Monday, May 18, 2015

Affordable Teacher Appreciation Gifts

When my oldest started school, I was floored at the end of the year with the types of gifts families were giving to his teachers. I could tell that they were spending way more money than was in our budget for gifts and I was honestly embarrassed to give the teacher anything. I felt like our meager gifts would be insulting. Last year, my then-5-year-old got off the bus and declared that his bus driver loves chocolate and that he had to buy her chocolate. I decided that was something we could afford and started thinking of a cute way to say thank-you to the teachers/adults who had influenced my children’s education for that year. Here is what I came up with:Teacher Appreciation Gift @

My husband and I are both musical, so I loved the idea of the Symphony chocolate bars with a simple little note attached. On cardstock I printed “Thank you for playing a role in ________’s life symphony this past year!” I hope that in some way this showed their teachers/bus drivers/etc how much we appreciated them.

How do you thank the teachers in your children's’ lives?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Magic Snow

Magic Snow is such a simple way to give your kids a fun, tactile experience right inside your home! Plus you don't have to wait until winter to play in the snow :)
Magic Snow @

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Black Hole of My Own

On my worst days, when I can't seem to keep up or handle all that's asked of me, sometimes I fantasize about a black hole...
Somewhere there must be a black hole where I can curl up in a ball; where there is a void of existence and I can escape from all the noise, all the demands of life. I thought I was crazy until I heard other moms fantasizing out loud about a cave.

What about you? Is there a quiet place you escape to...if only in your mind?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dial for Baby & Kids!

Disclosure: I received products for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash giveaway (ends 5/1/15)
 As many of you know, I have 2 boys. They are now 6 & 8 and I still struggle with getting them to wash their hands! It must be a boy thing...this need to be constantly dirty. When I tell them to wash their hands, I remind them to say their "ABC's" and to get bubbles all over their hands. I was excited to try the new Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash because anything that can make handwashing more fun - and thus more likely to happen - is a winner in my book! My 6 year old is the one I struggle with the most and when he got home from school and tried this soap for the first time, he was very excited.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring is Here!

My boys discovered a bird's nest in the bushes in front of our house, and in it we discovered 3 beautiful eggs:
Birds Nest
Less than two weeks later, we found these little guys inside the nest:
Newly hatched baby birds
How amazing and miraculous this world is! It has been so much fun for my boys to check on the eggs, and to see these little birds.


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