Monday, August 27, 2018

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I've been waiting (and waiting) to be able to build my dream dining room table but it wasn't exactly in the cards...or the budget...after we moved across state lines in early January. Don't you just love those additional costs to moving that just show up? 

Anyway, I decided that if I had to keep my current table, it couldn't stay "as is". There was just no way that was going to work with the look I'm going for in my new home. 

Chalk Paint DIY

There you have it. The before. And I know it isn't pretty, y'all. That's precisely what made me take a school day at home alone and a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies.

For this project, I wanted to go with a two-tone look. I grabbed the color Primitive by DecoArt for the table top, Castle Slate by Folkart for the base, and the Home Decor Satin Varnish to seal it when the paint had dried.

Chalk paint DIY

I began by painting the top with one coat. It took three full coats to get the finish I was going for. I didn't want to see much of the wood color through the paint. Also? I absolutely adored the gray undertones of this white color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Chalk Paint DIY

I really liked how the white paint was finishing around the rough, old edges of the table. It gave it an aged look without compromising the beauty of the chalk paint finish. And the Castle Slate on the base was everything I hoped it would be. I only did 2 full coats on the base as I didn't feel I needed that much coverage with a darker color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Here is the table with one of the chairs painted in Primitive to match.

Chalk Paint DIY
I'm in love with the contrast of these 2 colors but mostly I love how they compliment each other rather than compete.

Someday I'll be able to build that Farmhouse style table and bench seat. But for now, I'm enjoying the simple upgrade to what I already had. It was inexpensive and took an afternoon to do. The chalkpaint dries pretty quickly which makes is a quick process.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

**thanks to the pr representative who sent complimentary items for review. I was not compensated for this post beyond those items. This is my experience and opinion. Others may have a different experience or view. 

Most kiddos have their favorite subject(s) in school. For my boy, it's history. He loves jumping into history books, visiting historical sites, and watching historical documentaries to learn more and more and more about what came before him. 

He's also going to start Middle School. (Someone hold me.) And would you know, the thing that made him excited about his class schedule was that his first hour is spent in history. My friends over at Workman Publishing heard about his love of history and sent us some books for him to enjoy.



Maybe you've seen the Big Fat Notebook series of books for Middle School students? They have books that cover history, science, math, and English. These books are crammed with facts and are also very captivating for the reader.



The style of the book is like one, big notebook. The font is large and the pages are colorful while also descriptive. It makes it a bit of an "easy read" but is also teaching a lot of information at the same time. These are wonderful references for Middle School students!



And if you're a parent who worries about bias, be it from a religious, political, or other world view, you can set those worries aside. The stories told in this book are strictly the facts of what happened. It's actually really refreshing. My son has enjoyed looking over World History and American History topics and sharing with us the things he's learning.


Now, let's chat a bit about Spy On History. My boy was also sent this book to enjoy. This got him excited in a different kind of way. This story invites him to participate and help crack the code to solve the mystery.






But he doesn't do this just by reading. No. He's armed with maps, tools, and hints along the way to help him out. And because he loves history, he takes this very seriously.




I love his love for history but I love finding helpful tools for him even more. Being able to get him books that will stimulate that love for all things history and add to his learning is a wonderful gift. And I'm picky, y'all. I want him to have books that are really geared toward his age and reading level without dumbing down the information or sharing it in a boring way. 

I guess my point is, there are A LOT of choices out there but I choose to stick with something I know will meet my kiddos where they are and encourage further learning. You'll find, like I did, Workman Publishing offers loads of books like this for all ages. 

Now to find a few things for my girls from Workman Publishing. What do you think you're kiddo(s) will enjoy? 

~Amy

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Monday, August 20, 2018

**thanks to the pr representative who sent complimentary items for review. I was not compensated for this post beyond those items. This is my experience and opinion. Others may have a different experience or view. 


I'm pretty sure it's fair to say that the least exciting part of "back to school" for the kiddos is homework.  Seriously. Sometimes I wish I could snap my fingers and have "homework hour" be over, already. But since I can't take it away (and I know it's beneficial for my kiddos' learning), I may as well add something to their working spaces that they will enjoy. 

Enter some adorable and fun pencil sharpeners. 

I have a boy and 2 girls. All 3 of my kiddos were so happy to see these Amazeko items show up on our doorstep. My girlies share a room and keep their ice cream truck sharpener on their desk and my son was really stoked to add the S.W.A.T. truck sharpener to his. 


These pencil sharpeners also feature lights and sounds. This makes pencil sharpening fun and makes the task of sitting down to get homework done a little less unpleasant. Check out the little clips below to see what I'm talking about. (PS: After we tried these out for the first time, my kiddos took to sharpening all their colored pencils and then sat down to color. Yep. I'll take in the sounds of sirens and ice cream trucks in exchange for having all 3 (not so) littles sitting down to color for an extended period of time. This is such a win!




The boxes come loaded with an Amazeko pencil and batteries for the sharpeners. You don't have to worry about any assembly. Just add batteries and send the kiddos on their way. 






There is a window on the back of each truck to make it easy to see when the sharpener should be emptied. Then when it's time to empty it, simply pull that back part off the truck and dump out the shavings.




My boy and 2 girls have been enjoying these sharpeners for a couple weeks now. They've since taken to doing more coloring and even writing out cards for friends and family. It's amazing how a small detail can inspire a lot more creativity, huh? We love these sharpeners and I'm sure your kiddos will too. 

Check out the link at the top of this post to go shopping and grab one for your back to school kiddo(s). 

~Amy

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

**thanks to the pr representative who sent complimentary items for review. I was not compensated for this post beyond those items. This is my experience and opinion. Others may have a different experience or view. 


Last school year was when I had finally decided to change up the way I was handling my family's schedule. My hubster and I share a calendar on our iPhones, but I needed somewhere I could tangibly see the day to day schedule. I bought a giant planner and filled it out as events, appointments, and all that jazz came up.

This year I was sent this oh, so adorable 17 month planner from PIPSTICKS+WORKMAN. When I say adorable, I'm not just talking about the cover (although that is especially cute). I'm also talking about the stickers (yes, stickers!) and sweet little details all throughout the planner.



Right after opening it, I saw this holographic bag that holds little sticky tabs and a blank card. It may also be able to hold a pen but I'm sure I'll be adding extra stickers to this soon. Also, did you see the tabs on the righthand side? I love the colors, making it easy to tell the difference between each section.




Before I got to the monthly calendar tabs, I found so many helpful detail pages. There is a list of popular holidays, places to write in your own notable dates, a page to write out goals for each month, blank note pages, and seasonal stickers to use all over the calendar and daily plans. There is just something about a planner made beautifully fun. I look forward to adding things to my planner (which makes my life a bit more organized).




Here's a peek at the monthly layout and my most favorite detail for ease of use. I already mentioned the colored tabs, making it easy to turn to the month needed. There is also a handy elastic cord that works as a marker for the month you would like to open up to. Following a view at the full month, there is a day to day break down with plenty of room to write in all the important details...or to add more stickers. :) 

Speaking of stickers, check out this amazing sticker book! 




OK. See? Rainbows, plants, AND alpacas? This sticker book speaks my love language, y'all. These will be so fun to add to postcards or notes or my planner. And you can call me childish if you want, but I think stickers are just fun. They really cheer me up. 





At the back of the sticker book, there are 6 postcards that will be fun to pop in the mail and surprise people with. Y'all, the colors and designs and details in all of this? They are soooo cute, and bright, and cheery. 

Finally, let's check out the most amazing little note pad. 





Yes, of course there are some stickers here, too. I love it!  This pad is something I'm going to use for my many (MANY) wandering thoughts. I get blog post ideas, or want to jot down my garden planting timeline, or have DIY projects I want to make sure I do, and so on. You get it, right? A creative mind is a terrible thing to waste and if I don't capture my ideas, I will have a hard time remembering them later. This pad is perfect to toss in my handbag for on-the-go or to set beside my planner at home so I can easily grab it and write things down there. 

Alright. It's your turn to find your perfect fit. Jump to the top of the post and click the link to start shopping. And, hey! If you're feeling generous, I wouldn't mind a few more stickers. ;) 

~Amy


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