Vintage Style Dish Soap Cover

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My aunt had an old crochet pattern my grandmother had written on a piece of paper and had a sample of a pot holder she had.  I didn’t have any cotton yarn on hand so I made the dish soap cover instead.  They are extremely easy to make and I crocheted a few up really fast.  I plan on selling them for $5 each at the fall festival in town.

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Safari Baby Shower

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Here was my first attempt at a diaper cake.  I really like how it turned out and definitely want to give another one a try some day.

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#diapercake #safari #babyshower

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I covered a B to use to take photos and go with the Photo back drop.

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#Bellamy #safari #babyshower #B #Dominique #photobackdrop

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I was in charge of drinks so to go with the Safari theme I made Sea water.

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#seawater #babyshower #safari #sherbertpunch

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One of my homemade gifts was closet organizers.

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9-10-2018 Journal Update

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Prek Injustice

There was not enough time to fight for my son to be able to go back to school.  It saddens me because school was so good for him.  I am going to look on the bright side and now we are able to move sooner than expected (hopefully).

Baby Shower

This Saturday is my daughter’s Safari Baby Shower. I have been working hard on it and plan to make post about it.  Since we are trying to keep the details secret until the big day I will work on those post next week.  I can’t wait to share some of my creations with everyone.

October Halloween Fest

My friend and I plan on having a booth at the Halloween Fest in October.  I started creating items for it.  Since it will be my very first time trying to sell my crafts in public I am pretty excited/nervous about it.  Of course all the research online I could not find anything about how much product or how many different types of products I should have, I will wing it.  I will keep everyone updated on it.

Getting Caught Up

I know I have fell completely behind on reading other people’s post and I apologize for that!  I will be starting today on trying to get caught up with as many blogs as I can.  Looking forward to some inspiration!

 

 

Can Cozies

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My daughter wanted a Camo theme for her baby shower so as party favors I made some can cozies.  They turned out really cute, but she changed her mind on the theme.  So I will add these to my collection so I can do a craft show someday!

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Prekindergarten Injustice

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Back history:

We lived in Winnie, TX during Hurricane Harvey and we weathered the storm in Beaumont, TX.  It was very stressful because my daughter was in Winnie during the storm and it was a really bad one!  We lost our home in Winnie and we had to move to Electra, TX.  Because of the hurricane I was able to enroll my son into the PreK program in Electra (because they could not turn us down because of my income).

Understanding:

I completely understand that Prek is not mandatory in the state of Texas.  I also understand that you have to meet certain guidelines in order to enroll your child.

Last Year:

When I enrolled my son into school last year the principal told me that he always had ways around getting a child enrolled into school.  He told me since we evacuated from Hurricane Harvey he could not turn me away from the school.  He also said since my electricity had not been turned on in my new house that we also qualified because we were technically “homeless”.  Not once did he tell me that I would have to reenroll him the next year or that he may not qualify to be in school the next year.

His teacher also seen some actions and behaviors that worried her and she asked for him to be tested.  The testing showed he did not have Autism or anything severe enough for him to be in special education.  They did find that he had emotional trauma from the hurricane (losing his home and moving away from his sister and other family).  They also said he had some issues with speech that would work itself out with him being in school.

At the end of last year the teacher informed us that he would not need to fill out the paper work to be enrolled for the next year.  A week later we were told that although he was enrolled for next year he would need to fill out some forms.

This week:

Earlier this week I received a call from the admin stating I forgot to answer some questions in the paperwork and asked me about my income.  She said that they were reviewing our application for the upcoming year and in a couple days would let me know if my son qualified.  She hung up the phone before I could ask her any questions, but I had hope he would be ok.

Then yesterday she called me back and informed me my income was to high for my son to be accepted back into school.  I was not happy and the principal got on the phone and said that the teacher misspoke to me and the principal would never had led me on to think my son would be allowed back into school next year.  He told me since he did not know my financial situation he could not have anticipated my son not being accepted.  I told him yes he did because I made it clear when I enrolled him last year.

After I hung up the phone the admin called back and talked to my husband.  At that time she said she needed copies of my paycheck stubs to ensure they had not made a mistake.  She told my husband that if we had enrolled him into head start that he would have been accepted back this coming year.  He told her that the principal never told us that was an option!

I called the Texas Board of Education to see if they could lead me into the right direction of someone who could change the principals decision since he said there was no one else I could talk to.  Now I have to wait for a phone call back on Monday.

My Concern:

How can you enroll a child into public school and then kick them out because there parents are barely over the income threshold.  I feel once a child starts public school they should always be accepted and should not be turned down for any reason.  What happened to No Child Left Behind.  It would be a huge injustice for my son to have to be out of school for the year.    I think PreK should be available to all children equally and not just to those who are on government assistance (they have head start for that).  If no child should be left behind then why are middle class children being deprived of an education because their parents are working hard not to be on government assistance.

Have you had to deal with anything like this?

Crochet Gift Bag

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My sister had a friend that was giving away a ton of crochet books.  I found one for a crochet gift bag.  Here is how my sample turned out.  I am thinking about making them in the school colors and sell them for $5 each or 5 for $20.

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Moving Checklist

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Here is my moving checklist (it will be a growing living document!

Financial

  1. Pay of work loan 1
  2. Pay of work loan 2
  3. Pay of Credit Card
  4. Put money in savings to pay off car
  5. Save up enough money for Moving Expenses
  6. Save up enough for any appliance purchase we may need
  7. Save up money or deposits
  8. Save as much to assist with Down Payment (will be taking a work loan for the remaining)

Getting Rid of Located Clutter

  1. Make sure to list all for sale items on my personal Facebook group
  2. Make sure to actively list items in all the surrounding Facebook groups
  3. Look for places that will allow me to sell items on the weekend (flea markets etc)
  4. Starting 4/28, start donating items to Faith Missions and the Special Olympics that haven’t sold.
  5. Post things to bidders during trips back to Beaumont
  6. Have lots of garage sales!

Declutter

  1. Move all unwanted items immediately to the garage
  2. Go through closets once a month to get rid of unwanted or needed items
  3. Determine furniture that will be moved and the ones that wont start making arrangements to sell/donate

Packing

  1. After each Holiday pack neatly and well label all decorations.
  2. After Winter next year start packing all clothes no longer needed.
  3. Joey’s clothes, pack and label all clothes he is still to big for.
  4. Start packing dishes that are not needed on a daily basis.
  5. Start packing craft items and clearly labeling (so I can still use but quickly pack)

 

4/21/2018 Journal Update

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Do you ever get where your mind is so full and disorganized.  That is where my mind is right now and I am slowly working to get it organized and cleaned out!  I big hurdle for my husband and I, was our living arrangement.  We moved to Electra due to Hurricane Harvey and we have been trying to determine if we wanted to stay or move back down south.

We had a lot of pros and cons for staying and moving back.  The ultimate decision maker was my son.  He misses his sister way to much for us to even consider staying.  We want to make it the best move back that we can and we want it to be permanent.  So I am trying hard to take the right steps to get us there.

I will be making a very extensive moving plan and trying my very best to stay on schedule.  I want to be able to purchase a house June 2019.  An be moved in and ready for Joey’s Kindergarten year!

Having moving suggestions or a blog that helps with moving, buying a house, etc. Please drop a link or a comment below!

Journal Update 4-14-2018

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TBall Photo Shoot

I finally did my first big photo shoot with Joey.  It was definitely a love/hate relationship!!  He is not an easy person to do a photo shoot and I had to work extra hard, I threw fits like a 4 year old, I threatened to eat his candy, but I got it done!

Joey In front of truckJoey on Tractor

 

Dirt Cheap/Donations

As you know my goal for the year was 200 dirt cheap baskets.  To date I have bought 39 baskets.  As of today I have made all my money back, kept lots of items for myself including enough toys for Joey to have an awesome birthday and Christmas!  I have donated items to people in Electra that were new but just didn’t feel right selling (underclothes and food).  Then my husband picked up several baskets full of folders and notebooks.  I donated 200 paper folders to Electra Food Bank (they give out school supplies to the needy).  Now tonight until 11am tomorrow I am gathering up items to donate to the Wichita Summer Olympics.  I think it is important to donate when you can.  I am also putting some of the items aside for next school years Holiday Party Crafts.

Birthday!

Today was my birthday, hello 39!  It was a good day for the most part.  Went to breakfast, dinner and did cake at my sister’s house.  Delivered some items that were purchased and took my son to the Texoma Fun House to jump.

Happy Easter – 4/1/2018

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Happy Easter!!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had an awesome day!

We went to my sisters where Joey was able to get his Easter basket/gifts.  Easter bunny brought him a Ninja Turtle themed basket and t-ball items (a bat, 2 balls and a ball holder).  Then we had sandwiches for lunch.  Unfortunately it was to cold to go outside and play :(.

Yard Sale

Next weekend I am having my 3 day garage sale and I am hoping for a really huge turn out!  I don’t want to mess with pricing so everything is going to be $.25 each or 10 for $1.  That is for both new and used items.  (Over 2,000 items gathered up!)  If I sold 1/4 I would be happy! This includes phone and tablet cases, fitbit and apple watch bands, clothes, toys and so much more!

Samples

I just received another $5 Amazon Gift card from Crowdtap.  I plan to save it up for awhile and see if I can’t buy something big at the end of the year.  I also applied to three more samples from Crowdtap and hoping I get in at least one of them!