Vinyl Chalkboard Menu

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut, however all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

I am making a new, concerted effort to feed my family “real” meals.  So as part of that, I had to make myself a nice Chalkboard Menu to keep us on all the right dinner track.

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I didn’t realize I had slipped in my dinner making efforts until after a recent conversation with my oldest son.  It went something like this…”Mom…are we going to be eating a REAL (insert teenage attitude) dinner tonight?”  Me: “Uh…we always eat a real dinner!”  Him: “What happened to all those yummy meals you used to make?” (listing meals that hadn’t been on the dinner table in a year or so).

And then it dawned on me.  I had slipped a little bit…or a lot on some days in my efforts at making a solid meal for my family.  It was true. Granted I have a lot of really GREAT reasons this happened…like dealing with my 7 major Food Allergies, five kids all with busy sports schedules including: ballet, piano, waterpolo, lacrosse, weekly church activities, basketball, homework projects and so on…

I had been doing so well with everything.  I was making my family a meal and then also making myself something that I could eat because it was too daunting (and expensive) to feed EVERYONE how I needed to eat.  But it got very difficult.  So, in an effort to survive, I started doing quick and easy dinner options like breakfast for dinner, grilled cheese, grilled chicken and veggies, and so on.  They were still great dinner options but were merely snacks for a growing, active teenage boy (did I mention he is on the swim, mountain biking and waterpolo teams?).

I didn’t want him to move away from home (which will be 1.5 years…gah!) feeling like he wasn’t being fed delicious meals.  I wanted him to miss my home cooking.  So I had to re-evaluate the way I was doing things.  I wanted to bring our REAL dinner time back but needed to find some ways to make it easier and not as difficult on me due to my food issues.  So we started having the kids make one meal a week this past summer.  BEST. DECISION. EVER!!

We sit down together on Sunday afternoon in our family meeting and discuss the upcoming week’s schedule.  Who is doing what and when.  We also discuss what each person would like to make for their weekly meal.  We scheduled each person a week night.  On rare occasions we have to make some adjustments according to our weekly schedule.  The kids pick a meal (sometimes with my direction) and we make a shopping list.  I do the shopping on Monday in preparation for the week.

And we made this menu out of Chalkboard Vinyl to help us stay organized and keep people accountable *ahem* for making a great meal.  And you know what? The kids are LOVING it!! I help them when needed but this helps free me up to run a kid to practice, or help with homework during the meal prep.  The kids are making great meal choices and sometimes I have to reign them in from making a 7 course meal!  There is overall less complaining about dinner and what we are having because the kids are so involved in the process and they are realizing that it hurts your feelings when someone complains about what they just made for dinner (interesting….haha).  And only a few questions (compared to a million) about what is for dinner because the menu is right there for all to see.  And…the kids are learning to cook…and bake!

Everyone has to clear the table and put their own dishes in the dishwasher until the dinner table it is spotless.  And then the person who made dinner has to clean up the pots and pans and the dinner making mess.  For the past few months it has been working very well for us. I hope we can continue to do this making a few tweaks here and there, as the kids get older!  But it has been a life saver for me.  It gives me time to make my own “version” of the meal that I can eat due to my food allergies!

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Anyways, after that rambling…if you are still with me, I am sharing how you can make your own Chalkboard Menu.  I made ours to stick right on the fridge door.  I did that mainly because I didn’t have any wall space to make one that hangs on the wall.  But you could certainly cut the vinyl out and put it on a painted board and display, or paint a board with chalkboard paint and then use the vinyl cut outs to put the words on the menu board.

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1. Print and cut out your Chalkboard Vinyl with your Cricut Explore.
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2.  Peel out the word Menu and the days of the week, leaving the large section of vinyl.
3.  Place your transfer tape over the front of the Chalkboard Vinyl.
4.  Transfer onto your cleaned fridge surface carefully to prevent any wrinkles or bubbles.
5.  Rub the side of a piece of chalk gently along the entire piece of vinyl to season it.
6.  Enjoy your menu!
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Recipe Book Printables

Yesterday I shared with you these customizable Recipe Books that you can download and print to organize your recipes in a pretty way.  Today, I am sharing with you the actual downloads.

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These Recipe Books would be the perfect gift for the women in your life, and with Mother’s Day coming…you might want to make one right now!  I LOVE that you can totally customize these books to how YOU like to organize your recipes.

Simply grab a 3 ring binder (in your favorite color and thickness) and some plastic sheet paper covers from your local office supply store, or order some from Amazon and have them delivered right to your front door.

Plastic Sheet Protectors
3 Ring Binder
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The nice thing about the protective sheets is that you can slip any size of recipe in them and keep them organized in a pretty manner so that you can keep your recipes clean and easy to find!  You can also keep those sentimental recipes that have your grandmother or mother’s handwriting on them.

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You can also add new recipes as you find them on various websites too!  I will be sharing more recipes here too in the upcoming months in order to get MY recipes organized and I will be sharing them here for you to add to your recipe binders as you wish.

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I will also be continuing to add to this recipe binder.  I have some different aspects and organizational features I would like to add to keep it organized and functional.  Some of these items are some conversion pages and some tabs for easy referencing.  I will also add a link to the sidebar so that you can check on all the updates in one easy click!

On a side note…many of you have asked me about the labels I have on my Flour and Sugar Canisters.  I found them on Amazon here: Flour and Sugar Canister Labels

If you would like to download the first Recipe Book Index Printables, click on the link below:

{Recipe Book Index Printables}

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DIY iPad Holder

 

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We rarely pull out cook books anymore due to the ease of the internet.  I usually haul my laptop or the ipad (if I can find it because the kids tend to swipe it) into the kitchen to pull up a recipe.  This is not always convenient or good on the laptop or ipad, which can get sticky and gooey in the kitchen.

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So, of course, I set out to fix that.  I made a VERY simply iPad holder to use in the kitchen.  I simply took a wood cutting board that was larger than the ipad and added a couple pieces to turn it into an ipad stand.

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To make this for yourself you will need the following:

wood cutting board

Scrabble game piece holder

triangle piece of wood

Krazy Glue

wood stain

decorative vinyl (optional)

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I simply cut a piece of wood scrap into a triangle on my ban saw.  This piece will be glued onto the back of the cutting board and will be the support and hold it steady.  It needs to have a bit of an angle on the back…the more angle, the more your cutting board will lean backwards.  Adjust this according to your needs and preference.

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Stain the triangle and the Scrabble game piece holder and let them dry completely.  Glue the triangle onto the back so that the bottom of the triangle rests against the counter.  Let that dry completely.  Then glue the game piece onto the bottom of the front of the cutting board so that it is centered.  Let it dry completely.

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That. Is. It!!  Isn’t that one of the easiest tutorials?

And that Elmer’s Krazy Glue is some good stuff, it’s Krazy strong, Krazy fast! I was really impressed with how well it held and with how quickly it bonded.  I seriously took these pictures within 15 minutes of making this (apparently I have no patience).  The applicator tip for the glue allowed me to easily place the glue right where I wanted it.

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I LOVE it! We have already used it a few times to cook from.  It makes it easy to have the recipes right on hand and at an angle that is easy to read and follow while you are in the middle of baking or cooking.

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My kids have even used it while doing homework on the kitchen table.  I am also thinking it will come in handy for a relaxing bath when this momma needs some alone time.

Interested in the spice rack and the spice labels pictured?  You can check them out here…

Spice Rack and Printable Labels

What would would you use Elmer’s Krazy Glue for?  Need some more ideas? Check out the Krazy Glue Pinterest Board for more inspiration and for some creative ways to create masterpieces in minutes.

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Free Spice Labels Printables

If you are following along with me on Instagram, you got to see a sneak peek of this project I was working on while watching me some Olympics.  This is one project that I have been super excited to get completed.  I LOVE anything that involves organization, labels and jars.  Don’t you? It makes my heart feel happy!

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I had an antique Dr. Pepper crate that I had been using in my office to organize some of my craft supplies, but it was hidden away behind a cupboard door.  It is too fun to be hidden away.

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Then one day I realized that it would make a perfect spice rack.  I had been slowly buying my new spices in these cute spice jars from Target.  They are in the spice aisle and the Archer Farms brand.  The jars fit perfectly.

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Now, of course, I HAD to make some labels for the lids so that I could see what the spices were and to give them some extra oomph!

Don’t you think they look so pretty?  Almost too pretty to use…

Ha! With a big family, we do tend to go through some of these spices rather quickly.  So we do buy a lot of them in bulk from Costco and then I just store the bigger bottles in the cupboard directly above these spices, but the big bottles get hidden away.  I just refill the smaller ones when they get low.

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So far it has been a great system.  It is also much easier to find the spices we need rather than trying to dig through each one in a crowded cupboard.  Well, I want to share these labels with you.  Even if you don’t have a vintage soda crate to store them in, there are several different options and spice racks you can use.  Or just put the round labels on your current spice jars to fancy them up a bit.

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Let me just talk candidly with you all for a moment though.  I have been disheartened for several months lately with people who have been taking my photos, and free downloads and SELLING them.  It is really very frustrating and I have gone back and forth about how to combat it.

This is why I run my printables through my FB page.  It has made a difference in the amount that I have seen, but it is still happening.  This is illegal and is a violation of copyright and has made me wonder if I should quit sharing with all of you here.  BUT…I really don’t want to punish ALL of us due to a few dishonest people.  I feel like the people who are involved in this dishonesty are people who are finding it through Pinterest and don’t realize just how small the internet can be in the DIY/Craft world.

When you visit my site and share my site with others, your traffic earns me some income. I really appreciate all of you who are here and have been loyal followers.  I would not be able to continue to do this without you!!  I want to be able to continue creating and sharing with you, because I absolutely LOVE it!  It is my dream job!

So, on some of my bigger projects, I will be offering the printables FREE for a limited time, and then will move them into my shop.  This is a lot of extra work for me, but I am hoping it will help eliminate some of the problem.  So, this really shouldn’t effect the rest of you who are following along. Just make sure if you see something you want, grab it before it goes in the shop.  Also…please always send your friends and family to my site to grab something for themselves rather than sharing it with them.  I feel like that is a fair trade to make for you to continue getting freebies…right?! We will see how well this solves the problem and go from there!  THANK YOU ALL for your patience with this!

So, with all of that said…if you would like to download these Printable Spice Labels, click on the link below and follow the directions carefully.

{Printable Spice Labels}

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