Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It Craft Time!

First off, I wanted to thank all of you amazing followers for being patient with me lately! I know I haven't blogged as often as I'd like, but getting ready for baby, the school year, and masters has been taking up a lot of my time! I've been productive lately though and have a few fun crafts to share with you! :)

Last year I took the plunge into Interactive Notebooks and I LOVED every bit of it… well, almost! Each day I would have to control my OCD while teaching as the piles of scraps accumulated on desks and the floor. I needed a solution! When I saw these at Dollar Tree, I knew I HAD to have them!
Of course, they only had THREE in my classroom colors! Really?! And, my Dollar Tree only had these three all together. After calling around, I found more at another store about 15 minutes away, but I had to settle for different colors.

Never fear, it's nothing a little spray paint can't fix!
Hubs came to the rescue on this one! He was amazing and spray painted each of them for me. (He won't let me anywhere near any fumes during this pregnancy!)

Of course I couldn't leave them plain and boring, so I whipped up some cute labels which you can download for free here, and pulled out some fun ribbon!

My desks are in "teams" and everything is labeled that way (supplies, etc.) so I made two trash cans per team! I LOVE how they turned out and can't wait to take them into my room! I plan on having a classroom job be to "empty the trash" each day at the end of the day!

My next two made-its are anniversary gifts! The hubs and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary, and I wanted to share the cute gifts I put together for him. :)
With Baby Cap coming at the end of October, I know this next year is going to be a whirlwind for us! I wanted to make a gift for him that would remind us to set aside time for each other, and still focus on letting our relationship grow. So, I made him "A Year of Dates" basket.

Since our anniversary is in July, I made the first date month August. Each month has an envelope with a little card in it! There's a poem telling what we are going to do. There's a wide variety such as golfing, a day at the pool, bowling with a twist, couples massage, and more! We are so excited to open one each month and set aside time to spend together. :)

If you want to make this for a gift, here's the template I used! You will just need to download the fonts. :)

My third and last made it is my other anniversary present for the hubs! I have made him one of these each year, so it has become a tradition! :) I absolutely LOVE doing it! I made a large one for our 1 year (it's about 2.5 feet long!) and then last year and this year I have done 11x17 size. I plan to do all of the "big milestones" in the larger size (10 years, 25 years, etc.) until we have a wall filled with them. They all hang in our bedroom currently!

Well there you have it! I am finally getting my craft on again. :) I have lots on the agenda this week for classroom crafts and baby room crafts, so make sure you stop by to see what I've been up to!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weeks 24 & 25 Pregnancy Updates!

Sorry for not updating last week! It's been a crazy week. :)

How far along: 25 weeks 4 days
Maternity clothes: I've been living in coaching clothes for volleyball, so not too many right now! But I have so many cute Maxi dresses and other maternity clothes from Gap and Old Navy and I can't wait to wear them! :)
Stretch Marks: Nope! Keeping that belly butter handy! :)
Sleep: There have been a of couple nights where it's getting hard, but overall not too bad! If I wake up, it's hard to get comfy again with this little bump in the way! :)
Best Moment This week: Enjoying a celebrating of my husband and I's 3 year wedding anniversary and 10 year dating anniversary, along with baby kicking away, and LeBron announcing his return! :)
Worst Moment this Week: Hormonal emotions. Randomly I'll feel just "bleh" and it makes me laugh because my husband has a great way of making jokes to get me out of a mood. It's so weird knowing that it's the hormones making me feel this way, and trying to get outta the funk!
Miss anything? I miss eating a meal and not wondering if it's gonna give me acid reflux or indigestion. I just want to eat 3 pieces of pizza in piece! ;)
Movement: As you can see from the chalkboard, baby is kicking away non stop! I love it :)
Food Cravings: Today I caved and bought some breadsticks and sauce from Pizza Hut.. they just sounded SO good! Gotta love being pregnant!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Had a little low blood sugar scare, so that wasn't fun! Hopefully it won't happen again!
Looking forward to: Vacation with the hubs and my family coming up! It'll be our last vacation with out a little babe, and I can't wait to just relax on the beach and enjoy some time together with no other distractions. :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Week 23 Update!

How far long: 23 weeks 5 days {hence the little baller… Hubs pointed out this was "Jordan's" week!}
Maternity clothes: Maxi dresses and skirts have been my go to! Definitely going to be pulling some maternity clothes out here soon!
Stretch Marks: No, keep lathering up with that belly butter! :)
Sleep: I have been working out lots this week between yoga, walks, and at home squats/lunges so I have been sleeping very well! My body has been so tired :)
Best Moment this Week: Starting our baby registry! I have loved watching my husband pick out baby stuff… warms my heart!
Worst Moment this Week: back pain is still not fun, so just dealing with that
Miss anything?: I literally drool over deli sandwiches… chopped ham? The temptation is real.
Movement: Baby is kicking, swimming, jumping, you name it!
Food Cravings: (Besides what I can't have) Buttery noodles!
Pregnancy Symptoms: I've never dealt with acid reflux, and with this pregnancy it is definitely no joke. Learning how to eat VERY slow, milk and antacids are my best friends.
Looking forward to: Our big 4th of July get togethers with family and friends! Everyone's in town and I can't wait to spend time with them and the hubs this long weekend :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Made It!

Today I am excited to link up with two of my favorite bloggers/ladies Tara and Christy to share a few things I've made! :)

My first made it is a fun craft for the home! I have been wanting something "summery" and festive to put on our door, but hadn't found any inspiration. Another one of my BBB's came to the rescue! Jessica, from I {heart} Recess! posted this beauty the other day…

As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed one! She has a Cameo and made hers out of a combination of paint and vinyl cut outs! I don't have a cameo, so I had to improvise! Where to go when you need to improvise for crafting? Hobby Lobby, of course!

So here's what I picked up…
{I already had the white spray paint, so I got the blue and red. I used a 40% off coupon for the "C", so all in all the supplies cost me around $18}

Then, here are the steps in pictures to creating this adorable decoration!
{Spray painted half white, half blue}

{Used the stencil and red spray paint to create the chevron. Make sure to cover everything around it so the red doesn't get everywhere! I waited for this to dry before completing the next step!}

{After the chevron dried, I worked on the stars. I only did 1 or two stars at a time so I could cover up the areas around it and not worry about smudging or messing it up. I had to repaint it blue once from doing this! I promise, the patience of doing only a few at a time and waiting for them to dry is worth it!}

{I used this ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I already had to tie a normal bow and attach it with hot glue.}

{And here's the finished product! I absolutely love it!}

Made it #2 is another fun recipe to share! It's a go-to favorite dinner for hubs and I! PF Changs has always been one of our favorite restaurants. Up until about 2 years ago, there wasn't one close to us. After trying there lettuce wraps, I knew I HAD to learn how to make them at home. 

I stumbled across this amazing pin, tried it out, and VOILA! We had Lettuce Wraps for dinner! :) The only things I change about this recipe are I use Asian Chili Sauce instead of Siracha, and I add a little teriyaki (about 1 tbsp) and 1 tbsp more of the Hoisin sauce. 

I have a "Tried and True" recipes board that you can follow over at my Pinterest to see more awesome recipes that I always use! 

When I make this, I always make my brown friend rice to go with it! According to my husband, it is one of the top 5 things I make, and he will even request just it by itself for dinner. 
1. In one pot on the stove I cook 2 cups of brown rice. When it's done, I take the lid off and let it cool while I work on the other ingredients.
2. In a small bowl, whisk 3 eggs with tsp of salt and pepper. Cook in a wok or large frying pan until scrambled. Remove to a bowl to use later. 
3. In the same wok or large frying pan, heat 2 tsp of sesame seed oil. Add in chopped up peppers and onion. (I use about 1/2 of a white onion, and 1/3 of red, green, and orange peppers each.) Stir fry until soft.
4. Add 1 tbsp of minced garlic and 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce and continue to stir fry for about 2 more minutes.
5. Turn up the heat, and add in the brown rice. You are basically "frying it up" so I keep it on high for about 5 minutes, stirring often. As you are stirring, add in 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, and 1tbsp teriyaki sauce (feel free to add more if you like the flavor!)
6. Add 2/3 cup of sugar snap peas (they can still be frozen) and continue stirring on medium heat
7. Add the egg back in, stir it all up, and it's ready to serve!

Thanks for stopping by and reading! Enjoy your week! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Week 22 Update!


{I made hubs get in on the action this week! :) }

How far along: 22 weeks 6 days
Maternity clothes: not yet, but definitely soon! V necks, tanks, and summer dresses are the current go-to! (shirt from, skirt from, and tank Mossimo Basic Tank from Target)
Stretch Marks: none yet! I've been using Burts Bees: Mama Bee's Belly Butter
Sleep: Only waking up once or twice to pee! Maternity pillow has been a life saver
Best Moment This week: Hubs being able to hear baby movement in my belly! 
Miss anything?: Drinking a summer shandy in the warm weather!
Food cravings: Chocolate milk!
Looking forward to: Putting the nursery together! Hubs and his wonderful friend are painting tomorrow night, and I'm heading to iKea today to shop! :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ChalkBoard Update-21 Weeks!

How far along: 21 Weeks
Gender: Unknown! :)
The Bump: It's showing now! Love my new little buddy :)
Maternity clothes: Not wearing yet, just enjoying the comfiness of summer clothing!
Symptoms: Nausea has greatly improved.. rare occurrence now! Back pain is rearing and kicking.. definitely a toughie!
Food Cravings: Still really no cravings yet… besides chocolate milk!
Movement: LOTS! Baby is dancing away in there!
Best Moment This week: Sharing little baby movements with the hubs and starting to plan the nursery
Missing: Sleeping through the night without getting up to pee
Looking Forward To: Hubs SEEING baby move on the outside!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Made It!!

I seriously squealed with joy when Tara announced that Monday Made It was back weekly for the summer! :D

My first Made-it is an easy dinner, that is very popular with my husband and I! :) It is a bacon onion flatbread, and it is relish!

  • 1 pre made flatbread (I use Archer Farms brand from Target

  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • 1 1/2 T garlic salt
  • 1/2 t Italian Seasoning
  • 1 t red pepper flakes
  • 3 t minced garlic
  • 3 T Olive Oil
Step 1: Add 1 tbsp olive oil to skillet and head on med-high. While heating, slice up onion. Add onion to the pan. Cook until translucent, turn down heat to low, add red pepper flakes and 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic and cook for additional 2 mins

Step 2: While onions are cooking, cook bacon in the microwave, remove and chop/break into small pieces

Step 3: Preheat oven to 400. While it's preheating, put 2 tbsp olive oil in a bowl, stir in Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and minced garlic
Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray, add flatbread, and use spoon to evenly spread olive oil mixture (you will have a little left over, save for the end.)
Put the flatbread in the oven to "precook" for 3 minutes!

Step 4: Top the flatbread with onions and bacon, sprinkle on remaining olive oil mixture, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove, cut and enjoy! :)

As you all know, my husband and I are expecting our first little bambino in October! I wanted to celebrate Father's Day because he has already been such an AMAZING father and husband to baby and I, taking care of us over these rough months of pregnancy. So here's the little something he woke up to Sunday morning! :)

Inside the box was a handmade book from me to him! :)

Just a few of the inside pages...

The back!

He loved it, and I know it's something we will both always cherish! :)

Have a great week, everyone! I will be sharing some fun classroom made-its, soon! :)