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Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts–DIY for the kids

 I have been so busy with Teacher Appreciation gifts this past weekend that I have not done anything for Mother’s Day.  Good thing our parents are out of town so little crafts are not necessary as they probably would not mail well.

Since I will not be doing much this week I thought I would share some things I wish I could have done found around blog land.  Hoping you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and if you are a mother, you are able to get some R & R this Sunday and maybe some runny eggs and toast in bed:)

Don’t forget about these 4 Ingredient Pastries that most kids can make with a little supervision.

Similar to an idea I had for Father’s Day Movie Night a few years ago but love the idea of Smores Popcorn.

Source: on Pinterest

If my kids were smaller I would have loved making this:

For the wine lover mother: a Cork Monogram or Wreath

Another great use of old photos:

What would you love to give or receive this Mother’s Day?

Teacher Appreciation Gifts under $5–Day 1

Next week marks Teacher Appreciation week and many of us would like to thank our teachers but not break the bank doing so.  Plus with the school year ending we will be donating to a class gift.

I was roaming around Pinterest this week and found some great ideas that will keep you within budget.  How do I know, well I went out shopping for some supplies and made them myself!!

The pencil vase is nothing new and many people have pinned their version.  Well I would like to share where you can get these items this week to make it for your teacher by next week.  Takes less than 30 minutes once you gather supplies.
I purchased 24 pack of pencils at Target for $1.12 each.  (you will need two if you are making all one color)  I purchased a pack of 12 colored pencils at the dollar store for $1. 
 If you have a empty jar in the right size that is free or you can purchase a vase at the dollar store.  I purchased a straight sided drinking glass from the dollar store.  Grand total: $3.12.    I had the glue sticks and ribbon so I did not count that in my budget but you should be able to get under $5 easily.

Here is how I made it…

I first used a rubber band to determine how many pencils I needed and to make my design if you are using different colors.

Then use a glue gun to attach the pencils.  Work quickly as the glue dries quickly.

Once attached, add a ribbon for design.  I first glued the ribbon around the pencils then added the bow, per my daughter’s suggestion.

Since I am the room mom, I will send out a email asking folks if they have flowers in their garden to bring one in to make an arrangement for the teacher!

Stay tuned for my another idea tomorrow.

CollageIt Giveaway for Father’s Day

Have you heard of CollageIt?  I was able to sample this and this is what I came up with in only a short time.  Most of the time was going through my 1000’s of pictures.

This is a super easy software package that allows you to make a collage on Mac and Windows in only minutes. Once you decide on the pictures you want to use, the rest is easy. You can easily share these pics with others including on Facebook.

I so wish I had this before school ended, what a great teachers gift too.  Graduation, birthdays, Father’s or Mother’s Day or vacations can all be treasured in a collage.
What’s more, there is the link  for the
user guide.

CollageIt assists users in recording beautiful moment in the easiest

way. It has the following key features:

– Automatic, Easy to Use and Powerful.

– Various Collage Templates to Choose.

– Customize Photo Collages Freely.

10 winners receive a CollageIt licensed code.

Open World Wide, but must 18 or over to enter.

No Purchase Necessary Ends  Midnight 6/12

*Enter rafflecopter for a chance to win.

Good Luck!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Amazing what changes in the garden in 1 week.

Thought this was a great post for May Day!
Two weekends ago,  I was looking for flowers to make arrangements for house guests and could not find much.  However this past weekend brought about a different picture in my garden.    I could not resist taking pictures of the lovely colors of spring, although these are blooming about 2 weeks before schedule.
My favorite–the peonies

They have it on their schedule to bloom on schedule!

A few tips on Peonies.  They need a lot of sun and you will usually find ants on the buds.  Do not worry about them but be sure and wash the bloom off before bringing it in the house or you will have some unwanted visitors.  I also read once that you should only cut 1/3 of the buds on your plant.  You have 3 flowers, only cut one to bring indoors.

Cat enjoying the garden

Mountain Laurel


Hostas that hopefully will last all summer!!

Cut a few flowers and bring them into your teacher next week for Teacher appreciation. Many times in my preschool classes the room mother would provide the vase and kids just bring in whatever they had in the garden.  Inexpensive way to say thank you.

A SOUPER Valentine’s Day Gift for Teachers

I am always trying to come up with something thoughtful for teachers gifts since they work so hard.  I also like to make things that don’t necessarily need to be eaten within a few days.  They get enough of those types of gifts.  A few years ago we did these Cookies in a Jar which I think went over well.  Here is a Souper Valentine’s Day gift for teachers or neighbors.