How do you keep track all your kids medical and important documents?
I use a easy binder system and it has made doctor appointments so much easier. I made one binder for each child so it’s convenient to bring to each appointment
I’d like to share how I put them together and what materials I used. Plus I’ve created a FREE printable to download so it’s easy to create your own!
(Downloadable link at bottom)
I picked a 2” size binder so I will have room to add documents as they come.
The first page should be a business card hold (or baseball card holder)
I purchased mine at Staples, HERE.
The business card holder section is where you would place the business card of anyone associated with your child. Their primary care doctor, dentist, any specialist, barber, piano teacher... everyone!
The next pages are listed below...
Place them in order that you feel the most comfortable with.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE FILES HERE!
Happy organizing, friends!
Stadium Snack Display!
Was it easy to make? Nope. I like to craft kinda freestyle. Ya know, create as you go. I’m not a fan of exact measurements and when making this you have to be EXACT! I think I only cursed a few times and walked away from it twice. Not too bad.
(All purchased from the Dollar Tree, except Exacto Knife)
3 - 20x30 foam boards
2 - poster boards
Clear packing tape
“Party Zone” tape
First, make your measurements.
(I made this diagram for a reason, it can be confusing. At least for me it was)
Now let’s cut and assemble!
I personally did not like all the exposed tape and seams so I used the poster board to cover it all up!
Cut the poster board in 6” strips length wise. (You’ll need 4 strips)
Wrap it around the outside of your stadium while creasing at each corner. Tape to secure on the bottom.
Add the “Party Zone” tape to decorate!
So my printer is currently out of commission. I had to turn to my Cricut to make the field section. I sized and cut out the “Touchdown” sign and yard line numbers. I used a paper cutter for the actual yard lines. I centered and taped everything down to the base board.
Now add your favorite party snacks!
I added tortilla chips with salsa, jalapeños, sour cream and spicy cheese dip. I also added sub sandwiches wrapped in checkered wax paper. I threw in caramel popcorn, m&ms, twizzlers and carrots/celery w/ranch!
Football stadium design was inspired by Diana Rambles.
As promised, I'm going to show you guys whats in the pantry bins!!! Also, I've provided links to where I purchased everything. Enjoy!
My kids were a huge priority when positioning the bins in the pantry. Kid snacks and drinks are always on the bottom. No more “mom can you please get me a snack?”
Now they just ask for permission to get a snack and they can grab it themselves.
Moving on to the next shelf of bins... But before we do I want to mention where I purchased the bins. It’s a mix between HomeGoods and The Container Store.
The Container Store bins can be found HERE. I ordered the large size.
Ok, moving on... for real this time.
The bin on the left is for all bread items. We typically get english muffins, beagles or raisin bread, a regular loaf of bread and hotdog/hamburger buns. Oh and tortillas! Cause, you know... TACOS! 🌮
The other bin is kinda a catch all bin. It contains muffin and corn bread mixes, pancake syrup, marshmallows, pink lemonade mix, etc. There’s no particular rhyme or reason to this bin. It’s like the junk drawer of the pantry.
The next shelf is my kids favorite section. (Besides the snack bin) The cereal row!!! I purchased the cereal dispensers from Wayfair HERE.
My boys love the dry food dispensers. Easy for little hands to use. They can pick and easily reach their own cereal. When I was online shopping for these, I was torn between two styles. Then I looked at the dimensions and this is the only one that would fit in my cabinet space. Problem solved! (Other opinion found HERE)
I get asked alot about if the dispensers keeps the cereal fresh... Answer - It has the same lifespan as a regular cereal box. The dispensers are just easier for my children to use independently. Each dispenser will fit 1 regular size box of cereal.
The next row is alllll of the containers that hold our most used dry foods. Oatmeal, pretzels, cookies, sugar, pancake mix, raisins, popcorn, etc.
Love seeing everything all at once. Takes the guess work out of making grocery list. No more opening or shaking every box to check the quantity. Easy to see if something is running low and it looks sooooo pretty! Oh and it keeps the freshness longer, that’s important too!
I found these containers on Amazon HERE.
Unfortunately, I don’t recommend the containers that I’m currently using. Only because they are 8 months old and a couple lids have already broken. (And I’m fairly gentle with them) 😢 I’ll be using the rest of these containers until they go to container heaven then I’ll be replacing with a completely different style. #savage
I have to say that they do keep the pantry food fresher longer. Plus for that. Oh and my kids notice and constantly remind me when we’re out of cookies. My little helpers ;)
Above the containers are two additional bins. The left bin contains candy and other sweet treats. (Out of reach for the kids)
The right bin keeps our chips and salty snacks.
Lastly, there one more small bin at the very top. (I have to use a step stool to reach it) It contains all of my Wilton candy melts. I have about 11 bags so they definitely need their own bin.
And that’s it guys! You’ve seen it all.
Just kidding :)
Here’s how I store the canned goods. I purchased the storage rack HERE.
This is a portion of my spice storage area. It’s located in a upper cabinet next to the stove. I used a wooden stadium style extendable spice rack. I purchased it from Walmart HERE. I’ve also seen them on Amazon.
No my pantry isn’t always organized and definitely not perfectly lined up all the time. Nope, not even most of the time.
One of these days I’ll organize my refrigerator. Until then, I’ll just love on my little pantry. 😍
Valentine’s Day is officially 1 month away! I’ve NEVER decorated for this holiday. Never Ever! Not sure why especially since my birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day.
Blush pink pillows and coffee table florals are purchased from Home Goods.
Being the only girl in a house of 4 males, it’s nice to have a few touches of blush pink scattered throughout... even if its just temporary for the holiday.
The “wood holder” is actually a plant stand. It was purchased from Target. The blush pink throw blanket, which I love, was purchased from Home Goods.
I was so excited when I found this gold metal heart string lights at Walmart!!! They worked perfectly on the mantle.
The gold “Love” sign was another Walmart find. The size fit great for the area on mantle.
Love how the room feels ultra feminine. Our house is typically filled with grays, navy blues, video games, a crap ton of superhero toys and farts. Lots of farts.
This is a good change.
Welcome to 2019!!! Can you believe 2018 is now behind us?!?
I am extremely optimistic about the year to come!
Like many people, I like make a short New Year Resolutions list of ways to improve in the upcoming year.
this year I made 6 bullet points to focus on.... Improve, Learn, Do, Explore, Start and Stop.
Here is my list of New Years Resolutions for 2019.
Improve - Overall health
Learn - More about graphic design
Do - More 1 on 1 activities with my sons
Explore - More local sights and attractions
Start - Making more time for myself
Stop - Overthinking
I've created a FREE downloadable file for you print for personal use. Print and fill out the list with your 2019 goals. Place your completed list in a area you pass frequently. For example the bathroom mirror or fridge door. Its nice to have friendly reminders of your goals to stay on track.
Happy 2019!!! We got this!
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!
This year we decided to stay-in and celebrate in the comfort of our home. We ran by the local grocery store to pick up sparking cider and then we stopped by the Dollar Tree to pick up some party supplies.
At the Dollar Tree, we loaded up on confetti poppers, glitter hats, horn blowers, plastic wine glasses, silly string and ring pops (not pictured).
Watch all the festivities below!!!
The "Ring in the New Year" ring pops were super easy to put together and a nice treat to end the night!
The kids had so much fun! They even asked if we could celebrate again tonight. (Umm no) lol
I asked my husband, Durran 2,097,578 times what he wanted for Christmas this year and he always gave the same answer... “Nothing babe, I have everything I want”.
I walked around a few stores and nothing stood out. He has every video game known to man, he’s good on shoes and clothes. He’s not a jewelry guy and he has cologne he hasn’t even opened yet. I was stuck.
Then I started to think of what he would like that I can’t necessarily buy from a store. His “love language” is Quality Time so I decided to give Durran the gift of Time!
I preplanned 12 dates for the whole 2019 year.
I planned indoor rock climbing, movies, our favorite ice cream place and restaurant, gun range and baseball batting cages. I even added a Home Depot gift card so we can build something together! Cute right!?!
Not pictured is wine tasting, picnic at the lake, our favorite burger place gift card and casino night at Pechanga!
(Above picture is inside of the lid)
So excited to give him this gift Christmas morning and for the year to come of quality time!
Guys, look at this stocking post! Just look.... Nice right?! My husband made one for our sons playroom but forgot to take pictures of the steps.
Rest assured, I got your back.
We had enough lumber to make another one! All I needed to get was another post cap. Easy peasy.
This time I’m going to make it by myself with my husband only giving me verbal help.... if needed 😉 #girlpower
Here we go.....
1x12x4 Common board
Top Post cap (with indentation)
Bottom Post cap (without indentation)
Round post top
2- 4” Wood Nails
Paint/Stain of your choice
(Home Depot will gladly cut your wood for you)
4x4x8- Cut at 4ft.
1x12x4 common board- Cut at 12x12
Sand 4x4 post and 12x12 board until smooth.
Measure and mark the drill spots on the 12x12 base, bottom post cap.
Tip- Once measured, draw a box in the center to show exactly where to glue bottom post cap.
Pre-drill to avoid splitting any wood.
Now add wood glue to the bottom post cap and place in the pre-measured area on the 12x12 base.
Adhere top post cap with wood glue.
Allow to dry.
Stand up the 4x4 post vertically and position base pieces on pre-measurements area. Make sure your pre-drill holes line up.
Drill the two 4” nails through the bottom of the 12x12 base and bottom post cap, all the way through to the post.
Tip- if drill bit isn’t long enough to pre drill through the base and 4x4, create a small indent using the holes through the bottom post cap and pre-drill directly into post.
We’re nearing the finish line!
On top of the top post cap, make another pre-drill hole. This is where the round post top will go.
The round post topper already came with screw so just twist it into your pre-drilled hole.
Tip- Make sure you test you drill bit sizes on a spare piece of wood to ensure the the perfect fit.
Dust off any sawdust and choose a paint or stain of your liking.
I chose white to coordinate with our Playroom furniture colors.
Last, add your hooks! I used 3 hooks total.
I hope your enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions!!!
Soooo I did a thing. A good thing. I had extra wood leftover from the Christmas Stocking Stand so I made a Cookie Stand for Santa’s milk and cookies! Cute right?
This tutorial will start at the assembled post. Learn how to make the post using the YouTube tutorial below!
10x10 common board
6x6 common board
2 L shaped brackets
8 wood screws
Measure and align the 10x10 and 6x6 boards in the position you’d like on the post. I staggered my alignment by putting the smaller board slightly higher then the larger board.
Attatch with wood screws.
Add a cute “Santa Stop Here” or “Cookie Station” sign and you’re done!!!
DIY “Milk for Santa” mug and “Cookies for Santa” plate HERE.
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