6.09.2015

"Basket of Sunshine" End of the Year Teacher Gift + 12 Free Printables!

School is in its final weeks here and this year I decided to give my son's teacher a "Basket of Sunshine" full of cheery yellow things. Yellow = Sunshine = SUMMER!




I made up a tag on the computer, mounted it on some patterned scrapbook paper, and attached it to the basket using double-sided tape.





I had fun brainstorming and hunting for yellow things to add to her gift. And of course I got a bit carried away. It would have been so much quicker and cheaper to pick up a gift card, but I think this is more fun. I hope she likes it!





I made up some extra tags that you can print off either with your regular printer paper or as a photo to mount on cardstock to add to the gift you give your child's teacher. Each tag is a 4x6 size.



Underneath each design, just click on the link to download the file without my blog's title on it. It's super easy and FREE! Enjoy!


























6.02.2015

'I hope your summer is "chalk" full of fun!' -Classmate/Classroom Year- End Gifts

The school year is ending this month and the countdown to summer holidays is on!

My son, age 7, helped me make up some little end-of-the-year gifts to hand out to his classmates on the last day of shool:



I picked these up at the dollar store (Dollarama for my fellow Canadians) for $3 each. I actually only needed 1 box as there are 20 kids in my son's class and each box has 30 pieces of chalk.



All we did was add 2 pieces of chalk into snack-size Ziplock bags and fold the labels over the bags and staple them. Super easy!



I didn't have colour ink in my printer at home, so I made some labels with the suns in black & white, then we coloured in the suns using pencil crayons!

I am sharing the version with the suns in colour, as well as the black & white version.

Each 8.5 x 11 printable I am sharing has 2 labels on it. You can have your child sign their name on the labels and cut them to fit over snack-size or regular Ziplock bags.





Coming soon.... what we're doing for a year-end teacher gift this year!


5.24.2015

My Canada Day Decorations

Summer is on it's way and soon Canada Day will be here, on July 1st!
It's easy to find lots of neat ideas for the Fourth of July in the US, but Canada Day ideas are harder to come by it seems.

I decorated my mantle for Canada Day and I still have a few more projects I would like to do before Canada Day comes. Here's how my fireplace mantle looks.....

I got the pair of printables in the blue frames from this website
The 8x10 printable of the Canadian National Anthem with the blue & white striped background came from this website.
Keep Calm and Love Canada print from Etsy.
I found this print on Etsy.


Below are photos of my Canada Day crafts and desserts from past years. Click on each photo to go to the post!











5.13.2015

My Daughter's 5th Birthday- Frozen Theme!

My daughter recently turned 5 and had a Frozen Birthday Party to celebrate! She had been talking about her Frozen Party daily for a good 9 months or more before it took place, so it was a highly anticipated event in our family.



I really enjoyed planning her party. I had bought some glittery decorations back around Christmas with her party in mind.


Under the "Happy Birthday" banner, I made a banner using the glittery ornaments I bought back in December to make another banner of snowflakes and other things I thought would work well with the Frozen theme.


I printed off the 4 printables from this website, then made another one to match (the middle one- "Love is an Open Door" in order to include that quote as well.


We had a family party in with cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and served lunch at that party- hot dogs, my daughter's favourite. We also had veggies & dip, fruit, cheese strings, chips, etc.

Later on that same day, we had another party with her friends. At that party we had fruit, veggies, chips, cheese strings, and other snacks and treats. {I have learned that there's no point in trying to feed kids lunch at parties. They are too excited to play and don't want to actually eat too much and so much food gets wasted.}


The birthday girl by the island before her party started.


I drew Olaf faces on the string cheese with Sharpies.


I printed off the food signs from this website.



I used pineapple juice on the apples so they wouldn't go brown. {Lemon juice works as well, but is too sour for some kids.}
I printed off the water bottle labels from this website.

For "Kristoff's Ice", I made the Jello Recipe from this website.


I printed off this "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" print that I found in Google images.


For the blue punch, "Elsa's Punch", I mixed blue raspberry Hawaiian Punch with lemonade I made from frozen concentrate, and Sprite.

For the purple punch, "Anna's Punch", I just made up cans of frozen grape punch and mixed it with Sprite,



The birthday princess and her cupcakes...


I used glitter sprinkles, and frozen gummies I found at the store at Valentine's Day/Easter times and made the cupcake toppers with printables from this website.


Both my girls wore Frozen shirts for the party and I made an Olaf shirt for my son using a plain white tshirt and Sharpies.


I had lots of games planned: musical chairs using Frozen songs, freeze dance using Frozen songs, Pin the Nose on Olaf, and Olaf Bowling that I made using empty kleenex boxes that I covered in paper. The kids weren't as interested in the games as I hoped they would be. I think they were a bit young to stay focused on anything for more than a few minutes.


For the treat bags I made up a gazillion "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" bags (I made the labels for the bags) and the kids also got ring pops, ring pop gummies, rockets, tattoos, stickers, blowouts. I made 24 treat bags to have enough for cousins, friends, and my 3 kids. Oh so many!


We had fun celebrating my daughter's 5th birthday with her Frozen Parties!




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