Recycled Desk Organizer

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Hello Makers! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by? It’s almost back-to-school season! And with that being said, I’m all about prepping and preparing so that we have a smooth sailing school year. I am sure to stock up on all the household essentials as well, that way we aren’t running out to the store on busy school days or nights. The other thing I am sure to do is create an organized space for school work. This year my daughter and I made a Recycled Desk Organizer.

I know that my kid is able to accomplish her school work when she has all the supplies needed. It saves a bunch of time and stress when everything is in an organized place where she can access it all easily, rather than running around trying to find where she last put the scissors or the colored pencils. Everything in it’s place! I promise you it will save you a ton of time and hassle. Want to know the cool part? It’s all made out of recycled materials of things that you already need for your home!

Some of my favorite things to stock up on at Walmart of the school year are:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20+4 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Besides being stocked on all the necessities, the bonus to buying some of these products are that they come with double the Box Tops! Now you can give back double!

Are you ready to make a recycled desk organizer for your kids? Let’s do it! 

You will need an empty Kleenex® box and enough left over rolls of Scott® Tissue or you can cut down left over Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls to fill the box. My Kleenex® box fit 10 rolls. If you decide to use Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls, you’ll have to cut them in half (or more) to fit. 

First you’ll want to use a utility blade to carefully cut the top of the Kleenex® box off (adults only for this step!). 

Next, decorate the tops of the Scott® Tissue rolls with washi tape and hot glue them into the box so that they are secure.

Then all you have to do is fill up the rolls with school supplies! We filled ours with crayons, markers, pencils, colored pencils, water colors, scissors, and a ruler. 

You can also paint the box and the rolls to create a whole new look! We love this mermaid themed recycled desk organizer. Isn’t it pretty?!

Everything is easily accessible, organized and ready for the new school year!

And with Box Tops on these everyday items, back-to-school shopping is made easier. Even though we homeschool, we have lots of friends who go to public school and will happily take our double Box Tops. 

All these products can be found at your local Walmart, and you’ll be able to give back double purchasing them! It’s a win-win if you ask me! 

How are you getting ready for the back-to-school season? I’d love to know! 

Repurposed Ideas for the Kitchen

Hello, friends! It’s a new month so it’s time for a new topic for our Craft Tips series! 
For February, we are focusing on upcycle/repurposing projects. Each week we will take a look at these types of projects in different areas of the home.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
This week I am focusing on some really fun upcycle and repurposing projects for the KITCHEN! Some of these are actual kitchen items used in interesting ways, but I also found a few items that have nothing to do with the kitchen and people found a way to find a use for them and incorporate them into their space.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Vintage Cheese Grater Organizer from Homeroad

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Antique Dresser Kitchen Island from Heir and Space

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Foot Board Tea Cup Holder from Capitulo Dos

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Teacup Pendant Lamp Shades from Flamingo Toes

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Shutter Island from Beyond the Picket Fence

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Enamel Mug Organizer from Homeroad

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Rolling Pin Towel Holder at Hometalk

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Silverware Handles from Notes from the Nest

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Old Rake Utensil Holder from The Gracious Wife

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Globe Stand Paper Towel Holder from Lovely Etc.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Silverware Starburst Mirror from Flamingo Toes


Aren’t these ideas so fun and unique? I wish I had an eye for these types of upcycled projects!

Stay tuned for more upcycle/repurpose ideas next week!


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Teach Me Tuesday: Nature Journals

Hiya friends and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday, where I share all things kid-friendly!

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Today I am sharing Nature Journals with y’all. We absolutely LOVE adventuring outside…whether it’s a bike ride to the park or hiking a scenic trail. Our homeschool group (made up of creative and inspiring mommas and their cute kiddos) decided that Nature Journals are a necessity for our kiddos and the exploring that they will be doing this year. We brainstormed, look for inspiration, and helped our kids create really rad journals. We are so excited to fill them with adventures, discoveries, and treasures. Let’s take a peak at the Nature Journal my daughter and I made…

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We recycled a cracker box for the covers, cut construction paper to fit inside, added paper bags, hole punched everything, and attached binder rings. Then she went to down decorating.

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Here’s a look at the whole shebang. Pretty simple right? We are so excited to fill it up!! 

Here’s my girlfriend Nicole’s girls’ Nature Journal (say that 10 times fast). I love that she added a zipper pouch to it…genius!

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And this is in no way limited to homeschool kids! Use it on the weekends or on holiday breaks! Or to all my teacher friends out there, this would be a great addition to your science curriculum. 

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Want to see some FUN Nature Journal inspiration? Get your pinning finger ready…

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Tot School Tuesday: Earth Day Collage

Hi there!!

I hope you all had a great weekend and a joyful start to your week! I’m back home from my trip to Utah for SNAP! conference. I had an absolute blast and can’t wait to share the awesomeness with you.

Today, however, we are going to focus on our tots and preschoolers…

See Vanessa Craft and I team up every Tuesday to share kid-friendly activities, crafts, and lessons.

Did you know yesterday with Earth Day?!

Happy (belated) Earth Day!! We spent a lot of time in our garden yesterday, really soaking in the beauty mother nature provides us.

Spring time is the perfect backdrop for Earth Day, don’t you think? It’s when mother nature really shows off what she’s made of.

Yesterday, my preschooler and I talked a lot about the things that grow from our Earth, and we spent time really just being grateful for those things. Having her involved in our garden really helps her grasp that the Earth provides us with so much.

Another activity we did to celebrate Earth Day was creating an Earth Day collage using newspapers (that we were planning to recycle anyway). I gave Luci a pile of newspapers/ads and she had to go through and cut out anything that grows from the Earth. Then she was to glue it onto a piece of paper, collage style.

This activity really allowed her to practice her cutting and gluing skills. She enjoyed being able to “hunt” for those pictures.

What did you do to celebrate Earth Day?

What can we do to celebrate our Earth everyday?

Okay…now it’s time to head on over to See Vanessa Craft for more Tot School ideas and link up YOUR Tot School ideas too!

Warm Weather Friendly {GREEN} DIY Projects

Happy Saturday!
Last week my friend Aimee (from had me over to her online magazine, Fancy Little Things, as a guest. I wanted to share it here in case you missed it, because it was such a fun post. The theme for Fancy Little Things during the month of April is {GREEN} living. I complied an awesome round-up of {GREEN} projects that are warm weather friendly. Check them out! 
{Outdoor Furniture & Decor}
This warmer weather comes more time outdoors. Turn wood pallets into outdoor furniture like HomedIt did. 
The evenings are just beautiful in the southwest right now. Make your own energy efficient outdoor lighting like this DIY Solar Jar at Our Life in a Click.
Here’s another outdoor lighting idea using recycled wine bottles by Design Sponge
{Clothing & Shoes}
Refashion winter clothing into something more suitable for warmer weather like this shirt by Mustard and Sage
Spice up those old flip flips with cute fabric ruffles like these adorable sandals by The Mother Huddle
Upcycle an old tie into a sunglasses case like this one at Family Fun
(Great Father’s Day gift too!)
Many families take vacations, have staycations, or go on day trips during the Spring/Summer months. How great is this DVD coloring case (by Handmade by Stacy Vaughn) for the kids when traveling?
I love reading any time of year, but it’s especially nice when you can read outside in the nice weather. Encourage your kids to read by having them make fun bookmarks out of recycled materials around the house! (Plum Pudding)
I’m absolutely in love with these cupboard transformations. What a great way to get kids to do their homework, practice their skills over break, or create fabulous artwork! (iCandy at UCreate)
And why not take all of those old, broken crayons and make new ones! I love these recycled race car crayons by Kinderpendent
So many different ways you can be a little more GREEN

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Have a great weekend friends! 
See you all next week!