DIY

Foolproof DIY

This DIY project is not innovative or original. It’s been done a million times but I still think it’s worth sharing. Turning a picture frame into a message board is easy and cheap. There are many ways to go about acquiring said picture frame. You can purchase them inexpensively at the dollar store or at a thrift shop or even pick them up at full price if that’s your thing. I happened to have a pretty one that I had never got around to using and I decided to give it a purpose.

I’ve seen people use chalkboard paint for this but chalkboard contact paper exists and it’s awesome. It even has a grid on the back to make cutting easy.

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I wrapped the glass of the frame with the contact paper and I was done. Quick and easy. Now all you need is some chalk or chalk pens!

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DIY Art Installation (easy & affordable!)

I’ve been slowly decorating Diego’s room after finally turning it into a toddler room. I had been looking for something to go on the wall above his crib but I hadn’t come across anything that I loved. The letters spelling his name that I painted felt underwhelming and to be honest I’m not in love with them but it was better than nothing. The other day I came across this post on how to make a DIY pinwheel art installation. I glossed over the pictures and decided that this would be fun to make and since I already had everything I needed to make it I would incur no further cost. I am so pleased with how it turned out I decided to share it here.

Last week my local craft store was having a sale on their craft paper so I picked up a pad of 50 sheets for $10. I used it for another project and after making the pinwheels I have plenty left so this has turned out to be a great buy. In addition to craft paper (or really, any sturdy paper) you will need: scissors, glue, pushpins/thumbtacks.

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The pack of craft paper that I purchased came with various prints and patterns and they all coordinate so it was just a matter of choosing which ones I wanted to use. Step two is to cut squares in various sizes. I did not measure anything and I was not fussy about anything being perfect. Close enough is good enough here. The paper I used was not double sided but I like the white so I was okay with that. You could always use double sided paper or paint the white side if you would like.

Fold your square diagonally and then cut down each diagonal crease without cutting all the way to the center of the square.

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Add glue to the center of the square and fold in every other corner.

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Secure with a pushpin and let dry. I used a piece of styrofoam for this. I laid the pinwheel on the styrofoam and pushed the pin through the middle. Let the glue dry. Using glue allows you to change the position of the pinwheels once they’re up on the wall. You could forgo the glue but I think that would just make it all more difficult to work with. (The original DIY linked above uses hot glue, I don’t have a glue gun which is why I used Tacky Glue)

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Once you have a variety of different sizes you can start playing around with placement. The pins slide easily into drywall. I will probably make a few more pinwheels and add to the installation but I’m pretty happy with how it looks now.

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Make your own breakfast sandwiches!

About a year ago, if not longer, I remember coming across a blog post on Pinterest that featured a breakfast sandwich recipe. I remember loving the little labels used for each day of the week and I thought, “That is a really good idea. I will make that one day.” I wish I had saved the post so I could credit the author but I am drawing a blank. Of course there are tons of other posts about the same topic but I haven’t found the one I had originally read. If I manage to track it down I will link it here.

I will admit to loving McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches. Maybe it’s the English muffin. Breakfast sandwiches have a bad reputation for being unhealthy. Whether it’s one from a fast food restaurant or even the frozen ones you can pick up at the store. Depending on your dietary needs and beliefs either of these can be considered toxic, not to mention expensive.

I decided to make a batch this evening and I was impressed with the results. Now, depending on what ingredients you purchase the cost of the sandwiches will vary. If you buy organic eggs, sausage, and cheese your sandwiches will cost more than if you were to use cheaper ingredients. Unfortunately, the good stuff costs more. So making these sandwiches yourself will mean one of two things: you will save money or you will construct a healthier sandwich. These two are not mutually exclusive per se but they often can be. In my opinion I am happy to spend a little more for a product I know is fresh and have full control of what it contains. Regardless of how you choose to make them one thing is for sure: making them at home is more convenient and has the potential to save you money.

Unless I am baking I tend to use recipes as guidelines, inspiration. I often just look at a recipe or watch a cooking show and I go forth and make up my own version. No measuring, no fussing. This is just how I operate and it’s how I share recipe ideas. I think of them more as inspiration, ready to take on your interpretation and ideas. If you’re so inclined to try these remember to make them your own! There’s no right or wrong. Just have fun.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the labels
  • cardstock or printer paper
  • pencil
  • crayons or colored pencil
  • felt-tip marker
  • scissors
  • a round shape to trace around if you want the labels to be round

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I recommend starting with the labels so that when you’re ready to assemble and wrap the sandwiches you can set up an assembly line. There’s no right or wrong here just do whatever you feel like. You could use pre-made labels instead if you wanted to. I think this would be a fun activity for kids.

For the sandwiches
  • your preference of English muffins (I used whole wheat)
  • cheese slices
  • 4 eggs
  • your choice of meat (bacon, turkey bacon, sausage, turkey sausage etc)
  • splash of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste (for the eggs)

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Beat your eggs and add a splash of milk. Season to taste. I have seen this recipe cook the eggs in the oven in muffin tins. I chose to cook mine over the stove. If you like you can leave out the milk and the yolks. Using a nonstick pan cook the eggs omelet style without folding over. I like to finish off the top under my broiler but you can just flip it in the pan.

Once the eggs are cooked slide them off into a cutting board and allow to cool. Cut into six pieces. The shape doesn’t matter but if you’re picky you could always use a biscuit cutter to get rounds to put into your sandwich.

Assemble your sandwiches, wrap in wax paper and stick down the ends with tape. Adhere your labels and place in your freezer.

Unwrap before reheating! I would say a minute and a half to two minutes should be plenty. I will update the post once my husband has tried the first one.

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