Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First Day of School!

Yesterday I stepped into work and it was so different. If you have been following along, you'll know that all 3 of my kiddos went back to school. W the youngest started Kindergarten, which means I am now without children until they get off the bus in the afternoon. It's crazy, it's weird, but it's ok. I am running tons of errands and my bosses are coming up with lots of projects for me to work on. As long as the projects keep on a coming I think I will make it.

The nice thing about the kiddos getting back to school is now I can start walking again. I let my weight get a little out of control over the summer and gained a good bit, but now I am able to get outside and start working on bringing it back down. I am using My Fitness Pal again and am just attempting to lose 1 pound a week. Hopefully this time it sticks.

So I wanted to do something special for the kids to celebrate their first day back to school. As I was thinking and looking on Pinterest I saw something that I knew and got super excited. I lived in Germany for about a total of 7 years as a child since my dad was stationed there in the Army. Which means we got to experience some super cool traditions, like the Schultute. If you are German, you know exactly what this is. Translation is basically "School Cone" mainly given to Kindergarten students on their very first day, it is full of school supplies, candies, chocolates and little toys.
Anyways I decided to make some for my kiddos to just take the edge off of the first day of school, and this is how I did it.

First you start with a thick piece of paper, I just went to Michaels and got some scrapbook paper but make sure that you get the cardstock time, you need some thickness. Then you cut the paper into a fourth of a circle.

Next you need some form of adhesive, doesn't really matter what you use, but I am a little obsessed with glue guns so that was my weapon of choice. Glue, tape, whatever along one edge of the circle and roll it so that it forms into a cone.

Then I placed stickers on the front for their names and gathered all of the goodies that were going into the cones. Pencils, crayons, a notebook, a little toy, and of course candy!

Then layer everything into the cone, it's ok if some of the stuff sticks out the top, you will be covering it anyways and it doesn't have to be flat.
Place a piece of tissue paper so that the edge is lined up with the edge of the cone and the paper is going down, using a stapler, staple all around the edge until it is all connected. 

Then carefully pull the tissue paper so that it goes up and over the cone. Bunch it together and tie it up and garnish with some more Super Awesome stickers

AND Wa-La! Three super cute Schultutes for three very deserving children.

The kids came home and were so surprise to see them, I explained to them what they were and they just thought they were the neatest and ripped into them right away. Then I shot these few photos of their "I completed my first day face!"


They just keep growing and won't stop. But I love them even more as they grow!

Last night after I got home I decided to go running again because I really wanted to make Snicker Doodle Apple Pie Bars and if I was going to eat one, I was going to pay the piper before hand. Well I didn't end up making the bars (that's tonight's project!) but I did end up doing 3 miles and burning around 400 calories. I'll take that as a win!


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