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    DIY Board and Batton

    Wow! It has been a LOOOOONG time since I’ve posted anything, and I thought a DIY board and batton wall was the way to come back! Let me just start off by saying…I had no idea what I was doing. Crazy thing to say when posting how I did this but the truth is I had no clue and all of the information I’m about to share is just what worked for me and my capabilities. If I was more confident in cutting wood and using the miter saw I might have done cleaner edges.  With all of that being said, here is how I did my board and batton wall for the boys playroom.  Read more

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    Refreshing Coconut Mojito

    It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything BUT I’m back with one of the most delicious drinks for summer and if you guessed a Coconut Mojito you’d be correct! When I went to the store I ended up buying this Coco Real mix and actually had no idea what to use it for but I do love coconut so I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Read more

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    January Sinking Funds Update

    When I posted the sinking funds, I was shocked by how many people were really interested in starting their own sinking funds.  It’s so awesome to come together and have the same goals. One of our goals for our family is to stay out of debt and start saving for the boys future. Having our budget and savings plan has really been a huge eye opener into our life and what we really spend our money on. It actually makes us think twice about if we really need something or if we’re just being frivolous. 

    I am sharing our how our sinking funds are going and what our real plan is now that we’ve been doing this for a month.

     

    So I started off not really knowing where we really wanted to put our sinking funds money. I knew Christmas and Birthdays were the most important to really start saving for these events. Past that I didn’t really have dates for things we need them buy.  I’m sticking to $100 a week and then dispersing  that. Because we have birthdays in the the beginning of the year we are throwing more money to those right now but come September I’ll probably start splitting it up or take a break from birthdays. 

    My misc envelope is pretty much anything extra we need. We were invited to a birthday party and a baby shower this month, so as of right now our misc envelope is empty but I’m happy I had a little stash to use for these last minute occasions. 

    I started putting money in the back to school envelope and some class stuff started to come up so I have decided to turn this envelope into a school envelope. We will using it mostly for back to school since Kellan and Knox will both be going to school this next year. 

     

    This nice thing about sinking funds is that if for whatever reason I don’t have enough money for whatever we are needing money for I can always use money from my checking account. The idea of the sinking funds are to prepare for these moments you know are coming up. 

     

     

    Just know it’s not too late, and I hope this inspired you to start your sinking funds if you haven’t yet. I’d love for you to share your sinking funds!

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    Saving Money Using Sinking Funds

     

       

    This year is the year for budgeting and saving for me and my family and sinking funds is the first step for us.  I started a little budget series last year and the first step for me was doing a grocery budget. I feel like the grocery budget was a good step that is easily customizable for every family. If you missed that you can find how I setup and use my grocery budget here. This has been a great way for us to save money in the grocery section of our budget.  Read more

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    Easiest Teacher Gift EVER

    This year for a teacher gift I wasn’t too sure what we wanted to do. We’re stuck in a strange place because, you want to do something that is thoughtful but if you don’t really know someone, so how do you know what to get them? I also feel like I want to be practical in giving gifts and not pick something out that will never be used or ultimately end up in the garbage. 

    So this Facebook group I’m in did a poll on teachers asking, what is it you really want for Christmas if you were to get a gift from your students and their families? The NUMBER ONE gift request was…GIFT CARDS. I would also like to add that they said personal cards and letters were ULITMATE NUMBER ONE, buuuuuut if you wanted to buy something a gift card was ideal. They said a big no on mugs, homemade food, and nick knacks of any sort.  Of course any gift is appreciated but if you think about it teachers that have been teacher for 5 or more years add twenty plus students you’re bound to get a few mugs every year and those things take up a lot of space. 

    With all of this in mind, I knew this year I wanted to do a gift card of some sort but wasn’t sure how I wanted to display it. I went to target one day and saw these cute little trees for only $5! I thought the nice part of getting these were that they could be used again and again whether at home or in their classroom for next year. 

     

    Kellan has his teacher and a teacher aid. So I set a budget on what I want to spend for this teacher. The nice part about this gift is that it is SUPER customizable and so easy to change up for person to person. If one teacher likes Target and one likes walmart, well there you go, everyone can get what they want!

    I didn’t want to just have gift cards on there so when we made these little salt dough ornaments a couple of weeks ago at a friends house I thought it would be a nice personal touch to have Kellan decorate them to personalize his gift for them. 

    The nice part is if you’re waiting until the last minute to do these the trees will probably already be on sale!! SCORE! 

    You’ll need a small tree. (I got these from Target for $5 but I’m sure Walmart has similar ones)
    Gift cards in any assortment
    Any added decor you’d like to personalize your gift

    Some of my gift cards didn’t have little hooks so I used twine and hot glue to make my own little ribbons. Just make sure you don’t glue the numbers of the card so they still have access to them if they need it. 

    Also, don’t break the salt dough ornaments if you can. haha

     That’s it! You can spend as little or as much as you’d like! 

    I hope you guys got some inspiration from this extremely easy teacher gift! 
    If you did I would love for you to tag or send me photos of yours.

    You can find me on instagram @ebrooks

         

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    Family Christmas Photos 2019

    This year’s family Christmas photos were my favorite pictures we’ve taken to date. The kids had fun, we were in the comfort of our own home, and it just felt very natural for us to be silly and take pictures.  If  you can’t tell the boys are just maniacs! It was also nice to have Illy be apart of some of our photos. The one of here looking right at the camera was everyones favorite! Here are our 2017 Christmas photos and apparently we didn’t do 2018 haha. 

    Christmas Photos 2017

     

     

      

     

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