easy easter appetizers

Here are four easy Easter appetizers! I love festive appetizers, there is just something about them that make holiday meals so much more exciting! Here are easy some Easter appetizers that will be sure to make your food tables look festive this Easter. I promise these really are easy, if there is one thing you have learned about me, it is that I do not like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I would rather spend time with family and friends, than prepping food!

easy easter appetizers
1. Tomato Tulips via The Thrifty Couple
2. Baby Chick Cheese Balls via Hungry Happenings
3. Chick-a-Tea Sandwiches via Party Bluprints
4. Crescent Filled Carrots via Tablespoon (can also be filled with egg/potato salad)


Looking for more ideas for your Easter get together? Here are a TON! If you still can’t find what you are looking for, head on over to Pinterest and check out the Easter board for even more ideas!

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free printable 2016 calendar

Looking for a free printable 2016 calendar? You’re in luck! Here is a FREE monthly printable 2016 calendar. I don’t know about you, but I am already planning my new year! This calendar provides plenty of room to write in each day for all of your activities and special events. Best of all, you can print this calendar as many times as you would like and it takes very little ink! Maybe you like having a few different calendars, one for birthdays, one for meal planning, one for events, and so on! I hope this calendar comes in handy for you!

  free printable 2016 calendar

click here to download your free 2016 calendar

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last minute gift ideas

Shopping days are quickly coming to an end! If you have not finished your shopping yet, no need to stress out. Here are six last minute gift ideas that fit any budget. Most of these last minute gift ideas can be purchased online! If you ordered a gift online that will not arrive before Christmas, simply print out the image of the gift and give the piece of paper to your recipient letting them know their gift is on its way. Either place the piece of paper in a card or if you would like your recipient to have something to unwrap, place the paper in a box and wrap the box!

last minute gift ideas


1. Magazine Subscription • Perfect for those who love to read! Currently, Amazon is having a special where you can purchase two magazine subscriptions for the price of one!
2. Spafinder Wellness 365 eGift Card • Choose a design, write a special message, select an amount, and your eGift card will be delivered within minutes. Your recipient can choose from over 25,000 locations worldwide to redeem their eGift card!
3. Club W Monthly Wine Subscription • You can choose how much you would like to give (1 month – 1 year) and personalize a note that will be delivered to your recipient.
4. Craft Beer Club Subscription • You decide how often and how many beers you would like to send to your recipient.
5. Lottery Ticket Display • This wreath display is super festive and easy to make! Lottery tickets can be purchased for as little as $1, so you decide how much you would like to spend! Here is another holiday lottery ticket display idea.
6. Amazon Gift Card Email Delivery • Choose a fun holiday design, an amount, and your gift card will be emailed to your recipient. Amazon has so many things to choose from, so you definitely cannot go wrong with this gift!

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easy side dishes

Looking for easy side dishes to make? You are in luck! Since I am not a huge fan of cooking, when I have to make a side dish it has to be easy to make and delicious! Here are four easy side dishes that you can make for any dinner, and I promise they are super yummy! Oh, and the best part .. these easy side dishes only take 10 minutes to prepare!

easy side dishes

1. Spinach Gratin via Food Network 10 minutes prep • cook time 40 minutes
2. Broccoli Cheese Casserole via Add a Pinch 10 minutes prep • cook time 35 minutes
3. Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes via Delish 10 minutes prep • cook time 20 minutes
4. Lemon Parmesan Broccoli via Cooking Light 10 minutes prep • cook time 10 minutes

Looking for other recipes? Click here!

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teacher graduation party

I am so excited to finally share with you an amazing Teacher Graduation Party!  The day was filled with family and friends, and I am so thankful for everyone who helped me put the party together.

Outside of the canopy hung a chalkboard banner and one of my graduation pictures that was blown up and made into a welcome sign.
teacher graduation party
The party was catered by Fat Jack’s BBQ, if you live in Chester County or Delaware County, PA I highly recommend their food.
teacher graduation party Inside of the canopy was decorated with banners that I made using my Cricut Imagine machine. I cut out random letters and school shapes, hole punched them and then laced them through twine. Each table had a centerpiece that was made using: mason jars, sand, colored pencils, rulers, and old school pictures. I attached the pictures to rulers and then stuck them in the middle of each jar.
teacher graduation party
On the deck was the Teacher’s Lounge aka the bar/drink area.  teacher graduation party
The photo booth was a big hit! My Aunt and Uncle came from New Hampshire to attend my party and made the photo booth for me (so thankful). teacher graduation party
The cake was made out of all buttercream frosting, no fondant! I was really impressed with how the cake turned out. The apple on top was a cake too :) teacher graduation party

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful vendors and people who helped make my day so memorable:
Invitations & Party Printables: Made by Cristina Marie
Caterer: Fat Jack’s BBQ
Cookies: Jacquette’s Bakery
Cake: Maria’s Prime Time Bakery
Tables, Chairs, Canopy, & Bar Stand:
Party Supplies: Oriental Trading
Guestbook: Mixbook
Photography: My lovely Uncle Bob
Photo Booth: My lovely Aunt Karen (DIY post coming soon)
Favors: Made by Cristina Marie

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Last May, I finally graduated (I took some time off) college where I majored in Early Elementary and Special Education and by July I was a dually certified teacher teaching summer school! Exciting and super busy. I then landed a job in August for the 2014-2015 school year. School just recently finished here in Pennsylvania because of all our snow days! Here is a tiny glimpse of some exciting things that have happened:


Be sure to follow along on Instagram for even more pictures :)

1. My graduation party, be on the lookout for a post coming about that super soon!
2. First job teaching special education summer school, I absolutely loved it!
3. Took a trip to Las Vegas with one of my best friends, we drove to Death Valley!
4. While in Vegas, we also took a tour to the Grand Canyon – absolutely amazing.
5. First full time teaching job, my completely empty classroom (that quickly changed)!
6. Traveled to Puerto Plata where I golfed for the first time (well, attempted to after practicing at home a tiny bit), zip lined, jumped off waterfalls, and went horseback riding!
7. I got to feed a giraffe, pretty exciting!
8. Took a day trip to Disney while in Florida over Spring Break!

Shop Update:
You will notice that currently in the shop you will only find digital items  (instant download items) for sale. Invitations and inserts are still able to be printed (by our professional printer), but stationery is not currently available. I do have plans for relaunching stationery into the shop, so keep your eye out for that soon! In the meantime, stay tuned for some exciting posts that are long overdue!

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father’s day 2015

Father’s Day 2015 is Sunday, June 21st. Here is a super easy DIY Father’s Day gift for any dad! Spruce it up with an 8×10 frame, place it in a gift bag with some tissue paper, and you have a perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day!

fathers day 2015

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10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad

Supplies Needed:
• Scissors or Paper Trimmer
• 8.5×11 White Cardstock or Photo Paper
• 8×10 Frame (optional)

1. Download and print the Father’s Day printable on Cardstock or Photo Paper
2. Cut along the border
3. Place into an 8×10 Frame (optional)

Click here for additional Father’s Day printables!

free fathers day printables

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2015 graduation gift ideas

Here are five 2015 graduation gift ideas for the graduate:


usa travel scratch map
Perfect for the graduate who loves to travel. This is a scratch off map of the USA. Every time a new state is visited, take a coin and scratch away! It is a great way to keep track of all the states visited.

one line a day: a five-year memory book
This small five year memory book is perfect for the graduate to keep track of his or her day. The 365 daily entries appear five times on each page, which will allow the graduate to reflect on previous memories over five years.

netflix account
I think this one is pretty self explanatory! Sign up your graduate for a few months of Netflix. If they are a high school graduate and off to college they probably brought a laptop with them. Netflix is perfect for watching movies, shows, and even documentaries!

fujifilm instant film camera
Any graduate would love an instant camera! This slim and lightweight camera is perfect for the graduate to take along with them on their new journey. Maybe they will even send you a few pictures ;)

home plate paperweight
I love this inspirational paperweight! The inspiring words of Babe Ruth, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” are engraved on the paperweight. This would be great for the graduate’s desk.

wishing ball
This wishing ball comes with 52 pieces of tiny paper for the graduate. It encourages the graduate to think each week and record a message of hope or gratitude. Each week once the message is written, the paper is then placed into the wishing ball which becomes a permanent part of the ball. This is a great reflection activity for the graduate that lasts the entire year!

Click here for additional graduation gift ideas!

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mother’s day 2015

Mother’s Day 2015 is Sunday, May 10th. I don’t know about you, but I love making homemade gifts no matter what the holiday is! There is just something more meaningful about the time that goes into a handmade gift versus a store bought gift. Here is an easy DIY Mother’s Day gift! This has been on the blog the last two years, so you may recognize it ;) I absolutely love this, it is so much fun to see how the reasons change over the years! A fun keepsake idea is to scrapbook the previous years.

mothers day 2015

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Supplies Needed:
• Scissors or Paper Trimmer
• 8.5×11 White Cardstock or Photo Paper
• 8×10 Frame (optional)

1. Download and print the Mother’s Day printable on Cardstock or Photo Paper
2. Cut along the border
3. Place into an 8×10 Frame (optional)

Click here for more FREE Mother’s Day printables!

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teacher appreciation gift ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week this year is May 4th through the 8th. National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 5th. Teacher Appreciation Week is always the first full week of May and National Teacher Appreciation Day is the Tuesday that falls during Teacher Appreciation week. If you are looking for teacher appreciation gift ideas you are in luck. I have searched around for top teacher teacher appreciation gifts, and below you will find some of the best gifts for your child’s teacher. Oh, and at the end you will find a free printable :)

1.  Heartfelt Thank You Card

Of course, the best gift is a thank you card from the heart! Sit down with your child and reflect on the year so far and help them (or you write it based on your child’s age) write a thank you card for their teacher, I guarantee he or she will very much appreciate it.

2.  Gift Card Bouquet via The Cul-De-Sac

teacher appreciation gift ideas

This idea comes from The Cul-De-Sac blog. This mom was able to collect money from other parents and created a generous class flower pot filled with gift cards. What teacher wouldn’t love this? If you are not able to collect money and partner up with other parents, you could purchase the gift cards for smaller amounts or instead of gift cards tape scratch off tickets to the sticks!

3. Personalized Tumbler

teacher appreciation gift ideas

Tumblers can be found all over the place theses days, but this shop has personalized tumblers! You can also do a Google search for ‘personalized tumblers’ and find a ton of other ones. However, I like the personalized tumblers above because the patterns are all so unique and they are super durable as well!

4.  Personalized Tote Bag via Delightfully Noted

teacher appreciation gift ideas

I love this tote bag from Delightfully Noted! Teachers are always carrying things to and from school, so a cute personalized tote bag is perfect and will maybe make carrying the heavy things not so bad (haha). Head on over to her blog because she currently has a free adorable printable to attach to the tote!

5.  Framed Classroom Print via Eighteen 25

teacher appreciation gift ideas

Find a meaningful message that you think your child’s teacher would love, print it out and frame it! If you have the frame matted (AC Moore and Michael’s typically have framing coupons in their weekly flyers so be on the lookout), you could have your child (or the entire class) sign around the print! This print is currently available as a free download over at Eighteen 25.

6.  Books for the Classroom Library

teacher appreciation gift ideas

Teachers can always use new books for their classroom library! Buy your child’s favorite book and have him or her sign their name in the cover as a special memory for their teacher. Even if the teacher gets a duplicate book, no worries! Duplicate books are great for activities.

7.  Summer Relaxation Kit via Skip to my Lou

teacher appreciation gift ideas

Summer is almost here! Put together a cute beach bag filled with things for the beach for your teacher. Save your teacher a trip this summer, and fill up a bag with some goodies! Head on over to Skip to my Lou, because there is currently a corresponding free printable tag for the beach tote!

8.  Spa Gift Certificate

teacher appreciation gift ideas

Teachers are on their feet all day! Treat your teacher to an hour or two at the spa. You could either get a gift certificate to a local spa, or if you are not sure where he or she lives get a gift certificate to Spa Finder, they have over 20,000 locations!

9.  Mason Jar Manicure Kit via Tidbits & Twine

teacher appreciation gift ideas

Put together a kit that includes everything needed for the perfect manicure and place in a mason jar, put a bow and tag on it, and another perfect teacher appreciation gift! Be sure to visit Tidbits & Twine because Kim has a tutorial for the above kit; this mason jar can actually be used as a lantern, how cool? Two gifts in one!

10.  Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas for Friend/Significant Other: Beer/Wine

teacher appreciation gift ideas

Do you have a friend or a significant other that is a teacher? Here is something I made for a friend! Pick up his or her favorite beer or wine and attach this adorable tag with some twine! This tag could even be used for a teacher who loves soda. Grab a plastic bin (The Dollar Tree is my favorite place to find fun plastic bins for miscellaneous things) and fill it up with a 12 pack of his or her favorite soda! Stuff some tissue in between the cans and then add the tag!

Bottled up Tag printables:
download bottled up tag blue • download bottled up tag purple

Supplies Needed:
• Scissors
• 8.5×11 White Cardstock or Photo Paper
• Hole punch
• Twine
• Tape

1. Download and print the Bottled up Tag
2. Cut along the circle border
3. Tape the tag on the gift (you could even use a fun piece of Washi Tape :) OR
3. After #2, take a hole punch and punch a hole at the center of the top of the tag
4. Cut a piece of twine, and lace it through the tag to tie on your gift


Click here for even more Teacher Appreciation gift ideas and printables on the blog. 
Do you have any teacher gift ideas? If so, I would love to know!

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