Saturday, January 21, 2012

SwellChel Does Pinterest: Owner Manual Binder and LEGO Instructions Binder

Do you ever find yourself coming across something on Pinterest 
and saying to yourself,
"Now, why didn't I think of that?!?!"

They are some seriously great ideas out there!

I loved this simple organizational idea that I found on Pinterest here.
The idea is to put all of your owner manuals in one spot ... a three-ring binder!

There is always a dilemma when we purchase a new item with a owner's manual ... where do we put the owner's manual?  Keep it with the box (which inevitably gets thrown away)? put it in a drawer?

I went through and found the owner's manuals in our house ... for everything from a kitchen appliance to a humidifier, and I put them in all in my new handy-dandy binder!

Then .... I had a genius idea.
(if I do say so myself)

What about a binder for all of the loose LEGO instructions we have floating around our house??!?!!  We have the instructions that come with each kit, instructions we get in the LEGO magazine, etc.

I have to tell you how seriously convenient it has been to have this!!!!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

{Learning at Home} : Wintertime Activities for kids


I just wanted to share some fun wintertime activities for kids I've come across.  They are geared towards preschool/kindergarten ages, and my kids have really enjoyed them!  Just like the educational printables I use during the holidays I like to put these in clear page-protectors and keep them in a small binder so that I can re-use them each year!

2 Teaching Mommies has THREE wintertime printables: Winter Fun, Snow & Ice, and Polar Lands
{images via 2 Teaching Mommies}

I love these "S is for Snowman" activities from Confessions of a Homeschooler here
{image via Confessions of a Homeschooler}

Oopsey Daisy's Mommy School Packets are always packed full of fun.
We love her W is for Winter packet here
{image via Oopsey Daisy}

 No Time for Flashcards shares nine of their favorite winter crafts here
{image via No Time for Flashcards}

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

{Yummy Food Finds}: Melted Snowman Cookies

I'm finally back from a blogging break!  I slowed down after the busyness of the holidays and then my husband and I went on a week-long cruise!!  Now we are back to "real" life and I've got some blog posts ready to go this week!

Despite living in sunny Southern California I still like the festivities surrounding wintertime.  Tomorrow I will have a post of winter-related activities for kids, but today I will share with you one of our winter traditions we started last year ...


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I originally found the idea on Peas and Carrots here.  I followed her recipe for icing and it gave it a kind of glazed/melted look.

I thought it was such a cute idea and it was easy-peasy to do!  
Don't forget I'm not a perfectionist or professional baker ... so I bought sugar cookie dough (not from scratch), and had fun making them somewhat messy-looking (hey ... they're supposed to look melted, right?)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Have you ever tried...? : Square Trade Warranties

Square Trade Warranties?

If any of you received new iPads, iPhones, kindles, digital cameras, etc for Christmas ... you should check this out!
When we bought our iPad this summer my sister-in-law introduced me to Square Trade Warranties.

She knew I was worried about something happening to the iPad (like getting water spilled on it or dropping it) ... especially since we were planning on letting the kids use it.

For a great price I was able to buy a 3 year warranty plan that covers accidents like water damage and broken screens.  I signed up for email alerts and have noticed there are often sales/promotions on the warranties and I got mine for 30% off!  

Then, the inevitable happened ... our iPad got dropped on exactly the right spot and the screen cracked.  Bad.  Before I had a heart attack I remembered that our warranty covered accidents.  I made a claim online with Square Trade and within a day or two they sent me a pre-addressed Fed-Ex box.  I sent my iPad in and within 5 business days I had it back in my hands with a new screen.  The fine print of my warranty tells me that if they can't fix your current product (my iPad) they would refund you money to buy a new one!  

I was more than pleased with their service, efficiency and also their price.  I am not being reimbursed for this post or anything  ... I just wanted to share my great experience with you.  If it wasn't for my sister-in-law telling me about it in the first place who knows what would have happened with our screen-cracked iPad?!?!

I believe you have 30 days from the day of purchase to buy a warranty ... so you better get crackin' if you want to buy coverage for any new gadgets you go for Christmas!

If you have any questions leave a comment and I'll try to help :)