All Things Back to School

Exactly a week from today, I begin high school. That’s right, I am going into the 9th grade this year and am quite nervous, yet excited! I am going to show you a DIY school supply, and my back to school essentials. πŸ™‚

First, I will begin with the DIY. My parents are strict about using what we have. So, if I have a binder I can use, I am going to use it. I am going to show you a way to make an old binder look cute again. You are going to need duct tape, and a picture of your choice. The picture is going to go inside the front pocket of your binder. I would recommend you find an old coloring book and rip out one of those adorable pictures or you can print a picture online.

To begin, go ahead and put the picture of your choosing in the front pocket. Next, get your duct tape. You can use all one color, or what I did was use a color and a pattern duct tape. I also found a mini roll of duct tape that is thinner to put as a bottom border. Wrap the duct tape down both sides of the front. You can fold the excess duct tape over the top/bottom. You can also put a strip of tape down the outside spine of the binder, and you can do the same thing on the front to the back. For the finishing touch, you can add more tape to the bottom and border it all around the binder. TA-DA! A cute binder is ready for use!

My first back to school essential is a good pack of pencils. I always go through my pencils way to quickly. However, I found that a mechanical pencil lasted much longer than a wood pencil. All of my supplies came from Target. These were about $2.

My second essential is a planner. Personally, planners help me a-lot. It gives me somewhere to write due dates and homework. In middle/high school there is much more homework than elementary. My planners defiantly come into use. This planner was $10.

My third essential is some cute notebooks. I love getting notebooks with style. However they are more expensive so I normally only get two for my two favorite subjects. Both of these notebooks were $5.

This last essential is to keep you organized. It is so difficult when you get all of your subjects papers mixed up. I have a tip for you! Get the cheap 3 prong folders. Use 1 for each subject. Add some paper inside, so you always have paper and you can put that classes homework and excess notes, worksheets, etc. in the folder dedicated to that subject. The cheap ones are useful since, they give you your years worth! All 3 of these folders were a $1.50.

I cannot wait for back to school! Although Summer is great, I get excited to see old pals. I hope you have a great first day whenever you start!

Love,

LibLou ❀

 

Boredom Buster #1: How to Make the Perfect Glitter Slime

Summer Boredom BustersDo you get bored during the Summertime and need something to do?

Well I have the answer! You can make this glitter slime in 3 simple steps. Or so the recipe said. This slime was much more complicated than I had originally thought. But through experience, I will share my tips about how to make the perfect slime. It is sure to keep you or your kid busy.


The only things you will need for this glitter slime are:

Clear Glue

Baking Soda

Glitter or glitter glue

Contact Lens Solution

Tablespoon measure

Bowl

Spoon or Spatula

First, you will need to empty your clear glue into a bowl. I had a 9 oz bottle, so I only did about half. I wanted to use the clear glue originally because I thought my slime would be perfectly clear. Well that did not happen. When you add the 1 table spoon of baking soda, which is the next step, the solution is not clear. This is what my slime looked like after the baking soda was added and mixed:

What I would say is that the difference between the clear glue and the regular glue is that the clear glue makes it shiny. You can use regular glue as well. πŸ™‚

Next, you will need to add your glitter. I used red and silver, so my slime ended up being a little pink. I just sprinkled some in and mixed that up.

After you have mixed in the glitter, you need to add 2 and 1/2 a tablespoons of contact solution. I ended up adding 11 tablespoons… (crickets chirp)(awkward pause) Yeah… I thought the contact solution would make the slime thicker and more mold-able. Once I did 11 tablespoons, my slime was still sticky as can be and pretty much in its liquid form Then, my younger brother comes and tells me. “You need to add baking soda. That will make it thicker.” He was right. Here is a tip: Add more baking soda if your slime is too runny. The recipe said add the 2 and 1/2 tablespoon of solution or until it becomes harder to mix. In the end, add the correct amount of contact solution and more baking soda if you want it to be thicker. The final result is:

I hope that the tips I have shared on how to make the perfect slime are helpful. I also hope this slime​ busts your boredom! πŸ™‚

Love,

LibLou ❀