Back To School DIY: Magnetic Board

School starts here for us on Monday.  Monday!!!  Ahhh!!!  So this week I’m in a final mad dash to make sure that I have everything organized and ready to go.

One thing I want to do differently this year is give the Princess a bit more say in how our school days go.  Last year, I had my list of things to accomplish on each day of the week.  For example, Tuesdays we did music.  Fridays we did art.  Every week, we had that same schedule.  At times last year it was a struggle to get her interested in whatever was next on the “to do” list, so it became a struggle at times to get everything done each day.  I want our days this year to be happier and go more smoothly.  One way to accomplish this, I think, is by letting the Princess have more say in the order of each day.

So I scoured the internet for ideas on how to go about accomplishing this goal, and I found the idea for magnetic to do boards.  (So this is totally not my own original idea, just my own version of someone else’s great idea!)  I thought, “Hey, this could work!”  She’ll get to choose what she wants to work on next, and she’ll also see how much we still need to finish before our day is over so I won’t have to frustrate her by telling her we have a lot more to do.  She’ll be able to see for herself.  And, when she finishes something, she’ll have the honor of moving it to the “All Done!” side of the board (it feels so great to cross something off your to do list, doesn’t it?!!!)

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Stuff you'll need to make this

Stuff you’ll need to make this

*A baking sheet, whatever size you like

*Spray paint, whatever color you like

*Clear glass gems (I got mine from the Dollar Tree)

*Paper

*Magnetic buttons

*****I forgot to include a hot glue gun in this picture, but I also used a hot glue gun…and a pencil…and scissors*****

*Mod Podge

*A paint brush

*Decorations, whatever you like.  (We decorated ours with stickers and paper.)

Now to the fun part 🙂

  1.  In a well-ventilated area and following the directions on the can, spray the baking sheet with the spray paint.  I took mine outside and ended up giving it two coats of paint.
    Go from this, to this!

    Go from this, to this!

    2.  While the paint is drying, work on making your magnets.  I typed up a list of subjects and printed them out  on a white piece of printer paper, but you may just choose to handwrite them.  I didn’t know if I could write that small, lol.  Whatever works for you!  Just make sure you leave enough room between them to trace around and cut out.

3.  Using your glass beads as a guide, trace around each of the words and cut them out.

Make sure the size of your letters will fit!

Make sure the size of your letters will fit!

4.    Attach your paper circles to the glass beads using a thin coat of Mod Podge.

Mod Podge. A little goes a long way...

Mod Podge. A little goes a long way…

5.  Hot glue a magnet to the back of each glass bead.007           6.  After your paint has dried, decorate it however you like!  Here’s what we used on ours:

Scrapbook paper

Scrapbook paper…

Stickers

…and stickers

And that’s it!  Here’s what our looked like when we finished:

Extra butterflies at the top, courtesy of the Princess :)

Extra butterflies at the top, courtesy of the Princess 🙂

And here it is when we add the magnets:

With the magnets

With the magnets

Some people go the extra step and hot glue a ribbon on the back for hanging. I haven’t decided if we need to do that or not yet. We’ll see. But that’s it. Pretty simple, really!017

Stitch Fix, August 2015

I received my second box from Stitch Fix a few days ago and finally have a little time to sit down and show you what was in the box!

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Ahh, the glorious box that has for two months now put a smile upon my face, lol! I was so excited when I saw it waiting at my door. (My family thinks I’m crazy to be so excited over a box. Hello, it’s what’s inside that counts 😉 )

Of course I opened it immediately!

The opened box...

The opened box…

Pre-paid Return Mailer

…and the pre-paid return mailer

Stitch Fix always sends along a pre-paid return mailer for you to return anything you decide you don’t want to keep after all.  Pretty handy, that.

They also send a card with a note from the stylist who picked out the clothing in your fix and photos of the items with suggestions for how to style your new items.  I don’t normally look at that right away because I like to be surprised, but here’s what it looks like:

Styling card/note from stylist

Styling card/note from stylist

The note told me that I had the same stylist as last time (Cailyn)!  She did an awesome job the first time, so I was very happy to see she was styling me again 🙂

Now on to the good stuff!  The first thing that I pulled out of the box was this:

Princeton Teardrop Cluster Necklace

Princeton Teardrop Cluster Necklace

The picture doesn’t do this necklace justice.  It is absolutely gorgeous in person.  The little round beads add just the right amount of sparkle.  LOVE this.

Next out of the box:

Hmm, what's inside???

Hmm, what’s inside???

Tada!

Tada!

Here’s a look at each item, individually:

Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt

Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt

Closer look at the sleeve

Closer look at the sleeve

First impression:  I like the colors and the way the sleeves are made.  The colors are pretty, too.  I know chevron is the style now, but is it for me?

Corinna Striped Dolman Top

Corinna Striped Dolman Top

First impression:  Cute!  I like the stripes and that it’s navy in color.  I like the way that the sleeves are made.  Will it be fitted enough for my liking?

Julia Utility Jacket

Julia Utility Jacket

First impression:  I love everything about this jacket.  Everything.  This was my special request this month; a jacket that wasn’t too heavy or too light that I could grab and take with me everywhere.  I think they did a good job picking this out.  Did I mention I love everything about this jacket???

Adorra Skinny Jeans

Adorra Skinny Jeans

First impression:  Yay, another pair of jeans!  I hope they fit as well as the first pair.  I did request to be sent more jeans because I have such a hard time finding pairs that fit me well without sagging in places no one wants to sag…ahem.

So there it is!  Here are a few pics of me trying things on.  Wow, I really need to work on my modeling pose…lol…

Stitch Fix look 1

Stitch Fix look 1

Stitch Fix look 2

Stitch Fix look 2

Stitch Fix look 3

Stitch Fix look 3

It’s important to note that Stitch Fix doesn’t necessarily send complete outfits.  They do send pieces to enhance your current wardrobe (or if you’re like me, build one in the first place!)

So there it is.  What did you think?  I will tell you that I did end up keeping everything!  The jeans are soooo soft and comfortable against the skin, and the tops are super comfy, too.  The chevron will take some getting used to, but it’s a challenge I’m willing to take.

Stitch Fix is yet another dream come true for me. I tell them what sort of things I like, and they send it to me. No spending all day in a crowded shopping mall’s cramped fitting room just to be disappointed and come home with only one item that cost way too much and I decide later that I don’t really like after all.  Just pure, simple bliss-inducing boxes showing up at my door with clothes that fit me and look nice inside.

If you’re interested in receiving your own box of bliss, and I’ve in any way helped you to make that decision, will you please consider using my referral code when you sign up?  https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/5504565  Of course it’s not necessary, but I would truly appreciate it!

If you’d like to learn more about how Stitch Fix works, check out my first post about it here:  https://princesspandme.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/stitch-fix/ and check out their website here:  https://support.stitchfix.com/hc/en-us/articles/204222994-FAQ

Oh!  And thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!  🙂

Experiencing Technical Problems….

Hmm.  Well now I’ve gone and done it.  I changed my blog url here to reflect a few other social media sites that I’m on.  Now it seems that none of my pictures from my posting today (How I Spent My Summer Vacation…2015 (Part 2)) are showing, and also, all of my links are broken.  I expected broken links, but not missing pictures.

I wonder, is it possible to re-blog my previous blogs so that they’ll now show up under my new address with non-broken links?  There aren’t that many of them.  I’m not ready to commit to a paid upgrade yet–not sure the P would go for it either.  I’d note they’re re-blogged, of course, and the original posting dates, too.  Bah.  I wish I was more techno-savvy.  (But honestly, it looks too complicated and it bores me to tears…)  Hmm…

How I Spent My Summer Vacation…2015 (Part 2)

Earlier this year, the Princess, the P, and me were fortunate enough to be able to go on the trip of a lifetime to England and France! I’ve already posted a bit here in Part 1 if you’d like to take a look at what we did our first few days there: https://princesspandme.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation-2015-part-1/ .

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London, 2015

I tend to be kind of a picture-taking over-achiever (1,256 pictures from this trip to be exact!) so unfortunately I can’t share them all with you. But here are some of my faves 🙂

During our time in Europe, we got to:

* Take an open-top, hop-on-hop-off bus tour with the Original Tour Company which included a complimentary cruise on the River Thames. We saw lots of sights and spent part of our day exploring the British Museum. (Part 1)

* Travel by train to Liverpool. “We love you, Beatles, oh yes we do…” 🙂 (Part 1)

* Spend a day at the London Zoo. We always end up at zoos in our travels (always have, even before the Princess came along…) and the London Zoo is by far the best I’ve ever been to. I love how in so many of the exhibits, animals are roaming freely among the visitors so you can really get an up close and personal look at all of the fascinating critters!

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Lemur

Anteater

Anteater

* Stroll past the Sherlock Holmes Museum. If we’d had more time and the line wasn’t so long, we would’ve taken a peek inside. Maybe next time 😉

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Not sure, bit I love his expression!

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Sherlock Holmes Museum

* Take a trip to LEGOLAND Windsor (and drive past Windsor Castle along the way)

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LEGOLAND, Windsor

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View of Windsor Castle from LEGOLAND

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View of Windsor Castle from the bus, lol

* Take a day trip to Paris! We got to take a cruise on the River Seine, eat lunch on the Eiffel Tower, and tour the Luvre Museum.

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Notre Dame Cathedral

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Check out the gargoyles!

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Paris is a truly beautiful city!

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The Eiffel Tower

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Looking over the city

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A pretty park

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Looking down to the bottom of the Eiffel Tower!

From the Eiffel Tower on to the Louvre…

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The Louvre Museum

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The Mona Lisa

After Paris, we headed back to London for lots more fun, but that will have to wait until another time 🙂

How I Spent My Summer Vacation…2015 (Part 1)

Summer. My favorite time of year. As usual these days, it has completely flown by. School will start in two Mondays (YIPES!) So I thought I’d share a few of our photos from vacation before life gets too busy to do anything else.

Destinations: England and France.

Here we go!

Here we go!

Elizabeth Tower (aka, Big Ben)

Elizabeth Tower (aka, Big Ben)

We decided to travel in early June and hope for good weather. Most days were beautiful, although some were a bit on the chilly side for me. The rain held off until our last day, and even then, it only sprinkled a bit.

The London Eye

The London Eye

Our first day in the city, we took a double-decker, open-topped, hop-on-hop-off bus tour by The Original Tour company. We chose it because it seemed like the best value for our money, and because they had a special audio track for the Princess to listen to while we saw the sights. It was a nice way to kind’ve orient ourselves and get familiar with our surroundings. The tour also came with a ticket for a cruise on the River Thames (which turned out to be one of my favorite things!), and the company itself offers many other tickets at a discount price for other London attractions. Definitely worth looking into if you’re ever planning a trip 🙂

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If you look really closely in the picture above, in the background you’ll see the famous London Bridge. Yeah, it’s pretty uneventful, isn’t it? At least it didn’t fall down while we were there 😉

The next day, we boarded a train and headed north. The Beatle fan in me knew that if we came this far and didn’t go to Liverpool I’d regret it forever.

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

Jackie Spencer. That’s the name you need to know if you’re going to do a Beatle tour in Liverpool! Especially if you have young children along. She was so nice and accommodating with the Princess. For each stop, she brought along one of her Beatles stuffed dolls and let her pose for the camera (which is also a great way to remember whose home you were looking at when you get back and look at your photos…) Here’s a link to her website: http://beatleguides.weebly.com/#_=_ She is a treasure of information and very personable. I highly recommend her!

Beatle Park at Penny Lane

Beatle Park at Penny Lane

The Princess, being silly.

The Princess, being silly.

Mendips (Childhood home of John Lennon)

Mendips (Childhood home of John Lennon)

Where John and Paul met

Where John and Paul met

Strawberry Field

Strawberry Field

Matthew Street

Matthew Street

The Beatles Story Museum

The Beatles Story Museum

The whole time in Liverpool was so surreal. It was like a dream. Of course, I’d only been dreaming since I was 16 years old of going there someday (but never actually imagined I ever would…) A dream come true, for me! So thankful!

And this was only the beginning of our trip. We were there for many more days, but it looks like I’m going to have to save part 2 for another time… 🙂

My Sparkle Box, July 2015

Time so share another subscription box with you! Yes, I know it was a July box. But I didn’t receive it until July 31st, so it’s close enough for me 😉

My Sparkle Box

My Sparkle Box

Since my August Stitch Fix box was such a hit, and since I was getting accessories for the Princess in the Boodle Box, (and since I’m even worse with accessorizing than I am with shopping…) I decided that it would be nice to find a nice, inexpensive accessories box for myself. It would have to be one that I didn’t have to subscribe to monthly, per se. Inexpensive and quarterly were my main criteria. After much searching, I settled on My Sparkle Box.

I found a few reviews and unboxings on YouTube and from Google searches. I liked every. thing. I. saw. Even the items that aren’t necessarily something I personally would wear. I was so excited to get this box!

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I placed my order. (Not with the process, that was great!) But after all of my searching for a low-cost box, I found that the price had increased from $19 to $25. (I don’t remember if that was $19+free shipping or not. I *think* it was…the new price still offers free shipping. But still.) Even so, I was excited to add some sparkle to my wardrobe, so I paid the price and waited anxiously.

You can see the packaging in the photo above. It arrived in a blu-ish, green-ish (aqua?) bag. Here’s what was inside:

The packaging

The packaging

The packaging. It looked similar to what I had seen in the unboxings I had seen. It was still black and white and said, “Sparkle Box”, but it was just a little different. I think they’re using a different ribbon or something. Honestly, I didn’t think it was as pretty as what I had seen before. But I could overlook that. Not like I’m planning on wearing the ribbon!

When I opened the box…

Opening the box

Opening the box

The Goodies

The Goodies

There was a card with my name on it. Inside contained a description of everything in the box. I didn’t pay much attention to the card. I wanted to get to the goodies!

First look...

First look…

Cute packaging...

Cute packaging…

I really liked the little tags. Sparkle on! 🙂 And then get on to the good stuff 😉 First up:

Make a Wish-bone Necklace

Make a Wish-bone Necklace

The Make a Wish-bone Necklace. Hmm. Ok…I guess it’s cute if you’re into bones. And I *could* wear it at Thanksgiving. But I probably wouldn’t. At least it’s gold-toned. But I don’t think it’s really my taste. Moving on…

Full Circle Necklace in Ruby Red

Full Circle Necklace in Ruby Red

The Full Circle Necklace in Ruby Red. Ok. I mean, it’s ok. It has a long chain, and it’s gold-toned. But again, not quite really me. One more item in the box…

Diamond in the Rough Earrings

Diamond in the Rough Earrings

The Diamond in the Rough Earrings. Hmm. These are kind’ve cute. You can’t really tell from this photo (I should’ve taken another, but the box is already put away, so…) but these earrings are kind of 3D-ish. That makes them look a little boxy, but I would still give them a try. They’re also kind’ve long for my liking. Almost an inch. Anyway, I tried them on. I didn’t like them 😦

I was so disappointed! I didn’t like anything at all in this box 😦 That’s not to say if I tried it again I’d hate it. Like I mentioned before, in all of the previous boxes I saw, I liked everything that everyone else received, even if it wasn’t really my style. And someone else may like it, too! But this time, it just didn’t work out for me.

All that said, if you’re interested in trying My Sparkle Box, here’s what you need to know:

* When you sign up, you tell them your style preference (Boho, Trendy, Subtle, Quirky, Avant Garde, or Sparkle Girl–Sparkle Girl is for girls age 10-16.) Tell them how many boxes you want to receive (1 or 2) and for how long, and then tell them a few other things like your wrist and ring size. There’s a place to also tell them a little more of whatever you might think of (like I specified that I prefer gold-toned jewelry.)

* Finish placing your order, and within 10 days they’ll ship 2-3 pieces of jewelry to you.

And that’s it. Hopefully you’ll like what you get 🙂

My Sparkle Box, July 2015

My Sparkle Box, July 2015

Summary:
* What you get: 2-3 pieces of your choice of style jewelry
* Price: $25/box/month

Finding the Good

To me, from the Princess

To me, from the Princess

Trying to find the good in the day.

I’m waiting to hear from my best friend and hoping for good news about her health. In the meantime, I’m seeking the good that’s in this day.

A few good things:

* The princess drew that picture for me, the one that’s at the top of the page. She always knows how to brighten her mommy’s day 🙂

* When I woke up this morning and checked my email, I found a note telling me that I had won a contest on YouTube for a free Kawaii Box! Definitely a nice surprise 🙂 So I’ll have a few more subscription boxes to share with you sometime!

* School is almost here. Planning is almost finished. Things are getting done. Relief is nearly upon us, lol.

For now I’m overlooking that pile of laundry glaring at me and waiting for me to fold it. (…yeah, you’re next, buddy…) And I’ll keep on seeking the good, whatever the rest of the day may bring.