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Worth it.

I'm really bad at this. I wanted to take pictures of my classroom before the students got there, but I forgot. I actually never remember to do that. However, I have taken a couple here and there. So for those of you wondering what my first year teaching looks like. Here's a sneak peak. First and foremost, my white board. I planned it out with dry erase and it worked wonderfully. I changed my Students vs. Teacher blocks to homework and reminders. I've noticed the kids need this visual. I can incorporate a point system later if needed. And it turned out rather well. I admit I'm not using CHAMPS enough. I'm trying, but it's … [Read more...]

Sewing Tutorial: D.I.Y. Essential Oils Travel Pouch

My family and I are headed to California next week. Exciting stuff! It's time to start thinking about the most effective way to pack for 4 people. And I'll be honest, I have a hard time bringing more than I need... Right now I am able to keep all of my essential oils in a small tin. I only have like 11 bottles, but I have friends whose collections are much bigger. While discussing travel plans and essential oil packing, one friend of mine decided she needed a rather large pouch to protect and contain her EOs. So, after several trials and errors, I came up with this. My pattern piece is a trapezoid with the top, shorter side at 11 … [Read more...]

My First Time Sewing with Knit Fabric

I work at a craft store in the fabric department and so I see a lot of awesome stuff come through the line. A few months before summer started I spied a beautiful see through feather fabric I just had to buy. I purchased several yards so I could use it over and over. In May my husband and I attended a music festival and I was dressed for comfort. As a mom I forget to be stylish sometimes, and I envied all the younger hip kids in their hippy attire. One young lady in particular had a beautiful flowing tunic over her clothes. When I saw it I knew exactly what to do with my first cut from my feather fabric. I'm no professional … [Read more...]

Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion (Revised)

A year ago I posted a very exciting and popular article that detailed how to make expired breast milk lotion. I received several inquiries on separation issues. Since I'm such a nice person, I wanted to fix this for my mama friends. I want those of you making this recipe to enjoy it fully with as little issues as possible. I did more research and I've revised my recipe to account for some issues. Breast milk is a great resource for healing skin ailments. Paired with shea butter, coconut oil, and honey this concoction is sure to leave your skin feeling healthy and new. This lotion is great for eczema, rashes, and dry skin. In my … [Read more...]

Handmade from the Heart {Giveaway}

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve and welcome to the [3rd annual] Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! This Hop has been such a success in the past that we brought it back for round 3 because it seems everyone loves beautiful handmade items! For the giveaway here at Atta Mama, the winner will receive a hand made nursing cover, coordinating pouch, and matching nursing necklace from my shop, Tiny Boss Designs! Prints and colors will be discussed with the winner via email. The winner will be chosen once the giveaway is over at 11:59 pm EST on February 27th and have 24 hours to respond. Due to rising … [Read more...]

The Last Thing I Made [in January]

I started off the year with tons of crafty goals, but ever since I completed the project below I've been hit with a kind of slump. This is bad because this year I wanted to focus more on my crafts. I wanted to restock my shop with premade items and work towards participating in a craft fair this fall. I've sense found myself in a slump, which isn't uncommon. Depression and anxiety are very real, people. My house is just barely together and my motivation for creating anything new is low. I was commissioned back in November for this diaper bag for a friend. She's expecting number two, and her husband wanted her to have a special-to-her bag … [Read more...]

Christmas Savings at the Dollar Tree

The holiday seems like it's sneaking up, doesn't it? I'm scrambling to get sewing finished and gifts wrapped, not to mention having to actually mail things so they get to their destination in time for Christmas morning festivities. With working, school, and home life I'm actually very proud of my progress so far and I'm confident it'll all work out. And thanks to stores like the Dollar Tree I'm able to save money while making sure everything is in place. I had big plans to make a Santa inspired wreath from tulle and such, but alas I am also overly ambitious. As things began piling up I realized I was the only one without decorations on ym … [Read more...]

The Dollar Tree has all your Thanksgiving kid craft needs!

You know I like to recycle toilet paper rolls. In fact, throwing them away makes me feel really super guilty so I'm constantly trying to find ways to use them in various crafts and activities. I honestly was waiting for the time to come to do the following project because I knew it would be so easy for me and so fun for the kids all at the same time. It's pretty cheap too, considering that the Dollar Tree has all of the basic essentials you need for a day of basic crafting at home. Because we're Floridians and aren't used to winter (What's a winter?), we're cooped up inside fearful of the 50 degree weather that has cursed our land. This mama … [Read more...]

Salt Dough Craft: Egyptian Cartouche

I love Egypt and I love being able to share my love for this part of history with my daughter. If homeschooling has taught me anything it's that everyone needs space and everyone needs to slow down sometimes. I admit I'm not perfect, and I fell behind a few weeks ago in my well thought-out (if not overly ambitious) lesson plans. I was trying to hurry up and I was frustrated because my daughter was not learning at the same speed that I was teaching. I felt like a failure and I managed to find the strength to walk away from my failures. We were learning about Egypt and I was trying to get Gaia to recognize the complexity of hieroglyphic … [Read more...]

Handmade & Eco-Friendly Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Handmade & Eco-Friendly Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! To help raise awareness about the importance of giving eco-friendly and handmade gifts, we’re offering giveaways to help you get started (or continue) with your holiday planning. We hope you’ll discover some brands that would make wonderful gifts during the holiday season. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more handmade and eco-friendly giveaways! For this giveaway, I … [Read more...]