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Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

My son loves the Very Hungry Caterpillar, so I used that as inspiration for his birthday cupcakes this year. I’m not much of a baker, so I needed something pretty easy to make. This was doable. I used this gel food coloring I purchased at Michael’s and it worked really well. The colors were very vivid when added to butter […]

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Inexpensive Party Favors

Ever buy party favors only to experience supreme sticker shock? I have. Going to the dollar store helps, but I try to avoid contributing to the bevy of useless plastic toys that roll around the floorboard of my car only to make their grand exit at the most inopportune time. So, here’s one way to make party favors that […]

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Gift for Teacher Having a Baby

If you need a gift for a teacher who is having a baby, consider this fabulous idea from my friend, Shayna. She had all the kids in my daughter’s class draw pictures of the baby and guess the gender and suggest a name in a drawing. Then she compiled the drawings in a baby book […]

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7 Days of Teacher Gift Ideas

Day 7 - If you are looking for a no-cost teacher gift with real impact, here it is…write a letter. Write a letter to your teacher expressing your gratitude and explaining the way your child benefited from being in the teacher’s class. And then make sure you send a copy to the principal, so it becomes […]

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7 Days of Teacher Gifts: Day 6

I am fortunate to have a lot of teachers in my life. So when I asked my friend Ginger about her favorite teacher gifts, she mentioned that one year she got a really nice beach towel with a clip to fasten it to a chair. I really like the beach towel idea. And, if you […]

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7 Days of Teacher Gifts: Day 5

This is a post from last year.  It’s recycled. Give a potted plant and have your child help you make it. This can be done on a budget and still produce a nice gift.  (Typically, this is something I end up doing by myself at about 10:00 PM the night before the last day of […]

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7 Days of Teacher Gift Ideas: Day 4

One teacher with whom I spoke suggested home-made bookmarks. Most teachers read a lot, and those who don’t are always grading and sorting papers, so bookmarks are handy. You can simply have your child draw a picture or write a message on a piece of card stock the size of a bookmark. Or if you […]

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Unmentionable Cookies (Worth Mentioning)

Okay, if you are easily offended, this post is not for you! But I had to share these adorable cookie decorating ideas for heart shaped cookies! Wish I had thought of it myself, but I saw it on a really cool blog you must check out called HowDoesShe? In addition to Valentine’s Day, these would […]

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Picture Cupcakes

Looking for a new twist on a classic cupcake? Put a picture of the guest of honor on it! I got this idea from my friend, Elizabeth, who did this for her mom a few months ago. So, I tucked the idea away to use for my mom’s 60th birthday party. Here’s how I did […]

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How to Host a Summer Olympics Birthday Party

Looking for a fun and inexpensive birthday party idea? Have your guests wear swim suits and host your own Olympic Games right in the back yard! [pinit] Activities: Sack Race -Use crape paper for the finish line and make sacks out of inexpensive fabric. Water Balloon on a Spoon Race – Challenge your athletes to be the first […]

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