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How I Decorate my MAMBI Happy Planner

What’s up guys! I love love love my Happy Planner!  Over the passed 3 monthsI have become obsessed with decorating and organizing it for future use.  Ever since I decided to be a bit more organized with my day to day I find that I accomplish a lot more than I have before.  Now being totally honest with you, there are days that I am a confused mess.  I don’t always plan properly then find myself wishing I remembered the Drs appointment or that my daughter’s orchestra fee was due!

But now with my Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas, those forgotten days have become less -a lot less.  Now I am NOT being sponsored by them in any way (although I wish I was), I just really like them 🙂  Ok so on to my happy planner decorating:  One of the things I like to do is go online an find some inspiration.  I just google what I want my theme to be or find a free planner printable on pinterest and some cute washi tape and I start decorating.  Click on the link to download my recent plan with me spread: Fox Planner Printable | Happy Planner Hipncreative

Fall Fox Cuties | Hipncreative

There’s no wrong way to decorating your planner, it really is up to you and what you think it should look like.  I leave a lot of white space on my planner because there are times when I get a last minute entry.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own planner, I suggest going to your local Michael’s or Hobby Lobby craft stores.  There are quite expensive at $30 each but you can use a 40% coupon to save some dough. Plus they also have some cute planner accessories that would go great with your Happy Planner.

Head on over to my Youtube channel where you can check out my video!  While you’re there you can also subscribe for future plan with me videos and many more videos too!

You can also click on the image below and be taking directly to my Plan with me Video!

plan with me Happy Planner Hipncreative

 

Until next time guys, happy planning!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

Bathroom Closet Organization

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to show you how I organized my bathroom closet.  We’ve been blessed to have a closet in our bathroom with plenty of storage.  But I have been neglecting it for a while now.

Bathroom Closet Organization | https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

Over the summer I bought some Dollar Tree bins and wanted to spruce up my closet and get it all purrty.  I organized it and then left it be.  I really don’t go into this closet very often.  I have my own bathroom and kept my stuff separate from the main bathroom with the exception of medications, I have them all in one spot away from the kids.   One day I needed some allergy meds and couldn’t find it in the mess.  So I decided to give it a quick cleaning, organized it with dollar tree bins and some shoe boxes and made some labels too.  (click on the image below to download a copy of the labels)

Small bathroom closet organization | https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

I created the labels with a simple blue border, and created a category for my bathroom necessities then laminated them.  I got the laminator on amazon for $20.00 -regular $33.00 plus free shipping.  Good deal right?.

Quick Tip: If you don’t have a laminator, you can use packing tape!  It’s a cheap alternative and the best part is that you can use a dry erase marker to erase and relabel your tags!  You may be able find both the tape and the marker at your local Dollar Tree.

Ok here is what I did:

First I purge all the expired medicines and old products we didn’t use.  Then I organized each bin or shoe box with same items. Example: I made a bin for all oral products- toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, etc.  I made another for all medications- Tylenol, Aleeve, ibuprofen, etc and labeled it.  I made one for First aid items -gauze, bandages, cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc… you get the idea.  This system was great, immediately my oldest and hubby said this was a great idea because now they knew where everything is when they need it and where everything goes when they need to put things away!

I also bought some shelf liners to use because I was sick to death of the old stained, smelly wall paper that was there previously.

Here is a close up of the old ugly wallpapered mess:

Bathroom Closet Organization | https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

And here is the new version:

Bathroom Closet Organization | https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

Small Bathroom Closet Organization | https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

The old wall paper came off without of problem.  It took me about 5 minutes to remove and replace the shelves with liners.  All I did was measure the shelf and cut the liners, making sure to leave a half inch extra on the ends, while leaving about 2inches  front and back.  For the top two shelves, I completely wrapped both the top and the bottom of the shelves (like a gift) so when I look up I don’t see the ugly shelf, but nice liner.    I love how it looks, that small change made the bathroom look way better.  The best part is that it only cost me $3.00!  I have extra liners that I purchased and didn’t use in the closet that I will be using under my bathroom sinks.  Even my hubby and the kids like the way it looks!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope this motivates you to spruce up a neglected space.  Remember don’t strive for perfect, strive for done!

Until next time my friends!

 

**This is not a sponsored blog post.  All opinions are my own**

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

 

Free Printable | Bored Jar

So the kids have been home from school for a little over 2 weeks now and I have to say it hasn’t been too bad.  I’m happy to say that they were finally able to enroll in summer camp and are having a blast!  But there are still times I see them mope around the house saying their bored or there’s nothing to do.  I can’t help but roll my eyes when I hear them say that.  Funny how I always find something for them to do, but they can’t.  So I have, once again, implemented the “Bored Jar” technique.  A few years ago when my oldest was in first grade (I miss those days) she would sit around the house doing nothing.  I created a bored jar and have used one ever since.

Now that she’s 15 -having plenty of friends and activities to keep her busy, I find my younger two sitting around the house, bored.  Over the years I have changed/adapted the bored jar to fit our current need.  This summer I updated my jar -keeping some oldies but goodies -and have added new ideas to our jar.

Hip 'n Creative | Free Bored Jar Printable

If you’d love a copy of my bored jar labels, just click on the image above and download them onto your computer.  But if you prefer to create one custom to your family’s needs it’s pretty simple.  Here is what I did:

Step One: write down all the things your kids love to do (I also added some chores, so it’s a gamble as to what they’d pick) add some things you want to try with them as well.  You can use colorful scrapbook paper or type them out on your computer and print.

Step Two: Cut the paper into strips and place them in a clean jar.  You can use anything you like, an empty tissue box, a juice mix container or anything you have available.  

Step Three: Decorate the jar however you’d like (or have your kids decorate it).  You can use anything, ribbon, paper, paint etc- the only limit is your imagination.

That’s it!  Easy right?  One of the things that I learned over the years is: Don’t let your kids use the bored jar unless they are totally out of ideas on their own.  Trust me they will go through activities and be back to square one before you know it!

I hope this inspires you to create a bored jar of your own or maybe you downloaded mine!  I would love to see what ideas you came up with!  Just send me a link of your bored jar (or how you used mine) and I’ll pop on over to check it out!

Awilda | Hipncreative.wordpress.com

Summertime Activities

Well it’s summer vacation time at HNC and it’s been a tradition of ours to take the kids someplace special for their last day as a fun way to start off the summer.  We’ve taken them to many places but we’ve also kept it simple and treated them to a special lunch at their favorite restaurant.

But alas, no sooner are the kids home do I hear “Mom I’m bored” or “Mom there’s nothing to do”- which I start hearing that by the end of the week.!

I do my best to have them join summer camps and do activities, but this year we have been placed on a waiting list and I’m truly not sure if they’re ever going to be able to join.  *keeping fingers crossed that they get in.*

While we wait to hear from our local Rec. Center I came up with this Summer Activities List. It’s been a real life saver and helped the kids find something to do.  If your looking for something fun for the kiddos to do, just click on the image below and to download my printable.

Summer Activities

What about you?  How do you keep your kids entertained over the summer? Do you have any suggestions you’d like to share.  Just comment below and let me know what you’ve done to help fight the summer time boredom blues!  Have a great day!

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Potty Training my 3 year old…

Well, my SOON TO BE 3 year old, (tee hee).  My Chica’s birthday is around the corner (a little over a month away, eek!) and as an early birthday gift for her I want to give her the freedom from having to wear diapers.  Yay!  Her favorite Character is Dora the Explorer, so I made her a potty training chart.

My awesome hubby, Tan, got our girl stickers as a reward when she goes poo or pee.

MY EXPERIENCE IN POTTY TRAINING:

I have to say that this is not my first time potty training, since my chica is the youngest of three I kinda knew what to expect.  But since each one of my girls are different I knew the experience will be unique! 😀

First thing I did was buy panties from her favorite character -Dora.  I showed her one panty and said “You’re a big girl now and I want you to wear big girl panties”.  She was so excited to have her very own pair of Dora panties.  She didn’t hesitate to put them on and prance around the house and show her 2 sisters.  Next- I showed her the potty chart and told her that she will get a sticker every time she goes potty.  She thought it was cool and couldn’t wait for the stickers.  Then off to potty she went.  As expected, her first experience in potty training was more accidents than actually going potty.  She would sit on her potty while I kept her company and we would wait, and wait and wait some more.  She would eventually give up and go play.  No sooner did she leave, she would have an accident.  I think it was the stress of having to go for me.  I told her no big deal sweety if you can’t go now we try again later.  and that seemed to help.   Today though we had success!!  She awoke this morning with no need to go, but after a while of playing, eating her breakfast and snack, she finally went potty!  It’s such a great feeling having your little one go potty.  She was so proud of herself and is so happy.

WHAT I DID:

First I got her panties-  no pull ups. ( They look and feel like diapers, and in my opinion, it confuses them and they will have set backs- I tried using pull ups before with my Rockstar as well as with my Chica and it did not work.  It took way too long for them to understand the difference between diapers and pull ups.)

Next I gave her the chart- she likes it but was more excited about the panties.  I think it’s because it’s something she can have right away.  Where as the stickers she has to finish a task, haha.

Another great thing to do is to have the entire family participate in her potty training experience.  My two older girls were more than happy to help their baby sister.  Whenever she had to go potty the girls would get so excited for her (like cheerleaders) and that would further motivate Chica to use that potty.  When Tan got home he too would help, whether it was potty time, sticker time or just a big hug, Chica would be so happy.

MY ADVICE:

I’m not an expert, but I do want to help all you potty training mamas out there.  So here are some guidelines on what to look out for when Potty Training your kiddo:

  • Goes long periods without wetting diaper
  • wakes up dry
  • can undress him/herself without problems
  • asks to go potty
  • showing interest when you go potty

Keep in mind, that even with these signs some kids are not ready.  You know your kids best and even if Aunt Susie or your BFF Brenda’s kids went potty at 9months or whatever doesn’t mean you should pressure yourself or your child.  They’ll go when they’re ready.  Period.

Be Consistent.  You can’t flip flop from diapers/pull ups to undies.  It confuses your child and will further set them back from the goal.

Don’t Get Angry or show frustration.  Just because they had accidents doesn’t mean you should get angry.  After all it was an accident.  It will embarrass them and make it harder to have an enjoyable potty experience.  Instead don’t make a big deal of accidents, just clean and keep going.  (My Chica had the play room like a splash zone full of pee and her new dora panties had to be washed over and again from her accidents.  I felt overwhelmed but didn’t let her know, we just cleaned and kept trying.)

Last but not least, Don’t stress over it!  Keep Calm and Cool and your kid will potty in no time and then you’ll both be proud and happy.  Good Luck Mamas!~