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“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
Since I am expecting a baby girl in September, we moved my little boy (2 and 1/4 years old) into his new big boy toddler room. It was really fun to do and he loves it. As my boy would say, “My new room… It’s so nice!” Here is a little collage I made.
I love interior design but we wanted to be super thrifty with the design. The lockers were actually left in our basement when we moved in so we painted them orange and they look great and make nice storage! Since my husband coaches basketball, we wanted a sporty theme for our big boy. 😉 The dresser was a hand-me-down from my husband’s grandma, and it looks awesome in green! I also adore the bicycle knobs I found at Hobby Lobby. During a 50% off sale they were just $1.99, and the little nickel knobs were just $0.97 at Lowe’s. I recycled the area rug from his nursery, but it was only like $40 from IKEA. I also reused the curtains, trunk and some of the decor from his nursery. I found the quilt at Target and the striped pillow at IKEA. I made the wall art and painted the frames I already had a navy blue. The chair was my son’s grandfather’s when he was a child and they had it reupholstered as a gift for my little boy. Love it. I had sketched the picture of daddy playing football in college and it was a first year anniversary gift, which looks great in our boy’s room.
Here is the file I created and used for the wall art. I used all fonts I created which are available for free for personal use in my TpT Store. I hope you love it and can use it! 🙂
YOU ARE AWESOME wall art file
“This is my Son, whom I love…”
I love to plan my son’s birthday parties. Although it is not teaching related, I do like to get crafty! I found a lot of the ideas I used from Pinterest, and I made a lot of the materials using clipart and fonts I created! I decided to go with a pirate theme when I was doing some after Christmas sale shopping and found pirate themed invitations for $1, napkins for $0.50, and a happy birthday banner for $1.50 all on clearance at target.
Then I created pirate cupcake toppers with a pirate face on the front and skull and bones on the back. I printed them in color, and glued them on cardstock with a toothpick.
Then I created some signs to decorate the doors and house. 🙂
I also made little food labels with fun pirate themed names which I found on Pinterest.
I also made little label to put on the party favor bags. I found the blue and white twine in the dollar bins at Michael’s.
I had so much fun with this! Here are a couple more fun pics.
Here is the file I created. The posters say my son’s name but hopefully you can use everything else!
PIRATE BDAY STUFF
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”
(Psalms 40: 1)
Here is one last fun summertime idea. I had one dram of peach flavoring oil from the cake shop and I decided to try some peach cupcakes. I love making cupcakes. So here is what I did. I used one box of white cake mix and I made it as directed on the box. Then I added I bottle (1 dram) of peach flavoring oil, and a combination of pink and yellow food coloring gel so make the batter peach. I baked them as directed. I frosted them with plain old cans of buttercream frosting that I transferred into a piping bag. I didn’t use any tip, just the plastic round opening. They turned out pretty tasty and cute. Here is a pic.
I had a lot of fun making these. I stuck a peach ring in the frosting of each cupcake just for fun. I made them for my mother-in-law’s b-day, and I made some for our neighbors who mowed out grass when we were out of town. 🙂 We ate the cupcakes with vanilla ice cream and it was delicious. I really liked the watermelon cupcakes I made better, but I am a fan of watermelon flavored sweets.
I hope you’re enjoying your last weeks of summer. I’ve spend mine with my family and it’s been wonderful. God is so good and He is always with me. I love this song by Britt Nicole. It says…
“All this time, from the first tear cry, to today’s sunrise, and every single moment between, You were there. You were always there. It was you and I. You’ve been walking with me all this time.”
ALL THIS TIME by Britt Nicole
I definitely needed to hear that today, and I hope it speaks to you too.
It’s summer, and while I have been working on lots of things for my classroom and ideas for next school year, I wanted to share a fun summer treat. I am no Martha Stewart by any means, but I love making cupcakes. I came across a watermelon cupcake recipe on Pinterest while looking for watermelon summer teaching ideas and decided to make my own (easier) version! I talked with my friend/SLP/baker extraordinaire and got some great tips. I had so much fun making these. Here they are fresh out of the oven.
It’s not really a recipe but here is what I did…
I used a vanilla box cake mix and I added 1 bottle (1 dram) of watermelon flavoring oil. My SLP friend picked some up for me a the cake shop. They were only like $1 a bottle. Then I added rose gel food coloring to the batter. I’m not sure how much. I just added it until it was bright pink! I also added black sugar pearl sprinkles. I wanted to add black jimmies (to look like watermelon seeds) but Michael’s didn’t have any, so I got the black sugar pearls. Jimmies would’ve worked better because the pearls started to turn the batter dark so I just mixed them in real quick and then poured the batter into the cupcake cups. They turned out great and the sprinkles looked like seeds, but at the bottom of the batter there were a lot of seeds. 🙂
Then I added another bottle (1 dram) of watermelon flavoring oil to 1 and 1/2 cans of cream cheese frosting. I also added leaf green food coloring gel to the frosting, to make a light and dark green batch. I used piping bags to frost them with just the plastic opening and no tip. Here they are…
They were really good, if you like watermelon. They had a watermelon Jolly Rancher taste. Yum. I’m glad I took pictures because I made them for the workers at my husband’s basketball camp and by the time I got there all the frosting had melted off in my car. Oh well. They still tasted good!
Oh yeah, I also added a little sugar on the top to look like salt.
I hope you are enjoying summer! I am.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
(1 Peter 5:7)