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Monday, August 22, 2016

Summertime Christmas Party Inspiration

We survived the first week of school, woohoo!  Brody and Skylar both love their teachers and I am happy to report that my kids are currently enjoying school.  Skylar always loves going to school, but Brody prefers sleeping in, going on vacations, and the lazy days of summer.  So I was really surprised and happy to hear him say one morning before school last week, "I'm excited to go to school today".

Now that the kids are back in school, I finally have some time to blog again.  And since Christmas in July is a popular thing in the blogging world, I thought I would create an inspiration board for a summertime Christmas party.  I know it's August already, so I missed the whole "Christmas in July" fun, but in reality, living in Florida, it can feel like a summer day when December 25th comes around so you can use the inspiration for a winter Christmas party in Florida as well.

When it comes to planning any party, I instantly think of what the kids would want.  So when planning this inspiration board, I pictured a fun after-school play date in our back patio with Brody and Skylar and their friends.  So there would be lots of finger foods (both sweet and healthy), and frozen hot chocolate as their drinks (and dessert!). As for decor, I would use some fun polka dot and striped printables that I created for a family Christmas party a few years ago.  I am obsessed with polka dots and stripes when it comes to party decor! Just click on the links below to go to the original source of inspiration.

I found this super-cute card from Paperless Post that would match my polka-dot themed decor.  Click on the photo below to check it out, or go HERE to check out their whole Christmas card collection.

Hope this post inspires you to get ready for the holiday season, better early than late! :-)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

First Day of School Photos 2016 - Free Printables

The summer has flown by!  We had an amazing time together as a family.  I hope to post more pictures of our UK trip and travel tips from our summer break.  In the meantime, it is time to get ready for back to school!  I've already seen back to school photos from friends and family on social media.  I love seeing their cute smiling faces with their new bookbags and lunchbags.  

As a tradition, I take first day of school pictures of Brody and Skylar.  It is hard to believe how much they have grown up and changed in the past few years.  Here are some pictures from the past...

If you need a printable to add to your back to school photos, just click HERE or the photo below and print what your need for your child!

I hope everyone has a wonderful first day back to school and an awesome school year!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fashion Friday - Souvenir Tees

We are in the middle of summer vacation and feel so blessed to currently be spending our time in England right now.  We are in the lovely city of Bath, in the west country of England, near the border of Wales.  We actually spent a lovely day in Cardiff, Wales and fell in love with Wales and the beautiful castles of the country.  I knew that I wanted to buy a souvenir tee with the Welsh flag because how cool is it to have a national flag with a dragon on it!!?!

We enjoyed souvenir shopping and supporting the small, local shops (our usual purchases are stuffed animals selected by Brody and Skylar, and a Christmas ornament to hang on our Christmas tree identifying the wonderful places and cities we visit). The Welsh shirts were a bit pricey so we left Wales with just stuffed animals and an ornament.

However, right next door to our hotel in Bath, we have Primark. If you are not familiar with Primark, it is a European department store with very affordable apparel, shoes, accessories, and even home goods and snacks.  If you are on a budget, it is a great spot to purchase any items that you may have forgotten from home, and also a great spot to find souvenir tees from the local country you are visiting.  It is also my husband's favorite store to purchase skinny jeans! 

Just our luck, we found these cool tees in the boys department on sale for £1 each!  

Yes, £1!

I love that it even says "Cymru" which is "Wales" in Welsh.  Thankfully I was able to fit into the largest boy size which was 12-13 years old, and they also had sizes to fit Brody and Skylar.  Since it happened to be during the semi-finals of the Euro Cup, we wore our shirts proudly when Wales played Portugal earlier this week.  Unfortunately, Wales lost, but it was a fun match to watch at our hotel lobby with other hotel guests.

So next time you are in Europe and happen to be near a Primark, don't forget to check their t-shirt section where you might find a cheap souvenir!  Skylar and I paired our tees with basic black leggings and boots while Brody wore his jeans and sneakers.  My hubby also wore a different Wales shirt, so it was fun to match as a family.

 Do you have any other fun souvenir shopping tips or cool stores you recommend in other places?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a lovely day!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Teacher Appreciation - "Write Teacher" - Free Printable

Teacher Appreciation Week has come and gone, but I think we should show our teachers appreciation any time of the year since they do so much for our children!  If you are still looking for a gift to give to your child's teacher, here is another idea.  These would be nice to give to your teacher at the end of the school year, at the beginning of the school year, or even during a birthday or special holiday.

I found these cute zipper pouches at my local Michaels craft store (you can find some cute ones online HERE and HERE).

I filled the zipper pouches with some coordinating notepads and notecards along with a pencil.

Download my free printable 5x7 card from HERE or click on the photo below.

Print the PDF on white heavy cardstock paper.  Cut the cards out and punch holes on each side and attach to the zipper pouches using twine or ribbon.

I'm sure your teachers will appreciate this thoughtful gift!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Teacher Appreciation - "Tea-rrific Teacher" - Free Printable

We are in the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week and Brody and Skylar have been having fun giving their teachers different gifts each day.  For today's gift, I got the idea from a gift I actually received from their school last week.  I was invited to a volunteer breakfast where the principal and staff made us school volunteers feel so loved!  They had a yummy breakfast for us, said kind words about us, and gave us our Volunteer certificates, along with this adorable gift...

I thought the gift was perfect!  And last year I had purchased some cute Betsey Johnson tumblers on clearance from Michaels and wasn't sure how to present them to the teachers.  Aren't these tumblers so cute in their fun, bright-colored animal print?

So I stole their "TEA-RRIFIC" idea!!  I made a tag that says "Thank you for being a TEA-RRIFIC teacher!"  Inside the tumblers I put some little Singles To Go packets of iced tea and some tea bags.

Then I attached the tag onto the front of the tumbler with tape.

If you would like to make these gifts for your teachers, you can download the free printable HERE or click on the photo below.  (Your tags won't have my children's names on them!)  Print on white heavy cardstock paper and cut out. If you want the smooth curved edges, I used my handy dandy Martha Stewart Corner Punch that you can get HERE.

Didn't they turn out so cute?

Hope you are able to use this gift idea!  Have a tea-rrific day!