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Day 12 : Summer Checklist

I can’t believe that Summer Break is already more than 1/2 way over! Where, oh where, does the time go?

I am one of those Moms that LOVES Summer Break. I miss my kiddo when she’s at school and I love having the summer to hang out with her and just get to know her better.

This summer I saw a free, over-the-top stinkin’ adorable, Summer Checklist that I could fill out. We moved to the Oklahoma City area 1 1/2 years ago from California and we still have SO MUCH to explore! We REALLY love it here: the people, the accents, the slower paced life, our church, our neighborhood, the prices, the friendliness, etc etc etc (and yes, I could go on & on &on) , and summer, although a tad too warm for my liking, is the perfect time to take in some of the sites & sounds that are unique to this sweet place we now call OklaHOME.

Here’s our list on the free printable from this FANTASTICALLY AWESOME blog (found on Pinterest, of course): http://thecraftingchicks.com/?s=summer+fun+chart+2012

Isn’t this FUN & CUTE???!!!

As you can see, I mixed in some “easy to do” items and some “go out & explore” ideas.  Ella uses a dry erase marker to circle out each thing that we do as soon as we get home!

I love that it helps with those “What should we do today?” moments….

I would LOVE to know if you and your family are utilizing a Summer Checklist and if so, what method or printable (If any?!) are you using?

With that,  we’re off to enjoy something NOT on the list: we’re BEACHBOUND (since we ARE in San Diego right now visiting family)…..

Hope your day is beautiful,

Kirsten 🙂

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Day 10: Easy Burlap Dry Erase Board

Today I needed easy. We’ve got a tremendous amount of things going around in our home and I NEEDED a bit of a creative break (for my sanity’s sake)…. but nothing that required too much effort.

Pinterest once again came to the rescue (they even helped me decide what I wanted to write as my first message on my dry erase board 🙂 …. I needed something that screamed happiness and happy thoughts and just wait ’til you see what I wrote:  (drum roll please………)

I started with a cheap unfinished wood frame from the dollar store. Took it apart and then painted it.

  In the picture above you can also see what I did next….. I took the back portion of the frame and sprayed adhesive on it. I then covered it in burlap and then trimmed off the excess from the edges! Easy Peasy.

Once the green paint finished drying, I brushed over it lightly with white paint that I had really watered down. After painting it on, I took a dry paper towel and wiped the white paint off. It softened the green color and gave it a distressed/white wash look. Once all the parts were dry I put the frame back together with the glass over the burlap, and then used a dry erase marker to write “Choose Joy” in the same basic pattern (but in my own handwriting) as Laura, a  fabulous “Pinterester”,  (is that a word? and if not, what else do you call a person the puts a pin on Pinterest?): http://laurawinslowphotography.com/blog/2011/12/04/free-choose-joy-printable-guest-post-lil-blue-boo-phoenix-photographer/

And a HUGE Thanks to Jill Ruth for the “Pin”spiration for my super cute and easy Burlap Dry Erase board

…. I LOVED making it and I’m excited to change the message out to fit what our family needs for the day: whether they be messages of love, thoughts or hope or even a simple HELLO.

Happy Pinning & Creating,

Kirsten

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