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!