Handwriting

Yesterday I got to go to a fun Arizona Blogger Meet Up. Check out my instagram, I took a few pictures! I had so much fun and I was super encouraged to start getting into blogging again. I have been hiding on tumblr and ‘blogging’ there.

(Sidenote: I don’t think tumblr is real blogging, it’s fun and can be inappropriate and I think I am the oldest person on tumblr. Also to My Mom: Do not go on tumblr, your other children will kill me for telling you about it. It can be very inappropriate, but don’t worry you have good children otherwise.)

Anyway, I saw some kids on tumblr do handwriting posts, with a picture of a handwritten post about themselves and I thought it would be fun to bring over to the blogging world, especially after taking notes at the blogger meet up yesterday- the first time I have handwritten anything in a little while.

Here is my beautiful handwriting:

Here is my photo typed out:
09.07.14
Handwriting Post

I’m stealing this idea from tumblr so that everyone can see my handwriting and try to dechipher it. (Worst part is no spell check!)

Name: Monica Jamer
Blog: Monzanita’s (monicajamer.com)
monzanita.tumblr.com
Instagram/Twitter: @monzanitas
Facebook.com/monzanitas
Company:TheSafetyCollar.com

-Favorites-
Color: Blue
Music: Rock/Alternative
Drinks: Water, Chocolate Milk Spiked with Coffee
Places: Wilderness of Any Kind!
Vehicle: Jeep TJ
Animals: My Dog and My Chickens

Don’t forget to be awesome!

-Monica monzanita@gmail.com

Here’s another fun fact about my handwriting, in high school I hated my handwriting so I printed the alaphabet in the font ‘Bradley Hand’ and practiced until my handwriting looked like that font. It has evolved a bit since then, but I love my handwriting! What does your handwriting look like? Send me a picture, link or tag me on instagram so that I can see it, no matter how bad it is! (@monzanitas)

DIY Tissue Box for TP

I don’t buy tissue unless someone in the family has a bad runny nose, and then I get them the nice ones with lotion! The rest of the time we go without tissues in the house, until I saw this tutorial on how to use toilet paper as a tissue refill.

It’s been awhile since I bought tissues so I didn’t have a tissue box. I did however have a box that used to hold cornmeal and it fit a small roll of toilet paper. It’s been sitting on our counter looking like we are using some special cornmeal tissue for a few weeks now. I finally got around to making it cute!

The top of the lid was easy, I just took a box cutter and slit a large “X” into it. It works perfectly.

I mod-podged some cute fall paper onto it, because our kitchen and living room are always fall colors and I can’t wait to start decorating for fall soon!

Once it dried I was able to put the toilet paper back in it and put the lid back on. I love that it’s easy to change when needed as well.

Check out these other “Almost Free” fall crafts!
Turkey Pumpkin
Stuffed Pumpkin Baskets
3 Boo-ing Ideas

Toy Story Party

My son’s 2nd birthday party was Toy Story themed. It was a small party with mostly adults but I think the birthday boy had alot of fun!

Invitations: Printed 4×6 Toy Story Invitations

Food:
Rosati’sPizza Planet Pizza

Cake (Decorated with Toy Story Figures)

Cheetos

Activities: Knock Over Mr. Potato Head

Toy Story on in the Background

Trampoline

Present Time

Decorations: Toy Story Backgrounds Banner

Pizza Planet Sign

Wanted Posters

Party Favors: Crayon Rolls with Toy Story Coloring Pages

Motivational Credit Card Sleeves

I am trying to be on a spending fast. It’s not working too well, so I decided to make myself reminders of why I am saving. We are saving so that we can go on a cruise and lay on the beach for a few days. I started with putting this picture everywhere I can, my desktop background, on my social media pages, on my fridge, etc.

I wanted to get it printed so that I could put it more places, but that cost money. So I started my next project by cutting out pictures from magazines and travel brochures. The idea was to wrap the pictures around each of my credit cards so that I had a visual reminder why I shouldn’t use them. This is what I cam up with instead:

Materials:
Colored Paper
Magazine Clippings
Pen
Packing Tape

Directions:
1. Cut your paper 3 1/2 inches x 4 3/4 inches. Fold it in half.

 2. Cut your pictures and label to size. (And yes, I know my “motivational phrases” suck but they work as labels to that I know which card is which.) (Also, Costco deserves a sleeve too because that is a dangerous place! I usually can’t walk out of there without spending less than $100.)

3. Rip off a piece of packing tape, and place your picture and motivational phrase face down onto the tape.

4. Next, place that tape onto the folded paper. Cut slits in the tape so that it is easier to fold around the edges.

5. Use a second piece of tape to cover up the rest of the picture and fold all of the edges of the tape down.

6. Slide your card in, and hide it in your wallet.

Now that I’m not traveling I need to leave my credit card at home, but otherwise I like having my debit cards on me for emergencies and for the regular stuff that still has to be bought (like gas and groceries). Hopefully the reminders will help me buy less unnecessary stuff! What other ways do you try to motivate yourself to save money?

Bathroom Door Decor

So let’s say that someone who was once in our house had an anger problem… and this happened:

But I wanted to take awesome pictures of myself in the bathroom mirror and couldn’t have that in the background.

So I put up a piece of scrapbook paper and called it cute! I love it. I might mod podge it on so that it will stay for good, but we will see what the hubby thinks when he gets home!

Here’s my facebook post without the ugly hole in the door!

Preschool Activities

I recently have posted a couple of preschool activities over at Arizona Mama. With the cute little girl I watch we made some Penny Pictures and our own Memory Match. These are both great activities to do with your little ones, so take a look. I got the greatest compliment from Melissa, another writer for Arizona Mama in a comment saying that she used the penny pictures to entertain her toddler. It’s always good to hear about your ideas being used!

Click here to see the penny pictures.

Click here to see the DIY memory match.

Dog Stuff Holder

I had some miscellaneous dog stuff (including my new dog brush)laying around the house and I had to find a place for it. I saw this TP holderfrom an oatmeal container. It made me think about putting the dog stuff in one. I had an ugly oatmeal container sitting in the bathroom for a little while and finally decided to cover it.

Paint didn’t cover it well, so I mod podged some scrapbook paper onto it, and made it somewhat presentable.

Painted Charger Plate

I made this over a year ago, but I never posted it. I don’t have a place that I love for it yet, it sits on a crowded shelf for now and for the past year. I need to re-arrange some things and put it somewhere I love.


I recently stenciled some more plates and hung them in my dining room, so you can use the tutorial that I posted it over at Arizona Mama to make your own. Check it out here!

Picture Bomb!

One of my sisters made super cute valentines for her friends and family. Check them out here at my mom’s blog. They are mustaches on a stick so you can hold them under your nose if you need a disguise! Or just to make people laugh! I was so excited to get mine, on the way home I was holding it under my nose the whole time and just looking at people in other cars.

She also gave us mustache magnets that we put on the fridge. When all of my sisters came over I found all of the pictures on the fridge looking like this one:

Thanks for the Valentines, sis!