Here is our inspiration for the plates.
These are the ones that we made. It was actually pretty difficult because you have to paint several coats of the paint to get it to be the bright color so it took a long time. And trying to entertain Owen while also painting was hard. Overall though, it was fun and we had a great time.
|Each plate started with some cute baby footprints.|
|My husband is surprisingly artistic.|
|Owen hung out in his stroller and generally acted cute for all the passers by.|
|We made a Christmas tree out of Owen's feet and then I decided to add some Christmas lights around the rim of the plate.|
|Tim did a lot of this plate himself, including the super pretty puffy paint snowflakes.|
|I love the raised texture.|
|I think they turned out really great!|
Anyway, Tim and I didn't really make New Year's resolutions this year, but we did figure that January 1st was a great day to start working on taking charge of our finances and being more organized with paying our bills and sticking to a budget. And after having to buy a new washer and dryer recently, money is going to be a little tighter for a while. It is just me or does stuff always have to break in January right after the holidays?
Anyway, when I was visiting my mom last month, I noticed that she had a new bill paying folder and I thought it would be a great idea for us to use. So I looked on Pinterest and found a few different ideas for inspiration and then took a little from one and a little from another to make one that will hopefully work for us.
Anyway, here is some of the inspiration that I found on Pinterest for billpaying notebooks.
And here are our completed notebooks. One is just for billpaying and the other is for keeping track of our receipts and budget. I may combine the two at some point, but I'm not sure.
|This is our bill-paying notebook. In the front I included a pencil pouch with a calculator, black and red pens, and a pencil.|
|The first page has our bills listed down the side and a chart so we can check them off as we pay them each month.|
|The notebook is divided by month, not by the type of bill because we thought that would work best for us. Then the first page under each month is a calendar where I fill in the days our bills are due and pay days (yay!).|
|A plastic page protector holds the bills that we haven't paid yet. And behind it, once we've paid the bills, I take them out of the envelope and punch holes in them and put them in the binder for future reference.|
|Here Mom, let me give you a hand with those dishes.|
|And then he tried to eat them. P.S. David and Katie, these are the pajamas that you bought him before he was born. They are sized 0-3 months, but they still fit! Go Dawgs!|