Erin Condren Life Planner – February 1st-7th

I can’t believe February is already here! January flew by us, it feels like I just blinked. It doesn’t help that it was in the high 50’s today. For New England we should be in the thick of snow and winter, not that I’m complaining, but it just doesn’t feel like winter!

We have switched over to a different color scheme, here is the February spread:

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Blank spread for the week of February 1st

I kept it real simple this week, a less is more approach.  I primarily used stickers from Michaels, and then my standard weekly stickers and stamps.  Check out my post from January 25th-31st for where they all come from.

Here is the week before the ink, and a closeup:

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Stickers and stamps added, no writing yet.
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Close up, how lovely!

I didn’t use all the washi tape, and I didn’t glue down any extra’s.  Like I said, simple, less is more.  I love how simple it is and yet still inspiring.  Here is the final spread:

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Completed week of February 1st

Plenty of room and space for me to add to as the week gets underway.  Working on our menu plan now!

What are you up to this week?

Easy to make Sensory Foam!

As I continue to explore sensory ideas for the kids, I came across a fluffy looking foam.  Now my Pre-kindergartners are happy as a clam with a “car wash” or baby bath activity.  So I knew that they would love this foam.  It’s even safe and great for younger toddler age friends.

SO here is all I needed…a hand mixer, dish soap, and liquid water colors.  I’m sure that food coloring would work just as well, but if you haven’t seen Liquid Watercolors before, check them out!  I love discount school supplies brand, but I’m sure there are others out there.
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Hand mixer, dish soap, and water colors…so simple!

The fluffier you want your foam, the less water you add.  I added just a little soap to the bottom of the bowl, and added about 3 cups of water and a few drops of water color, and put the mixer on high.
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Lot’s of bubbles!
 Before long the foam starts to thicken up.  This is also a step that you could have the older kids help you with.  Turn it into a science and math project!  Make the measurements, and then predict what will happen to the liquid once you start mixing it together.
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Getting fluffier!
I did a variety of colors, and dumped them into our larger sensory bucket.  The kids loved the rainbow effect!
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Add in different tools and materials for the children to explore a variety of ways
This was ocean week, so I added some sharks and whales, and second bucket with plain water for rinsing.  We used cups, spoons, watering cans, measuring cups, funnels, and all kinds of other exploratory tools.  The kids had a blast!  It can get messy, but that’s ok!  And the best part is, this was totally free!  I had all of the necessary ingredients right in my kitchen.
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Look how foamy and fluffy this looks.  The kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on it!
If you decide to experiment with some sensory fun, let me know what your kids think!

Peakle Pie

Linked to I heart Naptime and creative jewish mom

Wedding Drink Tickets

When deciding what to do about the bar at our reception we weighed a lot of options.  We wanted more than just a cash bar, but didn’t want a full open bar.  We settled on having beer, wine, and all non alcoholic beverages open for the night (juice, soda, etc.).  We were able to work out a deal with our venue to allow us to have drink tickets for guests over 21.  Guests could cash these tickets in for a drink at some point.  We felt like this was a good compromise, our guests wouldn’t go crazy with an open bar and we wouldn’t be stuck with a huge tab at the end of the night, but at least we had some beverages included.
So I set off to design a drink ticket.  I was really happy with how our return address stamps came out, so I headed back to Etsy to see if I could find another stamp that would work.  I was over the moon with the design that Cork Country Cottage made for us.

I decided on sample two, and it arrived in the mail in just a few weeks.  We stamped them on the same orange card stock that we used for our invitations:

 Once we cut them out we added them to our place setting cards with our sparkly clothes pins.

The clothes pins were another super simple DIY.  I picked up a couple packages of clothes pins, some mod podge, and glitter in our colors.  The mod podge acts like glue, but dries clear.  I added an extra layer on top of the glitter to make sure that glitter would’t be rubbing off on everything.  There’s nothing worse than glitter everywhere….
Drink tickets and seating cards, check!

Wedding Invitations

In order to save even more cash (every little bit helps!) we decided to design and print our own invitations.  I headed to Michaels and found a box set of invitation on sale for 75% off.  So I snatched up two.  I hated the color they were mounted on, and the ribbon, but that was easy to fix.  So I set out to find some embellishments and a better color of card stock.  I would be lying if I said it was easy to get the layout I wanted, it took me days just to get it to print correctly.  But it was worth the extra effort!  I can get a little OCD when it come to even spacing and lines….
I was excited to find small paper flowers in our colors on sale at Michaels, so I got the girls together, we took out our paper cutters and glue dots and here was the end result!

DIY Invitations

Not perfect, but perfect enough.  The original set had a brown backing with a solid brown ribbon on the side, where I printed heart.  I ended up liking the ink print better than a ribbon on the side, and I thought that the flowers added the extra 3D touch we wanted.
I printed the addresses directly onto the envelopes.  I thought this looked nicer than sticking on address labels, and it looked way nicer than my handwriting!  Then I headed to Etsy for a fun return address label.  I found a stamp I thought was adorable, and was impressed with how quickly it arrived.  I took off our address, but here is a sample of what the design looked like.

Return Address Stamp

I used a blue ink pad, and set them all out to dry!

All our invitations ready to go!

Things were starting to feel pretty official!

Wedding bells

B and I wanted to come up with something creative for our guests to use as we exited the church.  We wanted something more environment friendly than rice, confetti or balloons.  I loved the idea of bubbles, but my sister used that for her wedding three years prior, so I was in search of something a little more freesh and original.  As I was looking I came across the perfect idea.  Wedding bells!
We decided to create ribbon wands with bells on the end for our guests to wave as we walked by.  A bit more of a time consuming project, but I was ecstatic with the result.
We were fortunate to have help from our sisters and brothers in law so the project wasn’t too overwhelming, but we made just about 150 of these puppies!  First thing we did was visit the craft store and gather all of the necessary materials.  Actually, I made multiple trips to the craft store so that I could use my 50% off coupon more than once….
Supplies:
Dowels
Eye hooks
Key rings
Bells
Ribbon
Once we had gathered all of our materials the first step was to drill a small hole into the end of each dowel (thanks to family members with power tools!).  Once we had a small hole to guide us it took a little bit of elbow grease to screw in the eye hook.  We managed to only split one or two dowels by mistake, I consider that a success!
The next step was what I considered the most time consuming, attaching a key ring to each bell.  Just when you though you had the ring open the bell would slip away!  Once each bell had a ring attached we then attached bell to the eye hook on each dowel.
Next I made a sample so that I knew approximately how long I wanted my ribbon to be.  Then I cut all of my ribbons.  I chose the yellow and blue to go with my wedding colors and then found a fun white ribbon that said “Happily ever after”.

Next came the fun part.  We tied about three ribbons to the eye ring of each dowel.

That’s a lot of wedding wands!  As it got closer to the day I arranged them in a basket with this cute saying “Wave the wand with joy and laughter and celebrate with the new Mr. and Mrs. for a Happily Ever After!”  Perfection.
I think it was a fun touch for our special day.  It was the exact extra oomph that I was looking for.  Oh, and our ring bearer was quite possibly is the cutest little man ever.