Monday, 10 June 2013

Teacher Gifts for a Summer of Fun!

Hello my friends! I’m back with a project – finally!! I have a bunch of projects in the works, some that are finished, and photographed but not yet written. It’s just been crazy busy with the kids, school, life and all that fun stuff.
Can you believe it’s June already? I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I was happily purchasing school supplies and labelling them with my littles’ names in preparation for the first day of school. Now here we are at the end of the school year and it’s time to celebrate the year that was.

Miss A is finishing up first grade and she has learned so much this year – she can read independently, she can do math equations and she knows much more about life under the sea than I do! She has also started to really love Irish Dancing. She competed in her first Feis this year and although she didn’t take home the great big medals, she tried her best and I couldn’t be prouder of my little dancer.

Miss E was in preschool this year and her biggest accomplishment would have to be how many friends she has made! She started the year sitting quietly on the carpet listening to her teacher. Now she shows up in class and half of the kids call out her name and want to play with her. She has another preschool year ahead of her before she’s off to kindergarten, but my baby is definitely growing up!

Alright, enough proud mama-ing! It’s time for the project! Last year the girls and I put together these adorable gifts for their teachers. We filled insulated cups with drink mix and candy and added a thank you card. 

For the teachers this year, I’m going with a Summer Fun theme! I found these adorable bright and sunny beach towels at Walmart in the states. Miss A was my helper in putting the gifts together. 

To the beach towel I added some candy, sunscreen and some bright summery nail polish for a fun beachy pedicure, and a pair of flip flops. I wrapped it up and added a little card signed by the girls.

The card reads “Thanks for making learning fun, now enjoy some summer sun!” I mounted the sign on some summery cardstock and tied it onto the ribbon I used to bring the gift together.

I also made some cute cards (if I do say so myself!).  The girls will write messages to each of their teachers inside, plus there will be room for a note from me!

We are giving these gifts to their preschool, first grade and dance teachers. I hope they will love them!

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Linking to Joyful Homemaking, Not Just a Housewife and A Bowl Full of Lemons.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Menu Plan Monday - June 10, 2013

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! We had amazing weather and spent the weekend doing family stuff - we cleaned the house, had dinner with family, I got to have brunch with some lovely ladies and the hubs took the kids for a bike ride. All in all a perfect weekend!

Things are finally starting to calm down schedule-wise for us. The girls' activities are finally winding down for summer. Miss A is finished Irish dancing today, and she can't wait to give her teachers the presents we put together last week. I'm putting the finishing touches on the post showing how we threw together a summer fun kit for the teachers in our lives.

This week when not chauffeuring my children around town I'll be spending my nights in the kitchen, oven on! Miss A has a summer birthday, so she always brings "un-birthday" cupcakes to her classmates to celebrate her upcoming birthday. She has already requested caramel cupcakes with chocolate drizzle. I think my girls are spoiled in the cupcake department for sure!

We are also having a birthday celebration at work this week and I volunteered to make the cake. I think a chocolate/chocolate/chocolate cake is in my future!

I am proud to say that we managed to stick to last week's menu plan! We had proper dinners every night of the week, and that almost never happens! We usually cave at least once, but last week we ate healthy, nutritious meals every night we were home.

On the Menu This Week:

Monday Dinner on the go for the kids, pizza for the hubs

Tuesday Teriyaki steak stir fry with veggies

Wednesday Turkey burgers and yam fries

Thursday Savory pasta with prawns and vegetables

Friday Camping!!

Saurday Camping!!

Sunday Father's Day dinner with family

I’ll be linking my menu plan up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday – check it out!! 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Menu Plan Monday - June 3, 2013

Oh what a glorious morning! The perfect way to start a week filled with sun, fun and adventures! We had a lovely weekend away camping. 


The girls went horseback riding with their cousin and we had gourmet s’mores made with fancy chocolate. All in all, it was a perfect weekend.

Even though I haven’t been posting them on the blog, I have tried to keep on menu planning through the chaos of the past few weeks. 

We had a new addition to our family, my sweet little nephew Pierce (more on him in another post to come!) and Miss A competed in her first ever Feis (Irish Dancing competition). 

All of this real life excitement has kept me from posting to my online life here.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a fantastic week!

On the menu this week:

Monday: Dinner on the go! Between dance and swimming lessons, we’ll have to grab something en route!
Tuesday: Beef tacos and cheese quesadillas

Wednesday: Ravioli Lasagne
Thursday: Roast pork, salt and pepper potatoes and veggies
Friday: Shake and bake chicken with rice
Saturday: Father’s Day dinner with my in-laws
Sunday: Steak, stuffed mushrooms and baked potatoes

I’ll be linking my menu plan up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday – check it out!!


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