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Our 2013 Recipe Book!

15 Feb

I finally found the time to sit down and share this! This photo book was our gift to family and to teachers this year. I used to do a photo book of pictures throughout the year, but it became too much to put together. Last year, we made a mug, which did turn out really cute. This year, I wanted to do something a little more and different. Since I love to cook, and both of my girls love to cook with me, we decided to put together a book with some of their favorite recipes, and photos of them helping get ingredients and cooking in the kitchen. It turned out great, and we’re already thinking of what we want to put in next year’s book!

recipe book

You can view the entire book here: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8BctWrZy3bMga

Teacher Appreciation/End of Year Gifts

10 May

This year, we were very blessed to have amazing teachers for both of our children.  Our younger daughter started in 2-day preschool, and was enjoying it so much, we moved to 3 days a week after the Christmas break.  Her teacher and teacher-aide have been really good with her, making her use her words more since she is so quiet and shy, and we have definitely seen a great change in her through the school year.  She is very much looking forward to going to pre-K 5 days a week, still half days.  Our older daughter started in kindergarten, but moved to 1st grade after the 1st quarter (she has a late birthday, so didn’t make the cut off last year, but was over-ready this year), and her teachers (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) were really great with helping her transition into the class and help her learn and grow throughout the year so she is all set to head to 2nd grade next year.  We have many things to be thankful for, and decided to show our appreciation with a Get Ready for Summer by the Pool or at the Beach themed gift.  I got the inspiration from Lori at My Kinda Rain, she posted a picture on Facebook of some items she was buying at Target for a similar theme.

Teacher Appreciation/End of Year Gift


Here is what each gift had:

  • Woven bags: Found at the dollar spot in Target for $3 each
  • Beach towel: Found at K-Mart on sale for $4.99 each.  I folded the towel in thirds, then rolled up leaving part unrolled to come up the back of the bag and stick out of the top.
  • Puzzle book: Found at Target in the magazine section, $3.99 each
  • Pencils: Found at Dollar Tree, pack of 4 for $1
  • Large plastic water cup: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • Flip flops: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • “Fun” drink glass: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • Bag of Flipz pretzels: Found at the dollar spot at Target for $1 each
  • Box of  10 Crystal Light lemonade On-the-go packets: Found at Target for $2.49 each
  • Neutrogena SPF 55 sunscreen with bonus lip balm: Found at Target for $7.99 each
  • After sun aloe: Found at the dollar spot at Target for  $1 each

Total: $27.71 each

Then, we also used construction paper to cut out hearts and they each wrote notes to their teachers.  Well, my older daughter did her own and my younger daughter dictated hers to me to write, but she did write her own name.

My goal had been to spend about $25 for each teacher, and I was just over that.  But, trust me, they deserve it!  Both girls have enjoyed their teachers, and we wanted to make sure to show them that.  The gifts were well received, one is headed to San Diego soon for a trip, and said she will be taking it all along with her.

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