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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teacher Appreciation - "TOTEally Awesome Teacher" - Free Printable

If you are still looking for a Teacher Appreciation gift, I have another free printable for you today!  Last year I found these adorable plastic mini tote bags in the Michaels dollar bins.  I was drawn to their beautiful, bright, and happy colors!  I also liked that they were about the size of a lunch bag, so if the teachers wanted to re-purpose the gift bags, they could reuse them as a lunch bag or something small they could bring into the classroom for carrying things.  

I have not had a chance to see if Michaels has these bags again, but they always seem to have cute bags like these in craft stores like Michaels, Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, or even the Dollar Spot at Target, so make sure to browse their dollar sections if you are in those stores!

Inside I put some coordinating notecards and notepads (that I also found in the Michaels dollar bins on clearance!)  But you can put whatever you like in these cute bags.  You can also write a sweet note to your child's teacher on the back of these cards or have your child write the note.

Download your free printable HERE or click on the photo below.  Of course your card won't have my children's names on them!  Print on white heavy cardstock paper and cut out, and attach to a cute mini tote bag with a ribbon.  If you want the smooth curved edges, I used my handy dandy Martha Stewart Corner Punch that you can get HERE.  Fill the bag with your special gift and give to your totally awesome teacher!!

Hope you make a teacher smile today!  You are making me smile by reading this!!

For more Teacher Appreciation ideas, check out my Free Printables page HERE.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Teacher Appreciation - "Showering Me With Love and Knowledge" - Free Printable

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May, which means it is right around the corner!!  I think it is very important to show appreciation to these wonderful teachers who have taken such great care of our children all year.  I feel very blessed that Brody and Skylar have had amazing teachers since they started school!

I like to give their teachers a small gift every day.  It can get a little expensive, so I try to be a bit more creative with the presentation, even if it's an inexpensive gift (especially when they have multiple Specials teachers).  Then I like to give a bigger gift to their main teachers on Friday, usually some sort of gift card.

For today, I wanted to share with you a gift that Brody and Skylar gave their main teachers last year.  I found these super cute Betsey Johnson umbrellas at Michaels last year, and I was even able to use a coupon to purchase them (purchased them on separate occasions to use 2 coupons).  If your local Michaels store doesn't have these anymore, I think most stores like Target or Walmart would carry something similar.  Or you can find cute umbrellas online HERE.

To dress them up, we wrapped them with colorful gifting tissue paper, and tied the ends with cute ribbon.  Then I added a tag that says, "Thanks for showering me with love and knowledge!"  On the back I had Brody and Skylar write a personal message to their teachers.

To get the free printable, you can download them HERE, or click on the photo below, then print on white heavy cardstock paper.

Here's Skylar and Brody excited to give their teachers their gifts!

Let's shower our teachers with love and appreciation!!

For more Teacher Appreciation ideas, check out my Free Printables page HERE.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Relay For Life "Cool Beans!" Treat Bag - Free Printable

As a breast cancer survivor, our local Relay For Life fundraiser, which raises funds for American Cancer Society, is a big part of my life.  My husband started a fundraising team in my honor in 2014 after I was diagnosed.  And then in the past 2 years it has been an honor to serve on the local leadership team who plans our local Relay For Life event.

Our Relay For Life of Lake Nona event just occurred a couple weekends ago and I wanted to share a printable that I created as part of the prizes that were handed out to those participating in the many fun activities that we had planned throughout the day and night.  It says, "Cool Beans! You did a great job at Relay For Life of Lake Nona!"

If you are on one of the local Relay For Life planning committees, I created one for you to use that does not indicate the location, just Relay For Life in general.  I hope this helps you create a fun and affordable prize for your Relay!

Just click HERE or the photo below to download the free printable, print on white heavy cardstock paper, (you can purchase cardstock paper HERE), and then staple over a small 3x4 treat bag filled with jelly beans.  You can get the 3x4 cellophane bags at your local craft store (like Michaels or JoAnn) or you can purchase HERE.

If you want to learn more about Relay For Life, and how you can be involved with your local Relay For Life event, click HERE.  

And here is a link to my personal page if you want to read about my personal story and why I relay.  Just click HERE.

Together we can all help fight cancer and make a difference!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Jungle Book - Free Kindle Book on Amazon

Hello friends! I apologize for not being online for over 2 months!  It's been busy here in the Metel household.  We celebrated some birthdays and I was part of our local Relay For Life event to suppport the American Cancer Society.  I plan to post more details on all of these events, but in the meantime, I wanted to post a good deal I found online.  

As a stay-at-home mom, I try to find different ways to be frugal, but still have the opportunities to give affordable gifts, go on fun vacations, wear the latest fashion, buy toys, and to provide so many other things for my family.  So I would like to share any deals that I might find online.  Some of my favorite websites that give me information on deals include Hip2Save, Totally Target, and Coupon Mom. I highly recommend checking out those sites for daily updates.

Today I wanted to share a deal I found from Hip2Save.  It is a free Kindle download of The Jungle Book! The new Disney movie comes out this Friday!  If you are like me, I enjoy reading the book before I watch the movie!  It is AR level 5.8, so this would be a great book for your child to read with you!  Just click on the link below!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday Brody!

Happy 10th Birthday to my son, Brody!  I can't believe he is turning double-digits today! I am so thankful for the special day 10 years ago when the Lord made me a mom by blessing me with my first-born child.  Brody is smart, funny, caring, athletic, and makes me feel so loved!  He still holds my hand and lets me kiss and hug him in front of his classmates and friends.
In honor of Brody, here's a look back at some of his past birthday parties.  He is such a wonderful blessing to our family.

Minecraft 9th Birthday

Circus 8th Birthday

Brody's Speedway 7th Birthday

Knight & Princess 6th Birthday

Candyland 5th Birthday