Monday, July 16, 2012

Made it Monday! #6

The summer is flying by but I feel like I have been very productive. This week I was able to get a lot done. (It helped that my daughter and I stayed home) First, I made a card binder for my daughter. After her second birthday I realized that I wanted to save the cards but wanted them to be organized and in one (small) area. This is what I did....

I created a cover and dividers (birthdays, Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas and Other) .
One of the dividers.
I then placed a page protector in each section. For the birthday section I will add a new page protector for each year. 
Birthday Cards for 2nd Birthday.

The cards are stored in the page protector behind the dividers. 

#2 - Dry Erase Calendar

My second project was a dry erase calendar. I found the idea through Tara's Made it Monday on Miss V's Busy Bee blog. I probably over thought this as I was making it but LOVE how it turned out. I changed the background three times before deciding on the one you see below. 

I used a 11X14 frame and cut the days from card stock. This was the hardest part figuring out the size of the days and placing them so they were straight and even. After I finished getting everything perfect (at least I am pretending it is perfect) I added magnetic strips to the back so it can hang on my fridge. This is what I ended up with. 


The calendar is hanging on my fridge with the meal planner I made a few weeks ago. I can easily see it and add events. Yay!! I am feeling so crafty and productive!

**The magnetic strip will not hold up the large calendar. Make sure to attach the magnetic with some type of glue, otherwise you will wake up in the middle of the night to a loud crash :)**

#3 Classroom Book Recommendation Boards

This idea came from Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6, she has great ideas. Students can fill out the book recommendation card and post it for other students to see. Stephine used a large cork board in her classroom. I decided to use the small cork boards you can buy in a pack of 4 at Wal-Mart. I created two boards, one for any type of book and the other specifically for Sunshine State Readers. I strongly encourage my students to read the books on the Sunshine State Reader list so they are able to participate in the end of the year party. Also, I know that the books are right at the 4th and 5th grade reading level and are really great reads. This is how my boards turned out. 

The book recommendation cards I created. After looking at the cards that Stephine made for her class I created my own including some of her ideas and adding other items I wanted included. I can't wait to use this in my room. I am still thinking about how I can use the recommendation cards with my Literature Writing Assignment.

#4 Deep Cleaning the House
I am also working through the list of deep cleaning for your  house from the blog D and R Tabb. Another Pinterest find, she has a list of 18 things to do to deep clean the house. So far I have completed a few of the items, they are not hard to do, just requires motivation. :)

#5 Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

I made Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes (there is a whole Oreo at the bottom!) for my husband's company picnic. They were easy and really good. I found the recipe on Pinterest, big surprise. ;) 

This was a relaxing stay home week and I was able to get so much done! Yay! I am super excited about next weeks project!! Can't wait to show it off! Make sure to check out 4th Grade Frolic. There are so many ideas that people post for Made it Monday.The first week there were 30 people that linked up and last week there was 185!!! Wow! Tara you have definitely started something.


  1. I have to start with the OREO cupcakes - YUM!!!! Get in my belly.
    Plus, I love the calendar you made and the meal planner. I think I need to make a meal planner for my home, too. It would cut down the question I hate the most, "What do you want for dinner?"
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have made the oreo cheesecakes before and they were yummy! I love you book recomindation for students great way to get them involved!

  3. I love the card storage idea, wh at a great way to stay organized. I need the Oreo dessert, would you like my address? Lol


  4. Oooh the Oreo dessert sounds heavenly! Thanks for the hint about the magnetic tape! I would be the one to hear a crash lol! By the way, I am a new follower. I would love to have you visit me and link up on my "Blogs of Inspiration" page.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  5. Those oreo cheesecake cupcakes look delicious! I am going to have to make those!


  6. I love how you organized your daughters birthday cards! I need to do this.

  7. Oreo cheesecake cupcakes! Hmmmm...they look delicious!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  8. You have been so busy. Love the organization tips and those cupcakes look so yummy.

  9. Your dry erase board came out so cute! I loved it. Thanks for sharing!
    Cathy :)

  10. I love the card keeper. What a great idea to start when they're young!


  11. I need to make the card keeper and those yummy cupcakes.

    Little Treasures

  12. LOVE your card keeper:) Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment!

  13. I love the way you have organized your cards. Why didn't I think of that 9 years ago!

  14. I am your newest follower! I would love to have you visit my blog.


  15. Wow, have you been busy! Thanks for linking up! Love the binder you are making to keep the cards for your daughter! She will totally treasure that one day;) Love your dry erase calendar too!!! So neat!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  16. Love the toolbox. Can you tell me WHERE you found it? I have been searching for one all summer long!