June 2015 archive

Summer Bucket List 2015

Today is my kid’s last day of school and I am looking forward to a great summer with them.  Every year, we make a list of the activities we want to accomplish in the summer. That way when we can’t think of something off the top of our head, we look on our list and find something that we can do as a family.  I am really looking forward to sleeping in and just being able to do things without having a set schedule.  I love being with my kids and here is a list of a couple things we want to do this summer.


Summer is here!

Summer Bucket List

1. Celebrate 20th wedding anniversary

2. Try 5 new restaurants

3. Paddle board in OBX

4. Visit my niece and nephew in Raleigh

5. Teach my daughter to drive on the interstate (she has her driver’s permit)

6. Workout 5 days a week with the kids

7. play tennis with the kids and my mom

8.  Go to the beach couple times a month

9. Get season passes to Busch Gardens

10. Go to Abingdon and visit my in-laws

11. Do 2 makeover projects

12. Go shopping at the outlet malls

13. Go Kayaking

14. Go to Hilton Head and celebrate my in-laws 50th anniversary (Hip Hip Hooray)

15. Start looking at colleges with my daughter

There are several other traditions we do to kick off the summer, but one of our favorites is making our bucket list.  I hope my list has given you a couple ideas to create your own list.  This summer will be about spending quality time with my kids and building lasting relationships with our extended family.  Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.  My daughter will be heading off to college soon and I really want to make some awesome memories this summer!

Yours Truly,


End of the Year Gifts for Your Class

As a former teacher myself,  I know what preparations are involved in getting the students ready for end of the year state wide tests, activities, and exams.  I’m really looking forward to my kids being home in the summer.  Sleeping in and not having our days so scheduled will be amazing.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you some ideas if you are a teacher or room mom and are looking for cute “EOY” gifts for your students.


Sometimes you just need an inexpensive idea that will go a long way with the kids.  This is a perfect one for teachers looking for a gift to give their students on the last day of school.  You could use Rolos or 2 Twix bars. I chose to use the Twix bars.  They were the perfect size and color for the owl’s body.  You will need a clear bag, some colored paper, and the candy.  Cut the nose, eyes and face shape.  I just drew it freehand, but there are plenty of free printed patterns on pinterest.  Then write the saying, “OWL” miss you, on the back of the owl face.  I have used this with the kids I tutor for SOL training and it went over very well.

"Owl" miss you

On the back of the face write “OWL” miss you


Construct an owl face and use Twix candy for the body.

Here is a great idea for a room mom to use.  All you need is a sand toy shovel and a baggy of the candy of your choosing.  Take the baggy of candy and tie it to the shovel.  Then write this saying on a piece of decorative paper, “Hope you DIG your summer.”  I just think that is the cutest idea.  Of course it would be best for kids in preschool or early elementary, but they would really get a  kick out of that gift.


Hope you “DIG” your summer

Lastly, use a  mixture of starburst candies in a clear bag and write the saying, “Hope your summer is BURSTING with fun.”  This is another gift that teachers or room moms could hand out on the last day of school or at the end of the year party.  It would go over well and it is very inexpensive and really simple to make.


Hope your summer is BURSTING with fun!

I hope some of these ideas gave you inspiration to finish out the school year with a bang.  We only have a couple more days left and they always seem like the hardest to accomplish.  I wish all of you a happy and safe summer.

Yours Truly,


Amazing End of the Year Teacher Gifts

It has been about a month since I last blogged and I’m embarrassed about that. I have been out of the country twice and my kids have state wide testing and exams so our life has been so crazy. However, I really want to keep up with my writing and sharing info with you guys. I really enjoy it and want to make it a consistent part of my week. Summer is fast approaching. My kids get out of school at the end of next week and I have been thinking about teacher gifts.

Do you have that special teacher that you would like to show your appreciation to with an end of the year gift?  Buying gifts for numerous teachers can get quite pricey.  I’m going to show you some inexpensive, cute gifts that any teacher would like.  I’m a former teacher and I have sorted through many ideas before choosing the ones I wanted to share with you.  If you aren’t a DIYer you can’t go wrong with a gift card.  You might want to find out some of your teacher’s favorite places to eat, shop etc… before purchasing the card so you know it will be a hit.  Also, homemade gifts made by your children always go over well and don’t cost very much.  Let’s jump right in and hopefully you will find a gift that will work for your teacher.

The first teacher gift is a beach bag full of things to have an amazing day in the sun.  I love this gift as I live 20 minutes from the beach and would love receiving this.  I bought this bag at Target for $34.99.  For this size bag, I thought that was a great price.  I could easily fit three large beach towels, magazines, flip flops, sunscreen and several other small items.  There was still room left over for packing snacks.  The entire class could give this to their teacher as an end of the year gift.

beach bag

Beach bag with goodies filled for teacher


A great gift that is very inexpensive and so adorable is made with a bag of Sour patch watermelon candies.  All you have to do is put the candies in a clear bag and attach a tag that says, “You’re one in a “MELON.”  Teachers just want to know they are appreciated. It’s not about the cost of the gift, but the thought that counts.


You’re one in a “melon”


This gift also has a cute saying and is very easy to make.  All you have to do is gather things that are orange.  I decided to buy a mason jar with a drinking straw as well as other orange items.  You could also use an orange bag, pitcher, or basket.  If you are having trouble thinking of items that are orange you could try tic tacs, gum, nail polish, orange tootsie rolls, suckers, goldfish, crush soda, kit kats etc… Then use the saying, “ORANGE” you glad it’s summer,” to go along with the gift.


“Orange” you glad it’s summer


I hope some of these gifts gave you an idea for your teacher as an year end gift.  Enjoy your parties and end of the year activities.  Have a safe and enjoyable summer with your family and friends.

Yours truly,