Monday Made It with Live Laugh Love Second

Happy Monday, friends! I'm Lori from Live, Laugh, Love Second, and I am so happy to be hosting this week's Monday Made It. 

I had a week's break from my graduate classes, but I have been so tired. I think it's the first week that I have literally had nothing on my plate since school ended. Thank goodness! I finally caught up on some sleep, and I was able to get some crafting in. Check it out below!

New Class Logo: I was inspired by my upcoming blog makeover and decided to make a fun logo for my class. The image is from Lovelytocu on Etsy. You can check our her other designs HERE. I had a hard time picking one out because she had so many great designs! The font is Dry Shampoo by Amy Groesbeck. I might end up changing it, but it will probably still be one of her amazing fonts. I plan on using this as a header on our class Facebook page and maybe our digital class newsletter. I haven't exactly decided yet, but I do really like it!

Dishwasher Sign: If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it's going to cook dinner and realizing that my teenagers didn't unload the dishwasher. Grrrr! Their main excuse...we didn't know if they were clean or not!

Well. I guess the "clean" light being lit up on the machine didn't do it for them. And, of course, simply looking at the dishes to see if they were clean? Who would actually do that???

No more, kiddos! This #teachermom made a handy dandy sign to solve this problem. I whipped it up on Powerpoint using digital paper from I Teach What's Your Super Power. You can find the entire paper set HERE. The "clean" font is A Perfect Blend Teaching's Coffee Mug and the "dirty" font is Amy Groesbeck's Running Late is my Cardio. I stuck a magnet on the back, tragically realized the dishwasher was not in fact magnetic, so then I hot glued another magnet onto the actual dishwasher. (What can I say...I was committed at this point.)

So, if you have teens like mine who require a little scaffolding, feel free to download a copy HERE of the sign for your dishwasher!

Toy Drawer Labels: One of my favorite things to do in the summer is organize everything that managed to get destroyed throughout the school year. Closets, cabinets, kitchen name it, I organize it. And it feels soooooo good.

I finally tackled my little's room. She's the only girl, and she's the baby at 4 years old. That means she gets #allthestuff. I can't help myself.

But...I can help with the organization of it all. 

So, I made these labels to go on all the plastic drawers that store her toys. I made them in Powerpoint, and trust me, they were nothing fancy. The font I used is Amy Groesbeck's Fat Pants. Emmy helped me pick out the pictures, we printed and laminated them, and then I used Elmer's Glue Dots to stick them on the drawers. They look great, serve a purpose, and help her (and her daddy) to know where everything goes. Win-win for everyone.

Battery Organizer: So, a few weeks ago, I posted a picture on Instagram of these old Tupperware sandwich containers that I repurposed as drawer organizers in my office desk. 


Well, I had a couple of extra ones (why I had 4 to begin with is beyond me), and I was going to hold onto them until I got back into my classroom and could figure out a use for them there. I was cleaning out my junk drawer in the kitchen, I spotted the perfect use for one of the containers.

We go through so many batteries in our house that they are a regular item on the grocery list. It's mainly the old school handheld game systems and the newer system controllers my boys play that use so many batteries, so I like to keep them stocked up. By keeping them organized in this container, I know how many we have at any given time without digging through the drawer.

Reading Round Up: I was asked to lead a summer reading program that targeted below-level readers in our school. After the students were identify, we provided them with bags full of books to keep, along with a chart that they track their reading on throughout the summer. We recently had a picnic, which was a lot of fun, and I check in with them weekly via email. And that brings me to my last "made-it" for this week.

I wanted to make the email eye-catching for parents, so I started messing around with creating graphics to include as headers. They turned out great! The cowboys are from Melonheadz. The fonts were free downloads. It turned out so cute and got a lot of compliments from parents.

Phew! That was quite a lot for a Monday Made-It, but it was so much fun sharing it will all of you! Don't forget to check out all the other Monday Made-It's by following the links below, or you can join in the fun by linking up with us.

Have a fantastic week!


Monday Made It with Holly from Research and Play

Hey everyone, happy summer! I'm Holly Hodges from Research and Play. I'm joining Tara this summer with her Monday Made It series, and I'm excited to show you what I made!

This is me with my sweet nephew!
I am so loving this first week off from school. Although I absolutely loved my class this past year (seriously, the sweetest class I've ever taught), I feel no shame in how much I love being done for a few weeks. I can finally accomplish that personal life to-do list that seems to always get pushed aside during the school year. And even though today included buying new tires and getting those installed (woo, #adulting), it also included some fun crafting and making!

I'm sure many of you have made your own homemade playdoh before. Being a kindergarten teacher, playdoh is part of our everyday routine. We literally use it all 180 days as part of our Play Centers (click to read more about that). So as you can imagine, we go through a lot of playdoh. It isn't super expensive, but I knew it was about time to learn how to make it myself to be even cheaper smarter with my money. And all in all, I probably spent about $4 since I had most of the ingredients already at home!

I followed THIS RECIPE I found on Pinterest. Like the pin says, it takes about 10 minutes. I made three batches and added essential oils, so it took me about 20 minutes. But if $4 and 20 minutes is all it takes for, supposedly, a batch of playdoh that lasts a year (!!!!) then why not try it out?

Here are the ingredients you need: AP flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, water, food coloring, and wax paper. I added essential oils and vanilla extract, but you don't have to!

First, add the flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and water to a pot. Turn it to medium-low and begin stirring. It will be pretty lumpy, but that's ok.

Once the mixture starts to become less liquid-y (yes that's not a real word), add your food coloring. About 7-8 drops should be plenty, but you'll be able to see if you want to add more.

When the playdoh starts sticking to the spoon, it's time to take it out. It takes about 2 minutes total in the pot!

Put the playdoh on some wax paper. This is when I added essential oils/extract, but you can skip this step.

Let cool for just a minute, then start kneading until all the lumps are out and you're left with a smooth ball of playdoh!

Voila! Not only were they super fast to make but they smell SO GOOD. Each color is about twice the size of a regular tub of playdoh - yet another win!

This next one made me feel like the smartest person ever. So I'm not a seamstress, I can't sew at all. I also have an obsession with throw pillows, both at home and in my classroom. The dilemma is that throw pillows are way too expensive. Just a few days ago I was at HomeGoods and noticed most throw pillows were priced from $20-30. With the amount of pillows that I have, there's just no way I could afford to keep up my addiction. So, what's a non-sewing person to do? This GENIUS HACK. It cost $10 for the sham that was on clearance at Target (I got a sham instead of a regular pillow case for sheets because the material is thicker, much better for high-use areas like couches). I already had the feather pillow insert from IKEA, but I think those are around $7. Now I will say, the one thing I can do (as I'm sure most people could) is sew on a button. So since I have a little mini sewing kit at home with thread and buttons, I already had most of the things I needed. I'll never buy a pillow from HomeGoods again! (Well that's asking a lot...)

What you'll need: A pillow insert, clearance pillow case or sham, a needle, thread, and two buttons (not pictured).

First, put the pillow into the sham and push it all the way to one end. You'll have a floppy end.
Fold over the floppy end to the back. You'll be sewing two buttons underneath this flap.

Sew on a button, then cut a small slit in the back of the sham for the button to go into! Medium/large buttons are best for this.

There you have it! A super cute pillowcase for MUCH cheaper than the stores. 

Last step, marvel at your work and enjoy.

For my last "craft," I used Powerpoint. As in, I've been crafting away on a brand new resource for your classroom! If you're wanting something new and fresh and clean for your class decor, I've got what you need. Watercolor foliage in aqua, seafoam, teal, blue, green...what's not to love? Included in this growing resource are schedule cards, alphabet word wall cards, number wall cards, and class jobs.

But just for you, a freebie! Here is a classroom voice levels chart that matches the watercolor foliage theme. You can introduce this chart early in the school year and explain when to use each level. Ten, display this chart somewhere where students can see it throughout the day. Use a magnet or sticky note to place next to the level that the students should be using at the moment. Easy peasy! Click on the picture below to grab yours!

Thank you so much for reading along! Hopefully you can use some of these crafts in your classroom or home! Have a wonderful summer!


Monday Made It Kickoff Summer 2017

Hello everyone!!! 

I wasn't sure I was going to get this going this year but had several sweet messages and questions asking me and now here we are!  And I'm glad because it will help me to pace myself and not waste my summer, YET take some MUCH needed time for me too!
If you are new to Monday Made It, WELCOME!  If you are a #mondaymadeit tribe member, welcome back!!  Either way, I am excited to share and also be inspired this summer.
For both newbies and "oldies" here are the "rules":
- You can link up any time during the week, it doesn't have to just be on Monday.
- Please DO NOT link directly to your TPT store.  If you have a product you want to show, then link to your blog post about it, explain it, and link to your store from there.  This rule I am strict about and will delete your link up if it goes directly to your store.
- Sweet comments on others link ups aren't mandatory, but always nice;)
- You can link up "home" made its and school made its, or both.
That's about it y'all.  This linky is for fun and inspiration!

So I will be has taken me a while to get out of my post school much happens that last week,  So, some of my home made its were done a while ago and I'm just sharing now:)
Ok, so if you follow my teacher account on instagram, you will know that I have made the decision to redo my classroom!!!!  Yikes....sometimes I think....what was I thinking!  But, most of the time I am so excited.  It will be a fresh new look and I can't wait to see how it turns out.  So, needless to say, there will be a ton of pics of the items I am preparing for the makeover!

I have decided to go with a watercolor, tropical theme this year.  I love watercolors anyway, I use them all the time in my journal and bible journaling so it seemed like a perfect fit for me!  When I saw Samantha Henry's Tropical Decor Classroom set, I fell in love and knew I had to do it.  AND, it's editable which has been wonderful for me to make additional items that are specific to my classroom.
So I have been crazy busy buying and making #allthingstropical.
Can we talk about these popsicle lights?!?!?!
So first up I printed up the student understanding rubric.
I love how it turned out.  I'm going to use burlap ribbon to hang it:)
Next up is the alphabet.  Samantha has 2 options, round or rectangular, and of course I couldn't make up my mind SOOOO I am alternating shapes and can't wait to see how it will look.  I just love the colors in this set.
My final school made it is my math workshop.  That's where her editable set made me so super happy:)

I love the colors and can't wait to see things come together once I'm back in my classroom.
I love to find inspiration on instagram and pinterest to help me spice up my house.  I have forever wanted a gallery wall in my house but have been scared to do it.  Why?  I have no clue.  Well, it finally happened and I love it!

The top is the before a few pics of the after.  I actually have added a few more pieces that I will get some pics of.  I love it.  Hubs had to help a lot with this....he has a lot of patience;)
I can't show you much of my next home made it....just know that it's a hot mess.  We are making over my office.  I have recently become an empty nester so I'm changing one of the bedrooms into an office and creative space for me:) mess!
Below is a hint of what's to come (although lighting is terrible and you can't tell what colors those are.) The walls were a they are a light gray called Sparrow, the color on the right is the new color.
So I will be updating you on the progress.  Just know that floating shelves, pipes, jute, chalkboard paint, and ruffles are all included!!!  Eek!  I'm so excited!

Now it's your turn!  Can't wait to see what everyone has been up to!  Tell your bloggy friends to join in on the fun.  If you post on IG, be sure to use the hashtag #mondaymadeit and tag me so I can check it out:)

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