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DIY Locker Wallpaper For a Fraction of the Price!

This year my daughter starts middle school.  Along with that rite of passage comes her first time using a locker.  She was so excited and wanted to get dress up her locker and make it cool.  I get that.  Until I priced the stuff.  The majority of what I could find was $15 at the least.  Not a price I was willing to pay.  I did research for it, and while it says it is “magnetic locker paper” it is actually basically thick wrapping paper with magnets that come with it to hold up the corners.  That’s it!  What a rip off!  This company is making a killing off of  middle school/ junior high kids!

Considering the fact that I am a tight wad, combined with the fact that I have 3 kids to go school shopping for, locker wallpaper just wasn’t in the budget.  But, I decided why not try to make it on my own?  The only downfall of this is that the stuff you buy comes with the sections cut out for the lock, and coat hooks.  Big deal!

I had my daughter pick out some wrapping paper she loved.  Since it was less than $3 a roll, I let her pick two.  Then I followed the dimensions from the package of the premade stuff.  I cut two rectangles of each pattern in each dimension.  The depth is wider than the  width so 2 rectangles were 40 inches x 12 inches and 2 were 40 inches x 18 inches.

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This size turned out to be way too big!  (That made me wonder how mad I would’ve been if I had paid for the precut stuff and the whole thing had to be readjusted!)

So we went to the school, where I proceeded to embarrass said daughter by hanging the wallpaper she so desperately wanted (kids, can’t win right?)

It turned out cute!  With the exception of having to fold some sides in to make them small enough to fit, it was relatively easy to install!  I brought a pair of scissors with me and was able to cut a hole for the lock section and poke holes for the coat hooks.

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We chose to hang ours with the Loctite funtak adjustable blue strips so that it wouldn’t leave any trace on the locker.  I did it in a few spots down each side.  It seemed to work really well!

So there you have it!  Now you can make your own and decorate your tween’s locker!

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Easy, Thrifty Lego Storage

It started out innocently enough, kids love legos, so a bucket of them seemed like the perfect gift idea.  Then they requested sets for other holidays and birthdays.  Before I knew it we had a small tote full.  So full that rummaging through them was next to impossible and playing with them was a chore instead of a creative, fun time!

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I researched different ways to store them, and while I loved some of them, they weren’t practical or thrifty!  I decided on plan b; get some empty plastic shoe boxes and let each color have it’s own box.  So far it has worked great!  All 3 of my kids have spent a couple of hours on the floor creating various masterpieces.  So much better than asking to watch tv or play a video game!

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I started with 10 boxes to be safe.  I had one for each color.  As I finished organizing them, I discovered that there weren’t enough of some of the colors to need their own box.  I ended up mixing the blue and purple and the yellow, red and orange.  Apparently we have an over abundance of grey and we may have to divide it in half (thanks to the obsession for the Star Wars sets).

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I admit that I enjoyed it at first, I have a thing for organizing and with a family haven’t been able to keep things the way I would’ve in the past.  So this gave me a chance to rekindle that obsession, hobby.  If you don’t enjoy that type of thing, or even if you do, what a great way to spend some time with your kids while you let them help divide the colors into their boxes!  Finish up by labeling your boxes so that they are easy to see which one you need.  I cut labels out of vinyl in a Lego brix font I believe I got from dafont.com.  You could easily do it in different colors of vinyl to match the color in the box, or even in the coordinating color of permanent marker.

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Boredom Buster, make your own books!

This was such a fun project for my kids! They got creative and had a chance to use their brains while thinking it was all fun, I’m sneaky like that. 😉

I found these awesome books at Target in the One Spot, but just in case they don’t have them at your Target, here are some that are similar, but in fun colors, which I really like.

Another great thing about these is that there aren’t a lot of products needed. Just the books, markers, crayons, or colored pencils and your imagination!

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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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If you haven’t heard this song, you really should listen to it.  It has been my favorite for a while and I really love the message. As a mom, I really want my kids to feel this way and to live their lives no matter what comes at them. It is a beautiful song that I wanted to display in my home. I waited far too long to create my printable.  Nevertheless, here it is! I hope you enjoy this song too. And if it is new to you, take a second and read the lyrics. With all the filth and degrading messages in many songs anymore, this one is the type of music we need more of! It is now displayed in my family room where I know it will be seen and hopefully the message will sink in. If you want your copy, here is the pdf!

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Summer Boredom Buster Idea

We are only a couple of weeks into summer break and if I hear “I am bored!” one more time I am going to go crazy!  I have one child that is the biggest user of the word, but all of my kids have claimed to be bored more than once.  For the sake of my sanity, and my children not being sent away to boarding school I came up with this idea.  I had seen it a few years back via pinterest, but couldn’t find it again to save my life!  Oh well, I just made my own version.

The idea is that the child must have done everything on the list before he/she can claim to be bored.  I made it easy to read and will hang it on my fridge so no one can claim to forget.  This week will be the test to see if it actually helps.  I know that not all of the items on my list are pertinent to everyone, but it is a good starting point to help you brainstorm some ideas of your own.  Good luck!  If you try it, let us know how it works out for your family!

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