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First day of school survey – Printable and Editable!

Published September 17, 2016 by MisMandie

 

This is a repost of an earlier blog entry since it is that time of the year again.  And I am updating with my little one’s first day of 1st Grade Photo just for the fun! 🙂

You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office (click to download for free) or Microsoft Word.  Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use Zamzar to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store.  I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.

Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat.  When they

graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! 🙂

Emily’s first day of preschool

 

Change is in the air….

Published February 23, 2015 by MisMandie

Things in my life have been changing fast this year.  Some changes are small some are large, some were planned, some were not.  Change is just a part of life so we will roll with it and make the best of things that have come.

That said, I have a dear friend who recently started using more natural methods for just about everything.  Normally I would politely listen to her ideas and be supportive because she was so excited about it, but this time, I actually started to think….that makes sense.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not going vegan, I am not 100% organic, and I am not going to turn my back on modern western medicine… BUT I am willing to give some of it a try.  1 small change at a time I will take you through my journey.

So here we go….

Today I made my own Fresh Orange Cleaning Spray.  It was so simple that is is actually sad that I have been paying for it!  First I made my little one her favorite after dinner snack… oranges!  This time though, instead of throwing away a big bowl full of peels, I took them and stuffed them into a spray bottle I got for $1 then poured some vinegar over top and closed it up!  All you gotta do now is give it a shake and wait…. in a few days it will be ready to to use!   REALLY, that’s all it takes!  It smells great, is virtually free and takes so little effort it is laughable… not to mention there are no chemicals so even the kiddo can help around the house without having to worry about her berating it in!

The other new thing I started today is just as simple, I promise!  I started saving my used k-cups instead of tossing them in the trash!   First off…why would I want to do this? Well there are a ton of things you can do with them if you check out this blog you can get some more ideas…  For me, I am going to use them as seed starter cups.  So first you will want to get a bowl or bucket with a lid.  Now starting at the puncture hole pull off and discard the foil top, then dump the used grounds into your bowl and reach in with your fingers to pull out the filter paper…toss that into your bowl as well.  Now just wash your hands and give that little plastic cup a rinse and you are done!  See, I told you it was easy!  You have now accomplished 2 things: 1 you have a cup that you can fill with soil and start yours seeds in, and 2 you have also started a compost pile and you haven’t spent a penny to do it!!  Y ou will eventually need to transfer the contents of your bowl to a compost bin, pile, or container outside in some fashion, but that is a blog entry for a warmer day… for now we will just keep the bowl going! 🙂

For a TON more information like this and all sorts of other natural ways of living, check back here often, and check out Shari’s Pure and Simple.  She is simply amazing!!!!  Find Her on Facebook here.

First day of school survey – Printable and Editable!

Published August 31, 2014 by MisMandie

In honor of Em’s first day of preschool, I decided to whip up another little freebie printable for you all!  You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office (click to download for free) or Microsoft Word.  Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use Zamzar to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store.  I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.

Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat.  When they graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! 🙂

Emily’s first day of preschool

Emily's first day of preschool

Simple and Sweet Mother’s Day Gift

Published May 12, 2012 by MisMandie

This is what my little girl will be giving her Grammas this Mother’s Day.  They are accompanied with a note that reads: “This is just a little gift so that no matter where you are, I will Always be right beside you.”

What you will need:

What to Do:

  • Cut the photo to fit into one side of your compact.
  • Apply a generous and even amount of hot glue to the mirror surface and press the photo firmly and smoothly into place.

Notes:

  • The compacts I used are normal on one side and 5x on the other.  I used the magnified side to place my photo since NO WOMAN wants to see her face that close up lol 😉
  • Here is a link to the cards we will be giving as well since they were so darn cute, I had to share.  Text reads: “Everyone Needs a Fairy Godmother” – “Unless they have you for a grandmother.  Here’s wishing all of your dreams come true this mother’s day!”   ADORABLE!!!!!

Easter Egg Garland

Published March 22, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Ribbon or Yarn

What to do:

  • First cut a length of ribbon or yarn to the length you want you finished project to be
  • Now decide on your color order and how you want them to hang. (all the same height or staggered)
  • Cut a piece to double the height you want for each egg
  • Run the strings through the holes in the top of your eggs so that you have 2 ends at the top
  • Now tie each egg to the long ribbon and space them how you like then hang.

 

Spring Bloom Wreath

Published March 16, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Green Eyelash Yarn
  • Flowers – Any kind you like (can find them at the dollar store)
  • Wire (unless your flowers are on wire steams)
  • Foam form – Any shape you like, I used a heart
  • Ribbon

What to do:

  • Wrap your form with your yarn until it is fully covered and fluff to make it look like grass.
  • Tie a ribbon to your form making a bow in front and leaving a small loop in the back to hang it from.
  • Arrange your flowers to cover as much or as little of your wreath as you like.  If you have wire stem flowers you will just cut the stems short and push them into the form.  If not, take small sections of floral wire (or any small gauge wire you have) and bend it into a u shape use that to hold your flowers down.
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