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Autism iPad App Review Behaviors With Friends

I was compensated for this post by teach2talk .  As always, all opinions are my own. Getting an iPad was one of the best purchases we made for our kids, especially our two boys with autism.  They've all learned so much about geography, the human body, animals, math, and even social skills. My son was in a social skills group that helped him immensely.  Then we moved to a rural county, and the only autism resources here involve moving back to where we came from.  When he was in public school, their idea of social skills training was letting him eat lunch in an office by himself.  Needless to say, we needed some help in that area. I downloaded several social skills iPad apps for my boys, but none were a good fit.  It seemed like the apps were either very expensive or poor quality.  They are kids, so if it's not fun, they aren't going to stick with it. I was so happy to discover teach2talk's Behaviors With Friends app .  At $4.99, it's a great investment.  It

How to Paint Plates

This was one of the first home decor projects I did with my Cricut when I got it.  I have always wanted a French country kitchen, but I was stuck with a contractor grade McMansion kitchen.  I didn't have a budget for a lot of home decor.  I resorted to garage sale finds, and boy did I score a few years ago.   I found quite a few French country blue and yellow pieces for my kitchen.  Among the treasures were these white plates.  She said she displayed them in her hutch and used them on occasionally.  When I saw them, I knew I had the perfect project for them.  I scored five plates for $2!  By the time I was done with them, no one could believe that I didn't buy them that way, let alone that I paid so little for them.

15 Glass Etching Projects

Glass etching is one of my favorite projects with my Silhouette Cameo because the results look so wonderful!  It looks like a difficult technique to master, but it's so easy with my die cutter and some etching cream.  A few years ago, before I started blogging, I etched my first project.  I made my dad a set of etched beer mugs    I took photos of it for some reason or another, but I didn't get photos of the finished project.  D'oh!  Hindsight, right?  I'll take my camera to my dads and get a photo some time. I used my Cameo to make stencils and used Armor Etch   to chemically etch the glass.  What I love about this process is that it's very inexpensive.  For $15, I've etched more than 10 pieces, and I have most of the bottle left.  One tip to save money is to put the etching cream back in the bottle when you are done.  Yes, you can reuse it!   Looking for more inspiration?  Hometalk recently asked me to curate a clipboard with 15 glass etching projects .