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The MUST Have Food Pool Floats

By on July 3, 2017

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Okay, we are several weeks into summer and if you have been at any pool you have realized you must step up your game when it comes to pool floats.  The days of a colorful ring floats are long gone!  This summer it’s all about the food when going to the pool.

If you read my previous post (here) on “What’s In My Pool Bag” then you are well aware that my son is all about the snacks at the pool.  Sometimes I think he only goes to the pool for the snacks.  You can imagine his excitement this summer when practically all pool floats are some kind of food.  Who would have ever guessed that food pool floats would be all the rage.

The thought of sitting on a huge taco while relaxing in the pool honestly makes me giggle.  I’m totally game for it though and my kids would be happy with a complete meal of floats to play on.  Ha!

I decided to find all the amazing food related floats.  The best part is I found all of these on amazon!  If you want to live the “cool” life at the pool this summer you must grab a couple of these pool floats right away.  Believe me, your kids will thank you!  My next float will certainly be the margarita or maybe the avocado.

Food Float Round-up:

Taco * Popsicle  *  Pizza

Pretzel   *   Popcorn  *   Ice Cream Sandwich  *   Pineapple

Avocado   *  Fried Eggs  *  Bacon  *  Gummy Bear

Gum Ball Machine *  Rootbear Float  *  Margarita  *  Donut

Hot Dog  *  Eggplant   *  Candy

Smarties  *  Watermelon  *  Strawberry 

Enjoy!

XOXO

Karis 

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10 Comfy and Cozy Bedding Ideas

By on June 19, 2017

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I don’t know about you but bedding is one decorating item that takes me forever to decide upon.  Maybe it’s because I feel like it’s one decision that will not get changed out as often as others.  I don’t know!  However, I do know that its time for new bedding in our master bedroom.  Actually, it’s been time for almost a year but I am just having a hard time deciding on what I want.  To me it’s a huge decision because once I find the bedding, I then must find curtains, a rug, and throw pillows to coordinate.

Is it okay to admit on my blog that I have been browsing bedding every single week for over a year!  I feel a little embarrassed to admit it.  Each week I spend time looking for the perfect bedding.  My idea of perfect bedding is honestly pretty easy.  I want something that is neutral, will withstand the decor world of change for several years and just look nice and cozy.  It seems pretty simple, right?

You are in luck today!  I compiled all my favorite bedding sets that I have been stalking for several months.  When I say months, you know I mean months.  You don’t have to go browsing the web daily to find comfy and cozy bedding because I have found it for you.

Life is just too short not to share my top ten comfy and cozy bedding ideas.  The catch to sharing them is, I need your help.  I need to know what bedding you like best.  It’s simple, you get easy access to amazing bedding and I get your help. Score!!

10 Comfy & Cozy Bedding Ideas

 

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XOXO

Karis

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DIY Festive July 4th – Red, White and Blue Tassel Anklet – Kids, Teens & Adults

By on June 1, 2017
DIY July 4th Tassel Anklet

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The Fourth of July is only a month away!   To celebrate Independence Day I have a super fun and fashionable red, white and blue tassel anklet.  These tassel anklets are a fun project to do with friends and family on or before July 4th.  It is truly so simple that kids, teens and adults will enjoy creating these Red, White and Blue tassel anklet to wear.

Materials:

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Silver Beads

Stretch Magic Cord

Red, White and Blue Embroidery Thread

Fork 

Scissors 

 

Steps:

 

1. Measure the length you want your anklet to be by simply wrapping it around your ankle and adding an extra 1-2inches.  Remember the tread we are using is stretchy so you will not need to leave a lot of room but you will not want it tight either.  We wanted a double strand of beads so we measured around the ankle twice.  Add any amount of strands you want.

2. Start beading the tread you have cut for your anklet.  To make it easy, I always take a bead and knot it on the very end.  It keeps the beads from trying to fall off while you are threading them.

3. Continue beading until the measured thread is full.

4. Take both ends of the thread and knot them together in a triple knot.

5.  Make Tassels.  Here is where the fork comes in.  Tassels are so fun to add to jewelry.  Follow these simple task to make your tassels.  We personally made six tassels for our anklet, 2 red, 2 blue and 2 white.  You can add as many as you would like.

  1. Use the fork to wrap the thread around to make the base of the tassels.  We wrapped the thread around about 15 times.
  2. Then use the stretch thread (about 3 inches) to tie (triple knot) only one side of the wrapped thread together.
  3. You will have a tied round bunch of thread.
  4. For easier management of the string, take the top stretchy knot and slide it onto the fork.
  5. Take the embroidery thread and knot it around one strand of the round bunch, preferable towards the top by the fork.
  6. Start wrapping the tread around several times tightly to secure the top of the tassel.  Once you have wrapped it several times secure it with a knot and trim the remaining string.
  7. Now it is time to cut the bottom thread loops into order to achieve the tassel.
  8. Trim the tassel ends evenly.

Ta-da, now you can make simple tassels.

 

6.  Now that you have all your tassels ready, take the large beaded strand and fold/twist it to make two even circles(strands).  If you chose more then a double looped ankle you would fold/twist it more times.  Next, take one of the tassels and tie (triple knot) the loops together.  I did this with the white tassels on both sides.

7.  Finish by adding the other colors to the anklet to make whatever pattern you desire and trimming the extra thread from the tassel ties.  When finished you have an amazing July 4th anklet to wear!

 

I absolutely LOVE how this anklet turned out.  It’s so stylish that kids and adults will want to wear it. My 11 year old actually made the bracelet and I gladly took the photos.  That should tell you how simple this bracelet it to make.  What a fun activity for the kids while celebrating Independence Day.

XOXO

Karis

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What’s in my Pool Bag – All the “Must Haves” in 6 Steps

By on May 29, 2017

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It is officially SUMMER VACATION!!  My kids have finished school and the lazy days of summer are here.  I love having my kids home for summer.  We live in Texas, which means our summer days are stifling HOT.  So, we spend a lot of time at the pool.

The pool at our house is still in need of a lot of work so we joined a local neighborhood pool for the summer.  We plan on going regularly.  When we lived in the Dallas area we went to our HOA pool often and we perfected our pool bag.  So, today I am going to share our favorite pool bag Must-Haves in 6 steps.

Pool Bag

First off you must find the perfect pool bag.  This is the bag that will get daily use all summer so it has to be perfect!  It needs to be large enough to carry towels, sunscreen, pool toys, snacks, drink and possibly a small cooler.  Here are few amazing ones you might want to try.  The second bag is a special find, since it includes and awesome ice chest at the bottom!  Double success!

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Towels

Next, you need to fill your pool bag with some amazing beach towels.  Our family personally loves fluffy cotton towels but my cousin who lives in Hawaii (I know don’t hate her) loves light weight Turkish towels.  She swears that they dry fast and I am going to claim her as an expert because she hits the beach more than most people I know.  So, this summer we will be trying out both.  Maybe I will do a blog post comparison.  Here are a few different beach towels to consider.  I’m still including both fluffy and Turkish until I make an educated decision for myself.

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Sun Protection

This might be the number one item in your pool bag.  The one item you can not go without at the pool!  I am serious about our sunscreen and the kinds we use.  I personally only use mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide on my family.  My friends often make fun of me, and give me a hard time but I have done my “crazy” research and I feel strongly about what I put on their skin.  If my kids get other sunscreen put on them I don’t freak out but we really prefer mineral over others.  Here are some of my favorites that we have used over the years.  Some are pricey, some are not.  My personal favorite is Coola mineral but it’s not always readily available.

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Also included in sun protection is hats.  My friends will tell you I love hats.  I wear them often, maybe too often.  It’s no surprise that I love hats that protect us from the sun.  I bought my first floppy sun hat in Mexico in 2009 and it’s still my favorite hat to this day.  However, I still add new hats every year and also purchase one for my kids to wear at the pool or while just playing outside.

Womens:

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Kids:

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 Swim Toys

My kids love their swim toys.  Honestly, it’s what keeps them in the water all afternoon.  We started collecting our pool toys 6 years ago so you can imagine the stash we have in our pool bag.  I personally don’t allow water spraying toys at the pool only because I don’t trust my kids aim enough.  Ha!  They will seriously hit the only grandmother who is reading her book far away from the pool.  So we took those out of the bag early on.

 

 

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Snacks and Hydration

If your goal in summer is to have a great day at the pool regularly you MUST pack good snacks and water.  My kids seriously jump in the pool once and think that warrants a snack.  Since this isn’t my first rodeo I am prepared when we head to the pool.  In my past experience I have found taking an insulated cup for each person is a must.  I also take bags of dry snacks and pack fruit, veggies, deli meat, dips or hard boiled eggs or anything cold in our favorite rubbermaid lunch containers that have an icepack that connects.  Usually I put cold items in the kids old lunch boxes but sometimes I do pack a separate soft ice chest.

 

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That’s our pool bag “must have’s”.  The key to keeping a successful pool bag is to make sure to empty it and restock it after every use.  The minute we return home from the pool we remove the food and bottles, take out any trash and wet towels, then go ahead and put clean towels in the bag and hang it by the back door.  It’s ready for the next day.

I want to know what your pool survival tips are.  Mine obvious have changed a lot as my kids have gotten older.  We also can stay a lot longer at the pool than we could 5 years ago.  Every year is a new learning experience for us.  Some days I master it and think “This mom thing is easy!” while other days it’s a disaster and I think “I’m never returning to the pool!”.

Happy Summer!

XOXO 

Karis 

 

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Simple, Inexpensive, Stunning & Customizable DIY Chandelier

By on May 25, 2017

When we bought our home there was a large closet that I knew had great potential to be converted to a small work area.  However, we piled all my craft boxes in there and shut the door.  Obviously, we had greater items that needed attention before a closet.

Recently I decided it was time to tackle the closet.  Like every project I start, it takes way more time than I originally figure.  Starting a project the last few weeks of the school year is certainly not the brightest idea.  Let’s face it, May, August and December are crazy when you have school age kids.  Every year I think, “This isn’t my first rodeo!  I will be prepared, and something always sneaks in and sends my for a loop.”

While, I am so excited to give you a tour of my new office space, it will have to wait.  There are still several items I want completed before I share the whole room.  I have decided to share one excited feature from my office that I created to tease you while you wait for the full tiny office reveal.

Simple – Customizable DIY Chandelier

My little closet area didn’t actually have ceiling light.  You will have to stick around to see the original photos of what the closet actually was, but it did have a light switch and a wall plug controlled by the switch.  To make my life easy I decided to work with what we had.

I made this fabulous chandelier by only purchasing one item.

Chandelier Material:

Finished Fabric Chandelier

 

  • Purchased Item – Pendant Light Kit 
  • Wire and Plires (from the hubby’s shop)
  • 3 Embroidery Hoops I used 2- 10 inch hoops and 1- 9 inch hoop.  (That is what I had without having to purchase any hoops.  You can easily use all the same size or all different sizes.)
  • Fabric Scraps (customizable to any color) – cut into strips

Super simple list of material if you ask me!

Step ONE:

 

First, decide what size you would like your new custom chandelier to be.  My little craft area has low ceilings so I only used three hoops and spaced them 4 inches apart.  Remember, this is your chandelier.  You make it how you want!  Use larger hoops or add a tier, make it yours.

Once you have the size you will use the wire to stabilize each tier.  I simply wrapped the wire several times around each hoop to secure.

Step TWO:

Next, you will take all your thin fabric strips and start wrapping and weaving them around your embroidery hoops.  Simply knot each piece of fabric together, that is what will give the chandelier its charm at the end.  I specifically worked hard not to create a pattern.  Sometimes I looped one strip of fabric all the way down and other times I only went half way and then back up.  Continue wrapping several times around the whole chandelier.

It will look like this:

 

Step THREE:

Finally, follow the directions of the pendant light kit and stabilize your light.  It’s super simple.  I actually used more of the wire at the top of the chandelier to help stabilize the pendant light.  It worked like a charm and the final produced looks amazing.

 

This chandelier cost me about $12 which was the cost of the pendant light kit.  I actually had all the other materials in my craft closet.  I LOVE this light.  As you can see, it is 100% customizable.  I can imagine how amazing this would be, much bigger and wrapped in different shades of burlap!  Or, use your baby’s nursery colors and hang this lamp over the rocking chair.  Maybe even create a smaller version and have it hanging as a bedside light.  The ideas are endless, don’t be afraid to try this simple, inexpensive, customizable chandelier out.  You might find you have several uses for them.

To see other lighting from Nitty-Gritty Roots visit the links below.

DIY Farmhouse Chandelier

DIY Pretty Pendant Light

 

XOXO

Karis

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5 Family Road Trip Tips To Save Your Sanity

By on May 17, 2017

Summer is quickly approaching which means VACATION time is coming! Is your family planning a road trip? Whether it is a short road trip or a long road trip, this post will have you covered!

We are a road tripping family!  I actually grew up taking long road trips and we have carried on the tradition with our kids.  As a child I loved the adventure of a good road trip, as a result it was never dreaded.  My favorite road trip was when I was 8 years old.

My parents, brothers and I left Texas for a major adventure. We went north to Michigan, ventured into Canada, over to Niagra Falls, down to New York, Washington DC and then down the East Coast and back to Texas. It was suppose to be a 2 week trip which we turned into 3 weeks. What I loved most, (and still love) about road trips is all the unexpected adventures you find while driving.  I remember my dad seeing a helicopter tour billboard and the next thing we knew we were in a helicopter on our own tour of Niagara Falls.  So fun and completely spur of the moment!

What is super fun and exciting to me, is that we have been able to take our own kids back to some of the places I visited as a child.  A few summers ago we loaded up our kids and headed out on our first LONG road trip.  We went to Hershey, PA and nearby Washington D.C.  Below are  few photos of my trip to Hershey, PA as a nine year old and then our trip with our own kids.

Here I am at Hershey Park in the early 90’s.  Excuse the horrible hair style.  I hated that hair style but my mom thought it was adorable and so easy.

 

Above are my kids at Hershey Park in 2015.  Clearly the character’s have had a facelift as well as the clothing choices of the people.  Ha!

Look at us in the 90’s!  Outside the entrance to the Park.

Here’s my little stud at the entrance.  Wow, has the area grown and changed.

The comparisons of photos could go on for days, but I will save you from my personal trip down memory lane and get right to the point of this post!  I have such vivid memories of our road trips as a child.  They were such special times!  Honestly, I am so thankful my husband loves the experience as much as I do. He loves the randomness and adventure that each turn brings.  Actually, I think he likes being more “spur of the moment” more than I do, and he often reminds me to just be in the moment.  Don’t think about the next meal, the next rest stop, or the next hotel.  Just think about the unexpected adventure that awaits with each passing mile.

 

As much as we LOVE our trips, I am to the first to admit they can get stressful in a hurry.  Extended periods of time in the car with two children causes emotions to run high.  While our road trips are not completely full of glamour, I do feel we have finally found what works best.  The best part is, I am going to let you in on our 5 Road Trip Secrets to make your travels a success!

Step 1: Limit Technology

Yes, you read that correctly, LIMIT TECHNOLOGY.  What?  Karis, have you lost your mind?!  Maybe just a little.  However, we learned early on that road trips are a great time to limit technology.  Traveling in a car is very different than flying to your destination.  When flying, you have others around and you are in survival mode with your children to make sure they don’t run down the isle to the nearest exit.  In the car, they’re contained and free to grip, complain, yell and scream.  The best part is, we have the ability to crank up the music to drown out those moments.

Each time we start a drive, whether it is 3 hours or 10 hours, we give our kids technology guidelines. For instance, a 3 hour trip might only warrant an hour of iPad games.  A ten hour trip we might allow 2 full movies, plus an hour of games or equivelent.  What has worked for us is having a technology plan and spelling it out for our kids.  When the expectations are laid out plain and clear we find there isn’t a lot of room for complaining.

After years of road trips we have also found it’s best that our kids must as for permission to get on their electronics.  Often times they will ask after we have only been in the car 30 minutes.  We usually respond with a town or other destination at which they can start using their technology.  Sometimes this destination is 30 minutes away, and sometimes it’s 2 hours.  The point is, you’re giving them either a set time, or physical destination they can look forward to.

Yes, I know it sounds crazy to limit technology in a time where technology is king, but I am the first to admit that it actually works and has saved our sanity.

Step 2: Stop Often

As I mentioned before, my dad stopped randomly and often on road trips.  Of course, that was before smartphones where we have continuous information at our hands and we even had to ask for directions.  Today, some of our favorite stops are completely spur of the moment roadside attractions and unplanned detours.  We budget extra money into our vacation fund for these types of stops.  For instance, a few years ago on our way to Hershey PA. we ended up stopping for the night very close to the Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge, VA.  It wasn’t even on our agenda but we decided it was a stop for the next day.  It was absolutely stunning and such a fun surprise to to add on our trip.

A bonus to help pass the time is our kids often enjoy keeping an eye out for billboards to help plan our next unexpected stop.  Sometimes it’s just a fun restaurant, and other times it’s a drive thru safari.

 

Step 3: Interact as a Family

Without a doubt, road trips are a time that you have your kids complete attention for hours at a time.  Why not spend time visiting with each other or playing interactive games.

One road trip, our family went through all our teachers from pre-k to current and said their name and a memory about them.  The activity for my kids took 5-10 minutes but for my husband and I, it took much longer.  It was so much fun remembering all of our teachers and talking about the things we liked most about each.  My kids though it was amazing that my husband actually had his Aunt as his teacher in 4th grade.  They asked tons of questions which led to multiple conversations about the things we learned in each grade, science fair projects, books we read, and sports we played.   Honestly, I think it makes our children realize, we were once kids just like them.

We also will talk about our dreams, (vacations, cars, jobs, etc), what-ifs, would you rather, and the list goes on.  There is always something to talk about and being stuck in a car for hours is a great time to learn more about each other.

Step 4: Play Games

We play lots of interactive games as a family.  Im sure you know the quirky little games each family plays while in the car.

  • Mustangs & Herbies – Mustangs (correct color called) are 1 point while Herbie (correct color called) are 2 points.  First person or team to 15 wins.  We have lots of rules we had added as the kids have gotten older to make it more competitive.
  • The Alphabet Game- Make it through the alphabet using only signs and license plates you see.
  • License Plate Game- Just as it sounds.  Find all different plates.
  • The Game of Concentration – Decide on a category like colors, animals, restaurants etc. Go around naming them but you can’t repeat whats already been said, or you are out.

My kids also make up tons of little crazy games that we play.  Count the red cars, I spy, Rock, Paper, Scissors.  Another favorite is trying to see who can come up with the most clever, and original Knock Knock joke.  Oh, the list goes on.  Sometimes it takes a lot a of patience to play some of these games but the kids do love them.

Step 5: Ultimate Box of Road Trip Fun

My kids are 11 and 8, and we have been road tripping since they were little.  For the last 8 years our family has lived over 6 and 9 hours away from family, so even a weekend trip “home” felt long.  Each year our road trip box changes.  I add to it and take things out, but most importantly our road trip supplies stay at the top of a closet, which means they aren’t played with except when we are on a road trip.  Personally I have found this keeps traveling exciting.

The key is excitement!  When we go on long road trip I often have two or three small boxes filled with travel games, books, and activities.  I change the boxes out daily.  It gives the kids new opportunities and the trip isn’t as complacent.

At the bottom of this post I have included a complete road trip store of products that we have enjoyed.  Yes, I also include in our vacation fund, and road trip activities.  Many of them last several road trips so to me it’s worth my time to just purchase items rather than scouring for free printables and printing pages.

Our Favorite Road Trip Finds

I do want to share with you a few of our favorite road trip items. While the bottom list is huge list of items we love, this is a look at our road trip box that we used at Easter.  It contained some of our all time favorites.  Easter weekend we met my in-laws in Branson, Mo.  Branson is about a 9 hour trip from our home.  Yes, most people wouldn’t take 9 hour weekend trip but as you have been reading, we love road trips!

 

  • Number one item always, is HEADPHONES.  I love my kids but I don’t want to hear the background music of their games.  Ha!
  • BOOGIE BOARDS , these things are life savers!  We see who can color the whole page in 2 minutes, we compete on who can draw the best picture, and the kids love to write us notes back and forth from the front seat to the back seat.  I think we have had ours almost 3 years.  They have held up well.  
  • We have a tween girl so she loves this ADVENTURES IN LETTERING book.  She honestly can spend about an hour working on lettering on a scratch pad.
  • On the other hand our son can spend an hour drawing in this BOYS DOODLE BOOK.
  • There are tons of drawing books for kids.  We have this DRAWING BOOK OF ANIMALS which both kids enjoy.
  • HIGHLIGHTS HIDDEN PICTURE BOOKS  are a hit!  Honestly, my husband and I like to still hunt for the items too.  
  • These WHERE’S WALDO books remind me of my own childhood.  The great thing is, my kids love them and not just for 10 minutes.  I’m talking 30 minutes or more.  Score!

 

 

As promised, here is a complete list of items we have grow to love during our family road trips.  I hope this post will help save your sanity during your next family adventure.  Let me know where you are going.  I would love to hear.

 

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Weekend Round Up

By on May 15, 2017

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First of all, Hello Monday!!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Our family certainly did!  We had several things on the calendar but actually got to spend some much needed time just hanging out a little bit.  My kids only have a few weeks of school left and then they will be home for the summer.  Oh, how I love having my kids home during the day.  Of course, I know I’ve got to come up with a small schedule or we will all start regretting the free time within a few days.

Fortunately, over the weekend I had some time to finish a few home decorating items on my list.  I can not wait to share some of the projects I have been working on with you all.   As always, I spent some time searching for some great home decor finds to share.  Enjoy!

Barnwood Laddar 

Galvanized Shelves

Rolling Bakery Cart

Barnwood Shelves

Egg Basket 

Planters

Windmill

Family Pillow 

Ceramic Pitcher

Wall Gate

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Last Minute Teacher Gifts – “Berry” Best Year

By on May 11, 2017

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Hello!  Guys, it’s May!  May is much like the month of December in our house except there is not Christmas Day celebration.  It’s more like a marathon race to finish the school year strong.  So, I will admit I wanted to throw in the towel over the weekend.  My kids were working on last book projects, studying for final exams, we were signing permission slips and adding dates to the calendar.  All the time while I am giving myself a motivational speech about finishing strong.

 

It’s no surprise but I truly adore my kids teachers.  Every man and women who have poured amazing life, love and support into my kids for nine months deserves praise.  These people have instructed, hugged, loved, disciplined, encouraged, and prayed over my kids and I could never repay them for the amazing job they have done.  Teachers are precious jewels!  It’s a hard job and I am seriously thankful God has called people to be teachers, especially my kids teachers.

 

Over the last week I have been working on a few teachers gifts that I am excited to share with each of you.  This first gift is supper cute and screams summer.  Here is a photo of the supplies I used.

As you can see, it requires only 4 items and one of the items I have a free printable right here on this page for you.

Supplies:

1.  Tag – link here –> Teacher Gifts Berry

2. Soap  – I found mine at world market but here is a cute soap you could use.

3.  Basket Filler – I used some left over from Easter like this.

4.  A Strawberry Pint –  I found mine on sale for about                                                                                  $3 but you can order these super cute ones here.

You take those 4 items and in about 5 minutes you have this great teachers gift.

 

How cute is this gift?  I love it!  It’s bright and cheery.  Above all, its supper simple and the perfect way to show all those teachers that we care.

I know it seems like just yesterday we were preparing for the first day of the school year.  Now it’s time to dig deep and finish strong.  Yes, I’m giving myself my own pep talk.  Lets pray I remember to send all the money that’s needed, sign all the forms for the final field trips and remember what day is the last day of school.  Certainly, we can all finish this year strong.  Worry less because now you have the perfect teacher gift!

 

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Teacher Gifts for Less than $15 – Easy Chalk Globe

By on April 19, 2017

School is starting to wrap up for our kids.  It will not be long before our homes will be full of our kiddos daily.  However, before summer can begin we must get through the remaining weeks of school.  All the last projects, the parties, the awards, the programs but most importantly we must remember the teachers who have loved our kids 5 days a week for 9 months.  Can we all agree that loving and teaching our kids in no easy task.

These teachers deserve the world so why not give them these adorable chalk globes?  They are the perfect gift to any class room.  The globes can easily be used as home decor or class room decor.  It’s a chalkboard so it’s changeable to seasons.  Globes are honestly all the rage right now as well as chalkboards.  These globes are are huge WIN for everyone.

 

You can find how to make these awesome chalk globes HERE.  I actually gave these globe as teachers gifts at Christmas but they will make the perfect end-of-school teacher gifts.  The great thing about these globes is they are changeable.  I used chalk to create Christmas scenes and quotes because it was a Christmas gift.  You can easily find some great summer quotes and scenes to draw/write on them before you gift them at the end of school.

Love on those teachers.  They have the most precious jobs of molding our kids.  They give a lot of themselves to our kids.  For less than $15 you can knock their socks off with these chalk globes.

XOXO

Karis 

 

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Home Decor

Fantastic Home Decor Finds

By on April 3, 2017

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Happy Monday!  I don’t know about you, but we had a great weekend.  Honestly, the weather was cool and overcast so we were incredibly lazy.  Like, full on lazy.  Our kids slept so late on Saturday that I was a little worried something was wrong.  I guess we all needed it.

The one thing I did do over the weekend was find some pretty FANTASTIC finds.  It’s no surprise that I am always browsing home decorating finds.  Some people are on Facebook all the time, I am looking for decorating finds all the time!!  Ridiculous, I know, I can’t help it!  No judging, because you WIN!!  I took my favorite top 12 finds from the weekend and compiled them into this post just for you!!  You can thank me later.

I am so excited for you to browse these Fantastic Finds.  Grab some hot tea, sit back and relax.

Click on the colored number for the link.

ONE 

This Lightbox is amazing!  Plus there are tons of inserts on the Blisty website.  My daughter might be getting on of these with some inserts for her birthday.  Plus, free shipping.  Yippie!

TWO

I’m a sucker for large tiles.  I actually have two large tiles like this in my kitchen.

THREE

Why do I love all things that have to do with gardening.  Lets face it, I pretend I’m a gardener but in reality I’m just a wanna be.  Good thing for me a master gardener is not required for purchase.  Ha!

FOUR

This bunny platter, it’s certainly fantastic!  We are not hosting Easter this year and it’s probably a good thing.  I would be broke.

FIVE

Would it be bad to buy a decorative mailbox before we bought a new “real” mailbox.  Don’t answer that because I love this one!

SIX

Berry baskets are perfect for spring decor.  Mine currently has Easter eggs in it but I already have plans of what will go in them next.

SEVEN

How perfect are these bike book ends.  We are currently working on our family office area.  We are in need of book ends and these might make the cut.

EIGHT

These are actually the pendants that are over our island.  I absolutely LOVE them.  They are a perfect addition to our kitchen and the price is great.

NINE

This Fresh Flowers sign reminds me of big city street stands.  It seriously could be hung in any area of your home.  Inside or outside.

TEN

Farmhouse signs seem to sell out quickly because they are in high demand.  If you are wanting one,  grab it quickly.

ELEVEN 

We live in cotton country so it always makes me smile when I see cotton decor.  These are a great price from Amazon and can me used several ways.

TWELVE

After doing laundry over the weekend I realized we are in major need of new hand towels.  I love this one.

 

I hope you had a great weekend and feel rested.  May your week be amazing!

 

XOXO

Karis 

 

 

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