Simple Teacher Gift: Potted Succulents

 

Teacher Appreciation Gift - Potted Succulents

Teacher Appreciation Gift – Potted Succulents

For teacher appreciation week last month, my daughter and I made these sweet little potted hens and chicks.

 

If you have been in ANY store lately, you’ll see lots of fake ones.  It seems succulents are all the rage!!

So I DIY’d it!  This was easy and inexpensive – especially since I just happen to have a whole bunch of them growing in my garden!  They grow and multiply quickly in my yard and I needed to thin them out. And bonus- succulents are drought-tolerant – so they’re so easy to care for.

What you need:

  • small jars, cups, pots, or bowls (check your local thrift stores – that’s where our beauties came from!)
  • potting soil
  • some small rock or gravel (we found a bag of aquarium gravel that looked just perfect!)
  • succulents
  • thank-you stickers
  • toothpicks

Place a small layer of rocks in the bottom of each glass and then fill almost to the top with potting soil.  Plant the succulents.  Add some gravel at the top around the succulents.

We used some thank-you stickers like these from Michael’s, placing two back-to-back on the end of a toothpick and then sticking it into the soil.

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I was so pleased with how they turned out!

Teacher Appreciation Gift - Potted Succulents

Teacher Appreciation Gift – Potted Succulents

 

 

Back-to-School

Happy Back-to-School Day, friends!

My house is quiet this morning and when my house is quiet my mind can think. full. thoughts. Yay!

Today we dropped off a 9th grader (high school – eek!), a 7th grader, and a 3rd grader. At no time is it more apparent than the first day of school how quickly life goes!

As I was praying for my children this morning, I started to pray simply that their days would go smoothly. But that thought was interrupted by this thought from God: How will they learn to rely on God if everything goes smoothly?

(thank you, Jesus, for your divine interruptions! your ways are always better)

It’s so true, isn’t it? The times in my life when I learned the most, trusted the most, and grew closer to God weren’t when things were going smoothly. If I want my kids to seek after God and follow Him all their lives, then they need to NEED him. And then learn to RELY on Him.

So I prayed instead that they would feel His presence with them today, let the Holy Spirit guide them, and that He would provide whatever they need for every situation.

Amen and Amen!

Back-to-school Teacher Gift

I’ve got a quick, cute back-to-school teacher gift for you!

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Get yourself some school-themed scrapbooking paper, some white cardstock, ribbon, and a frame.

Go to this awesome blog to print out the art for FREE!  (Thank you, bitsycreations!)

Put it in the frame and dress it up however you like, and there you have it – another quick & easy gift!

Back-to-School Perspective

I hope you all don’t mind that I often just post to give you links to other blogs!

But sometimes I find something that just needs to be shared.

This post really hit me, because as I’ve mentioned before, God’s got me on a journey of trusting Him more and relying on myself less.  I do not need to be in control of everything (and, wouldn’t you know it?  I’m really not!!)  and I don’t have to get everything perfect (and, again, do I even need to say that I don’t?)

And with that in mind as I send my kids back to school, this just fit in perfectly.

So here you go… even if you don’t have kids going off to school in the next week or so, I highly recommend this…

http://www.susiedavis.org/back-to-school-promises-for-parents/

Enjoy!

*Last Day of School Tradition*

Yippeeeee!

Summer vacation is here!

Yesterday we ended the school year with what has become a bit of a tradition for us:

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Well, the tradition is the homemade doughnuts, although the kind has varied every year.  I bake the doughnuts and use the excuse that they are healthier (the truth is that frying things in a couple inches of hot oil scares me).  🙂

This year’s recipe I think was the best – they were light and fluffy with good flavor.  Even though it seems like the wrong time of year to have apple cider doughnuts, YES, you can still buy cider in June!!  The recipe came from Family Circle March 2012 issue (link here).  I did make a couple of changes – used light brown sugar instead of dark brown, and used 1/3 T ground ginger instead of fresh.  They turned out just fine.

In case you’re interested in the other recipes we’ve tried:  Funfetti and Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze.

 

I am thrilled that the school year is over.  I love the break from what should be an olympic event called “getting your kids to school on time”.  

Last night was the last award ceremony of the year… and I’ve got to tell you I’m so proud of my kiddos.  They enjoy school, they work hard, and their teachers have a lot of great things to say about their little characters.  They are all smart cookies – my oldest had the highest GPA in the whole 6th grade!  My son got awards for spelling and bible study!  And my little one got an award for best overall achievement in all the subjects!  I love them all to pieces and am excited to see God’s plans for them emerge as they get older.

How are YOU doing?  Has summer vacation started for your family yet?

Quick and Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week!

And because I am never on-the-ball enough to have things ready beforehand, here I am again with a post you probably won’t be able to use until next year!

{be sure to Pin it!}

OR, this is so quick – if you have the materials and a free half-hour before school pickup this afternoon… you can get these done!

 

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What you need:

Cardstock (white, blue, yellow or lime green would be good!)

Scissors

Glue Stick

Printer

brads (optional)

circle cutter (optional)

drink mix singles

water bottles

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Instructions:

Download this word document, edit if you like (you might want to add your child’s or your family name?), and print the labels.  File is here:  water labels

Cut out labels – circles look great.

Cut a 3″ by 8 1/2″ wide strip of cardstock – this will be your tag.

Cut out a circle near the top to fit over the neck of the water  bottle.

Fold the bottom up about 2 1/2 inches and glue sides in order to form the pocket.

Add brads if desired.

Glue circle labels onto the front of the pocket.

Stick the drink mix single into the pocket, hang it on the water bottle, and voila!  Your gift is done – enjoy your handiwork!

 

P.S. – I am so thankful for my children’s teachers.  Please don’t think that because this gift is prepared quickly that I overlook their importance in my children’s lives!  God Bless them – I know I have a hard time spending all day with my children – and they have my kids plus a classroom full of other kids, too!  And they do this job because they love the kids and love to see them learn.  We are blessed, and have been blessed, by fabulous teachers for my kids.  So, thank you teachers! 🙂

 

 

 

more evidence…

When my babies were little, I really didn’t believe those experienced moms who told me to “enjoy this time” because it goes “so fast”!

I couldn’t help but thinking, “What are you talking about, I’m not getting any sleep here!?!”

Well, in my 11 1/2 years of mothering, I guess I’ve just been gathering evidence that, in fact, those moms were right.

Here’s the latest evidence:

My oldest started 6th grade last week, and my youngest started kindergarten.  Major milestones!

And just so my boy doesn’t feel left out – he started 4th grade.  🙂

Who knew the time would go so fast?

Who knew that I would look back on their infancies with such fondness and wistfulness?

Those moms didn’t.  I guess they weren’t crazy after all.

So here’s a poem for all you moms of little ones out there who feel like the long days and sleepless nights are just not passing by fast enough…

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her (his) eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

So now the irony is not lost on me that I am the one telling those mommas of babies to enjoy the time because it goes by all too fast!  But it really does!

And if you need a visual reminder of this, make your own beautiful wall art printable of the last verse of this poem here.  (Thanks DIY Mommy!)