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Birthday Board

I wanted an easy way to keep track of everyone’s Birthdays, so I created this board.  My local craft store is where I bought most of my supplies.  To hook the circles together I used black necklace chains.  The bottom of the board, I used u shaped nails (from the hardware store)  to hook the chain onto, and just hammered it into the wood.  I used eye hooks and ribbon to hang the board.  Now at the first of the month I can easily look and see what cards I need to send out and plan a bit easier.  I  think it would be great to add pictures to the back side, but haven’t gotten that far yet.  Hope this is helpful.

Board is: 5 1/2 X 24 inches

Letters are: 1 in. and 2 in.

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TOY BIN LABELS

I have labels on my toys but none of them matched and I could not find ones to print that I liked and had all the labels I needed.
The ones I made are 3.44 x 2.15 inches  I printed on white cardstock then chalked the sides on the cards.  I then laminated them using Luggage Tag Pouches, they already have holes to hang on baskets and if  you do not need to hang them you could just use contact paper or packing tape to attach to your bin.
Click links below and open or save the labels.  Then print and organize.
Toy Labels 1
Toy Labels 2
Luggage Tag Hot Laminating Pouches:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQTWHK/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details
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Organize Flash Cards

I did have my teaching flash cards in zip lock baggies.  It worked but I was ready for something stronger for travel.  I looked at the dollar tree and found a plastic container that would work.  Luckily our dollar tree is right next to Michael’s, I decided to check and see if they have anything to use my 50% off coupon on.  I found this container-they suggest you use it for your photo’s.  It was a perfect fit even for my larger flash cards!  It came out to be a dollar a box, and is much neater then 16 individual containers.  I then used my label maker and made labels for each bin.

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Great Online Book Organization Tool

If you’re a lover and collector of books like we are, it’s a great idea to have them organized.  A wonderful online tool for doing this is www.shelfari.com  Here is what the web site says:

Shelfari’s members:

  • Build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and to the world
  • Discover books that are popular in their trusted circles of friends
  • Influence peers by rating and discussing books online
  • Discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes
  • Participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas
  • Interact with and learn from authors

You can easily organize books into categories.  Here is a sample of our shelf.

Here is a list of tags Peggy uses to organize her books.  5 sensesabc and 123adoption/altertative familiesadultadult about kidsamelia bedeliaanimalsapple/pumpkinaustin’sbabybedtimebig bookbilingualbiographybirthdayboard bookcamping/wild westcdchapter bookchristmascircuscliffordcloth bookcolorcomiccommunitycookbookdancedentaldinosaurs/volcanoesdisneydoctordora and diegodr. suesseastered’semotionseric carlefairy talesfamilyfancy nancyfarmfavoriteflash cardsfoodfriendsfungirlyhalloweenhealthhibernationhistorical fictionhistoryhumorinsectsinventorkids facelaura numerofflevel 1level 2level 3level 4lifelifecyclelittle crittermannersmathmedicalmiscmisc dec. holidaymisc holidaymonstersmultimusic/songnew babynocturnaloccupationoppositepark/picnicpetspoem/quotespotty trainingpresidentpuzzlerainforestreligiousreptileresourcerhymingsafetyschoolsciencesea/ocean/beachselfself helpseriessesame streetsign languagesongsoundspacespanishspecial needssportspringstorybook collectionsummerteacher resourcethanksgivingthomas and friendstools/constructiontransportationtraveltree/leaves/fallusavalentine’sweatherwinterworld

Here is a list of tags Tera uses to organize books.  adoption/alternative familiesafricaafrican americanalphabetanimal habitatanimalsartart techniquesautismbabysittingbeatrix potterbedtimebehaviorbible storiesboard bookboatbody partsbooks to singbrazilianbrotherbugsbusesc.s. lewiscaldecottcaptain underpantscatschild developmentchinesechristmaschronicles of narniacircuscliffordclifford phonics pack 1colorscommunity helpersconstructioncooperationcountingcubandaddays of the weekdiego & doradinosaursdisibilitydiversitydivorcedogdown syndromedr. seussearly childhood educationearth dayelementaryelephantemergency vehicleseric carleeveryday heroesfairy talefamilyfarmfarm animalfeelingsfirefightersfirst day of schoolfolk talefolktaleforeign languageforgivenessfrenchfriendshipgermangermsguinnesshalloweenhawaiianhealthhelpinghumorinspirationalinteractiveinventionsjapanesejobskittenslearn to readlife cyclelift the flaplittle critterlittle golden booklovemagic school busmagnetsmannersmarriagemax lucadomo willemsmommulticulturalnative americannew babyoppositesouter spaceparentingpiratespoemspokemonrescue heroesriddleripley’ssafetyschoolsciencescooby-dooby-doo!search and findsesame streetsign languagespanishspongebob square pantstouch and feeltraintransportationtravelveggietaleswomen of the bibleyoung adultyu-gi-oh

It’s also a good resource to add books you want to read.  We can pull up the website on our smart phone while out shopping to see if we already have a book we’re thinking about buying. I hope you find this site as fun and useful as we do.

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Our New Obsession

Pinterest Logo

Our new obsession is a web site called Pinterest.  It’s like a virtual cork board to put all the great ideas and inspirations that you find online.  You can organize everything into catagories to make it easier to find things.  I’ve gotten so many good ideas from this site.  I can loose alot of time surfing this site.  We may need to start a support group soon, it’s so addicting.  Check out our boards for ideas.

http://pinterest.com/jtthjones/

http://pinterest.com/peggykid/

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Weekly Menu Board

This is our new weekly menu board.  I had most of the supplies on hand.  Get a frame with a large border, this one is 11 x 14 with a 2 inch border.  I painted it black and used scrapbook paper to put under the glass.  I used my cricut to cut out the letters.  With the glass on the frame you are able to write on it with a dry erase marker and just wipe off.  It makes it great to be able to add notes.  I took all our recipes and made little tags with dinner options on them.  I like to laminate to make them last longer.  Then I added an eyelet for easy hanging.  I want to make pretty wire hangers to attach them to the board, but for now I used unfolded paper clips.  I put an extra clip on the end of the week for a special dessert.

I use cheap plastic pencil holders to store my recipe tags.  Red is for new tags and Black is for used tags.  When I take them off the board they go into the black case, then I pick new ones from the red case.  That way it’s easy to rotate my meals.  Don’t forget to add tags for “leftovers” and “fend for yourself”.

For the recipes that I don’t know by heart, I made recipe cards that I also laminated.  I color coded mine, Red for dinner and blue for dessert.  You could also color code by meats.  ie. chicken, pork, beef, etc.  I put everything in a drawer to keep it organized and all together.

I made this board to help me organize meal time, to make fewer trips to the store, and to have my kids not ask “Mom, what’s for dinner?”.  I also have my older son pick one night a week and put his name by it.  On that night he helps me make dinner.  As I learned quickly, you need to make rules.  He tried to put his name on “fend for yourself night”. 🙂  I hope this inspires you to get organized and have fun cooking.

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