DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

Hi Friends! I hope you guys are having an amazing week. Thank you for stopping by today to hang with me for a few minutes. It means the world to me! I wanted to share with you guys a quick little DIY I did over the weekend for Becketts teachers for Christmas. I wanted to get them all something small but meaningful. Everyone loves a cute plant so I thought I would make them all a potted succulent. I hope you guys enjoy this DIY Potted Succulent Teacher Gift tutorial. Its pretty dang easy.

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

Supplies:
Chalk Paint (optional)
White Acrylic Paint
Water
Small Terracotta Pot
Succulent
Letter Stamps
Paint Brush
Potting Soil
Sand Paper
Black Ink Stamp Pad
Acrylic Sealer

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

First thing I did was wipe down my pots to make sure they were clean. Then I got a paint liner and I mixed 50% Water with 50% Paint (I used white paint and a greenish chalk paint). The best way to get a white washed look is by watering down your paint. I then took my paint brush and painted the pot entirely. I only painted down on the inside a few inches to where you think your soil will start. I ended up painting two coats on these to ensure the paint was adhered nicely to the pot. Let them dry completely.

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

I got some sand paper and sanded the paint off to give it a rustic distressed look. Then I got my stamps and my black stamp pad and stamped the pots. I wrote “Thank You For Helping Me Grow”. You can stamp whatever you would like but I thought this was the perfect little saying for a teacher gift. Lastly I sealed each pot with an acrylic sealer to protect the pot from water. Then you pot your succulent!

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

I hope you guys enjoyed this one. I think this gift is thoughtful, creative, and easy. Any teacher would love to receive this for Christmas. Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you all have an amazing weekend. Happy Holidays loves!

Xo, Andie

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Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 Minutes

Hi Loves! Happy FRIYAY! I hope you all had an amazing week and are gearing up for a fun weekend. Go ahead an grab yourself some eggnog, turn that Christmas music up and lets talk EASY PEASY Christmas Ornaments. I literally made these ornaments in less that five minutes. They are so fun and modern just like I like the Christmas vibe in my house this year. You can put these on your tree or hang them from an old piece of birch like I did. I hope you guys love these Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments that I made in less than 5 minutes.

Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 Minutes

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You can buy all of your supplies from Joanns. They have the best assortment and make every project I make affordable. Don’t forget your coupons!
 
-Eucalyptus Sprigs: flocked, glittery, or original
Set Of Glass Ornaments: I got the largest size- since I had to fit the sprigs and pinecones through the tiny hole in the top
Mini Pinecones
Twine

Step 2: Put your clipped Eucalyptus sprigs into your glass ornaments and add your pinecones. I cut my sprigs so they were all various sizes. 4″ seemed to be the best length so that they curl a bit. String your twine of choice through the top of the ornament. Place these beauties on your tree or you can make a wall hanging like I did instead. 

Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 MinutesModern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 MinutesModern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 MinutesThese are so simple! I don’t know about you but I love quick and easy DIY projects that I can do while the baby is napping. It just has to be under 30 minutes for this mamma. I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Please share your pictures of your ornaments with me. I love to see all the beauty you guys are creating.

I SO appreciate you stopping by today. It means the world to me when you spend just a few minutes here on the blog with me. 

Xo, Andie

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Modern DIY Christmas Wreath In 3 Easy Steps
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Getting Organized and Giving Back During The Holidays

Hi Loves! Hope you are all doing amazing and not stressing to much about Christmas and all the crazy details. Today I want to share with you some organizational tips for getting your house and your kids organized. Do you guys ever get the urge like I do to get organized before Christmas. Just the thought of receiving more toys and adding to the toy chaos we already have going on is just insane to me. I always like to try to give back in some way during the holidays. This year I have decided that we are Getting Organized and Giving Back During The Holidays.

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I love getting organized. To me it is the best feeling in the world for everything to have a place and to look simple and clean. I know, I know its basically impossible with kids but I try my best to keep things orderly when possible. My favorite place to get organization ideas from is Ikea. You cannot beat their prices and they have some modern, good looking pieces. The Kallax Shelving Unit from Ikea is my favorite. We have one in Becketts closet and one in our playroom. You can turn them vertical or horizontal depending on your space. Ikea also has various basket options to choose from that fit inside of these cubicles. They are the best! For Becketts closet I got the one with labels on the outside so that I could label each box and make it easy to find something. This wooden ball garland is a fun way to hang up you child’s artwork for everyone to see. 

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Get your kiddos together and purge those toys! Once you have decided and bagged up all of your giveaways I would research a great charity to donate to in your area. During the holidays there are several charity’s running toy drives. Do some research and choose a place that takes used toys. Some will only take new toys but a lot of them will take used ones as well such as The Goodwill and Salvation Army. It will feel great to have everything cleaned out and organized before you are bombarded with more toys after Christmas.

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I hope you are all having an amazing start to your December. Cheers to a great holiday season. For some great gift ideas make sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guides for the Hubs, for the Hostess, and for the In Laws.

Xo, Andie

Trader Joe’s Must-Haves for Kids

I thought I would take a break from all of the festive holiday posting, and share some Trader Joe’s kids favorites that your babes will go crazy for. Beckett is 1.5 so as most of you mammas know they are PICKY little guys. Trying to get him to eat a vegetable is like trying to get me to stop eating carbs, impossible. Trader Joe’s is probably my favorite places to shop for Beckett. They make everything quick, easy, and healthy which is exactly what this working mamma needs. I have definitely nailed down his favorites that are my go to every time we go shopping.

Veggie Sticks: These can be found in the chip isle. Beck goes nuts for these things. I love them because they are Vegan and Gluten Free. I always pack these when we are on the go in the diaper bag or for a quick daycare snack. You cant go wrong with these.

PB&J Bar: These can be found right across from the fruit section with the granola bars at the beginning of the store. Beck loves these granola bars. They taste exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, without the mess. These are also gluten free. The only issue with these is you have to be careful eating these around other kids because of possible peanut allergies.

Butternut Squash Zig Zags: These can be found in the prepared food area where the chopped/bagged vegetables are. These are quick and easy to cook for your little one. They are washed and ready to go. They cook in the microwave in under 4 minutes. I love to add marinara and parmesan with them for Beckett and act like they are pasta. I love all of TJ’S ready to go food.

This “blueberry walks into a bar” Cereal Bar: These can be found right across from the fruit section with the granola bars at the beginning of the store. These can be a little messy but Beckett loves them. They are great for a quick breakfast or to throw in the diaper bag for an on the go snack. They have better ingredients in them then most cereal bars. They also come in other flavors but our favorite is blueberry. 

Organic Apple Mango Fruit Sauce Crushers: Located in the dry goods isle. These are probably my favorite on this list. They are my favorite because of the size of them. Beckett rarely finishes an entire pouch so the mini size of these is perfect for him. I cant even count the number of pouches I have thrown out because they weren’t finished. I don’t think we have ever thrown one of these out because they are the perfect serving size at 3.17 oz for him. They do have regular size pouches as well but we love these.

Uncured All Beef Hot Dog: Located in the meat section. These hot dogs are definitely Beckett’s favorite on the list. He eats these hot dogs (cut small of coarse) like they are candy. He has probably eaten 3 whole hot dogs in one sitting before. They are so much healthier than other hot dogs I have seen. Also Gluten free without a bunch nitrates added in. We have started calling other foods “hot dogs” so that Beckett will at least give it a try (oops cue the mom shamers)

Bamba Peanut Snacks: Located in the chip isle. These are so delicious even I eat them. They are basically a peanut flavored Cheeto puff. Our doctor recommended these to us to give to Beckett early on so that he was introduced to peanuts right away. Beckett has been hooked ever since. Also a great snack to take on the go. We cannot keep enough of these stocked in our house.

Turkey Meatballs: These are located in the frozen food section. They have a great selection of already cooked, frozen meatballs. We are currently loving the seasonal cranberry meatballs pictured here however these may be gone soon. We do love the regular turkey meatballs as well. They are great with marinara and are ready in 3 short minutes.

Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes: These are located in the frozen food isle. They are so good and just the right size for kids. I just pop them in toaster in morning and we are ready to head out the door. Beckett loves these with jelly or peanut butter on them. We love the size of them so you can easily make for a quick snack. These are a must have in our house.

Battered Fish Nuggets: These are located in the frozen food isle. Beckett will eat four or five of these in one sitting. The only downsize is they do take awhile to cook so just plan ahead for the 10-15 min cook time. He enjoys them with ketchup but will gobble them up plain as well. We have tried a few other brands and we just keep coming back to these  because of the small size of them and they have a shorter cook time than most others we have tried.

I hope you guys will go give these items a try. Please report back and let me know what your kiddos are loving. Also please share with me what some of your favorite Trader Joe’s items are for your kids. I am sure there is still lots to discover and I love trying out new items. I  love how they are always re inventing themselves with new items. It keeps grocery shopping a little bit more exciting.

Xo, Andie