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Manic Monday Giveaway- DIY Chalkboard Menu from The Organized Cook

Manic Monday Giveaway Winner Announced!

Jennifer is the lucky winner of our Manic Monday Giveaway and will receive the instructional on how to make her own chalkboard menu along with a Michael’s gift certificate to purchase the necessary supplies.

Contestants were asked to post a comment about their family’s favorite dinner on Facebook, and here is what some answered:

  • “chicken and pasta”
  • “chicken parmigana”
  • “homemade chicken wings”
  • “anything that is eaten around the table with all 5 of us sitting down”– my favorite answer; thank you, Anne!
  • “Mom’s french onion soup”
  • “tacos!”

For more ideas on answering the question, “what’s for dinner tonight?” with the answer, “What’s For Dinner This Week”, visit our Weekly Meal Plan Store.

Awhile back I posted this adorable menu board from Creative Designs by Toni– a DIY chalkboard menu she made from a frame- as our Manic Monday Giveaway.

Not only is it clever and decorative, it also compliments The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System.

DIY Chalkboard Menu from Creative Designs by Toni

Since then, I’ve made one for myself and I love it.  I get so many compliments about it’s functionality and charm.

Now, Toni and I (Toni- yes, we have the same name) probably didn’t think far enough ahead to realize how difficult an item this is to ship.

DIY chalkboard menu from Toni Spilsbury The Organized CookManic Monday Giveaway

But after making my own menu board I realized how simple it is to make yourself.  So, for this week’s Manic Monday Giveaway from The Organized Cook I’m giving away the instructions and a $40 Michaels Gift Card to purchase chalkboard paint, vinyl lettering or stencil kit and the frame to make your own chalkboard menu.DIY Chalkboard Menu from Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Not only does this menu keep me organized and inspired, it’s somewhat comforting for my family to see our dinner menu at the beginning of their hectic day and know that we’ll be sitting together this evening to eat Chicken Madeira.

Ready to enter?  Simply visit and “like” our Facebook page and leave a comment about your family’s favorite dinner routine.



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DIY Teacher Gifts

DIY Chalkboard Frames

Coming up with ideas for teacher gifts at the end of the school years gets more challenging for me.  I love DIY gifts and wanted something functional for the classroom.  With a little chalkboard paint (my new best friend), we created these adorable mini chalkboards.

DIY chalkboard frames from Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

No, I don’t homeschool- it’s completely coincidental that Brooke’s preschool teacher this year is named Toni


DIY Teacher Gifts by Toni Spilsbury, The Organized Cook

DIY Teacher Gifts using Chalkboard Paint


I found some decorative inexpensive frames at HomeGoods.  Then I removed the glass and spray painted a couple coats of chalkboard paint on it, and placed it back in the frame after drying.

DIY Teacher Gifts by Toni Spilsbury, The Organized Cook

DIY Teacher Gifts- Chalkboard Frames


The kids can use chalk to write a “thank you” message to their teacher.

DIY chalkboard frames from Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook


I love how these mini chalkboards came out.  We had some wonderful teachers this year and these frames will look so cute sitting in their classrooms next year.

DIY chalkboard frame from Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook













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