy the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go”. 
Dr. Seuss keepsake gift {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}[4]
To purchase on Amazon, click here.

May 15, 2013

Tips for Disney World - Epcot

This is the last in my series of tips for Disney World for now.  I've already shared tips for the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.  Click the picture below for the free printable

May 12, 2013

Tips for Disney World - Hollywood Studios

Today I'm sharing my tips for Hollywood Studios.  I've already shared tips for the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.  Just as with those, I can't guarantee the accuracy of these to 100% since we haven't been there yet.  Click on the picture below for the free printable (minus the watermark)

May 8, 2013

Tips for Disney World - Animal Kingdom Tips

The other day I posted some tips for Magic Kingdom.  You can find the free printable here and see how I'm planning to use them.  Today I've added a free printable for Animal Kingdom Tips.  Again, since I haven't been there yet I can't guarantee the accuracy of these.  Use at your own risk  :)  Click the picture below for the free printable (minus the watermark). 

May 5, 2013

Tips for Disney World - Magic Kingdom

After posting my Disney World Travel Binder I received several e-mails asking for details on the tips.  I decided to take a bunch of the tips and type them in in smaller "cheat sheet" cards that I can laminate and hang on a ring. Similar to my ride height requirement cards but larger.  I thought this would be easier to use at each park then the binder pages.  I'm still bringing my binder because I can't condense it all into cards but I can get the main things we don't want to forget.  My cards will be two sided.  I'm planning to cut out each side, place them back to back, and then laminate.  Click the picture below for the Magic Kingdom tips (minus the watermark).

April 24, 2013

DIY Toaster Oven Shelf

toaster oven before and after{A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
I’ve been SLOWLY working on clearing the clutter in my kitchen.  Since this is a room we’re in a lot it seems to be a never ending job.  Most of my cabinets and drawers are organized.  It’s the clutter on the horizontal surfaces I can’t seen to get under control.

April 22, 2013

Disney World Ride Height Requirement Cards

Since my kids are small and can't ride everything I made some cards that list the height requirements for each park.  I'm planning to laminate them and put them on a ring to keep on the handle of the stroller or hooked on my backpack.  Then I'll know at a glance what rides we can and can't do.

They're posted below if you'd like to download a free copy!  (Be sure to set your printer to landscape before printing or they'll be smaller)

April 15, 2013

Disney Trip Planner

trip planner
If you’re planning a trip to Disney (World, Land, or even a cruise) I HIGHLY recommend a trip planner.

I found mine searching around on-line and she has been a tremendous help.  I don’t have to pay her a dime but she has spent so much time sending e-mails, making suggestions, and booking reservations on the phone.  She has ALL the answers and responds to my questions very quickly.  She has a facebook page and a blog that keeps you current on all the changes.

April 12, 2013

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

I recently made over my son’s closet.  The details are here.

Then I moved onto my daughter’s closet.  Those details are here.

It was finally my turn!  Like my daughter’s closet, my closet was one of the first we organized when we moved in.  It wasn’t bad but needed some tweaking.  That’s where the second narrow bookcase I got at a garage sale came in.  I’m fortunate to have two closets in my master bedroom.  My husband has the usual smaller one with bi-fold doors which works great for him.  I have a slightly larger, walk-in across from his.

I actually removed everything initially, intending to completely reorganize it, but decided most of it was ok.  I put most of the shelves back in their original place.  The difference was adding the bookshelf to the right corner.  I was able to put my flipflops in a basket and store them on one shelf.  This freed up so much space I was able to get rid of the shoe rack that was on the floor to the right.  I’ve never been happy with it as it blocked part of the doorway and made the room feel smaller.

My closet originally looked like this
Master Bedroom Closet Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Master Closet Makeover Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

I actually removed everything initially, intending to completely reorganize it, but decided most of it was ok.  I put most of the shelves back in their original place.  The difference was adding the bookshelf to the right corner.  I was able to put my flipflops in a basket and store them on one shelf.  This freed up so much space I was able to get rid of the shoe rack that was on the floor to the right.  I’ve never been happy with it as it blocked part of the doorway and made the room feel smaller.

April 9, 2013

Girl’s Room Closet Makeover

So, I’m slowly making my way through the bedroom closets in my house.  I started with my son’s by adding a narrow bookshelf in the middle.  Go here to see the details.

The next one on my list was my daughter’s room.  This was one of the first closets I organized when we moved in but it wasn’t really working.  I originally used wire shelving to divide it into sections for long hanging, short hanging, and shelves.  The only problem was there was a lot of wasted space.  Luckily I found two narrow bookshelves as a garage sale for $15 total!  One for my closet and one for hers.
The original arrangement looked like this:
Child Closet Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Childs Closet Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

April 5, 2013

Disney World Travel Binder

I’m definitely a planner and this vacation is no different.  We’re not going for a while but I’m already planning all kinds of projects.  You can check out the countdown calendar I made using scrap 2x4 boards here.

Since this is my kids first visit I want it to be extra special.  To make sure I don’t forget anything I’ve created a Disney Binder. 
Disney Binder Cover {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

April 3, 2013

Laundry Room Lost & Found Sign

Laundry Room Lost & Found Sign {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
I recently made over my laundry room .  I moved some shelves and stacked my laundry basket dressers that I built.  You can see that transformation here.

I also painted it a pretty turquoise.  You can check that out here.

April 1, 2013

Laundry Room Makeover

When we first moved into our house about 7 years ago I painted my laundry room.  However, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it yet so I just used leftover paint from my daughters nursery.  It was a creamy off white color and I though it would go with everything.  The only problem was I didn’t have enough to get a good coat.

My laundry room has been through several transformations.  From this:

laundry room before left wall      laundry room before right wall

To this - after I stacked my laundry basket dressers on one side and moved the hanging stuff from both sides to the back.  This really opened up the room and made it feel larger.  It also appears neater from the kitchen as everything is hidden around the corner and not across from the door.

laundry room after left wall     laundry room after right wall

To this:

Laundry Room Hanging Wall and Blank Wall After {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

March 28, 2013

Disney Count Down Calendar

Disney Countdown Calendar {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
It’s official.  We’ve scheduled our first Disney Vacation!  My kids are so excited.  Even though it’s still a ways off I’ve already started planning (I may be more excited then they are!)

March 25, 2013

Slumber Party Flip Flop Craft

Slumber Party Flip Flop Craft {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
My daughter loves crafts and wanted one for her slumber party.  (You can see the personalized thermoses party favor she is handing out here, and the personalized pillowcases each girl will receive here.)

Since I didn’t want anything too messy or time consuming (or too expensive) we settled on decorating flip flops.  Luckily I was able to find them in stock at Hobby Lobby already.  We bought several pairs of black and several pairs of pink to give everyone a choice.  I plan to return what isn’t used.

March 22, 2013

Slumber Party Pillowcases

Slumber Party Pillowcase {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
As you know from my last post my daughter is having a slumber party for her upcoming birthday.  To see the thermos party favor I created go here.

Since the thermoses were so inexpensive I decided to make another treat.  I sewed each girl a matching pillowcase with her name.  This is a super easy sewing project for even a beginning sewer.  My daughter picked out the fabric (keeping with her pink and black theme – and a little turquoise).  Then I used my Silhouette to cut out the names from fabric (I ironed on fusible web to the back before cutting so I could iron them onto the pillowcases).  It was then a simple (but somewhat time consuming) project to iron on and stitch around each letter.  Some names are easier to read than others but I think they turned out great and I think her friends will love them!

March 21, 2013

Slumber Party Personalized Thermos

Slumber Party Gift Thermos After {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
My daughter has decided that she wants to have a sleepover for her birthday.  We don’t usually spend much on parties or do the elaborate Bounce U or Chuckie Cheese parties.  I’m always looking for a way to keep the costs down.

March 14, 2013

Cute Mom and Me Matching Aprons (and oven mitts)

Pick Your Plum has some super cute matching aprons . . . . for moms, teens, and kids!  Comes with a matching oven mitt too!  Click the photo below for details!

March 7, 2013

Silhouette Cameo Blades . . . . for less!

I recently used my cameo to cut paper snowflakes . . . . a LOT of snowflakes . . . . for a craft at my daughter’s Heritage Girls Daddy Daughter Dance.  If you’re a sewer you’ll relate to this.  It dulled my blade so much!  My kids know they’re not allowed to cut paper with my fabric scissors for this very reason!!

So, I had to go in search of a new blade.  Did you know that Silhouette sells their things on Amazon and they have a blue fabric blade (colored so you don’t mix it up with one you cut vinyl or paper with)?  Did you know that they sell this blue “fabric” blade for less than the regular black blade (on Amazon)?  Did you also know that they’re exactly the same according to their descriptions.  The only difference is the color!  I ordered 3 to get free shipping and plan to label them . . . . one for vinyl, one for fabric, and one for paper.

Click on the picture below if you want to check it out!

Keep in mind, not everything they sell on Amazon is cheaper so it pays to check around. . . . but not having to pay for shipping is a bonus!  I haven't received mine yet so my fingers are crossed that they really are the same . . . .

February 12, 2013

Valentine Nugget Candy Wrappers

I don’t get my kids a ton of stuff for Valentine’s Day but I like to give them a little something.  I bought them some Hershey Nugget candy.  To make it a little prettier I made some wrappers.  They’re designed to be printed on sticker return address labels but I just printed them on regular paper and taped them on.  I also made a matching treat bag topper.  Since we had extra, my kids also gave them to teachers and friends who weren’t in their class and didn’t get their other valentine.  (They handed out bubbles with an owl tag attached)
Nugget Candy Bar Wrappers and Bag Topper  {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
For the free printable labels go here.

February 1, 2013

Valentine Canvas ~ Kid Craft

I'm excited to be guest posting over at Sumo's Sweet Stuff.  Hop on over if you'd like to see a tutorial for these valentine boards my kids and I painted!

Valentine Canvas {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}    

January 28, 2013

Look What I Accomplished Printable

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been sharing the printables I use in my kitchen.  I have them framed on a ledge shelf I built.  Then I can use a wet erase marker to write on them.

January 25, 2013

Recipe Cards for Meal Planning

A little while ago I shared my Dinner Meal Planning Printable.  You can see that post here and download the free printable.
To help plan my meals I use my recipe cards.  A while ago I went through all my recipe books and typed up my favorite ones.  On each card I included the recipe book and page number.  I also included recipes from my pinterest boards (I have board for various categories like main dish, side dish, snack, etc). 
Recipe Cards on a Ring {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

January 22, 2013

Encouraging Kids to Save Money

I’ve decided I’m tired of my kids asking to buy everything they see when we run errands.  It’s time to start teaching them about the value of a dollar.  They do have a chore chart but we haven’t implemented it yet.  I’ll share that soon.  For now, my kids get money from birthday’s, Christmas, and the odd job around the house.  To encourage them to save and help track it I printed a couple thermometers and labeled it in $10 increments up to $100 (my daughter thinks she wants to save for an American Girl Doll).  I also hung a bucket from Target dollar spot below to put hold their money.  This was hung on an empty narrow wall between my half bath and kitchen.  As they receive or earn cash they can color in the thermometer and add it to their bucket.
Saving and Tracking money for kids {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Not sure what my son is saving for.  At this point he loves putting it in his bank for stickers, popcorn, and popsicles and I’m ok with that!  My kids savings accounts are awesome.  For every $10 they get a sticker and once their passbook is full they get a $10 gift card they can spend anywhere.  They also get free popcorn and sometimes popsicles just for walking in.  Another bonus is several times a year we get discounted passes for fun events that aren’t open to the general public.  One was the Magic House and another one was the City Museum.  If you’re ever in the St. Louis area I highly recommend it!!

January 19, 2013

Lunch Planner

This is similar to my Breakfast & Snack Planner that my daughter uses.  I have her fill out her choices on Sat or Sun for the following week.  I wanted it behind glass so we could use a wet erase marker and save on printer ink.  This was sized for an 8 x 11 frame that I got from freecycle.
Lundh Planner {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

January 14, 2013

Breakfast & Snack Planner

This is the second printable I made to help make our mornings smoother.  We are not morning people.  My daughter was so lucky that our subdivision was afternoon kindergarten.  However, now that she’s in school full time she has to get up early.  On Sat or Sun I have her sit down and fill out what she wants for breakfast each day.  That way I know what I need to get ready each morning and can get ahead the evening before.  She also gets a snack in school so I have her put that on the same list.  Since I had several silver frames I got from freecycle I made my printable to fit (8 x 11).  I wanted it behind glass so we could use a wet erase marker and save on printer ink.
Breakfast and Snack Planner {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

January 11, 2013

Dinner Meal Planning & Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Since I’ve had some comments and questions recently on my kitchen lists I thought I’d show them in more detail.

These lists are on a ledge shelf in my kitchen (above my desk) that I build using plans from Ana White.

I made them turquoise and green to match my kitchen.  I just changed the paint color from yellow to turquoise and I love green so I’m planning to make it an apple green the next time I paint.  This way they’ll still match.

The first one I’m focusing on is my Dinner Meal Planner/Weekly Cleaning Schedule.  I know.  That's an odd combination but I have my reasons . . . . I got all these great silver frames off freecycle {Have I said how much I love freecycle?} and I had to work with the sizes I had.  I chose to frame these lists so I could use a wet erase marker and save on printer ink.  Most frames were 8 1/2 x 11 but I had one oversized 12 x 15 frame.  I used this larger one to hold my dinner printable and a narrower cleaning schedule printable.
Dinner Menu Planner and Cleaning Chart {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

January 9, 2013

Blog Planner ~ Free Printable

I decided that I needed to get better organized with my blog so I created a blog planner.  It has 11 pages total.  A cover page and several pages for blog post ideas (various categories so I can make sure to post a variety of topics).  I also included a Blog Maintenance page where I'll list updates I want to make to my blog.  The last pages  are for affiliates (where I record income), stats (for various things like subscribers, page views, etc), and linky parties (where I list linky parties I want to participate in).

January 6, 2013

Most Popular Post - Dr. Seuss School Keepsake Idea

This has been my most popular post and since I have several new followers I though I'd share it all again and have all the printables in one place.

The basic idea is to give the Dr. Seuss book "Oh The Places You'll Go" to your child's teacher at the end of each year and have them write a note or story in it somewhere.  Then you can give the completed book to your child at his or her high school graduation.

I started with my kids in preschool but you can start at any time.  If you've missed a couple of years you can even go back and get those teachers to sign.  I had to go back to 2 of my daughters teachers.

So that the teachers know what to do you can include this free printable tag inside the front cover.

Click on the photo to be taken to the downloadable tags, one for a boy and one for a girl (minus the watermark)

I originally gave this book as a baby shower gift.  Here is the tag I created for that purpose:

Click on the photo to be taken to the downloadable tag (minus the watermark)

Hope you enjoy this tradition as much as I do.  I love reading through what the teachers have already written and I know my kids will love it!

January 2, 2013

New Backyard Patio and Fire pit

This project has been on my list for about 2 years now.  I have a tough time following through on projects this big.  It’s so hard to choose a contractor and spending this much money just makes me nervous.  However, our deck is falling apart and we need to redo the landing and steps.  We’re planning to change it up a little bit but needed the patio finished first so we have a landing pad for the new stairs. 
Here’s what the backyard used to look like . . . . .
Backyard Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
And here’s what it looks like now

 wait for it . . . .

wait for it . . . .

I promise it’s awesome . . . .

Backyard After {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
A birds eye view . . . .
Backyard stamped concrete patio {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
We decided to go with stamped concrete.  It looks great now but the process was not fun!