Posts Tagged ‘Crafts & Celebrations’

Amy’s Notebook 09.13.17

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

You've Been Boozed


Now this is a neighbor tradition that I can get behind!

Um, mind blown. How the heck did I not know this?

Maybe we just need less balance. I am learning this…

These photos are breaking my heart.

Have you embraced premium mediocre in your life?

Looking to try out a new television series or movie? This list  or this list might help!

This piece arrived on my doorstep and I can’t believe how perfect it is. Did I mention, POCKETS?!?

Looking for another fun meal prep idea for lunches? This chicken shawarma looks like a winner.

23 grocery items from ALDI you are missing out on.

A little feminist humor that brings all the LOL’s.

Watching at least one of these is on my weekend agenda.

Totally on my wish list- hahaha!

Pumpkin Pasta


This 5-ingredient pumpkin alfredo is just begging me to make it.

If you just need a good laugh today, I recommend enjoying this.

I love these styling options for above the bed.

Oh, this series looks like another Netflix worthy binge while I wait for the next season of, The Handmaid’s Tale!

I can’t recommend this book enough for highly sensitive souls. It has been such a good read for me.

Fun things to do with your girlfriends in the fall. I just had a mum shopping date and it was so fun to do that with someone else!

Speaking of plants, the millennials love them!

I want to try this golden milk recipe.

If you don’t know how to carve a chicken (raises hand!), you’ll love this picture tutorial.

I love a good skillet dish and this looks like a fun spin on a classic.

Pom Pom Basket


How cute is this diy pom pom basket? You know I’d love a pom pom on everything!

Looking to get your kitchen organized for fall baking season? Check out these awesome kitchen organization strategies!

Speaking of decluttering, here are 25 things to get rid of this fall.

This has become our new family weekend tradition with board games. Here are three free meals if you want to give it a try at your house.

Loving these fresh ideas for decorating your table for fall.

I’m really starting to hate the time sucks so this is a great reminder.

Some simple strategies for dealing with difficult people in your life.

This pumpkin pan pie looks like a fun way to enjoy a holiday fave.

Let’s just agree to put a tassel on everything.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo


Amy’s Notebook 08.02.17

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

DIY Wood Faux Paneling


I’m so inspired by this inexpensive diy wood faux paneling project to brighten up a room.

We are trying a meal delivery service this month so this piece was really interesting. Have you done one before? Would love to hear your thoughts!

The one thing Airbnb hosts wish you wouldn’t do.

What to say to a grieving friend- I needed these tips.

We have more time than we think. Loved this quote, “Rather than saying you don’t have time, use the phrase, “It’s not a priority.” Not only will you feel less guilty for saying no, but it will remind you what your priorities are.

Ten clever camping tips- bookmarking if I ever go camping (unlikely).

15 easy ways to update your home- we have a lot of little projects like this still left to do.

Are you an abundance thinker or a scarcity thinker? Good food for thought!

Elevate Your BBQ



I love these elegant ways to elevate your next summer gathering.

Here are some great tips on choosing the right protein powders for your morning smoothie. I had no idea that Target sold this protein powder now. Has anyone tried it?

Oh, I’m afraid we are THOSE neighbors! Love these backyard distractions so people won’t hate us.

I’m so sad to have missed this while we are in CA. Check out the Color Factory! Whoa.

I love this idea of running a cruelty-free blog. Particularly this passage, “Here is a good method: If you have a criticism of us you feel compelled to write then pretend that an 8 year old, someone who is just learning how people should behave in the world, will read your comment out loud in front of you. If that makes you uncomfortable then perhaps rephrase it. I think this is probably a great way to go about life, actually.”

Be Happy

Working on the good-hearted ways to respond to people in my life.

I just snagged this thriller from the library and I’m excited to dig in! Did you see the nine books I read in July? I think you’d love them!

I’m inspired by this zero-dollar savings hack. I need to do this!

I loved following this creative project. She always amazes me with the depth to her creativity.

Ugh, I have no idea how to get the right balance on this with my job. Do you like “real” feeds or “inspirational” feeds? I struggle with being authentic AND real.

A thoughtful approach towards shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I finally got this on vinyl and it makes me unbelievably happy.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 07.19.17

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Taco Salad Kits


In the Kitchen

Oh, I want to make these taco salad kits for my summer lunches- yum!

Here are 20 more great make-ahead lunch ideas.

This kebab recipe looks like a great way to get more salmon into our diet this summer.

I had no idea that it was this easy to make a dairy-free yogurt at home. I’m definitely trying that!

This Mexican Corn on the Cob looks like the perfect taco side dish.

If you have a cast iron skillet, this looks like the perfect tool to clean it.

Have you heard of magical coffee? I’m thinking this might be a fun way to enjoy my cold brew!

Now this looks like the perfect summer drink (and a great way to put frozen berries to work).



I have to say, this post just made my day!

Oh, I just love this so much. What a cool idea!

Have you thought about using your phone with intention? I admit, it is a crutch when I’m bored so I loved these tips!

This looks like a great young adult book list!

Speaking of YA books, I enjoyed this read this week. Have you read it yet?

Ahhh…remember these days?

4 organizing lessons from Hamilton.

I often feel guilty for asking for what I need so I loved this guide to guilt-free introverting.

This is a very compelling piece on drug addiction.

Unexpected ways that anxiety can show itself.

What to do when your distractions become a lifestyle.

If your distraction is your phone, this little trick sounds like it might help!

Looking forward to reading this thriller on my vacation next week.

Boy, could I relate to this piece!

I’m working on better sleep habits and this article has some great advice.


Lake House Style



Swooning over this lake house.

I am loving this summer wardrobe plan.

I’m just dying over the decorations in this librarian retirement party.

This looks like a great weekend project to improve a room.

Filing this list of the best neutral paint colors away for our next room refresh.

DIY watercolor weaving? These are gorgeous!

I love that this was your top purchase this month. It makes me want to order one for myself!

Planning to switch to more green cosmetics? This is a great guide to shop with!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 06.21.17

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017



chicken fajita sheet pan meal


This chicken fajita sheet pan meal looks like a great one to serve a crowd.

“It would be an exaggeration to say that the upper-middle class is full of gluten-avoiding, normal-BMI joggers who are only marginally more likely to smoke a cigarette than to hit their children,” Reeves writes. “But it would be just that—an exaggeration, not a fiction.” Wow, this is a compelling piece on social class! Do you think we have become a class-based society?

If you workout in the heat, this tip might save you from feeling sluggish.

I love a good personality test.

Swooning over this gorgeous baby shower. That balloon display is everything.

The more I deal with my chronic pain, the more my eyes are opened to shady pharmaceutical practices.

Speaking of that, this is why I am reading this book this week and, once again, my eyes are opened to a broken system.  Yup, I’m on a soapbox right now.

“The very Evangelicals who’ve spent that last 50 years in this country demonizing those who reject Jesus—are the single most compelling reason for them to do so. “ My thoughts exactly!

I adored this piece on raising a teenage girl. Ah, the things to look forward to!
Receipt & Coupon Organization


I love these strategies for organizing receipts and coupons so you can actually find them. The pocket for loyalty cards is so smart!

5 mistakes to avoid when grilling chicken. Noted!

TV adaptations must figure out when to go by the book- really interesting read from a producer’s point of view.

Summer is the season of smelly towels. I’m bookmarking these tips to take the stink out of them.

Have you thought about going vertical with your garden? This gathering of ideas has me feeling inspired!

How good are you at letting others help you? Me? Notsomuch.

I had no idea that this is the proper way to store a tomato. Time to do some flipping!

Washi Tape Umbrellas


I want to have my friends over just so I can make these adorable washi tape umbrellas.

This was big news and this article explains some of the possible motives for the acquisition. Do you think you will use this service?

If you are a magazine subscriber, check out this deal this week. 3 magazine subscriptions (priced at $4.69) for just $12!! Use coupon code 3FOR12 at checkout. My beach bag is going to be really happy this year!

The Thanksgiving episode of Master of None is one of the most compelling pieces of television I’ve ever watched. Read this interview to get the behind-the-scenes scoop.

Follow this formula for perfectly composed salads. Love these combos! Check out this post too for more ideas.

Oh, man! All the LOL’s. #eatyourwords

I love this reminder to stop schedule shaming. Busy people don’t equal important people.

Looking for the perfect ruffle shift? This one fits the bill perfectly!

Want to stay up until the wee hours with a read you just can’t put down? Get this and enjoy a gorgeous love story!

What a smart way to build and cultivate an affordable community for everyone.

Hairpin Leg Breakfast Tray


Love the addition of hairpin legs to turn a serving platter into a breakfast tray.

Oh, I do love a good tuna salad sandwich in the summertime.

How cute is this DIY skewer soiree for the 4th? I love it for easy entertaining!

These 5 no-heat hairstyles look perfect for summer.

These lessons on money make for a great read and reminder.

Get your tissues out and read this beautiful piece on fatherhood.

This is a gorgeous hallway makeover for under $100. Love the temporary fix of painting dated linoleum.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo


Amy’s Notebook 06.07.17

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Laid Back Waves


I love this easy hair tutorial for laid back waves.

Styling tips for the month of June and 30 outfits for your summer wardrobe inspiration.

All the things I want to say about money, but never do. I echo all of this!

We are big shrimp fans so I can’t wait to try these four genius tricks to make all your shrimp dinners better.

Did you read this book? I absolutely loved it (and I wasn’t a fan of her first one). This movie news is quite exciting as a big fan of this book.

It’s finally rosé season and I LOVE this tip on the wine chiller you probably already own. Speaking of rosé, this rosé was quite the talk this week on the food blogs. Can’t wait to pick some up!

You had me at the word nachos.

I got my fifth one of these and they nailed it. I’m keeping everything for the first time. I’m learning- get REAL specific with requests. Working around this has been my new wardrobe challenge and they found the perfect pieces.


Sriracha Lime Cauliflower Tostadas


Sriracha Lime Cauliflower Tostadas sounds like a fun meatless option full of flavor.

Making a marriage magically tidy- great for a good old-fashioned LOL.

I’m working on saying a lot more yes to the unknown so I loved this post.

This book is on my weekend reading agenda- have you read it? I’m still reading (and loving) this book this week.

I love seeing how people use Evernote in their lives. Do you use this app? I want to start using it more!

I can’t wait to try this little trick for taking my milkshakes to the next level. Vegan? This recipe sounds delicious too!  Sounds like these are guaranteed to bring all the boys to the yard!

I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy flank steak in the summer and this recipe looks like it would be a hit at our house.

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta


This grilled chicken bruschetta dish looks like a summertime winner.

This was your top purchase from this week’s style crushes and now you’ve convinced me I need these in my life too.

Give me all the caprese!

3 mindset hacks for unstoppable workout motivation. You guys- I’m back at it and I fully admit, I am working on these things.

Looking for ways to inspire your kids over the summer to learn? I’m thinking I might give this a swing for a month. Have you ever used it?

Commencement speech inspiration for your life- who couldn’t use a little of this?

What an adorable diy patio umbrella for the backyard!

Do you follow me on Instagram? I’d love to connect!

How adorable is this Diary of a Wimpy Kid party?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 05.17.17

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Tiny Bathroom Makeover

source: little house of four

Since we have wee bathrooms, I love seeing how people make the most of their tiny bathrooms. This makeover was so inspiring!

My hubby has been encouraging me to learn some keyboard shortcuts so this article was really helpful!

What an incredible reminder to not crowd the happiness in your life. I’m so very guilty of this!

I added this and this to my capsule for the warmer weather. Here is why I had to make a few wardrobe switches this month- good stuff!!

These mocktail recipes look like a lovely afternoon treat especially for a mama-to-be.

17 books everyone will be talking about this summer- any you are excited to dig into this summer?

It’s so easy to get stuck down the rabbit hole if you use your phone as an alarm clock. Love this idea of throwing it back to 2007!

Thinking about buying a set of these for our upcoming summer trips. Have you used this system before- looks like it might help me stay more organized?!

“Go where it doesn’t feel comfortable because it’s the only way you’ll make it through to the other side of acceptance, love, and healing.” If you are feeling a little lonely in this world, I think you will appreciate this beautiful piece on how to be lonely. (note- language!)

I’d love to prep some of these chicken burrito bowls for a filling lunch for my week.

Knotted Tee

source: un-fancy

I love this simple styling trick to knot your tees to add visual interest and shape.

What a genius idea for sprucing up tile you don’t love.

I’ve been reading this fairytale this week- a good one for fans of The Snow Child.  

Still listening to this book on audio and have a feeling that one will be in my top ten this year!

I can’t wait to try this simple blow drying technique and see if it makes a difference on my hair.

I struggle with jet lag so these tips were pretty amazing. Pedialyte? Who knew?

Did you grow up watching this show with your mom too? Congrats on the Hollywood Star!

I love this tip for considering outdoor rugs for your indoor spaces. With kids and a pet, this makes perfect sense to me!

Have you jumped on the bullet journal wagon yet? I’m looking forward to digging into these tutorials linked on this post.

Still on the fence about 13 Reasons Why with your teen/tween? Maybe read this!

Simple Hairstyle

source: oh happy day

This simple hairstyle looks like it would be a winner for the upcoming celebration seasons of summer.

What a cute grad gift idea! I’m all about useful gifts and who couldn’t use one of those?

“I would say to anyone who is struggling with addiction you are lovable, you are needed, and you are wanted.” This was a very honest piece on being an alcoholic and what a recovery experience looks like when you have an addiction.

The best and worst things to consume before a workout- noted!

“I am the person who notices we are running out of toilet paper, and I rock.”- what our Mother’s Day card really SHOULD have said.

I am taking a break personally from Facebook (still there for business though- would love to have you!) and this is a big reason why. It’s been anxiety-relieving for me!

Words that breathe life into the little girls around you- ohhhh, so good! I want to do more of this for my daughter, don’t you?

My life has no meaning anymore- bahaha! Seriously, this has been a huge debate over here at our house!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo


Amy’s Notebook 03.01.17

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Ballard Mirror Design DIY

source: the lettered cottage


I really love this window pane mirror tutorial made from inexpensive Walmart mirrors.  I would have never thought to piece these together!

How have I never thought to do this with my food processor? I hate cleaning the parts! Noted.

I’m dying laughing that this was your top purchase last month! I have the coolest readers!

Here is a list of the best podcasts for every situation.

If the lunchbox is getting a little boring, these lunchbox ideas might help!

34 books by women of color to read this year.

The 40 bags in 40 days challenge begins again. I love this one and how much it reclaimed our home the last time I did it! We basically scored this bonus room!

I’ve got a crush on these joggers. It’s all about comfort for this mama this year.

Gosh, can you imagine how much adulting school could help our kids? Seriously.

This slow cooker tater tot casserole is going on my weekend guilty pleasure food agenda.

Spring Getaway Trip Packing List 8 Pieces 8 Outfits

source: putting me together

How inspiring is this mini spring capsule? So cute!

Up your cauliflower game with this mashed cauliflower dish.

I read this thriller last week and I’m still like, WHOA, at that ending. What did you think?  Catch the author on our site on Sunday to talk about it!

This is a great roundup of the best in fiction for spring.

I didn’t think popcorn could get better, but honey brown butter popcorn sounds pretty amazing!

10-minute Spring Pillow Covers

10-minute spring pillow covers are so cute and affordable. I’m planning to crank out a no-sew version over here!

10 no-heat no-cook meals for the menu planner!

This is such a sweet children’s book- it would be a great Easter basket addition! Congrats, Matt!!

“Americans continue to view service work as a way station, not a way of life. Teenagers get their first job at McDonald’s; mothers dip back into the work force as receptionists; seniors make a little extra money as Walmart greeters. The reality is that these are the kinds of jobs millions of Americans hold for their entire working lives. And increasingly, these are the jobs their children will perform, too.”- A fascinating read on the new working class.

I’m adding this sheet pan meal to our meal plan for next week. Yum!

I don’t have an Amazon Echo, but these Amazon Echo hacks are pretty darn cool for those of you that do!

I want to try out some of these hummus combinations for my veggie dipping.

Comment of the Week- “A friend of mine wanted to get a group together to take items to the homeless community as her birthday celebration. She felt blessed and wanted to bless others. We pooled money and solicited donations from several companies. It was quite a learning experience. First off, we were threatened with arrest by the police at multiple stops. Even though it was not specifically against the law to give food to the homeless, local businesses did not want us doing this. They said they could find something to take us in on (disturbing the peace, public nuisance, etc) if we did not comply. So, we were constantly moving trying to find areas that the homeless congregated in. Second, the food was welcomed but what they really wanted was the toiletries: socks, underwear and hygiene items specifically. We had brought a large amount of toiletry items but should have brought more of that than food. They have resources to food more than the hygiene items. Third, women’s toiletry items specifically are in great demand. Finally, we had regular bottles of shampoo and regular sized soaps. They would actually take these out of the bag because they were too heavy. We ordered cases of the small soaps and shampoos from a wholesale hotel supply website. The cases contain several hundred items and were only about $50 per case. We took a second trip out with our smaller toiletries and they were a big hit. I now keep a box with several ziplock baggies in my van now with an array of sizes and gender marked on each one. It also has packs of crackers/trail mix I bought by the case as well. When I see a homeless person as I am going about my day now, I offer one of the packs to them.”- Curtis

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with giving to those in need in your community, Curtis. Our homeless care package article is one of our most visited and most pinned offerings on MomAdvice.  That really makes my heart happy!

This year I started volunteering weekly at our food pantry and my kids are excited to join me this summer to help. I love organizing so sorting items makes me feel good because it is something I love to do and I love knowing how this helps those in need in our community. Women’s care items are one of those things, I have discovered, that are not covered by food stamps and are such a basic need. I started a gift registry for my pantry so I can share these gifts with them, should you feel so inclined to share!

We also still travel around with items for those in need in our car. My son has become the designated giver and when we pull up, he shares our love tokens from money to socks to care packages like the ones we shared with you on the site. I’m hoping to raise two generous kids who see how these small offerings impact others!

How do you teach your kids the joy in giving?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 02.22.17

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

source: one good thing

I’ll have to try this diy for dishwasher detergent tabs!

7 books you should be reading during black history month. My pick? Read this STAT- the audiobook is amazing!

This post on renovation regrets really helped me as someone who is constantly renovating.

Here are a few ways to get in more reading this year- love the library lending hack!


source: cup of jo

“For me, wearing a hijab has given me an identity as a Muslim American. My hijab speaks for me before I do; it tells people about my morals, beliefs and values. It gives me a sense of self-confidence and strength.”- I love learning more about the hijab and what it signifies.

DIY those pizza lunchable kits- so smart. My kids would flip for these.

This task is on my spring cleaning agenda. Lots of good tips for getting this area organized this year!

I’m reading this book for my local book club this week. I have to say, it is so very different than anything I’ve ever read. Have you read it?

Check out the winners of the Little Free Library design competition. I have a crush on that owl library- too cute!

Designer Home on a Budget

source: the glitter guide

Tips for achieving that designer home look on a budget.

12 reasons why millennials are leaving the church. Great strategies for doing better- love the focus on serving!

9 recipes based on 9 of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. What a fun date night this would be!

You guys must be stocking up your tees for spring too- this was your top purchase this week. PS- they are perfection- not too thick, not too thin, & true to size!

This is such a wonderful piece of advice on marriage.

Anyone else laughing about this new trend? Hahaha!

Comment of the Week: I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, I love your Notebook. It’s so simple yet so informative. Definitely keeps me coming back to see what new and fun things you’ve been doing. Keep up the great work!- Kristen

Whoa! Thank you! One question people ask is how I do the hunting & gathering for this post. Let me tell you, it takes awhile.  I subscribe to a ton of blogs & read through Feedly with my morning coffee each morning, bookmarking things I think you might enjoy. It’s a week of work for a single day, but I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy this feature so much! I thought it might become extinct when Pinterest took off, but you proved me wrong. Thank you, Kristen! xoxo

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo


DIY Lunchbox Creation Station

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

For our Meal Planning M Challenge, we don’t want to overlook the challenge of creating school lunches day and and day out for the school year, so we’re republishing one of my favorite Organizing/DIY projects: making a “lunchbox creation station.” I love this organizing idea for two big reasons: it’s easy for the kids to find things for their lunches, putting a lot of the responsibility to them AND it’s easy for me to see what we have available and what I need to stock up on. That’s a win-win!

As our kids head back to school, I am in preparation mode to get our family organized & back on track for the new year. One area that I am always working on organizing is streamlining our lunchbox routines. I am excited to share with you my DIY lunchbox creation station that you can create in a corner of your home to streamline your lunch routines. You won’t believe how easy this is to create and you will love my idea for revamping this into something you can use in the summer months too!

For this craft you will need:

  • 3-6 Sterlite Medium Modular Drawer
  • Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint (often home improvement sections)
  • Avery Removable Wall & Window Signage Sheets (in office supplies)
  • 16 count chalk (in office supplies)
  • Large circle hole punch or a jar or glass that you can use for tracing your circles (I had this in my craft supplies at home)

We are going to start this craft by creating our cute Chalkboard labels first.  You may recall that we made these easy chalkboard labels before when making my super cute Chalkboard Conversation Bubble Cookie Jars. We are going to do the same thing that we did in that craft for this one, but we are cutting them into circles instead of the conversation bubble!

First, pull out your Avery Sheets. For this craft, we are going to use the Wall Application Side for spraying with chalkboard spray paint. This is the side that has the sticky side that is removable and adjustable… perfect for people who can never get anything on their projects perfectly straight.

In a well-ventilated area covered with newspaper or cardboard, place your Avery sheet. Shake the can vigorously for two minutes. Hold can 10-14 inches away from your project and begin spraying. Spray a thin coat in a sweeping motion beginning off the surface and continuing off the other side. Follow this pattern horizontally and then vertically. Wait fifteen minutes or so and then apply another coat.  They should be dry and ready to cut in about an hour.

Cut these out into circles. One sheet should give you six generous size labels that you can write your labels on. While those are drying, you can begin assembling your drawers.

Your needs for your lunchboxes may be different than my own. I wanted to show you what I did in my drawers, though, to inspire your own categories for your lunchbox creation station. I used six drawers because that is what would fit on my pantry floor and would cover all of our lunchbox needs. I have a drawer for snacks, fruit, drinks, chips, water, and a drawer of fun (more about that below). Think of the problem areas in your kitchen and create a drawer to accommodate!

Here is an interior view of my drawers and here are some ideas for items you could keep on hand for your kids:

Snacks- Granola bars, low-fat puddings, natural fruit leathers, nuts, goldfish crackers, rice cakes, wheat crackers, sunflower seeds, homemade cereal mix, fruit snacks.

Fruit- Natural applesauce, yogurt covered raisins, raisins, dried fruit, apples, bananas, oranges.

Drinks- Juice Boxes and organic milk boxes.

Chips- Sweet Potato Chips, Veggie Chips, Pita Chips, Pretzels (I package my chips in tiny Glad containers and have used these a few years now with great success. This drawer also contains my new favorite sandwich cubes that I found at the The Container Store).

H20- This is where I have all of our water bottles so that the kids can grab one in the morning and before extracurricular activities.

Fun- This is where I keep my cookie cutters, homemade play dough, and craft supplies for our kitchen.

Next to the drawers, I nestled a basket for extra snacks to be placed in the drawers as needed and the lunchboxes. Place your designated labels on your drawers and stand back and behold your AWESOMENESS.

With this simple system in place, the kids are now in charge of creating their own favorite lunch combination, selecting one item from each of the lunchbox drawers. My kids have already been scheming and dreaming about their daily lunches and are excited to finally be in charge of their own lunch destiny.

When the summer months roll around, I plan to erase the labels and fill them with all of our summer necessities like pool snacks, water bottles, drinks, sunblock and insect repellent, and other items that tend to accumulate on counters and on top of my fridge. I think this is a great organizing solution for all year round!

Designate one day a week (my day is on Sunday) to creating your snack packs and making items that can be tucked into lunchboxes.

Another tip to keep your lunches organized and accessible is to designate one refrigerator drawer towards lunches. Items like freshly cut fruits and veggies, sandwiches, and Asian lunchbox noodles can all be waiting for the morning in this drawer.  I even tuck commonly forgotten items in the drawer like napkins and spoons to trigger my tired brain to kick in on busy school mornings.

Don’t forget about yourself in all of the hustle bustle of school preparation! I love this DIY Salad Bar to help keep me on track with healthy eating during the school year!

What do items do you love to keep on hand for your child’s lunchbox? I would love to hear your ideas!

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Amy’s Notebook 03.20.13

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Source: One Charming Party

I adore these easy stitched Easter gift tags (@ One Charming Party)

These recycled glass jars with little bird toppers from the dollar store are an inexpensive nod to Spring (@ dollar store crafts)

I love this giant painterly birthday banner (@ Hank & Hunt)

Here are 40 non-candy ideas for filling Easter eggs (@ How Does She?)

Source: it all started with paint

I love these tips for making shiny metal baskets look vintage (@ it all started with paint)

How beautiful is this boho crown braid? (@ Little Miss Momma)

I want to knit this sweatshirt sweater for the Fall (@ the purl bee)

I love these tips for creating & laminating labels for organization (@ I Heart Organizing)

Source: The Pioneer Woman

My family would flip for these easy hot roast beef sandwiches (@ The Pioneer Woman)

I love these lemon blueberry angel food cakes in a jar (@ Hoosier Homemade)

I am drooling over this avocado feta dip (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

amys_notebook I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!