December 12, 2014

A Holiday House Tour Part 1: Life and Lovely

Hi folks! I just wanted to share a few photos of our house partially decorated for the holidays. I still have a bit to do, like buy and decorate our main tree and hang outdoor lights, but so far, here is a sneak peak! I will share more information and the rest of our house closer to Christmas!

You can see more of Devon's Christmas room here. 

See you all back here next week! Have a great weekend.

December 10, 2014

Teacher Gift Ideas

With the holidays quickly approaching, I know I have teacher gifts on my mind (as well as 1001 other things!). So, I thought I'd round up some good ideas to take one less stress off your plates. Plus, an added bonus, I used to be a 5th grade teacher, so I know the difference between a good gift and a bad one. But really to be honest, if any student/parent went out of their way to show they appreciate me, I loved it. The little gestures mean a ton.

First off, other than an end of the year gift, I don't think spending more than $10 or $20 is necessary.  You can certainly spend even less, but remember cute and thoughtful packaging always makes a lesser expensive gift look more special!  You are simply looking for a small token of appreciation to say Happy Holidays and thanks for helping shape my child each and every day!

I always love getting plants for gifts and these little succulents are so adorable planted in mason jars. You could certainly do any seasonal small plant instead of a succulent, but check out Shanty 2 Chic for more info!

There aren't many people who wouldn't love a free drink or snack from Starbucks and these cutely packaged gift cards with a free printable can be found here.

How cute are these EOS reindeers? For a few dollars a person these are great when you have a lot of gifts to hand out! Find the printable here. 

I love coffee and tea mugs, but skip the cheesy cheap mugs and get a cute one from Anthropologie with the teacher's initial! They are only $10 and you can throw in a few of your favorite tea bags and a cute spoon and you're good to go! Find more info on this idea here on Everyday Cheer.

You can also get an inexpensive cold tumbler and fill it with any sort of goodies you want! You can get these for under $10 at Target, Walmart or even the dollar store. They can be filled with pens, hand lotion, a nail file and a polish or just about anything else your child's teacher may like! Check out more info here on Stretching a Buck.

These little hot chocolate gifts are another adorable idea. The can be given as is or with a cute mug or tumbler. Find more about this idea here on Bargain Blessings. 

Ok, so this Christmas Jar Mulling Spices is something I am definitely doing for friends and neighbors. Who wouldn't love to throw a pre-made jar of delicious smelling ingredients into a pot on the stove and make your entire home smell like Christmas? Such a unique idea and looks beautiful too! Find more information here at Nest of Posies along with adorable free printable labels for the jars!

And this is what I am giving Devon's teachers this year (original idea here at Fancy Ashley). I bought two $5 trees (that have sparkles!) at Trader Joe's and two $10 Anthropologie initial mugs and voila! Cute, right?

And finally, if you're tight with your child's teacher, or are looking for a great gift for a teacher friend, this "I Teach Therefore I Drink" glass is perfect! You can purchase it here.

December 8, 2014

Holiday DIY: Sparkly Pom Pom Tooth Picks!

Hi Guys! Hope you had a nice weekend. We are all sick here, so I am popping in with a very quick little DIY I did for the holidays. I saw these adorable Sparkly Pom Pom toothpicks (or drink stirrers!) on one of my favorite blogs, Fancy Ashley, and since I had all the materials, decided to make a bunch for the holidays! They'd be so cute on a cheese board or floating in a festive champagne cocktail! First, you'll need an assortment of pom poms in whatever colors you choose. I also think they look nice with a variety of sized poms. The bag I bought had three different sizes in them.

I used long toothpicks so I could also pop them in drinks if I wanted as a little fun decoration! To start, simply put a dab of glue on the end of the pick.  I used my glue gun since it was handy and the glue dries fast.

Then I glued a few poms on each pick, using a few different combinations.

And that's it! I have them sitting in a cup on my counter ready to use whenever needed. Cute and easy!