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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second birthday

I cannot believe that Made by Cristina Marie is celebrating its second birthday! Things have been very busy around here, stay tuned for an update! I am so excited to announce the birthday sale that will run today until midnight tonight. Take 20% off your entire purchase with the code TWOYEARS at checkout.

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The Great Grand Glittery Giveaway

I am so excited to be a part of the Great Grand Glittery Giveaway hosted by the one and only Purple Pug! I have to admit this glittery giveaway is pretty special! Kristy, the owner of The Purple Pug, has gathered up 72 amazing businesses for this giveaway and there is a lot of magic in this giveaway (like usual with her giveaways :). We are helping her celebrate 14,444 Facebook fans, so there are many ‘4s’ all throughout this giveaway!

The great grand glittery giveaway

THREE randomly chosen winners will each receive $444 USD via PayPal
TWO randomly chosen winners will each receive $44 USD via PayPal

Contest is open from June 23, 2014 at 12:00am EST to July 4, 2014 at 12:00am EST. The winners will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. The odds of winning depend on the number of people who enter. Giveaway is open worldwide to all participants 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited by law. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes, duties or reporting as required by law. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Should they not claim their prize within this time, another winner will be selected. Please ensure that the email thepurplepug [at] thepurplepug [dot] com is on your “safe list” as we would hate for you not to get your prize!


Use the Rafflecopter form to enter to win! Good luck :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

+++ there’s a special twist to this glittery giveaway, read about it here

Disclosure: This is an independent blogger giveaway. It is in no way associated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media network. I did not receive money to be part of or promote this giveaway. Should you have any questions, please contact Kristy at The Purple Pug via email at thepurplepug[at] thepurplepug [dot] com.
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10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad Printable

This year Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th. I have updated the year on the popular 10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad printable from last year. This printable makes the perfect gift for any dad! Simply download the file, print it out on the paper of your choice, cut along the border, have your child(ren) fill it out, and then place it in a frame! Click below to download the file:

10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad

Click here to download the 10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad printable.

Click here to view other free Father’s Day printables!

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Penguin Party Food

Are you throwing a penguin party? Here are some penguin party food ideas that are pretty creative (check out the penguin meatballs)! Of course each of these fun food ideas have tutorials, so if you would like to learn how to make one, or all of these penguin treats click below.

penguin party food

1. Penguin Cupcakes via Spoonful
2. Igloo Cheese Ball via Savvy Mom
3. Penguin Oreos via Gourmet Mom on-the-go
4. Penguin Meatballs via Betty Crocker

Looking for penguin party printables? Click here to head on over to the shop! Looking for inspiration for your penguin party? Click here to view the penguin party inspiration board on Pinterest!

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Penguin Baby Shower

Another new baby shower collection has been added to the shop! Back when I first opened my shop, a customer reached out to me with a request to design a penguin baby shower invitation and ever since then I have been eager to design a penguin baby shower collection. Well, the day has finally come and the collection has been designed! You may have noticed a slightly different version of this cute penguin, and that is because it has appeared in these thank you cards in the shop, which have been pretty popular!

penguin baby shower

Click here to view the entire penguin baby shower collection. Be sure to view the Party Printables FAQ and if you have a question feel free to contact me. Just remember, the text is completely customizable, this means that if you are throwing a penguin birthday party the wording can be changed to whatever you would like!

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10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom Printable

Last year for Mother’s Day I designed a set of free printables that were perfect for gift giving! The printables included the following: a ’10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom’ 8×10 file, an ‘I Love My Mom Because _____’ 8×10 file, and a Happy Mother’s Day card. You can see these printables and download them for free by clicking here.

10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom

This year I decided to change the colors, font and the design of the ’10 Reasons Why I love My Mom’ 8×10 print just a tiny bit and updated the date. This printable makes a great keepsake! You could have your child fill this out each year and eventually create a keepsake book. In the meantime, just print it out and help your child fill it out and frame it! It makes an easy and meaningful gift for any mom this Mother’s Day!

Click here to download the 10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom Printable

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

1. Download and print the printable on the paper of your choice
2. Cut along the border
3. Place into an 8×10 frame (optional)

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may desktop calendar

Happy May! You know how the saying goes .. “April showers, bring May flowers!” We have sure seen a ton of rain here in Pennsylvania, so if the saying holds truth we will sure be seeing a ton of flowers here in Pennsylvania this month! Brighten up your desktop this month with a floral pattern desktop calendar! Click below to download May’s desktop calendar:

may desktop calendar To download the desktop calendar above, simply right click on the picture and save it to your desktop. You can also use the image for your iPhone and iPad. Be sure to check back each month for a new calendar to spruce up your desktop!

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groupon activities

Anyone who knows me knows that I love going on adventures! I love traveling, and seeing and doing new things! I have even gone skydiving! There is truly just so much to do and see in this world! Unfortunately I do not get to travel to a new place each weekend, but I do try to do something new and exciting each weekend. Whether it is going to the Philadelphia Flower Show, going to a new park to run, or going to a new restaurant, I try to do or see something new. I first discovered Groupon a few years ago when I purchased a Groupon to go horseback riding. Horseback riding was definitely a scary experience for me; it was my first time horseback riding, however I would definitely go again!

groupon activities

What I love about the Groupon Activities section is that there are always so many fun activities for all ages! Best of all, these activities are usually relatively inexpensive. I usually will go on the website outside of Groupon where the activity is from to price it out to make sure I am getting a good deal before purchasing from Groupon. However, I have never had a problem with Groupon. Just yesterday, I purchased Groupons for Philadelphia Segway Tours! I have never been on a segway before, so I am definitely looking forward to this experience!

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Do you purchase Groupons often? Have you ever purchased a Groupon for a vacation? That is something I am thinking about doing but have not done yet. Do you have any other websites that you go onto for deals for activities? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

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