Polka Dots N Spots for your Tot

I know that if you are like me, you want your kid(s) to have an awesome sumer and experience as much as they possibly can!! It takes a lot of researching to figure it all out, SOOO here is what I have come up with, as well as a list of child care options in Tyler. If you have anything you would like me to add to my list let me know!

Here is a link to a spreadsheet with a lot of good information on Tyler Childcare options: http://bit.ly/1ofb8mQ

Pine Cove

Pine Cove

Pine Covehttp://www.pinecove.com
Day Camp Program – $240/wk entering 1-6th, 8:30-3 OR 5 for extra fee
Overnight Camp Program – entering 2-12th grade Sun-Sat.

Boys and Girls Club Of East Texas – http://bit.ly/1j1MJUm
2-week sessions, 7:30-5:30,

Kids’ Kaleidoscope at Pollard UMC – Summer is Fun Summer School – http://bit.ly/1rr6My8
Tuesday’s and Thursdays in June & July, 9:30-1:00pm, $40 per week

Discovery Science Museum Summer Camps – http://bit.ly/1xoPzpA
Half Days 8-1 OR 1-6, $95 per week
Full Days 8-6, $180

903-312-1582, Summer Camps

Green Acres Summer Day Camp –  http://www.gabcrecreation.org
June 9-August 1 2014 weeks available, $155, Entering 1st grade through 5th

Caldwell Zoo Summer Camps – http://bit.ly/1mpDTjU
June & July, Half day 9-12, $85, Whole Day 9-3 $135

Dance N’ Drill – Summer Dance Camps – http://bit.ly/1offhXU

Elite Gymnastics Summer Camp – http://www.elitegymnasticsoftyler.net
8-6pm, M-F, $180/wk

Kids Camp Rose Heights – 7/14 -18 9-12

All Saints Fun in the Sun Camp – 9-3:30

Grace Community VBS – 7/14-7/18

Marvin Fine Arts Camp – 7/28 – 8/1

Colonial Hills Gods Kids – 7/21 – 7/25

KVNE’s website has a community calendar with lists of local VBS’s and other events. http://kvne.com/events/

Swim Lessons
UT Tyler – http://bit.ly/1q1hveL, 1 hour, 5 days, $40
YMCA Tyler –http://bit.ly/1offmuQ



Have you ever sold on Etsy? I usually tell my friends that Etsy is like craft “ebay”! I like finding vintage things at sales and reselling for a profit. My most recent purchase was a Bernina book for 50 cents. I posted it on Etsy and made about $15 profit!

bernina book


It’s also great for posting or finding home made craft items. If you have never tried it out, you can get 40 free listings just for signing up here: http://etsy.me/1vhUd7E


Metal Table and Chairs Second-Life

I had been on the lookout for a new table and chairs for my office at work.

When I saw this gem for $30 I just couldn’t pass it up.


It wasn’t too terribly bad to begin with but I wanted a fresh look!

I started with removing all the cushions, and then a primer coat of spray paint on all the metal parts and a Zinsser Bullseye primer on the top formica and underside of the table that was flaking a bit.

Then, I spray pained everything a fresh white and gave the cushions a new look with some fabric. It ended up being such a quick project I didn’t take any “during” pictures, but I think the final result turned out just perfect!


Pallet Inspired Vertical Herb Garden

I have a ‘hoard’ of pallets I have been wanting to do projects with. What I discovered is they are IMPOSSIBLE to take apart….or with my limited tools and knowledge they seem to be! I did manage to get these materials together

Wood for project

I took the wood and managed to make a frame and connect the pallet boards to it. From there I decided to just use what I had, I screwed some pots on in various places, and even used some painted cans along the bottom that I plan to put some marigolds in.

Lastly, I just added some herbs. Some I grew from seed, some I bought at Lowes. I am just excited to have these on hand, and hopefully they will grow well.





Front Hall Table Chevron RE-DO

I didn’t take “during” photos but I love this project and just wanted to show a before and after picture!


hall table before





table after

Chalk Board & Magnetic Board

It doesn’t take much to inspire me these days! This piece of beadboard laying around my parents new building site was all I needed! I decided to stain it with some stain I had on hand.

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After I stained it I taped off one square section, and added a metal piece that I salvaged that was a stove pipe of some type that I flattened out.I also added some knobs I had on hand to hang little things on at the bottom.

I wanted to make a chalkboard so I decided to try to fill in the grooves with some plain putty. Then I lightly sanded and painted with some home-made teal chalk paint.

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In the end, I think it turned out pretty good. It gives my little one a place to write with chalk and I hope to find some magnetic letters I can add to the magnetic side for her to work on spelling!!

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Storage Locker Make Over

I knew that when I came upon this:


at a garage sale for $10 I HAD to have it, no matter how pitiful it looked! I had been looking for a bookshelf for a while for my daughters room. This metal storage locker was in reasonably sad condition but had little rust and very solid. I started with a a MAJOR sanding job. It took a while to get the drips and inconsistencies smoothed off from the hot pink paint. Although I didn’t get it perfectly smooth, I sanded as much as I could. After, I used some  cream “oops” paint I had as a primer coat.

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After the primer dried, I went to town. I painted the outside in a light purple color and the inside of the door a teal. Then decided to do each cubby a different color. Since this was plain latex paint, I did take it outside and spray some clear enamel spray paint to hopefully seal it so that it will not scratch off.

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All I need to do now is find a cute handle to put on the outside and it will be set. Pretty good $10 project if I say so!