End of Year Teacher Gift Idea

For once in my life, I am ROCKING the end of the school year.  I’m teaching a unit right now that I taught at this same time last year, so planning each day has been a piece of cake.  My lessons are basically prepackaged and ready to go, which is heaven to any teacher.  I’ve already started to take down my classroom little by little, removing a poster here, a decoration there.   I even went ahead and had some things laminated for next school year so that I don’t…

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Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Happy Easter, friends!  A better blogger would have scheduled an Easter recap on Easter Sunday instead of a birthday recap.  But… half-assed.  So instead, let me just tell you that we had a lovely Easter here at our house.  My mom came to church with us in the morning, and in the afternoon we had a big lunch with friends of ours.  It was relaxed, casual, and focused on what mattered.  Just the way I like to spend holidays. Easter was actually the ending of a really busy weekend at…

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Christmas Gifts 2014: Three Year Old Girl

My mother is notorious in our family for starting her Christmas shopping way too early.  She starts requesting Christmas lists in August and by October, she’s pretty much finished.  She spends November picking up some odds and ends, and then by December she is officially done.  The Nana Shop is closed.  And every year, we rag on her and rag on her and rag on her about how ridiculous she is being. And then I bought my first Christmas present this year back in August and I realized that thing…

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Making the Dollar Store Work for Teacher Gifts!

This year, we have seven teacher gifts to give.  SEVEN.  That is one drastic downside of daycare.  There are so many teachers to thank!  Gracie has three alone in her classroom, and then Bean has two in his.  But I’m also giving gifts to Bean previous two teachers since he had them for more than half the year (and since I love them so much!). Seven gifts adds up to a lot of money.  I would love to be able to spend $20 or even $30 on one significant teacher…

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New Mom Bag

I went to visit a sweet friend of mine last week who has just had her first baby.  The little pooper slept the whole time I was there (the baby; not my friend), so I haven’t gotten to snuggle him up yet.  But I’m waiting to pounce on him the next chance I get! I love going to visit new moms, but I never like to go empty handed.  Of course, food is always a welcomed gift to bring a new family, but I like to really do something nice…

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Christmas 2013: Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part series about gifts we are getting the kids this year for Christmas. Be sure to check out Part One for more ideas. Aside from all the educational games and activities the kids are getting, Santa is bringing the kids a few really fun toys that they have been asking for, too. Cinderella’s castle: Gracie hasn’t actually ASKED for this, but every time we go to Downtown Disney, she points it out to me. She is going to LOVE it! It says it…

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Clutter Begone: Kids Artwork and Crafts

One of the things that is a constant source of clutter around our house are the kids schoolwork, artwork, and projects. Like most moms, I feel so guilty throwing that stuff away. But at the same time, I know that in 10, 15, or 20 years I won’t care about every single project they ever colored. Over the summer, I found this great organizing tool on Pinterest that helped me create a filing system for the kids artwork. You can read about that project here. While there are certain things…

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Gift Idea: Light Up the Night

Bean is going through a little phase right now where he is scared of the dark. He used to say he was scared of the dark in order to get out of going to bed. He’d call us back into his room over and over again, saying things like, “Mommy, I need the cwoset light on,” or “Daddy, I need the door open.” We caught on to those games really quickly and after a week, we quit going back into his room and instead would just stand at the top…

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Christmas Gift Idea: Table Linens

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out my linen closet and I noticed something. Apparently, I have a large collection of table linens. As I sorted through them and reorganized, I started thinking about how much I love them all. Some of them have come from people as gifts and have special meaning because of that. I think about those people every time I use their linens. Like this beautiful, silk, hand embroidered table cloth and napkins from Belgium. Chris’ old college roommate, Joe, travels extensively and he brought…

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