Monday, April 30, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week of May.   If you are still trying to figure out what to give to your children's teachers, I found some great ideas online.

I hope by next week I can share with you some of my personal ideas, but in the meantime, check out these other creative ideas!  Click on the pics below and it should take you to the source.  What's great is that they all involve free printables!  Gotta love it!

Jasey's Crazy  Daisy shows you how to put together these absolutely adorable gummy bear candy jars with free printable!


Kelly from According to Kelly is a guest blogger on Skip to My Lou and shares this great fortune cookie gift idea.


Here's a "SCENTsational" idea from the Itsy Bitsy Paper Blog.


Eighteen25 has lots of cute and affordable ideas for teachers, including this cute package of Swedish Fish.


 Or you could simply drop a thank you note to show your appreciation!  You can use my free "Thank You" card printable to say thanks!  Just click on the image below to download your freebie!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Brody's Photo at World of Disney


Do you recognize this baby?

Those big brown eyes.

Those big kissable lips.

That perfect round head?

OK, so I am a little biased, but I think this baby is the cutest baby boy ever!!

Yes, as you probably have already guessed, this boy is Brody.  This picture was taken right after his first haircut at Magic Kingdom shortly after he turned one.  And thanks to my friend Heather, who I used to work with when I worked in Advertising at Walt Disney World, this photo is at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney!

Here is the full shot of the store display:



There were also a couple banners with his photo, but I didn't take a very good shot of it:


We are so excited to have Brody's sweet face in a Disney store.  And I can't believe that our baby boy is so grown up now.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rocky Road Brownies In Spring Colors


Easter may have come and gone, but I'm sure you still have plenty of candy left.  After Halloween when I had lots of chocolate on hand, I found a great recipe for Rocky Road Brownies on the back of a Hershey's Miniatures Chocolate Bars package.  You can view the same recipe on the Hershey's website.  But in honor of Easter and spring, I altered it slightly using bunny marshmallows and omitting the nuts since my kids aren't big fans of nuts.  Here is my spring version of the Rocky Road Brownies:
  
Ingredients:

38 to 40 HERSHEY'S MINIATURES Chocolate Bars, unwrapped
2-1/2 Cups Bunny Mallows
1 package (13x 9 family size) brownie mix

Here are my ingredients (I had a ton of Hershey's chocolate Nuggets leftover from Brody and Skylar's Knight and Princess Party, so I used a mixture of Hershey's Nuggets and some Hershey's Miniatures).


Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cut each miniature chocolate bars or chocolate nuggets into about 8 pieces.


Here is my little helper who helped me unwrap all of the chocolates:


 2. Stir together Bunny Mallows and chocolate bar pieces and set aside.


3. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Bake brownie 2 minutes less than recommended baking time; sprinkle marshmallow mixture over brownie surface.


 4. Continue baking 3 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Using wet knife, cut into squares.


Enjoy!

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!


He is risen!

 Today we are celebrating such a special time in history, one that I will forever be grateful for.  
Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Egg Hunt Birthday Party


It's hard to believe that Easter Sunday is less than a week away!  I have been wanting to share this special egg hunt birthday party for a while now and even though it was a birthday party, there are lots of great inspiration for an Easter party or any spring celebration.  

I styled this dessert table for two very special little girls, my precious nieces Summer and Violet!  Since their birthdays are right around the Easter holiday, my sister-in-law Michelle (the girls' mommy) wanted to throw a fun and festive Easter egg hunt as one of the party activities.  It was a big hit!  

I had a lot of fun creating this dessert table.  I did it on a budget, using a lot of store-bought treats.  As always, I start preparing for a party with my custom printables.  Since the girls love butterflies, I wanted to incorporate images of butterflies along with Easter eggs.  I also used fun spring pastel colors.  And Michelle wanted a banner that she could use year after year.


Treats included homemade cupcakes topped with customized cupcake toppers, and store-bought sugar cookies and Easter-themed Little Debbie snack cakes, along with apothecary jars filled with white-chocolate covered pretzels and pastel bunny marshmallows.



I also made some Oreo Pops and bought cute bunny lollipops from Dollar Tree and displayed them using this treat display tutorial.



We had a great time celebrating two very special girls!  The whole Egg Hunt Birthday Party Collection is now available in my ETSY SHOP.  


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