{my year of weekly pinterest projects: a recap}

20140629-153854-56334072Whew, I have finished a year of weekly Pinterest projects! Yahoo! While it feels good to have finished this project without skipping a week, I’m ready for a break. Although I won’t be posting weekly projects, I will continue to create things I’ve pinned on Pinterest and blog about them. It just won’t be every week!

Here’s a look back at all 52 weeks!

week one: individual baked oatmeal and energy bites

week two: freezing zucchini

week three: slow cooker peach cobbler

week four: frito pie

week five: two ingredient chocolate croissants

week six: garlic bread

week seven: easy banana bread

week eight: fall rosette wreath

week nine: pumpkin spice chai latte

week ten: organizing the hall closet

week eleven: scarf organization

week twelve: Halloween treats

week thirteen: mint and navy outfit

week fourteen: crock pot lentil burrito bowls

week fifteen: Pinterest fail-crock pot lasagna

week sixteen: thankful turkeys

week seventeen: cake batter and snickers dip

week eighteen: 25 Christmas countdown activities

week nineteen: diy foaming baby shampoo/wash

week twenty: cinnamon applesauce ornaments

week twenty-one: an organized pantry

week twenty-two: toddler infinity scarf

week twenty-three: diy reed diffusers

week twenty-four: homemade vanilla coffee creamer

week twenty-five: owl valentines

week twenty-six: muffin tin lunch

week twenty-seven: Valentine’s Day trail mix

week twenty-eight: peanut butter energy bites

week twenty-nine: painter’s tape race track

week thirty: washi tape clothespins

week thirty-one: washi tape flag labels

week thirty-two: washi tape spoons

week thirty-three: green smoothies

week thirty-four: lego birthday party decorations

week thirty-five: homemade taco seasoning

week thirty-six: primary color banner

week thirty-seven: lego juice boxes

week thirty-eight: magnetic alphabet boards

week thirty-nine: homemade ranch seasoning mix/Greek yogurt ranch dip

week forty: tissue paper tassels

week forty-one: mother’s day notebook

week forty-two: peanut butter honey yogurt dip

week forty-three: creaseless hair ties

week forty-four: yogurt covered frozen berries

week forty-five: strawberry pie

week forty-six: magic shell

week forty-seven: homemade microwave mac and cheese and spaghetti ohs

week forty-eight: fruit infused water

week forty-nine: peach dump cake and homemade cake mix

week fifty: beach countdown chain

week fifty-one: Pioneer Woman coffee granita

week fifty-two: peanut butter sheet cake

The most used project in our household has been week 19.  I switched over all of our hand soap to the homemade foaming soap and have saved lots of money in the process! It appears that while I tried to do a variety of projects, new recipes seemed to win (particularly desserts). A summer favorite of ours has been the homemade magic shell (week 46). Will frequently requests the muffin tin lunch (week 26), and it’s so easy to throw together, especially when your fridge and pantry is getting empty.  I have made the energy bites (week 28) several times and they’re a great go-to snack/fast breakfast. I’m really looking forward to next year’s strawberry season so I can make another delicious strawberry pie (week 45)! Out of all 52 projects, only one of them was a complete fail (week 15: crock pot lasagna). Granted, not all of them were the best or as pretty as they look on Pinterest, but for the most part, the crafts/food/etc. turned out well!

Now it’s time for a break from Pinterest for a little while! Ha, that won’t happen! I continue to pin tons of recipes and crafts on a weekly {sometimes daily!} basis and love to try new things.

Will’s Artwork // It’s the Little Things

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Hello! I’m linking up with Jess from Sadie Sky Boutique and Ashley from Words About Waverly for “It’s the Little Things.”

My kiddos do lots of art projects…at the babysitter’s, at preschool (for Will, who typically comes home with one piece of artwork each preschool day), at home.  The piles of artwork from Will and Harper accumulate very quickly (especially for Will).  I hate to throw any of their work away, but let’s be realistic here.  My whole house would eventually be full of their craft projects and finger paintings.  

I found a free app called Artkive where you can snap pictures of your child’s artwork and save it.  You are able to create folders for each child and put in the specific date when the artwork was made, as well as purchase photo books full of your kiddos’ artwork.  I haven’t purchased a photo book yet but I have been using the app to take and store pictures of Will and Harper’s artwork.  I plan on purchasing a book once I’ve accumulated more pictures.

After I “artkive” the artwork, it goes into one of two piles.  One pile is a throw away pile (it’s artwork that’s nice but not a favorite, like one of the many dot stamper creations Will makes at the babysitter) and the other is a keep/need to find a way to display it in the house pile.  I haven’t come up with a way to showcase their artwork yet but have been scouring Pinterest for ideas.

Here is some recent artwork from Will’s preschool.

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It’s just so hard to part with their artwork.  Any ideas on what works well for you in terms of organizing your child’s creations?!