Saturday, July 28, 2012

moving freebies

I am almost ready for moving day and now we offically have no dining room!

Hooray for being almost ready to move! All we have left is the last minute moving day things. Yay!

And here are the freebies I promised:

moving box contents
moving labels
new home/apartment search


Friday, July 27, 2012

Moving madness {part two}

The madness continues!  I have been packing like crazy! Here's what I have so far:

{please excuse the poor lighting}

I just wasn't sure what a good place to stash packed in the dining room they went. Who needs to eat right? and remember my "Tuesday" list. I regret to inform you that it isn't complete yet.
but I am making progress.

The colored x's are way better than regular x's.

The other thing I have been working on is my "apartment notebook"
I just used a composition book and covered it in scrapbook paper and coated it with mod podge. After the mod podge was dry, I covered it with a clear acrylic sealer. Easy peasy.

On the inside I popped in a quick pocket to store receipts for things I have purchased for the move or the new apartment.

Not much in there so far...

Then on the first page is the key for my color coded labels. Nothing too complicated.

Then on the following pages are the box contents. Each room gets a page. Then I just have the contents of each box listed by number. All the boxes have a number or some sort of identifier.

And another pocket on the back cover :

I know its nothing fancy, but I'm hoping that it will help make the moving and unpacking process go more smoothly. Especially since my family {who are all super excited to help me move} won't have to ask where each box should go since they are all nicely labeled. And the contents will help me know which boxes to unpack first. 

I'm hoping to be packed and ready before moving day so I can spend my last days searching pinterest for wonderful ideas for the new apartment.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Also, I will post the different options for moving labels that I made sometime. They are on another computer {because doesn't everyone have three different computers?} and its not very easily accessible right now. 

Don't forget about our Etsy Sale. Use the coupon code JULYSALE at the checkout to save 20% off your entire order!! Check out our store today because the sale ends on Moving Day (August 1)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Moving madness

Let the madness begin! I move into a new apartment on August first! Yay right? Except that packing and moving again makes me just a bit nauseous. So I am going to try to be organized this time. So I got my game face on, and of course headed to pinterest and a few blogs. The two things I found most often? Lists and Lables {doesn't get any better than that}
So I got right to work, first I made some cute colorful labels thinking that I had 2 x4 labels. But alas, I did not. And the closest store is 25 minutes and I could not justify driving that far just for labels, but I did think about it for a second. 
Round two: I made some address label sized labels and left space for writing the contents. Also not happening. I write way too big for that. 
So, third time around I went super simple and made these:

And then I started my list:
and I labeled it Tuesday, hahaha like I would actually get it all done today. But hey I can dream right?

And since I was in the list making mood, I started an "apartment"  shopping list too. One side for household items and the other for groceries we would need right away

I have a few boxes packed so far. And I realized I might have an addiction? 10 bottles of Method Cleaners---seems a bit excessive?? But in my defense I did stock up when I could double coupon on sale. How can you say no to that?

It's gonna be a great week!! Even better if I get my list finished! Anyone else moving or have moved recently? I'd love some tips if you have any! 

and don't forget, there are only a few days left of our Etsy Sale! Get 20% off your entire order with the coupon code JULYSALE. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

a bowl full of lemons

I found this wonderful giveaway over at a bowl full of lemons today for fridge coasters! They are delightful! Swing over to a bowl full of lemons and check out her giveaway!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What we are Pinning!

It's been a while since we shared what are pinning, so I thought we would let you in. You can always follow us on Pintrest by clicking over on the sidebar.

Be sure to click through to the source if you want to re-pin anything, don't pin from our post :)

1. I'm trying to find inspiration to dress myself a little better. Pintrest is always great for that!
Found Here
2. You know food is always on my mind. My husband and I are trying to make more real food. Ok, so I am finding recipes and he is cooking them. :) But this one looks like a crowd pleaser!
Found Here
3. This blogger has tons of awesome little girl hair ideas. Faith LOVES having fun hair styles and I ran out of ideas.
Found Here
4. This blogger has tons of fun ideas. I am definitely stealing the magnetic puzzle idea for our vacation to Yankton this summer!
Found Here
5. I love this not only as a teacher, but as the mother of a soon to be kindergartener. He is not super thrilled by educational activities, but he does like making his own books. This teacher has tons of other fun things, so be sure to check her out!
Found Here
1.   I am always looking for fun new recipes. An a tasty crock pot recipe is even better! This tasty looking slider is from six sisters stuff.

2.  I have been pinning quite a few recipes for homemade soaps and detergents. This one looks super simple to make, and maybe inexpensive enough to try out my first time.

3.  Photo blocks. Seem to be big in crafting right now.  This site offers an easy tutorial on how to create your own.

4. Bling Bobby Pins! I sooo need them! Way better than paying $5 for 20 bobby pins. Another one of those duh! Why couldn't I think of that things!

5.  I will soon have to move out of the house I am currently living in so I have searching for a few moving tips. This one for safely moving plates is great!

These are just a few of the things we have been pinning lately. Don't forget you can follow us on pinterest from the link on our home page. What other great things have you been pinning lately?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

don't forget...

... about our JULY ETSY SALE! Its still going, through the end of July. Check out our etsy shop here. Just enter the coupon code JULYSALE at the checkout to receive 20% off of your entire order!

Friday, July 13, 2012

friday five

Hey everyone, we're back again with our friday five and linking up with Lauren at from my grey desk.

Here's our five:
1. Niki and I did a little back to school shopping yesterday. We love school shopping.

2. We are working on updating our etsy store with new and updated items!

3. My big kids completed their first week of swimming lessons. They both successfully jumped off the diving board by themselves!
Carter Jumps!
Faith JumpS1

4. The kids and I have been spending tons of time at the library, taking advantage of the awesome DVD collection we can check out.
why yes, that is a dish pan that we use to corral our library books when we aren't reading them. then we just take the whole bin to the library with us.

5. I (Shannon) am busy this week with job interviews and apartment hunting! Wish me luck!

Have a great weekend everyone.
And don't forget about our July etsy sale!! Just use the coupon code JULYSALE at the checkout to get 20% off your entire order!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

blog planner

Niki and I have been looking for a blog planner for a while now. We struggled because we write the blog together but we live a little over an hour apart. But we are both a little old school, and like to actually write things down. (this also explains our obsession with planners) So my sister found this blog planner from confessions of a home schooler, so now we each have one of these cuties.

We had considered making one, but being new to this blogging thing, we weren't sure where to start. Then we found this planner that Erica had made, and it was cute and even better it was free. So printed them out and I popped mine in a binder similar to the one I am using for my home management binder.

Here's a peak inside...

I also keep stats from our etsy store in my blog binder

I keep weekly/monthly stats...

and customer orders...

Anyone else have blog planners or planning methods they want to share?? leave a comment!

 And don't forget about our JULY ETSY SALE! 20% off your entire order through the end of July! Use the coupon code JULYSALE at the checkout.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July Etsy Sale

We posted earlier this week about our etsy reorganization , and now we would like to celebrate with an etsy sale! 20% your entire purchase at our etsy store-- for the rest of July. My birthday is in july and its a great summer month, so why not celebrate with a sale!?  We would love for you to become a follower of our blog or store if you use the coupon code :) Use the coupon code JULYSALE at the checkout!  Make sure you enter the code before you pay, not as a note to seller. Be sure to check out all of the new and updated items we have listed!

click the image to shop our etsy store

Monday, July 9, 2012

etsy store reorganization

Today's organization is a not a normal fifteen minutes of organizing. Today I am reorganizing our etsy store. I had a revelation the other day, my home management binder documents do not match, and that is a problem! In fact I'm not sure how I got along this long with the un-matching-ness. So now I am revamping the etsy store and offering some new and some redone documents to make a home management binder set (yay!)
The set is 19 documents, all personalized to your family. Hooray! 
The set includes:
automobile log

babysitter notes

bill payment log

password log

chore chart

cleaning checklist


kids' schedule

monthly budget

daily agenda

home maintenance

household information

important dates

blank monthly calendar

monthly menu planner

petsitter notes

grocery list

to do list

week at a glance

19 gloriously matched documents

I am also working on creating some other "sets" to offer in the etsy store. I'm thinking: 
grocery and menu planning
cleaning and organizing
for the teacher
and maybe more...we'll see how creative I get.
Check them out in our etsy store!