DIY First Day Of School Photo Prop For Back To School Photos #SchoolPhoto #FirstDayOfSchool #BackToSchool

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The children going back to school is always a hard time for parents. Letting our children go again after a fun summer with the family. However, we can make some beautiful memories for back to school that we can show our children when they get older. I fell in love with this board, it’s perfect for the first day of school and last day of school so we can see how much the kids have grown. It also makes it easier to see what grade, their age and more just by looking at the photo.

You can make one of these great First/Last Day of school photo prop boards for your child/children and use them year after year. They will hold up and I love that you can use chalk to write in the information of the school year and erase it for the next year or child. You can choose any color for the board that you would like, if you have a boy and girl use a color that would be great for both. You will love being creative with your board and you can add more information if you choose as well. If you would like you can also add, “When I grow up I would like to be” , “My best friend is”, “My favorite book is” and anything else you would like. Your not limited to the information that you can add to your board.

Note: You will need 2 sets of each images and letters for both sides of the board. One side will say first day of school and the other side will be for the Last day of school.

Supply List:

5/8″ Plywood 18″ High and 27″ length
1 Large Bottle Of Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic Wine paint
Modge Podge
2 Black and white apple and square print out
2 Black and white heart and circle print out
2 Black and white ribbon print out
2- Black Chalk Board Covering (Dollar General $1)
2 Rectangle shapes use your ruler to draw them out and cut them
Sand paper
Pencil
Ruler
Chalk
Foam paint brush (Dollar Tree)
Letter Stickers, Letter stencil or anything you would like to use for the letters

Step 1: Have your Plywood cut into the size of the board you need. You can make more then one or choose to make other projects from the left over plywood.

Step 2: Sand the edges of your board so that you will not get splinters and you can paint it easily.

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Step 3: When I’m painting I like to squirt the paint onto sections of the board and use a length wise straight across motion so that the paint is smooth. Then I continue till the board is covered onto the edges of the board. I then let it dry and cover the other side of the board and the edges again to make sure they are fully covered. The front and back will need two coats of paint each.

Step 4: Get your Modge Podge and place a thick layer over the top of your boards to seal the paint, it helps to protect it and makes it easy for cleaning as well.

Step 5: Print out the PDF files of your images. Now that you have them printed out, you can now cut out the outline of each image to use for your Black chalk board cover.

Step 6: You will want to trace your images on the white backing of the Black chalk board cover and then cut them out. Do not remove the white backing yet.

Step 7: If your using the Black Chalk board cover for the lettering with a stencil, you will want to use the wrong side of the stencil to trace so that the letters will come out correctly. If your using sticker letters then you can get them ready.

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Step 8: Now you have all your pieces cut out and ready to use. You will now use a ruler and your pieces to draw straight lines on your board. This will help you to ensure that your pieces go on the board straight so they are not all over the board and uneven.

Step 9: Now that your ready to start placing your pieces down. I highly recommend that you use modge podge on the back of your pieces as it really helps adhere them to your board. You will only use a light layer of modge podge. Once you have your light layer of modge podge on your piece you can start to place them one at a time. I like using the modge podge as I can still move the pieces easily if you need to.

Step 10: Once your pieces have dried you can use a damp cloth to remove any extra modge podge and your ready to use your board for the first and last day of school.

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Simple Living Portable Clothes Dryer Review #College #CollegeDorms #DeerHunting #Camping

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I received the Simple Living Portable Clothes Dryer from Simple Living to review for this blog post. I tried the Portable Clothing Dryer several times before I made the video of how it works. I also used it inside the house but I also tested it outside as well because I wanted to see how it would do for different ways of us. You could use it for a college student’s dorm, camping, Deer Hunting, or home use. I tried it outside for the camping, Deer Hunting or other outdoor needs. I also tried it indoors for College dorms or home use.

The portable clothes dryer was very easy to put together. It took me a matter of minutes to have it together and ready to use. I at first wasn’t a fan of the zipper because it wouldn’t line up correctly when zipping. However, I noticed that the more I used it the zipper became where it wasn’t so stiff and lined up correctly. I liked how it also had vent holes at the top of the bag to allow the heat to escape. You can hang clothes on hangers and hang them on the eyelets that are on the racks for them to dry easily. The instructions that come with the Portable Clothes Dryer explain to you how long to put the timer on for. I also loved how quiet the machine is.

The Portable clothing dryer would be perfect for the deer hunter in your life as well. They can use the dryer to dry their gear when they are done hunting for the day so that the next day they are ready for a great day of hunting again with warm dry gear. The college students can save money by washing their clothes and then drying them with the portable dryer. It would be a great solution for any time that you need clothing dried. You can even use it on babies clothing if you do not want to use dryer sheets on them and a quiet way to dry them and not wake them up.

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I’m sure you will find new uses for it all the time. I think that you will really like It for your family. It really was easy to put together and I love that I can store it in a smaller tote and put it away when it’s not in use. It would also fit into a closet easily or many other spaces to get it out of the way when it’s not in use. I also think it would be perfect for a tiny house to use to dry clothes and then put it away till you need it again. Don’t forget if you need a gift for a wedding it could make a great gift as well or for anyone on your Christmas list or any other occasion as well.

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6 Free Virtual Reality Chemistry Lessons From Mel Science #Homeschool #Science

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I’m so excited to share with all of you that there are some great new virtual reality Chemistry lessons that are available to you free. There are 6 wonderful Chemistry lessons that you can share with your child to help them learn more about Atoms and what they can do. Mel Science has just released them as of today June 14th, 2017.

You will need to use Google Daydream to use the 6 Free Chemistry lessons. There will be other lessons that will be available as well but each will need to be purchased as they are introduced. The virtual reality Chemistry lessons use the K–12 Curriculum which I can tell you is more advanced. My son is using K-12 and I have been highly impressed with the Curriculum as well as how much my son has learned. So we are very excited to use the virtual reality Chemistry assignments along with his assignments from K-12 as well. However, I believe that the virtual reality Chemistry lessons could also be used with homeschooling as well as brick and mortar schools as well to increase the children’s knowledge about the different topics and make learning more fun for them.

You can find the about Atoms from Mel Science . As I stated there will be more to come and they will be available to use with different platforms as well at this time it’s with Google Daydream but they will be available with other platforms soon according to the CEO of Mel Science. Which I have had the pleasure of working with on several occasions and always look forward to their new creations as they become available.

The 6 Free virtual reality Chemistry lessons that are available are the following:

1. Atoms in solids
2. Atoms in gases
3. Atom structure
4. Electron orbitals
5. Isotopes
6. Make your atom

You can also go to view the 150 virtual reality Chemistry lessons that will be coming out and what they will be. I can’t wait for the thermal conductivity to come out this fall, as well as the Interactive Periodical Table. It’s going to be an amazing way to engage your children in a way to educate them but also in a way that they will want to learn everything they can. This will bring Science education to a whole new level that will help children that normally do not maybe like science love it.

I also love that you can incorporate it into some fun summer learning with your children that they will love. You won’t have to try to make them interested in wanting to learn they will just want to because it’s so much fun. So enjoy keeping your children learning this summer with you to keep their minds refreshed for next school year while having a great time. It would also be the perfect rainy day fun to keep them having fun while learning on those dreary days. Let the Science fun begin!

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DIY Family Photos And Saying Canvas #DIY #FathersDay #HandmadeGift #Canvas #Photos #Gift

I wanted to share this easy to make Family Photos and saying canvas that looks great on your wall or makes a great gift! They are easy to put together and you will just love them when they are done. I chose to make a completely black and white canvas for this project. However, you can print out colored pictures and use any color to paint the canvas.

Materials needed:
11 X 14 Canvas or any size you want
Acrylic paint
Printed photos either Black and white or color from regular or inkjet printer
Modge Podge
Foam brushes (They have a brush handle with foam on the end)
Letter stickers or vinyl cut saying that you want on your canvas

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You will start with your blank canvas and then paint it the color of your choice. Now, if your doing the black and white photos, the black painted canvas comes out very pretty, of course the choice in colors is yours.

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Once you have painted your canvas, you will let it completely dry and touch up any spots that need it.

You will now add any saying that you would like on your canvas, I made this one for my father so the saying is perfect for him. You can use a ruler to make sure your words are lined up and you can place them correctly. You will also want to make sure that their is enough room on the sides of the saying to add your photos as well.

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You will line up the photos where you would like them to go on your canvas. Make sure you check to see that all photos are lined up with the edge of the canvas so you get the correct view and that the sizes of the photos are the way you want them. Once you have them all lined up the way you would like them then you can move onto your next step. You will want then put a thin coat of Modge Podge and then place your photo on the modge podge photo side up.

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Now that you have all of your photos modge podged down on your canvas and let them dry for at least an hour. You will now put a thin layer of Modge Podge over the top of the photos. Then let it dry completely. Your photos are now perfect and your DIY canvas is complete.

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Sienna OKASBASHI Sandal Review #Summer #Footwear

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I received a pair of black and a pair of brown Sienna sandals to review. When I received them I was excited to see how they feel, fit and would they be a good accessory for summer? When I first picked them up they felt heavy to me. So I was a little worried about the weight of the shoe and having a bad back if they would work for me. I looked inside the sandal and saw the Massage beads and arch support. They had me a little curious how they would feel on your foot as well. So I had a lot of questions but was still waiting on the answers to those questions.

I did have a few answers to my questions, I love that the Sienna OKASBASHI Sandal can be recycled. So it really helps our planet with not leaving more items in our landfills. I tried them on and I loved the Massage beads and arch support in the sandals. It was really comfortable to my feet and I could walk for long periods of time and my feet never hurt from the first time I put them on. Which was a little shocking to me because usually any shoe bugs my feet for about a week till I get use to them. I had no problems. They did not feel heavy on my feet like they did in my hand as well.

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My son had his “A Night To Remember” Prom and I went with him. It’s a Special needs Prom for kids and I wanted to be comfortable while I was there. So I wore my Sienna sandals with my dress. I have to say that if I had wore regular sandals or dress shoes I would have had to sit quite a bit because my back would have started to act up and would have sent shooting pains down my legs as well. So I decided to wear my Black Sienna sandals and see how they did. I didn’t have to sit the whole night! We had an amazing time at the Prom and it has been all my son has talked about since the Prom.

We had an amazing night together, we looked great and we were both completely comfortable. I was thrilled at how well I was able to move around in the dancing, able to keep up with all the kids and get the photos that I wanted. The Sienna sandals helped to make it a memorable night, I didn’t miss a beat and any of the fun.

I have been wearing the Sienna sandals daily since I received them and I really love the comfort. They go great with dresses, shorts, or any outfit you want to wear. I also love the price as they are $23.99 each making them affordable as well. You can’t beat that they are recyclable as well! I see no down side to the sandals. I have been wearing them everyday and I do not even see a sign of wear and tear on them. I really like them, and I’m sure that you will as well.

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Building With Second Hand Stuff Book Review #DIY #Reclaimed #Reuse

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I received the Building With Second Hand Stuff Book to review for our readers. I know that many of our readers like to use reclaimed materials to make new projects for their home. So I thought it would be a perfect book for us to review even though we normally do not reveiw books.

The book is filled with projects that you can do to reclaim, repurpose, re-use and upcycle salvaged and left over materials. Now, I have to say that I am completely in love with the greenhouse that you can make in the book. There are many so many projects like a cabinets, a beautiful bed, pallet planters, these are just a few of the projects that they offer. There are a lot of amazing projects that you can make from the book.

I have to say that I liked the way they tell you which woods are hardwoods and which are softwoods so there is no guessing on your part. You will know what they are and they also let you know which projects you can use them for. So even if you have not worked on reclaimed, repurposed, re-use, and upcycled projects, it really gives you a lot of information so that you can make the projects and not have to continue to look up what you need to know it’s all in this book. It makes it very easy to know how to make the projects, what to use and what you will need for the project as well.

I have to say that this summer I will be making several of the projects in this book as I have just fallen in love with them. I have been wanting to redo our patio and have new outdoor furniture that I can use to make the space a enjoyable for our family. However, looking in the stores, I have found ones that I would love but they were either to much money or I didn’t like the color and that was the only color it came in. Well I found an adorable outdoor set that I plan to make in the book. It’s a pallet set that is made with bench seating and tables as well. The furniture is just so cute and will look great on our patio, I am going to change the color of the furniture as well as make a thicker pad for the seats but I am in love with them.

The book is beautifully laid out and gives you just a wealth of information making it easy for anyone to complete the projects. It also tells you about wood flooring, how to make your barn doors, pocket doors as well as many others, Coffee tables, kitchen cabinets, shelves, and several other projects that your sure to love. I am not sure if I shared this with you all before but in case I haven’t… I am obsessed with the tiny house nation and want my own tiny house. So all of the projects would work for a tiny house or a regular home as well. I love that they are able to be used for either. As I want to build my own tiny house at some point and I can see many of the items being used in the tiny house.

I can see Building With Secondhand Stuff being perfect for the man or woman in your life that likes to or wants to learn to repurpose, reclaim, re-use or upcycle salvaged materials. It would be great for someone who is just starting out or advanced builders will love it and the projects as well.

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Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Review #Allergy #AllergySeason

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It’s that time of year again! The itchy watery eyes, sneezing, allergy medication taking time. I know many of us just dread this time of year! I know our family does, we have horrible allergies and it can sometimes make us feel just miserable when we want to be outside having fun with family and friends. The pollen counts are already up here and we are feeling the effects when we go outside.

Every year it comes and every year it seems to get worst, although some years are better then others. Since our family has a lot of different allergies it always keeps us on out toes. We have been looking for a way to keep our allergies down when we are in the house as well. So that we can rest at night and not be woke up by sneezing from our allergies. Those of you who have allergies know what I’m talking about. So we were so excited to review the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover to see if it would help keep our allergies at bay in our home.

Our bedrooms are close together which worked great for the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover. I wanted to place it in the hall between the bedrooms. Then see how it would do for the family even though it states it’s for a large room. Our bedrooms are not huge rooms so I thought I would see how it would do. Mainly because both my youngest son and my mom were both having flair ups at the same time. So I put it there to see how they would do. I was so pleased to see that both were able to sleep well and their sinuses were doing much better.

They both actually slept in the next morning as they were able to rest. They woke up and both said they were feeling so much better. The Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover made it a great night for the both of them. We then moved the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover to the living room for them. I put it in there before they woke up so that it would start to work before they were coming in. Their allergies were not acting up the whole day. I was highly impressed because it’s always a battle with the two of them to keep them comfortable during allergy season. They were laughing, having a great time and didn’t think twice about their allergies. Which in our book is an epic win being able to sleep and being able to enjoy the day without the itchy watery eyes and sneezing. If your family has allergies then from our family to yours don’t continue to suffer through the summer be able to enjoy it, sleep, and be front and center for fun with the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover.

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Make Your Own Ice Table To Keep Potatoe Salad, Pasta Salad, And Fruits Cold For Parties #Food #Party

I have built my own Ice Tables for Parties, they work great and keep everything cold for BBQ’s, Graduation parties, baby showers and anything else that you need. You can also make them foldable to bring with you anywhere. The cost of the Ice tables retail are around $260 or more but you can make your own for about $40 or less. Here is how I made mine, I don’t have a picture of mine anymore so I can’t show you the finished product but trust me it works great! Here is what I did to make the Ice table, that we used for many years.

* A Foldable Banquet Table that I received from Freecycle.org
* Scrap Wood the length of the sides of the table (Possible Freecycle.org as well)
* Screws

I took the scrap wood and screwed them into the top of the table so that it gave it higher sides on the top of the table. I screwed all the sides together so that it all came together to be a solid table. I then took a plastic table cloth from Dollar Bill in the color of the party theme and placed it inside the table. The Table Cloth would go over the whole table and cover the sides so that people could not see them. You then fill it with ice and place your items that need to stay cold in the ice. They will stay cold for hours for the party, if out of the sunlight the ice will last longer and you won’t have to worry about if you need to refill the ice. For Cleanup just take the food out tip the table and the ice and water will water the grass for you. Then you just fold the table up and put it away for the next party.

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How To Make This Adorable Easter Cake #Recipe #Easter

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How To Make This Adorable Easter Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: A Mom’s Paradise
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Serves: 12
This adorable easy to make cake is sure to be a huge hit this Easter with your family. These adorable bunnies and chicks are just too cute! You will find it Is easy to make and everyone will think you spent a lot of time on your cake. Even if you can’t bake you can make this adorable cake!
Ingredients
  • 1 Box of Carrot Cake or any flavor cake
  • 2 Frosting containers
  • Food Coloring
  • Coconut
  • Sour Baby Chicks and Ducks (Dollar Tree)
  • Sweet Tart Jelly Beans
  • 2 bags Sixlets Candy (Dollar Tree)
  • Tootsie Rolls
Instructions
  1. Make the cake as directed on the box in a 9 X 13 Cake Pan or use 2 boxes and use a Lasagna Pan to make the cake
  2. While the cake is baking color your frosting Green and 1/2 a container Blue for the pond
  3. Color the Coconut green by adding 4-6 drops of green food coloring and stirring
  4. Let the cake cool
  5. Make the blue pond first at the end of the middle of the cake more towards the back of the cake.
  6. Frost the rest of the cake Green
  7. Place white sixlets around the “Pond” leaving space in between them
  8. Make the Sixlet Candy Path to the Pond and rotate the colors how you would like them.
  9. Then place the Green Coconut all around the rest of the cake and around the pond
  10. You can then place the Sour Bunnies and Ducks around the cake
  11. Then Microwave two tootsie rolls for 4 seconds till it is soft then shape it into the Easter Basket and use the 2nd one to make the handle for the basket add sixlets to the basket and place it by the Easter Bunnies
  12. Place Sweet Tart Jelly Beans around the bottom edge around the cake
  13. Your cake is now complete
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