Thursday, January 22, 2015

Halloween Layout- Glitter Paper & Coloring Wood Veneer Shapes

Hello Crafting Friends!  I have a bunch of older layouts to share, so I'm just gonna post these in the weeks coming up.  This is one from last Halloween.  Halloween in North Carolina can be weird.  It normally isn't really cold.  It can be chilly but not normally cold.  But more times than not, it can be actually pretty warm!  Those really cute and fuzzy costumes, yeah, those suck if you live in warmer climates!  The kids sweat in them!!!!  Last year, we had a trio of Duck Dynasty men!!  (Cousins!)
I believe this is all Mind's Eye paper.  I love glittery paper but often find myself not using it, waiting for that "special, just right" picture.   Silly, right?   No more!  I am using EVERYTHING!!!!  LOL!!  I love chevrons!  
I love when stickers can be used for titles!  
I had this piece of wood veneer for awhile.  I hadn't used it, so on the page it went, it reminded me of a Haunted House fence! Perfect!  It was originally wood colored, I used my markers to color it!  


I was even able to use up some pieces of older ribbon!  And some brads!  

I love that their costumes were so simple and easy!  We got the beard knitted hats and the boys wore some camo shirts!  They were a hit!!!  Loved it!!!!  Simple!  And best of all, my boys still love their beard hats!
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January Barkbox! Adorable! Ice Age Theme!


I received this month's Barkbox today.  As usual, my kids are more excited to open it up than I think the dog is!!  This month was GREAT!!!  I love the theme- Ice Age!  Each monthly box comes with a theme that all the items loosely fit: beach, Christmas, Halloween, summertime, this month was Ice Age!  This, by far, is my favorite Barkbox yet!!  ADORABLE!!!!  
This is the first month that I am getting for Levi since I upped his size.  I was having him get the smaller box but changed it to the next size up.  Levi is about 22 pounds.  He is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  The smaller box worked for him but I wanted to give the next size up a try.  This month looks like it will be great for him!  I might keep this size for awhile!



First up, we have the Etta Says Deer Chews.  I think these are all pretty safe- and Levi loves anything deer so I am sure he will enjoy this stick.  The next item is the thicker bone- Heartland Premium Dynamo Femur.   I am sure Levi will LOVE this!  I have never given him a bone like this but the card says to keep your rugs clean, feed to your dog in the kitchen.  Maybe this will be one I take to my office for him!



The packages are the treats: Puppy Love Wild Alaskan Salmon Jerky- I am sure Levi will love these, I am also wondering if the cat will love them too!  I'll give it a try!  
Complete Natural Nutrition Off- Leash Stix-  these are turkey and pumpkin. I think Levi will like them since he loves pumpkin. 


The last two items are the R2Pet Monster - it is the bigger one and the other one is the bonus toy that I opt to get Levi each month.  It is The Adorable Snowman.  They are both so cute!!  And make noise which Levi will love!!!  I am so excited to give him these!  I love the size of them!  How cute are they??!!!!
If you would like to try a monthly Barkbox for your four legged friend, you can get all the information here with my link:
Thanks for stopping by!  Leave me a comment, do you like this month's theme?  Do you get the Barkbox yet?
Michelle!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

How I don't PLAN homeschooling with my Erin Condren Planner- Teacher Planner

I see the question often: "How do you plan out your week for homeschooling?", " What kind of planner do you use?", "Do you plan?", "How to plan for homeschooling".  Here's my easy answer: I DON'T!!!  (anymore) Shocking huh??  Let me explain:

I am not really a plan everything out kinda girl, not in my recreation life, not in our homeschooling 
(not anymore) .  I used to plan.  I used to sit for hours and write out every chapter and exercise and reading list we were going to do that week.  But honestly, I didn't like to plan BECAUSE.....if I didn't  finish everything I had planned, it made me feel bad.  I feel like we didn't accomplish anything that week and the panic would set in.  But truth be told, we did a lot of learning, just not what I PLANNED on teaching that week.  What happens if I plan to get through 2 chapters of our Story of the World history curriculum but we only do one chapter because the boys were so interested in studying more about nomads?  Maybe we used our time instead of reading a second chapter in our book, we researched nomad tribes of the amazon?  What if the boys asked me how the nomads move from place to place?  We did more research.  What if they wanted to know what happened to the nomad's houses when they moved?  We did more research.  What if they want to know more about the day and life of a nomad?  Is it wrong to do more research?  Is it wrong to satisfy their curiosity? Absolutely not!  They were learning.  They were understanding.  They were processing the information and even coming up with more questions!  Homeschooling Success!!!!  This is one of the reasons we chose to homeschool.  We can dive deeper into a subject that interests us.  We can go down the "rabbit hole". We can skim over those that don't interest us!  For example:  my boys hate snakes.  Hate them.  Period.  When our Sassafras Adventures book got to Cobra snakes, my boys wanted to skip it.  We did review it.  But we didn't research it.  We moved quickly on.....thankfully!  (oh, I don't like snakes either).  But when we were learning about lions, Jesse asked me what a wildebeest was- one of lion's favorite foods.  Off to research we went!!!  Jesse (and Owen came back in to watch) watched wildebeest migrations, wildebeest life
 cycle.  We had an afternoon of research- all from ONE question!
This was a change of thought process for me, a change of attitude for me!  I don't need to plan everyday.  I needed to foster what my kids were naturally doing, on their own, learning!  I started writing what we did each day.  When it was all wrote in the planner, I was amazed at what we DID each day!  SUCCESS!!! Less stress for my kids and me!  This was life changing for me!!!  FREEDOM!!! :)  
So....the question comes up: How DO you use your Erin Condren planner in homeschooling then?
I use the teacher planner.  And yes, I do use it.  How?? If I don't plan?
I have two Eric Condren planners.  I use the teacher version- one for each child per year.  I am homeschooling only two of my three kids- so I only have two planners.  Each day, I write down what we actually DO!!!  By writing what we accomplish each day, I can look back and feel GOOD about what we did that day.  I don't look at it and see all the things we didn't get to!  We study: math, reading, phonics, grammar, handwriting, writing, history, science, and current events.  We don't get to everything everyday but we do cover them each week.  I would say my only goal would be math and reading everyday.  Beyond that, we work with the other subjects as they fit in.  Some days, history is a quick lesson.  Other days, it turns into more research!  Our planners show our progress.  I reference them throughout the day.  I make notes in them- sometimes my note is- DO GRAMMAR tomorrow since it is Thursday and we didn't get to it yet that week! (it happens!)  Sometimes my notes have a website that I found that I want the boys investigate more.  It is each child's portfolio of what work they have done.  I don't have to question, where are we at in a book?  What chapters have we done?  It is all in my Erin Condren planner!  
This year I got each boy their own planner (I used one planner last year, one page for each child).  I found that it wasn't enough for my notes or to keep track of everything they were doing.  One planner for each child is working much better this year.  



And I even decorate my planners with some wash tape....just for fun!!!



Another thing that is great thing about the Erin Condren teacher planner is that it has a built in checklist section.  I use this section for our attendance record.  It makes it very neat and organized to have each child's information in one book for the year.  
Hope this helps someone with their planner.




This is the front of one of the planners- I did custom planners for each kid, they seem to like having their name on their own planner!
If you would like to order a planner, you can use my reference link for $10 off your order:
https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/michellemcgraw0621
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Michelle!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stampin' Up Weekly Deals 1-14-15

I am finally trying to get back into the swing of things.  Christmas was  a crazy time!  Hopefully I can get more crafting done soon!
One of the things I want to do is to blog more this year.  Last year was a busy year, so we'll see how this goes!
I'll start off with a great deal from Stampin' Up: weekly deals.  Stampin' Up has them weekly, obviously as the name says.  This week, one of my favorite framelits is on sale!!!  The star burst framelits.  http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=132967
I have to say, this set is one of them that I use the most!!!  It is great to layer with circles.  It looks great by itself. My favorite way to sue this die is to stamp an image and punch it out with the circle punch or circle framelits then layer it with the star burst framelit in a coordinating color.  You can pop the layers up with some dimensionals.
This is a post that I did using the starburst framelit and layers with a doily!  
http://3monkeysthrowingaroundsomepaper.blogspot.com/2014/01/kiwi-lane-design-templates-challenge.html
 The die itself is nice and thick and feels very sturdy, I'm not sure why I note that but I always think it when I pick up the die to use.  It is probably one of my most used dies and favorite!  Get it today on sale!!!!!  Plus Sale-a-Bration is going on so you can earn a free item for every $50 you spend before tax!!!!!  
Happy stamping!!!
Michelle!!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Raskog Ikea Cart for crafting!


As many others, I love my Raskog Ikea cart!  I started with one cart, to use it for my supplies and Project Life Cards.



I even had room for some extras!  
But....as all good plans go, I found that I loved the rollers on the bottom of the cart to get my supplies to my table to craft with, so I needed ALL my supplies on my cart, including: my sponges, xyron, scissors, homemade glue dots, stampin' mist, stamp scrub, ATG gun, my label maker, my new blendabilities, Stampin' Up Trimmer, envelope punch board....really anything and everything I could think of!!!  ;)  I love being able to have it all in one place and roll my cart to the table and easily be able to see everything I need. I think I might label each self so I know exactly where everything goes......wait, to OCD??  ;)  




I even have the magnetic spice holders from Ikea.  I wasn't sure what I needed them for when I bought them.  I have found them very handy to store my sequence in, and my mini attacher staples.  I love them!  
Of course this left me with the dilemma of where to put my Project Life cards.....only one option left....to get another Raskog Cart!!!!!

I organized my cards using a label maker, retired Stampin' Up card stock (it holds up really well!), my corner rounder for looks, and alphabetized them by maker and name of set.  I have found that I LOVE the Stampin' Up Project Life kits because there are no repeats in them.  Some of the other sets that I found in Hobby Lobby have been split with friends so I don't have so many doubles!  I am pretty sure I don't need four to six of one card!  I separated the cards by size so I can easily find the size and type I need while doing a PL page!  But the best part is that these cards are great for cards or regular scrapbook pages or even for my Erin Condren planner!!!  Now I can find them for any project!



I used the old clam shell stamp containers to store my Stampin' Up Project Life Accessory Kits.  They work perfectly to keep everything together with my cards!  
Do you have a Raskog cart?  What do you use it for?
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Black Friday Week Sales are UP!!!

Who is ready for some Black Friday discount shopping?  I am just not sure where or when I am heading out this year.  I hate that stores are opening so early.  Since we are eating with friends at 5pm- stores that open at 6pm, don't work for me.  Can we even call them Black Friday deals when they are on Thanksgiving??  I am hoping to do some online shopping on Thanksgiving!  Will that count?? What are your Black Friday plans?  Braving the crowds?  Online? 
Here's one sale that is EASY!!!
Stampin' Up's sales!!!
Already up! Some amazing prices!  Magnetic Big Shot Platform...40% off!!!!  Check them all out!!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What's in my bag?- Michael Kors Hamilton Traveler Calf Hair Camouflage




One of my other passions, bags.  I am slightly obsessed!!!  I love to go to a mall and bag watch.  I love to see the new bags that come out, the styles, the colors, the materials.  Yes, see, slightly obsessed!!!  So here is a What's in my bag video.  Are you a messy bag person?  Neat bag person?  What style bag is your favorite?  Leave me a comment below.

So there's my video!  I challenge any of my readers who are bag obsessed like me, put a link to your video or your picture down below of What's in YOUR bag! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Michelle!!!
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