Category Archives: Printable

Pin There. Done That. Kids’ Artwork Storage {Whitney Edition}

I have been meaning to organize Logan’s artwork/paperwork for some time now. Especially now that he is in Kindergarten, the cute crafts and writing samples just keep pouring in. Everything has been scattered throughout my house–in the guest room, in the cabinets, in drawers, some of it on the walls as display. But still very scattered. And driving me crazy.

I saw this pin a long time ago and thought I re-pinned it. Apparently I did not, so I had to go back and find it again today.

 

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I was in need of a file storage box but I had a few hanging folders to at least get me started. After a quick (are they ever quick?) trip to Target, I was able to get started. I will say I am glad I started now–I can’t imagine going through everything after more than 5 years. Logan has already built up quite the stash. I will be starting one of these with the new baby ASAP.

2013-03-02 15.17.02 I had a lot of artwork from before Logan started preschool–either done at home or with his sitter (from when I taught full-time), so I added a file for those years. (BTW, how much do you love this picture? Cracks me up everytime I see it!)

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He went to 2 different preschools (one at age 3 and one at 4) but I combined them in one.

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Ah, Kindergarten. This file has art, writing samples, report cards and other miscellaneous items I (or Logan) couldn’t part with.

2013-03-02 15.19.27 And now it is ALL in one place. Nice and neat. It will go in his closet, easy to get to but out of the way.

All the printables I used for the front of the files are available here. There are also printable file folder labels, but I didn’t use those. I may go back and get some later and use them, but for now I will call it good.

I also made a file for all of Logan’s Santa letters. I have saved them since 2008 (the first year he could actually scribble). I will add hanging folders for every year and hopefully be able to keep it contained to one box–maybe that will be my goal so I can weed things out appropriately as we go along.

It feels really good to have it all organized and safe. My nesting phase has seemingly kicked in early and this satisfied that urge today.

Do you have your kids’ artwork organized? How have you done yours?

Also, see how Brittaney organizes her kids’ artwork here!

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Last minute Valentine gifts? We got ya covered.

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So, I always get annoyed when people let holidays “sneak up” on them – maybe that is one of the “perks” of working retail, I’m not sure – but you guys, the DATES never change on some holidays. Christmas is always 12/25, New Year’s Eve is always 12/31, New Year’s Day is always 1/1, Valentine’s Day is always 2/14, St. Patrick’s Day is always 3/17, July 4th is always 7/1, and Halloween is always 10/31. You get my drift.

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That said, I let Valentine’s Day sneak up on me. Truth be told, I let Christmas sneak up on me too. Maybe it is a getting older thing? I don’t know. I’ve tried to make your lives easier by rounding up our Valentine’s Day crafts/gifts here on the ole’ blog, and even linking to some other roundups as well. Here goes!

i heart your heart you are my sunshine

Our Pinterest Party post from August had a few ideas that would be simple to whip up!

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Brittaney’s burlap anniversary pillow would be a quick gift if you are a *little bit* crafty.

LOVE garlands

Our “LOVE” garland was super quick to put together – if you don’t have the little wooden plaques like I did, use cardstock!

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Our heart specimen art was easy once we got started – cutting out those hearts on the Silhouette took longer than putting it all together!

Valentine wreath

We have mastered the art of putting wreaths together quickly – everyone loves wreaths!

Completed Valentines Frame | RCHOTX

$1 frame + scrapbook paper + letters = cheap gift. 

Backstreet Boys | RCHOTX

Print one of these bad boys (pun intended), get a frame, BOOM. Finished. Can’t get much simpler than that.

As if those ideas aren’t enough for you (ha!), I’m also linking to more. Have fun!

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PartyXplosion linked up 50 Valentine’s Day printables! (Guess who is on the list?!)

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Sometimes a gift is as easy as setting a table for two, like Kathe With an E.

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Morena at Morena’s Corner made a mug with some of my very favorite song lyrics (and there are some other fun ideas on that post too)!

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Brooke at All Things Thrifty (love her!) has posted a Valentine’s Day roundup as well!

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Peanut Butter Fingers (for some reason I am craving Reese’s now) put up a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day roundup!

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Okay, if you can’t find something to make from Tatertots & Jello’s HUGE Valentine’s Day roundup, then you are just beyond help (I say that with love, of course).

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at RCHOTX ♥

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Valentine’s Day {Printables}

As many of y’all know, Heather is a lover of all things printable. Well, okay, GOOD printables, not the “I did this on MS PAINT! Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?” I’m sure there’s not even a MS Paint anymore. Did I just date myself? Anyhow, we decided we’d eventually start doing printable items once we got going steady on the blog. Guess what? You’re in luck. We’ve gotten going and we’re giving you some FREE printables to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

When we were discussing what exactly we were going to do, we just tossed around a few ideas. “Oh let’s do some cutesy love quotes”, “Oh song lyrics would be fun” or “Let’s do an anti-Valentine one!” When we got together last Monday for a little craftiness, we discussed our printables further. Its either really scary when the 2 of us are together brainstorming ….or its completely genius. I’m going with absolutely, fantastically GENIUS this time. And once this idea came about, we giggled and laughed. A LOT. In fact, even as I type this I’m giggling and giddy over it.

Without further ado ….

The Beatles | RCHOTX New Kids on the Block | RCHOTX N'Snyc | RCHOTX

Backstreet Boys | RCHOTX

One Direction | RCHOTX

And?

Go ahead. Admit it. You LOVE them, secretly or NOT so secretly. You ABSOLUTELY love them. We couldn’t help ourselves. We started talking about The Beatles song since Heather used that for her LOVE frame, a New Kids on the Block song came on in the moment and BAM! We came up with Boy Band Printables. You’re welcome. :)

The Beatles Printable | RCHOTX
{fonts: American Typewriter and Great Vibes}

NKOTB Printable | RCHOTX
{font: Allura and Bernard MT Condensed}

N’Sync Printable | RCHOTX
{font: Champagne&Limousines and Dynalight}

Backstreet Boys Printable | RCHOTX
{font: Bebas and Coneria Script Demo}

One Direction Printable | RCHOTX
{font: Simply Glamorous and Book Antiqua}

Just click each link and it will take you to the printable without our watermark on it. I left a box around it to use as a guide to cut and fit in a 8×10 frame. And again, you’re welcome.

I’m linking up with twelveOeight‘s Pretty Things Linky Party!


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Happy Hour Projects

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Fettucini Alfredo

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I actually found this recipe on another blog, but I changed it to suit my fancy. I added a few things, changed a few things. Since I used whole milk, my version isn’t quite a “skinny” version, and I never use low-fat or fat-free anything, so the Parmesan cheese in mine was regular full-fat. :) Enjoy!

 

Fettucini Alfredo

Yield: 1 cup

6

Ingredients

  • I box of Fettucini pasta (I actually used egg noodles)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups skim milk (I only had whole milk)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • **optional - 3-4 medium size chicken breasts cooked by your choice

Instructions

  1. Cook fettucini alfredo following the directions on the box
  2. In medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden brown.
  3. In small saucepan, stir milk, chicken broth, 3 tbsp flour (saving 1 tbsp for reserve), salt and pepper together over love heat until smooth and thickened a bit. Stir in garlic. Continue to cook over medium low heat, stirring continuously, until sauce is thick. Add the reserved 1 tbsp of flour and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Cover and let sit a few minute for the sauce the thicken more. Pour over fettucini noodles. Garnish with parsley (optional)
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Printable Calendars for 2013!

As you all know, I am a sucker for printables. Big time. And yes, I also use a paper calendar. I know, I know, take a minute to catch your breath on that one. I’m old school and proud of it.

The geeky part of me is so happy this time of year, because there are always so many awesome printable (FREE!) calendars floating around the internet and this year I get to share them with all of you! You’re welcome!

Little Friendly Owl

 

This one is from My Owl Barn. It is really customizable – as in, you pick the picture and the month it goes on. They also have the option to download/print the premade calendar.

Creative Mamma Calendar

 

This one from Creative Mamma is great, especially if you need to actually write on your calendar (like me). It’s easy to read, not too fussy, and pretty!

TomKat Studio Printable 2013 Calendar

 

TomKat Studio has been a favorite of mine for a few years. This calendar is one of my favorites, because I love the colors and the fonts (yes, I’m a huge font dork).

Love vs Design Printable 2013 Calendar

 

This one from Love vs Design is just pretty. I like their style (obviously)!

The Twinery 2013 Printable Calendar

 

The Twinery gives you two options on size – 1 full sheet or 1/2 sheet! I like this idea!

Ellinee - 2013 Printable Calendar

 

Elinee Journal got me with all the cool fonts at the top! How many calendars does one girl need?!

Blooming Homestead 2013 Printable Calendar

 

This is a really pretty one from Blooming Homestead – I like that they all coordinate, yet they are different. Very nice!

Miss Tiina 2013 Printable Calendar

Miss Tiina likes bright colors just like I do! Happy and simple.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor 2013 Printable Calendar

 

Kristi @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor made a colorful, bright, one page calendar that I LOVE. I should print several out – these one page calendars are handy.

Well, I think that’s about all I can do tonight – I rang in the new year typing on the blog! Is this indicative of the upcoming year for me? (Probably).

Tarah, Sars, and I are buying our tickets for Haven Conference tomorrow morning. I’m hoping we can get them before they sell out! Cross your fingers for us :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Love from all of us at RCHOTX.

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Christmas Printable Roundup #4: Kid Stuff

Christmas would be so boring without kids. My nephew MAKES Christmas for our whole family – his excitement, happiness, and overall energy just radiate all month long! This is his last Christmas as the “only child” in our immediate family, so it will be interesting to see how next year goes… there will be a 6 month old to share the attention with.

Logan loves to do crafts with me, and I have no doubt that he would love all of the things I am about to share. I’m sure he will get to do them too!

Wild Olive – Printable ornaments! There is also a nativity set to print.

Scrapbook Scrapbook – Printable 3D nativity set that can be colored!

Sweet Little Parties – tags, placecards, paper chain… the list goes on!

Babalisme – Paper dolls!

Mr. Printables

Lauren Makes

That wraps up this printable roundup! I need to go decorate my OWN Christmas tree now!

Christmas Printable Roundup #3: MORE gift tags!

I just can’t quit these printable gift tags, so here are even MORE!

Love vs Design

Love vs Design

Blush Printables via The Sweetest Occasion

Kelly Ashworth

Love the Day – MUCH more here than just gift tags, FYI!

Heidi Stock

I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Nellie Design

The Handmade Home

The Three Sweet Peas

Eat Drink Chic

Okay, that should be enough to get you through several Christmases. What’s next up? Kid’s Christmas crafts!

Christmas Printable Roundup #2 : Gift Tags

A few years ago – BP (Before Pinterest) – I ran out of gift tags while wrapping Christmas gifts. It pretty much takes an emergency situation to get me dressed and out the door again if I’ve already come home and gotten comfy/removed the bra. Don’t roll your eyes at me, you know you do it too.

In the spirit of laziness, I turned to Google. I didn’t really think I’d find anything. WRONG. Just google “printable gift tags” and cancel your plans for the next 24 hours, because there are a TON of them out there.

AP (After Pinterest), I just found more and more. My “Printables I Love” board is the most pinned board out of all of mine, so that tells me I’m not alone in my unhealthy obsession! It’s been a long time since I have wasted money (yes, it IS a waste) on gift tags – why do it when I can print my own? If you’re cheap like Whitney and never have ink in your printer, then upload the files to Staples and have them printed on cardstock. Easy as pie.

Here goes! Click on the pictures to be taken to the original blog!

Martha, Martha, Martha.

Mom’s Crafty Space

The Celebration Shoppe

Kelli Murray

Living Locurto

Today’s Mama

Domestifluff

Nest of Posies

Lemon Squeezy

Eat Drink Chic

I’ll be back with some more tomorrow. Happy printing!

Christmas Printable Roundup #1

I pin a lot of printables, and I mean A LOT. They seem to be among the most “repinned” pins on my boards, so obviously I’m not alone in my obsession.

Most of these can be printed out on your home printer, but honestly I prefer to have them printed at an office supply store (Staples, Office Max, Office Depot) or at Costco. It’s cheaper than buying new printer ink – and it just looks better, in my opinion. These bloggers have got Costco figured OUT – in fact, there are entire posts on HOW to get the best looking prints from there. (Click on the picture below and it will walk you through the Costco photo website – thanks, inkddesign!)

So, now that we got that out of the way, shall we go on? Click the pictures to be taken to the original blogs!

Plum Adorable – available in 8×10 and 11×14!

Nest of Posies – 8×10 (and there are even more!)

AKA Design – 8×10

Rambling Renovators – 8×10

Okay, are you sensing a theme here? Chalkboard art is super popular right now and it has sucked me right in. Moving on…

Sugartot Designs – 8×10

Simple As That – 8×10

Simply Klassic Home – 8×10

Less Cake More Frosting – 16×20 or smaller

The Letter 4 – I would guess 8×10 or smaller!

Two Twenty One – 8×10

I hope you like some (or all!) of these. I’ll be doing some more this week for you – gift tags, crafts, etc. so keep checking!