adding flair to school folders

doc-it folders embellished  
Just a quick post today. The first week of school has kicked my bum. We've also had other exciting things going on at our house this week (I'll tell you later on this month and no, I'm not expecting!) but combine all that with a lovely cold and my brain has been mush. 

We did this little project in about ten minutes while getting all the school supplies ready last week. We are big Harry Potter fans, so they were thrilled. And so was Mr. Flash, my ninth grader. 

mischief managed notebook 

My new middle schooler picked this folder. They are DocIt folders and they work really well for keeping my kids organized. They have 8 pockets with labels but the pockets are stacket veritcally, so you can see (and not forget) all the subjects at once.  I got this one at HEB, our local grocery store, for $6. They grey ones I ordered on Amazon for $8.  I ordered the vinyl decals off Amazon since I'm craft cutter less.

My tenth grader was to cool to allow himself to do anything but smile and say "Thanks Mom!" when I handed him his folder. But since he has been enamoured with the wizarding world since he was tiny, I knew that inside, he was secretly jumping up and down.


My new high schooler was very nervous and I thought this would cheer him up.  He really likes super heros, and the flash is his favorite. Another kid made happy!


And the best part is, if they get sick of them, they can just peel them off! 

How do you keep your kids organized for school?

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School starts tomorrow. These were the weekend words for our family. 

be though an example  

Fingers crossed for a great start to the school year!

apple teacher gift

Apple for the teacher bucket 
So our school is starting next week, and I would be sad about it but, kids need the stricter schedule. And I need them to stop tearing my house apart. Before I go insane. And the nitpicking. And guess who is the worst? The teenagers. I'm in for it when all four girls are teenagers at the same time. That's the stuff nightmares are made of for sure. 

Anyway, we had meet the teacher night, and I like to give gifts, so we (my 11 year old and I) threw this together at the last minute because I really liked this nail polish idea  but decided that since we already knew two of our three teachers, we should take the idea in another direction to better suit them.  

apple bucket supplies  
So we picked up a few things while we were out shopping for other things. Target gift cards, apple stickers and cute little bucket from Target, Milano cookie packs from Costco (yum!) and apple flavor lotion and sanitizer from bath and body works. 

gift card 
We made the gift cards cute, stuck it all in a cello bag with tissue paper and ribbon and called it good. 

It made me happy. And the teachers seemed to like them okay too. It's always nice to start the year out on the right foot. :)

Apple themed gift bucket 

Do you keep 50 cello bags, a tub of tissue paper and a tub full of ribbon (to match anything) on hand at all times for last minute gift preparation? Just me?

house tour: dining room

I love house tours. No, that's not strong enough. I LOVE house tours. I spent more time as a child arranging my doll house, (and Barbie's house too!) than actually playing with the dolls. And usually forced them to have major life changes that mandated remodels as I played. (How many times does Barbie really get married anyway? And have twin baby girls!?!) I was the nerd who was buying old interior design books at the used book sale at the library as a middle schooler. Oh and stole my mother's house plan book (Sorry Mom!) and read it until the cover fell off. But I heard at the beginning of high school that you had to do math to be a designer. And I don't do math. High school algebra, I'm looking at you.  So I majored in English, because I also love to read. But that's a whole 'nother story. But while driving at night up the mountain to our newlywed apartment in college, I would peek into the windows of the fancy houses our building stood next to. Not to see the people, but their house stuff. I told the hubs to drive slow, so I could see. He thought I was silly. He still does.

I decided it is high time I documented our home. Starting with dining room. Mostly because it was clean(ish) already.

dining room 

We actually have six chairs, but only two are currently at the table because, hello, eight kids. The table is actually really large, around 4 feet wide by 6.5 feet long. When we were planning for a new table because we were out growing our small newlywed one, (back in 2004) I was thinking of a lovely farmhouse table, with a stained top and beautiful chippy white painted legs like I had seen on HGTV. But I never told the hubs this, (communication is important people) and he is a man of action, so, he got this local pickup with a couple of water rings on the top for a song on eBay. It was my first refinishing project with stain and polly! I learned to love it. It has casters for easy cleanup after meals. And with the two leaves in we can really feed a crowd!. I have babied it for years. No dents in my table! Now, I can see you laughing at me, reader. And yes, certain four year old girls who will not be named recently stabbed my poor table to death with a fork. There might have been some weeping when I discovered what had occurred. And gnashing of teeth. And now I'm over it. I think everyone has that moment, when you turn into your mother. "You guys break everything! I can't have anything nice!" I totally get it now.  Sorry, Mom.

dining table, benches 
The tile floors are not my favorite. They are boring beige. And though I know most people dont feel the same way, I subscribe to the "tile is only for bathrooms and laundry rooms" theory. Did you know that is a thing? It is. And cleaning grout is like my least favorite chore.  I also think carpet is only for bedrooms, but still have it in most of my house. You can't have it all. At once. ;)

dining chandelier 

We moved this chandy from the living room, where it was when we moved here. It had shades over each light. I felt they weren't necessary. The high chandelier is a request of the hubs. Not because he's super tall, but because his head is a chandelier magnet. Seriously, he'll hit it EVERY.  Single. Time.  Thus, they must always be raised higher than normal to keep him from banging his head every time he sits down. Because of the height, the cord was a little looped and looked ugly.  I bought the cord cover for it, and have loved it ever since.

dining room gallery wall 

I love my family gallery wall. Our families our spread out all over the country and it helps my kids remember what everyone looks like. You might notice that the frames don't all match anymore. We've broken a few frames lately. Okay, it was six months ago. Someday I'll paint them to match.  Maybe.  And my big chalkboard, which was from the mother of all garage sales, has a banner I can change out for holidays and birthdays, and a place to write quotes. What's not to like? It combines two of my favorite things: banners & quotes.

pallet wood arrow 

My mom (Who is, by the way, the coolest ever. She's been rocking power tools for as long as I can remember) made the arrow for me, among other things, out of a pallet I got from my neighbor. It is pointing right as a subtle reminder to the kids. And maybe me. 

den and dining 

The dining room is open to the family room. Most people would call it the breakfast room, but we use the formal dining as a formal living room, because that's what works for us. We USE this room. I couldn't even get a shot without the midgets. 

den and dining room 

I have big plans to trim out those windows. Farm house style. Hopefully, that will get done soon.  I really do enjoy all the natural light in this house. 

The dining room is open to the kitchen, which I love. It makes cooking dinner while supervising homework and chores so much easier. So, sorry that I didn't clean off my counters for you. But this is real life and we're all friends here. And I told you the dining room was clean. I said nothing about the rest of the house. ;)

So, that's our dining room. Which will room be clean next? ;)

weekend words 3

Today my husband and I are celebrating our 18th anniversary. My sweet mother-in-law texted us yesterday to wish us a happy anniversary, and he texted her back quicker than I did with exactly the thought that went through my head after reading her message.  He is my better half. I am so grateful to have found someone that has the same goals, hopes, and dreams for life.

Here's to another year of moving along "the Alpine Path," together! Love you babe!

d&c wedding picture  
Seriously, don't we look like infants in this picture? Ha!

weekend words 2

If you are a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, you'll recognize this one. If you haven't read The Little House series, you're missing out. Farmer Boy is a must read if you have little boys. I still remember my mom reading Little House on the Big Woods to me. I'll be hanging this one in my girls bathroom. Just as a gentle reminder. 😉