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And the award goes to…Nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award!

By Anitra


So, since I’ve started blogging seven months ago, I’ve been nominated for two Leibster Awards and now I have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award!  Being nominated is such an honor, especially since your nominations come from other bloggers.  It is a great feeling when another blogger finds interest in your content and posts.

I am truly thankful to Sydny Cathey of The Cathey House for the nomination.  The Cathey House is a great blog where Sydny shares her life as a newly stay at home mom to a little one, and her passion for reading, video games, cross stitching, education, DIY, and traveling.  Check out her blog when you get a chance, you will not be disappointed!


Now on to  Te Sunshine Blogger Award…


The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asks you (see bottom of post)
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.




Q & A from my nomination…

What’s your least favorite thing about blogging?

I would say that my least favorite thing about blogging is making sure that I find topics to post about that not just I find interesting and relevant, but that others find interesting and relevant.  I don’t want my readers to be bored on a topic I write about.


Do you have any tattoos? If so, how many?

I have two tattoos.  They are both on my back.  On my right shoulder, I have two butterflies.  Right on the upper part of my shoulders in the middle I have an angel holding two babies.


What time of year is your favorite?

I would have to say that I like the holidays.  I like cooking good food for my family, and relaxing and enjoying spending time with my family.


Did you have a favorite toy as a child?

I did have a favorite toy as a child.  It was a baby doll that I literally took everywhere with me, no matter what!


What’s your favorite alcholic drink?

Alcohol…yes, please! I work with preschool aged kids all day, every day!!! I love any cocktail that contains vodka!


Whose your celebrity crush?

My celebrity crush is David Beckham.  For those who don’t know who he is, he is a professional soccer player from England.  Google him right now, you’ll thank me!!!!!


If you could change your name, what name would you give yourself?

I actually like my name, which is Anitra.  I think that is just unique enough, kinda like how I am!  I think it suits me well.  Except when people call me Anita, other than that, I like my name.


What are you most afraid of?

I am most afraid of failing and not being as successful as I know that I can be.  I don’t want to be a disappointment to my daughters.


What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

A skill that I’d like to learn is


Would you choose $250k in spending money or a dream home that was paid off?

I would probably choose the $250k in spending money.  That’s enough to pay off my current house and still be able to buy lots of things!


Are you always early or late?

I am always early.  I really feel horrible if I’m late.




My 11 nominations are…drumroll, please!…













Your questions..

1.When do you find time to blog?

2.What was the inspiration for the name of your blog?

3. What’s your favorite quote?

4.What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

5. Which do you prefer, coffee or tea?

6.Are you a morning person or a night person?

7. If you have kids, how many do you have and what are their ages?

8.What is your biggest pet peeve?

9.What is your favorite movie?

10.Who do you look up to?

11.Where were you born?



Congrats to the nominees!!! I can’t wait to see your answers, and please share the love of The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Please make sure to tag me on Instagram and Twitter once you have accepted the award and have your blog post up!


Again, thank you Sydny for nominating me, I really appreciate and feel the love! 🙂




Momtessorian Makeovers

How to transform a scrap piece of wood into a family namesake sign

By Anitra


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So since I am in the process of revamping my house style into farmhouse/rustic decor, I HAD to have a wooden sign!  No farmhouse or rustic environment is complete without one.  The only problem was, I REALLY didn’t want to spend upwards of $30.00 just to get a custom sign made.

Ever since my first DIY project was complete, I am always on the lookout for odd pieces of wood, scrap metal, old lamps; anything that I can make my next project.  My poor husband knows somethings brewing when I’m scrolling through my phone too long without saying anything, and I suddenly blurt out…I have a new project!!!  About two weeks ago, as I was making my way to my garage to do laundry, I saw a few scrap pieces of wood just sitting against a wall.  The first thing I did was call my husband at work and told him that whatever plans he had for the scrap wood in the garage were over.  His response…”Oh, man what now”?   Think he may be getting tired of my endless ideas?…Well that’s just too bad!!!


I did some serious research on the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to make my own personalized sign.  I used a combination of ideas I found by doing a search, and found what was the best idea for me personally.  First, I needed to chose my scrap piece of wood.  It’s important to consider exactly what your phrase will be, and how large you would like your letter to be.  (Check the end of the post to see a complete list of all the materials needed).




I know that since my last name is Jackson, I would need a fairly long piece of wood.  i also wanted larger letters, so the width of the board was important as well.  The wood I chose was 5 1/2 inches by 42 inches.









You’ll want to clean your wood with a cloth, and you will probably want/need to sand it as well.


Before I get to the actual application of the letters, it’s important to figure out what style and size letters you want.  I wanted my sign to completely fill my wood piece, so I chose Monica Corsiva font in size 250.  I used a word document to create the letters, and printed them on cardstock, so they would be durable.  I personally wanted the letters to be stencils, so printing them on cardstock was the obvious choice.




Since I wanted to use the letters as stencils, I cut out each letter with child sized scissors.  You could probably use and X-Acto knife, but I am comfortable and used to cutting with child sized scissors, and I had some available, so that’s what I used! 🙂




I then began to prep the wood.  First, I cleaned the wood using a wet cloth and Murphy’s Oil Soap.  If you don’t have Murphy’s Oil Soap, warm water and soap should do the trick.  I let it dry for about thirty minutes.




After letting it dry for thirty minutes, I sanded the wood with a sand block.  I sanded the sides and edges as well, just enough to make sure my painting surface was smooth for the application of the paint.




Now, for the application of the letters!  I placed each letter where I wanted them on the wood, and then I taped each letter together using box tape.  After taping each letter together, I then taped the entire stencil to the wood.




Time for the paint!  There was no way I could use a paint brush and paint for this project, so I was so happy I found these AMAZING Sharpie paint pens from The Home Depot, which made it so easy for me to stay within the stencil lines. These paint pens made the application so easy!  I initially applied one coat of the paint from the pens.  It was very easy, just like coloring…and I love coloring!




The applied two coats to each letter before moving on to the next letter.  I noticed that the wood soaked up the paint, so depending on what type of wood you use, adjust accordingly.  I ended up applying five coats of paint to each letter to get the desired look.  Again, depending on how you want your sign to look, you can either apply more or less coats of paint.  I only used one paint pen to make this sign, and it still has paint in it!  Score!!




I then removed the stencils, and my sign was done!  I wrote the “est. 1998” by freehand to complete my sign.  That’s when we got married, and I LOVE how it turned out!




This was really very easy and didn’t take long at all.  I am definitely going to be making another sign, and will hopefully get better and quicker at making them.



Want to make your own namesake sign?

Here is the list of materials and supplies needed to complete this project:



-scrap wood

Murphy’s Oil Soap (optional) soap and water should work

-sand block

-stencils (bought or make your own)

X-Acto knife or child sized scissors

Sharpie Paint Pens in white


Obviously you can custom this project in any way you’d like.  I have always wanted a name sign, so this was the perfect project for what I wanted.


Looking for more of my DIY projects?  Check them out here. I’m just getting started with the Momtessorian Makeovers, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what I have up next!


Happy makeovers!



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chronicles of a momtessorian won the Liebster Award!

By Anitra

I Won the Liebster Award!!!

Being Nominated for the Liebster Award

I am forever grateful and thankful for Starr, from AdultingMama for noticing my hard work and for nominating me for such an awesome award.  Learn more about Starr and her blog, AdultingMama.  Starr’s lifestyle blog talks about everything from parenting, motherhood, and of course adulting!  Thanks Starr!


What exactly is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award was created years ago by bloggers for bloggers. It is an award recognizing small, up and coming bloggers that are new to blogging with the goal of welcoming them into the blogging community.  It provides a way of getting to know the new blogger and spreading awareness of their blogging efforts. As a way of getting to know the new blogger, the Liebster Award requires you to answer a few questions about yourself if you choose to accept the award.  I accept!


10 Questions about my blog.

1. Tell us about your blog.

My blog is about my experiences as a mom, wife, and Montessori trained teacher.  It talks about juggling all these things, while maintaining my sanity and sense of humor.

2. What has been the most rewarding experience your blog has brought you?

I have met so many different people.  The bloggers I have been connected with are truly amazing, inspiring, and supportive of each other and what we do!

3. What is the best piece of advice you can give your readers?

Live. Live your life and do what makes you happy.

4. Where do you see yourself and your blog in a year?

I hope to be connected with education organizations and have the opportunity to create sponsored posts, and featured content.

5. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters.

Go for it.  Seriously, just take the jump.  I was reluctant at first to start my blog, and once I did, I have found that it was one of the most rewarding things I have done to date!

6. When do you find the time to blog?

I don’t find the time, I just blog at every waking moment possible.  It becomes addicting!

7. What makes you deliriously happy?

This will probably sound cheesy…but my husband.  He still makes me just as happy as the day I met him.

8. Where will your next vacation be?

I will be going on a cruise to Mexico for my 40th Birthday.

9. What is a difficult obstacle you have had to overcome?

Being able to recover and continue to live after giving birth to a stillborn child.  Even though it was 14 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.

10. What are you most grateful for in your life?

The support of my husband and my two daughters.  They are my biggest fans!


Pay it Forward

Now the fun part…as part of accepting and carrying the tradition of the Liebster Award, I would like to pay it forward by nominating five, up and coming bloggers and recognize them for their blog and working hard! Congratulations to the nominees!

  1. Sami at So Summers
  2. Sara at Dots and Plaid
  3. Sarah at Living in Laughter
  4. Kelly at Hope in the Chaos
  5. Grandi at My Aggrandized Life

Here are your questions.

1. Tell us about your blog.

2. What has been the most rewarding experience your blog has brought you?

3. What is the best piece of advice you can give your readers?

4. Where do you see yourself and your blog in a year?

5. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters.

6. When do you find the time to blog?

7. What makes you deliriously happy?

8. Where will your next vacation be?

9. What is a difficult obstacle you have had to overcome?

10. What are you most grateful for in your life?







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Check out my guest post for MyAggrandizedLife.com!!

By Anitra

I recently did a guest post for my friend Grandi, of My Aggrandized Life.  She features “Montessori Monday’s”, and she and I co-wrote the post “5 Simple Tips on How to Implement the Montessori Method at Home for Newbies”.  Please check it out here myaggrandizedlife.com

I hope you enjoy it and the My Aggrandized Life site as well!



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New Subscriber FREEBIE!!!

By Anitra

Everyone likes FREEBIES, right?!  I know that I do.  Being new to blogging, I am just getting my feet wet with getting my name and my content out in the world.  I know that many of you can relate to being a “newbie” to blogging, and can understand the need to succeed in something that you have created.  I put a lot of thought and my heart and soul into each blog post, in hopes that the world will see my passion for what I do.  The word Momtessorian is who I am to my core; I value and cherish everything that comes with being a mom…the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly!  As a Montessorian, I have an immense responsibility to teach the future doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, engineers of the world… and it is truly an honor.  For years I have dedicated my life to teaching children that are not mine, but I feel that once a child has been in my classroom, they are a part of me.  I hold a special place in my heart for every child that has been in my class throughout the years.

I decided to open my heart up to the outside world, and tell you a little more about who I am, and what chronicles of a momtessorian is all about; in the hope that you will see how dedicated, sincere, and genuine I am as a person, blogger, mom, wife, and educator.

Thank you for reading, and as gratitude for allowing me to be me, I am offering the new subscriber freebie that I named above.

I hope you enjoy your freebie and all I have to offer on documenting my journey of chronicles of a momtessorian!