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Chalkboard wall

I’ll start off by saying… Yes I know it’s not centered! 🙂 we are going to add a cup on the right side to hold chalk which will make up for the difference in space. 🙂

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1. Tape off the size you want the board to be.
2. Paint on magnetic primer. I’d recommend three coats allow at least a half hour to dry in between each coat. (The primer takes a lot of stirring so have your hand ready to be in pain)
3. An hour after the last coast has dried add chalkboard paint. I did two coats with an hour in between the coats.
4. Allow 24 hours to dry completely then add your trim and you’re finished!

The final product!

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I’m making each of my children quilts from their old clothes.

My sister says this is a waste of money spent but I say it’s priceless! I have a memory associated with most of their clothes and one day I can share them all with them!

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Our day is filled with crafts, green milk and lots of fun!

Happy day!
Thanks for reading!

Our shopping list this weekend includes supplies to do the following crafts!…

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The instructions and supplies list can be found here
I can see my toddlers loving these on the windows. I can already picture my one year old constantly pointing to the window admiring their artwork ! I might be crazy. 🙂

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This project can be found here
This craft is fun because when do they ever use qtips? Kids love anything that’s new and fun. This is also good for motor skills.

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This can be found here

Who doesn’t like to get a little messy? Isn’t that part of the fun in art?

Another easter craft we will do is a canvas. I will tape off a cross and let them paint the canvas as they like and once it’s dry I’ll take the tape off to reveal the outline of a cross.

These are all pretty cheap crafts that the kids will really enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

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I need to start budgeting!!! I don’t use a check book register and rarely have cash on me. I do almost everything online, auto pay and direct deposit. I normally just write down who I need to pay and check them off!

I’m 26, have 2 kids and need to start saving more! This budget binder is a great way to start.

I found this free online printable and already had a binder and sheets to use.

I printed off enough for the whole year and extras in case I don’t do it neat enough and want to redo which happens often. 🙂
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This free budget binder can be found here along with a lot of other useful printables!

Thanks for reading!

Gnocchi Corn Spinach

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The recipe I found on bhg called for arugula but we have too much spinach so decided to use it instead of arugula.

Ingredients
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
1 pound potato gnocchi
3/4 cup half-and-half
3 ounces of cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic powder and dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups torn fresh spinach
Crushed red pepper

Directions
1. In Dutch oven cook gnocchi according to package directions and add corn to cook with. Drain gnocchi and corn kernels reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Do not rinse.

2. Meanwhile, for cream sauce, in medium saucepan combine half-and-half, cream cheese, salt, garlic powder, dried herb, and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in reserved pasta water.

3. Return cooked pasta and corn to Dutch oven. Pour cream sauce over pasta; heat through, if necessary. Stir in spinach.

4. Serve and sprinkle with additional salt, pepper, dried herb, and crushed red pepper.

Family Reviews…
My 3 year old told me it smelled like baby’s diaper while my 1 1/2 year old loved it!

My husband gives it 7 stars and says he likes the zing of the red pepper!

Thanks for reading!

Okay, so I’ve merged the blog I made for my mom with this one.

Look under What’s Gaga Up To to find cool crafts/projects.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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