Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Scripture Chalkboard

For a long time I have had an odd,
 open space near our back door.
I knew I wanted something
personal and purposeful to fill it...
Then my sister posted on FaceBook that she
 had received some old cabinet doors...
She used two to make chalkboards
and I just knew one would be perfect in this space.
This chalk paint came from Walmart...
yup, Walmart!
And this very affordable chalkboard paint
 came from Hobby Lobby.
It took several coats...
which around this house
 meant several days to finish!
Did you know if you press
 wet paint brushes in a baggie,
they will keep for days without
drying out?
Yup, it works!
This adorable arrow sign
was also a great find at Hobby Lobby.
I do wish it pointed to our backyard,
as that truly is our "happy place"
but pointing to the kitchen works too, right?
We are using our chalk board to write out scriptures.
I just love it!
The kids are really into watching the scripture change!
Here is a list of scriptures we will
be working on this summer...
So one project on my
"To- Finish" list is done!
On to the next...

Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Coupon Code

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Summer Ideas For Kids

We are gearing up for Summer Vacation around here!
Be sure to check out and follow my
SUMMER Pinterest Board.
It is full of HOT ideas and
 lots of COOL ways to enjoy those long days!

Follow Next To Heaven's board summer time on Pinterest.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Welcome Summer Fun!

For the past three years I have put together
 these Summer Fun Buckets for my kids.
I set them out on our breakfast table
for the first "true" day of summer vacation!
You know, the Monday it really starts,
not the Saturday!
What a big hit these are!
Not only are kids thrilled,
but mama is pretty strategic about
 what goes in them because
 it is my summer, too!
And I love the LAZY days of summer!
So What do I put them in them...
*guilty pleasure breakfasts like PopTarts
or the sugary cereal they always beg me for!
Something the can fix themselves while I sleep in!
*Water balloons for our big neighborhood war
*New Crayons and markers
*Simple water toys from the dollar store
*Flip flops and sunglasses also from the dollar store
*Goggles and swim shoes.
Things I would buy even if we did not to the buckets.
*A note book or coloring book
*A guilty pleasure snack (or two)
*A new board game (not in the bucket, but one to share)
and a book or two!
New for this summer is going to be a chore chart!!
Bahaha!  I can't wait!
Like I said, it's my summer, too!
Now that these kiddos are a year older
 we will be adding a few chores to earn screen time!
Brilliant, right?
The first ones are from Bekah at Pinch A Little Save A Lot
This edit-able one is from Southern Melle!
I really like the idea of adding
scripture and manners to the chart!
I will be posting an update on our Summer Chore System
as soon as we nail one down!
I know I sound like the kids...
Mainly the LAZY part,
but the sun and fun too!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

What We Have Been Up To...

I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted...
Where did our Spring go?
It started off with a family wedding
that lasted for two fun filled weekends!
 And it is baseball season!
Sometimes we are playing ball
three nights a week!
(but its so fun!)
 I started The 21 Day Fix...
and adding in workouts and food prep
to my day has been tricky, but worth it!
 This little dancer has a big recital coming up...
this means pictures, rehearsals, and costume fun!
She also has an art show this month AND
is all registered for Kindergarten (sigh/ tear)
 Molly?  Well, she is 18 months today and busy as ever!
Oh and no she is still not sleeping through the night-
but boy is she ever fun!
I have also been party planning for this handsome guy!
8 already? I love this Lego obsessed kid!
 And mostly, I have been working on all the orders for
 the many end of the year teacher bags!
Okay, and I am binge watching Mad Men while I stitch!
Have you seen it?
Have no fear we have lots of fun plans
 and activities coming up...
I will soon post how I plan
and prep for our summer!
So how has your spring been?
What are you summer plans?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Mason Jars

Easter really came fast this year.
We did not do much decorating,
but I did pull together a few things.

I just love this little ceramic chocolate bunny.
Just a simple touch in our entryway.
He is sitting on a plate, that I believe was my Great Grandmother's.
The eggs are wooden and very neutral from Hobby Lobby.
I have been really loving mason jar crafts and d├ęcor this past year.
I guess everyone has because they are all over Pinterest.
This is a little vignette on my kitchen bar top.

This jar is from Target.
It was $1.79.
The eggs inside are from Hobby Lobby
and they are made out of a hard foam.
I was able to really squish them and
place them in the jar exactly
how I wanted because they are pliable.
I added some burlap and checkered ribbon to the top.
The next project I did were these jars for Mike's teachers.
I made a smaller version last year,
but this year I added the EOS chap stick
 that looks like an egg!
 These wooden tags were from the dollar spot at Target.
I just added washi tape and wrote a note.
I love how the lid turned out.
They remind me of a striped Easter egg.
It is just spring colored washi tape!
There are just so many cute ideas to make with jars!
Here are a few we wanted to make...
These yummy and sweet looking cake jars are from

Adelyn fell in love with these adorable bunny jars from
Her daughter was able to make these all on her own
and I really like that!

How cute is this Jelly Bean Jar game from
Catherine even gives a link to the free printable jars!!
Hop on over to my Spring Pinterest Board
for even more Egg-stra fun ideas!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Our Morning Routine

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I am starting my very first blog series.
I get asked quite often...
"How do you do it?"
(this makes me laugh because I don't!)
Or sometimes...
"What do you do all day?"
(Now this one I understand and often ask myself!)
So here we go....

Before I even start,
you MUST understand that this "routine"
is on an ideal day. 
This is what we strive for.
This is how I like it.
BUT... I live in a child centered home.
So trust me when I say,
nothing around here is perfect!
My day starts between 5 and 5:30 am.
I know, I know... it is sooo early!
But it is the only time I can get in any exercise!
If the baby slept well, then I 've slept well...
So I get up at 5 and do a 4 mile walk with Leslie Sansone.
If it was a rough night...
I sleep in to 5:30 and just walk two miles.

I reward myself with coffee and my bible time at 6:00.
Let me tell you, it really is my favorite part of the morning.
My favorite bible studies are from GoodMorningGirls.Com.
At 6:30 I bring my husband his coffee
 and wake him up.
I spared him from a picture for the blog,
as he is not much of a morning person!
We will chat, check the weather,
and maybe watch some news until around 6:45.

This is when I start my one load of laundry.
I finally figured out a system that works for me,
unfortunately is does include laundry
 every. single. day.

On this particular morning,
Molly added these to the basket of clothes...
she must really love me and knew I needed a laugh!

 Then it is time to make breakfast...
I have a go to menu to take
the thought right out of  it.
Muffin Monday
Taco Tuesday
Waffle Wednesday
 Piggy Thursday
(I wanted Thirsty Thursday, but my kids do not care for smoothies)
Favorite Friday
While the two big kids have breakfast,
I read out of our devotional book.

What I love about this book is that
there is not an order... you just go by date.
Each devotional stands alone, so if you miss a day,
it is not big deal.

They are also short and sweet.
Each day has a memory verse and a prayer.
My kids just love it!
So now it is about 7:30am.
Mike gets dressed for school and
if we have plans Addy will get dressed now too.
While they do I pack Mike's lunch.

As Daddy and Mike head off to school and work,
I will switch the laundry into the dryer.

Around 7:50 I am making my bed.
I make my bed every day...
it is my thing!
Some girls have a shiny sink or vacuum to get going...
but for me it is making my bed!

Around 8am Miss Molly Ann wakes up.
and she has her breakfast while I clean up the kitchen.
I do not run my dish washer at night like most girls.
I clean the kitchen and load the dishes after dinner,
but I run it after breakfast.
This way the kids get to unload it for me
 as their after school chore.
Smart, huh?

If the girls and I have plans...
currently dance, art, or bible study
we get ALL dressed around 8:30.

If we do not have morning plans then the girls will watch
a show or two and cuddle on the couch.

Molly finds Dora's friend, Boots wildly funny!

and I will go over my plan for the day
with another cup of coffee!
So by 9:00am we are either
 headed out the door or I start a few chores.
I start with a quick tidy of the bathroom and
 fold that one load of laundry!
I make myself fold and put away those clothes. 
Molly usually starts "un-choring"
I made that word up,
but if you have ever had a toddler
you know exactly what that means.
Do you have a morning routine?
Is it a general plan or pretty specific?

Let's go make something,


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