I “DIG” having you as a teacher!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week I made these little treats.  They aren’t much compared to all the hard work the teachers my children have this year put in to teach my kiddos.  But, at least they will know we appreciate them.I DIG you 1

Whatcha need:

  • Sand shovels (I scored these little babies at the end of the summer for 0.48 cents each)
  • desired candy (I used M&Ms and Peanut Butter M&Ms)
  • cellophane bags
  • ribbon

Simply assemble the bags as shown and attach a tag using the play on words,

“I DIG having you as my teacher!”I DIG you 2

Scuba Diver Eggs

Give your Easter eggs their own scuba gear with this adorable idea.  Egg - Scuba Diver 2Ingredients:

  • hard boiled eggs (or you can use plastic eggs and skip the dyeing)
  • egg dye (not needed if you are using plastic eggs)
  • “bendy” straws
  • rubber bands
  • foam
  • water bottle caps
  • 3/4″ round label stickers
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

Egg- Scuba Diver

Dye the lower half of the egg desired color (if you are using plastic eggs, mix the tops and bottoms for a better look).  Using the foam, cut out silly feet shapes for each egg.  Place rubber band at the top of the dyed part of the egg.  Cut bendy straws to desired length.  Place label on the cap and add eyes.  Hot glue the straw to the side of the egg.  Hot glue the feet to the bottom and finally hot glue the cap to the front.  Now your egg is ready for diving.  Cute right?!

Simple Seuss Treat

Here’s a super easy dessert to celebrate Dr. Seuss.  Getting your kids to help out is fun and educational, which is what the famous author was all about.Cat in the Hat Jello dessert

I used the Jell-O Jiggler recipe, which calls for 4 small boxes of Jell-O.Cat in the Hat Jello  Have your kiddos help you follow the directions on the box.Cat in the Hat Jello mixing  Cat in the Hat Jello prep 2

Layer jelled dessert with whipped topping to make your own Cat in the Hat inspired treat.  For a healthier option, use sliced strawberries instead of Jell-O.Cat in the Hat Jello dessert

Enjoy!

Sock Wreath for Valentine’s Day

This wreath cost about $7 to create and was made in less than 20 minutes.

Supplies

  • 1 wicker wreath (this one is 13 inches)
  • 5 pairs of socks (in honor of Valentine’s Day I used red, pink and heart-adorned socks)
  • scissors
  • snips for cutting the wreath
  • a small piece of chenille for a hanger
  • packing tape or other heavy duty tape
  • coordinating ribbon if desired

Step One – Using the snips, cut the wreath to make it possible to slip the socks on.  At the opposite end of the cut, attach the chenille as a hanger.

Step Two – Using scissors, cut the toe out of each sock to form a tube.

Step Three – Slide the socks onto the wreath in your desired pattern.  Use the top of the following sock to cover the cut edge of the sock before it so that the cut edges to not hang out of the finished product.

Step Four – Tape the cut portion of the wreath with tape and adjust the socks as necessary.

Step Five – Add a bow if you wish and display your creation for all to see!

While this wreath has a Valentine’s Day theme, but you can modify it for any holiday or special occasion by finding the perfect footies.

Lollipops Petal Valentines

Arrange these in a tiny vase or personalize each one for the children in your little one’s class.  Minimal materials and inexpensive sweet treats make this a fantastic option for spreading a little love on Valentine’s Day.Supplies

  • DumDum Lollipops
  • construction paper or printed scrapbooking paper
  • a heart stencil (or just wing it!)
  • small hole punch
  • scissors

Trace and cut out 4 hearts per flower.  Fold each heart in half and make a crease.  Line up the points of the hearts and punch a hole through all four hearts.  Slide the lollipop through the holes.  Depending on the size of your hole, you may or may not need to use a little tape on the back on the petals to keep them from slipping around. If you are serving these to a group, they also look adorable displayed on styrofoam wrapped in coordinating paper.

Happy LOVE Day!!

The BEST Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

I went in search of a fabulous recipe for Hot Cocoa Mix to whip up.  I tweaked several recipes and came up with my own blend of ingredients for what I consider to be “The BEST”.The BEST Hot Cocoa Mix 2`Ingredients: (makes approximately 10 cups of dry mix = approximately 30 mugs of yummy goodness)

  • 5 cups of non-fat dry milk (the powdered or granulated kind)
  • 4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • 6 tsp of cornstarch
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • During the Holidays, add 1 cup of crushed peppermint candy

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.  The BEST Hot Cocoa Mix 3To prepare a 6 oz. mug, pour 1/3-1/2 a cup of dry mix into the mug and add hot water.  Mix and enjoy.The BEST Hot Cocoa Mix 1This makes great gifts too.  I keep my large batch in a big Tupperware bowl, but it is easy to share.  Put a generous amount in a recycled can wrapped in decorative paper.  Mason jars are always an adorable vessel.  Even cellophane bags tied with a bow are nice when you want to give a single serving.  Share the chocolate, share the LOVE!

Make a Smaller Gift Box

There you are in the throws of wrapping.  Plenty of shirt boxes at hand, but it is a smaller box you desire.  This little trick I learned from my mother.  All you need is the lid (or the bottom) of a shirt or coat box and a pair of scissors.  Smaller Box 8Here’s how it’s done.

Begin with the open side up.  Fold the short end of the rectangle over toward the interior edge of the flap on the opposite side and crease firmly.  Repeat on the other end.Smaller Box 1Smaller Box 2Smaller Box 3

Using sharp scissors, cut the creases made on the outer sides (you will make 4 cuts).Smaller Box 4Tuck in the flaps and fold over.Smaller Box 6Viola!  A smaller box perfect for that little something.  Smaller Box 7You can wrap it or leave it white and adorn with a ribbon.  Smaller Box 8

 

Peppermint-y Present

Here’s a quick and easy gift for just about anyone.  My kiddos each treated their teachers to a jar to kick off the Christmas season.  Jarred Peppermints 2Supplies:

  • pint-sized Mason jars
  • peppermint sticks
  • candy cane Chapstick
  • ribbon and tags

Jarred Peppermints 3 I simply filled each jar with peppermint sticks and popped the lid on top.  Then I tied a ribbon around the neck and secured the Chapstick.  Adorn with a cute tag (mine said, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”), and you’re done.  The teachers were thrilled, especially with the lip balm!

The Gift of Gloves

Each Christmas we look for ways to celebrate the teachers in the lives of our children by giving each educator a gift.  However, with 5 kids gift giving can really add up.  Gift of Gloves 1This year my children are giving their teachers a cozy pair of fleece fingerless gloves that convert to mittens by simply unbuttoning one button.  I caught the gloves on sale at Target and used a coupon from My Cartwheel app and paid less than $6 per pair.  Gift of Gloves 3I tied each pair with cute ribbon and attached a hand-written tag saying:

“Hope these make your hands as warm as your heart”

Hope this idea makes its way to your Pinterest board!!

 

Let’s Get Packing!

This is the time of year for our friends and families to start gearing up for one of our favorite projects…Operation Christmas Child.  OCC is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization committed to helping others worldwide.  Every year, Samaritan’s Purse collects gift-filled shoe boxes to share with less fortunate children around the world.  In the past 20 years, OCC has reached more than 100 million children in over 130 countries.  WOW!  This year, National Collection Week is November 18-25.operation christams childWe have packed boxes with friends in our MOPS group as well as with our own children.  OCC is a great way to get the kiddos involved in a service project.  Our children love to pick out the gifts to go in the shoe boxes, but if you aren’t able to do that you can visit the Samaritan’s Purse website and build a box online.  If you do it the old-fashioned way, here are some suggestions of some items to include:

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • washcloth
  • Ivory bar soap
  • socks
  • small toys
  • hair accessories

To find out more about Operation Christmas Child, a list of shoebox drop-off locations, or tips on packing visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.  Happy packing!