This book has excellent quality paper, with tons of different designs that other stores may not have. Definietly one of a kind paper! You can purchase this Gifts & Creative Papers booklet HERE.
Happy Sunday fellow readers! It’s been awhile since I’ve been on blogging, but it’s always been on my mind! So much has been going on, with the school year, the kids, and also working part time at two jobs! YES TWO!! This mama is back in the game! As some of you know, I’m an Instructional Assistant to a Kindergarten class here in Sacramento! I’m in the same Unified School District with my own children, which is great because, we their off, I’m off! Our vacations are totally in-sync!!
As for my newest job, I work for one of the general hospitals here in Sacramento as an Administrative Assistant!! If you’ve never had a position within the healthcare world, boy oh boy, their interview process wasn’t that rigorous as I thought it would be, but it was the job steps in getting cleared through Human Resources, and the hospital. Very very step heavy, and something I’ve gone through. Anyhow, you’re girl is back into the work world doing two things that make me happy, provide for my family, as well, as keep me in check in life, routine and schedule.
Speaking of schedules, now having 2 jobs now has be driving to and from places like a mad woman. Gym in the early AM, dropping off the kids to school, going to job 1, fitting in groceries, getting my second work-out in, prepping dinner, bringing the children to karate, then going to my second job…Everything has me working from my car. And with that, I need a journal, and a few basic office supplies always on hand.
Here’s a post on basic stationary I keep handy as this mother works 2 jobs, and balances out life as a wife, mother, and employee. Daiso EDITION!!
“The Japanese dollar store,” is known for their cute, “kawaii” designs that make everything in their retailer different from the normal dollar general retailer. From stationary, health & beauty, Japanese products, to kitchen & dining. Enter at your own risk, as Daiso may surprise you!! I’ve been able to avoid Target for the longest time because I’ve shifted my mind-set to Daiso everything. #DaisoHack #AvoidingTarget
From the cutest stationary sets, of normal standard sized envelopes, to the cutest, tiny-itty,-bitty panda printed envelopes you can find!!! So kawaii ya’ll!!!!
High quality pencils, pens, calligraphy pens, markers, colored pencils, to journals, planners, wallets, and office supplies. Majority of things costing $1.50!!! I also scored this cute pencil zipper case ($1.50!) It fits perfectly in my purse which holds my laptop, along with files for work, and other planners I normally hold.
I’m seriously a walking-wanna-be-kindergarten teacher, with office flare. Ok, ok..That was my attempt to be a little funny. But girl, look at that white, and black graph-print pencil case! Does it scream Etsy/UrbanOutfitters inspired?! You would have never known it was from Daiso, it I didn’t mention it! I’m planning to purchase a whole bunch, just cause it’s $1.50!!! HELLO, I see make-up bag, bags to hold my ear-buds, and other cords, and also tampons! YUP. A little TMI, but shoot! For reals ladies!!!
Being a busy working mom on the go, phone-calls, appointments, meetings, all come up to the surface when in my car. So having my little travel friendly office supplies on me in my purse, comes definietly handy, as I can simply, pull over, or while I’m wait
Whoa nelly!!!! It’s definietly been awhile since my last post! Can’t have any excuses, except I’ve been enjoying summer!!!! When June hit, summer vacation kicked in real hard as the family and I went on vacation to Beverly Hills to celebrate my 31st birthday! That’s right, Beverly Hills!!! The city in California’s Los Angeles County, home to many Hollywood stars!! I promise there will be a full travel post on that, which will be posted in my Family Adventure’s Page of my blog! But if you’re itching for some travel, feel free to check out that page for some traveling inspo!! | CLICK HERE for more TRAVEL |
After settling in after a long trip in Southern California, and back in the swing of things here in Sacramento, I was itching for more organization around the house. The kids are on break, and I needed more storage to make the house in “order,” to keep their HotWheels, gem stones, BeyBlades, marbles, fidget spinners and other knick-knacks in placed. I searched around my home for containers, because of course, I’m such a container/basket hoarder. Low and behold, and had a bunch of Dollar Tree wicker baskets hiding in the garage!!!
To give there baskets a facelift, I had extra pom poms from my latest DIY craft for my Summer Basket. Cheap, affordable, and inexpensive options to jazz up these simple baskets, that make DIYing so easy, you don’t even need a hot glue gun!!
Here, I present to you my Pom Pom Baskets!!! Pom poms are the summer trend for any basket! Etsy, to Pinterest, to Nordstrom, and Target you’ll spot these adorable precious poms poms from a mile!! If you search on Pinterest and Etsy, these summer baskets with pom poms are the “it,” thing! Instead of purchasing these beauties, why not just make them?!?!
Of course, a basket you can purchase anywhere. You can easily get wicker baskets from the thrift store, or even the DollarTree. Next, you need yarn pom poms. If you haven’t seen my post yet, you can check it out right below:
Once done creating your pom poms, you just need to tie them to your wicker basket, and that’s it!
What’s great about these pom poms,if you want to change the color due to the season, or redecorating your living space, or even using the baskets for an event, you can easily change them out!!!
These DIY pom pom baskets, are so beautiful and practical!! With so many uses, they can be used as a tote (like my Summer Basket) for a day on the beach or a trip to the farmers market or they can be used all around the home, for smaller items! They make great planters or are perfect storage for toys in the nursery or vegetables in the kitchen! They really can be used for anything! Extremely versatile and they add fantastic interest and texture to any room!!!
Stay tuned for my next few posts on our vacation in Beverly Hills, and more DIY home decor organization!!! Happy June!!!
I’ve been really close-fisted about festive decor lately. As much as I want to walk into my local Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods, I just don’t want to fall into the trap of buying Spring decorative pieces that are over priced. Check out a few purchases I’ve made within the past month, from candies, Easter decor, and other Spring seasonal accessories.
Easter Decor – Spring Signage | Target
Target’s selection is fairly cute in with their Spring & Easter items. I’m guilty of purchasing this super cute Spring wooden sign, which cost me $3. I really held it down this year going to Target, and not purchasing every single Easter item in sight. I seriously deserve an award.
Easter Decor – Little Accents & Sweet Treats | The99CentOnlyStore
Besides buying everything from Target for Easter basket items, I wanted to check out the 99CentStoreOnly. This place, always surprises me. After checking out my local 99CentStore, I spotted these adorable bunny figurines for how much……$0.99 girl! So I just bought 2. Just two. I had to hold myself back….
A few favorite things I also like purchasing from the 99CentStore are candies and treats. I was able to score some Ghirardelli Chocolate, Mini M&Ms, and also Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini Easter egg carton. All great and favorited chocolate brand named candies, the kids are familiar with, at affordable prices!!
After the 99CentStore, my budget saving booty wanted to check out what Walmart had in store for the Easter season. Boy was I blown away!!!!!!
Easter Decor – Festive Garland | WalMart
From decorative Easter eggs, chalk craft eggs, to Welcome signs, and so many other baking, and crafting items at affordable prices, I didn’t know where to begin. I went ahead and purchased the spring carrot garland, which was about $5, but it was something different that Target didn’t have. So of course, I snatched it – and is currently hanging on my fire mantle. I honest to god love this garland.
Paired with my carrot garland, I noticed I was missing some greenery on the top of my mantle, so I checked out Michael’s to see if there was anything I could purchase, that could balance out the carrot charm from Walmart.
Easter Decor – Faux Greenery | Michael’s Craft Store
Michael’s usually has a 40%-50% off their spring florals during this time, so purchasing a $14 faux green foliage garland at $8, is totally justifiable. Purchasing a green garland to accent my Walmart burlap carrot garland, pairs perfectly together, as it brings the spring feeling into my home, sitting right within my family living space.
What have been your favorite spots to shop for the Easter holiday? Any places worth checking out, that won’t break my wallet?!?!
It’s exactly a week before Valentine’s Day! For some of us, we love to decorate our homes with festive things, garlands, flower arrangements, and diy crafts. The Pinterest loving flow of crafts for this special love filled day oozes with pink and purple delight! To me, its all more for the kids and teachers. I celebrate Valentine’s day along with the kids, but don’t really go all out within my home.
When it comes down to gifts, treats, and v-day cards, I like to take a step back from buying an already assembled gifts for your child’s teacher. I mean, I still feel like I’m recovering from the holiday expenses!!! On top of it all is the kids valentine’s day cards, and sometimes the class likes to celebrate and have a party towards the end of the school day….And that does get expensive. However, when you can’t really justify spending more than $20 for v-day things, I’d definitely go out of my way to check out the DollarTree or 99Cent Only stores for supplies I can purchase for the occasion.
DollarTree (above picture)
Between the two dollar stores, DollarTree holds a special place in my heart. I’ve gone countless times to DollarTree over and over again to get certain staples for my kitchen, as well as snacks, and food supplies. When it comes down to festive holiday accessories, the DollarTree never ever disappoints. From gift bags, tissue paper, and knick-nacks for crafts, or gift basket fillers; the DollarTree can supply is all.
Valentine’s Dollar Steals!
Here’s a few items I’ve purchased for this upcoming cupids holiday!!
Valentine Greeting Cards
**Save a ton with these Dollar buy greeting cards. When it comes down to gift giving, with the card included, save some money, with purchasing cards from the DollarTree!! Sometimes, cards can cost $0.49! That totally beats a Target card at $4.98!!**
Chocolate Hearts (Crispy & Milk Chocolate)
Red Ribbon Bows (Includes 2 bows)
Red Paper Stuffing
Red Glitter Chinese Gift Boxes (Pack of 2)
99 Cent Only Stores
I’ve always been familiar with the 99Cent Store, but there was never really one in my area to go to on a daily. The times I did check it out, I was super surprised with the brand named items I found from snacks, cleaning supplies, and holiday items.
Last week I was able to drop by my local 99Cent Store, and was pleased to see all the Valentine’s delight. From balloons, necklaces, mugs, and bakeware cup liners, and toppers. I didn’t really shop much, for I didn’t have any projects in mind just yet………But once I came home, gathered some inspo from Pinterest, I think I’m ready for another visit, for a few supplies.
What are your favorite V-DAY items to purchase at the DollarTree or 99Cent Store?? Have you already created a diy or gift basket for a special someone?! Comment below! I may need more inspiration from you readers!!
My youngest son has celebrated his 100th day of school today!!!! As a parent, and also a teachers assistant for a Kindergarten class, this is definitely a big event to celebrate for our little kindergarteners. Here are two fabulous ideas to do, for the special day to celebrate the 100th day!!!
Flashback: 100th Day – Transitional Kinder
In TK, my son was assigned to come to school on the 100th Day with a t-shirt that shows 100 of something. As always, I wanted an inexpensive, but still DIY-able project that shows effort, and fun for myself, and my son to enjoy. I created a fun One-Hondo Monster, using 100 different sized googley eyes, and some acrylic paint I already had.
Here’s what you’ll need:
If you don’t have any of these item’s, I promise you, this will cost you no more than $8-$10. All these items are relatively inexpensive at the craft store, and can even be purchased at the Dollar store, and WalMart!! I’m talking about savings here!!
This next 100th day celebration project, is a poster displaying 100 items. What is something you probably have in your kitchen pantry already, will probably also save you a few dollars, and also a treat to enjoy will crafting! This year, as I’m a kinder aid for a local school in my area, our class was to come to school with a poster, or project, to display 100 items. A few children celebrated using beads on a necklace, other’s used pennies, and other’s plastic insects from the DollarTree. As the children arrived to school with their posters/projects, one of my students stood out the most, and gave me the great idea to try it as well, with my son right after I picked him up from school that day.
Here’s are great flavor blasted treat to celebrate the 100th day of school with some extra cheddar for your craft!!
What you’ll need:
…And viola!!! Another fun, inexpensive craft to enjoy with your children, using supplies you can find around the house, or can just spend a few dollars for (that’s a latte!!)
I’m a huge fan of the 100th day of school! I can’t remember celebrating it at all back in elementary school, but I’m so happy to celebrate the day with my kids, and also my students! What have you done with your kids for the 100th day of school? Comment below!!
I recently went to the DollarTree, and had purchased a few things prepping for Valentine’s Day, and I spotted these coasters. Located at the end cap of the kitchen placemats and cleaning supplies, sat these naturally absorbed coasters with different patterns. I grabbed one to check out the quality of them, and caught by surprise, they were a full on heavy set tile with a cork backing. I instantly took four for a complete set, knowing I could do something with these babies, just using some Mod Podge, and decorative paper.
Here a craft any casual crafter and especially a DollarTree shopper can enjoy!!
What You’ll Need:
This book has excellent quality paper, with tons of different designs that other stores may not have. Definietly one of a kind paper! You can purchase this Gifts & Creative Papers booklet HERE.
Once the finishing spray is completely dry, enjoy your new coasters!! Sip on a cocktail or beer while entertaining, or just a simple glass of water! Your visitors, guests, would never know these were from the DollarTree!!!!! Create fun festive holiday ones, using gift wrapping paper, or your specially selected scrapbook paper print!!! These coasters can be also great gift ideas!! I think I may be going back to the DollarTree to purchase a couple more this week! Arn’t they darling?!
Stay tuned for next upcoming posts. I’ve noticed I’ve been obsessing about yellow lately!! Home decorating posts on your way!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy 3 day weekend everyone!! And happy crafting!
Christmas time usually means two to three things to me. Christmas shopping (gifts), decorating, and crafts! As the kids are approaching winter break, this gives me the opportunity to do some Pinterest inspired crafts throughout the 2 week long vacation. One craft I finally got around to was the
by Victoria from ABC Creative Learning.
I’ve also mentioned her and other fun festive crafts from other bloggers on my Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts posts. You can see more of those related Christmas posts at the end of this post.
With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!
Estimated Cost: Under $10
Time To Complete: Under an hour
Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks
Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!
What You’ll Need:
-Printer Paper (White)
-Colored Gift Tissue
-Black Foam Craft Paper
Additional Step: (which I forgot to do)
Take pipe cleaners and create a small tear-drop hook, and tape behind the ornament.
I ended up taping the ornament around my kitchen, for some festive flare.
And viola! These are some easy handmade tissue paper ornaments to spread some holiday cheer around the house!
Have you done some Pinterest inspired crafts during holiday break? Comment below!
Let’s keep the Halloween crafting going on all week!!!! We’re only 4 DAYS away from Halloween, so enjoy the few day’s last minute decorating, DIYing costumes, preparing delicious snacks for our children’s classrooms and so on!!! Here’s a cute little keepsake I’d like to share with you all mommies, and teachers alike!!! This craft was actually done 5 years ago!!! BUT I finally got around to framing it! It’s simple, and can be done within 5 MINUTES!! (Without drying time of course!) Take a look at my Ghost Footprint Keepsake!! This is great memory keepsake, to remember the fun times as the children are young. Take out this frame every year with your Halloween decor, as you see how much they’ve grown over the years!! Let’s get started!!!
What You’ll Need:
– Black Construction Paper
– White Craft Paint (Washable, I used Tempra paint)
– Sponge Brush
– Black Marker/Sharpie
And of course your little one’s to participate!
As for the keepsake frame, I bought a 5×7″ Black Frame from the DollarTree. It came with a white matting, and I simply decorated it with some left over craft paper.
If you look close enough, its just the alphabet in cursive. But from a distance, it actually looked pretty cool and spooky. I also had some Martha Strewart Halloween Stickers that I had purchased last year, and used a coffin purple sticker to add more color.
The directions are pretty easy:
At this time, the project is complete and ready to frame in any medium you’d like. Frame it, place it in a photo album, or just put it on the fridge! You can also send the other pair to Grandma & Grandpa, who live far away! Enjoy this craft, as when the years fly by, every Halloween you’ll have a piece of that little tea cup human, who grows taller, and matures, and grows out of trick-or-treating. (I’m seriously going to cry now. Just thinking about it.) INSERT UGLY CRYING FACE HERE.
They grow up so fast!!
Have a great Halloween everyone!!!
Get inspired to create simple and easy Halloween decoration accents on a dime with these Dollar finds!! Holiday decorating inside and outside doesn’t always mean going to HomeGoods and Michael’s. Aim high for do-it-yourself, low budget ideas by shopping at thrift stores and the Dollar store!
Low budget halloween decor can be found anywhere from dollar stores, thrift stores, drug stores and any retailers that have dollar sections! Take advantage of those dollar areas at your local drug store! You’ll be surprised on all the cool clearance items you can used for the spooky holiday!
Bottom Pic: Skeleton placed in a metal shaped pump tea light holder I purchased at a thrift store, styled with a fake decorative pumpkin. To the right of it, is a leaf candy dish also thrifted.
Achieve spooky style with small accessories. Check out my tombstone figures and skulls I purchased at the Dollar Tree. These are placed in random spots around my household. It creates that Halloween ghosty feel, without taking up too much room.
The Dollar Tree skeletons were originally part of a garland, with a total of 5 skeletons. I simply, cut them off the twine, and add them randomly around the house.
Here, I’ve styled Halloween books and a scary sound soundtrack that I’ve collected as child (from Scholastic Book Orders!), and placed them in a old candy bucket. I’ve set an old spooky net rag, also from the Dollar Tree, and added another skeleton for that special spooky touch!
Check out the blog for more low budget Halloween decor and more!
Shortly after my birthday, the school year ends along with little league season. After 20+ games, and practices, the teams usually have their end of season party. During this time the players receive their awards, and coaches and team parents say their thank you’s to everyone who were involved. This season, I was able to hit it off with my older son’s team mom Staci. A Hawaii native, and currently a stay-at-home mom just like me, with two boys, we were able to totally hit if off from the start!
It’s was such a pleasure to tag-team with her as she and I did the creative aspect for our little league team. From setting up really early for Spirit day, making Easter treats, and little goody bags for the players, I love giving and creating cutesy quaint gifts for the players to enjoy! Really, it was a joy to make them, and also a joy to know that you all loved them!
She was such an awesome team mom, I just want to thank her for an awesome season! Seriously, she was ne of the best, most organized Team Mom’s e v e r. Especially handing it all with her 2 year old at your hip (At every game, and every practice!) Her structured order, systemized ways, were obviously effective and well received with the players, coaches, as well the parents. She definitely make it look like nothing! Purely effortless!! As a mom, she’s inspired me to become more involved in my children’s extra curricular activities! I hope in the near future I can step out of my comfort zone to become a team mom just like her!!!
This can also be applied to a Class Mom, staff volunteer, Office gift, or Teacher gift!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
-Berry Basket ($7.99, Michaels)
– Chalk Board Signs ($1.50, Michaels)
-Gift Tags ($1.50, Michaels)
-Chalk Pen ($4.99, Michaels)
-Decorative Shred (Dollar Tree)
(Everything above can be is sold at Michael’s Craft Store, be sure to use your 40% Coupon!)
From here, it all depends on your expenses and what you’d like to purchase for your team moms. I just wanted common items most women would have in their purse.
-EOS Lip Blam
Everything above was purchased at Target ($1.99-$3.99 Each)
Later Added, but not shown….
-Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial PocketBac
-Bath & Body Works Mini Candle
Directions For Prepping Your Berry Basket:
1.) Fill your berry basket with the decorative shred. (I personally love paper shred. It’s the perfect filler for any gift basket, and is every easy to style with.)
2.) Place your gift items inside, with larger (taller) items set in the back. Style from back to front.
Example: I placed the tissue and KIND bar towards the back, and placed my anti-bacterial, lip balm, and smaller gifts towards the front.
3.) With your Chalkboard garden sign, write the names of the special people you will be presenting these gifts to.
There were multiple moms that helped contribute to the baseball season for my son’s Minor B team. From score keeper, dugout mom, and team mom, all these ladies do it for their children. They not only care for their own children, but for the rest of the boys on the team.
So, I had these chalk pens for awhile, which I purchased for a wedding last March. They were a set of 4, with white, pink, orange, and purple. It was such a coincidence that those colors besides the white perfectly tied in with the berry basket gift idea. Don’t you love happy little accidents?!?! (It’s like finding cash in your clothes!! A total art supply SCORE!)
Now, I’m a perfectionist. And I am no professional wedding calligrapher, but I did attend art school for a bit and know my way around photoshop and have many resources for many, many, many fonts. So, writing the font for the chalksign was quite easy for me to duplicate. Nowadays, I’ve seen many creatives going into the calligraphy category of the wedding and event styling industry. Pretty cool. But definitely not for me. I’ve done multiple chalkboard signs for weddings, and events, but I’d never consider doing invites. Hell no. I have better things to do…And I’m not looking to get carpal tunnel, or tendonitis in my wrist. HA!
Have you worked with berry baskets before? I’ve seen them so many times, but never really thought of styling with them, or had the need. Using them as team mom gifts, was the perfect opportunity for me to used them! Now, I might just buy me a porcelain berry basket!!! (I smell a impulse buy coming up!!)