The Litter Box Summer School

This summer I’ve been working with two of my favorite boys to keep them thinking over the summer. We’ve been doing music lessons, math, reading, and Spanish, but the longer I’ve been teaching, the harder it’s been to come up with lesson plans, especially since Big and Little are starting 1st grade and preschool, so they are learning different things.

I did some research and found some teaching materials that I really liked, so I started pinning them, when I finally decided just to go ahead and plan out the rest of our summer. And then I decided to share the plans! Continue reading

Lessons learned in Upcycling

Lessons learned in Upcycling:

If you read my other blog, you know that I upcycled a $4 Goodwill dress into a cuter version of itself with more personality. And if you know me, you know that I’m not very patient, so making a dress is just a little bit of a stretch for me.

Just a little bit.

I was expecting an easy project, and boy was I wrong. I made it too long, and then too tight. I cut it open in the back, and then it was falling off. I cut off the skirt and then stitched it back on at a weird angle, so I had to rip the seams and reattach it. Basically the whole this was a lot of stopping and starting over, with which I don’t do well. But ultimately it all paid off, because now I can say, “Hey, look at this cute dress I made!” (;

So here’s what I learned during this project:

1) I don’t like activities that require practice. If I’m not immediately good at something, I find it hard to actually enjoy doing it.

2) The whole sewing thing? Yah… It’s hard.

3) Owning a dressmaker’s dummy would make life just so much easier!

4) Sometimes I just can’t do things on my own. I mean, I only have two hands, so I can’t really hold and pin at the same time. My stepdad really came in handy there.

5) Projects don’t have to be perfect. In fact, they probably won’t be perfect. And that’s just gonna have to be ok.

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Let’s Upcycle!

I finally did it. I finally joined the upcycle bandwagon.

I bought this (hideous) dress at Goodwill for $4 last week. It was part of our girls’ night. We went to Goodwill and found ungly dresses with upcycling potential.

I really liked the pattern at the bottom, so I wanted to incorporate it a lot in the new design.

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I also wanted to do an open-backed dress, inspired by this instagram post by @oliviaeggroll.

Plus I love bows. I mean, really, they’re just adorable. Anyways, here is the finished product! I’m pretty proud of it, considering this is my first ever upcycle.

Hopefully there will be more to come! I did, after all, buy four dresses at Goodwill…

Read more about this project here!

Happy upcycling!
~ kat

The Green Smoothie Experience

Brace yourself, because this may shock you…

I’ve been working out every day.

I know. It’s crazy. Unbelievable. But true! Granted, it’s only been a week, but I’m still proud! I guess since it’s summer I’ve just had more flexibility with my schedule. I’m making time to go to the gym!

Anyways, when I get home from the gym, I’m hungry! But I never really feel like eating, ya know? Like, why would I go to the gym and work out, then come home and eat a full meal? It just doesn’t seem right. So instead, I make a smoothie!

It’s amazing how much fun a blender can be. This green concoction is made up of, well, whatever I could find in the fridge. I started with a handful of spinach, cause I’ve heard that goes well in smoothies. There were some strawberries, a few pieces of pineapple, a few grape tomatoes (like I said, whatever I could find in the fridge…), a scoop of vanilla greek yogurt (that was all that was left), some regular vanilla yogurt, and almond milk to fill the blender to 3 cups. That made two pretty delicious servings of what I will now call… The Leafy Love Smoothie.

I made that up just now, so the name’s not set in stone…

So there’s my creation for the day. And man, was it good after a long hard workout. FatGirl kicked my butt with her squat routine…

Happy crafting!
~kat