Start Back with Lots of School Supplies Printable

Thank you to Great Clips for sponsoring today’s discussion and inspiring my family to support teachers!

This week I got an email from our civic association. They were asking families to donate backpacks that were filled with new school supplies like pencils, markers, crayons, folders and notebooks.  I was a little surprised by this drive that was coordinated by our neighborhood and the Big One’s elementary school.  Most of the kiddos at the school don’t seem to be lacking, and I know the PTA has a healthy budget to support a bevy of extracurricular programs at the school.  Why was the neighborhood trying to collect 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for children?  It turns out in our wonderful little school, that has a great PTA and lots of kids who seem to have plenty that a third don’t have enough to buy the necessary school supplies.  Who picks up the slack– it’s usually the teachers. I assume.  Those teachers, who don’t make nearly enough for all that they do, spend their own money to make sure the classroom has what it needs to run!

My Mom Made That: Back to School Supply Printable

Apparently the average teacher spends $1000 or more on school supplies for students during each school year.  School supplies for your children, my children!  Well, I thought I would share a little printable that I made for us to use to start the school year off right.  To let the teachers know that we’ve got their back!  It’s a small 3×5 card that I can tape to the top of a package of paper, or tied to a bundle of pencils or pens.   I’d rather my sons’ teachers be focused on teaching my sweet boys than worrying about getting more supplies.  I want them to feel appreciated!  (If you’d like to use this printable, just click on the picture above, as I’ve saved in a full size image).

My Mom Made That: Back to School Supply Printable

 

I’d like to share another group that is trying to help teachers with the burden of buying school supplies.  Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand  with over 3300 salons throughout the United States and Canada.  If you click the picture above, you’ll be taken to a page to watch a video of a classroom makeover and see how Great Clips has already fulfilled two teachers’ classroom wish lists. In order to help other teachers throughout the U.S. and Canada, for every person who downloads  the Online Check-In app, Great Clips will contribute to AdoptAClassroom.org (up to $20,000) to help continue to support teachers and students.   What is the Online Check-In app?  Itlets you add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon. It’s not an appointment – what it does is let you add your name to the list before arriving at the salon to help save you time.  We take the Big One to Great Clips fairly frequently to get his shaggy mane trimmed.  It’s great to know that you can get “call-ahead” seating when go, particularly when you are rushing around to get ready for the start of the school year.

This year Great Clips is also  hosting a contest to send $100 worth of school supplies to your door.  Think about how much your teachers would appreciate all those pencils!  To enter the #GREATLIST contest, go here.  Every day, one lucky winner will get their school supplies bought and shipped to their front door for free!   Plus #GREATLIST contest entrants receive a $2-off Great Clips coupon with their confirmation email the first time they submit a school supply list.  The contest has already started, and is running until September 5th, 2014.  Be sure to enter!




Minecraft Supplies for Back to School

We have three weeks left until the Big One starts Middle School. I can’t believe it.  My heart hurts a lot.  I can’t believe how big he’s gotten.  We’re dealing with a new school, a new starting time for school, lockers (and the anxiety-inducing combination locks), changing classes, cell phones, and girls (but that is for another blog post, sigh!)   It’s a lot for me to process.  I’m not sure how the Big One is doing handling all this, as I’ve found that tween boys talk even less than school-aged boys.  Regardless, I wanted him to get back to school with a few Mom Made supplies, especially from me.  As Minecraft is still big around our house, I decided to make a few Minecraft Inspired Back to School Supplies.

My Mom Made That: Minecraft School Supplies
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Chocolate Popcorn Balls for a Family Movie Night

This article is sponsored by Pop Secret. All opinions and thoughts shared are 100% my own.

We have a hard time settling on a movie that all of us can watch for a Family Movie Night– it’s hard being the only woman in a house full of boys and men.  Their taste isn’t mine.  At Christmas though, I have a whole collection of family favorites that we watch each season.    My favorite for Family Movie Night is the Homecoming, the prequel to the Waltons television series.  The show embraces the best of Christmas movies– it’s about love, and family.  The other thing that is special about this movie is the fact that the family doesn’t have a lot of money, but they do have special things at Christmas, and one of them is popcorn balls, and popcorn strung around the Christmas tree that was chopped in their yard.  I thought I would share a recipe for Chocolate Popcorn Balls to make if you ever decide to watch this movie.  Plus, thanks to Popsecret Popcorn, you can use their handy Perfect Pop App to make sure that you get a perfect batch of popcorn for your homemade popcorn balls each time!  It’s so easy to use!
My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

To make my chocolate popcorn balls, I used the Homestyle Popsecret popcorn. It is lightly salted and butter, and has a flavor that tastes just like the popcorn that my grandmother made on her stove. It’s delicious!

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Everyone can relate to the frustration of burning popcorn, so Pop Secret decided to solve the problem once and for all, so you can spend more time enjoying movies and less time worrying about burned popcorn!Now if you want to try the Perfect Pop App, here’s how it works:

With your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+, download Perfect Pop (“Perfect Popcorn”) for free on the App Store.

1. Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.

2. Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.

3. Start the microwave, and then start the app.

No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less you have to worry about, the more time you can spend enjoying movie night with your friends & family. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Honestly, the popcorn was perfect, not a single burnt kernel and only about 5 under-popped kernels. There were no unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bag! Now if you don’t have an iPhone, or you’d rather do it yourself, you can still get beautiful popcorn, you’ll just have to stand by the microwave and listen to the popping.   After the popcorn was perfectly popped, here’s how I made the Chocolate Popcorn Balls!

Ingredients

  • 1 Popped Bag of Popsecret Homestyle Popcorn
  • 4 1/2 Cups of mini marshmallows
  • 5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

I melted the butter in saucepan over medium heat, and poured the popcorn and chocolate chips into a big bowl that would allow for both my hands to get in their and mix. Once the butter is melted, pour in the marshmallows and stir them up with the butter, letting the mixture melt. The mixture should be well melted. I then poured the mixture over popcorn and chocolate chips, and blended and tossed it together with a spatula. Once it was well-mixed, and somewhat cooler, I used my hands to mix it thoroughly and form it into balls. I was able to get 7 good sized balls with one bag of popcorn. I let them cool for about an hour until they were all ready for movie time! Yum!

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls




Mike Holmes Baby Onesie

The Haven Conference was this weekend, and it was so much fun.  It was really fun for the Silhouette Challenge group because we got to catch up with each other and meet!  It was also an awesome conference because several HGTV stars were there, including one of my all time favorites, Mike Holmes!   Our theme this month for the Silhouette Challenge was Our Favorite Things,  and I thought that onesies and home improvements stars were two of my favorite things.  When I went to Haven, I wanted to make sure that I had something special for Mike Holmes to sign, so I created a onesie for My Little Monkey with Mike Holmes’ logo, “Make It Right!”

My Mom Made That: Mike Holmes Baby Onesie

It was such an easy design to make.  I used black flocked HTV and a red “Rabbit Skin” onesie that I bought at Amazon.  I ended up finding a hammer image online, and used that image along with Mike Holmes’ Trademark “Make It Right!”  (By the way, if you ever go meet a celebrity with their trademarked phrase on an item you created, be sure to tell them that you aren’t selling them and didn’t pay for the shirt!)  During his session and Q&A at Haven, I had Mike Holmes sign the onesie.

My Mom Made That: Mike Holmes Baby Onesie

Now my little builder Monkey has a one of a kind Mike Holmes Onesie to wear!  I’m not sure he’s going to be that impress, but I am!

My Mom Made That: Mike Holmes Baby OnesieWho’s your favoritte HGTV star?

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

A Gift for the Bride-to-Be Silhouette Challenge: My Favorite Things My Favorite Things Keepsake Box Printable Tattoos for Crafters & DIYers Super Hero Backpacks Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion Instagram Paper Album Reasons I Love Daddy Ctrl Alt Del Pillows Outside Decor: DIY Pallet Board Sign Yo-Ho It's a Pirate Party How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens Combining My Favorite Things, Baking and Crafting - July Silhouette Challenge Pride & Prejudice Subway Style Art Favorite Silhouette Challenge Just umm, Let it Go Temporary My Little Pony Tattoos Mike Holmes Baby Onesie Monogram It: A Memo Board Makeover Super Room Redo The Best Summer Ever Freebie and Tutorial Summertime Toes Crafty Girls Hair Accessories Holder Watercolor Wall Art Ice Cream Cone T-Shirt Sun Fun Shirt Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition Serving Tray Upcycle Making Custom Rhinestone Designs Etched Glass Coasters Church Nursery Wall Quote

1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds

One more thing! I wanted to share a picture of 20 members of our Silhouette group at our meet up at Haven– it was awesome seeing y’all!My Mom Made That: Mike Holmes Baby Onesie




Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I first started sharing recipes here, I wanted to make all of my reader knew that i am not a fancy cook.  I am definitely not a foodie.  Instead, I try to focus on creating delicious homestyle, southern meals that my family loves.  I consider myself a family cook, not a fancy cook.  Today, I’m sharing a recipe that is a pretty basic, common home meal for many families– Stuffed Bell Peppers.  In fact, Mellow Man asked me in early May to add these into our weekly meal planning repertoire.  I called my Mother-in-Law to get her recipe as a starting point, as I knew that she made Stuffed Bell Peppers.  I took her recipe, along with my memories of making Stuffed Cabbage, and practiced until I got a recipe that I liked.  Here is my version of Stuffed Bell Peppers in case other families are looking for some traditional homestyle dishes to add to their recipe bank.

My Mom Made That: Stuffed Bell Peppers
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