Homemade End-of-Year Teacher’s Gift Ideas

It’s so hard to believe but the end of the school year is just weeks away. My kids had some really good teachers this year so I started looking for some easy but creative gift ideas that we could make together to show our appreciation. Here were my favorite ideas:

Teacher Lunchbox


Teacher's Lunchbox

This Teacher’s Lunchbox for the AlltheSmallThings blog takes a little bit of time, but what an amazing gift.


Apple Caramel Cupcakes in a Jar


These Apple Caramel Cupcakes in a Jar from Cheryl at TidyMom.net are another way to unique package some food gifts. They look so tasty!


Apple Oreo Pops


Apple Oreo Pops

These super cute Apple Oreo Pops that I saw over on the SkiptoMyLou site are a fantastic idea.


Fairy Container Garden


Fairy Container Garden

Finally, this Fairy Container Garden from PinkandGreenMama blog is so unique and fun to both make and give. What a fun way to give a little bit of magic.

Which one is your favorite? Have fun making these gifts that are sure to make your kids’ teachers smile!

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Celebrate Earth Day with the Kids by Exploring Nature

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd and we are excited to bring you ideas on how to celebrate and raise awareness with your kids. I think the best way to get the kids to care about the earth and nature is to give them an appreciation for nature. How do you do that? Go play outside! Explore all of nature’s wonders. Here are some fun ideas whether you head on out to the park or explore your backyard.

I mentioned yesterday that one of my new favorite sites is the Go Explore Nature blog. Debi, the blog’s chief explorer, has some great ideas in these posts: How to Raise Kids Who Care About the Planet, 50 Ways to Explore Nature in Your Own Backyard, and Top 10 Spring Nature Adventures.

Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars

I also love the book Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars by Sharon Lovejoy for ideas on exploring nature with kids and grandkids.
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Celebrating Earth Day with the Kids

We’re celebrating Earth Day this week so we’ll be sharing ideas on how to get the kids involved in respecting and preserving our planet, as well as simple things we can do as families to protect our environment.

Here are some ideas on how to talk and act upon the meaning of Earth Day.

Play: First and foremost, go outside and just enjoy the day. I just discovered the Go Explore Nature blog, which is a new favorite, and I love their idea and checklist for a Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt.

Another way to play and help is to purchase eco-friendly toys and support the manufacturers who are doing their part to save the environment. Some of our favorite eco-friendly toys, are the Green Toys Tea Set, Green Toys Recycling Truck, and the Totem Boys and Girls Recycled Construction Sets.

farmers market set

Plant: Head over to your local nursery and buy a perennial flower that you love. Plant it with your kids to help beautify your yard and the neighborhood. Read How to Teach Your Kids a Love of Gardening. Get your kids their very own Gardening Set so they get excited about spending time in the garden with Mom or Grandma. Here’s how to have fun with the kids on a Trip to the Farmers Market.
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How to Teach Your Kids the Importance of Giving Back

It’s National Volunteer Week so I wanted to share some ideas on helping your kids develop an attitude for gratitude with ideas and resources on projects the family can do together to help others. Check out the article I wrote for Patch.com on How To Teach Your Kids the Importance of Giving Back. There are some good ideas and resources for helping protect our environment, perfect for Earth Day next week.

CoolMomPicks.com had a great post on Quick, easy ways to volunteer while the kids are young.

Also, for National Volunteer Week take the time to thank the people who volunteer in your community or in your organization. We were in the hospital for 2 days with my daughter and I just want to give a big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful and friendly people who volunteer in the pediatric wards. My family thanks you for your kindness and help!

How does your family volunteer? At what age can you get the kids involved?

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6 Fun Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Can you believe that 107 years ago, Theodore Geisel changed the world by teaching children to read, and enjoy it, when he introduced “The Cat in the Hat.” We want to honor his memory and thank him for entertaining and educating us and our children. He has stimulated our imaginations and engaged us with fun, humor and a whole lot of goofiness. To keep his memory alive, here are 6 ways to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with some family fun activities. (more…)

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