• Crafting,  Halloween,  Room Mom Life

    Halloween Class Gift Tags

    As you may have noticed from my previous years’ posts about Halloween, I’m not terribly keen on the idea of giving more candy to kids for class gifts. Instead, I’ve given woolen fairy acorn dolls and last year, we made banana mummies. This year, I wanted the boys to do something different for their classes so I choose a set of Halloween-themed coloring books and crayons and made these cute gift tags to seal the gift bags with. You can find the file here if you’d like to use them for your own child’s class! It’s a PDF file that you should be able to print at home and have your…

  • Autumn,  Crafting,  Halloween,  Service

    The Star Money Fairy Tale Trunk or Treat

    Our school hosted its annual Trunk or Treat this past week and I was in charge of one of the grade’s trunks. The ToT coincides with the school’s book fair, so I piggybacked off their theme (fairy tales) to create this unusual, fairy-tale inspired trunk. It’s based off the Grimm’s tale, The Star Money, about a little orphan girl who wanders into the woods and ends up giving away all her possessions to people less fortunate than herself. At the end of the story, she looks up at the sky to find that the stars are raining money on her. You can’t tell in the photo but I wound LED…

  • Crafting,  Organization,  Parenting

    Easy DIY: Magnetic Chore Chart

    I admit to being lured into all those pretty Pinterest-ey chore charts at first. You know the ones – beautiful, efficient, so-organized-and-perfect-that-it-can’t-be-true-kids-use-it-took ones. Luckily, I took a step back for a moment and remembered that in this season, simpler is better. Rather than buy new, to slow down, be creative and use the materials I (mostly) had on hand to figure out something that would hopefully work for our family to motivate the boys to help keep things running smoothly here. For their ages, they’ve become surprisingly helpful since the arrival of the twins. My littlest guy will jump into folding laundry, changing loads over, emptying the dishwasher. My oldest son…

  • Crafting,  Knitting

    Knitting NOT Pregnant!

    A late join to Nicole over @ Frontier Dreams, but wanting to check in nonetheless. The girls were born about three weeks ago (more about their  beautiful souls soon!) and life is slowly finding a new pace and a new normalcy. In the meantime, I’ve been managing to find some free knitting time while waiting in the daily pickup line for my oldest’s school. It’s the Baby Verterbrae pattern and one I had fully intended on having finished by the time I held either of our girls. We ended up being induced early (for a few reasons and I hate to admit it, but I was really ready to not spend…

  • Crafting,  Knitting

    Knitting While Pregnant: Pumpkin Hats

    Joining Nicole over @ Frontier Dreams for her weekly KCCO: Some exciting news – Multnomah is finished! Unblocked, but finished and I just love how it turned out. Such a simple and easy pattern with beautiful results, it’s been the perfect knitting to distract me from reading too many political posts over social media and all over the news. (Is anyone else fed up with the state of politics right now?) And then, just as I finished, my boys started inquiring about whether or not I could make them pumpkin hats. We’re still adjusting to our central-Texas fall and finding that we’re missing the gentle signs of autumn outside. Luckily,…

  • Crafting,  Knitting

    Knitting While Pregnant: Multnomah Continues!

      Joining Nicole over @ Frontier Dreams for her weekly KCCO: I’ve had a bit of time this week to continue working on the Multnomah shawl I shared last week. It’s coming along pretty quickly, to the point where I think it may even be finished by this time next week. We’ll just have to see! Once this is finished, I’m not really sure what I’ll be casting on next. Earlier in the summer, I knitted a pilot cap and two pairs of baby legs for the twins so I may cast on the second pilot cap before it gets too late. What are your must-knits for the babies in your…

  • Autumn,  Crafting

    A Twist of Lime

    Being in a rental (and new to central Texas), I’m not familiar with all the plants we have surrounding us in our yard and in our neighborhood. Of course, I can identify the rosemary outside, our blossoming rose bushes near our front door or the giant lantana we have in the backyard, but I was unprepared for our unexpected good fortune when the boys harvested over 20 limes during their adventure time yesterday afternoon.  What to do with 20 limes? (Do they come in poisonous varieties? I’m a little unsure to eat anything without knowing its full history…) I was thinking that maybe we’d slice them thinly and make hanging window…