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End of School Year Gifts for Classmates


As I sat there with our children making end of the school year treat bags for their classmates, I wonder to myself what do I do next year since my son will be in Middle school. Do we still do end of the school year gifts? Hmm

It also occurred to me that I never shared the gifts that we did from last year. Just like this year, I went for super easy and inexpensive.

This was last years….

end of school year gift for classmates

I found those fun & colorful lollipops at the Dollar Store (5 for $1).

Just added ribbon and tags. Easy!

This year, because we are really short on time we’re just doing bags of candy.

Here is what we did…

sweet treats for classmates

Nothing fancy at all but still a sweet little end of the school year treat from the kids to their classmates.

So looking forward to summer vacation!

Happy End Of School Year to You!


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Teacher Appreciation Mexican Fiesta Luncheon


Teacher appreciation week is over. For the final day of Teacher Appreciation week, we invited the teachers and staff to join us for a Mexican Fiesta Lunch in the library. If you want to see what we did earlier in the week visit here and here.

Somehow, there was some miscommunication and the first lunch started 40 minutes earlier than expected. Needless to say, myself and some of the other parents and a staff member scrambled to set up as fast as we could! It certainly wasn’t set up as I had envisioned. There were decorations that didn’t get displayed (Such as giant inflatable cactus) and some food that didn’t get placed in nice serving dishes. We did the best we could in a very short amount of time.

However, the teacher’s loved it!  Some even said it was their favorite week of the year. :D

Upon entering the library, the teachers were greeted and helped to get in a festive kind of mood by hearing fun fiesta music playing.

This was the main table where our teachers ate their lunch.

teacher appreciation mexican fiesta lunch centerpiece

We did set the tables with bowls of chips & salsa and wrapped silverware. I forgot to take a picture after it was completely set. It looked pretty cute.

teacher appreciation week mexican fiesta lunch

The menu:  Shredded Beef, Shredded Chicken, Mexican Rice, Cheesy Corn, Refried Beans, Festive Fruit Salad, Stuffed Peppers, Taco shells, tortilla’s, chips & pico de gallo,  salsa and a ton of toppings. (4 different cheese, sour cream, spicy sour cream, green and black olives, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, white, red and green onion and guacamole).

This was part of the food table…..

teacher appreciation food table spread

Kills me to see the sour cream in their original containers. And the fresh guacamole in that bowl. BTW, the guacamole went fast!

Chips and Pico de gallo (recipe here) served in giant margarita glasses.

teacher appreciation chips and salsa glass

The local Mexican bakery was happy to donate a tray of cookies and one of the parents made these little cakes.

teacher appreciation fiesta lunch

teacher appreciation lunch bacon and kids

We had two buckets filled with drinks. One with Iced Tea and water and the other with several different kinds of soda.

It turned out to be a great lunch!

My brain is already filling up with some ideas for next year. Shhh… don’t tell my husband.

Happy future teacher appreciation weeks to you!


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Teacher Appreciation Week – Fruit Baskets, Snack Trays & More

Teacher Appreciation Week 2015 – Day 2

Snacks for the teachers.

I delivered this tray full of snacks and a basket of candy to the teacher’s lounge.

teacher appreciation snacks candy

teacher appreciation day snacks

By the next morning. most everything had been devoured. :)

Day 3 –

Theme: “We Couldn’t Have Picked Better Teachers!”

teacher appreciation sign

Gift:  Fresh fruit and flower pots.

teacher appreciation flower table pots

Up close…

teacher appreciation flowers

And the fresh fruit…

teacher appreciation fruit baskets and labelsI added little signs to the baskets…

“You’re the APPLE of our eyes”

“ORANGE you glad summer is almost here?

“You’re awesome to the CORE”

“You’re all just PLUM PEAR-fect!”

“We’re BANANAS for you. You’re loved BUNCHES”

teacher appreciation fruit flowers signs

Inexpensive and fun!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to you all!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2015 – Superhero Breakfast

Good Morning!

To kick off Teacher Appreciation Week 2015, we started with a Superhero Teacher Breakfast.

Table set and ready to go…

superhero teachers

Breakfast Menu:

Sausage & Egg Muffins, Pastries and Muffins, Fruit Salad, Yogurt, Energy Balls and Juice.

superhero teacher breakfast

teacher appreciation superhero teachers breakfast

teacher appreciation week simply juiceYep, the juice containers wore capes :)

Here is a poster we made to welcome our teachers…

teacher appreciation week ideas

Super way to start the week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to you!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 – Day 5 Breakfast

Teacher Appreciation Week is over… what a great week for our teacher’s!

We kicked off the week with a Popcorn Bar and mid-week we provided a delicious Chili and Salad Bar Luncheon.

To end the week we treated our teacher’s to  breakfast and a gift.

Good Morning!

teacher appreciation week breakfast sign

A yogurt bar with lots of toppings, including homemade granola…

teacher appreciation week breakfast bacon and kids

Even added some bling to the spoons ;)…

teacher appreciation week breakfast spoon blingJenna made these cute little loaves of bread…

teacher appreciation week breakfast bread

You’re simply the best juice!..

teacher appreciation week simply juice

We gave each of the teachers a gift card (donated from parents). I added the gift cards to these basil plants. I covered aluminum cans with scrapbook paper and embellishments…easy and adorable!

teacher appreciation week aluminum can gifts

And Nancy put together these sweet Thanks a latte cups…

teacher appreciation week thanks a latte

We truly enjoyed making Teacher Appreciation Week  special for our deserving teachers.

Until next Teacher Appreciation Week!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 Day 3 Chili and Salad Bar Lunch

We kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 with a Popcorn Station set up in the Teacher’s lounge.

For Day 3 we provided a delicious Chili & Salad Bar for lunch!

Check it out…

This sign greeted our teachers

teacher appreciation week lunch

I failed to get a picture of the Chili – we had a few different kinds. White Bean Chicken Chili, Vegetarian Chili and a Meaty Chili.  Here are the chili toppings…

teacher appreciation week chili toppings

And the salad bar…

teacher appreciation week salad bar

After our teacher’s reached the end of the salad bar line they were very thankful they weren’t paying by the weight of their plates! Free Salad piled high!

We had dessert and drinks too…

teacher appreciation week lunch drinks and dessertsDelicious Banana pudding cups!

teacher appreciation week dessert cups

Jenna also made these adorable chocolate dipped Oreo “Apples”…

teacher appreciation treats

We used those Oreo treats as part of the table centerpieces…

teacher appreciation week table centerpieces

Along with these apples that I added little notes to the scrapbook paper leaves…

teacher appreciation week apples decor

So much fun treating our incredible teachers to a special lunch!

To end out this special week, we are providing the teacher’s with breakfast and a gift on Friday.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon to you!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 Day 1 Popcorn Station

Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 – Day 1

Popcorn Station

teacher appreciation week for our popular teachers

We made a cute sign to go with our popcorn theme:

teacher appreciation week betty hayden

We provided a few different popcorn flavors and a plain popcorn that the teachers could season with their choice of several different popcorn seasonings.

teacher appreciation week popcorn station

And some movie theater size boxed candy and soda.

teacher appreciation week popcorn station candyA “pop”ular start to their special week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!



Book Corner – Reading List Update 2013


December already! The year is almost over and I failed to update my reading list each month, until now…

This is what I have read for 2013 so far and as always this is in addition to my daily Bible reading, Bible study publications and the many, many books that are read to our sweet children :D

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There are some really great books in this list!

Business & Marketing

Always Know What To Say – Easy Ways To Approach And Talk To AnyoneMurphy, Peter W.

 Smart Talk:Lisa B. Marshall

 Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit: The Secrets of Building a Five-Star Customer Service Organization

~ Leonardo Inghilleri

Endless Referrals ~Burg, Bob

Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships

~John C. Maxwell

 Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers)

~Kevin Kruse

 Eat That Frog ~Brian Tracy

Raving Fans ~Ken Blanchard

 Building Better Relationships: Proven Strategies to Make the Most of Your Personal Connections (Collection) ~Richard Templar, Linda Elder, Richard Paul, Mark Woods, Trapper Woods, Merrick Rosenberg, Daniel Silvert

 Dental Marketing Fusion ~Mike Saunders MBA

 Word of Mouth: 2013 Marketing Calendar for Dental Practices ~Elizabeth Kraus

 How to Work for Yourself: 100 Ways to Make the Time, Energy and Priorities to Start a Business, Book or Blog ~Bryan Cohen

Say YES! to Change: 27 Secrets to Motivating Yourself and Your Team ~Lawrence Polsky

 Family & Self Improvement

 The Stress Free You: How to Live Stress Free and Feel Great Everyday, Starting Today  ~O’Brien, Elizabeth

 Declutter your life ~Ideas, Infinite

 Parenting With Love And Logic ~Foster Cline, Jim Fay

 Become the Confident Mom You’ve Always Wanted to Be ~Susan Heid

 Choose Yourself ~James Altucher

 Dad is Fat ~Jim Gaffigan

 How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk  ~Adele Faber

 The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

 The Positive Thinking Secret ~Aaron Kennard

 Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader 1st Edition ~Melissa Taylor

 Fiction – Just for Fun

 Simply Amazing ~Shaw, Candace

 Waking Up Married ~Kelly, Mira Lyn

 The Mother Load ~Bates, Keeley

 What Alice Forgot ~Liane Moriarty

 In Need of Therapy ~Tracie Banister, Jeff Okerstrom

 Worth The Drive ~Mara Jacobs

 Worth The Fall ~Mara Jacobs

 Worth The Weight ~Mara Jacobs

 With a View ~Alanna Coca

 Next Year I’ll be Perfect ~Laura Kilmartin

 Waiting for You ~Abigail Strom

 Chocolate for Two ~Maria Murnane

 Cross My Heart ~Abigail Strom

 Tea For Two~ Diane Moody

 Into Your Arms ~Abigail Strom

 Double Dare ~Rhonda Nelson

 Honeymoon For One ~Chris Keniston

 Hand-Me-Down Love ~Jennifer Ransom

 Paper Roses ~Amanda Cabot

 Will you be adding any of these books to your 2014 reading list? Please feel free to share your book suggestions for my 2014 reading list. I love adding new books to my bookshelves!

 Happy Reading to you!


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I just can’t do it!

Have you ever felt like you just can’t do it? That is exactly how my daughter felt trying to hula hoop for the first time. This video has been played so many times over the last few years and I still laugh every time I watch it. Sure to put a smile on your face.
P.S. You can do it! Just keep trying ;)


12+ Back To School Tips and Organization Ideas

Back to School Tips & Organization Ideas

back to school to do list

 Only a few weeks left before our kids start back to school – Our summer days are flying by. And yet, there are still so many more fun summer activities we want to do! The weather in our neighborhood has felt more like fall than summer for weeks now!  :(

 Whether we want to think about it or not, it’s time to start working on our Back to School to do lists. Here are some of my back to school tips and organization ideas:

 Back-To-School Check-list –

Get your paper & pen out and write your back to school checklist, one that includes everything you need to do to be ready for the first day of school. Writing things down on paper helps to purge your brain of all the things you have to do and eliminates the worry that you’re going to forget something. Not only that, it brings me great joy to be able to cross things off of my list.

 It doesn’t need to be perfect –

Remember, we still have a precious few weeks with our kids before school starts…don’t make yourself crazy by foolishly thinking everything in your home has to be perfectly organized. Spend time with your kids having fun – get the necessities ready now but know that there will be time once the kids are back in school to focus on the other things.

What will they wear? –

Before School Starts…

Clean out kids’ closets/drawers. Before you head out to the mall for the dreaded back to school clothes shopping, go through their closets and dresser drawers. Remember to check clothes and shoes for fit, cleanliness and/or any needed alterations or repairs. Donate the clothes/shoes that are too small. Add the items that you need to buy to your to do list.

During the School Year…

Simplify the morning routine by picking out their clothes the night before or I usually pick out their clothes for the week and label them Monday – Friday. This is a huge time saver! Remember to include hair accessories, socks, etc.

School Supplies 

Your child probably received a school supply shopping list at the end of the school year, if not, check the school website for a list of what your child will need. Check for supplies you may already have before you head to the store. Many stores are having Back To School sales so watch out for the deals. Now is a good time to buy extra supplies for later on in the school year.

Lunches/Snacks –

I’ve mentioned before that I hate making lunches every day. So I try to make the process a little easier (I know, I know, how hard is it to make lunch?) Anyway, this is what I do.

* Prepare some school lunch/snack bins for the refrigerator and cupboard.  

Easy lunches and snacks

* Make the lunches/snacks the night before .

* Lunch notes/jokes. Think about adding lunch notes/jokes to their lunch. My kids love reading the notes/jokes at school. You can print out a bunch in advance so you can quickly add a special note with their lunch.

Healthy snacks – Fresh fruit, vegetables and cheese are great choices. Nuts, whole grains and yogurt are also good snack choices.

Avoid fruit juices, energy drinks , sodas, sticky and chewy foods.

Instead of PB & J’s every single day (my sons favorite lunch) , get creative with a variety of lunches. For inspiration check out my Pinterest Board School Lunches & Snacks

 Start the School Year with a Healthy Smile –

The Surgeon General calls dental problems the “Silent Epidemic” that results in more than 51 million school hours missed each year! Schedule your child’s Back To School Check-up. 

 Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance! 

No one performs well in the morning if you’re stressed and rushed your kids will be too. Avoid chaotic mornings by doing as much as possible the night before to get ready for the next day! Pack lunches/snacks, get homework and backpacks ready, set the table for breakfast, have their clothes picked out (including hair accessories,shoes, etc.

Paper Clutter – 

It amazes me how many school papers come home every day! Plan now to control that paper clutter. To start, every day right after school I go through the kids’ backpacks and check for any papers that need to be returned, homework, upcoming events and so on. I immediately add any important dates (& the details of the school function/field trip to my Gmail calendar as well as any dates where permission slips/money is due and so on. In the kitchen I have folders for each child for the “now” school papers. And for the papers I want to save, at my desk in my filing cabinet I have 2 folders  w/labels for each child and the grade they are in. In my master filing cabinet I have folders labeled K thru grade 12 for each child so at the end of the school year I simply put the finished grade away and pull out the next grade.

Backpacks –

Have a designated home for backpacks –

My kids are to remove their water bottles and lunch boxes from their backpacks as soon as they get home from school.

I check backpacks for any school papers, homework, etc. Rather than have the kids remove these items I ensure that I don’t miss any notes and that their homework sheets are posted on the refrigerator.

Homework Station / Homework Totes –

I put together homework totes for each child that holds their scissors, glue, pens, pencils, crayons, sharpeners, etc. This has been a huge time saver and has lessened the homework headaches! 

Homework totes school supplies

 School Money Jar –

I keep a jar in the kitchen that holds money for school lunches, donations, popcorn sales, etc.

 Recyclables –

If your school collects Box Tops, Labels for Education, Coke Points, etc.

Keep these things organized to avoid clutter. I have little hanging buckets labeled Box Tops, Labels for Education, Old Batteries, Can Tabs & Coke Points

organizing box tops and recyclables

For your Sanity

Wake up 20 minutes before it’s time to wake up the kids . Use this time to read, take your shower & get dressed or enjoy a cup of coffee/tea in peace & quiet.. Avoid checking your social media pages and emails – time will slip away and before you know it you’re running behind in the morning, or you read a negative email or post that put you in a bad mood, save that for after you drop the kids off to school.  

What are you doing to prepare for the school year or if school already started in your neck of the woods, please comment to share what is working for you.  

 I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy & Stress-Free School Year!





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