You’ve all seen the cute jewelry organizers online made of old frames or printer’s trays (if you have not check out www.pinterest.com and do some searching). I made this out of an old Christmas wall decor my mom gave me. Although I can’t tell you where to get a piece like this, I can encourage you to re-think old decor you have laying around! I also re-used cabinet handles and dresser drawer knobs (often on sale at Hobby Lobby). Have fun making your own!
January 31, 2012 by Breanna
January 29, 2012 by Breanna
I found this four minute workout in my husband’s Men’s Fitness Magazine and LOVE IT! Choose a workout move (e.g. bicep curls, squats, push-ups) and follow these easy steps for four minutes: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off…repeat for four minutes!
0-20 seconds: bicep curls
20-30 seconds: rest
30-50 seconds: bicep curls
50 seconds to 1:00 minute: rest
REPEAT until you reach four minutes.
What’s great about this workout is you can do just one move if you’re short on time and still feel sore the next day! I like to do a circuit including arms, abs, legs with 1 minute cardio in between the 4 minute sets. If I do this whole circuit twice, I can get a killer workout in 30 minutes!
January 27, 2012 by Breanna
Use a ribbon photo board as a sunglasses holder! I hung ours right by the door so I could just pick my pair as I walked out the door!
January 27, 2012 by Breanna
I am THAT girl that eats a whole pizza in one sitting, feels terrible, then purchases some expensive workout program to make up for it. I was so tired about the roller coaster I was riding: 1 month of dieting and exercise, one month off…REPEAT.
I purchased this book after the holidays when I was feeling guilty about all the bad foods I’d been eating! What I love about the information in this book is that it provides ways to change the way you think about what you are putting in your body. It is not a diet, it’s a way a life. Sure, I’m not doing EVERYTHING this book says but I’m taking baby steps and feeling great. I’ve implemented some of her suggestions and after two to three weeks my husband even noticed my multiple days of good mood and energy!
Nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder helps dozens of A-list celebrities get red-carpet ready—and now you’re getting the star treatment. Kim used to struggle with coarse hair, breakouts and stubborn belly fat, until she traveled the world, learning age-old beauty secrets. She discovered that what you eat is the ultimate beauty product, and she’s developed a powerful program that rids the body of toxins so you can look and feel your very best.
January 27, 2012 by Breanna
Looking for some new ideas to increase carry-over and keep your kids interested in speech? Try some of these fun activities!
Activity Description Flashlight Game Hide target words around the room and search for them with the flashlight Bowling Tape target words to bowling pins and say the words you knocked down. Mailbox Put target words into an envelope and have your child check the mail for their “sounds” Bean Bag Toss Try and toss bean bags on the target words. Keep score to make it competitive! Matching Game Make two copies of each target word. Glue on construction paper (so it is not see through) and see who can find the most matches Go Fish Make two copies of each target word and glue on 4×6 inch note cards. Play a round of go fish with target words. I spy… Describe a target word (e.g. I spy an animal that slithers on the ground). If your child guesses correctly, he/she gets a turn at describing. Fishing Put paper clips on target words. Use a stick with a magnet attached by a string and “fish” for sounds. Tic-tac-toe Write target words (or pictures) in tic-tac-toe squares. The child must say the sound before they place their “x” or “o” Puppets Let the child “eat” target words with puppets Jewelry Cut out small target words/pictures and hole punch. Thread onto colored yard to make an “speech” necklace, bracelet, etc. Transportation Cars, trains, buses, etc. can “pick” up and “drop off” target words.
January 25, 2012 by Breanna
It never fails…I buy a bag of goodies for my husband’s weekly lunches (I don’t eat that junk of course ) and the entire bag is gone in two days. I don’t blame him, Doritos are delicious; HOWEVER, they are expensive and unhealthy. With all of our New Year’s resolutions, I’m all about portion control. To save money and calories, I have made it a point to add these important steps to my grocery unload each week:
- Cut up all fruits and veggies and place in a tupperware AS SOON AS YOU BRING THEM HOME. Then all healthy snacks are easily accessible and you won’t find molding grapes in the back of the refrigerator two weeks later.
- Put all “bagged” foods into portion size bags. This includes chips, rice cakes, pretzels, almonds, anything that is too tempting to eat half a bag in 5 minutes.
- Prepare a special “snack” tupperware for work. I fill mine full of veggies and bring a container of hummus. I have a healthy snack option for the entire week and I don’t have to remember to bring a snack each day.
- For those of you who are concerned about the environment…reuse your baggies! My husband and I have been using the same chip bags for the last three weeks!
Although these steps will add some time to your regular grocery trip it saves money, calories, and time during a busy work week!
January 23, 2012 by Breanna
When I was in middle school the women in my family went through the scrapbooking craze! We still have stock piles of scrapbook paper, crazy scissors, and stickers. As a perfectionist it often took me HOURS to shop for the perfect supplies, print and crop pictures, and THEN create “perfect” page…until one day, I discovered digital scrap booking!
BENEFITS OF DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING:
- You don’t have to print, store, and crop hundreds of pictures!
- The books are more compact than 3-4 inch traditional scrapbooks (see picture above).
- Most sites allow you to customize the spine so I now have all my scrapbooks displayed in chronological order (see above).
- Most websites offer customized pages where you can choose background, layouts, colors, and embellishments so it’s just like creating your own without all the expensive supplies.
- In the event your photo books are ruined or misplaced you have your books saved online forever! In addition, you can print multiple copies (especially useful for wedding or children albums you want to share).
- Most sites also have “simple path” choice that allows you to choose the pictures you want while the site organizes them in a book for you. I have found this helpful when making a vacation scrapbook. I just upload the pictures and they create a pretty format!
- Every few months these websites will have special deals so I create my books and wait for the discounts!
SUGGESTIONS TO GETTING STARTED:
- Decide which website you want to use and open an account for free.
- Begin by uploading pictures into albums. If you’re playing catch-up, start from the beginning and upload at least 4-6 pages worth. I suggest buckling down and uploading all the pictures you want to scrapbook!
- Once you’ve caught up, try uploading pictures monthly and you’ll be more likely to keep up on scrap booking.
- Name your albums by year and month(e.g. 2012 October-Halloween, 2012 October-Kara Wedding). This will help you find your pictures faster when you are creating books.
- Find a website you enjoy and stick with it, I have all of my pictures saved from the last 5 years on one website! This is not only helpful for a backup but also when I need to find a picture fast (My favorite sites are www.shutterfly.com and www.mixbook.com. )
I hope my first blog was both helpful and entertaining! If you have any suggestions I have not mentioned, let me know!