10 Minute DIY T-Shirt Tote Bag

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With warm weather on the way there are two things that are guaranteed to happen in the Newman house. Number one, we will be on the go more frequently. With the construction process on a new home starting and two little girls who are ready to get out and explore, we will be going, going, going all spring and summer. Which brings me to item number two, staying hydrated. Keeping my family hydrated while we’re on the go is more important now than ever.

10 Minute T-Shirt Tote Bag. How to make a simple, lightweight tote bag in a matter of minutes.

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Saying I Love You

I received this plant from ProFlowers to help inspire this post, all opinions are my own.

There are countless ways to say I love you this Valentine’s Day. From grand gestures to the littlest details, it is a day meant for celebrating love and showing others how much we care. Today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to say I love you.

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How to Host a North Pole Breakfast, From Setup to Cleanup

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One of our favorite Christmas traditions has easily became our annual North Pole breakfast. After a recent look around Pinterest I noticed that there are a whole lot of ideas floating around, but I couldn’t find any help or tips. Today I want to share with you 5 tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the past few years and hopefully encourage you to start a new family tradition of your own.

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Lunch Made Easy & Free Printable Lunchbox Notes

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There are many common threads that unite moms. An endless love for our children, the ability to function off shockingly low amounts of sleep, and a dislike for packing lunches. I don’t think it matters if you home school, public school, or are planning a picnic adventure, packing lunches can be a lot of work. Over the years I have heard countless moms wish for an easier solution. Today I want to share how lunch time has been transformed in our home with simple tips, tricks, and ideas to help you find lunch freedom!

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DIY Mug Art & Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods

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Two of my biggest loves on this earth are Starbucks® Coffee Products and adorable coffee mugs to drink them from. Being able to do a post that features both of these feels like Christmas morning y’all.  Speaking of Christmas, this post is guaranteed to give you some great Christmas present ideas so make sure you pin it for future reference.

DIY mug art. This simple tutorial explains tips, tricks and give you 4 free templates to get started.
How many of you have been wanting to make your own mug art for what feels like forever? If you are anything like myself you have thought about it at least a dozen times, but have never followed through. Why? It looks too hard. Today I am happy to report that I tried, I conquered, and I lived to write this blog post. I am going to share with you how to make your own custom mugs, give you some tricks to get you started, and offer you four free design templates that I know you are going to love.

DIY mug art. This simple tutorial explains tips, tricks and give you 4 free templates to get started.

There are 6 steps to the process.
1) Take your template that you print out and trace over the back of it. To make the process easier I traced mine on a window. After you have the outer edges done fill it in. I mean REALLY fill it in so it is very dark.

2) Cut around the template and tape it perfectly to the cup. Make sure you place the side you traced on the back and the printed side facing out. I used lots of little pieces of tape to get mine well secured

3) Scribble. Take your pencil and go to town scribbling over the printed words. Use this to de-stress a bit if you need to, pressing as hard as you can and being very careful not to rip the paper.

4) Carefully remove the tape and the paper

5) Go over the marker with Oil based paint markers. Regular permanent markers WILL NOT do the trick.

6) Bake your creation at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, allow it to cool in the oven before removing.

There you have it, the secret is out. Your not free handing the art work, your tracing it. See, this project just became much more manageable in your eyes.

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This was my very first attempt. Not too bad, right?

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Here are a few tips to hopefully make your attempt easier.

*Thinner words and designs are much easier than wider ones. The main reason being there is less to fill in and overlap. Try and work from the outside inward overlapping as little as possible.

*Mistakes can be removed with acetone nail polish remover but you will lose your pattern to trace and fixing mistakes can be a little tricky.

*Practice makes perfect. Consider practicing your design a few times before diving head first into a project. This gives you a chance to adapt to how the markers work.

DIY mug art. This simple tutorial explains tips, tricks and give you 4 free templates to get started.

If you are excited to give this a try but feeling creatively uninspired, you can grab your free copy of these templates.

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Now you clearly need something to put in your mug and I have the perfect thing for you, Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods. This new product is everything I need in a cup of coffee and more. They are made from milk with no artificial flavors and come in  3 Starbucks® signature flavors: Mocha, Caramel, and my favorite, Vanilla. You can also pick them up in two seasonal favorites too, Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha. I may never leave home again… unless I run out.

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Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods are so easy to make in a simple two-step process. Pour the packet into your mug, Add your pod to your brewer, select the 8 oz setting, brew, stir and enjoy! Just knowing I am minutes away from a latte whenever I need keeps me going on days when I know I’ll need a little pick me up. Which is pretty much every day.

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So it’s time to celebrate friends. Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods are available at grocery stores nationwide!

Have you found them instore yet? 
Which flavor would you try first?

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My Workspace, The Reveal

After turning our bonus room into a school room last summer it didn’t take me too long to realize I forgot one thing, a place for me. The space was perfect and functional in every way but I seriously underestimated the amount of time I would spend sitting in there. After one year of getting by I knew things needed to change. So I did what any girl would do, I turned to Pinterest. My goal was to find a cheap desk option that didn’t look too cheap. After I thought I had a good plan I drew some sketches and went to Russ. First he laughed at my sketches, clearly I am not a carpenter, then he built me a desk that was 10 times better than anything I had envisioned and he did it for less than $50!

After talking about my work space and dropping hints for a few weeks now, I am finally going to share my space with you today!

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There it is. It isn’t super big, fancy, and it doesn’t have an amazing view, but it is mine. I can’t even tell you how nice it is to finally have my very own corner of the home to play, teach, and work from. 

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The desk was made from a filing cabinet we already had, a sheet of wood, and some 2×2’s that Russ picked up. He built a pedestal for the filing cabinet, a frame for the top, legs, and added some support that also happens to look pretty too. 

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The wall decor came from Hobby Lobby. All of it was bought with coupons and/ or on clearanced really cheap.

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I wanted the mirror for one reason, to keep an eye on the girls. After finding the perfect place we hung it up and I can easily glance up to make sure they are working without having to turn around. Genius? I think so. 

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When you can’t find the lamp you want on the budget you have, you make one. I bought a simple lamp from Wal-Mart and used acrylic paint to turn it into what I was looking for.

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Add in some simple office supplies that I picked up from Wal-Mart and Target and tada, my space is all done.

Since my desk being finished about a month ago, not a single day has gone by that I haven’t use and loved this space. I have a feeling that won’t be changing any time soon. 

Where do you work?
Do you have a space to call your own?

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