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Mixed Media Self Portraits in Middle School

The start of every school year is a crazy time, however in middle school it can be made even more so. There you find students from many different elementary schools converging together for the first time. Bringing hundreds of tweenagers together is a challenge all in itself, but getting those same students to engage in the learning process and escape…

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Wonderland Themed Birthday Invitations

My littlest daughter is turning five in a few weeks and for me this feels like a milestone birthday! She has been talking about her October birthday for a couple of months, laying out all the details for me and making sure I know exactly what she wants. She decided on an Alice in Wonderland birthday, which I thought sounded like…

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Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

Oh my goodness, back to school has me running 100 different directions all of them at full speed!  Because it is such a shift going from summer vacation to school mode we spent a couple of weeks practicing. I know that sounds weird, but it really helps my kids work out the kinks (and those grumpy morning attitudes) before it’s…

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Halloween Treat Boxes

These are the easiest Halloween treat boxes ever! As a mom of three when the holiday season approaches, I find myself filled with dread at the sheer number of teachers I find myself making treats for. However, this year I decided to get a jump-start on things! Supplies Needed Platinum 6™ Die Cutting Machine Pillow box die Halloween Style Paper…

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Blue and Yellow Planner Stickers

With the start of the school year fast approaching it seems like the perfect time to pick back up those organizational projects we started back in January.  I feel like back to school time is like a second chance for a fresh start. Think of it like New Years 2.0.   With that in mind it’s time to break out…

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How to Digitize Your Handwriting

Hey everyone! It’s Kelly from Here Comes the Sun. Ashley has graciously let me take over her site today so I can guest post on one of my favorite topics, graphic design. Specifically, how to digitize your own handwriting. Let’s talk handwriting. Do you love yours? Mine is so-so. I’ve been practicing my hand lettering lately and I’m still mastering…

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Weekend Adventures on the Washington Coast

There is an awesome contest at the bottom for a gift certificate for Jord watches so make you scroll all the way to the end for it!! I feel so lucky to get to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (in my opinion) and this past weekend my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary.…

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back to school crafts

Even More Back to School Crafts

School starts in about 3 weeks here where we live in coastal Washington, and to be completely honest with you, I haven’t prepared at all. I haven’t shopped for school supplies, no clothes have been purchased and there have been no back to school crafts made. I just can’t seem to motivate myself to get started.  I know that it…

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How to Create Watercolor Text in Photoshop Elements

I absolutely love the way watercolor text looks. In fact I wish that I could watercolor write everything in my day. My white board at school, my journal, my planner, my face.  Well maybe not my face…maybe.  I love watercolor so much that I’ve recently updated my header to a beautiful watercolor script!  The best part is I am sure…

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maury island marine park

Weekend Getaway to Vashon Island

My husband I were lucky enough to be able to get away a few weekends ago for a date weekend and we decided to break from the norm and headed up to Vashon Island for the weekend.  I hadn’t been there since I was a kid and my husband had never been, so we weren’t sure what to expect, but…

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Baby’s First Year Stickers

I love babies, and now that I’m approaching my mid thirties it seems like no one I know is having babies anymore. Luckily, working in a school exposes me to a whole lot more people and a whole lot of those people are making babies.  My friend Sam had a baby shower last spring and I wasn’t sure what to…

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Easy Back to School Spirit Shirt

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias Back to school is rapidly approaching, we have about a month before the school year starts and this year I am getting a jump on my back to school prep. Maybe it’s because my kids don’t have a school supply list…

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Living Room Update with Curtains from Minted

I shared the first part of my living makeover a few weeks ago and I’ve got the second step in the process up today.  This was the easiest, fastest and most impressive change I’ve made so far!     When my husband and I moved in together there were definitely some compromises that had to be made furniture and design…

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harry potter onesies

Harry Potter Marauders Map Onesie

A few years ago one of my good friends turned 30 and we celebrated with an amazing Harry Potter themed party.  A few months ago that same friend had the cutest little baby boy and I knew that I had to make him something that would capture his parents love for Harry Potter. It also happens to be time for…

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