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The Secret Life of Artists

Sometimes as a mom you get to peek into the lives of you children and it makes your heart happy.  #3.5 is quite the artist.  She draws all the time, and I think she inspires #6 to do the same.  A couple of nights ago #3.5 was sitting at the table drawing, and #6 started drawing with her.

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He’s not sure how to sharpen the colored pencil so she’s showing him.

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She let him use her phone to draw a sea life.

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Not too bad for a 5 year old.

I ARC’D my Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner

That sounds like I committed a crime.

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Maybe I did… but I hope not.  I’ve been using the Well Planned Day Homeschool planner for years. I really love it. I had one problem with it, which doesn’t have anything to do with this planner.  Because it is what it is… a homeschool planner.  My problem is that I would keep things in my homeschool planner that didn’t need to be in it.  You know like miscellaneous papers from meeting I had at church, or notes I would jot dot that had nothing to do with school or my children.

I have always carried around a Franklin planner that I loved in the “compact” size, but after Franklin Covey closed their store in Kansas City… my love for them kinda just faded.  I’ve been planner-less for a few years now.  Well except for my Well Planned Day.

I did quite a bit of research on planners, and could not find anything that would plan my day as a homeschooler/eBay Queen/mother of 7/ Youth leader/ squander of time kind of person.  So I started following some planner obsessed people on Instagram and Pinterest.  There are some people that are so in love with planning and being crafty.. that they make Martha Stewart look like an amateur.

After doing my research I decided I needed a planner that was an A4 (Kikki or Filofax), Monarch (Franklin) or you know 8.5 x 11.  Because that’s what my Well Planned Day size is.  In my search for the perfect planner/binder I came across the ARC planner.

The ARC system is sold at Staples, and freaked me out a bit because it was not a 3 ring binder type system.  It’s a disc binder system.  The biggest draw back to me was that I had to buy a 46.00 hole punch.. and it only punches 8 pages at a time.

wpid-20151001_173410.jpgMy ARC

I purchased this purple leather binder and the lime green discs at staples.  The binder was only 34.99, and if you’ve ever purchase a Franklin leather binder you know how much they cost!  The discs come in different sizes, and colors.

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To make this work, I gently tear a page off of the Well Planned Day spiral binder, and then cut off the excess spiral so that the page is straight.

wpid-20151001_173501.jpgThis is what the punched edge looks like on a regular piece of paper.

I hole punch them, and put them in the binder.

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I normally do a month at a time for my homeschool planner.

DSC08205I really like that I can put all of my extra papers in here too!

DSC08206Normally these pages go in a three ring binder that I NEVER have with me when I need it. (We do a lot of school in unconventional places)

DSC08204I purchased the divider tabs at Staples, but you can “punch” cute file folders like they have a Target Dollar Spot. (see that green and gray striped thing? That’s a new divider tab I’m putting in).  I love that I now have my schedule, homeschool planner, extra pages, church and W.O.W stuff all in one spot.

Cool Stuff on Etsy: Back To School Funky USB Flash Drives

I'm mentally preparing for school to start.. wondering if I really bought ALL the school books back in April or May.. so I why not go look at cool stuff on Etsy instead of making sure I have everything ready for school?

usbdrives1Is this cool? I think it's adorable!

8GB USB Drive in a Glass Bottle Beach Theme  SELLS for $35.21 by Etsy Seller JessicasCat Check it out HERE

usbdrives2Oh my goodness #5 would love this!

Ironman 3 Arc Reactor LED Flash 8GB 2.0 Flash Memory Stick Drive USB Flash Drive SELLS for $24.99 by Etsy Seller  Cloud9Tungsten Check it out HERE

usbdrives3I think this is pretty cool.. but a little pricy

Chanel Lipstick USB 16 GB or 32 GB Flash Drive Black and Gold SELLS for 110.10 by Etsy Seller PointsandPlaces Check it out HERE

usbdrives4I'm wondering how fragile this is.

Steampunk Radio Vacuum Tube USB Flash Drive SELLS for 65.00 by Etsy Seller slotzkin Check it out HERE

 

usbdrives6Nothing says back to school like… Bourbon! 😉

Makers Mark USB Flash Drive 8GB Makers mark Kentucky Bourbon Themed Flash Drive USB  SELLS for 30.00 by Etsy Seller BoozyChristmas  Check it out HERE

usbdrives5This is beautiful!

8GB USB Memory Decorative Keychain SELLS for 33.59 by Etsy Seller Boardaments Check it out HERE

THESE are not USB Drives.. but I love them.

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I would love this.. but I don't have a mac…

Macbook Keyboard Stickers Rose Floral Decal  SELLS for 16.00 by etsy seller Kidecals  Check it out HERE

etsywant2I would love to have one of these to give to my friend 🙂

Every Brunette needs a Blonde Best Friend Phone case SELLS for 14.99 by Etsy Seller BFFCase  Check it out HERE 

Crafty Stuff While Traveling: Needlepoint Before & After

I try to bring something with me to do when I travel.  My thing to bring of choice is needlepoint.  Here's a before and after of the work I did while I was in Chicago. 

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Before Front

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needleafter2Before Back

needleafter4After Back

I think you can see how much I've did while in Chicago by looking at the back of the needelepoint.  By the way I bought this cute flower on eBay for 15.99 (with shipping)  Which is a steal since it was handpainted. The artist is: Tapestry Bazaar of London.

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