Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Alphabet Dating - All about C Date Ideas


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For our one year anniversary (paper), I decided I was going to start a new tradition by making my husband an A to Z Wedding Anniversary Date Book. The date book helps us keep track of what we do on our wedding anniversaries and acts as a scrapbook. The A to Z Anniversary tradition goal is to plan everything about your wedding anniversaries around the letter that goes with that year. 

For our "All about C" date aka our third anniversary we drove our Car to the nearest City. We enjoyed a late lunch at The Chop House where we ordered Teriyaki Chicken and a Grilled Chicken Sandwich. We then watched Baywatch at a Cinemark theater. After the movie, we headed to Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge where we shared a sampler flight of Ice Cream. Once we arrived home I enjoyed a glass of Pink Catawba wine. As far as gifts go, my husband got me two pairs of suede booties that I've been wanting (yes, suede is a form of leather and leather is the tradition gift for three years) and I got my husband a watch box and I made him a Card Game to go along with our "All about C" theme. 

   Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge, Lexington Ky Ice creamThe Chop House food

Try to think outside the box when planning your "All about C" date. You only get to celebrate your anniversary once a year so try to do something different that you don't get to do a lot. Try a new restaurant or go exploring. I've created a list to help you if you are having trouble coming up with things to do or places to eat that start with the letter "C". 


"C" Date possibilities:
  • Carnival
  • Circus
  • Cruise 
  • Creation Museum 
  • Comedy Show
  • Couple's Massage
  • Cinema - Cinemark Theater
  • Concert - Country Concert
  • Country Fair
  • Country Line Dancing
  • Casino
  • Camping
  • Canoeing 
  • Cave Tour or Cave Diving
  • rock Climbing
  • go-Carts
  • Color Run
  • Cheerleading Competition
  • College Sporting Event
  • Cherry Picking
  • Cooking Dinner
  • Cooking Class
  • Ceramic/Pottery Painting Class
  • Canvas Painting Class - check out my DIY Painting Date 
  • Car Show
  • Cloud Watching
  • Corn Maze
  • Christmas Play
  • Christmas Lights Show
  • Candy Shop - pick out your favorite childhood candies
  • Pinterest Date - find  recipes, crafts, etc... and spend the evening cooking and crafting
  • Competition Date - you both compete on who can bake the best cakes, color the best picture, create the best craft, etc... any competition you want and you can have your social media friends vote on the winners.
  • Coloring Date - buy a cheap coloring book or an adult coloring book and some crayons; relax while coloring
  • Game Night - Charades, Catch Phrase, Clue, Cards, Chess, Checkers, Candyland, Cranium, Crazy Eights, Cards Against Humanity, Cross Word Puzzles

Food and Drinks:
  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Candy
  • Cotton Candy
  • Ice Cream
  • Anything Chocolate
  • Cherries
  • Cherry Pie
  • Cranberries
  • Cheese
  • Cheesecake
  • Corn
  • Corn Casserole
  • Corn Bread
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chicken
  • Crabs
  • Catfish
  • Casseroles
  • Cereal
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Coconut
  • Cocoa
  • Drinks: Cream Soda, Coffee, Cider, Champagne, Chardonnay, Catawba Wine, Craft Beer 

Restaurants:
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Cheddars
  • Cracker Barrel 
  • Chinese Restaurant and use Chopsticks
  • Cajun Restaurant
  • City Barbecue
  • Cookout
  • Chick-fil-a
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle
  • O'Charley's 
  • Cafe 
  • Casa
  • Cinnabon 
  • Coffee Shop
  • Carino's Italian Restaurant (Johnny Carino's)
  • Chammps
  • The Chop House
  • CiCi's Pizza
  • Chuck E. Cheese's
  • Captain D's
  • Culver's
  • Cold Stone
  • Raising Cane's

"C" Words you could possibly incorporate:
  • Children
  • Car
  • Cup
  • Clock
  • Chair
  • Coat
  • Cheers
  • Colors
  • Coloring
  • Crayons
  • Cards
  • Cartoons
  • Candle/Candlelight
  • Carnations 
  • Cooking
  • Comedy
  • Coast
  • Cast
  • Country
  • City
  • Capital
  • College
  • Computer
  • Cellphone
  • Christmas
  • Compass
  • Coin/ Coin Flip
  • Animals: Cat, Cow, Chicken, Camel, Caterpillar  

There are tons of other words and things to do the start or involve the letter "C" and names of places vary by location but I hope this list at least gets you started when planning your "All about C" date! Feel free to comment below with more "C" date ideas!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Third Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas - Leather

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My husband's and my third wedding anniversary is coming up at the end of May and I got to thinking about gifts. The traditional wedding anniversary gift for three years is leather, the modern gift is crystal/glass and the flower is sunflowers. I like to try to get or make a gift that relates to the traditional wedding anniversary gift so I began to brain storm ideas. It didn't take me long to come up with an idea but I decided to keep going and ended up turning it into a blog. I know you don't have to base your gifts around the traditional/modern gift recommendations so I included a couple other gift ideas in the last paragraph. Maybe giving gifts isn't your thing and thats okay to but my husband and I like to at least attempt relating one gift to the traditional wedding anniversary gift. We haven't been married to long but so far we have kept it simple by going on a date and exchanging gifts at some point. Hopefully this list helps you come up with something great for your third wedding anniversary! 

Leather (or fake Leather) Gifts:



There are tons of items out there made out of leather, it all just depends on what you want to get. If you don't like any of the leather gift ideas then try using the modern gift idea - crystal/glass or sunflowers whether it's a picture of sunflowers, and item with them on it or the actual flower. You can also get creative and do a play on words kind of like I did for our second anniversary (*see below) or come up with something that has to do with the number three such as three DVD's, three new shirts, three planned date nights or a three day vacation. Hopefully this list helps you come up with a great gift for your husband. Feel free to comment below with other leather gift ideas!


Past Anniversary Gifts for my husband:


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kid's Eat Free or Cheap

NOTE: This list was created May 2017 and is based off of restaurants in Kentucky. Restaurant participation varies by location.

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As a mother to three little ones, we are always looking for places the kids can eat free or cheap when we decided to go out. My kids are still young so they are able to share with me or split a kid's meal but before we know it, we won't be able to get away with sharing. I've seen several mother's posting on social media and in mommy groups asking the famous question, "Where do kid's eat free tonight?" so in hopes of helping fellow mommies save some time and money, I have put together a list of restaurants that offer free or cheap deals for kids. Keep in mind that restaurant participation varies by location so make sure to call ahead and ask if your local restaurant is participating in the following deals. Also restaurants are always changing their deals depending on the time of year, holidays, tax days, etc... so they may have a different deal going on at the time. 


EVERY DAY
  • Bakin Robbins - Kids get a free scoop of ice cream with purchase with a "Kid's Eat Free" Card
  • Buffets - Several Restaurants that have buffets allow children 3 & under to eat FREE with a purchase of adult meal.  
  • Cici's Pizza - Kids 3 & under eat free off the buffet with buffet purchase
  • Culver's - Free certificate for a Kid's Frozen Custard with purchase of a Kid's Meal
  • Frich's - Kids 3 & under eat free off the buffet with buffet purchase
  • Golden Corral - Kids 3 & under eat free
  • I-HOP - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase from 4-10, drinks not included (12 & Under)
  • KFC Buffet - Kids 3 & under eat free off the buffet with buffet purchase
  • Macaroni Grill - Free Kid's Ice Cream with meal purchase
  • O'Charleys - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase
  • Quaker Steak & Lub - Free Toddler Goldfish
  • Steak & Shake - Free Kids meal with adult purchase of $9 (12 & Under)
  • The Spaghetti Warehouse - Kids 2 & under eat free 
  • Wendy's - Kids get a free Jr. Frosty with purchase with a "Frosty" Card
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SUNDAY
  • White Castle - Free Kids meal with adult purchase of $4, 4-8pm
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MONDAY
  • Buffalo Wild Wings - Kids Eat for $1.99 (12 & Under)
  • Firehouse Subs - Two Free Kids meal with adult purchase 
  • Gatti Town Pizza - One Free kids buffet per adult purchase (12 & Under)
  • Golden Corral - Two Free kids buffets per adult purchase from 5-9 (10 & Under)
  • McAlister's Deli - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase from 4-8, drinks not included (12 & Under) 
  • Sutton's Italian Restaurant - Kids eat free (Lexington, KY)
  • The Spaghetti Warehouse - Kids Eat for $1.99 with adult purchase
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TUESDAY
  • Bob Evans - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase after 4 (12 & Under)
  • Chick-Fil-A - Free Kids meal with adult purchase after 5 
  • Fazoli's - Up to 3 $0.99 Kids Meals with adult entree purchase from 5-8 (12 & Under)
  • Gold Star Chili - Free Kids meal with adult purchase of $8 (12 & Under)
  • McAlister's Deli - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase from 4-8, drinks not included (12 & Under) 
  • Penn Station - Buy a sub get a 6" Free after 5
  • Pizza Hut - Kids eat Free with adult buffet purchase (10 & Under)
  • Ruby Tuesday's - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase after 5
  • Zaxby's - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase from 4-8 
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WEDNESDAY
  • Applebee's - $0.99 Kids Meals with adult entree purchase (12 & Under) 
  • Firehouse Subs - Two Free Kids meal with adult purchase after 5 
  • Logan's Roadhouse - One Free Kids meal with adult purchase (12 & Under)
  • McAlister's Deli - Free Kids meal with adult purchase from 5-8, drinks not included (12 & Under) 
  • Texas Roadhouse - Free Kids meal with adult purchase from 4-Close (12 & Under) 
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THURSDAY
  • Captin D's - Two $0.99 Kids Meals with adult entree purchase (12 & Under)
  • McAlister's Deli - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase from 4-8, drinks not included (12 & Under) 
  • Noodles & Company - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase from 4-8 (Lexington, KY)
  • Shoney's - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase (4 & Under)
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FRIDAY

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SATURDAY
  • Quizno's - Free Kids meal with adult entree purchase


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The following restaurants will occasionally have "Kid's Eat Free" nights or reduced kid's meals. They currently weren't participating in them at the time I wrote this blog. The nights and deals vary by location so make sure to check with your local restaurant for specifics.

  • Applebee's
  • Dairy Queen - Free Cone Day in March
  • Hooter's
  • Olive Garden - Randomly have $1 Kid's Meal Deals
  • Red Robin
  • TGI Fridays

Several other restaurants, local or chain, hold special deals such as Kid's Nights throughout the year so keep an eye out and remember that this list may not be accurate do to the always changing marketing plans of restaurants. Hopefully this list helps you find a good deal and a place to take your family to eat for a discounted price and if you play it right, it may actually be cheaper for your family to eat out than staying in on certain nights. Also keep in mind that several restaurants that have buffets allow children 3 & under to eat FREE with a purchase of adult meal. Restaurant rules may vary by city and state so make sure to call and ask before you make the trip! You can also always check offers.com to see if the restaurant has any other offers going on and if you sign up for the restaurant's club they will send you special deals and discounts throughout the year and around your birthday but thats another blog for another day. Feel free to share any other restaurants that offer free or cheap kid's meals below as I'm sure I missed a few!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pencil Door Hanger

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My mom is a teacher, my brother is a teacher and my husband is a teacher so I got a head start on Christmas gifts this year and made them all these cute Personalized Pencil Door Hangers for their classrooms.

Supplies:

  • Pallet or any flat Wood*
  • Tools: Saw, Sander and Drill
  • Acrylic Paint: Yellow, Grey, Pink, and Black; Optional: White
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Thin Paint Brush
  • Spray Clear Gloss or Mod Podge
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Optional: print out a cute saying and packaging tape

UPDATE: I made more pencils as teacher gifts and had to buy wood from Lowes. We bought a piece that was 1 x 5 x 6 for about $8. This will make three 20" Pencils with a little left over. They must of raised the price because it cost five something when we bought it for our Growth Chart Ruler. Also this wood absorbs the paint more then the pallet wood did so you will need to apply a few coats of paint but the pencils turned out a lot better. *pictured at bottom 

How To:

1. Using a saw, cut about a 20" slab off a pallet.

2. Sketch were you want your pencil point to be and cut it with the saw.

3. Using a sander, sand the wood. Make sure to sand all of the edges to remove any loose/pointed pieces from cutting it. Remember it will be in a classroom and you don't want any students accidentally getting a splinter from touching it. You can use sand paper if needed, it will just take longer.

4. Once the wood is ready it is time to paint it. I started by outlining where I wanted the yellow paint to start and stop. Then I filled it in with yellow. You may need to apply two coats of yellow since it is a light color.


5. I then made a grey line to represent the metal on a real pencil. My grey line was the width of my foam paint brush.



6. Paint the rest of the end a light pink to for the eraser.


7. Use your black paint to paint the point of the pencil. I rounded the point on my pencils but you can make it straight or jagged if you would prefer. I also added a small white line on the tip on my pencil to make the black stand out more but you don't have to. Let Dry.


8. Once your paint is dry you can paint on a teacher's name. The acrylic paint I used dried pretty fast so I didn't have to wait for mine to dry. I free handed the names I put on my pencils. If you aren't comfortable doing that you can use a pencil and lightly write the name/font on the pencil to make sure it fits then go over it with black paint. I used black paint and a thin paint brush for my names. You can use whatever color or font you prefer thou. Let Dry.

UPDATE: I recently personalized the pencils with a black paint pen and it was so much easier to personalize and it didn't take as much time.


9. After my pencils had dried, I had my husband drill two small holes at the top so I could hang them. You can drill the holes before or after you paint your pencils.

10. Once the paint is dry and the holes have been drilled I applied a clear gloss to the front of the pencil to lock in the paint. It also added a nice shiny finish to the pencil. You can use any type of gloss finish, satin finish, mod podge or just a plain waterproof finish to lock in your paint. Let Dry.

11. I used twine to hang my pencils. I doubled the twine to make it thicker, stuck it through the drill holes and tied a knot.

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12. I then found a cute saying that had to do with pencils, printed it out and used clear packaging tape to secure it to the back of my pencil. This is of coarse optional, but adds to it!


The hardest part of making theses was cutting and sanding the wood followed by not messing up when I painted the names. Overall I think this was a pretty easy craft to make but that was because I enjoyed making it. I can't wait to give theses as gifts and see what everybody thinks about them. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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Pencil's made from Pallet Wood
UPDATE: Below is a picture of a few pencils I made using the wood from Lowes. It cost more per pencil but the pencils looked a lot nicer, plus I was having trouble finding thick pallet's that were long enough without having nail holes in them so I think I will be sticking to Lowe's wood.

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Pencils made from Lowe's wood


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