Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Matching Bow Ties


I'm a sucker for a guy in a bow tie.  And seeing all 3 of my guys in bow ties, well, that just melts my heart and takes my breath away.



I thought it would be cute for Father's Day to have the boys wear matching bow ties so I started shopping around online.  At first I checked Etsy to find some matching father/son bow ties but didn't like those prices so I quickly came up with an inexpensive plan.  Instead of buying a toddler bow tie and two men's matching bow ties which would run about $50 on Etsy, I could buy 3 of the same bow tie from any store.  My toddler had been wearing my older son's men's size bow tie to church anyway and it didn't seem too big for him, plus he'll only grow into the men's size.  So my next step was to find some inexpensive bow ties and just buy 3 of the same one.  I ended up finding the best price on amazon.com.  Less than $2 per bow tie and shipping was free.  I couldn't pass up a deal like that.  I had to rein myself in and not buy one for every Sunday of the year.

HERE is the amazon.com affiliate link to the 3 matching bow ties.

I also ordered a few more for just the boys since bow ties aren't really my husband's style, he was just being nice and humoring me.  My older son on the other hand, will only wear bow ties to church.  So of course my younger son wants to wear them too.  They had been wearing the only 2 bow ties my older son owned, but now they have an assortment to choose from each week including the ones below.





These bow ties are adjustable and able to fit a toddler all the way up to an 18" neck.  I'm already thinking I should have bought more.  





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Monday, June 12, 2017

Father's Day Cards

Here are some cute Father's Day cards we just finished making.  



I love cards that use the kid's fingerprints or handprints so you can look back years from now and see how little they were, plus it adds a personalized touch.

"Dad, You're Fin-tastic" is my favorite.  I'm a sucker for a play on words and this one just so happens to be a double play on words because "Fin" is my little guy's nickname.



These cards work great for dads and grandpas alike whether they love to fish or not.








You can check out my inspiration ideas HERE and HERE.

Tell the dad in your life you're "hooked" on him this Father's Day with an easy-to-make fish-themed card.:      Hooked on Daddy Fish Handprint Card. This is too cute for Father's Day!  * Fish hand print * Hand print crafts * Kid's Father's day ideas * Father's Day crafts via @bestideaskids:



And if you are needing more Father's Day card and gift ideas take a look below:

DAD blocks 



What to get the guy who has everything 


For the New Dad


Thumb print card


Candy Stache



and a HUGE ROUND UP of ideas HERE and HERE
   



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Last Day of School 2017

Last day of school!  Of course I'm excited to be able to sleep in, but what I'm really looking forward to is having the older kids home so they can watch the younger two and I can finally do some shopping - alone.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, my little helper and I made a banner to place over the front door.  

Then we decorated the bus stop with balloons and bunting.

I wrote things on the balloons like "welcome summer" and "happy last day of school" not knowing it would look upside down.  Next year, I'll do it right.


Here is my youngest daughter who is no longer a kindergartner.  


I didn't make it down to the bus stop in time to see my older daughter.  Good thing my camera has a zoom function.


My daughter and her best friend walking home together.  These girls have known each other since they were two and now they're 7th graders.


They were kind enough to humor me with one more picture before we went in the house to eat ice cream.


I had various toppings set out for them and let them have at it, making whatever kind of ice cream creation they wanted.  



My original idea also included having buckets of water and super soakers at the bus stop so when the girls got off the bus, we'd squirt them.  However, it was a chilly and drizzly day, so I'm going to have to postpone that until next year.  

And in case you're wondering what we've done in previous years, check out this post HERE.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Personalized Teacher Pencil

The end of the school year also means giving out teacher gifts.  I stop giving teacher gifts once the kids get into middle school and have a different teacher for each subject.  So just as one kid left elementary school last year, another one started, and the way my kids are spaced out, I'll be doing this for another 9 years.  Good thing there are lots of ideas on Pinterest.  Because I like to put some thought into what I get the teachers rather than just buy them a gift card to Target, that "thought" usually requires me to make something and this year is no exception.  With a little help from Pinterest, here's what my kindergartner is giving her teacher this year:



As luck would have it, I just so happened to have a piece of wood laying around.  It was roughly 9 inches long by 3.5 inches wide and an inch thick. 



The next step was to mark how I wanted it cut, cut it and then sand the rough edges.


I painted the middle section yellow.  I also did the sides and back.


Then I added some pink for the eraser and light brown for the sharpened pencil end.


Black paint was used for the tip and silver duct tape was used for the metal eraser holding part.


Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut some vinyl and applied the teacher's name to the wooden pencil.


It turned out so cute and really didn't take me that long to make.  This was one project that I was able to complete in a day.


In case you are wondering, my inspiration came from the JM Designs Etsy shop.
Personalized giant pencil teacher desk name plate by JMDesigns362:
These pencils are cute and if you don't feel like making your own, you could always buy one.


You can check out previous years teacher gifts below if you are looking for more ideas:








And if you're looking for ideas on how to celebrate the last day of school, check out MY PREVIOUS POST.




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Friday, June 2, 2017

End of School Year Traditions

I can't believe the last day of school is almost here.  I've been looking forward to not having to wake up early, make lunches and get the kids out the door on time since Christmas break ended.  I know the summer will fly by and a new school year will be here before I know it, so I gotta make the most of this summer, starting with something fun to celebrate the last day of school and kick off the start of summer. 



Here is how we celebrated the last day of school in previous years with banners, balloons, ice cream, and more.








Yes, a Welcome to Summer 2016 post is missing and I don't have any pictures other than this sign that my kids helped me make.  

I think I also used sidewalk chalk at the bus stop, to say Happy Last Day of School, but maybe I did that for the First Day of School, I can't recall which.  And I can't remember what else we did, if anything.  I've got to redeem myself this year so I need to start planning something good.  I'm thinking I should have done the same thing every year so I wouldn't have to come up with something new each time.  So if you have any good ideas, send them my way.

Here are a few ideas I found on Pinterest that I may use.  

If you pick up your kids, fill your car with balloons.  
Now that would be a fun ride home.  
Check out Be Different Act Normal's blog for more details.

Decorate your door, yard and car.
Find more info at Mama Cheaps blog.

Have a water balloon or Nerf gun battle set up and ready to go when they get home.
You can find more info on those ideas HERE and HERE. 


Gifts are always a hit.  I try to get the kids something like a fun summer toy or new book.  This mom put together a bucket full of summer fun.  Find out more over at Bits of Everything.



The end of the school year also means a break from all that paperwork.
Check out how I store and organize my kid's schoolwork.  
I've been using this method for several years and it's working great.  
Click HERE to find out my system and to create one of your own.



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