Recycling Cereal Boxes – Works For Me Wednesday

I love to save a buck don’t you?

Pair that up with my disproportionate LOVE of tubs, boxes, cubbies, and organizers and I’m in a bit of a pickle.  See, those things cost money. Money that Mr. TaderDoodles won’t let me spend.

As I was straightening up our school space, I stumbled upon a stack of empty cereal boxes, flattened, that our daughters had been stashing.  I called them at my mom’s house to ask why they had kept them.  “For craftin’ Momma!” (Yea, they get it from me!)

Well, a couple of ideas crossed my mind.  The first, was turning the boxes into drawer organizers.

I cut the boxes down so they would fit in my plastic drawer then taped the bottoms back together.  This drawer is now happily storing a variety of our craft supplies: poms, wooden sticks, feathers, etc.
The second idea hit me when I was starting supper.  I went into my drawer to get a crock pot liner and my drawer was stuck from all the boxes of foil, wrap, and baggies.  I can’t mount a nifty rack in the cabinet because we rent and hubby won’t let me put screws in the door.  Not to mention, that would but those serrated edges in Bubbagirl’s reach. So here it is:

It fit four across PERFECTLY!  I can either leave it on the counter, slide it in a cabinet or even lay it back in the drawer. It keeps all the flaps held closed and keeps them from catching as I open the drawer.

I have another crazy idea over here!

One more thing I like to do with them?  I cut shapes for Taderbug to trace, like a reverse stencil!

Let me know what works for you!  I love a great reuse, recycling tip!

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WFMW-Jan 20- Better late then never!

Wow, I was all ready last night to write this post and then the kids, and the phone and well now it’s almost 8 pm ON Wednesday and I don’t even remember what I was going to write!
So, I’ll keep this short and sweet.  One new thing that works for me are the new hooks hubby gave me for my pots and pans.
The picture is horrible, because I honestly just took it, right now, while sitting in my hubby’s recliner typing this post up on his laptop.
See the shiny pots?
Aren’t they purty!
Like a lot of people lately, I have become a Julia Child fan.  The images of her kitchen and the peg board with all the pots in reach were calling to me in the night.
But Hubby would not budge.
He said there was no money for fancy boards, no room them either. 
His dad was the one who found a compromise.  I think he only joined the debate after watching me almost fall into my cabinets trying to get out a pot.  (5 months pregnant will do that to your center of gravity!)  Then he stood there shaking his head as I sat down on the floor to get out the next one.  It’s better than falling right?
He suggested that hubs just get some of the 3M Command plastic hooks and put them around the opening above my sink.  I love it!!  Not only are they in reach, but I don’t have to take up valuable dryer rack space with them (the water drips back into the sink!)
My sweet Mr. even picked me up a pack of small hooks so I could hang up my measuring cups and spoons.  Now if I could just get him to order me that Magnetic Knife Rack!

WFMW "Worksheet Wednesdays"

This year we are trying out a modified workbox setup for school. I say modified because I have not yet purchased the wonderful ebook that actually explains how to do this properly (something I will be doing soon because while I love this idea I am working myself to death at the moment… not entirely the workboxes fault).
Today, day three of school, my girls came downstairs to find their workboxes still stacked up from yesterday. The littlest one almost cried at the thought of NO KINDERGARTEN today. Good thing for her I had decided to make today “Worksheet Wednesday”. We have some cutting practice, some writing, some math, and of course reading (with a mini book report worksheet).
Here’s one of the worksheets I created for DoodleBug, my second grader, as a fractions refresher:

Fractions 1/2
To help motivate her with her math drills I made her some skip counting drill sheets and SCORE CARDS!

Skip Counting 2s Drill Sheet
I have some great freebies I have collected from The Simple Homeschool… LOVE HER STUFF!
Then I might have our Principal Daddy help research Prince Henry the Navigator. He’s much better at that sort of thing than I am. My job was to find really cool pages to use to make our Explorer’s Notebook with!
Worksheet Wednesdays are what Works For Me!
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