A Little ❤️ for the Teachers

A Little ❤️ for the Teachers

Next week is teacher appreciation week at my kid’s school.  I look forward to and dread this week all at the same time.

Our two teachers are wonderful this year and I adore both of them.  I have to say Kindergarten and 4th grade are pretty important transitional years and can’t imagine either are particularly easy to teach.  Having a great teacher can make a world of difference.  We were more than blessed by our daughter’s 4th grade teacher this year.  After hearing rumors that she was “tough” and “mean”, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, she has been amazing!!  She has taken our daughter into her heart and has really helped me understand more deeply that it truly does take a village to raise a child.

And for my son, I think Kindergarten teachers are somewhat of a miracle.  I can’t imagine how much patience and imagination and love it takes to bring a group of 20+ 5-year-olds through the journey that is kindergarten.

In addition to our two classroom teachers, there is an amazing woman that wears many hats and has been such a blessing to us and our children that even thigh she isn’t their classroom teacher, we are choosing to appreciate her as well.

Our teachers deserve some serious appreciation!  So why do I dread it?  Probably because I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and put a bunch of pressure on myself to make awesome gifts that look great and will be loved.  That being said, I’ve decided to embrace the week this year and am jumping head first into showing some love!

I’ve decided to make four gifts for each teacher this year.  Each day has a different theme.  I feel a little (but not too) guilty that I’m skipping the gift card day but by the time they get to Friday, I really hope they’ll feel appreciated even though I’m skipping a day.

That means four gifts for 3 people, so 12 different gifts.  Did I mention it’s Saturday and this all starts on Monday?  Ok, here we go….

Monday – Garden Day


I found a printable that inspired my project for Monday’s theme here.  I was able to find a small lemon thyme plant at Trader Joes for $2.50/each.  The pots gave me a bit of trouble.  I didn’t want to spend too much on them but there was nothing that inspired me at the Dollar store or the other 3 stores I went to so I ended up spending about $4/each at Home Depot, but they are cute.  (If only I would have planned ahead, I could have saved some money on these cute pots on Amazon).  I personalized them with a bit of vinyl.  Then I printed and cut the tags and punched an eyelet and attached them to the plant with a bit of baker’s twine.

Here is the final product.  What do you think?


Tuesday – Handmade Day

I made each teacher a set of 10 colorful notecards with various themes.  We received a handwritten thank you note from two of them from the Christmas gifts we gifted so I know they like to write notes.  Who couldn’t use more pretty notecards?  I picked up a big pack of card blanks and cut a white square with a black square border that I stamped.  They were simple but I think they turned out great.

I also made each of them a notecard holder using a cut from the Artiste cartridge from CTMH.  I put the first initial of their first name on each of them.

Finally, as it was handmade day, I wanted my kids to participate in the handmaking.  I printed a really cool thank you teacher printable that I found here.  The kids each answered the questions and then drew a portrait of their teacher.  The answers were very cute!

Wednesday – Snack Day

Time for a yummy snack.  I decided to go with some of the mini crispy chocolate chip cookies that Trader Joes sells and filled a sandwich bag full for each of the teachers.  I cut out a “lunchbox” box from the Artiste cartridge of my CTMH cartridge out of the perfectly themed (now retired) Chalk It Up paper.


I used Cricut Design Space to make the cute tag you see below.


Thursday – Summer Fun Day

I’ve made it to the end of the week and so far have been very happy with how everything has turned out.  My last day has a Summer Fun theme and were supposed to gift something that could be used during the summer or a product typically found during the summer.  Here is what I came up with – personalized drink cups with a movie night inside. I love how the silver turned out.

I found these adorable Redbox gift tags here.  How perfect are these??  I put them in the cups with the microwaveable bowl of popcorn and they are ready to go!

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Dancers Turn Out Better

Dancers Turn Out Better

Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a Pinterest junkie.  You can often find me spending hours searching and pinning.  I am happy to say that I have done significantly better recently at actually turning my pins into projects.

One of the projects that I’ve had my eye on for a bit is an adorable tank top that I found HERE.  It is a really cute personalized dance tank top.

It was the night before my daughter’s 10th birthday and I had purchased two tank tops.  One I turned into a very cute “Birthday Girl” shirt for her to wear on her birthday.  The other one I got to check off one of the pins on my “to do” list.  I found this shirt and knew it would be perfect for her.


How I Made It

I used my Cricut Explore (which I LOVE) and one of the fonts from one of my CTMH cartridges.

I love how simple Cricut Design Space makes creating projects.  It does have a bit of a learning curve in the beginning but once you learn the basics, it makes projects quick and simple.

I just designed my project, cut it out on heat transfer vinyl, ironed it on and had a great birthday present.

She loved it!  It’s her new favorite shirt to wear to dance.  It was such a hit that I have made a few more of these for her to give to some of her dance friends as birthday presents.  One of her dance teachers has even said that she wants to order one.  The best part about making multiples of these is that my Cricut Design Space allows me to save the projects I design so that the next time I want to make one, all I have to do is log back into my account and press cut!

Cute huh??

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Adventures in Self Feeding

Adventures in Self Feeding

 

My son just turned 9 months old and we have always made homemade food for all three of our kids.  He started eating solids when he was 6 months old and it would be an understatement to say that he loves food!  He has gobbled up everything we have fed him so far.  This includes: carrots, broccoli, apples, pears, celery root, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, beets just to name a few.

Ready to Feed Himself?

So now that he’s had a few months practice eating, I found Num Num Dips online and after reading the rave reviews thought I’d give them a shot.  They come in a set of two spoons or “dips” as they call them and are grooved to pick up purees and other soft foods.

At $10 for 2 spoons if I’m being honest with myself it is way more than is reasonable to spend on a spoon.  Unless you’re my husband – the chef – he has spent more on spoons that I even care to know! However, they promote self-feeding and I am all about letting my kids try things for themselves whenever it makes sense.

The Test

So, of course, my son was already in bed when the spoons arrived so I had to wait until the next day.  I couldn’t wait to see what he would do.  At dinner time the next day I warmed him up some apples, sweet potato and spinach with chicken, dipped the spoon in and tried to hand it to him.  He was not interested.  I had to put it in his mouth and then he grabbed it for himself.  When he wanted more he just dropped the spoon on his tray.  I loaded it up again for him and put it back in his mouth.  Feeding one didn’t go as well as I would have hoped because he got tired and lost interest.  It was messy for sure!


The second time we tried it, he figured out the dipping part but then didn’t take it out of the bowl.  As they say…the third time was the charm.  He is still far from being able to manage the entire process on his own.  However, he did figure out the dipping, bringing to his mouth and then putting back in the bowl at different times during this meal.  It will take some time before he’ll get the entire process consistently and it was a HUGE mess but it was great!  I think normally I’d hate to get so messy but it’s all in the name of learning, right?

So what’s the verdict?

I was a little surprised at how little the spoons were when I first received the package.  However, that makes them good for little hands.  They seem very sturdy and did fine when I sterilized them with the bottles.  Although the blue spoon did start to turn a green color after the first use.  I’m not worried about it and expect that it’s just the natural process of the material.  I love the concept of encouraging my baby to start to self-feed. These spoons do a great job of helping with the task.  At $10 for 2 spoons, it is pretty pricy.  So I will buy one set but this certainly won’t be something that I stock up on.  I am a fan and overall am very happy with my purchase.


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