Gift Idea: Just Dance 2014

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When buying gifts for my kids for Christmas, I’m always trying to find the balance between things that they want and things I want them to have. I prefer gifts that have some value beyond a little bit of entertainment. For the last year or two we have given our kids one of the versions […]

Gift Idea and Giveaway: Travels with Gannon & Wyatt

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  — Mark Twain When I was 11-years old. My family lived in the Dominican Republic for a year. It was a completely life-transforming experience for me at a time in my life when I was transforming into the person I was going to become. I learned Spanish […]

An Apple Soda for the Teacher Back to School Gift

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My kids went back to school last week. I know that sounds crazy to those of you who don’t start until after Labor Day and it feels a little crazy to me. Our summers are short–less than two months–so we spend the 1st half recovering from the previous school year and the 2nd half gearing […]

O-FISH-al Best Dad – Fathers Day Gift for Fisherman

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  Alright, I know I’m a little late to share this Father’s Day gift idea with you for this year. But since I’ve already instagrammed it, I thought I would show you what I did so you can be ready for next year, if there is a man in your life who loves fishing. This […]

I couldn’t have Picked a better Teacher Appreciation Gift

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Another quick teacher appreciation idea. Although, I didn’t use these for teachers at all. I teach Let’s Play Music and we just had our recital for the graduates of the program last week. The Let’s Play Music program requires a lot of parent participation and I wanted to recognize the parents and help the kids tell them […]

The Gift of Giving Life – A Mother’s Day Gift

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This book review is a stop on the Virtual Book Tour for The Gift of Giving Life. I was provided a copy of the book for my review. All opinions are my own. Never have I felt more like a mother than I did on Mother’s Day three years ago, having just welcomed my fourth child […]

Summer Vacation Teacher Appreciation Gift

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! And for many the school year is quickly winding down! Here is a fun, inexpensive, gift for your favorite teachers (including free printables) that is a great way to say “Thank you” and “have a great summer” all in one! I believe that all of the materials for our “summer fun” […]

Disneyland Travel Kits

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I promised you that I had another surprise for the kids for the morning that we left for Disneyland and here it is! I set these baskets up for them the night before so they could come down the stairs and discover them. Honestly, it felt a bit like Christmas morning. So why give the […]

Five Creative School Valentines

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Before we leave Valentine’s Day in the dust and start hopping down the bunny trail, I wanted to show you the fun Valentines I came up with for my kids (and me) to hand out this year. This was the first time in many years, that their faces weren’t plastered all over their valentines, but […]

Teacher Valentines Gift Basket

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I’ve been a bit surprised by the popularity of my Valentines Snack Gift Basket post. It has been pinned more than any other post in my five years of blogging. I recently had a request for something similar for teachers, so I dusted off my iambic pentameter and this is what I came up with. Like […]