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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!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teacher Appreciation - "TOTEally Awesome Teacher" - Free Printable

If you are still looking for a Teacher Appreciation gift, I have another free printable for you today!  Last year I found these adorable plastic mini tote bags in the Michaels dollar bins.  I was drawn to their beautiful, bright, and happy colors!  I also liked that they were about the size of a lunch bag, so if the teachers wanted to re-purpose the gift bags, they could reuse them as a lunch bag or something small they could bring into the classroom for carrying things.  

I have not had a chance to see if Michaels has these bags again, but they always seem to have cute bags like these in craft stores like Michaels, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, or even the Dollar Spot at Target, so make sure to browse their dollar sections if you are in those stores!

Inside I put some coordinating notecards and notepads (that I also found in the Michaels dollar bins on clearance!)  But you can put whatever you like in these cute bags.  You can also write a sweet note to your child's teacher on the back of these cards or have your child write the note.

Download your free printable HERE or click on the photo below.  Of course your card won't have my children's names on them!  Print on white heavy cardstock paper and cut out, and attach to a cute mini tote bag with a ribbon.  If you want the smooth curved edges, I used my handy dandy Martha Stewart Corner Punch that you can get HERE.  Fill the bag with your special gift and give to your totally awesome teacher!!

Hope you make a teacher smile today!  You are making me smile by reading this!!

For more Teacher Appreciation ideas, check out my Free Printables page HERE.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Teacher Appreciation - "Showering Me With Love and Knowledge" - Free Printable

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May, which means it is right around the corner!!  I think it is very important to show appreciation to these wonderful teachers who have taken such great care of our children all year.  I feel very blessed that Brody and Skylar have had amazing teachers since they started school!

I like to give their teachers a small gift every day.  It can get a little expensive, so I try to be a bit more creative with the presentation, even if it's an inexpensive gift (especially when they have multiple Specials teachers).  Then I like to give a bigger gift to their main teachers on Friday, usually some sort of gift card.

For today, I wanted to share with you a gift that Brody and Skylar gave their main teachers last year.  I found these super cute Betsey Johnson umbrellas at Michaels last year, and I was even able to use a coupon to purchase them (purchased them on separate occasions to use 2 coupons).  If your local Michaels store doesn't have these anymore, I think most stores like Target or Walmart would carry something similar.  Or you can find cute umbrellas online HERE.

To dress them up, we wrapped them with colorful gifting tissue paper, and tied the ends with cute ribbon.  Then I added a tag that says, "Thanks for showering me with love and knowledge!"  On the back I had Brody and Skylar write a personal message to their teachers.

To get the free printable, you can download them HERE, or click on the photo below, then print on white heavy cardstock paper.

Here's Skylar and Brody excited to give their teachers their gifts!

Let's shower our teachers with love and appreciation!!

For more Teacher Appreciation ideas, check out my Free Printables page HERE.