DIY {vintage} clipboard

I found this vintage yellow clipboard at a recent tag sale

it was a little worse for wear

so I decided to spiff it up a bit with some

chalkboard paint

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and a bit of washi

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and some ribbon

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Take Note!!


a good teacher’s gift, right?

{or keep for yourself for YOUR to-do list! }
shh…I won’t tell anyone you kept it!


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How to Get Ready for Back-to-School {on a budget}!!

  Y’all are getting ready for back to school like us?
(if school hasn’t already started for ya)

I thought I’d share some tips we use around here to get
set For school
{and save some cash in the process!!}


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You know those school supply lists with

hundreds of items listed per student??


Tip #1

um well…we don’t follow the provided list exactly

meaning, we don’t go out and buy 4 boxes of markers and 18 boxes of pencils and 4 boxes of tissues and
2 boxes of band-aids
if all 25 kids get two boxes that is 50 boxes of bandages(who falls & skins up their knees that much?)

don’t get me wrong, I want the teachers and kiddos to have what they need! I’m not skimping but rather using discernment

we do get most of the items of the list to start of the school year and then we supplement as needed throughout the year and the teachers know that if they need something, we’re there to help!



Tip #2


Instead of buying all new supplies, we first take the school supply list and ‘shop’ the supplies we already have at home

Remember the end of the last school year when the kids came home with their backpacks filled to the brim with stuff cleaned out from their desks and lockers?

What did you do with all that stuff?  We organized and tucked it away in our art area  (which is well used and well loved during the summer break!) and it’s now available to re-use this year

Granted, we don’t have the boxes for those markers but we can rubber band them together and tuck them in a cute pencil box!



Tip #3


Make those pencil boxes new by adding some washi tape to bling them out

Maybe decorate last years backpack or lunchbox

decorate some clipboards like here & here:

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thinks outside the box for magnet locker holders --- maybe painted soup cans with some magnets glued on can become personalized storage for your kiddo 
some super cute ideas here:




Tip #4


We also don’t buy all their school clothes the weeks before school.  Without fail, my kids always go through a growth spurt mid-September and the stuff we just got them is instantly outgrown and it’s usually warm out still the first month so…

we get one fun outfit

{& the ever-oh-so-exciting socks and unders}

and they just wear their summer clothes
the first few weeks of school

and then we get outfits throughout the year when they need it, when we see a deal, when we find something super cute!!

Plus it’s just plain FUN to get something new
every so often, right? 


These steps are how we save money with back-to-school prep:

1. Filter the school list

2. Re-use supplies

3. Thrifty Storage

4. Delay school clothes


Hope this helps ya prep for school, too!!

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Back to School Desk & a WASHI Clipboard


northern cottage washi tape clipboard

Here are a couple more easy-peasy projects! 

You guys know I’ve been on a bit of a washi kick as of late

This newest project takes a plain clipboard
and makes i
all new!!

Just by covering it with different styles of decorative tape, trimming off the edges and then adding some ribbon to the handle/clip

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How FUN!
(and oh so easy!!)

We also have a tiny little desk with pretty aqua legs and I’ve just added a chalkboard top

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and that little chair just make my heart go pitter patter!

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The clock is ticking…

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School time is coming (if it hasn’t already started in your area!) – how are YOU getting ready?

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A sassy pink pinwheel board!


What do you get…

when you combine

a thrift store frame

some sassy pink paint

chicken wire

and some cute pinwheels ????

WELL… of course you get a




northern cottage pinwheel board

this is one of those projects that just makes ya


northern cottage how to make a pinwheel


Check out the

{ pinwheel how-to posted here many moons ago!}


Be sure to check out the sweepstakes going on here & make some new ADVENTURE Memories!!!

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SUPER KID ADVENTURES {and enter sweepstakes for your own adventure!}

Is summer flying by as quickly for you as it is for us?

Are you trying to
squeeze every little bit of fun
into these summer days?

Today we decided to go for a


We packaged up some goodies and set off on an adventure


Off we go…biking to the park, trekking up & down hills, jumping over streams & exploring the whole time,

resulting in some very


We recently had the chance to review a new product Kraft is introducing – Capri Sun Super V – and I thought this would be the perfect time to try it out
on with my kids!

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We paired our drinks with some yummy

pb cookies

{I’ll share the recipe here soon}

Of course, I HAD to do something crafty to

so I whipped up this Super KID tag & added it to our goodies! Just a little touch that makes the kiddos feel like SUPER KIDS!


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{my daughter read it and said ‘awwhhh!’ making it sooo worth the couple minutes of extra effort!}


As a mom, I really want to provide snack options that are healthy for my super kiddos. This Super V drink is a new ‘win-win’ choice as it is meets the healthy criteria I want to set (with a full combined serving of fruits & veggies) BUT it’s also a drink the kids like LOVE because - get this
it actually tastes GOOD!


I LOVE that Capri Sun has come up with this new,
healthier offering.

As we move through these fleeting days of summer,
I want my kids to KNOW how SPECIAL they are AND how very COOL I think they are.
I’m THANKFUL for them everyday, and this
super kid juice is
one little way I can help take good care of some of
my most favorite people on the planet…

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Happy SUMMER to you!

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{Pretty New Canisters}


northern cottage new canisters

My niece moved into a new apartment recently so we wanted to give her a little housewarming gift.

We decided on some canisters but knew we didn’t want to give plain old canisters – NO WAY!

So we took some ol’ bare canisters
(that you can pick up just about anywhere like Target, Walmart, etc.)

Painted the lids up in this very pretty dark blue/green paint

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Added some wooden tags
{embellished with numbers}

and wrapped ‘em up with some
yummy grey & white bakers twine

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I filled it them up with flour, sugar and

the essential chocolate chips!

Now she’s all set to make some cookies!

I can smell them baking now!

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