Life has been busy. I always think I will keep up on here and I never seem to find a balance. This year's resolution (one of few) blog more!
2012 has been a big year. Moved to a new school, Aspen Elementary, got engaged and started Michigan State Grad School. Needless to say, it's been a whirlwind. I was just home for the holidays. It was filled with wedding plans and visiting with family and friends. While we were home, one of the many things Evan and I did was have pictures taken with out incredible photographer Kathy Davies. She is based out of Royal Oak, MI and I we are so happy with her. We have only seen a few of our pics, we're waiting on more, but here are the sneak peeks!
We had some cool cats come visit from Michigan. The snow stared dumping the day they left of course, but we had fun nonetheless. Some skiing, hot springs, good food and drinks and a little Just Dance. Can't complain.. Here are some recaps.
This idea was actually original. Hard to believe with my long list of pinterest ideas to try!
So easy and so fun!
I also made these bookmarks for my kids in my class for Valentine's day, but they can be used for any occasion. I got the idea because February is "I Love to Read" Month and I was on a no sugar kick.
First, I took the pics on my Iphone using Pocketbooth. Super easy and fun to use. I emailed them to myself and printed them off the computer.
Then, I backed them with some old scrapbook paper for durability and color :) I laminated them at school but you could always take them to Kinkos or something. I backed them with some old scrapbook paper.
Before I laminated, I put a Valentine's day note on the back. Some of the paper was double sided, so some bookmarks had a fun print on the back. It definitely added a fun touch.
Lastly, I punched a whole in the top and added some ribbon to the top. Most of them had different ribbon types and lengths. The kids loved them! Easy, cheap, perfect combo.
As some of you know, I teach first grade and work on Mountain Love in my free time and when I need a break from my routine :) Anyways, I was searching through Pinterest because it has become my favorite pastime and I came across these Crayon hearts. After searching all over I found a muffin pan at target. I tried Amazon, sold out, Walmart, sold out. I suppose that's what I get for last minute. I brought home a box of crayons from school and started pealing! (Tip: Next year have my students peel crayons first for me!) Chop up the crayons into small pieces and then throw them in the baking pan. Put them in the oven for 15 minutes at 230 degrees. Then, the freezer for about 10 minutes. Viola! The cutest things I've ever seen! The kids LOVED them too. Candy free is the way to be...especially when you're with 20- 6 year olds all day!
Here's a step by step for those visual learners out there....
1. Peel away! You need at least three crayons per mold, if you want them to be a decent size. The lighter, brighter colors the better. Crayola seems to work better than off brand. Go figure.
2. You're ready to cut! Chop those crayons up into half inch pieces. The smaller they are, the quicker they melt. Make sure you use an old cutting board because despite a dishwashing machine and good scrub, it is still nice and colorful. Left just for crafting and no more cooking.
3. Put them cut out pieces in the mold. I'm missing that picture. Woops! Didn't have the time or energy to go back and do it all over again and take it. The project is long done, so you can picture it :) This is the mold that I used.
3. Put them in the oven for 15 minutes at 230 degrees. Sometimes they need a few more minutes depending on how many crayons you used. Put the pan in the fridge for about ten minutes and let them harden. Then they will pop right out!!! So cool. I love it.
4. I just used a craft circle punch to punch old brown paper grocery bags for the tags. A great way to reuse and be green :) I recommend taping them with some strong tape. All glue I tried to use was a total bust.
In summary, for those "advanced" learners who don't need any sort of explanation!
Make these for any occasion! Find some stars, or other fun baking dishes and they'd make great party favors, or a fun craft for a rainy or in Colorado (snowy) day!!!
I do... and it's rad :) I moved here from Michigan. I was hesitant at first because I didn't think I would like it. It's in the middle of nowhere by my standards, but I LOVE my job and I love the lifestyle. For example, last weekend consisted of Soupskol (free soup tasting and voting) in Aspen, free locals comedy at the Wheeler Opera House. Saturday was some Broncos football (boo) with friends and a cheap beer tasting/guessing contest. Sunday, bluebird ski day at Snowmass with Evan. I'm a teacher, so I had MLK day off. I spent it at home, cooking, cleaning and watching Rescue Me episodes on Netflix while I watched the 8 inches of snow dump down.
Here are a few pics from our bluebird ski day at Snowmass mountain.