Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Year by Year School Keepsake Box

One of the hardest things to do is organize and store your child's school memories over the years.

This is one of my favorite ways and a very popular one.

Year by Year School Keepsake Box

What you will need:
  • 1 hanging file folder bin per child with lid. It can be see through or colored and if you want to get really fancy you can get wicker ones from Amazon for about $25 here.
  • 1 pack tabbed or untabbed hanging file folders letter size.
  • 1 pack tabbed file folders. 
  • 1 pack printable address lables.
  • 1 pack card stock
  • 1 pack photo corners. Used to secure photos
Step 1
Assemble your box.
Hang 13 file folders (k-12).
Place one tabbed file folder in each
Print each year on the printable address lables and place on the tabbed file folder

Step 2
Create your main page in each year.
It should have the essentials on it a place for a photo or two, grade, teacher, and school.
Print on card stock

I like everything to be uniform from year to year so I make a template on my computer and use it for every year. Just print out 13 of them (k-12) and pop them into their year and your ready to go.
If you do not want to make your own here is one I snagged from the net. (not my creation).

Step 3
Fill your folders up and enjoy!
Store your photo corners in the back of the box.

Things to keep:
Report Cards
Photos of favorite art work
A few pieces of art
Copies of schedules (middle and highschool years)
Photos of events mounted on cardstock with photo corners

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pink Lemonade Bars

Adapted from Fluffy Pink Lemonade Dessert

Pink Lemonade Bars 

2 cups broken pretzels
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup butter melted
1 package 8oz cream cheese
2 boxes 4 serving size white chocolate instant pudding
12oz frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 drops red food coloring
8oz container of whipped topping
Step 1:
Heat oven to 350°F. In food processor bowl with metal blade, place pretzels and sugar. Cover; process 15 to 20 seconds or until finely crushed. With food processor running, drizzle melted butter through feed tube, pulsing to mix well.
Step 2:
Press crust mixture in bottom of ungreased 11x7-inch pan or glass baking dish. Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set and golden brown. Cool completely, about 45 minutes
Step 3:
Remove foil wrapper from cream cheese package, place cream cheese in large microwavable bowl; microwave uncovered on Medium (50%) 45 seconds to 1 minute or until well softened. Stir until smooth. Beat dry pudding mix into cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until well incorporated. Add lemonade concentrate and food color. Beat on low speed until mixed. *** Transfer to a blender and blend on high about 2 minutes until fluffy. Transfer back to mixing bowl and stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping until smooth. Spread over crust. Spread remaining whipped topping over lemonade mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until set.

This dessert was so YUMMY my family LOVED it ! (even the picky ones)
*** This is what I needed to do to get the mixture fluffy, the mixer just didn't do it but the blender did.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Glow In The Dark Bubble Fun

What you will need for your glow in the dark fun

  • *Non Toxic Glow Sticks*
  • Clear Plastic Cups
  • Scissors
  • Clear Bubble Liquid
  • Bubble Blowing Wands
  • Paper Towels

  • Part 1:

    Break a glow stick so that it is activated and cut the ends off. It is easier to get the liquid out if you cut both ends of the glow stick, but be careful and lay out some paper towels since the liquid might splatter

    Part 2:

    Empty the liquid from the glow stick into a clear plastic cup. Use about 6 glow sticks for each cup of bubbles.

    Part 3:

    Pour in clear bubble liquid and mix the solution together well. You should have a brightly glowing glass of bubbles. Have fun with your glow in the dark bubbles !!

    *Please use non toxic glow sticks*

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    Saturday, August 25, 2012

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    Homemade Powder Laundry Soap

    Homemade Powder Laundry Soap:
    1 Bar grated soap Fels Naptha or Ivory. Ivory is much easier to find, but I prefer Fels Naptha
    1 cup of Borax
    1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

    Stir the ingredients together (after grating the soap)

    Use 2 TBS per load of laundry. This will work well in HE front loader washers it is a low-suds formula. (no suds at all)
    I have been using this for years and it works great !

    How much are you saving?
    I'm glad you asked!
    Tide per load cost .23
    Homemade Detergent cost per load .07
    40 loads of Tide $8.97
    40 loads of Homemade Detergent $2.80

    A great addition to the Homemade Detergent.
    Add 1/4 cup of Purex Crystals to your Powder. This will keep your laundry soft and smelling fresh for weeks.