Feeding the pregnancy craving and earning money for my daughter’s school

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Guys. Pregnancy. It will either make you never want to eat again, or you will want to eat every single food item you think about. Spaghetti for breakfast? Sure. Dessert before dinner? Yup. Pickles dipped in ice cream? Probably. With my first pregnancy I had a food aversion to almost everything and the only things I really craved were ranch and soy sauce (I mean, I wanted to drink the stuff). This time around, I would like to eat everything salty and sweet. All at once.

One of my bigger craving for this pregnancy has been cereal. Yes, I want all that. Right now. Just the thought of some tasty sweet cereal in a bowl of milk in the morning/noon/night is making me hungry right now, even though I just ate.

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Since I’m already buying all this cereal, I’ve been trying to buy mostly Box Tops items to put into my pregnant belly. So many public schools really need some love and funding, so this is perfect. Any little thing I can do to help my kid’s school, I will try and do. It seems all you need to do is cut off the box tops and send them to your school, then the school can get $0.10 for each top (this will definitely add up if all the kids in school do this).

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this already, but my daughter is headed to kindergarten this Fall (I can’t believe how fast she’s growing). I didn’t know much about the whole Box Tops program a few weeks ago, but I now know that when I buy a Box Tops item (like that delicious box of Reese’s® Peanut Butter Puffs® cereal in the photo above), my kid’s school can earn some money. It’s a win for this pregnant lady, and a win for my daughter’s school!

Is there anything you do to help raise money for your kid’s school?

– Chelsey

P.S. This post is Sponsored by General Mills® and Walmart. I was compensated for this post and all the opinions and stories are my own. If you would like some more Box Tops information and maybe some recipe/project ideas, head on over to this Walmart link. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

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Easy Woven Rope Basket DIY

Easy Woven Rope Basket DIY

Baskets can help turn a messy storage spot into well organized space. If you head to most stores to buy one, a little basket can easily cost $20 plus dollars. When I do buy a basket, I usually head to a thrift shop to buy a basket for cheap. This time I decided to make my own. This was my first time making one, but I’m pleased with how it turned out and I would totally make this again. I originally made this easy woven rope basket DIY for the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Supplies needed to create this project (directions can be found here):

Easy Woven Rope Basket DIY

Easy Woven Rope Basket DIY

Total cost for this project: $9 (the only thing I had to buy for this project was the rope, since I had all the other materials). 

Time needed to create this: It actually does take a bit of time. I probably spent three evenings stitching this thing together. It was easy and mindless work, all done while I watched a bit of television (we are catching up on Project Runway right now).

Head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog to find the full tutorial and to make this DIY for yourself.

If you create this DIY, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my username is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog. If you liked this DIY, check out some other favorite projects I made for the Better Homes and Gardens blog: easily store your garden hose with my Bucket Hose Holder, turn an old brass chandelier into an outdoor candle holder with my Chandelier Candle Holder Makeover, and I know it’s not quite Fall yet… but you can get ready with my Maple Tree Seed Fall Wreath

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Play: Rock Dominoes DIY

Play: Rock Dominoes DIY

Play: Rock Dominoes DIY

If you’ve never played dominoes, I suggest you give it a try. It’s so fun to play, and even my 5-year-old figured it out and enjoyed it! A little bit ago I decided to create my own game, instead of buying one from the store, for the HP Create blog. I love how my Rock Dominoes DIY turned out (and it was fun to make). I feel like this game would be perfect to play out on a camping trip. No internet or electricity, just your imagination and some game time (played by the light of the fire).

Supplies needed to make the lovely Rock Dominoes:

  • HP Iron-On Transfer Paper
  • 28 small river rocks (can be found at craft stores or on a walk)
  • White acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart)
  • Black acrylic paint for the stripes (I used Martha Stewart)
  • Six colorful acrylic paints for the dots (I used Martha Stewart)
  • One wide paintbrush and one pointed paintbrush
  • One 5 inch x 7 inch canvas pouch
  • Free Rock Dominoes Label Printable (find the printable on the original post)
  • Optional: Clear acrylic sealer spray

Play: Rock Dominoes DIY

To check out the full tutorial and download the printable, head on over to the original post on HP Create.

– Chelsey

P.S. I’m a paid contributor for the HP Create blog. If you’d like to check out other creations I made for their blog, here are a few favorites: Get ready for some Fall feasts with my Embroidered Placemats, set your party table with these fun Photo Frame Place Markers, and Makeover Your Favorite Coffee Mug

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14 Amazing Office Makeovers

14 Amazing Office Makeovers

Trend: 14 Amazing Office Makeovers

School is right around the corner and it might be time to makeover your old office. If you don’t have an office in the home, maybe you need to make space for one? Over on the Better Homes and Gardens blog you’ll find 14 inspiring office spaces from around the blog world. Some of the spaces are complete room makeovers, and the others are all cool tiny office spaces (that would be my category). Have you seen a closet turned into a mini office?

To check out the full list of office makeovers, head on over to the original blog post on the Better Homes and Gardens site. Have a wonderful Thursday!

– Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog. The images in the first photo are from: Home StoryCentsational Girl, and The Crafted Life

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