Friday, July 28, 2017

MHCT&M: First Day of School Photo Ideas

Happy Friday! 
Time for the last Must Have Craft Tip post of the month to round out our back to school ideas.
The first day of school is always an exciting day so why not document the occasion in a fun way?

  Today, I've gathered a few first day of school photo ideas that would be perfect to do just that! 

 Family Class Photo from Pinterest

 First and Last Day of School Photo Prop from Fynes Designs

Don't have time to make one of these props or have chalk sitting around to write on the driveway? I've gathered some cute printable signs that will work just as well and are just as fun!

 All of these ideas are so cute and are fun to do to keep those memories of the first day of school forever! 

Which one is your favorite? 
Do you have a first day of school photo idea that you do with your children?

Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic of Must Have Craft Tips and More posts! :)

Have a great weekend! 
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #164

I hope you've had a great week so far! 
We just returned from a camping trip to a beautiful park on Lake Michigan so I've been in recovery, clean up mode but that won't stop our party today! 

Let's get this party started! 
Share your creations, recipes, below.

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Upendo means Love

Hey there friends, Jamie here. I would like to take a moment today to introduce you to an incredible woman. Unfortunately I have never met Karen in real life but I pray that I am afforded that privilege some day! This (pictured below) is Karen. She lives part time in California and part time in Kenya.
Karen did mission work in Kenya for three months back in 2014 and since then her love for the people and especially the children of Kenya has grown. She had such a desire to help the children that when she returned from her mission trip she founded Love Without Borders. You can read all about how it got started on their website.

"Our sole purpose is to mobilize others to join us as we look after widows and orphans in their distress, as mandated in James 1:27. All of our projects  are focused on providing life-giving hope and sustainable solutions to impoverished women and children. Karen continues to serve as the missionary for Love Without Borders, dividing her time between Kenya and the United States. "

While Karen is in the United States she spends some of her time working on getting things ready for her trips back to Kenya. Recently she posted about the needs of the boys and it was so awesome to see the community here coming together to purchase supplies that she could take to the Upendo home and deliver to the boys. You can be a part of this ministry too. Karen is always willing to take donations towards the boys and the home through the 501(c)3 organization.

One easy way you can support these precious boys is by participating in the Upendo Box. If you are crafty, have your own etsy store or just like to make things you can participate. I have been blessed to participate two times already and I'm beginning work on my next item for the Christmas box. You just need to make some items and then Karen assembles everything in the Upendo Box and sells them. You along with other makers would be making a beautiful box of gifts. These boxes are then profit for the ministry and ultimately the Upendo Boys. The boxes go on sale in late November and are filled with Christmas goodies that you can keep for your own Christmas gift or give to others. I know it's a little early to start thinking about Christmas but it will be here before you know it.

Later this week Karen is heading back to Kenya. You can follow her journey and learn more about this exciting and inspiring ministry through her Instagram page. Just go follow her on Instagram @lovewithoutbordersinc  You can message Karen if you are interested in participating in the Upendo Box and if you're not a maker then follow along so you can buy a box in November! You won't be disapointed. 
And please pray for these sweet precious boys and Karen's ministry to them. 

"For whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me."
-Matthew 25:40

Connect with Jamie:
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Friday, July 21, 2017

MHCT&M: Best Back to School Lunch Box Notes

Hello Makers! Can you believe that the new school year is just around the corner?! Where has this summer gone? This month for Must Have Craft Tips, we’re helping you gear up for all the Back-to-School season with all sorts of fun tips and organization ideas.

For our post this week I’ve gathered up the best Back-to-School lunch box notes! These are so fun to print, cut out, and slip in your kids' lunches throughout the school year, making lunchtime at school a little more fun! 

 We've got lunch box notes for boys and girls of all ages and you can easily search Pinterest for even more when you run out! I didn't include them in this round up, but there are also holiday lunch box themed notes too!

Here are some of my favorites that you could use all year round. 


Aren't these lunch box notes and jokes so cute and so fun?! 
Try printing a few off and pre-cutting them before school starts. Put them in a drawer that you can easily find them in for when you start packing lunches again for the school year. Such a simple way to create happiness and memories for your kids while they are away at school. 

 Join us again next week for more Back-to-School tips, tricks and ideas that you will love! 

Have a great weekend! 
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