Reading Log Free Printable

March was one of my favorite months as a kid. One reason was because March has St. Patrick’s Day and green was my favorite color, but the other reason is because March is Reading Month! I found my love for reading around the middle of second or third grade. The day I got my library card was one of the happiest days of my life, as a kid. I’m not even joking. Going to the library and browsing up and down the rows of books was something I very much enjoyed. So, as you can imagine, I was forever filling out and adding extra pages to the reading log my teachers would give me. Especially during March is Reading month. There were extra incentives for reading during that month and I always wanted to cash in on those incentives!

About March is Reading Month

Obviously reading is very important all year long, but March is the month that has been designated as Reading Month. Elementary schools typically send home a calendar for the month of March with various reading activities that kids can do. For example, you may see activities like:

  • Read a book about a favorite animal
  • Turn off the TV and have a family reading night
  • Read a book to your pet

The month is filled with fun activities to get kids to turn off the electronics and read a book!

Reading Log Free Printable

As a parent, you can help your kids keep track of the books they’re reading with this free reading log. One thing I like is having the kids write a very short, one sentence summary of what they read. It helps them reflect on what they just read and make connections. If your child is not able to write a sentence yet, that’s OK! Have them tell you and you write it for them.

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Do your kids have their own library card? If not, take them to the library to get one, print off this reading log and start reading today!

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Do Not Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint

A month or so before Christmas, my husband and I decided to redo our family room. It’s the room in the house that we spend the most amount of time in, so as you can imagine, the carpet, walls and furniture has taken a beating over the last 13 years. Right off the bat, I knew I wanted new carpet, the walls repainted, new furniture and a wood wall. Yep…a wood wall. I had pinned a bunch of ideas and googled where we could get the reclaimed wood from (Home Depot) and we got started. While I will be showing you the amazing transformation of our family room, the main focus on this post will be to tell you why you do NOT want to use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

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Why Shouldn’t You Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint?

When we bought our house, 13 years ago, we painted every room the same color with the most inexpensive Behr paint that we could buy. I’m not joking. We bought 5 gallon jugs of it. It did the job and got us in our house quickly. If you could have seen what the house looked like when we bought it. Holy cow…it was stuck somewhere in the 70’s.

This time around, however, everyone told us to use Sherwin-Williams paint. We went to the Sherwin-Williams store near us and talked to the manager. She told us that we definitely wanted to use the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint. She told us that it was expensive, but worth it with the great coverage and how the finished product looked. So we did it. We bit the bullet, paid the expensive price tag and used the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

Guess what? It’s so not worth the money AT ALL. Look at what happened to our walls…

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See those bubbles? The Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint began bubbling like that on all the walls we painted. As if that wasn’t bad enough, check out what started happening next…

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All that hard work we put into priming and painting the walls was for nothing. The paint bubbled and then peeled off the walls. When we went back to the store, the manager tried telling us it was an issue with our walls. It’s not. After this happened, I began Googling “Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint” and there are entire websites and messages boards devoted to why people should not use this paint. Wish I would have thought to Google the paint before we did all the work.

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Did Sherwin-Williams Work with Us?

Thankfully the store was willing to work with us. We told them the paint we wanted to use and then refunded the difference back to us since the paint we wanted to use to fix the walls was A LOT cheaper. This just goes to show that just because something is more expensive and labeled “the best”, it doesn’t mean it is the best. Not to mention, the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint, according to the manager, is supposed to have a very low odor. So not the case. This was the worst smelling paint I ever used.

If this ever happens to you, do not hesitate to go back to the store with the cans of paint and pictures of what happened. Sherwin-Williams will work with you, as well as Lowes and Home Depot. Despite our struggles with getting this room done, it is now finished and one of my favorite rooms in the house! I highly recommend, if you like that reclaimed wood look, to check out the reclaimed wood at Home Depot. It’s such an easy DIY project!

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Free Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you have kids in school, they are probably already begging you to buy their Valentines to hand out to their classmates. My daughter has already asked me to get Fun Dip for her classmates. But in true Bella fashion, she likes to make her cards. If this sounds like your child (or you just want to make your own), then this free Valentine’s Day printable cards is for you!

Free Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

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Aren’t these free Valentine’s Day printable cards super cute?!? There are so many inexpensive options you can pick up to add with these DIY Valentine’s Day cards! One idea, and a relatively inexpensive idea, is to print out these cards and add these Valentine’s Day pencils.

If your kid is like mine and insisting on giving their friends Fun Dip, then by all means, get the kids Fun Dip candy! I found the cheapest price on Amazon. Pick it up before it’s too late!

Another idea is to put together little favor bags. Amazon has a great assortment of Valentines Day party favors for a really good price. Simply print out the free Valentine’s Day printable cards and attach it to your favor bags!

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Wouldn’t you like to make your own Valentine’s Day cards? What ideas do you have to add to these free Valentine’s Day printable cards? Will you be going with one of the ideas I posted above?

If you liked this post, then you need to check out the other Valentine’s Day posts I have. You will like these other Valentine’s Day posts:

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

DIY Date Night Jar


Valentine’s Day Crafts Round-Up

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I don’t know about your family, but ours love that holiday! My daughter gets excited about the Valentine’s she gets to hand out to her classmates. My son is in middle school, so like most middle school kids, I’m sure he will want to get something for a girl, even if they are just friends. I think it’s pretty sweet. Besides writing out Valentine’s, my daughter also enjoys making Valentine’s Day crafts. So in honor of my daughter, I put together this round-up of Valentine’s Day crafts that are easy and fun!

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Each of these crafts are very different and have varying degrees of difficulty. However, with that said, I am pretty sure my daughter (10 years old) could make each and every one of these crafts!

Valentine’s Day Crafts Round-Up

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The first craft I decided to share with you is really clever. It’s a Love Potion necklace from Momdot! If you haven’t been to Momdot before, then you need to stop what you are doing and head over there to check out how to make this adorable Love Potion necklace and check out some of the other crafts and recipes. They are great!

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This Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath is something my daughter would love to make! Not only would this look cute on the front door, but you could make one for different seasons and holidays by using different fabrics. Head on over to Third Stop on the Right for the directions on how to make this super cute Valentine’s Day craft!

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This next craft is another one that my daughter would enjoy making and hanging all over our house! She loves anything and everything that has to do with making things out of paper. So 3D Paper Hearts are right up her ally (and I’m sure your kids…or even you, would enjoy making them too)! You can find the directions for this craft at Suburbia Unwrapped!

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These bird seed hearts are my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts! We have a big tree in our backyard and I’d love to make some of these and hang them in the tree! I’m sure the many birds that are always in my yard tormenting my cat, would appreciate it! You can find the directions at Thrifty Jinxy.

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This is an absolutely adorable craft to do with your kids. Have them each get their own coffee mug and have them decorate it for dad, grandma or whomever they would like to make this Valentine’s Day craft for! You can find the directions for this craft at A Grande Life!

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This last craft is absolutely adorable! It would be a perfect craft to make to add to your table, a shelf, your mantle or anywhere you would like it! You can find the directions at Simply Being Mommy!

So…what do you think of these Valentine’s Day crafts? They are all easy enough to do and super cute! Which one will you be making first?


Heal Cracked Heels Quickly!

Feet are disgusting. I hate looking a them and I especially hate touching them or having someone else’s feet touch me. For me, getting a pedicure all year long is not something I want to spend my money on. I live in Michigan and it is only flip flop weather for like three months out of the year. So for those three months, I get pedicures. The rest of the year, my feet are rough and sometimes the skin on my heals are even cracked. It’s so embarrassing. Let’s put it this way, when I take my sock off, it sounds like I am rubbing it against sandpaper. It’s bad. But guess what…now I have the secret weapon on how to heal cracked heels quickly!! And it doesn’t involve getting a pedicure every few weeks!!

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How to Heal Cracked Heels Quickly!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried all kinds of foot creams over the years that promise to fix your dry feet and guess what…they don’t work. Not only do they not work, but they smell kind of bad and they make a mess. On Christmas, my mother in-law got me an Amopé Pedi PerfectHeal cracked heels. I was pretty excited. I remember turning to my husbands aunt and saying, “I’ve always wanted one of these”! That got us talking about cracked heals and dry feet. What she told me next has completely changed my life. I’m not even joking.

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OK…here it goes. The quick and easy way to heal cracked heels is…Aquaphorheal cracked heels! All you need to do is put it on your feet, put your socks on and go on with your day! I like to use my Pedi Perfect after my shower and put the Aquaphor on at night before I go to bed since I like to sleep with socks on.

The first day I used it, I was shocked how my feet looked when I woke up! They look and feel great! I highly recommend using Aquaphor to heal cracked heels! It really does work! You can pick up some Aquaphor at the link below. It’s a pretty good price!