Saturday, May 21, 2016

End of the School Year Gift & Free Printable

Hey all! I am back to share a super cute end of the school year gift for my daughter's teacher. She has had an amazing year in kindergarten, and I wanted to truly give her teacher something she would love.  

Lately, I have been high tailing it past the Dollar Spot at Target in order to avoid buying $20 worth of fun goodies I never knew I actually needed. The trip the other day got me thinking about her teacher, and I saw this adorable bag and towel for $8 all together. I grabbed a cup in the summer entertaining section by the patio furniture, and then I purchased the towel clips from Five Below.  I also picked up a gift card to Target and a Good Housekeeping magazine that looked like it was filled with summer ideas.

I created a tag on my Silhouette Cameo machine, and then made it so four tags will go along for a gift to anyone at the end of the school year. Click on the link and print off as many as you would like.

The bag, clips, magazine, cup and towel was around $25 total.  A relatively inexpensive gift, and you could always grab a cup or other goodies from the Dollar Tree to make it even more cost friendly. Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All-Star Teacher Appreciation Week - Recap

Everyone knows that I love to throw parties for birthdays, but being a former teacher I loved teacher appreciation week. I was asked to be a part of a committee to help organize the week at Wynn's elementary school.  I though of a baseball theme week right away.  We requested donations for food and raffle prizes from the school community and they came through big time. 

Raffle prizes included gift cards donated by parents, PTA and other organizations. We were able to get four free tickets to any game at a minor league baseball team ballpark, Hershey Park provided free tickets, and I added in a yoga gift card to a local yoga studio owned by a fellow teacher. It was a lot of fun surprising the winners each morning.

The first day included a Spring Training Breakfast of Champions. We provided breakfast to the staff in their faculty lounge and made it sure it covered all the bases.  We had healthy alternatives, breakfast treats and lots of options for drinks.

The second day we handed out the gifts the PTA purchased for the entire staff. We decided that Dunkin Donut gift cards would be great for everyone. I printed off the "Thanks for covering all the bases" tag from  and we added them to Cracker Jacks from the Dollar Tree. Thanks to my friends for letting me know that they sell the boxes three for a $1 there.   The principal also provided treats by having the Kona Ice - Snow Ball truck come to the school for the staff. How fun!
The third day for the teachers we provided a vendor cart of snacks in the faculty room for the teachers to grab a on the go snack during the day.

The fourth day we hosted the Grand Slam luncheon. This was a catered lunch by Panera bread.  The teachers had enjoyed this in previous years, and it was a huge hit again. 

The final day was the Seventh Inning Stretch, which included a visit from a massage therapist for seated chair massages for the teachers throughout the day.  Thanks for stopping by. At the end of the week I was certainly tired, but I know that it was all appreciated by the teachers each day.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bookroo Monthly Book Subscription Review & Deal for Readers

Bookroo is a wonderful monthly book subscription service for children's books. I was given the opportunity to order a monthly box from Bookroo to try out with my own children. There are many options to choose from when selecting your monthly subscription.  You can choose from board books or picture books. There are three board books in one monthly box, and then there are two picture books in the one monthly box. You may subscribe for one month or choose several others if you would like. The more months that you choose at once the more that you save.

We are always searching for new authors or books that we have not heard of before. This service definitely provides you with a variety of books that are not the typical titles you have seen on store shelves. Our first box arrived within a week of our order. It may take an extra few days due to the fact that the boxes are shipped via Media Mail to keep the costs down for the customers.The books came wrapped in paper, which made it more fun for Wynn to unwrap her newest library additions. She is an emerging reader, and I thought she would enjoy reading new picture books together at bedtime.

The titles we received were Blue Chicken and Oliver's Tree.  We had never read either of these titles before, and so we really enjoyed being introduced to them.

This subscription box is also a great gift for any occasion.  I plan on using this for upcoming birthday parties, as it is always hard to find ideas for children at any age.  I feel like this is a gift that can be enjoyed by all families.

If you are interested in trying out this subscription for your family or someone else you can use this link to receive $5 off a box from their site.   The discount will automatically apply when you head to check out.  If you are purchasing a one time box this will give you two books for approximately $6.50 each, which is a great price!  Both of the books we received were hard back, and I know that is a wonderful savings.Thanks for stopping by, and let me know what you think of Bookroo! I would love for you to give it a try. I was given a discount on a box to review for this post. Thank you to Bookroo for allowing me to do this.