Teacher Gifts

teacher gift

Need an idea for a teacher birthday gift or for teacher appreciation week? How about making a gift card bouquet! It was so easy and who doesn’t love getting gift cards? I had two old vases that I wasn’t using so I thought those would be perfect for the “pot”. I sent out an e-mail to all the parents in the class asking if they wanted to participate to either send cash or a gift card. I used pizza boxes to make my flowers so that they would be sturdy enough to hold the gift cards and covered them in scrapbook paper. The “stems” are wooden kabob sticks wrapped in green floral tape and then stuck into the card board circle that I placed inside the pot. I had some of that extra green mossy grass stuff just lying around from an Easter decoration and that made the perfect “grass” look on top…plus it covers the cardboard underneath. There are many versions of this on Pinterest (my favorite site!). You could even do this as a Christmas gift by buying one of those small evergreen trees (that look like mini Christmas trees-I have seen them about 12″ tall) and then placing the gift cards on the tree with little ornaments. Happy Crafting!


Birth Stories for the Mom-to-Be

Everyone reads the same books, websites, etc. before they have their first baby but here is another thing you can do to help prepare. A good friend of mine who is due with her first baby in May sent out an e-mail to friends and family who have already had babies. She sent a list of questions that she wanted us to think about and answer so that she could draw from our stories to help her mentally, physically and emotionally prepare for the birth of her baby girl. I thought this was an amazing idea and wish I had done something like this before I had my first. You can get so much great information from books but sometimes it helps to hear real experiences from people you know. Here are some of the questions that she asked and I am sure there are many more to add based on what you feel you need.

-What helped you most when you gave birth?

-What was your spiritual experience of giving birth?

-If you could do it over again, what would you do the same?

-Is there anything you would do differently?

-What do you wish you had known beforehand?

This won’t help you with the actual birth but one piece of advice I read on The Bump when I was pregnant was to take the baby book with you to the hospital. Have it handy and bookmarked to the correct page and when they do your baby’s footprints for the birth certificate or hospital record have them do the footprints in the baby book as well. They do it everyday so it will come out looking good and saves you the trouble and mess of doing it when you get home!

Please comment and let everyone know what questions you would add or put on a list.

Cooling & Heating Pads!

These cooling and heating pads are seriously cool! They beat any ice pack or Ziplock with ice in it by far. You have to get one and try it! They are scented with lavender which is great for relaxation. There is no cord to keep you confined to one spot. More pics to come of different shapes and fabric. These are great for……care package for a college student, teacher gifts, mothers day, kids, dads and mothers that breastfeed to help with soreness or let down milk, etc!

Here is the newest fabric!

LSU warmer

Meal Time Made Easy…or At Least Easier

In the weeks before I was due with my son I started preparing meals. This was seriously the best thing I did to prepare for having a newborn! I for sure did not feel like cooking because I wanted to spend every second staring at my perfect baby and it was too time consuming for me to prepare a dinner while feeding/watching a baby and helping my 6 year old step daughter with whatever she needed. Also a plus, you don’t have any dishes to wash since you already prepared everything, days, weeks or a month ago!  I decided that I need to start making some more casseroles to stick in the freezer. Now that my son is 16 months and constantly on the move it is much easier to set something out in the morning to make for dinner rather than chase him around while I try to keep an eye on the dinner that I am attempting to cook.

I made homemade mac & cheese, Saturday noodle bake, pizza casserole and tater tot casserole.I prepared them and then put them into the disposable Reynolds containers with the plastic lids. I also wrapped them with Cling wrap since the lids tend to pop off and then labeled each one. Almost any recipe can be made ahead of time and placed in the freezer. Simply pull the one you want to make out of the freezer in the morning and then stick it in the oven when it is time for dinner.

Pizza Casserole is a family favorite of ours that I found on my favorite site..Pinterest.

All you need is the following: mozzarella cheese, tomato/pasta sauce (any flavor, brand you want), 1 lb. sausage (browned), pepperonis, cooked rigatoni noodles. It really depends on how much you want to make. But you basically layer everything. Spread a thin layer of tomato/pasta sauce on bottom of pan, Next add a layer of noodles covered by more sauce, then sausage and then cheese. I keep going until I reach the top of the container and then I add a final layer of cheese and then layer the top with the pepperonis. Bake at 350 until hot and pepperonis are browning slightly. We like our pepperoni crispy 🙂 I recently thought it would be good with mushrooms added in…..Serve with a salad and enjoy!

Tater Tot Casserole is super easy too…maybe not the healthiest..but sometimes you just need a little comfort food.

You will need: 1 lb. ground beef (browned), 1 can cream of mushroom, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, tater tots. Put the ground beef in the bottom of the pan, layer the cream of mushroom on top of that, cheese on top of that and then layer the top with the tater tots. Bake at temperature and time indicated on the tater tot package.