Thank You Gifts

Give a gift that counts.  It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense.  Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B.  When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5.  We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals.  I start thinking about gift a month before school ends.  That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.

 

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We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give.  I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99.  I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue &  used a close pin for the tea bag.

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Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.

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I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.

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I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.

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Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together.  I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag.  Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!

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I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”.  This was for the Gym teacher!

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I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.

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I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.

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I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.

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On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.

Just use what you have!

Be creative!

A White Christmas

There is nothing more magical to me than seeing All White.  When I look outside after a fresh snowfall.  I admire an all white outfit and even more so an entire room in white.  Here are my all White picks. . . . oh so fun!

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We're loving how fashion blogger Christine Andrew styled our ivory high low sweater - add brown accessories and a little sparkle to an all white outfit for a chic fall look #fallfashion

I'd totally do this if my hubby had to go away at Christmas for some strange reason....i LOVE all the white. ~~sigh~~

In the Know: An all white outfit is one trend we HAD to jump on board with! Adding pumps makes for an on-point day-to night outfit!
Flowers: 30 paper white narcissi, 25 white ranunculas, 25 white single tulips, 15 white hyacinths

Classic Chic Home: Dreams of Living in an All White Room

I've been trying to find something to do with the old doors from my house...this is a great use & I like the sparkly chandelier too!
pallet table - love the finish

Milk Glass Collection....thanks Mom :)

all white dessert table

Modern White Christmas Lounge from Elite Home Decoration. #laylagrayce #holiday

Nature is AMAZING!!
I wish that I  could just scoop these pearls into my hands and feel their beauty!  ♥
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Packaging White Xmas.  I would do all one color (ex. Red, Green, White) with different textures of paper and ribbon.
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Merry Christmas by All Things Shabby and Beautiful

Vintage Wedding Boys

My boys were ring barrier’s in their brother’s beautiful wedding on September 7.  The bride and groom wanted a vintage wedding vibe, so not only was the decor vintage but the wedding party wore suspenders and caps.

I had my boys hats, ties and suspenders handmade from Etsy.

Their outfits fit right in & they LOVED being part of their brothers’ wedding!

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Caps by Averylee Kids

Suspenders & Ties by Tiny Tots Clothing

Shirts by Gymboree

Khaki’s by Joe’s Jeans

       Shoes by  GAP

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I know I’m a little bias but how cute are these boys?  I think their outfits worked really well.  The only thing I may have done differently is to make their ties a tad darker…I love to know what do you think?

My mom

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DSC_0006She couldn’t be more beautiful.  I remember her as being such a hard worker, especially when she raised me by herself.  She always worked and was a loyal employee.  I remember there being times when she was so tired, but I just had to see my friend, who happened to live across town and she usually ended up driving me.  Whenever I had a new interest, she’d let me embrace it and pay for my lessons.  Being me, I would agonize over what to buy at the department store…she gave me a budget and I would take my time picking out and trying on everything.  I had the coolest room and when I was a teenager, I just had to have my own telephone line.  My mom would cook, clean, and do my laundry even after I was old enough to do it myself.  When I was older and had a step dad we’d go skiing every weekend in the winter and camping in the summer.  Now that I have children, organizing skiing every weekend is no small task and have yet to camp with them.

My mom knows how to celebrate life as well.  She has always been here for the births of my two boys, my husband’s 50th birthday, my 40th, every Christmas since my boys were born and even their birthday’s.  She never fails to be a call away to hear about us and the boy’s achievements.

I admire my mom for so many reasons and my boys adore their grandma.  Thank you mom and Happy Mother’s Day!  We love you.

Beach Calling

A quote I saw that I just can’t get out of my head, “I Long for Salt Air in my Hair”.  I’m thinking about long lazy days spent at the beach with my boys.  The beach is where so many of our summer memories are made with family and friends.  I’m ready!

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Our Easter fun

Easter & our boys

P1010874This year James wanted to place the eggs in the boiling water (only broke 7)

P1010881  We went with ego egg dye from William Sonoma & Kool Aid!

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P1010981The eggs turned out just as well with eco dyes!

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For every holiday we have quite a book collection (from my teacher years!)

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One of my favorite books…”The Truth about Easter Rabbits”

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Love what they say about Easter Rabbits

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Ace loves Easter.  He would never miss out on all the fun!

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My attempt to make breakfast

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The hunt is on

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Every year John finds less eggs but gets more dollar bills

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Stickers, change, dollars, stamps & bubbles come in our eggs

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Easter ears a must

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Egg fight fun

Our Easter isn’t fancy but it’s fun and while our boys are young we want them to believe in the magic of Easter.

My Sons Fishing Party

Time to Celebrate James with a Fishing theme Birthday Party!

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Make the invitation stand out~ should reflect the party theme

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I found these invitations on Etsy

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I picked up these cupcake labels on Etsy & made my own fish banner

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Make 2 cakes & cut out a shape to add to the top of the other

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Goldfish, Swedish fish, Gummi worms

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The boys knew we were fishing for crabs

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Favor Bags

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Take home shirts

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Happy 8th Birthday James!