DIY Ruler Growth Chart

wood craft

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I have been wanting to get a growth chart for my girls for some time now.  I figured I would get one of them that was made from heavy weight paper, but I never seemed to find one that I liked well enough to buy.  Then, my husband said he seen a wooden ruler growth chart that we could make.  Once I seen how cute they are we had to have one.

You only need a few supplies:

  • 1 prefinished pine board- 1″ x 6″ x 6 feet
  • Stain of your choice
  • Old rag for application of stain
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Vinyl numbers and tick marks
  • Polyurethane
  • Screws or other type of hanger to place on wall
  • Tack cloth– optional

We had most of the items needed on hand already except for the board and the vinyl.  The 1″ x 6″ x 6 foot board only cost $11.88 and we purchased the vinyl numbers and tick marks as a kit, you can purchase the vinyl kit from Amazon, Etsy or Ebay for about $14.

To start off you will want to lightly sand your board.  If you purchase a prefinished it is already smooth so it doesn’t need a lot.  After sanding you will want to make sure that all the dust particles are off the board before applying your stain.  The optional tack cloth works well to remove the dust, but is not a necessity.

Apply the stain to the board with an old lint free rag.  Make sure to apply the stain in the same direction as the grain of wood is going.  You may want to use more than one coat of stain depending how dark you would like your board to be.  Allow the stain to dry completely and lightly sand and remove dust between each coat of stain.

Once the stain has dried sand the board again if you like, but not too much.

After the board is stained and dry you will need mark with a pencil every inch mark.  This is where you will apply the vinyl tick marks.

ruler growth chart

Vinyl is very easy to work with and when you purchase your vinyl kit it should come with instructions for how to use it.  You will peel the backing off first, leaving you with the transfer paper that is sticky on the side you are going to place down on your board. The vinyl we purchased was already measured out for you in 1 inch increments, it makes applying the vinyl fast and simple.  Line the vinyl tick marks up with your pencil marks where your 1 inch marks are.  Have a credit card handy and rub over the transfer paper to get the vinyl to stick to the board.  If a piece of vinyl is crooked, it is easy to peel off and reapply.  Just be careful, you don’t want it to tear.

diy growth chart

Once all of you vinyl tick marks and numbers are where they need to be it will be time to apply a coat of polyurethane.

ruler growth chart

We chose to use screws to hang our board to the wall, we put 3 black screws through the board into a stud in the wall.  I didn’t want to take any chances of it falling, although it probably wouldn’t.  I like the way it looks with the screws we chose, they were black so they matched the vinyl numbers.  You may use a sawtooth hanger or other method of hanging your growth chart if preferred.

diy ruler chart

A couple things I would like to mention:

  • As you can tell we placed our board at the top of our baseboard, make sure to get the correct measurements of your baseboard if you do this too.  You want your board to start where you want it to be off the floor. Our board started at 3 inches because that is how tall our baseboard is.  **Most vinyl directions will have you start at 8 inches, so your board would be 8 inches off the floor.
  • Our vinyl kit went to 6 1/2 feet.  Our ruler ended at 6 feet but we did not use the 6 because it would not look right, we would have needed a longer board since we started ours at 3 inches off the floor instead of 8 inches as the vinyl kit recommended.

This was an easy project and didn’t take much time at all AND I just LOVE the end result.  My only wish is that we would have made one sooner!

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Italian Sausage Ravioli

cheese ravioli

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Ravioli is a dish that is super easy to make but tastes delicious.  It’s one of my quick go to meals for busy after school nights.  It only takes a few ingredients and you can change it up and use hamburger instead of sausage or go completely meatless.


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 large jar of sauce
  • 1 bag of frozen cheese ravioli
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown your sausage in a pan, then drain the fat.  Add sausage to your pasta sauce, mix. Put a layer of the pasta sauce mixture on the bottom of your 9×13 dish, then a layer of your frozen ravioli, repeat again.  Top your second layer of frozen ravioli with sauce and then 2 cups of cheese.

cheese ravioli

Cover dish with aluminium foil and bake for 40 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking for approximately 15 additional minutes, or until cheese is starting to brown. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

cheese ravioli


What’s Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday

It’s time for What’s Up Wednesday with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer.  I always want to link up but it seems like I always have something going on that I can’t, but not today!

What were eating…

Black Bean Chicken Tacos

These are so yummy! The black beans make it so filling.  This dish is now on my favorites list.

taco bowls

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I made a double batch last month and froze the extras.  I’m getting ready to make some to freeze for a mini-vacation we have planned in a couple weeks.  They’re great for a quick and easy breakfast on the go.

chocolate banana muffins

Vegetable Beef Soup

I tried this vegetable beef soup from the and it was yummy!  I just did not add the beans because I don’t like beans all that much.

What we’ve been up to…

Well, now that school is back in full swing we have been getting used to our routine.  It was rough for the kiddos getting up for school early the first couple of weeks, but now it’s getting better.

What I’m dreading…

Dentist appointment next month.  Ugh….I really hate going to the dentist, but I guess it’s worth it 😉

What I’m excited about…

 I’m excited for Fall weather!  I’m ready to wear leggings and boots and flannels.  Anyone else with me?

What I’m watching/reading…

The Blacklist is back on!!  I love this show, as I have probably mentioned that before 🙂

I also watched This Is Us, I really like this show so far.  Everyone compares it to Parenthood, which I’ve never watched, so I may have to see if it’s on Netflix.

What I’m listening to…

Not much really.

What I’m wearing…

I am getting as much use out of my flip flops as possible before it gets too cold.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Not sure yet.  Just hoping to spend some quality time with my family.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

We have a mini-vacation planned with my mom and sister.  I am looking so forward to it!  It’s been years since I’ve been on vacation with them, like before I had children.  Can’t wait to make more memories with them!

What else is new…

I made this sign for my sister.  It has a favorite verse on it, Song of Solomon 3:4.  I love how it turned out!  It was quite simple to make, I’m hoping to have a How To post on it soon.

DIY Wood Art

So that’s about it for us this time around.  Can’t wait to read what’s going on with everyone else linking up!


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Super Hero Girls Party

super hero

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We just had a super hero girls birthday party for my oldest.  She loves all things super hero, especially the DC Super Hero Girls, they are her favorite thing right now.  I thought this party was cute and budget friendly too.

I decided to make the main colors of the party red, blue and yellow, with some purple throughout too.

I usually bake and decorate a cake for my kids parties but did not this time.  I always buy cupcakes from Sams for every birthday party we have.  You get 30 cupcakes for around $14, which I think is awesome once you figure how much it would cost and the time it takes to make them yourself.  However, if you don’t have a store like Sams or  you want to save as much money as possible I would definitely make cupcakes myself.


Super Hero Party

At the time of her party the Batman vs Superman movie was out.  Our Kroger’s had rings for the cupcakes that you can purchase for .10 cents each.  So, I got enough for all the cupcakes.

If you are making a cake or cupcakes for a celebration and need toppers or a cake kit always check with your local grocery store bakery.  They will usually sell you the kits or toppers for a pretty good price.

I love this inexpensive cupcake stand, which happens to also be a cake pop stand as well!  It is always so simple to dress up this plain cupcake stand with whatever theme I’m going for.  We used a Batgirl figure she already had on top with a cut out of the Batgirl symbol that I made with my Silhouette Cameo.

I also made some bat brownies.  These were a big it with the little ones.  I seen this idea on Pinterest for a Halloween party and thought it would work great for our party.

TFS brownies2

These balloons came from etsy.  They are only 5 inches but were so cute above the cupcakes (when they still had helium:)  You can find a large selection of balloons online.


super hero girls


I made all of the decorations myself since I had trouble finding supplies (I could only find balloons), which there is NO Problem finding party supplies now 😉

dc girls tissue flowers
I made a couple banners and some tissue balls and flowers.  Tissue balls are easy to make and inexpensive, but still add a lot to your decorations.

super hero banner

We just used regular plates and napkins but I would have loved to have bought these party supplies but they weren’t out when we had our party.

party decor

I made these word bubbles say “Kinsey Is 6” and I made some say “POP, BAM,BOOM” that i just put all over the siding and porch . They are really easy to make using Word, I’ve thought about making a free printable or doing a tutorial on how to make them using Microsoft Word if anyone is interested.

super hero

We also made some bottle labels for water. These too were made using Word.

I made all the decorations for this party with the exception of the balloons.  It was a very budget friendly party since we already had the ink and cardstock paper that it was printed on.


Black Bean Chicken Tacos

taco bowls

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One of my favorite easy dishes to make for dinner is black bean chicken tacos.  They are truly so simple to make using your CrockPot.  I like black beans in mine, but they are completely optional.


2 large boneless skinless chicken breast

1 package taco seasoning

1 cup salsa

1 can black beans (optional), rinsed and drained

Place chicken breast in bottom of your crock pot.  Mix the 1 cup of salsa and taco packet together and pour over top of the chicken breast.  Cook on high for 4 hours.

black bean chicken tacos

After 4 hours shred your chicken and add your black beans that have been rinsed and drained.  Continue cooking for 2 more hours on high.

If you do not want to add the black beans then just shred the chicken and continue to cook on high for 2 hours.

black bean chicken tacos

As always crock pots vary, so make sure you adjust your cooking times as needed.

I have used frozen and fresh chicken when making this and they both turn out great.

Once your chicken is finished you can sever over top of tortillas chips, in a burrito shell or my favorite way is to bake my tortillas in a nonstick tortilla pan which makes the best taco bowls.  I’m not sure of the exact brand I have, as they were a Christmas gift one year, but you can purchase them on Amazon.

Top with any of your favorite tacos toppings.  We like to use cheese, tomato, lettuce and sour cream.  Enjoy!

black bean tacos


M&M Cookies


m&m cookies

One of my favorite desserts to make is cookies.  Whenever we go to gatherings for family or friends it seems as though you can never go wrong with a good cookie recipe.  Also, if kids are going to be there it’s pretty much a given you won’t be leaving with leftovers, kids LOVE cookies, especially if the have m&m’s.

yummy cookies

This m&m cookie recipe makes about fifty 2 inch cookies.  It calls for simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups m&m’s

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well.  In a large bowl beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla until creamy.  Add each egg one at a time, beating well after each one.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Add m&m’s and stir.  Drop rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-11 minutes until edges are starting to brown.  Cooking times may vary depending on your oven, try to keep an eye on them.

m&m cookies


Cool for at least 1 minute on cookie sheet then place on wire rack to cool completely.

I used regular m&m’s because that’s what I had on hand, but the mini m&m’s would be great too.


DIY Easy Ant Killer

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My oldest turned 6 last month. My my where has the time gone!  It seems like they just laid her my arms yesterday. I would love to keep my kids small forever but that’s just not how it works unfortunately.

It was her birthday, of course we had to have a party.  The party was a success, some of her classmates from school came and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves.

The next day as I was cleaning up from the festivities I found a crumb of a cupcake in the floor, with a few ants nearby.  I hate having ants! So I immediately made my go to ant killer recipe.  This is truly the best any killer I have ever tried and it works FAST.

Ant bait

I’m not sure about anyone else but I have never had any luck with the ant killer they sell in stores, it has never worked for me.

**I would like to add that this recipe is not kid or pet friendly.  Please keep out of reach of children and pets.**

So to get rid of ants and keep them gone I only use 3 ingredients:

  • Borax
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly or Jam
  • Index card

Mix your peanut butter and jelly together or if you have a jar of Goober you can just use that.

Use one teaspoon of your PB&J mixture and one teaspoon borax. Mix well.

Cut an index card into eighths.  Use as many as you need, I used 2 since my ants weren’t out of control.

Place your mixture on your card and place near your counter edge or the edge of the wall.

Then, wait for the ants to come.

DIY Ant Killer

I found a few ants that morning, used this ant killer and by that evening all the ants were gone.  And, they haven’t returned!

**NOTE** This ant bait is not kid friendly OR pet friendly!!  If you have children or pets keep it far from their reach OR do not use!!



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What’s Up Wednesday

I always try to link up for What’s Up Wednesday and something always comes up that I’m not able to.  Finally, not this month! Although, this is Thursday but better late than never.

What's Up Wednesday

What we’re eating…

Lots of fruit! It’s one thing my picky eater will eat, so we have lots of it this time of year.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.  These are so yummy guys!  They’re moist, delicious AND have chocolate in them so you have to check them out!

chocolate banana muffins

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

We will be having burgers on the grill and grilled chicken breast too.  I love food cooked on the grill.

What I’m reminiscing about…

This girl just turned 6!  Where has time gone.

What I’m loving…

School’s out for summer!  I love having my girls home with me.  They are actually sleeping in some, which they have never really done much of before.

What we’ve been up to…

We took a mini vacation and went to Williamsburg, VA.  We had a blast!  I must say that Water Country USA is the best water park we have been to and we’ve been to a few water parks.  They have such fun rides and my 3 year old was able to ride several of the tube rides.  We had a great time this year with the four of us being able to all ride together.   They also have several great kid areas, but beware your kids will not want to leave!

Girls had VBS, which they loved.  I love seeing them enjoy learning about the Lord and loving it.

What I’m dreading…

Not really dreading much of anything as of right now, so that’s good.

What I’m working on…

I’m working on another children’s consignment sale.  I do about 3-5 each year.  I love being able to sell my kids clothes and feel like I actually make something back on them.  It is so much better than a yard sale.  Check out this post to see how I made nearly $2000.00 last year just from selling my kids clothing and baby items I no longer needed.

What I’m watching…

I have been watching Mistresses.  It’s about the only show I look forward to every summer.

AND Hart of Dixie on Netflix.  I’m half way through season 3.  I love this show!  I could totally binge watch this show all day long.

What I’m doing this weekend…

My mom and sister are coming to visit this weekend.  Yay!! I love when they come to visit me my kids.  We will probably have a cookout some time for July 4th.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Taking my girls to see The Secret Life of Pets.  It looks so cute! I think we they will love it.

I’m looking forward to seeing how well I do on my next children’s consignment sale.  These sales are my side hustle and I love doing them.

What else is new…

We got new french doors.  I love the way they look so far.  They’re not completely finished, so I’ll try to post a picture when they’re all done looking pretty 😉


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Why Meal Plan?

Meal Plan

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I love to meal plan!!  It’s one of the ways I help our family to save money.  When I don’t meal plan I spend much more at the grocery store and I go more often than I want to.  I finally decided to start meal planning after cleaning out our pantry one day, as I looked at all the expired food sitting at the bottom of the can I realized how much money I was just throwing away….and that was just the pantry, we don’t even want to begin talking about the refrigerator.

I decided I would start meal planning 2 weeks at a time, you can choose to start off weekly if that works better, or even monthly.  Bi-weekly works best for us because I usually know what is going on 2 weeks out, not necessarily a month out.

Here are my top reasons I LOVE planning meals:

Saves Money-  The number one reason I began meal planning was to save money.  If you meal plan, you WILL save money.  Make a grocery list with all the items you need to complete meals for 2 weeks.  This list will prevent you from buying items that you do not need, try to not stray from what is on your list. This has saved me a lot of money, if I have a list I don’t impulse shop as much. Commit to grocery shopping weekly or bi-weekly, since you know what you will be eating each day there will be no reason to waste gas going to the store more often.

Also, take advantage of your sales advertisements.  Look at them before you go shopping and see what items are on sale for a great price, then plan to make meals using those items.

Waste Less Food- We all have some sort of food waste.  I try to prevent food waste by shopping my pantry, freezer and refrigerator before making my store list.  I see what produce needs used ASAP and have dinners with those items included early in the week.  If I see that I have excess of any item then I will include it in a meal (I check the pantry, refrigerator and freezer).  If you make a meal that you would typically have leftovers with, plan on eating those leftovers for dinner or lunch the next day, if it is something you can freeze then do that.

Saves Time- All of our time is precious, just think about how much time we spend going to and from the grocery store several times a week.  I probably used to waste 4 or 5 hours a week doing so.  Not anymore though, because planning out your meals saves you so much time!  It only takes a few minutes to plan out each meal, I might spend 30 minutes planning meals for 2 weeks. Sticking to your grocery list will save time in the store, as well as grocery shopping weekly or bi-weekly.

Makes Life Easier-  Meal planning takes the stress out of dinner time!!  I would much rather know what we are having and take the guess work out of it.  If you know you are going to be busy one evening then that might be a good day to have leftovers, break out the crock pot, or plan dinner out.

Since I have started doing this for our family I have saved a lot of money, time, gas and I never have to think “What are we having for dinner?” because I already know.

Planning meals out really isn’t hard, it just takes a little bit of time.  Once you start you will be glad you did!  So let’s do this.  Grab a piece of paper and a calendar and start your meal plan today!     

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

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I love a good banana bread recipe, it has taken me a long time to find a recipe that I LOVED.  I have tested several banana bread recipes and tweaked them here and there.  Now, I have the recipe that I love and I am no longer on the search for the perfect banana bread or muffin recipe.

I prefer to make muffins instead of a loaf of banana bread, this recipe is good for both.  This recipe makes about 18 muffins or one loaf of bread.  It’s moist and the top is perfect, not crispy.  Here’s what you’ll need…


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (5 1/3 Tbs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3-4 ripe bananas (3 large bananas or 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

chocolate muffins

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease muffin pan or use cupcake liners.

Mash your bananas, or put them in your stand alone mixer and let it mash them for you.  Then, add your egg, vanilla, salt, baking soda,white and brown sugars and butter; mix well.  Now you will add your flour, I like to add mine 1/2 cup at a time.  Lastly, add the semi sweet chocolate chips and mix well.

Pour your mix into your muffin pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes, ovens may vary so keep an eye on it.  Makes approximately 18 moist and delicious muffins or one loaf of bread.


chocolate banana muffins

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