Quick Tip {How to Remove Permanent Marker From Plastic – The Easy Way}

Stopping by to share a quick tip with you today. 🙂 You know I love to label things – help me keep my sanity!  However, sometimes the contents of a container change.  Actually, they often change. Permanent markers are a great way to label things, and what we use often.  Simple and permanent – right?? 

Well – what then do you do when the contents change and the container needs a new label? Put a sticker over it?  Scribble out the original label and write on a new one?  What if you want it to look better than that?  Well I have great news for you!!  A teacher friend of mine shared this with me one year, and when she told me I thought she was nuts – but it works!!

I was reminded of it this year when I was organizing our school supplies.  In the last few years I have been purchasing these new plastic folders for my kids, because they will last through the whole year – unlike the paper ones.  But, you know how it is – you send them to school, and the teachers have them label them with their name and subject.  The folders are great – they come home at the end of the year in just about the same condition they started.  No reason to throw them out!!  So here’s my amazing tip {if you already know this – please just scroll through and act amazed :)} that works on anything plastic.

With a dry-erase marker, scribble over the top of the writing.

As you are scribbling, you will probably already see it happening – the permanent marker being “erased”.

When you are finished, grab an eraser or a paper towel, rag, whatever, and wipe off the dry-erase, and the permanent marker with it.

And there you have it – good as new!!

I know folders aren’t that expensive, but I’m just saying – every little bit matters, and this has saved me bundles over the years in plastic storage tubs and such!!

We are headed out east tomorrow to deliver my son to college.  I’m not lamenting over that today – ya’ll have probably heard enough of that, and there will probably be more later.  When we get back I have a long list of DIY’s to dive into, and I can’t wait to share!! Until then…

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Getting The Kids Involved In Spring Cleaning {Family Friday}

We have been having a great spring break over here!!  Nothing too scheduled, but a good bit of work has been getting done, and some fun has been had!!  I will be sad to see it go on Monday. 🙁

Today I am going to share with you how I am getting my kids involved in some of the spring cleaning this year.  

There is a great debate out there among parents about money and kids.  Should kids get an allowance (money for nothing) or a commission (money only for work done) or should parents be human ATM machines??  We have bounced all over the place over our 18 years of parenting, and sadly have never settled on one thing or the other for very long.  We totally want our kids to understand the value of money, and we work very hard to make sure they get that.  And, for the most part, I think they do.  We also want them to know how to work and to work hard.  Which, for the most part, they do.  Then there is the whole thing about money and work going together.  In the adult world – you don’t work and you don’t get paid.  Thus the argument for commission.  

Honestly, our kids get an allowance.  They are expected to do whatever I ask, whenever I ask, without whining.  But, there really is no direct correlation between the work and the money.  We have tried in the past, but with the older ones – they have a hard time finding time to get their chores done because school comes first.  Good grades are more important to me then chores or jobs, sorry. We also believe that not everything needs to be paid for.  Sometimes kids need to pitch in and work because they are part of the family, and families should work together.

So, back to the subject at hand – spring cleaning. I made myself a very long and exhausting exhaustive list. While I didn’t plan on getting all of it done in a week, I did want to get it done while it was still spring!! So I decided to include the kids and allow them to earn some extra money.  

Jobs for hire!!  My hubby and I came up with a list of jobs we thought the kids could do and put a dollar amount to them.  Our kids are older, (youngest being 10) so these jobs are not necessarily easy jobs.  But, if you have younger kids you could still do this – just create jobs they can do – but don’t be afraid to make it a little challenging.  

I started with 8 jobs that I wanted done (there are more on the list, and I plan to replenish as these are done).  Each job got a job card with the description of the card and the $$ amount the job would pay, and an envelope attached with the cash already in it. Instant gratification is good for everyone :).

The basket is another Dollar Tree basket that I had, and the sign is an index card, attached with my polka-dot washi tape.  

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!  The basket is now living in my kitchen on a shelf, and the kids were all to excited to get to work!!  Yahoo!!  There were some jobs that were less desirable, but if they want the money, they will do those too.  

What I found through this are two things -1. make sure that you are paying them a fair amount. Just like we expect to be paid appropriately, they should too, if the pay is too low they won’t want to do the work.  2. be prepared to teach them how to do things, which is great because these are things they need to learn sometime – right??

Wow, this turned into a really long post!!  If you made it this far, thanks!!  Hope this gives you lots of ideas!!
I have some fun things to share with you guys next week!!  Have a great weekend!!

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The Good Stuff {Family Friday}

After today my kids are on spring break!!  We are all very excited to have a week off from schedules and routine!!  So, instead of sharing words of encouragement from my own heart today, I thought I would share with you some “Good Stuff” that I have found out in the blogosphere.
Please if you choose to pin any of these – click on the link and pin from the original source.  Thanks!

First up Lisa-Jo Baker shares wonderful words of encouragement for all mommies on her blog all the time.  This lovely one is from this week.

Another one of my favorite encouragers in the faith is Ann Voskamp.  She shared this week about being overwhelmed as a mom, a wife, a woman.

I loved this guest post about Kids and Money. Melissa does a great job of explaining her thoughts on kids, money, allowance vs. commission.  

Another one of my favorite parenting encouragement bloggers is Kristen at We Are That Family (don’t you just love that name?). This week she shared an easy way to share the Easter story with your kiddos using this book.

This one is fabulous, and has been all over, and I love it.  I think we could all benefit from less stuff.  🙂 (I know we’ve missed the start day, but I don’t think it really matters when you start – more important is the concept!!)

I hope these will bless you as they have blessed me!!  Feel free to share with your friends 🙂  If you are on spring break like we are – have a great time!!

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Ways I Saved Money During My Kitchen Refresh

Posting a little later than usual but I wanted to share with you a few things that I have done so far to say a few bucks during what I have now fondly named “My Kitchen Refresh”.

I shared with you here about my bargain paint brushes and primer.  Another obvious savings, was doing the work myself.

Another thing you might have noticed in the after pictures was that I changed out the hardware.  I started with this

And now we have this

{I still can’t stop looking at the before and after – good grief!}  The existing hinges were an antique brass.  Not awful, but it was not going to match the oil-rubbed bronze finish I had picked out for the new hardware.  So, after a little ORB spray paint, they were good as new and they matched.  And yes, I even painted the screws that would be seen – and I did them all at once just like this.

Yes folks, that’s an egg carton.  I just shoved the screws into the styrofoam and then sprayed them all at once.  🙂

As I was pricing out the hardware, I was pretty sure I was going to use the same knobs that I used in our living room built-in update, but I wanted pulls for the drawers.  Why knobs on the doors – a couple of reasons for me – so my kids won’t be as tempted to swing on them like monkeys, it gives things a cleaner look, and if we are being honest knobs cost less.  But back to the pulls.  I found the ones that matched the knobs, and although reasonable ($20), it was money I would rather spend elsewhere.  So, I put hardware on the back burner and kept thinking.  Then I remembered in my newly organized garage, I had a tub marked “household”, and I think in that said tub there are the pulls I took off the living room doors…YES!!  

I liked the look of them, and, even better exactly the right number.  Not so great – antique brass. So, a little ORB spray paint, and voila!!

Boom!!  Saved $20

And, if you are curious about the knobs…they came from Target.  

Yes, their Threshold brand strikes again.  Kind of an unlikely place to purchase hardware, but they really have a nice selection.  These are particular reasonable at a little over $10 for 10 knobs. They are simple but very sturdy.  Perfect for me!!

So, there you have it.  Look for ways to re-use the old stuff, and look for supplies in unlikely places.  

So far the expense break down is as follows

Paint and primer for cabinets and walls –  $100
Painting supplies – $20
Knobs – $35

Not too bad if you ask me 🙂

Blessings Friends!!

Linking up with Wendy at The Shabby Nest
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31 Days Recap

We did it!!  31 days of talking about money!!  I’m exhausted -ha!!  I hope that you were encouraged 🙂 Thank you for all the positive feedback I received from readers all around.  I know people don’t really want to talk about money they just want to have it.  But, in my experience, if you want to have it, you have to talk about it :).  

So, hopefully by now you have a better idea of how to talk about money, where the money is going, and where the money should be going.  Also, you should have found some ‘extra’ money that is allowing you to dig yourself out of debt and save up for a rainy day.  And, lastly build that nest egg, dream about the future, and don’t be afraid to dream big because we serve a BIG God that wants great things for you!!

You have probably noticed me mentioned Dave a lot throughout this series.  Honestly, everything I learned about money I learned from my financial peace class written by Dave.  (don’t you love how I’m on a first-name-basis with him;))  He has a blog, a website, a facebook page, and even a pinterest page.  I would suggest following along on one or all for great tips and suggestions from Dave.

I feel like I should share with you how things are going on my home front, it has been a bumpy month financially for us, and my hubby and I have been left shaking our heads at the things the enemy has been throwing at us.  I’m beginning to think that the devil was none too happy I was sharing with you guys about money!!  HA!!  So, through it all this experience of faithfully writing for 31 days about money has caused me to keep my head up and keep pressing on through the trial.  So, my beloved, you do the same.  Keep your head up!!  You can do this!!  

Now, I’m gonna take a couple of days off!!!  I hope that’s okay :).  We have a busy weekend ahead around here!  I will be back soon because I have lots of projects to share with you!!  For those of you that joined me for this series, please stick around, I don’t always blog about money, we do fun things around here too, and I’m sure there will be some money-saving tips thrown in here are there!!

Blessings friends!!

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